Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Attitude Cakes

My neighbour and good friend Jean has a term for cakes that don't turn out quite as you expect.  She calls them "attitude cakes". I love this saying. I'm sure you know the sorts of cakes we mean - Victoria Sponges that slope down at one side, cupcakes that spill over the tops of their cases and buns that are just a bit too crisp for their own good.  Her view is that often these cakes are a reflection of our own attitude when making them.  Maybe we were not really in the mood to bake, but had already committed to doing it, perhaps we rushed through the process or we just didn't give our full attention to the job in hand.  In summary - maybe our hearts weren't it.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Melody Gardot

To celebrate my birthday, Andy is taking me to see Melody Gardot on Monday evening.  She has the most fabulous voice and I can't wait to see her perform live.

As you know I like to share the things I love so no doubt she'll make it to my loveliness page sometime soon on 

However, if you want to find out more now and take a listen check out her website at


Thursday, 15 April 2010


I've had rather a spontaneous kind of week so far and it's been enjoyable because of it.  Andy had bought something on e-bay and rather than having it sent we decided on the spur of the moment to drive up to Yorkshire to collect it.  On route we had a delightful stop off at Hebden Bridge including a fresh and delicious lunch at an organic cafe there.

Having collected the e-bay item, we also decided to drop by at some friends that we hadn't seen for about 3 years.  We tried to telephone ahead but after no answer we persevered and went anyway.  And yes they were in.  So we shared cups of tea, some supper and lots of chat and catch up.  It was a lovely experience. 

Friday, 2 April 2010

Expectations v. Reality

Ok - so how many of you had high expectations for a rain-free sunny Easter, where you could head off on congestion-free roads in perfect harmony with your family. I have found that setting expectations can often lead to disappointment - when something doesn't quite match up to what you thought, or someone didn't quite deliver the goods.  So why do we do it?  Why do we build an expectation about an event or a place and more importantly around other people's behaviours?  After all we can't predict what someone else will do.  We only carry responsibility for ourself and our own behaviours and actions.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Lemony Loveliness

Yesterday was a horrible day weather wise.  We had every type of weather - rain, sun, cloud, hail and even a little bit of snow. What's that all about?  So what's a girl gonna do in such conditions?