Apart from Sirius 🙂 Sirius absolutely loves her. The first time he met her she sidled up to him and stuck her face into his and he looked worried and ran downstairs. She continued in this vein and they soon became fast friends. Merlin isn’t too keen on her and Phoebe gave me a look which said “You’ve not gone and got *another* one!”
Sorry, I went a bit AWOL the last fortnight and I can’t tell you about one of the big reasons why until after tomorrow. It has been an emotional couple of weeks, a friend of ours died very suddenly and it felt like her life had been cut off in her prime and it brought back a lot of feelings I had as a daughter losing her mother at the age of 20. I went to her funeral earlier this week and felt so sad for L and P as I know exactly what they are going through. It just makes you think that life really is too short 🙁
I did miss the party that I’d made this cake for but I’m glad not to have missed her funeral. There were a bunch of us who relate online and we said how sad it was the only time we really got together in person was when someone got married and now sadly when one of our number dies. I’d made a carrot cake – something I’d not done for a while and I used the recipe in the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. I was impressed by the recipe and made several versions since I had bought quite a lot of carrots. I have a carrot loaf in the freezer for a rainy day.
I found it hard to sleep til a normal hour this morning so got up just before 3am and made two cakes. The one on the left is a cherry madeira cake (recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess) and the right one is a cranberry and apply cake. The cranberry one is an experiment based on a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.
Sorry for having been absent for so long. It has been so busy round here I don’t know where I am! Anyway onto the good stuff. We visited a rather lovely sheep farm in Wales called Honorwood Flocks run by a lovely couple who got fed up with their run of the mill lives some years ago and sold up and bought a farm.
I felt a frisson of fear when I saw the clockwork men from The Girl in the Fireplace.