Monday, 15 June 2015

Hayfever Blues

Today I woke up full of hayfever ... stinging eyes, blocked nose, fuzzy head. It's always such a shame to spend bright, sunny summer days stuck indoors but it's the same every year around this time. It's been bad since we got back from Dorset but I think the walk across the cow meadows last night made it worse :( The girls enjoyed themselves though !

I decided to spend my morning constructively by baking a Victoria sandwich cake. I always use Delia Smith's All-in-One-Sponge recipe which calls for:-

4oz/110g self-raising flour, sifted
4oz/110g soft margarine (I prefer Stork)
4oz/110g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
2-3 drops vanilla essence

Whizz all the ingredients together in a bowl and cook in the middle of a pre-heated over an 170 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.

The results are always good !

The finished article was extremely nice with a cup of Yorkshire Tea !

This afternoon I need to decide where to hang the new picture frames I bought and also decide which photo prints to order. When I bought all the frames I thought I had a lot more cards I wanted to frame but when it came down to it I only had a few. At least now I have the frames I can put new cards up as I find them. My favourite currently is this of a dog in a bowler hat with the caption 'He's a Tramp' ...

We also have a lot of pheasant pictures. This one is my favourite...


  1. Thank you for your kind words on my blog! I love your blog space too and your boards on Pinterest!
    See you,

  2. Hello there, my first visit to your blog ... having just come across from Olympia's.

    So sorry to hear about your hay fever, not good - hope it goes soon.

    I do like your picture frames, as well as the pictures.

    Will certainly be back to visit again, thank you.

    All the best Jan

    1. Hello Jan, thanks so much for your comment! I'm glad you like the pictures. It was a successful day's picture hanging yesterday so will try to post more pics today. Best wishes, Fiona

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  4. You can't beat a good Victoria sponge - yum! Shame about the hayfever- thankfully I don't suffer from it but I have spent the last 20 minutes sneezing - uh oh!

  5. p.s. loved that picture of the pheasant.

    1. Hello Elaine, thanks for your messages! I hope the hayfever hasn't got you now too. Glad you liked the pheasant picture. Am hoping to post more pics today. Best wishes, Fiona

  6. Hi Fiona, so lovely to have found your blog and another person who enjoys living simply. I adore those frames!

    1. Thanks so much ! I'm glad you like my blog :)