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Antique vs Vintage vs Retro

Antique vs Vintage vs Retro There are lots of different words used to describe old stuff, but what do they mean, I often get asked what is the difference between antique and vintage, and what makes something retro. The meaning of all three can be confusing and that is...

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Plum Crumble Cake Recipe

Plum Crumble Cake Recipe With a Victoria plum tree in the garden by late August I usually have an abundance of plums so this plum crumble cake recipe is a perfect way to use these delicious sweet plums. It is easy to make and a great cake to bake as autumn starts to...

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Viennese Whirls

I love Viennese Whirls, they have always been one of my favourite biscuits. This recipe is super easy and quick to make, it makes 12 biscuits which makes 6 large Viennese Whirls.  You can alter the size of the whirls by adjusting the size of the circles you pipe. They...

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Afternoon Tea Week

August 12th-18th 2019 is afternoon tea week, those who know me know I have a passion for afternoon tea, so having a whole week where I can have afternoon tea every day is heaven. I agree whole heartily with this quote “There are few hours in life more agreeable than...

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Victoria Sponge with Buttercream

Of all the cakes I make Victoria sponge with buttercream is one of my favourite. This is my go to recipe, I am not sure where it originated from as I have used it for years. The filling I have used here is strawberry jam and vanilla butter cream. You will need...

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Delicious Shortbread Biscuit Recipe

I love shortbread and this delicious shortbread biscuit recipe is super easy and versatile  Once you have made the base mixture you can cut it into rounds, slabs, squares, strips or you can use different shaped cutters and make shaped biscuits.   You will need...

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Lake Bala North Wales

Super excited to introduce my first guest blogger this month, Sharon Allard from Buxton in Derbyshire shares with us her latest camping trip to Lake Bala in North Wales. Enjoy x Camping Lake Bala When the weather is good there is no finer place to camp than Wales, and...

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Newstead Abbey Nottingham

Newstead Abbey This June I had the pleasure of visiting Newstead Abbey in Nottingham, I was not disappointed what a fabulous place, both the house and gardens are well worth a visit. The long drive way gives you views of the many hidden houses and the reservoir with...

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Berry Triffle

I love trifle it is one of my favourite deserts. For this berry trifle you can use fresh, frozen or tinned fruit. In this triffle I used strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. I also made fresh custard, which tastes divine but does take time so feel free to use...

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My Rustic Garden

My rustic garden has been created over a number of years and has grown organically, in the beginning there was no great plan not sure there still is! When I moved here over ten years ago the back garden was a bit of a wilderness. It was very over grown and a lot of...

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