Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Summer At Last!

Well, I’ve been gone far longer than I anticipated.  I returned to work on Wednesday after ten weeks of recovering from my surgery.  I’m still feeling exhausted at times, so my goal at the moment is to go for walks, even if they are much shorter than they would have been in the past.  

I’m taking one day at a time and have been enjoying visits to the boardwalk now that the weather has finally improved.

The roses are in full bloom and their scent is heavenly.  I just bury my nose in them and inhale.

Whatever you are doing during the summer, I hope that you are taking some time to smell the roses.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Taking a Break

It is said that life is full of surprises and I certainly had one sprung on me recently.  I went to see a specialist for a minor concern and discovered that I needed to have major surgery.  

I signed a consent on 5th April and got a call four days later to tell me that I was on the list for 26th April.  Yes, I am having surgery tomorrow.

I’ve just returned from town, where I stocked up on a few last-minute essentials - including a lidded cup with a straw, so that I can drink lying down (if I don’t feel up to moving). I called the hospital this afternoon to confirm my bed and I’m first on the list tomorrow morning, which I’m relieved about, as it gives me less time to get anxious waiting.  

I’m not sure how I’ll be feeling after surgery, but will likely be off for a few weeks.  Wishing you all a happy spring and I hope that the sun is shining in your part of the world.


Well, Easter has come and gone and it is still cold and miserable here - we had sleet again this morning.  I’m wondering if spring will ever arrive.  

I did do a bit of baking for Easter - hot cross buns from Mary Berry’s recipe, which turned out great and were delicious.  Also, our favourite chocolate Easter cupcakes.

The weeks have passed by in a blur and I was surprised to find that I’ve only posted on my blog five times since January.  There has been a lot on my mind - more of which in the next post.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Channelling my Domestic Goddess

There are days when only chocolate will do and I’ve had a few of them recently.   This is a recipe that I’ve wanted to try for a long time - Nutella cupcakes. 

The cake mixture is added before warmed Nutella is swirled in with a skewer.  This is how they looked when they came out of the oven.  They were supposed to be iced with a Nutella and chocolate icing, but I had a disaster when it curdled - not exactly a domestic goddess moment.  Anyway, they were delicious without icing - light and fluffy with hints of Nutella throughout.  Perfect with a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Vintage Apon

I can’t quite believe it, but I’ve finally finished my vintage apron project.  I started it last summer, but didn’t get much further than cutting out the fabric.  I’ve been working away at it at intervals for about the past month.  

I enjoy sewing and I love my Janome sewing machine, which I purchased about eighteeUIKeyInputDownArrown months ago. I upgraded from an older Pfaff sewing machine and it makes such a difference to use a more modern machine .  Even though I have a space to use for sewing, it also doubles as my desk, so I have to feel motivated to get the machine set up, if I am to do any sewing.

The Michael Miller Paris street scene fabric is so eye-catching and the tiny check of the pink and white  gingham is a pretty contrast.  A vintage feel is given by the addition of blue ric-rac.

I hope to tackle a few more sewing projects in the coming weeks.  I bought fabric for a sewing machine cover - now where did I put that fabric...?

Friday, 22 February 2019

Flying The Flag

Home has been much on my mind lately and by home, I'm talking about the UK.  I know that there is much uncertainty surrounding what is happening with the exit from the EU, but there has never been a time when I've wanted to be there more than I do at the moment.  

The clock is ticking ever closer to the 29th March 2019 and I feel that there is great change in the air - for me, as well as for the UK.  At the moment, I don't know how things are going to work out - or even if they are going to work out at all.  

I wouldn't normally post about anything political or very personal, but I just have a feeling that I need to put it out to the universe that I'm looking for change..and a chance to return home.

I drafted this post last November, but my feelings haven’t changed, so I thought that it was time that I published.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Thrift Shop Find

Well, I didn’t intend to be gone for so long but I haven’t been idle during my absence.  I’ve been having all kinds of problems with Blogger - the main one being unable to comment on any blog posts - including my own!  I haven’t resolved this with any degree of satisfaction, but it does appear to be an issue using Blogger with my iPad.

It has been a very nasty winter here so far.  We’ve had extreme cold for weeks and winter storm after winter storm - another one is forecast for tomorrow.  We’ve had snow on the ground since November and now it is so icy outdoors that it is almost impossible to stand up.  Mr Candytuft fell on the drive this morning, then fell again when he was trying to get up - I fell under the car on Monday and couldn’t get up without assistance - my second fall this winter.  How we haven’t broken anything is a miracle.  It is too cold to use salt to melt the ice, which is so thick that it is impossible to move - even after our drive has been ploughed following every storm.

Today, we had to go into Charlottetown, so I took the opportunity this presented to visit a thrift shop, where I found this pretty china mug.  It is from the Victoria & Albert Museum collection and cost me 50 cents.  What a bargain.

As some of you know, I have now published my book and you can see more information about it here.