The July List

 · making ·  Less of the making last month and more of the baking. I purchased a copy of the National Trust Cookbook on a jaunt with Tanya to Mottisfont Abbey. I'm a complete sucker for book covers, always judging a book by it's cover. Hence I have a lot of recipe books that I seldom use. This one though I use pretty much every other day at the moment, every recipe I've tried so far is a winner - I highly recommend it.

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 · baking · Apple crumble bake (think apple sponge topped in nutty crumble, baked,sprinkled with brown sugar and cut into bars), Plum & vanilla slice & a new family favourite - scones. How I have made it through life without baking scones is beyond me. I'm not usually one for posting recipes on my blog but I'm going to share some of these soon as they are too good not to.

 · reading · My mother bought me a very old first edition copy on photographing wildlife & plants. It's by my bedside ready to dip into this evening.

· waiting ·  For GoDaddy to sort out a dispute over a domain name. I know, I know, I have enough domain names. But this one is super special to me - and the future domain for this blog *waves hands mysteriously*. Don't worry I'm not going to make you learn to pronounce a new Icelandic name again...

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 · wondering ·  Referendum things affected me more than I thought they would. More so about people's reactions. I generally isolate myself in a bubble both online & offline but when I saw people I considered friends stating that 'people over 60 shouldn't have the right to vote' I was shocked.

 · loving ·  Oscar's new love of flowers in his bedroom. I discovered the Lightning Maps website via Gemma's blog at the weekend and have become obsessed with watching storms rolling across the world.

 · hoping ·  That it won't rain next weekend, we're heading to Latitude Festival. One of my favourite festivals made even more fun by the fact that it's always on my husband's birthday. Really looking forward to seeing Minor Victories, particularly Rachel, singer in the band (and Slowdive). Rachel was a blogger who one day went back to re-form with Slowdive and start new musical projects. Turned out that someone I chatted to and liked online was in one of my husbands favourite bands - who knew?! (Clue: Not Me). And she likes gin #win

 · wearing · Dresses - but I had a large tattoo on my lower arm to balance out that feeling of being too mumsy.

 · following · her, her, her & her.

 · looking forward to · Making Winter Retreat. Organised by Emma Mitchell aka Silverpebble, as soon as I read about it I booked myself a ticket. Here's why:

The aim is to use seasonal creativity, good food, good company and cosiness as an antidote to the grey days of Winter. It will be a two-day dose of British hygge.

As well as a woodburning stove to nestle near to in a beautifully converted barn, hearty, delicious food and gin, there will be 2-3 hour workshops in willow weaving, bookbinding, spoon carving, fine silver jewellery making and informal crochet workshops. Oh yes, and a guided nature wall in the woods and maybe even making gin cocktails. 

Sounds like my idea of actual heaven. You can find more info about the retreat here.

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