Here we are at the close of yet another weekend – why oh why do they disappear so quickly? I shouldn’t complain as I got a lot done.
I have finally finished all the socks for the Antarctica Adventurers and will drop them off on Monday. There are ten pairs in all, four of them in a gorgeous silk/wool mix which made me drool. I ended up dyeing wool for three pairs and I am pretty happy with the result.
As you can see, the little Orpington Bantams have arrived! I have three – a 12 month old hen who has been named Harriet, a four month old pullet called Esme and a two month old pullet called Little Milly. They are settling in well and seem quite content with their little run. Once the pullets are older I will see how viable it is to let them free range in the paddock during the day.
Although given the amount of interest my dog shows in them, it might not be such a great idea! Looks like I might have to build them a run.
Of course the best way to wrap up an afternoon is with a cup of rose grey tea and some of Aunty Doreen’s famous Chocolate Cake.
It is quick and relatively easy to make:
½ cup melted margarine or butter
1 cup milk
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa
1 ¾ cup self raising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients together, except the eggs, and beat until well combined. Add the eggs and beat for 2 minutes. Pour into large lined cake tin and bake at 160⁰C until cooked. You guys know the test, stick in a bamboo skewer and if it comes out clean then it is done. It generally takes 30-45 minutes.
I like to make the cake with raw sugar and I also include 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Top it with chocolate icing and it is lovely, but serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it is even better!