Wednesday, April 28, 2010


It is now cold enough to enjoy warm porridge for breakfast. YUM.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


My sample cake for the Mothers' Day Cake stall at our preschool. Marshmallows are hard to work with!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Art in the Garden.

We went on a little escape for a Vintage Car Rally on the last weekend of the April holidays. The leaves were beginning to change on many Poplars and the crispness of the air was welcomed by me. The garden of our accommodation at "The Dairy" in Bathurst, had sculptures in the garden. It was lovely to smell the fresh grass.

"The Dairy" in Bathurst.

Hill End.

We enjoyed a day trip to Hill End. It was quite the picture to see Vintage cars enjoying the hilly little road. Hill End itself was quaint and filled with history. Our lunch venue was in the General Store, seated out the back in the field with old cushions, odd chairs and nice , soft grass. Can you see the table down the slope, in the field?

Monday, April 12, 2010


This is very special crockery as it had a special home in England and now lives with us.

One of my favourite movies is Enchanted April. You can imagine my surprise when I watched it last month and saw this crockery in the movie!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

High Time for High Tea.

I am so excited. I love Devonshire teas, but only good scones that don't taste of dishwashing detergent.

It was high time that I made my own and I did:

4 cups Self Raising Flour
1/2 t salt
300mL cream
375mL lemonade.

Mix dry then wet ingredients and pat into a flat dough onto a floured surface.
I put flour on my hands and on the mouth of the jar. Cut circles out with a jar. Gather the remaining dough and pat flat again, cut out as many as you can without handling the dough too much.
Bake in preheated oven at 220 degrees centigrade. Bake for 10mins and serve with clotted cream and jam.

Next time I will use a jar with a bigger mouth so that we have bigger scones!

This recipe came from a school newsletter.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Holidays Look Like This...

Zucchini=pasta bake.

I had many zucchinis left over, so made a sauce with zucchini, carrot, beans, tin tomato, garlic, some sugar, stock and corn flour. It was tasty and then the next night, mixed with pasta and some cheeses and baked. Quite good.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Origami Paper.

I love Japanese origami paper.
As I am not a patient nor a precise folder, I like to embellish my cards with origami paper.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Feast!

A trip up the mountain to go and pick apples. On the way back down the mountains, we bought farm fresh tomatoes and sweet corn. Our dinner was a feast: apples we picked, cheese, tomatoes/garlic/basil/olive oil on toasted sourdough and corn. Apple pie too. The children loved it and would have drunk the juice of the tomatoes if there was any left!

Bibles for Easter.

Our older children got a more grown up Bible for Easter this year, while the younger two got books with Bible stories in them.

Easter Eggs.

Our four baskets on the bench, filled up after church. New life.

Resurrection Buns.

The tomb is empty!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Easter Hats.

Some stunning Easter 'bonnets'.

Easter Hat Parade with Cupcakes.

A cupcake day at our school. Many parents baked cupcakes and sent them in. We then had an icing/decorating night. We sold the cupcakes at the Easter hat parade.

The Passover Meal.

As we are going to church tonight for a Kids' service, we remembered the Passover Meal and the Last Supper last night.

Hard boiled eggs: Everything else in boiling water softens or disintegrates. Eggs do not. They become hard like the Israelites. Eggs are also new life.
Lamb: There has to be blood sacrificed to save their lives. (Old Testament; a perfect lamb, New Testament; Jesus).
Bitter herbs: Reminds the people that they were servants to slavery.
Celery: Hope and Spring.
Apple/nut/cinnamon mixture: in rememberance of the mortar used to build the cities for Pharoah.
Unleavened bread: To remind of the haste in which the people left Egypt.
Salt water: Reminds of the tears cried whilst in Egypt.

Palm Sunday.

Excuse the fact that this posting is late.