...I got carried away and took a trillion photos of the snow outside in the garden, that I almost forgot to take a photo of our xmas tree. We added a couple of handstitched red gingham hearts and a few other cute ornaments, can you spot them?
Mum and I have been busy baking and we simply love this cake mould! The cake itself is simple, sponge cake with some raisins and Marsala liqueur, definately yummy! We also baked a chocolate version: we poured melted milk cooking chocolate all over the petals, gorgeous!
Finally I am back online! We relocated about a month ago to glorious and bucolic Derbyshire, but due exceptional wintery weather and logistical issues, it took ages to get back into cyberspace! I did feel stranded without Internet connection! However I have been taking many photos and after some thorough editing, I shall be sharing very soon the very best shots! It is simply heaven to live here, no noise or light pollution, pure bliss! I feel very much in tune with nature and follow the season's slow pace, trying not to push myself to do too much. It is a luxury simply to be in the present, absorb the beauty of it all, take the time to stop and observe nature.
I will post more photos very soon, as ever, many thanks to my regular and new friends to take the time to visit my blog, I truly much appreciate it! I hope all is well in your lives, and I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful xmas and a fantastic new year! Paola
Dickens the cat decided to bring us yet another gift, this time a little bird: for a minute or so it was mayhem in the kitchen, a lot of running around, chasing the cat, trying to get to the bird before the cat did, small feathers flying all over the places,...finally we took the poor bird and checked if it was ok. Dickens looked at us a bit bewildered; I took the little bird into the garden and set it free, alas after a short flight he landed onto the passage by the front door and Dickens was again dangerously close to the bird. Another chase and rescue operation ensued, then I realised that the bird was still not ready to fly, so I helped him and almost "launched" it towards the sky and fortunately he flew far enough, landing on a branch of a fairly tall tree.
...cute,funny little Dickens, always so keen to bring us gifts, ie small mice and birds promptly rescued after a bit of chasing, goodness, I didn't know that small mice could run so fast! Here Dickens is striking a pose, wondering what on earth I am up to, and what is that device I carry around all the time!
If only I could be this cool myself, but then again you all know how stressful it can be when it comes to relocating! I am back and hopefully in a few days time we will escape to glorious Derbyshire! I apologise for not been able to post for a while, watch this space, more photos coming your way soon, as ever many thanks for stopping by, a big hello to new and old friends!
...that I will be away for a couple of weeks, so I want to leave you with as many photos as possible. Over the last few weeks I have managed to upload all the very best shots I took this Summer, and when I am back I hope to have loads more to share with you.
As ever, many thanks to all of you, regular and occasional visitors, for taking the time to stop by!