Grey squirrels – love them or loathe them

A welcome sight There are many things I enjoy seeing on my daily walks but one of my favourite sights is the grey squirrel.  I often see one or two perched on a wall or a tree branch, eating food that has been left out for them. Not everyones cup of tea Whilst the squirrels […]

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Flying herons – photographed on the Peak Forest canal

Peak Forest canal walk Another day and another walk along the Peak Forest canal.  The canal is 14.8 miles long and runs from Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne to Bugsworth Basin in  Buxworth, Whaley Bridge in the High Peak. Flying Herons on the Peak Forest canal A constant visitor to the canal is the grey heron.   […]

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Don’t wait for the sunshine

There’s no wrong weather for walking –  only wrong clothing My husband has always said that there is no wrong weather for walking, only wrong clothing.  Before I go for my walks I have a quick check out of the window and a look at the weather forecast and then I decide what I’ll wear.  […]

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Celebration cakes – making a Harry Potter birthday cake

Grandma I’d like a Harry Potter cake please Over the past few years I have been tasked with making birthday cakes for my grandchildren.  My grandson Daniel was eight at the weekend and a couple of weeks ago I asked him what theme he would like for his birthday cake.  It was no surprise when […]

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Canal walks – Macclesfield and Peak Forest

A walk along the canal almost always involves taking pictures of the heron. He is a frequent visitor and I often see him posing.  On the odd occasion I don’t see him the ducks make a good substitute. The Macclesfield canal can be a great place to pass a couple of hours.  There’s a decent […]

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Celebration cake – making a wedding cake

Around about the middle of 2019 my son and his wife to be asked me if I would make their wedding cake. Or rather to be completely clear would I make their wedding cakes … all four of them! This felt like a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I was touched and […]

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Celebration cake – quick and easy cat cake

For the first birthday of one of my grandsons I made a quick and easy ‘cat cake’. The colours were chosen as they were the same as one of the family cats (Jasper) that he was familiar with. Although I refer to this as a quick and easy cake it doesn’t mean to say that […]

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Celebration cakes – childrens lion birthday cake

My granddaughter Emma has carried and dragged around a small and loveable lion for almost as long as I can remember.  There is an endearing lack of originality to the name of this lion. He is simply called Lion.  He is loved in much the same way as other family favourites such as Monks and […]

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Celebration cakes – cakes for all occasions

This post features a variety of cakes that I have made for a various occasions. Sticky: The cakes include one of my husbands favourites, a rich Sticky Ginger cake with generous pieces of stem ginger. Themed cakes: The pig themed cake also features a fondant ‘look a like’ of his favourite soft toy a scruffy, […]

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