Sunday, 20 July 2014

Smiling on Sunday.


It's been what feels like an absolute age since I've shared anything other than my weekends on here, I did have grand plans to do a bit more with this little space of mine but sitting at a computer all day makes me want to get as far away as possible from a screen once I get home and have time to do what I enjoy. It's a shame but I guess it's just how it goes and I've been seeing it more and more as the blogs I follow grow up with me.

Still, I like having this as a creative outlet and the Internet is a fun place to hang out on occasion so even if this doesn't become a regular thing, I thought it would be good to share a bit of love and some fun things I've found recently.

Books getting turned into films before they've even been published is something that doesn't really sit well with me. Don't get me wrong, I love films but usually enjoy the book counterpart better when it comes down to it. A trailer for a book is the neatest idea though and something people should consider more often. The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern is definitely on my to-read list, what can I say, I'm a sucker for good design and that cover and trailer just got me.

I love this sea bass bag from Don Fisher, it even has a boney fishy lining.

Cereal Magazine has been on my list of 'must subscribe' magazines for a little over a year now. I still haven't got around to it, but love reading their blog so much. With my current severe case of wanderlust and plans to actually, finally book a trip to Iceland for November, their photographs are really making me feel inspired.

Fritha from Tigerlily Quinn got engaged last week and her engagement story is lovely. It's a two-parter and I was on tenterhooks after reading the first half. I'm not quite at that stage where I feel ready to go through anything similar but I can't help but feel a little mushy.

I'm determined that once we move from our little flat here in Newbury that most of the furnishings will be nice, neutral wood. I think this make up station from iSkelter is a good place to start.

It's certainly wedding season, and like I said, I can't help feel mushy but this wedding shot by Rachel Thurston looks kind of perfect, right down to the homemade mini golf.

Must admit that I'm a little over the whole 'abandon porn' thing, but Kaylah from The Dainty Squid has always done it so well and this abandoned amusement park does look like a great place to do a bit of exploring.

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I hope that you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and that Monday isn't too hard on you.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Recipe: Blackcurrant Curd Ice Cream

You might remember a little while ago that I blogged a recipe for passionfruit meringue pie that was actually way more delicious than it looked. Well, the lovely people at Thursday Cottage sent a couple more of their tasty curds to try out.

I wasn't sure what else to do other than make another meringue pie but Moon and I were dead into making our own ice cream for a time so as well as having this tasty blackcurrant curd with yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, I had a brainwave to mix it into the mixture for our next batch.

We took a lot of inspiration from (the wonderful) Nigella for this one, but gradually as we've made more, we've adapted it a lot from the original espresso recipe. My favourite is still when we added blended strawberries, oh my!

You Will Need:
  • A container to store you ice cream - any tupperware should be fine, you could even use an old ice cream container

  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 1 Can of Condensed Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Blackcurrant Curd - or any curd or blended fruit

  1. Whisk your double cream into soft peaks
  2. Fold in the condensed milk and whisk again
  3. Mix in your blackcurrant curd - if you leave it, you'll have swirls of blackcurrant running through, like fancy Carte D'Or
  4. It should be a thick, creamy consistency by this point - spoon the mixture into your chosen ice cream tub and leave in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight

I just think this recipe is really great because it requires almost no effort aside from having the right sized container to bung everything in the freezer once you've finished, plus ice cream so...
I had hoped for swirls but it was so tasty that in the end it really didn't matter so much, sorry I didn't get a picture of the end result, I was too busy stuffing it in my face, hope you enjoy making it yourself though.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Lavender Fields Forever.

Last weekend my sister came over to visit (probably for the last time before she's off to study in Hong Kong *sad*) so I drove us down the Alton for Hampshire Lavender's open day. I figured that given I'd been trying to persuade Moon to come with me to Hampshire Lavender Fields' open days for some time and it seemed less and less likely as time went on, having a guest was a pretty good excuse to head over.

My sister was probably overall as impressed as I would have expected Moon to have been but I think she appreciated the rows of lavender and the different varieties, plus the gift shop was pretty neat. It was a nice place to take photographs too, I'm a little gutted that I allowed for a fingerprint on my camera lens resulting in a few weird hazey bits in these pictures.

As well as lavender there was the most impressive selection of controlled wild flowers. So many colours!

We didn't quite make the most of the £3 admission fee and didn't even have a go on the 'field tour' but we did spend a good hour there enjoying the hum of the bees.

When we went to the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair, my sister came away with a whole camera roll filled with flowers from their beautiful garden. I was probably just as bad but she was determined to not do the same this time, not sure how she got on with it but I'm assuming not well ;)

Tote: Alphabet Bags

Sister wanted y'all to know that she took this, she might not have, but I think it was this one.

You can visit the on-site Lavender Fields Shop between Tuesday and Saturday and there are even (really intense sounding) tours you can do of the fields when the open days aren't on. Now let me tell you something for nothing, nobody, but nobody, likes lavender more than the people who supply products to the Lavender Fields shop.

Wash yourself with lavender, then wash your mouth out with it too!

I think this day out really make me realise that while I like lavender, I'm not into going to a site specifically for it... I'm pleased that I got to go though and I'm happy with the nice lavender-related products I got, including a candle, tasty biscuits and incense - the candle is the best! It wasn't quite a place to while away the afternoon but it was nice, I just enjoyed running my hands through the lavender ever few steps.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Marlborough Mooch.

I'm never sure how current/instant blogging needs to be, which I think is why I'm more of a #latergram girl than posting right away. I'd rather take it in and think about it later... probably, or I'm just a bit lazy and like I said, it's been one of those weeks.

Even though it's over a week ago now, I just really wanted to share these snaps from Marlborough with you. I quite like Marlborough as a town, it's so pretty and old (and perfect at Christmas time). It might be the first time we've visited it when it hasn't been pouring with rain and it was nice to check out their nice, if precariously placed in the middle of the road, Saturday market. I think next time we visit we must have a visit up the church tower, which we would have for the £2 it cost were it not for the dull day.

We stumbled across this darling alleyway that we hadn't been down before, it had the cutest shops with the nicest window displays.

It's nice to have a local town that's just as good for a mooch as wandering up the town. I do like how Newbury is so close to so many places like that, it makes for interesting weekends even when we're not gallivanting off elsewhere.

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