X is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

When I saw this toy Xylophone attached to Miss CCL's favourite comic, I grabbed it and snapped it for this week's photo project, she is so used to me whipping out my camera that she now takes photo's of everything from her toys to food!  A mini snapper in the making!

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Hands up those looking forward to half term, me!!!


W is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

I have taken thousands of photos of waves, I never tire of it.  Living by the sea there is a ready made canvas every day but this week W is for Water, H2O, this was taken this summer at a local park, these water fountains are scattered across an area and are great fun for the children on a hot summer's day!  They go off at random, this was in the toddler part so a little tame but the main ones rocket sky high and the squeals from the children who run through them are fantastic!

Brings back memories of another hot summer, missing you already summer!

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project


V is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

V is for Vegetable this week on the Alphabet Photo Project, not many more to go now, time seems to run away from me at the moment with Miss CCL starting school and writing on my food blog et al.  I hope to get back to posting about the (slow) progress on our house once the alphabet gets to Z!

Vegetables feature highly in our diet and I'm always on a quest to find more ways to get Miss CCL to ingest more of those beautifully coloured, highly nutritious veggies!  I am amazed how ingenious you can be when challenged!

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

My Sunday Photo/Silent Sunday


U is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

Very simply this week is U for Undulating, to move with a smooth wave-like motion, to have a wavy form or outline.

I can never resist taking photos of the sea, I know I have thousands but it never gets tired for me.  I could sit and a look at a  scene like this every day, there is something so magical and soothing about the sounds and the motion of the sea.

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project

Sea scenes and beach life


T is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

A few years ago I started collecting tea-cups and saucers, it wasn't something I decided to do, it just evolved once I found my first little set.

I now have some lovely examples of 1960's crockery, all in great condition.  I often wonder about the ladies who pre-owned these tea sets and feel a little sad that they have ended up in a jumble sale or charity shop and not passed on to future family generations.

We're huge fan of Tea here, I drink 4-6 mugs a day, ranging from builders to Earl Grey to herb teas.  I do love a spot of afternoon tea out too!

T is for Teacups - linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project

Collecting vintage tea cups 


S is for.... The Alphabet Photo Project

There was such a choice of subjects for the letter S this week, we have Spiders everywhere making webs in our garden, apparently it's the mating season for them, I have some macro photos of Seeds and some of Shells from the beach, then there are the ever present Seagulls here by the Sea where we live!

But S is for Stained glass window this week.

These beautiful windows from St. Margarets Church in Rottingdean represent the three archangels, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.  They were made by William Morris from the designs of the artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones.  The three east windows were erected in 1893 as a personal gift of the artist to commemorate the marriage of his daughter Margaret in the church.  

Linking up with PODcast for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Learning the Alphabet

R is for.... The Alphabet Photo Project

Very much looking forward to the day when we can take a dip at the local Lido again, it is one of the very few left in the country and plans are afoot to return it to its former splendor.

R is for Renovation - inside and out.

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.


My Sunday Photo

This gorgeous Red Admiral butterfly fluttered around me and the girl as we sat in the Marina square in the sunshine this week whilst enjoying our ice-creams.  It taunted us every time we got close then fluttered away until it stayed  and let us get close to say hello and capture on my mobile.

One of the last butterflies of the summer, beautiful, delicate, intricate being, the girl was mesmerised and kept still (for once) and whispered "hello butterfly" and once it flew off into the sky she waved and jumped bidding it farewell until we could no longer see it.

It's the little things.


Q is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

Amongst the many presents we received when Miss CCL was born was this lovely quilt, all pink with checks and dots and flowers and hearts, perfect, just like her.

It is enormous and once out of her crib graced her new cot nicely.  It has been washed and washed and washed again and again but still retains its colours.

I have a project planned to make a couple of memory quilts and I'm hoping they all get passed down to my grandchildren one day.

Q is for Quilt.  Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Quilt, Quilting, Making Quilts

So long Summer

Last summer was a summer to remember for me, I enjoyed every last drop of it with my then rising 3 year old girl.

This year has been no different, I seem to only be able to remember warm, sunny, fun filled days with her, days to remember, days to cherish now summer is ending and she will start school. I shall miss the freedom we have had to decide on the spur of the moment to do things we hadn't planned and her wonderful happy exuberance at everything I suggest, all an adventure for a just 4 year old.

We've had many days like this...

And a few like this ...

we've had some spectacular thunderstorms and lightning shows, all of which made for a typical English summer.

So long Summer, you've been amazing...

Summer 2014 sunshine beautiful days

P is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

There are a few of these historic blue plaques dotted around the area, as there probably are in many other towns and cities.  I find it interesting to know who lived where and when and always stop to read them.

You can find out more about historic blue plaques on the English Heritage site.

P is for Plaque, linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

English Heritage Blue Plaques

O is for .... the Alphabet Photo Project

This is a beautiful silk handkerchief that my dad bought when he attended the Melbourne Games as a 20 year old spectator.  Please excuse the appalling quality of the photo, of course I searched high and low for the handkerchief and missed the link up, this snippet has been enlarged from another photo I had of it.

 Once I do finally locate it, I will rephotograph it.  It has most likely been put away safely away from tiny paws as it is quite delicate.

Even though I missed the link up to the Alphabet Photo Project, I'm posting because I didn't want to leave a gap in my alphabet!



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)

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.

Linking up with Super Golden Bakes and Mummy Mishaps


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