Sitting on the patio having a cup of tea after lunch today we saw a little cheeky mouse snacking on the dropped seeds from the bird feeders....
There it is just behind the robin.
'You can't see me'
'Oops...have I been spotted?'
'Looks like it! I better skedaddle off home!'
Lovely young Dunnock
Our Robin is growing up!
The roses on the patio are looking gorgeous
This one in particular has the most gorgeous scent. I can smell even when inside the lounge sometimes.
Magnificent! My roses bring us great pleasure.
Down by the pond our new resident frog is making him/herself right at home.
Hiding under a rock...
I have done some baking this weekend.
One of our favourites, Matamata Apple Shortcake - already eaten - made from some of the windfall apples.
Today I made Raspberry Blondies.
150g white chocolate broken up
100g white chocolate finely chopped
200g unsalted butter, diced
3 large eggs
150g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
150g fresh raspberries
Place broken chocolate and butter in heat proof bowl, set the bowl over a pan of steaming water and melt gently, stirring frequently. Remove bowl from the pan and set aside.
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat throughly until mousse-like texture.
Whisk in the chocolate mixture.
Sift the flower and baking powder directly onto the mixture and fold in. Scatter the fresh raspberries over the top.
Bake at 180 C /350 F, for about 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out almost clean.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin before cutting and removing. Store in an airtight container and eat within two days.
Brownie tin 13 1/2 inches x 8 inches x 1 inch perfect size.
Of course several slices of that have gone already as well!
I have been really cold these last couple of weeks and decided it was time to put the duvet back on the bed - it seems summer is over.
I also put a different quilt on top and have washed the other quilt which is currently hanging on the line drying.
I have set myself a new challenge - to De-Clutter 20 things a day for 20 days. It is okay if I do more, but I want to try to get rid of at least 20 things each day.
I started with this basket which has been sitting in my bedroom for too long full of 'stuff'.
most of it was able to be thrown, some in the charity bags, some in the rubbish and some paper recycling. Other things were put away in their proper place.
I have also been clearing my clothes again. I did a blitz at the beginning of the summer, and had the coat hangers the 'wrong way round' so I could determine what I actually wear and what I don't by putting them the right way round when I have worn something. Needless to say I have quite a few items that may well be making their way out as well.
Today's items are:
9 Bras - mostly all new that I have never worn and never will.
2 pairs of jeans
3 t shirts
1 brand new pair of underwear that I won't wear
3 soft toys.
Total: 30 items!
Not bad going for the first day.
Anyone else want to join me in a similar challenge?