I can't quite believe it's Saturday morning again already. The weather has really changed in the past few days and this morning I felt the need to light the fire for the first time this Autumn. We won't put up our Christmas decorations until next weekend (would be later if it was my choice...I'm trying to hang onto autumn and I don't like to focus on Christmas until mid December really😊) but I'm happy to have a few fairy lights up already to add to the cosy vibe.
This was the garden at about 9am. We had snow! I say had as it's already melted but wasn't it pretty!
Ideal weather to get in the in the kitchen and do some baking again. There's currently a gingerbread cake in the oven. I have some black treacle that needs using up so I've been on the look out for recipes that need some.
Today I decided to look in this book which mum passed on to me. I wonder if any of you remember the TV series this book was produced to accompany? It was a 70's series and I only have the vaguest of recollections.
Any cake with plenty of ginger is ideal for cold weather I always think.
It certainly has been chillier here but Thursday brought my most favourite walking weather.
Frost and sunshine.
I dropped youngest off at work and headed to the start point of a walk not far from there. I parked on the roadside but was soon out in the countryside and the only person around. It was gorgeous.
A bit further along the path I noticed a group of men walking towards me. They seemed friendly enough as we crossed paths but struck me as a bit out of place. It didn't help when they stopped walking when I was still only a bit past them. I hurried on and was happy to spot a lone figure up ahead. He stood still (on his phone) until I passed him. He was at a folk in the path. Oh dear, that stuck me as odd too.
It was all innocent I'm sure, but on Thursday morning I suddenly felt really vulnerable. My imagination told me something horrible was about to happen and it didn't make for a happy walk. This track seemed to go on for a long time and I think I would have jumped in the hedgerow if a van had appeared.
I stuck to my original 4 mile route plan as I didn't know an alternative and I didn't want to double back. It's a long way when you are wondering what's around every corner and looking over your shoulder a lot.
I think the recent horribly sad cases of women loosing their lives while just being outside must be affecting me, but I don't want to live in fear. I will be avoiding this area, unless I have company, for a good while though.
Sorry if that was a bit heavy, I just felt the need to share. I hope you don't mind. I don't want to add to anybody else's worries but I think being honest is important too.
My cake is now out of the oven, it smells amazing.
Here is the recipe, in case you fancy making one yourselves lovelies.
As it's better after keeping for a few days I also made some simple shortbread biscuits.
HERE'S a similar recipe . I roll the dough into a sausage and cut into 5cm sections. Once they are on the baking tray I squash them with the back of a folk. It's very easy and I like the biscuit shape it creates
I think that's a good morning's work...Lets call it that 😉, though it's really a joy to spend time baking. Especially when the temperature is 3 degrees Celsius outside and the wind is howling.
Whishing you a happy weekend lovelies, I hope life is treating you kindly and you can enjoy whatever you are doing.