As mentioned in a recent post I have an abundance of apples overhanging my garden from neighbouring trees. We’ve just had some rain after a long, hot, dry spell so I’m trying to resist picking them yet as I think they’ll swell in size if left a little longer. It’s a real balancing act though because I do want to pick them before they fall and become bruised. In the meantime I’m collecting those that have dropped sooner, most of which seem to have some insect damage or slight disease which can be cut away making them perfect for my Windfall Apple Cake which uses chopped apple. It is delicious and can be baked in a loaf tin or round cake tin. I tend to use the loaf tin if it’s to be served as a slice of cake with tea or coffee and a round tin if I’m serving it warm as a dessert with cream, ice cream, creme fraiche or custard. The landscapers working on my garden have been enjoying it freshly baked, and still warm from the oven, for their afternoon tea break the past few days, They must like it, today I suggested making Lemon Drizzle Cake for them but they politely asked if they could have the Apple Cake!
This post isn’t about making anything but I just feel as though I want to share a very special day.
A former colleague, a very lovely lady, died a few days ago… it was her funeral today. Not the sort of day to look forward to but in her usual, inimitable style she made me feel uplifted. The instructions were to wear pink; not surprising really as she was all things pink and even had pink highlights in her hair. The hearse was bright pink and the Conductor walking in front was a pretty young woman wearing a bright pink coat. The wicker coffin, adorned with stargazer lilies and pink ribbons, was dressed with a pretty pink parasol as it was placed in the church. The service and hymns were beautiful with a friend and a colleague speaking very eloquently about this kind, friendly and vivacious lady. After the committal we were all invited to attend the wake. The venue was decorated with pink flowers and balloons and there was a lovely buffet which included cakes decorated with pink icing and sparkles and all present were offered pink champagne to toast this lovely lady who had organised every single detail herself for her friends and family.
I feel sad, but I just can’t help smiling!
Both my neighbours have apple trees which overhang my garden and this year have fruited so well. I’ve been baking my favourite apple cake for the landscapers working on our garden but need to decide what else to do with them. Any ideas? Favourite recipes?
Well I don’t know of a funfair ride called ‘Flying Fingers’ but it seemed an apt title for this latest post about my Funfair Blanket. I joined in notyouraveragecrochet CAL on the 15th August. I think at that time 12 weeks of the project had been published and this weekend I completed the latest installment of Week 15. That’s 15 weeks in 24 days so you can see my fingers have been flying!
Week 15… all rows so far
At the time of starting my blanket I was visiting my Mum who is working through a mountain of yarn donated by a friend who can no longer use it. She’s selling what she produces to raise funds for charity or donating the completed items to charity shops. I thought I would help her, so we gathered together a selection of similar weight yarns and ended up with 13 bright colours. Mum lives in a seaside town complete with beach-side amusements and a funfair and driving past the funfair I commented that it was as colourful as my bag of yarn so it has become my ‘Funfair Blanket’.
I really should be doing something else right now but that’s exactly what I’ve said each time I’ve thought about updating this blog… I feel a fraud talking about ‘updating’ when I’ve barely started… but if I continue in this vein I’ll never post anything. It doesn’t help that I don’t feel very confident about how WordPress works. I know there are tutorials etc out there and I have started working through one but I forget what I’ve read by the time I want to put it into practice!
Anyway I have been busy making all kinds of things from Christmas Angel Dolls (last year’s gifts) to celebration cakes, as well as getting on with everyday life. I’m currently working on a CAL by notyouraveragecrochet using up yarn donated to my Mum. I’ve posted a couple of photos of my ‘Funfair Blanket’ which is still a work in progress.