Monday, 31 May 2010
I did have a lovely pair of gloves......now they just look like a piece of 'art' a colourful sculpture of a very small pair of gloves about the third of the size of the original, very thick and stiff. They were in the pocket of an old jacket which I had worn the previous day to the Steam Gala, and which was covered with smuts from the engines.
Here is a picture of them when I had just knitted them.
I was pretty upset, as this year I have really appreciated that this pair of knitted wool gloves is really very very much warmer than a leather pair.
Mr S was very sympathetic and in his way consoled me by saying that as I had knitted them, then I would be able to knit myself some more.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
The party in the park was a little larger than last year, and with a good turn out too!
There seemed to be many more stalls from 'small businesses', maybe a sign of the recession, that people are starting to work for themselves, and using such local gatherings to market their wares. There was such a large variety of food type stalls, that I think it would be a good idea for them to group together.
Jenny bought a cake to take back, and I thought that the cupcake display quite eye catching. There were some well hatted ladies too!
This design is by one of the members of sent 2 coventry.
Monday, 3 May 2010
This was a typical bay on Tresco, which is also famous for its Gardens full of exotic trees, shrubs and flowers. There were species which we recognised from Madeira, and also species from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Right across the islands were interesting gardens, fields and flowers growing wild in the hedgerows. I already have some succulents and bought a couple to bring back. I did not realise that a succulent could have such a sweet smell just from its leaves. The Aeonium Balsamiferum is filling the conservatory with its honey smell. It was interesting to see mature Black Aeoniums, of which mine is a mere juvenile, in full flower growing without protection.
Both on St Mary's and St Agnes and The Gugh, we came across wonderful large blocks of Granite eroded by wind, rain and sea into shapes which just had to be named or described. The Nag's Head on St Agnes, looking toward the sea looks more like a winged mythical creature to me.
Another beautiful arrangement of worn granite at Peninnis Head on the southern tip of St Mary's was just a short walk from Hugh Town.
Slowly, very slowly the numbers are mounting up again. I do try to only get books from the Library, but there are a few, which really NEED to stay here. Whilst in Waitrose, I picked up a new book, and flicking through the pages, I knew that here gathered under one cover, were several things I would like to bake.
In her introduction Isidora Popovic 'urges you to use this book as a canvas for your own creations.' I loved this, as this is just how I use books. Her use of pizza dough to line savoury tarts lessens the amount of fat, so for my first trial of this I used her spelt pizza dough, but used just cooked fresh salmon and asparagus in the filling. I used the quantities of Greek yogurt, cheese etc recommended and felt it was a bit shallow, but it baked up just right...this is before it went into the oven. Next time I shall try hot smoked salmon.
The new season asparagus at the market was too tantalising, so two bunches were used for this and a soup. I took this over for Veronica when we went to visit the new addition to the family. V & I had a piece for our lunch, and the rest was portioned and stored in the freezer for snacks on another day. It was lovely.