Wednesday, 20 July 2016

What did I do on Wednesday?

Baked a Cake...and more.

Lemon Drizzle Cake


4 oz soft margarine
6 oz caster sugar
6 oz self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 extra large eggs
4 tbsp milk
grated rind of one lemon.

Put all ingredients in mixer and beat on high for two minutes
Line a circular tin
Pour in mix and bake 35 - 50 minutes at 180 C or Gas Mark 4


Juice of one lemon
4 oz caster or granulated sugar

Mix two together and pour over cake once it is out of oven.


The weather continues to be spectacular since I arrived home on Saturday afternoon and I am just enjoying soaking up the warmth - it is too hot to really do too much, but even so I am determined to enjoy it as it never lasts long here.  I have sat outside and read. I am halfway through 'Old Filth' and really enjoying it.  I have been in the spa early this morning and often in the evenings as well - it is a great way to relax before bed and I find it is helping to ease some of the pain.

I continue to lightly garden at the moment - the roses keep me busy with the deadheading that needs to be done and of course watering the various pots each evening.

I am borrowing my husband's Panasonic DMC FZ200 at the moment - I have used it a bit in the past but will try and use it more 'seriously' and read the manual and learn more about it...but in the meantime here are a few quick snaps.

My 'Rock and Roll' rose is now blooming and is gorgeous.

Coming home and walking up our garden path after being in the USA for two weeks was a sheer delight - the one thing I noticed while over there was a lack of gardens.   The scent is just wonderful.

My NZ Hebe starting flowering while I was away and the bees are enjoying it.

The Clematis also started flowering while I was away and looks lovely over the roof of the Cavy Shed.

The Buddleia is also flowering and I have seen some butterflies on it..

Playing around with my Ranox lens on the Panasonic

The bird feeding has been alive with birds this afternoon feeding from it and I have enjoyed watching them.

Out the front lots more flowers to delight..

The hanging baskets are looking wonderful.

Petunias in pots are putting on a good show.

My favourite yellow rose that just smells gorgeous.

Out the back....the first flowers on my beans! Hope there will be a few more flowers than just two though!

Lots of gooseberries still, so I might pick those early tomorrow morning to make some more jam.

The wheelbarrow flower planter is also looking good, although difficult to capture.

Still getting lots of salad vegetables and I think some of the carrots are nearly reading to pull as well.


  1. Your flowers certainly did flourish while you were away! Someday I'd like to see Niagara Falls too. I'm sure I'd be very impressed since even small water falls make me happy.
    Lemon cake looks good. I have never known anything lemon that I didn't like.
    P.S. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

    1. Thank you - my garden brings me much pleasure and this year especially I have seen the fruits of the work I did last year in digging up the front garden and planting the roses which I continued this year, extending it.

      I love waterfalls very much as well (you have probably noticed!)

      The Lemon Cake is lovely and I too like pretty much everything lemony.


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