Monday, 3 June 2013

Making, Baking, Skies, a Walk & Bunting...



 Making...

 ... snowflakes! Lots of. This was just a small selection. The spiky six-pointed ones are mine (it's very important to have six sides/points for a snowflake I think!), the round eight-pointed ones were made by another volunteer (less afflicted by the need for accuracy)

Also, painted panels...

...here shown completed. It took me ages to paint the words, I'm such a fusspot for neatness in these matters.

If you have young children you'll probably know where the words are from...

The reason why, to decorate the nursery float for the village's annual gala day. Our theme: We're Going On  Bear Hunt. The panels refer to the hazards encountered - long wavy grass (Swishy swashy), deep cold river (Splash splosh), etc. The Hooo woooo refers to a snowstorm, hence the snowflakes. However, I was disappointed to see we had a trailer with a pale roof which meant the snowflakes didn't stand out very well. I checked and in previous years we have indeed had a dark roof, grrr! Anyway, it's shown above almost finished, and we came third, out of three! The nursery has won the previous three years so I expect it was time for a change...

Now to some random May baking. Blogging has made me take regular photos of my baking, something I rather enjoy doing, and it's nice to have some kind of record of the made items because of course they don't last very long!

Scones. Still the best recipe I've tried (from this book). I'm going to attempt to make these again for this year's agricultural show, I heard a rumour that it's most important to use a ridged cutter, as I've done for the ones above. For last year's show I didn't have such a cutter and just used a glass which gave a smooth edge, surely that's the only explanation for my scones being unplaced!

 With ginger & rhubarb jam. Yum!
 
Another jar gone...

Chocolate cake, a favourite standby baking recipe. From this book (slightly modified - I mix in 3 tablespoons or so of milk at the end just before putting the mixture in the tin and use butter icing to top it once baked and cooled.)  

Now, two pretty sky and bird photos...



Then N and I are off on a walk to admire the cow parsley while A is at Brownies...



Moo.


Our walk companions.

And lastly, the granny bunting. This is for Lucy@attic24 who is trying to make miles of the stuff for Yarndale. As Lucy's blog was instrumental in helping me learn how to crochet I'm glad to be able to help. I made my first pennant while we were camping in Kirkcudbright.

Here's the second one.

And here are a few more while I use up lots of wee odds and ends of wool and N plays with the sandpit. Only after completing three did I bother to measure them, and discovered they were too big. I removed the seventh round and they're now fine. I've made ten altogether...




And that'll need to do for now - I've invited the parents to visit on Sat and the house is in dire need of a good clean and tidy...

17 comments:

Louise said...

Looks like you have been busy! I'm fussy about things being neat too and agree about the six sided snowflakes! The float looked great, even if the snowflakes didn't show up as well as you'd hoped. Those scones looks really good too.

Ladybird Diaries said...

The nursery float looks fab! That chocolate cake looks delicious and the bunting you have made is lovely.
M x

Primroses Attic said...

Loved the float. I did one when my daughter was in Primary school. We did Charlie and the chocolate factory.
We spent weeks making and painting sweets in my garden. She is now 24 but I can remember it like yesterday.
Rosezeeta.

forgetmenots blue said...

Beautiful photos the cow is lovely. I love making snow flakes its one of my favourite things to do with my daughter at Christmas time x

Mairéad said...

The float is great - good to see so many creative parents helping out.

And those scones - I'm drooling just looking at them!

Joy said...

You have been very busy with such wonderful results; snowflakes are so beautiful and the float so well done - what fun for children as well as adults!
I could just grab a couple of those scones - yummy!
I hope your week is a happy one. Joy x

TACIStudio said...

How fun! Crafting, baking, walking and making buntings :) lots of fun! Love the picture of the buntings hanging in the wire :) I'm still making mine and waiting for dear old of where I should send them :)

Angella Dee said...

beautiful post. so inspiring. thank you for sharing your "happy" with us.
:-)

Grammy Braxton said...

Love your triangles for Lucy. I've made 4 and going to try to make at least 2 more.

Hugs,
Sharon

Diane said...

A perfect snapshot of early summer - love all of it x

Claire said...

Hey Anne, always love frothy, foamy pics of Cow Parsley....your granny bunting looks great too. That's something I would do, not measure and then find out you'd gone too far!!
Chocolate cake is always a winner, here and your scones look yummy. I have plenty of rhubarb growing at the moment, might have to search for a jam recipe.
Well done on the the float, looks great no matter what posi it came......

CLaire x

Gail said...

What a great story to do a float to, I thought you were getting WAY ahead for Christmas decorations:) Baking looks nice, I like the second sky picture, nice bunting too.

Gillian said...

I love the theme for the nursery float! We're Going On A Bear Hunt is one of our favourite stories. I did wonder why you were making snowflakes!

Looks like you've been busy doing lovely things. x

susie said...

Everytime I enjoy looking at your pictures, they are so BEAUTIFUL !!!
Cute .. these triangles , nice work Anne !
Have a lovely week ..:)

Toffeeapple said...

You are such a busy bee, I don't know how you manage it all. Well done, indeed.

Louise said...

Hello again, I just came back to say thanks for your comment on my teaching blog - I know you're right, I'm was just being silly again! I'm feeling much better after a rest during half term and have updated the blog with something a little more positive. I know I'll be fine and I am looking forward to moving on, I've wanted it for so long! It's just a big change for me, that's all!

Faith said...

Those scones look yummy....if they don't place them this year I should throw a big tantrum, and demand to know why not! Chocolate cake isn't something I make that often, and it does tend to be the same one when I do, but on request from middle boy I made a different Nigella recipe for his b'day last weekend and it went down a treat.

The bunting looks great, doesn't crocheted bunting make you smile!

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