June 2009


Sorry for being astray for awhile. We’ve had another far-away visit. Johan’s brother and his partner have been staying and a lot of the time has been spent roaming around out of doors, on picnics, shopping tours, bbqs and meeting wildlife such as the above quite worryingly tame squirrel.


One of the leasurely activities we got the time to enjoy was playing ducks and drakes (skimming/skipping stones). It must be the greatest sport in the world, where half of the fun obviously is searching for the perfect stone! I adopted such a peculiar style I now go by my ducks-and-drakes-name when playing; mesdames et mesieurs, meet The Beach Angler!


Later we had a picnic in the park with flat bread from our local Turkish corner shop supreme (I do not know how we managed before it was there) artichoke & olive oil purée, couscous salad with tarragon and crisps and more…


including conjoined twin cherries…


and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and little crystallised rose petal toppings.


The boys played beach ball whilst us girls dosed off on the blanket.


All in all a very refreshing day out.

Good Bye and see you soon again; have a wonderful rest of the weekend!



A little peek into the future. I am almost ready with the awaited new site and I am really excited about it! It will be a bona fide-dly minimalist creation I hope (there’s a clause I’ld never thought I’ld exhale!) compared to the last. Easy to navigate and easy to maintain! There is still some fine tuning to adhere to, but it is soon there.. I think.

Have a lovely weekend!


A lot of food is consumed in the garden this time of the year here at Sandwich manors. This is one of several creamy potato salads that was chomped in the swing sofa recently.



On the baking front, I’ve made myself reacquainted with dear ol’ chocolate chip and his pals and they are being very pleasant to know indeed! So far they have gone into some Orangey Flavoured Choc Chip Cookies as well as these muffins of which a large majority were consumed whilst lazying around on a blanket in the grass. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a “lawn” but we do have a patch of something similar actually. Today the weather finally turned, so I think we’re back to eating indoors for a while.