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TALES OF BREAKFAST, SHOES and CAKE

Some  of my favourite things have been obsessing me over the last few days! It started with a relaxed and delicious breakfast out and flowed on blissfully from there on a wave of sunshine and family.  Here’s a few photos.

Gorgeous Breakfast in lovely surroundings at Framptons on Ringwood High Street

The Furlong Open Day with scarecrows, coloured sheep and live music

Fantabulous Wedding Car in Ringwood

Cheers Tommy!

We Cornwalled up our Living Room complete with vintage map, art from Heartlands and 70s photo from Love from Hetty and Dave in Pokesdown

Took on my Dad’s ancient welsh Grandmother Clock

and chilled in the garden to enjoy the sunshine (with a sneaky gin and elderflower cocktail obviously!)

Latterly we’ve been baking a new Cherry cake recipe to share with friends.

Delia’s non sinking Cherry Cake

Ingredients

4 oz butter (115 g)

4 oz caster sugar (115 g)

2 large eggs (2 oz each cracked weight)

4 1/2 oz plain flour (130 g)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 oz ground almonds (40 g)

8 oz glace cherries (230 g)

Method

Quarter the glace cherries then wash them well in warm water.  Dry well with kitchen paper and set aside for a few minutes to further air-dry.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, flour and baking powder, fold together gently until well combined.

Toss the dry glace cherries in the ground almonds then fold this into the cake mixture by hand, stirring gently to avoid breaking the cherries up.

Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and bake at 140C for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until the cake is light golden on top and springs back when lightly pressed in the centre.

It is delicious eaten straight away but improves on keeping for a few days.

If you like a strong almond flavour (I personally don’t) you could add a few drops of almond extract to the mixture when creaming.

Cherry Cake

Found new blogs like this beautiful gentle knitting blog  One Sheepish Girl (thanks to my friend Jo!) where I found these amazing amazingly expensive shoes!

and to the shoes website where I found these even more gorgeous shoes, in fact all of the shoes are gorgeous but who doesn’t want shoes with fabulous eye makeup!

Chie Mihara

and been junk modelling and attending Village craft club.

Tommy and the Alderholt Frieze local children have made over the Summer holidays at craft club.

Lovely

Keep the Vintage Love xx

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Fun, Fun, Fun….

Teenager was off with Meg for her birthday on Saturday so we hit Bristol and the Soma Gallery in Clifton to learn to make funky tape measure rosettes

Workshop Table

Workshop Table

My Rosette with a Hetty and Dave Pussy Cat

with Harriet and Rosie from Tatty Devine.  Needless to say I was beside myself with excitement.

Although I was a bit less dexterous at making the rosette than I would have liked I seemed to muddle through and produce something more or less ok!  Mr M made one too and his was perfect of course..

Mr M's immaculate version

Soma Gallery is really cool.  We got free Earl Grey and Lemon Drizzle cake while we waited for the session before us to finish so we got a good chance for a mooch around.  Obviously I had to pick up a copy of the ladies new book How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine and get it signed – not cool I know but who cares!

Mr M liked the posters by Andy Smith especially this one…

and we also picked up a new copy of the absolutely fab kids magazine Anorak and got to check out the Amelias Magazine in the flesh rather than just on the, admittedly lovely, blog.

Right opposite Soma was the Clifton Arcade

 

complete with Gorilla which is jam-packed with great shops including a lovely yarn shop, a vintage and vintage homeware shop and a really lovely crafty shop called I love Crafty which had handmade things from lots of local artists and craftspeople.  We also had the most fantastic tea and cake

Tea Infuser at Lahloo

in the Lahloo Pantry round the corner and brought home some very lovely Chai mix to boot.

Tea Heaven

On Sunday we were on the beach as usual enjoying the sunshine and walking the dog before heading to Sixty Million Postcards for Rumble in the Jumble.  We picked up some absolutely fab fabric from AppletiniTiny  which is going to be a pressie so more of that later!  This is her fab stall though…….

AppletiniTiny stall at Rumble in the Jumble

and also a brill 70s over shirt for me and new hat for Tommy who danced around to the great vintage tunes he loved it all so much.  Happy days!

Tommy's New Hat

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Things for the kids….

We’ve got kids which means we completely understand how sometimes they are not quite as keen on browsing around the vintage and the sparkly as we might be!  As a result we have tried to ease your day by providing some free activities for the little ones.  This is taking the form of a free craft table and half hourly story reading of some old favourites.  We would like to thank Sarah, Owain, Nathan and Liam for their help with this and especially Trevor of Paperview in Ringwood who has kindly given us some prizes for the best craft work on the day.  Hope that all the children that come along to the fair will come and join in and make some fun things and enjoy the stories.  You won’t be able to miss the table and story corner as we’ll have it all decorated with bunting and bears.  To make life easier as well there will be free squash available for children and there might even be some wartime style cake for them to try!

Story Corner line up!

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