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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.

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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!

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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…

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including conjoined twin cherries…

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

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

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All in all a very refreshing day out.

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

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My birthday ended up on a very rainy, grey and stormy day this year and was mostly spent indoors, with lots of flowers and faraway greetings.

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Johan had made me this wonderfully delicious, savoury smörgåstårta filled with veg pate (tartex), scheese, smoked tofu, vegan mayo+cream cheese (tofutti) and caviart.

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It was J’s birthday yesterday and I made this black and white cake with a bright pink and black inside and this little fella as a cake topper (excuse the blurry photos):

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The cake is raspberry liquorice flavoured, which I thought was a nice combination for the event. I used fresh raspberries mixed with sugar for the filling and black dyed vegan buttercream frosting flavoured with ground anise seeds for the topping + some rice whipping cream for good measure. It would have looked a lot better if I had used white buttercream instead of whipping cream I think, but you know how it is; it’s always easy to be clever afterwards! Tonight I’m going to the cinema to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Have a lovely weekend!

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I feel ever so slightly quiet today. I think our beautiful, humbling snow is melting and I’ve made squares of yellow, vanilla rose sponge cake topped with a generous layer of cream lemon frosting. I leave you with few words today and a gentle promise of more tomorrow. Hopefully. Until then, keep warm and take care.