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WARNING - Stream of consciousness ahead.
I know where January went. It evaporated in fog.
I had plans.
Plans to be calm and restful, to gently stitch some of the multiple new samples I've wanted to make.
Plans to take more 'me' time and read, cook, knit, sew, watch films, walk, dream, play.
In October I wrote about being in Yorkshire. In that same North of England trip I also caught up with two rather talented women who run businesses closer to home.
Northumberland is a county of contrasts - city life, beaches and castles, fishing communities, the largest reservoir and man made forest in England, high hills and empty moorlands. It borders Scotland and as the crow flies is only three miles from my village!
Books. My little world would be much smaller without them and I know I am far from alone in that feeling.
So many authors, so many subjects, never enough time to fully indulge our reading desires.
I've just read 'Surfacing'.
Kathleen Jamie has a wondrous grasp of lilting language. Her words describe times past, the everyday, the detail, the immensity of space and the tiniest scratch of a bird’s beak.
Last week I had the good fortune to be in Halifax.
Yorkshire is packed with textile history from wool to cotton to silk and I have only explored a fraction of it so far.
Let me share my visits to The Piece Hall and to Shibden Hall with you...
I like cake. Specifically I like interesting cakes/loaves with lots of flavour. (No Victoria sponges here, thank you, and buttercream about once a year)
Courgettes/zucchini are everywhere you look at this time of the year in the UK and incorporating one in a cake makes sense (to me!). This obliging cake is adaptable, freezes easily, can act as breakfast or dessert too and is an easy one to whizz up and bake while the oven is hot for a meal.
It uses eggs but I may make a vegan version soon and amend the recipe.
Here's a PDF of the recipe