Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Autumn/Fall it takes my breath away....


Autumn 
simply takes my breath away



rich gold
framed in blue
mirrored on the water


an artist weaving
His
brush strokes


I'm joining
Judith for Mosaic Monday
(I know I'm too late for this week's party, sorry Judith!)
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration
Thank you both for hosting your parties!

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt

Shane






Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tea with Crunchy Lemon Muffins




Today I thought I would share with you
my Hammersley tea set passed on to me
by my darling mother - she loved beautiful china
and I've inherited that trait!

I'm also
sharing
one of our family's favourite muffin recipes!


Crunchy Lemon Muffins

2 cups Self Raising flour
3/4 cup Sugar
75gms Butter
1 cup Milk
1 Egg
Grated rind of 1 large or 2 small Lemons
~~~~~~~~~
Topping
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Sugar

Measure the flour and sugar into a bowl - toss to mix.
Melt the butter, add milk, egg and lemon rind and beat
well with a fork to combine.
Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and combine
until the dry ingredients have been lightly dampened
but not thoroughly mixed.

Divide mixture evenly between 12 medium muffin pans
and bake at 200 degrees C (390F) for 10 minutes.


Stir together the lemon juice and sugar, 
without dissolving the sugar, and drizzle over
the hot muffins when they come out of the oven.
Leave to stand in pans only a few minutes
and place on a rack.

for my special touch
I slit the top of each muffin
and add a generous spoonful of Lemon Curd.
enjoy!

I'm joining 

Thank you dear ladies for hosting

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt

Shane





Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Art of Friendship




When Stephanie hosted her first Tea Cup Exchange
I wonder if she knew what a huge success it would be
It soon became the topic of blogger chit chat
I read the posts my friends wrote
and I admired their photos
 of beautiful tea cups both received and sent.

What prompted me to become part of it 
was reading about the friendships formed
by bloggers from all corners of the globe!




I've now been part of the last two exchanges.

This year I sent a tea cup parcel to
Asia
who blogs at

http://underacreativespell.blogspot.com/

where she creates artistic cards



Recently I received an unexpected packet
with the special Royal Mail post mark
(this caused great excitement in our house)
and inside was the most exquisite card
made by Asia to say
thank you
I'm sure you will agree what a talent she is
please pop over to her blog and say hello!

Thank you dear Asia for being so sweet
I treasure your beautiful card,
and for me this is bloggy friendship at it's best!


I'm joining 
Judith for Mosaic Monday
and
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration

Thank you ladies for hosting!


Thank you my dear readers for visiting and 
leaving your kind comments
take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Shane








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