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Happy Halloween! Headless Man Tutorial

Tweet I’m not usually a fan of Halloween (in the slightest, if truth be told) but this year we are taking our children to Lowther Castle and Gardens for their Haunted Halloween event. Amongst the plethora of spectacularly scary activities, such as falconry displays and snot making, ghost hunting and wicked witchcraft, there is the traditional […]

Plum, Blackberry and Hazelnut Loaf Cake

Tweet The second in my series of things to do with a plum glut is this fabulous Plum, Blackberry and Hazelnut Loaf Cake, which I have adapted from The Hairy Bikers’ Plum, Raspberry and Pistachio cake. To say it’s delicious is an understatement. “The Best Cake I’ve ever tasted!” – my dad (who doesn’t even like […]

Walking at Castle Crag – The Great Outdoors

Tweet I’ve just watched that video – the one that has, ironically, gone viral today, about how much we lose from our lives by being constantly attached to laptops, phones and tablets in the name of “social” media. And yes, blogging can be included in that too. We miss so much, and I am sure […]

Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and A Recipe for Every Day

Tweet Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, a day for feasting on pancakes, laden with syrup, bacon, lemon, sugar, bananas, ice cream… whatever floats your boat. Although Pancake Day is a foodie festival the world over, the English name comes from the old English word Shrive which means “confess one’s sins”. It’s a day to ask for absolution, and […]

The MADS Blog Awards 2014

Tweet Imagine, if you will, my surprise at receiving a lovely email last week from a fellow blogger telling me that she had nominated me for an award in the highly acclaimed MADS Blog Awards (and to answer the question that you are no doubt thinking, which Mr kindly said out loud, no, it’s not because, I am mad… […]

Three Pound Challenge – Dining on a Shoestring

Tweet I’ve been hearing a lot about poverty lately. Only two days ago my local newspaper billboards proclaimed “Archbishop shocked at Cumbrian poverty” and according to their search malnutrition rates in my home county have more than doubled since 2009. Reading further, I found studies that show that half a million children live in families […]