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Cakes And Ale

Hello Everyone :) Long time no see!!! Sorry I have not done a post before now, I have been quite busy with gardening, crocheting ect…, but I have finally made time to do my blog :)

You may be wondering what the title of this post means??? Well, I have been baking and brewing :) I have baked a spiced apple sauce cake, the idea for this came from LRTC, as Dorcas ate one and I thought, mmm, that sounds tasty, so I baked one, and it really does taste as good as it sounds :)

and, I have been brewing too, lol. Yesterday John and I went for a lovely long walk, and I took my rubber gloves with me, why, to pick stinging nettles!!! :) I gathered a huge bag full, John held the bag open for me, and it took quite a while as all the nettles are still very small, but that is perfect, as they are young and will taste better :)

And when we came home, I washed the nettles, boiled a large pan of water, put the nettles in the boiling water and left it to infuse, then strained them, added lemon juice, sugar, cream of tartar and yeast, to make nettle beer for my darling John :) I dont drink, but John does, and I thought this would be nice for him to try, plus its an excuse for me to go foraging and to brew, 2 things I love doing :) The beer is now fermenting in the boiler cupboard…

and on Sunday, I shall bottle it, and in about a month it will be ready for John to drink :)

On the crochet front, I have crocheted quite a few things, , I have designed and crocheted some shell stitch tea cosies, which have roses on top… (please excuse all the photos in this post, I took them, hence why they are not very good, lol :) )

My favourite is the green one :)

I have also designed and crocheted this bright, shell stitch beach bag (please excuse my arm in this shot, lol )

I have crocheted a shawl inspired by the one Emma wears in LRTC….

There isĀ  a crochet and knit along in the LRTC group on Ravelry you see, to crochet or knit a shawl worn by Emma or Queenie in the series, and so this is my Emma Shawl…

It is really thick and warm and I just love it, I wear it over my pyjamas to keep me warm on a night :) And now I am working on my Queenie shawl which will look something like this…

Also, I have been doing a lot of reading lately. I have been reading my herbal books….

My Lark Rise book…

my magazines….

And a lovely early birthday present from my darling John, two fabulous crochet books :)

Oh, and the postie has just been and delivered the latest Cath Kidston magazine, so I shall be reading that later today too :)

I have been re-watching my favourite series of all time, you guessed it…

and as you will have probably spotted, the new series 4 dvd is there too….

This is another early birthday present, from my dad and Pam :) I just love my LRTC dvds, I would not part with them for the world!

So yip, its my birthday next week, and I have been getting some early birthday pressies! I am so lucky :) So, I got the books from my darling John, the dvd from my dad and Pam, and my dad and Pam also really kindly bought me the most gorgeous dressing gown with matching pyjamas I have ever seen, and some lovely slippers…

They remind me very much of Cath Kidstons pj’s and dressing gowns, but I prefer these, as there are more flowers on them :) The dressing gown is super super soft, I just love it!!! Click on the piccies to view larger size :) I am such a lucky woman :) I am surrounded by love and kindness.

Right, I am going to do the rest of the housework now (I have already done the washing and hung it on the line, and changed the bed sheets ) then I am going to dig up some veg, prepare the soil to grow a herb garden, and plant some rhubarb :) Then, I shall have a lovely hot bubble bath, put my new pj’s, dressing gown and slippers on, and watch LRTC while crocheting my Queenie shawl :)

Just before I go I thought I would share photos of the lovely flowers John kindly bought me, bless him :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your lovely comments.

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)