Saturday we had a stroll along to the local Charity shop where you are always greeted with a smile and a chat. It is always a joy to have a mooch around and find a little treasure. This time we were lucky with books.
I really enjoyed browsing through the Scottish Teatime recipes and found a cake that I had never tried before, a marmalade cake. So that was made in readiness for afternoon tea. It was delicious, a sticky glaze and then a lovely taste of orange follows.
I grated the orange rind onto the top and popped it back into the oven for a few moments but sadly it had burnt a little. Fortunately it didn't detract from the beautiful taste of the cake.
Our friend and neighbour popped around for a visit so she helped with making a chocolate cake, which she took home with her to share with her family. We did have some fun breaking in the chocolate, one for the bowl one for the mouth.
I also made a lemon curd pudding as I had some lemon curd that needed using up.
Some secret crafting was done for Mothers day which is next Sunday here in the UK. We had a lot of fun together.
She made friends with Wilbur and Hector via Skype and enjoyed some of their antics, making plans together for when they visit.
I then had a very enjoyable couple of hours sorting out the Spring/Easter decor. A little touch here and there to brighten our dreary days. A little promise of what is to come.
A side table to welcome you in and draw your eyes. Wooden eggs making another appearance on the twigs. We have had those so for many years, a wonderful reminder of our time in Germany whilst serving in the Army. The table runner a new addition that was made last year from some fabric picked up on a car boot sale. I love how the reflections and shadows can be seen throughout the cottage as the sun shows its dappled face during the lengthening days.
Another tree that we usually use for Christmas baubles.
See you soon.