Plums plums everywhere! What to do? Make cake of course! Old Fashion Plum cake 150gm butter, softened 1t vanilla essence 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs zest of 1 lemon 1 1/2 cup wholemeal flour 3 tsp baking powder 1 cup milk 5 or 6 plums, chopped and stoned icing sugar, optional Preheat oven to 180 degrees… Continue reading Old Fashion Plum Cake
A few months ago I was clearing and weeding an overgrown patch out the front of our house when I dug up so many bulbs I filled 3 plastic bags! They would have been put there by my late mother but for the life of me I can’t remember anything ever-growing there, I suspect they were forgotten about and… Continue reading Dahlia
It is Auckland anniversary weekend so I have an extra pair of hands helping me out for the long weekend. We are sanding like mad and every thing is coated in plaster including me. It never gets cold enough to snow in Auckland but it sure looks like it has being snowing in my hallway!… Continue reading Quick Update
What do you get when you cross a Rabbit with a map? Hopefully some unique art for my wall. I started by drawing and cutting out a rabbit picture to use as a stencil. Taking a page from an old atlas I positioned my rabbit stencil until I got the look I wanted, I traced… Continue reading Down The Rabbit Hole
Frames are done! I used gloss water based enamel paint that I had on hand and I applied three coats in total. I did a light sand with a fine grit sandpaper between each coat. I had some help completing the frames but mostly he just sat around! Here are the frames I have just made over and… Continue reading Frames are done? Tick!
I came back from holiday and found that my garden had come to life. Thanks to the sun deciding to come to the party finally. January is a summer month here in New Zealand but with all this rain and wind I thought summer would never come! I have two plum trees and they both have ripened… Continue reading A Bountifull Harvest
I have been missing in action because I jumped at a chance to go for a weekend break with a few friends to Mangawhai Heads, a wonderful seaside town 1 hour 30 mins drive from Auckland. I stayed at a friends batch, here is our lunch out on the large deck looking out to rolling hills and farmland. Here is… Continue reading M.I.A at Mangawhai