Curveballs…


As life throws you curveballs every now & again, adjustments in that life are inevitable. Life goes on but in different directions, not always how you envision.   But there are always silver lining, little rays of sunshine, new opportunities, new skills explored. For me, cake & baking was my world & now it's not. …

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Weymouth revisited


Here again. It feels very like our third home at moment. Home obviously being 1st, Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club at Pennington Flash being a high 2nd. Premier Inns are blurring into the same room… Source: Weymouth revisited

So Long GBBO, Thanks for the Memories


I'm genuinely sad The Great British Bake Off has finished now. It does irritate me sometimes & I don't think I'm alone in that, but at the end of the day there's a prolific love of baking oozing from this programme, which I personally love. You can't beat a lovely well executed home made Victoria Sponge …

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❄️❄️❄️ Christmas Treacle Market Part 2 – The Finale!! ❄️❄️❄️


As I write this I'm watching  Morcombe & Wise Christmas Special, kipper ties, wide lapels & Des O'Conner, oh & Angela Rippon now, its definite throw back to the 70's, (not that I remember the 70's of course, I'm purely guessing here you understand...) Either way, it definitely means Christmas is almost here! It's very …

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Upcycle a chair!


Macclesfield Community ArtSpace

ArtSpace has been donated a number of fine chairs, which we are offering for sale at £25 each. The frames are in good condition, but the fabric is slightly faded in places. However, see picture for how good they can look once recovered! Our friend Jennie Gaywood has done a fantastic job of giving this one a new lease of life: “2 1/2 metres fabric, a staple gun and a curved needle and thread. Lots of pins and a few hours of toil whilst watching Wimbledon, hay presto ! A new chair!”

Anyone like to have a go at doing their own? The chairs are on display (and on sale) at ArtSpace.

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Lane Cake


This sounds AMAZING!!! Perfect summer treat, I may just have to try this one out! Any takers for the taste testing team?

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Lane Cake

Wotchers!

This is my End-Of-Term post for 2014, before taking a short break over the summer to do Stuff™, and so I have chosen a cake that has been on my ToDo list for many a moon.

This is Ms Emma Rylander Lane’s Prize Cake, with which she was declared champion at the Georgia State Fair, Columbus in 1898. It is also the cake immortalised in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. When the novel’s narrator, Scout Finch, described the celebrations for the arrival of her aunt Alexandra, she declared:

Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded with shinny[1] it made me tight.

Miss Maudie later decides that a Lane Cake is in order when a neighbour is hurt on the night Miss Maudie’s house catches fire.

“Mr. Avery will be in bed for a week – he’s right stove up. He’s too old to do things…

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