Latest Craft Fair

Took part in the latest craft fair at the Catholic Hall in Swanage. the weather was a bit odd, lot of rolling sea mist but the footfall was good.

First time on display for my Noro (wool & Silk) Flower granny blanket.  It received a lot of attention, mainly due to the lovely colours.

I have invested in a sock display and the socks looked great.  I have also made some new labels for the socks.  I also used my wooden blocks.

I also took the opportunity to display my shawls in a different way.

Had a good amount of sales and had some sock commissions as well.

Looking forward to the next one on the 12th May


Dog walk – jelly fish

Dog walk – jelly fish

We’ve had some very high tides recently.

They have washed up all the normal things – seaweed, rubbish etc but we have also been getting shells, which we generally don’t have and quite a few dead jelly fish.

The seaweed in some places has been 2-3 ft deep, makes it a bit treacherous for me as it is quite slippery but the dog loves it.

The weather has been quite warm so the dog has started paddling in the sea again.

This is the largest jelly fish I’ve every seen, the phone case is 5.5 inches long.

Update 20/5/2015:    I have now found out they are barrel jellyfish and are not dangerous.  I saw one in the sea yesterday, they are quite stunning, needless to say I didn’t do any paddling just in case.


Parsnip Cake Recipe



Parsnip Cake Recipe

(Original recipe from, adapted by Debbie Rylands and then by Jill Watling)


175g butter, extra for greasing
250g Demerara sugar (any type of sugar seems to work)
3 eggs
100ml golden syrup
250g self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1to 1.5 tsp mixed spice (depending on your taste)
250g parsnips, peeled & grated
1 medium eating apple, peeled, cored & grated
50g pecan nuts (most type of nuts seem to work)
Handful of dried cranberries (will measure next time I make it)
Zest & juice 1 large orange

Icing sugar for dusting top of cake


250g tub mascarpone
1-2 tsp golden syrup


Heat oven 180C / 160C fan / gas 4.
Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins & line the bases with baking parchment.
Melt butter, sugar & golden syrup in a pan over a gentle heat, and then cool slightly.
Whisk the eggs into this mixture, making sure you get a lot of air into the mixture.
Gently stir in the flour, baking powder, & mixed spice, followed by the grated parsnip, apple, chopped pecans, cranberries, orange zest & juice.
Divide between the tins & bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the tops spring back when pressed slightly.
Cool the cakes slightly in the tins before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Just before serving mix together the mascarpone & the golden syrup.
Spread over one cake & sandwich together.
Dust with icing sugar just before serving.


parsnip cake


Back blogging again

I’m back blogging again

Its been a while since I last blogged and a few things have changed, some have progressed and some things might start to happen. Here are the headlines more will follow later.

The Boiler house gallery is still going strong and have had another great PAW (Purbeck art weeks)

purbeck art weeks



Jane and I have closed The Loft Shop at the gallery, Janes work can still be found at the Boilerhouse gallery and other venues around Swanage.  My knitted and crocheted work can be found at Purl & Lace in Swanage.

I have moved house to the other end of Swanage. (most stressful move I’ve ever had).  I now have a smaller study so am trying to use up the wool stash which I didn’t realise was so big until I came to pack it all up to move.

Running is a bit hit and miss, mostly miss at the moment.

We came through the terrible winter virtually unscathed apart from needing a new aerial, so lucky.

Julie and I ran some learn to crochet workshops leading up to Christmas, and I ran a sewing shop in the new year.

I’ve designed a couple of baby patterns.

Made lots of knitted and crocheted items for myself and for Purl & lace.

Summer season started today as the schools have broken up and the weather is extremely hot.

The dog is either paddling or lying in the cool around the house.

Jaff paddling


I’m gradually moving the free patterns to this site

WordPress – App

I’ve finally succumbed and downloaded the WordPress App for my Ipad.


So if my posts look a bit strange , incomprehensible and the pictures upside down then blame the user of the app (although it does seem to work very strangely in places).

I also truely don’t get the working of the comments and replying to comments on the app…I’ll get there…


Knitting is so much easier…………..


Summer Holidays

I took July and August off from blogging and running as I knew it was going to busy with visitors (funny how being at the seaside gets you lots of visitors in the summer) and with manning the Loft Shop (Crafts by the Sea).

What I hadn’t anticpated was that I was going to get a chest infection late august which had me in bed for over a week.  This has slighty put back everything including starting to run again.

Now I’m nearly 100% I’m trying to get back in the routine.  Apologies for my lack of info recently and the deluge of posts now I’m up and around.

Ill in bed

Life in General – The past week

Well what a week of under achievement!.

Having come down with the worst cold I’ve ever had ( no exaggeration) I achieved absolutely nothing this week apart from sniffing, sneezing, blowing my nose and feeling sick all the time.

Not only have I been feeling miserable but the weather has been atrocious.  It has been so windy and rainy here is feels like April showers on a high.

So I need to catch up on everything starting here.

Firstly I’ve been nominated for another Blog award by who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks – I do appreciate it and I will pass it on as soon as I can.

Not only did I have this cold but so did Julie who was going to tutor the Knitting workshop on Saturday with me but she was just as ill as me, so we cancelled our workshop.  All the ladies were lovely when we cancelled the workshop, we will re-arrange it ASAP.

Above are  some of the things we were going to cover in our workshop.

We have also had  Petes mother down (“mother in law”) for a long weekend as it her 85th Birthday last friday on the 15th.  They’ve gone out for a walk so hence I’m catching up with my blog.

The weather today is calm – no wind – yippee and sunny so far.  I walked the dog this morning and it was a pleasure to get out and about without wearing wellies ( although there is lots of mud and puddles around) and a raincoat.

More posts on their way…………………….