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This weeks featured artist is a Cumbrian based Artist who's skill is Lino cutting. Sarah Cemmick was another artist that I discovered through the C-Art exhibition. I love her Hare's especially the picture opposite – 'By the light of the silvery moon'. She gave me some useful tips for when I start having a go at Lino cutting and was happy to answer any 'dumb' questions I had, even after I had said I liked the 'Lazy Sunday Afternoon' hare as it reminded me of Bigwig from Watership Down. Sarah's work can be found in many places in Great Britain most notably a selection of her ‘Hare’ artwork is currently on display in Holland & Holland’s Bruton Street store, a gun shop based in Mayfair, London. To view more about Sarah and her work please go to her website.
Innis & Gunns Limited Edition Malt Whisky Trail
As always I have served it straight from the fridge. As I poured the 90shilling drink there was a waft of Whisky, but, on a second sniff from the glass I could smell Banana Toffee Caramel. The taste I am not sure how to describe it, but there is a creaminess and a hint of a non sweet Whisky with a malt beer taste. I am constantly making the mistake of gulping their Rum cask too quickly as for me it is delicious. With this in mind I will be doing as instructed- sipping slowly! Sipped real slow, an hour later I tasted the smokiness they talked about. Different beer, definitely requires a second look (good job really I bought two), however, maybe on a night when I need some of the real stuff and still being able to stand up quickly, bit like doing reverse psychology on myself.
Innis and Gunns posted on Twitter this week a twist on the Traditional Egg Nog. Here's the link if you need the recipe. I will definitely be giving it a go towards the end of the year. Enjoy.
COVERED IN WEEDS
So whilst I was surfing the net to see if there was anything I should be doing in the garden in December I discovered this fact....
The colourful wrappers of Quality Street sweets are compostable? They are made from cellulose, derived from wood pulp, so rather than chuck them in the bin with your Christmas wrapping paper place them on your compost heap!
The most common thing I find amusing from all the sites is the bullet point.. 'Now is the time to tidy your shed and clean your tools'. Hmm my Granddad always cleaned his tools with newspaper after he used them and never left them with mud on. I wouldn't say his Greenhouse was immaculate but it was tidy. I thought this was general good practice throughout the year? But I must say my little section in the shed isn't that tidy, after all I found bulbs in it I should have planted back in October – but according to one site as long as the ground isn't frozen I can still plant Tulips. Wonder if that goes for Crocus and Iris as well? Any advice greatly appreciated.
A Trifle Mishap.
Last weekend my mum came to visit for her birthday. She loved the Higgledy seeds and thought the Hendrix flowers were lovely. Instead of a cake for the small celebration I decided to do a Trifle. Usually my Man does the trifle and makes a damn fine job. However he is allergic to egg so he always used Ambrosia as he thought the Birds custard (powder variety) had egg in. So the custard has always been cold. You know what I did now don't you?! I left pout the fingers (contains egg) couldn't find another cake. So it was all Jelly at the bottom. I let it set. I was impressed with myself I hadn't stuck my fingers in to test if set. Made the birds custard (birthday day) – impressed again no lumps, waited for the custard to cool. Which I did – I thought. The 20minute wait wasn't patient enough I stirred it and poured it onto the jelly to an almost instant jelly melt! In my slight 9th hour panic I quickly text my Man to ask him to go get more of the Mascarpone cake we had the other day. He brought seven slices back (it was on offer)! Two and half hours later the Jelly and custard had set. So I continued on whisked the cream Man to the rescue at the last minute again I forgot to put in the Icing sugar with the Madagascan Vanilla. So since my mum left on Tuesday morning I've had Trifle and cake every evening till last night! It's safe to say I could be all Trifled out even before Christmas begins.
Manchester Christmas Fair
There has been one Christmas Fair that has alluded both of us for the last few years and that is the Manchester Christmas Markets, by all accounts it's a great place to wander shopping for yourself and others with a glass of mulled wine in one hand and a Bratwurst sausage in the other. My friend Mary of Interlude Ceramics has been sat in a little hut since Mid November freezing her butt off whilst smiling at customers. This summer I was the hired help to prepare her goods for the fair and it was a great new smashing experience. So with only a few days left get yourself down there and visit Mary – take her a mince pie, a glass of mulled wine and a blanket (or just a smile) and bag the last Christmas present for Aunty Nora and Uncle Bob.
And on that note I will leave you with Manchester group Stone Roses Made of Stone tune and a classic Dean Martin tune to get you in the mood for the trip.
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My nickname has nothing to do with any alcoholic measure. Thank you to a friend deciding one day whilst my hair was in plaits that I looked like Laura Ingalls in 'The Little House on the Prairie'.
Places to visit
Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
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