Sunday, 26 June 2011

A rest day

Jamie Oliver's Lemon Drizzle Cake without the icing sugar topping.
I had a day off from toil with the Cumbria Patchworkers summer gathering.  Quite a jolly event held in a conservatory in Threlkeld. We had an enormous groaning table of goodies to tempt us at lunch time.  I made a carrot cake as a contribution and no the cake featured is not a carrot cake, you've seen photos of those before so this one is a Lemon Drizzle.

We had to make something whilst we chatted away so the choice this year was a small drawstring bag which could contain a gift or perhaps some dried lavender in a mesh bag.

I am busy clearing my den today ready to hit the sewing machines and I have an idea for some new machine embroidery. Let's hope the sewing machine God's shine on me......

Saturday, 18 June 2011

First produce from the greenhouse

This is a mini cucumber which has a small leaf attached at the side, its an oddity I think.  I grew them last year very well so decided to plant some more and this one tasted great in a salad with toms and olives.

I also grow Aquilegias and this year I had a new one which had been pollinated by the bees in my garden and it was a cross between the blue/mauvy ones I have and a white one nearby which has a different shape. So the best of both worlds has come out in my new flower. I am leaving a few more seed heads this year as the results the next year can be fascinating.