Monday, 27 July 2009

Broadway Cupcakes..

Still having net nightmares so do bear with me in the sporadic posting.

This weekend's MEGA moment of pleasure was discovering this you tube Karaoke fun time, where I found loads of broadway numbers to chortle when really I should have been baking cupcakes for a pal's party.. I divided my time between weighing out flour and sugar,mixing up icing and then zipping over to the computer to find another show tune to belt out! Oh my goodness me, it was jazz hands - tastic!!
Finding my two favourite songs made my night- and I was singing up a storm..I'm sure it gave the cupcakes an extra zing!
So here they are.. some of my Broadway Cupcakes.

And here are the songs that helped them (and me) along the way. Go on- give it a go! You too can be as good as Babs.
Boo- I can only link to them; Don't Rain on My Parade(so my theme song) and this rip-roarer from Wicked. Even I was feeling sorry for the neighbours I was singing so loudly!

I also tried my hand at lavender cupcakes. I love lavender food so much, shortbread,meringues,lavender and orange cake. A friend even has a recipe for beef with lavender.

And they're so pretty too! Decorated with fresh buds from the garden

I bought the culinary lavender from a farm in Kent called Castle farm. I would love to take a trip there and wander through purple scented fields. But in the mean time the mail order can keep me in lavender supplies.

The recipe is from the Hummingbird cook book, a basic sponge cupcake recipe but the milk is infused over night with the dried lavender buds. It was delish!

The next day I snapped these pics of butterflies on the bunting that's still hanging in the garden,I can't bring myself to take it down after our anniversary party. And now I know the butterflies like sunning themselves there, it may have to stay a while.

Oh I feel another song coming on..
'lavender cupcakes and butterflies on bunting,these are a few of my favourite things'

Thursday, 23 July 2009

remember me?

Oh poor neglected blog of my heart! How I have forsaken you..

But here I am, back from lots of adventures,frollicking around with the pals,giggling and dancing with The Shoe, oh we've had some high times, I can tell you. A spot of traveling and seeing some sights ,as well as shaking my fist at nasty net problems on my return that prevented me rejoining the blog world- boo and hiss! but I hope there are still some folk out there to flick through my ramblings and if not,never mind!

So our anniversary weekend was truly blissful. A surprise stay in a Bed and Breakfast called Thornham Hall surrounded by gorgeous parkland. View from our window.. with elegant peacocks and their not so elegant call sounding the alarm!

Even with the peacocks,the peace and quiet was an absolute tonic..sunshine poured in to the day and we wandered through walled gardens and woodland, it truly was like a secret garden. This little girl was peeking in as we arrived and then it was just us,the butterflies and the bees.

Magical woodlands,felt like we were walking through paintings.

Afterwards we headed towards Aldeburgh,the place where we had got married. Accompanying us as we drove along twisty roads was the music we had heard during our ceremony, Mozart,John Martyn, Elbow, Bernstein.. We both got quite emotional! Once there we ambled through the wedding gardens, holding hands and filled with memories and love,reliving the events of that magical day. We felt so blessed and brimming with happiness.

And on the drive back,we spied a stall on the roadside with little fluttering flags of colour- Suffolk sweetpeas! The Shoe knows me so well, I didn't even have to say anything, he had put the brakes on. I swept up all 5 bunches,leaving the money in the honesty box - it was perfect as we had planned the whole wedding around when sweetpeas would be flowering and lined the aisle with jamjars of the perfumed blooms. An anniversary present of my favourite flowers.

But the real special present was waiting for me in our hotel room. We had brought our gifts up with us to exchange on the day and I had a box waiting for me.. As dusk fell and the light changed to a lilacy pink and blue, I unwrapped the enormous amount of wrapping to reveal this-

I was thrilled and speechless and couldn't quite believe my eyes! Those in the know will recognize those cute little birds as the work of another blog wonderlady Flora. Her blog,Through the Round Window, about her stained glass creations is filled with interesting and pretty things.
The Shoe and her had been a-plotting presents.. I was full of questions - how did,where did.. what???? I am never sure if he reads my ramblings but apparently I had left the puter on with this post and he thought it was just the thing. We have a bit of a bird thing going on if you hadn't already realised from the poem we wrote to go in our invites,there were lots of birdie touches at the wedding. I was very impressed, he came up with the design for the two glass birds all by himself! We really must be well suited as we bought each other the exact same lovebirds card!
So thank you Flora for creating such a wonderful and special gift, we can't quite decide where to hang it but it will be somewhere we can see it every day.

Now I must remember to always leave the computer on when I post about other things I take a fancy to!!

(I do hope I can be back soon, virgin media permitting, but I am missing all my blog pals lots!)

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Underneath the tree...

When we thought of where we would be married,there was only one place that in my heart I wanted it to be, a place were I had had some of the happiest times of my life,a place that feels like my home in my true heart.I had introduced the Shoe to this magical creative place and he had been swept up in it's spell too.
When I would visit Aldeburgh I would stay in a little room at the top of a big house and at all times of the day, early morning,dusk,moonlit nights,I would gaze in wonder at the spectacular view that stretched away beneath massive skies and would be instantly calm.
On a visit to our friends after we got engaged, talk came round to wedding plans and I mentioned something about finding a field nearby when up pipes Lady C 'why my dear you must have it in my garden' My heart almost burst and all the words out of my brain as this was what the Shoe had answered when i asked him where in the whole world would he want to get married.
It was the start of our dream coming true and meant that we could get married in a place that was incredibly special and personal to us..

And we could have our wedding ceremony 'Underneath the tree beneath the swirling skies'

And it also meant we could have a marquee in another friend's garden and keep partying till the wee small hours!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

wedding memories..

Goodness I can hardly believe that it will be our first wedding anniversary on sunday!
How did that happen?? The year has flown by so quickly
So, as I really became involved in the wonderful world of blogging as a result of planning the wedding, I thought I would post a little bit about our day,so excuse the self indulgence! I do wish I had started a wedding blog at the time as I am still adicted to looking at wedding loveliness.. I only plucked up the courage afterwards!

So here you are, invited to our wedding.

As we love and collect classic children's books, we thought that would be our inspiration with lots of pen and ink illustrations of birds and nature.There was so much information to include it soon turned into a small booklet tied with green ribbon edged with gold thread.
Each page was a different chapter and headed with a quote from Alice in Wonderland.
This was the front page

And opened up to this...

We did the do in a beautiful Suffolk village called Aldeburgh so we made a whole weekend of the celebrations.

We designed them ourselves with the assistance of a talented graphic designing pal to do the technical stuff.It was so exciting working on them.
As everyone would be staying in the village we decided to have a map, created by a lovely lady from uxella publicity who transformed our photographs into sweet drawings . We even included a 'chapter' on things to do!

We were having our beautiful wedding ceremony underneath a majestic scots pine tree and used the silhouette outline on the front and back.

And this was the poem that the Shoe and I wrote together.I began it sitting on a crowded tube carriage dreaming of the wedding day and we finished it together that night, back home in our nest. You may have to click on it to read it !

Setting the scene on wedding day!

pics by fwphotography
Will be posting more about everything soon.
It's so lovely remembering it again.

(boo- the colour has come out rather funny but it was a faded sage green in real life!)