Thursday, 18 February 2010

Fire Lanterns at Tessa's birthday celebration

Last Saturday a crowd of us got together to celebrate my sister, Tessa's, "ngrdieth" birthday! Much fun was had by all, fabulous food, brilliant games and culminating in a walk down to Felixstowe seafront to light some Chinese Fire Lanterns - here they are....just taking off. Beautiful!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Little M's castle cake - school project

Little M's history project - a castle in any medium. Like mother like daughter....she chose cake! We cheated a little bit, using ready made swiss rolls, and then she had fun with the chocolate butter icing and cutting the windows out of wafers. The ice cream cones were a flash of inspiration although she didn't have time to decorate them. A definite success - 20/20 mark and every morsel wolfed down by the class!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Helena Bonham Carter

How completely fabulous and effortlessly cool is Helena B-C? I adore her slightly dishevelled, gothic sense of style. I am SO looking forward to Tim Burton's forthcoming Alice in Wonderland movie, due for release on 5th March. Go check out some of the trailers if you haven't already caught a glimpse!

Weekend fun with Alex, Sam and Lola

This is the adorable little Lola May, dancing to some wicked drum and bass courtesy of the Puzzle Factory ( We had a lovely weekend with our friends from Bristol, made lots of scrummy edibles and managed a well-wrapped-up wild and wintery walk along the beach at Walton-on-the-Naze, even though the temperature was just 4.5 degrees - brrrrrr!

The latest batch of Colchester Harriers results were issued and Little M was delighted to discover that she had come 2nd in her age group in her last cross-country race - fantastic result Lulu!!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Bee's chocolate brownies

A platter of brownies made for our friends' weekend visit, using the simple recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery. Next time I think I'll use a smaller tin to make them a bit chunkier, and perhaps bake them for a little longer than the recipe suggests, as they were maybe just a little too squidgy in the middle. My bee stencil is a work in progress too, as this prototype ended up looking more like a fossilised flying fish or some mystical and ancient cave drawing!