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I miss the sea when I am not there. 
After a LONG train ride to Plymouth we sailed the 9hrs to Mylor, then to the Helford River, then Falmouth and then Mylor again. We ate at yacht clubs, and Rick Steins, and in the restaurant at the marina. I got to eat a lot of moules. I learnt that the fishermen get paid 30p a scallop, but the restaurants sell them at about £2 each. We didn't see much in the way of wildlife this time, but we did meet some people who were studying the bottom of marina's to see what the effect of them is on the coast line. Doesn't it look like something they'd have used on Seaquest DSV {god, I loved that show. Do not judge me!}. 

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Day nineteen


The train trip from Sheffield to Plymouth. About Dawlish. 
{The Kooks - Watching the ships roll in}


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Seventeen


stripping paint. 

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Sixteen


My nan's garden is overrun with blackberries, and as she didn't even touch the ones I picked last time, this time they are coming home with me!


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Fifteen

 Last month in a fit of thinking I had more money than I did I did something I haven't done in a while and bought books. A pile of them. And on a random evening with a couple of hours to myself whilst the boy runs about at football I am reading. And oh, my, this isn't the ending I expected. 


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Mojito Cupcakes

Ooooops, note to self, clean cake board before taking pictures.
Last night was the IronCupcake:Leeds and the theme, just in case the title doesn't give it away, was cocktails. I made a mojito cupcake. I've made them before, but i never remember to write down the recipe so, this time I am. 

I kind of made this one up from a concentrate that I made for a cheesecake. I liked it and thought it might be a good addition to the cakes - so thats the base for cake and frosting. 
I wouldn't suggest you make these with a hangover because you WILL want to try the mixture and rum at 10am with a bad wine/vodka head isn't nice. 

I do love a little IronCupcaking - everyone is always super friendly - but that little bit competitive, and tonight, although I didn't place again I think I might have made my best entry yet!

Recipe {of sorts}
For the Mojito concentrate.
  • 4 limes
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp rum
  • Large handful of fresh mint leaves 
Heat the sugar and 5 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan, stirring until dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes without stirring. Finely grate the zest and squeeze the juice from 3 limes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice and zest, rum and mint and set aside to cool.
You’ll have quite a bit left at the end of the cake making, {unless you dont have a hangover and aren't baking way too early to start drinking without feeling bad about it - in that case you might not} so mine is in the fridge for some mojito sorbet to be made!

For the cakes
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3 shot glasses of the Mojito concentrate.
In a large bowl mix all of the cake ingredients well. Add the Mojito mix bit by bit. I kept trying the cake mix until it tasted Mojito-y. Yes. That was my excuse and I am sticking to it. Pop the mixture in cupcake cases {you can see I went classy here and chose a zebra print!} and bake for about 20 mins at 180.

For the frosting.
  • Icing Sugar (about 3 cups)
  • Soft Butter (about 150 grams)
  • Mojito Concentrate.
I have to say this was kind of guess work. I mixed the butter and half the icing sugar together then added mojito mix and more sugar until it became the right consistency. I also threw a little green food colouring in for good measure {Use paste not liquid. Just do. Please.}

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a triangle of lime. There you go, boozy, limey, rummy, minty cakes. 



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Fourteen


IronCupcake:Leeds- Cocktail edition. Mmmmmmmmmmm
{more images here}


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Thirteen


Trying to figure out sewing jersey material and failing. 
But on a brighter note, I did find my perfect dining table!

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Twelve


Abandoned buildings near work. There are a lot of broken windows. 


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Eleven


I spent my lunch break* in the haberdashery dept. of Cole Bro's {or John Lewis, if you're new school} looking for the perfect fabric for some birthday present projects - It's not the cheapest but I came away with some lovely stuff. 

*yes, thats right, i had a lunch break. a full hour too. 
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Ten


I had a meeting today in Harrogate and this is the view from the carpark. Not a bad sight to greet you when you get to work, hey?


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Nine


A sneak peak of my Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap postcard. 
A little bit of crafting after a hectic day at work to calm me down. 



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Eight

 My nan is a little obsessed with buying on QVC. She loves it. And when I get beauties like these new Birkinstocks, so do I!


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Seven


It was time to harvest some beans. Clearly not these littlies,
 but some whoppers that I gave to my nan. These ones are just cuter. 

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Six


After a day of working, on a Saturday, this is what I'm dreaming of. And maybe a Elderflower and Lime Kobbarburg.

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Five


Pink wine and friends. 

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Four


Hipstamatic train shot travelling to london. 
Didn't get to do anything in London, just train, tube, 4hr meeting, tube, train, home. 
Wish I'd had chance for an Anthro visit.


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Three


Hoping they go red.

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Two


Lunchtime walks. 

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One


Global Gathering. Katie. Fake Blood. Smoke machine. Silly Glasses.



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The August Break


Since life appears to be getting massively in the way of, well, everything , including blogging at the moment, the August Break couldn’t have come at a better time. The August Break if you’re not aware of it is a bit of a blogging break created by Susannah at Susannah Conway
“Okay, here’s the plan for the August Break: you simply share one photo (or more!) per day on your blog – Monday to Friday, or every day. Or whenever you feel moved to share. Using any camera – DSLR, compact, Polaroid, Holga, iPhone (my choice), Instax, film or digital – with or without words – anything goes! – for the whole of August. No pressure – just looking at August through your camera lens as a way to be more present this summer. And to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging.
I am going to try my hardest to post pictures every day for the month. I am hoping it’ll kick start me taking photo’s again and help me get out of this funk where by work seems to be encompassing everything and all I want to do {but strangely don’t seem to} is sleep. I might write a few words. I might write a lot. And I will try not to post any images of my lunch at my desk, promise. 
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