Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
As an avid fan of Agatha Christie's I decided to make the Delicious Death cake which was created to celebrate her 120th birthday. Even though I am not much of a cook I thought this would be a good tribute to the master of crime that the whole family could enjoy.
I have been working my way through the poirot tv series, in chronological order, even though my family think me a little strange but you have to start at the beginning ang and then move forward. Most of these I had seen before and even more of them I have read but I just love the whole world within a world in these stories. Next I will have to move on to the Miss Marples.( I secretly would like to become Miss Marple, visiting wonderful english vilages, knitting and solving crimes). But back to the cake.Here are the raisins and glace cherries simmering in orangs juice( decided not to go for the brandy option so the children would like the taste)
#3 child took this photo of the finished cake and I thought I would use it as he told me his photo was better than mine. The recipe had said to cut the cake in two and put the fruit inside but after cooling the cake it was obvious when I started cutting that it would not stay in one piece and was very crumbly, so I put the fruit ontop, as you do. I dont know why it was so crumbly, any suggestions are very welcome.
Here is another photo of the cake, and its chocolate topping.
As you can see we managed to finish most of the cake, and luckily no one has died,yet. It was fun to make but not the type of cake I would make again. I found it very rich and far too sweet for me, even if the children managed to have seconds.
So thankyou Agatha Christie for all that you have contributed to the world, I know you have given me hours and hours of enjoyement in my life.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This is one of our nightly visitors. The mother possum was on the ground eating some food I had left out for them while this young one was on top of the bird feeder eaing the seeds I had left out for the birds.
It is that time of year again and I headed off to the show with the children and this goat stole our hearts, what an expression!
We also spent some time at the snake pit. The reptile rescue man and his helper stood in there with 10 deadly Tasmanian snakes. They were fasinating to watch but I was very happy for the high walls seperating me from them. These are tiger snakes and copper heads. I have one living in my garden at the moment and I wish it would go away. It seems to have taken a liking to my iris garden, just next to the verandah. All snakes are protected in Tasmania and so we are not allowed to kill them, so I am hoping it will decide this is not a good place to be.
And of course it cant be a show without the poultry shed. This was one of the finest roosters in the shed. WE always seem to spend far too long looking at all the chickens, ducks, pidgeons etc but you have to love them. we all went in the canary raffle and yet again we did not win, which is probably good.
As I am still finding it hard to find suitable patterns for a cardigan that can use the wool I have in my stash(maybe that is why it has been in the stash for so long.) I decided to make these quick and very easy Evangeline gloves as a gift. Then I made a pair for #1 child. This was some lovely soft wool I got from a blue swap on ravelry. Very nice
Then of course I decided to work on my sock wool stash and make these Sandalwood socks. I am using some sock wool I dyed. I really like the colour and I love the pattern but it is the old adage, wrong woll for that pattern. Oh well, I will just have to knit another pair later in a solid colour to show off the pattern.
It was#3 childs birthday and we held it on halloween weekend and so here was my black cat pinata, I also made a witch but had trouble with getting the right mouth to make her look witchy enough so in the end I painted over the mouth and I dont think any of the children even noticed she was missing a mouth.
Friday, November 5, 2010
We went for a lovely walk along this headland at Worms End in Wales. The scenery was just spectacular. There were a few surfers out at the beach and a lot of walkers around enjoying the lovely day. When the tide is right you can walk from the head land out to the island, but unfortunately we were not able to stay there until the tide turned.
While we were away in the UK the children go the chance to have a go at archery and also were able to hold some birds of prey. These two things seem to be very popular in the UK and so the children were really excited to be able to have a go at these medieval sports.
This was a young owl that the falconers were raising by hand. It was very cute and its eyes were so compelling.
Then we stumbled across this old water mill where they had been crding fleece and them spinning it and eventually weaving it, all driven by water power. It was very interesting to see but a shame that it was no longer used as a working mill.