Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Meeting a lovely Blogging friend


Mutabilis Rose - I took this photo Wednesday 6th may 2015.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting
one of my favourite bloggers
Patricia
who blogs at Red Cardinal.
She was travelling from Australia
 via Auckland on her way to Canada.

We arranged to meet at the Parnell Rose Gardens,
being late Autumn there were not many roses in bloom 
however I can always count on good old
Mutabilis, also known as the Butterfly rose.
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This is an old Tea Rose
and in Auckland where our climate is temperate
she flowers most of the year!




We lunched at La Cigale a french cafe nearby
where we exchanged gifts.


Trish gave me this beautiful red bird necklace
which represents the name of her blog
Red Cardinal.
Thank you Trish, I love it!


I made this french inspired journal for Trish
as we both have french speaking grandchildren
Trish's live in Canada
and mine live in France!


I'm joining these parties
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration
Thank you both for hosting!

 Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt

Shane






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
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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





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