Red, White and Blue-ish

One of the simple pleasures in life is having fresh flowers in the house and it’s even nicer when these have been brought in from your own garden! I prefer simple posies in pretty containers – I haven’t got the patience, or artistic ability, to arrange flowers properly (but I certainly envy those that do) so forgive my wonky efforts!

With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in mind I chose a red, white and blue theme. The red flower is a Geum that I rescued from my old garden and I love it’s hardiness, long bloom time and small nodding flowers. The little white flowers are from an alpine plant and I have no idea what they are as I found them in a bargain bin! As for blue… blue is always such a difficult colour so I chose a bluey/purpley anenome called “Mr Fokker” from Sarah Raven. I find that this is much easier to spell rather than pronounce!

A couple of days ago I blogged about Fairy cakes and said that I would try and decorate these before going to work… I’m pleased to say that I did manage to decorate these and let them in the coffee room at work. They went down a treat! I thought people would wait until mid morning but most of them got scoffed at breakfast! I mixed some icing sugar with double cream, whisked it up and topped it with strawberries and blueberries – the cool, tanginess of the fruit really complimented the sweet cake and topping.

It’s been raining for most of the day, which usually happens when there is a holiday weekend! There’s no point heading out to the garden… but at least there’s no need to water the plants later.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is rain again and we’re going to the Picnic in the Park! Ha ha, I’ll have my wellies at the ready and waterproof sandwiches!

Jubilee Fairy Cakes

I can hardly wait for the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations and this excitement is fuelled by the fact that a) it’s an extra long weekend b) I’m spending it with my family and c) there’ll be lots of food and entertainment!

Tea time! Picture from the BBC

I love afternoon tea but don’t get chance to have it very often. This mouth watering picture is from the BBC and shows dainty sandwiches, homemade tiny cakes and melt-in-the-mouth biscuits, what’s not to love? Maybe it’s a good thing this treat occurs only once in a while… otherwise I’d need to buy bigger pyjamas!

As it’s my final day at work tomorrow for four days (…hooray, four whole days!) I decided to make some vanilla fairy cakes to take to work with me. I had some little Union Jack cake cases in the cupboard, begging to be used, and thought these would be perfect.

Fairy Cake Recipe

I’m an early bird so I should have plenty of time in the morning to decorate the cakes with a Red, White & Blue theme – fresh strawberries, white frosting and fresh blueberries. To be honest, I think they’re lovely just the way they are but I know my colleagues will just love the decorated version.

Vanilla Fairy Cakes with a Dusting of Icing Sugar

So what about the celebrations? Well, many of my family still live in the village where I was born so I’m going to be spending most of my time with them and my lovely husband. The village is really old and dates back to the Iron Age. It has an old castle (mainly ruins), Norman church and an interesting High Street where there will be a street party. I’m looking forward to joining in with the celebrations :-)  I just hope the weather is kind!

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

I’m not usually an ardent Royalist but I am being swept away with Jubilee Fever! Everywhere I go there seems to be bunting and flags… and anything that enables people to gather together and be happy must be positive! I found the sweet photographs of the Queen & Prince Philip (below) on Pinterest… if you’re not interested then you’ll be relieved to know it’s the end of the post anyway!

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you’re doing!

So Sweet!