Farewell 2014….

I've completely lost track of the days as you do over the Christmas holidays, so it came as a bit of a surprise to find out it's New Years Eve already & Wednesday.  I have slept for most of the holidays if I'm honest, I was really quite exhausted by Christmas Eve & then came …

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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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Christmas Treacle Market Part 1

  So it's the first Festive Treacle Market on Sunday, how wonderful!! That means 2 chances at getting your mittens on some rather wonderful festive fare, heaps of treasures, cart loads of beautiful pressies, there'll be festive music, a carousel & oh so much more! But to keep your spirits up & your energy levels …

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Pre-Christmas Drinkies

It's exactly one month to Christmas Day. Now I'm not saying I'm panicking exactly, well not outwardly, well not yet anyway, but.... There's definitely visions of sugared plums dancing in my head, whether I'm awake or not, I'm consumed by gingerbread, which to be fair isn't as much of problem as you'd think.  I've accidentally …

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Last bit of Summer… Let’s celebrate the Treacle Market way!

  It's already beginning to feel like Summer has slipped away & Autumn is forcing its way in, causing all sorts of niggling & unrest. I mean there we were, enjoying blue skies, balmy days & balmy nights, bbqs & evening drinks on the terrace, & suddenly it's Autumn! Don't get me wrong, I love …

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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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Treacle Market is 4!! Let’s have CAKE!!

I've analyzed the weather forecast for Sunday's Treacle Market & it's not looking to shabby, not too hot, which is great for deeply dark chocolate ganache covered fairy cakes, they're such delicate creations you know, but very naughty so we definitely need those, not to mention all the other not quite so naughty cakes available, …

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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


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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Summer Holiday Art and Craft Workshops

Macclesfield Community ArtSpace

Summer Holiday Art and Craft Workshops @ ArtSpace

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th July,

10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm:  The Morning sessions will be more suitable for 5 to 11 year olds and the afternoon sessions for those over 11.  Children under 11 and those who might need assistance should be accompanied by an adult.

printing blocks

juggling balls

The workshops are Free however we would appreciate a small donation to cover the cost of materials.

Lift available for those who cannot use the stairs.

Contact Jane on 07709591703 or  janemhowie@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.

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