Spring has sprung, and then it changes it's mind and goes to earth again. Over the weekend we have enjoyed beautiful sunshine and relatively mild temperatures, or they would have been had it not been for the ever present chilly wind. Today, the rain has set in and the fog has drifted over the sea and covered our part of the island in a damp blanket. The wind swirls it all around and sends it racing across the countryside, buffeting the birds and snapping the stems off daffodils. But when the sun shines, everything changes and becomes soft and beautiful.
As usual, I dragged my assortment of children, teenagers and dogs out for a walk or two during the weekend. H2 has a standard moan when the W word is mentioned. I ignore it now as it's more of a habit than anything and something he feels he must do or I may just go over the top and take him for a really long walk. And that would never do. The countryside was a feast for anyone who cared to look. The sea sparkled icy blue..
Back at home and H2 released from his torture, I set to work in the kitchen baking a waggon load of cakes and biscuits to feed hungry children for the weekend and maybe even into the early part of the week, (I should be so lucky!). I flicked through my cook books and found a Bramley Apple cake that I hadn't made before. I have made two different apple cakes over the autumn and winter, but not this one, so being in the mood for wholesome, farmhouse type baking, this was the one to make.
The best thing about sunny days is that Puppy is overcome with exhaustion and spends most of the day asleep in any patch of sun he can find. If his slightly baggy teddy is there too, so much the better.
The excitement of living in the countryside!
I will leave you now to go and sort out my soggy pile of washing, tidy the kitchen after a soap-making session this morning and think about tea for the troupes. Oh lucky me! Have a lovely day and thank you for reading. xxx