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Monday, 26 June 2017

A Wedding Party

On Saturday we were invited to an Evening Wedding Party. The wedding was held in the parkland of a large estate. The marquee was set on the edge of a lake in an idyllic setting.

A close eye however was needed to keep an eye on the children's whereabouts.

The bride looked stunning in a tea length wedding dress although by the time we arrived the shoes were becoming just a little too much!

The colour theme was blue and we were particularly impressed with the colour coordinated sweets and cupcakes. 

All very tempting!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Home Produced and Fresh

It's the time of year when the fresh home produce is really beginning to come on.

The peas and sugar snaps are looking particularly wholesome.

I was brought a basket of vegetables to go with the home produced roast lamb (try not to think of those cuddly lamb pictures!). 

Then I picked a few boysenberries from my garden which went well with some home made black currant ice cream and sorbet with a meringue on top.

Feeling hungry?

Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Few Different Views

I am using my lack of camera as an excuse to show a few more of the pictures I took at Tyntesfield a few weeks ago. There are lots of interesting little corners.
There are several of these stone seats which mark the end of each path. They have been restored over recent years.

An ideal location for a family picnic.

A herd of Aberdeen Angus Cross cattle graze in the fields below the house.

Beautiful peonies in the flower borders with the restored aviary in the background.

The large urns in front of the house each surrounded by a clipped holly bush. The formal flower beds are a little bit between seasons.

We are returning to Tyntesfield in August so will hopefully then see these beds at their best.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Elderflower Cheesecake

I mentioned a week or so ago that Elderflower Cordial can be used in cheesecake so today I thought I would give you my recipe for this. It is a very easy recipe and actually originates from a restaurant in Kendal. The Moon restaurant was a great favourite in the 80's and 90's. It was the first place that I ever tasted Sticky Toffee Pudding. I have two little books that they produced at this time. I see the date that I have written in the front of  "More Recipes from the Moon." is 1st  September 1990.

Somewhere in the back of mind I feel I may have already given you this recipe so I apologise if I am repeating myself.

Biscuit Base (I double this bit)
2oz Butter
4oz Crushed digestive biscuits.
1/3 pint double cream
10oz cream cheese ( can use low fat)
2oz Caster sugar.
4 fl oz Elderflower Cordial
1 dessert spoon lemon juice.

1. Melt the butter and stir in the biscuit crumb.
2. Press the mixture over the base of a greased 8" loose bottom shallow cake tin. ( I use a flan dish of about 10".)
3. Using a hand mixer beat together all the ingredients until smooth.
4. Spread over the base.

I decorate this with fresh soft fruit although this is not what the recipe suggests. They suggest 2 tins of raspberries brought to the boil with arrowroot and then cooled before pouring over individual slices.

An easy but tasty dessert which it suggests you could try different cordials. I haven't done this but I would imagine that ginger would be tasty with a ginger biscuit base. I will let you know when I have tried it!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Take Three Thursday: Domes Inside and Out

 The remit for Mary - Lou's Take Three Thursday is to post three photos that have come to one's attention and that all follow a theme. This week I have chosen one of the items on the list for the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. I have chosen No. 13 A Dome.
 Yesterday I had a couple of spare hours in Cardiff while waiting for my daughter. I decided to head to The National Museum partly to get out of the heat, also because it is free but also because it's large range of exhibitions was sure to have something of interest. I spent a few moments admiring the exterior and the adjoining building which is the Cardiff City Hall. It soon became obvious that this was a good opportunity for a dome!
You may recall from yesterday that my camera has gone for a bit of a MOT so I only had my iPhone with me. I really am not very good at taking pictures with this but sometimes needs must! So taken with my iPhone are 3 buildings with domes in close proximity viewed from Cathays Park.

1. The ornate dome above Cardiiff City Hall topped with a sculpture of a Welsh dragon.

2. Cardiff National Museum with it plainer but still majestic dome.

3. Seen through the trees to the left of the City Hall are two domes which are part of Cardiff Crown Courts. I believe they are matching turrets.

Anyone who knows me will know that I find it hard to stick to the rules. Today I have 3 more domes for you. Inside Cardiff National Museum the interior is quite impressive. This view from the first floor gallery looking down on the foyer below the dome gives an indication of its grandness. This was the venue for a ball that my daughter recently attended.

Then here are the interiors of three domes within the museum.

1. The interior of the large dome.

2. and 3. Two domed windows at the museum.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Free Range

 Yesterday I took my camera in for a bit of a once over to see if they can get the marks off my sensor. I'm feeling a bit lonely already without my camera. I do have my phone and can borrow one of my daughters cameras so I am sure I will survive.
Meanwhile here are a couple of photos of the hens enjoying their liberty to roam. It's good to,see them out and about. 

You can see they don't take much notice of Monty.

They are not so keen on this very hot weather preferring to stay in the shade. Pretty much like most of us really.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Fabulous Colour

The farmer bought some lily bulbs that he brought on in pots. I planted some of them into the garden and two of them are now in flower. The colour of this one is particularly striking.

Then there is a vibrant yellow one.

There seems to be quite a lot of yellow and orange in the garden at the moment including this iris.

And this pretty rose.