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A very special project

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This year I’ve been working on a very special project for our wedding. Tom’s Dad, Keith, is a methodist minister and he took our marriage service, which was wonderful! As lots of you know, I made waistcoats for the dads and groomsmen, but wanted to make something extra special for Keith – so I decided to make a stole for him to wear during the service. Continue reading…

Our wedding day!

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I’ve been so excited to tell you about our wedding day and have finally got the time to sit down (with a cuppa, obviously!) to write a post about it! As many of you already know, we spent lots of time planning and making various things for the day – there have already been several posts about my wedding waistcoats but I’m planning to do a few more about other things that we made too, so watch out for them over the next few days! It was important to us that our friends and family played a part in the day, so many of them helped out too – a huge thank you to you all 🙂 Continue reading…

Newcastle’s Central Arcade

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In issue 8 of The Simple Things magazine, there was a wonderful feature about shopping arcades around the UK. I was fascinated by the stories behind them, and it inspired me to go out and take some photos of my local arcade – Central Arcade in Newcastle. If you’re a visitor to Newcastle it’s definitely worth a look (the Visitor Information Centre is there, which is handy!). If you’re a native, then you should go and take time to admire this beautiful place. Continue reading…

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The Hummingbird Bakery Traditional Brownie

This week I have my last class with my English students, and as a special treat I’ve decided to make them some cake. I couldn’t decide what to make, and ended up with two choices – the first is chocolate brownies (I know, not really cake, but they will be easy for me to carry into work and I thought that a big cake is difficult to cut into 15 pieces!). This is the best recipe that I’ve found and it comes from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook – it’s tried and tested, simple and works every time. The trick is to use the best quality dark chocolate that you can find to make them super chocolatey, so I used Green and Black’s 85% dark chocolate. I also invested in a proper brownie pan, which has been well worth it. Yum!

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Making Softpots

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This weekend I went to York to spend some time with Mum and Dad before our wedding, which is now less than 2 weeks away! Mum wanted us to do something crafty and booked us into a workshop at Softpots on Stonegate. Softpots is run by the lovely Annie Austen-Meek, who invented the concept over ten years ago, originally to transport plants practically and safely. Softpots are flexible and are kinder to plants, allowing them to ‘breathe’ and drain freely. Not only are they practical but beautiful, and it is very therapeutic making them. Continue reading…

Lemon Sorbet

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For the past week or so it has been hot and sunny here, which doesn’t normally happen in Newcastle, so it’s best to make the most of it! So I decided to make some of this lovely lemon sorbet from a bargain cook book that I found in a charity shop – Good Housekeeping’s Healthy Family Recipes. You can make it in an ice cream maker but we don’t have one, but it still tasted amazing. It’s a real palette cleanser – super zingy and great in this hot weather! Continue reading…