N is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

Halfway through the Alphabet, this week it's N for Neon.  These fun coloured straws are loved by the girl who mulls over her choice of colour daily to dip in her milk.


Linking up with the Alphabet Photo Project

Great Bloggers Bake Off! #GBBO Bake Along

Last year I followed the Great British Bake Off (on another blog) and attempted a recipe a week for the entire series, it was quite a feat!  I made everything from cakes to breads and buns and biscuits.  This year I will be taking a break but can't resist joining in for a few of the programmes.

I do bake some things regularly like cakes and biscuits but I'm not a fervent cake decorator or builder of cake scenes!  I will leave those to the artistic bakers.

I make cookies, biscuits, crackers and healthy bars in some form every week, we like a go-to snack and whipping up a small batch of something home-made is an excellent way of knowing what is in them and usually so fast too. 

These Walnut & Sultana Cookies are a favourite here and never last more than a couple of days!


Walnut & Sultana Cookies
Makes 12-15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 minutes

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C fan (I have a fan oven)

Ingredients
100g unsalted butter, cool and cubed
200g self-raising flour
70g soft brown sugar
100g walnuts, chopped
50g sultanas
1 medium egg, beaten

Rub the butter and flour together with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (I love this bit!).
Stir in the sugar, walnuts and sultanas.
Stir in the beaten egg into the dry ingredients, then take small dollops of the mixture and shape into cookies and pop onto a greased and lined baking tray.
Bake for around 15 minutes or until lightly brown.  
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Done!





Linking up with Super Golden Bakes and Mummy Mishaps



My Sunday Photo/Silent Sunday






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Seagull taking a stroll

M is for... The Alphabet Photo Project

I cannot tell you how much I adore Macro, especially with flowers, insects and plants!  There is something so magical about zooming in on a subject to find hidden treasures unseen by the naked eye.

I really need (want!) a macro lens but they are so pricey but I do have a set of macro filters for now which I am still practicing with.




M is for Marvellous Macro, linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project

I love Photography

L is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

The beach is on my doorstep so it is hard to ignore or resist a visit especially in the summer months, but I will sit by the beach in all weathers, I think it is my spiritual home.



No matter where I go each day I either pass the seafront on my travels or see it from my bedroom window, the sight of the sea has always calmed my soul.  So this week L is for Linger, taking time out of my day occasionally to linger over a cup of tea or coffee at the cafe on the seafront.

Linger - to stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave......

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project





K is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

Kindness - being friendly, generous and considerate with affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern and care.

So the dictionary says and this picture taken around 18 months or so ago really sums kindness up.




Miss CCL, like the rest of us, loves our dog.  When she arrived he was in full health, when she came home, he had a good sniff then ran around like a mad thing, someone else to play with him!

About 18 months later he became diabetic and started to lose his sight, she instinctively gave him a helping hand to find his way around the house and still does, they make a good team.   I love the way they are together and cannot think of the day not too far away when we will have to say farewell to him......

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project



J is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

It's birthday party week here and that means jelly!  As a child I loved going to and having my own birthday parties, they were a more simpler affair back then, jelly, ice-cream, party games, hats and cake!

Which is exactly what we had today, everyone had a brilliant time, the highlight for me was watching the 4 year old revellers dancing and laughing in the sunshine, another great memory locked into my memory banks.

J is for Jelly and a Jolly good time today!



Happy Birthday to my gorgeous girl and extra birthday wishes to Prince George who shares her birthday!


Linking (very late, sorry Charly!) to Podcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Happy Birthday Prince George and my girl

Wildflower Meadow - How does your Garden grow

Months ago this was just a very large patch of dusty,brown earth, 2 old bowling greens.  I remember pelting around it to get to a medical appointment across the road from it, that was then, this is now...


the most glorious sight, a field of wildflowers in the city.  I looked around and saw everyone mesmerised and so very relaxed either photographing it or just sitting on one of the benches around it.



and so importantly, a  habitat for the bees and butterflies.






Close-ups of some of the inhabitants of the wildflower meadow, there are cornflowers in blue and deep pink, so many different colours of poppies as well as golden Californian Poppies and so much more to see as well as the meadow we will go back again and again this summer.


my girl in the meadow, fascinated to follow a butterfly, but still screaming beeee mummeeee when I've reassured her time and again that they won't hurt her, all they want is to gather the nectar and be left in peace to do so.  She was a star as usual though, my girl.


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I is for ....The Alphabet Photo Project

I is for Impromptu.

We love picnics in the summer, the best ones are when we get up and decide that morning that we shall have a picnic today!  I open the fridge and cupboards and pull together some food and drink, gather up a blanket, napkins and tablecloth and stuff ourselves into the car and off we go!


Today was a perfect day for an impromptu picnic by the local pond, it was warm and peaceful there, such a glorious weekend of great weather.  We ate, we drank, we fed the ducks, laid on the rug for a while and watched the wisps of clouds float by, bliss...

impromptu done without being planned or rehearsed 


Then it was up and off to the beach for coffee and ice-cream at Uncle Eric's seafront cafe, so I guess you could also call that I for Inevitable as we always gravitate towards the beach living so close to it now, we never tire of seeing this...



Linking up with Podcastdove for Alphabet Photo Project this week.

Picnic, beach, photo, photography

My Sunday Photo


This was taken yesterday in the glorious July sunshine at Preston Park in Brighton.  A wonderful carpet of wildflowers has been sown there (more in another post this week), this is just a small part of it, breathtaking and restful in equal doses.



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H is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project


hello:  həˈləʊ,hɛ-/  - a greeting

I love this happy little badge from a lovely selection from Fritha at Tiger Lilly Quinn.

When the little girl was learning to talk she started with Hi! I realised then just how much I said it, so I switched to Hello, I had forgotten what little copycats toddlers can be!

Linking up with The Alphabet Photo Project on Podcastdove

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Snapshots of the Garden - How Does Your Garden Grow

With summer in full fling now, the garden has come alive with flowers and bees.  Whenever I see the bees on my Lavender bushes I think someone is going to get some lovely Lavender Honey!  I planted 8 new bushes this year, they are all still small but all have a good supply of Lavender coming up.



The Apples are coming on well on our trees


as are the Blackberries, plentiful as usual - we let them grow in our garden despite the unfriendly brambles, the fruits are divine and well worth waiting for.



The Tomatoes have flowers, hopefully soon masses of cherry tomatoes!



I'm very pleased with my crop of Cayenne Peppers, I grew them all indoors and
all the plants have loads on them.   I just have to Google whether I should leave them on the plants to ripen and go red or pick them and ripen off the plant.




We have Sunflowers too!  The girl and I planted some seeds, some now look like this, ready to pop


and one surprised us this morning which elicited a big WOW from both of us.  Isn't it just beautiful!


A few of the flowers scattered around the garden, the colours really cheer me up.


Summer is finally here.....


Garden, Gardening, Summer, Flowers

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

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