Sunshine food garden and makings

I’ve been pottering around so this is a bit of a catch up post.
Traditional English scene on Lord Street.
The Town Hall has purple window boxes.
Looking above the shops on Chapel Street.
I had a huge baking sesh on Thursday so there were fruit scones, cheese oaties and spice cookies.

Cheese Oaties
125g/4oz plain flour
half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
half a teaspoon of salt
25g/1oz margarine
125g/4oz oatmeal
50g/2oz grated cheese
Little milk

1. Mix all dry ingredients.
2. Rub in fat and cheese- a little like breadcrumbs.
3. Add milk to make a stiff dough.
4. Roll out on a floured board and cut into rounds like scones.
5. Put baking sheet of oaties in for 12 mins at Gas 8 450F 230C

Another day I made mushroom soup.
The rhubarb was ready in the garden so from armloads of stalks I made some crumbles.
The garden has really woken up: rose, mock orange in bud (Philadelphus) in both gold and green leaves, and periwinkle (vinca major).
Clematis montana, at last pink cherry blossom against a blue sky properly, red currants growing, and butterfly lavender.
“Marbles” the obedient greyhound had to get moved- not by me don’t worry Deb I’m just foolhardy not totally silly…yet. He needs a good wash.
We finally replaced Rudolph the red nosed koi carp with this little lady we called Cleopatra due to her eye make up. Pumpkin in orange is huge now!
Finally some crafts- this went out to Ulla in Finland. We are reading the 12 Swallows and Amazon books together by Arthur Ransome. I posted some of the English foods mentioned in the books so she can experience them for herself as she reads.
Some of the books are set in the Norfolk Broads (others in the Lake District “Swallows and Amazons” and some abroad). The children there call themselves the “Coot Club” as they try to protect the nests of the waterbirds.
Sewing this strip onto a tea towel to wrap a jar of Frank Cooper’s original Oxford marmalade in was apt. I even wrote a note in the flag code (semaphore) like a real Swallow or Amazon. I knew she would understand it and smile.
My physiotherapist is expecting a baby so I got the needles out and some pale pink almost white yarn with little pink and lemon blobs in.
A cardigan, matinee jacket and a beret.
Close up of fancy stitch on fronts and sleeves of matinee jacket.
Stitch throughout on the cardi.
To me the beret looks like a sea urchin.
That is all my makings so far. I’m currently working on the 5th Elves stitchery for the 2nd June with Simone and Suzie but I keep being distracted by the sun and pottering in the garden.

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