Monday, 19 May 2014

Small pleasures

Things that made me smile this weekend...
  • The sponge cake that elicited a response of "Wow, you made a cake" as if I never usually do!
  • My basket of jewel coloured rayon threads, gathered together to finish a project... together with the fact that I have actually finished the project (more about that later this week)
  • Time spent in the sunshine potting up containers to brighten up my doorstep... and ignoring the overgrown wild garden that I seem to be cultivating!
  • Capturing the odd half hour here and there to do some knitting. In a moment of wild impulse I decided to join in with the Martin Storey mystery blanket knit along. Pure madness as I've more than enough knitting on the go... but the Rowan consultant at John Lewis assured me that all serious knitters have at least six projects on the go at once. And I am enjoying see how each square turns out despite being about three weeks behind!.
  • And today, baking a lemon meringue pie before the kitchen got too warm... ready for my book club (i.e. supper club) meeting this evening... and knowing it will make five other people smile this evening too!
 
Small pleasures, but good ones. And very soon we will be a household with full employment once more so we have booked ourselves a couple of days away next month. Our first holiday together in over two years is definitely something to smile about. There is much to be thankful for.

24 comments:

  1. The small pleasures are always the best!
    Glad to hear about the good news on the job front.......and the impending holiday. :)
    V x

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  2. Oh Gina, what a wonderful post. I am so glad you had received good news on the job front. Wonderfully liberating in so many ways, I imagine.

    Beautiful threads and GORGEOUS lemon meringue pie: one of my favourite things ever!

    Stephanie

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  3. Very good news about the job and holiday :) and your baking looks so delicious!

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  4. The lady in John Lewis just wanted to sell you the yarn. Great news about full employment! Be in touch about Sunday later in the week x

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  5. A holiday is a reward well deserved. We all have far too many project on the go, no matter how hard we try not to.
    ps (I must move to Cambridge, to join your book club).

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  6. And a very pleasurable blog to read it was too.

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  7. What a lovely, smiley post. And such good news on the job and holiday front. Oh, and I don't think you need to worry about having too many knitting projects on the go until you hit double figures :)

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  8. What a very creative time you've been having. :) I've long since given up making cakes after I had a series of them that were as thin as pizzas! Yours is magnificent. I lOVe the colour yarn you're currently using for your knitted squares, I could eat it. Almost. ;)
    Jess x

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  9. Love those knitted squares and the cake looks delicious. Gorgeous threads and wonderful to hear your good news - smiles all round.

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  10. It is good to have a project for every mood. Your lemon meringue pie makes me want to go to the kitchen this very moment and make one, too. How nice to have a holiday to look forward to. Enjoy book group and the rest of the week.

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  11. A big pleasure! Full employment! I'm so pleased for you :-) Have a lovely holiday when the time comes.

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  12. Gina, lots of congratulations on the good news!

    Seeing the sponge and the meringue is really, really making me hungry...they each looks so scrumptious.

    I also like the looks of the afghan blanked knit along. I am now knitting several items, but the intriguing one is a lacy triangle shawl design from Gudron Johnston in the newest Brooklyn Tweed look book. It is taking some concentration but also has some meditative qualities in its knitting.

    xo

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  13. Cream Cake & Lemon Meringue, my two very favourite things :)

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  14. Hi Gina, I'm happy to hear about the project being completed and all the upcoming projects you will get. I'm also really happy about the good news concerning the upcoming job. CONGRATULATION!
    By the way this sponge cake and that lemon meringue tart look so delicious.

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  15. My favourite post this Monday! So thrilled that you have good news to celebrate and a little treat planned.

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  16. was thinking about Not-Pete, but didn't like to ask. Holiday will be the icing on your joint life as a cake ;~)

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  17. What a heart warming post and a reminder to just enjoy the joys of life around us. Congratulations on the job front, enjoy your holiday.

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  18. Great news about the job and the holiday. Sounds like you have had a happy weekend. Cheers

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  19. Wonderful small pleasures Gina (although that employment one sounds like a BIG pleasure!) Your first comment made me laugh -- luckily you have documented many of your cakes here on the blog, so you have proof when the family acts surprised!

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  20. A lovely, lovely "feel good" post. x

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  21. Have you ever thought about writing a book combining recipes for both cakes and textile art? Surely a best-seller?!

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  22. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Such good news.

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  23. All wonderful things! Your pile of threads looks yummy...not to mention the enormous cake!

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  24. Good news all round Gina, I'm so pleased that there is lots of happy in your life at the moment, well deserved indeed x

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