And with a big Thank you and lots of squishy hugs to you all for all your comments. Believe me that I missed you all just as much, I did visit every now and then but the quiet times were few and far between.
I woke to drizzle with the odd outbreak of heavy "racing out of the skies" downpours.
Not that I mind, we have had some full on days in the garden and I am enjoying being busy doing little or less.
Some knitting, I have started the sleeve top shaping. The rows are getting progressively shorter but my interest is waning, I need to crack on with that.
Of course I will be busy clicking away tonight during Strictly but that will be the first pair of "strictly socks". I have the yarn, from Rosies Moments, Almost Sprinkles with silver stellina. A nod to the glitter ball.
It is very sparkly, enough so that you should see some in the photo's.
I will be using a pattern from stash that I have knitted many times. It was the first pair of socks that Mandy published and I love it. So much that I am using it for Fran's Christmas socks, I have used the stitch pattern on 2 cardigans and plan on using it for my next sweater.
I have been reading this morning, using the Kindle app on my tablet. I can not imagine why I resisted for so long, I prostrate myself at the altar of techy tech. Not really but I am loving it.
I felt the need to bake and embrace the Autumnal feeling in the air....Cue a new version of an old recipe.
4 eggs and the same weight of sugar and butter, again with flour plus an extra 50 grams. some milk, baking powder and a shake of vanilla.
Have you seen that the price of this has shot through the roof, I am so pleased that I bought oodles of it before that happened.
To welcome in the autumn I added 3 apples, peeled and grated, a good shower of ground almonds and a very generous shake of cinnamon.
There was enough mix for 2 x 8" pans and a small pudding dish, I did put a goodly slug of golden syrup in the dish first.
The smell was Am Aze Ing, Craig Revel Horwood has a lot to answer for. The second cake will go to W.
I was sorely tempted to dig a spoon into this straight from the oven. Luckily I managed to resist or the syrup would have given me first degree burns. Enough oral drama going on without that.
Both cakes and pudding have sunk a little, I was very heavy handed with the grated apple. I did not add quite enough ground almonds to compensate, I am sure that they will taste fine though and that is all that matters.
The house was blitzed yesterday and all is still clean and tidy, the bathroom had it's daily doing and the kitchen is always a work in progress.
I am still lapping up the freedom, a bit miffed that my planned final assault on the blackberry picking front had to be cancelled but I can live with that.
It Better Be Fine Tomorrow.
Now I can hear the siren song of my book dragging me back to the tablet, I may have to take a detour through the kitchen. Books are always better with a cuppa, in this house anyhow.
I bid you all farewell, till the next time.
PS. Don't forget to....................................Keep Dancing xxx.