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Making a giant cake for the local area’s street party

When the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002 I made a large long cake for a street party in our road, with the position and number of each house iced on it. In 2011 a friend and I made a huge celebratory cake when we had a bumper street party for the royal wedding. […]

Platinum Jubilee weekend

The Queen has been on the throne for 70 years, the longest reigning European monarch, and a unique situation, unlikely to be repeated. She became Queen in February 1952 when her father died (and she was on an African safari). Her coronation was on June 2nd 1953. She celebrates her ‘official’ birthday on June 2nd […]

Making Christmas cakes at the end of October

Homemade Christmas cakes keep so well that I find the best time to make them has always been half term, at the end of October or the start of November. There’s a bit of a breather then from the usual schedule of activities which is good as the cake making process is surprisingly time consuming. […]

Mainly Yellow Flowers, on Shetland in July

We normally try to visit Shetland in the summer. The islands extend about 70 miles from north to south and lie either side of latitude 60 degrees north. Days are very long in summer and on the whole the weather is kind, although summer fog and misty drizzle are common. In the past we have […]

Zooming OR how to be sociable and busy when going out isn’t convenient

This blog is the first of mine with no illustrations. After a year of using virtual meetings I doubt very much whether anyone needs to see screen-shots of how to schedule a zoom meeting or yet another screenful of participants’ faces in their individual rectangles. I first heard of zoom in April 2020 when a […]

Using our coppiced hazel

We have a hazel between the shed and the compost. Normally it is a large bushy plant as it has been coppiced at least twice in its lifetime. This year I coppiced it again. The rather unusual picture below was taken one summer to show the morning glory climbing the tomato plant!  As you can […]

The Backs in Spring

In Cambridge there is a line of beautiful college buildings that have their main entrances (facing east) along streets in the centre of the city. At the back of these colleges (on their west sides) are gardens and open spaces that slope gently down to the river Cam. An area, accessible to the public, of […]

How to make Hot Cross Buns

First find the recipe – last used a year ago and very old. It involves making bun dough first and at that point the spices go in (which I forgot one year and had to add later). Assemble ingredients and weigh out the flour, adding dried yeast (unlike the recipe which says fresh yeast), salt […]

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