I lived on a small island in the South China Sea with a husband, two sons and a scruffy dog and now I live in London which is in a slightly larger small island with a scruffy husband two large boys and a very fluffy dog.
This has been my view for the last 24 hours as I have been struck down by the Cevennol sickness that I always seem to get when I stall here. Still it's not a bad view and at least it puts the brakes for a day at any rate on the vast quantities of good food and wine that are being consumed by me.
So here we are in France after a lovely visit with Mandy and Graeme in Basel.We has a bit of a drama on the way down with a cracked windscreen but all survived, even the windscreen. This is me about to have the first swim in the river. The boys have been building a camp in the stream. The orchard on the way to the river. I have often painted this view. I love the palm tree against the house, the mountain and the bluest sky. And this is the terrace where all our meals occur.
We had a weekend in London catching up with friends courtesy of Nanny and Granddad. This was the foyer in our hotel. London at dusk on a hot summery evening. Same colours as the foyer. Liverpool station. I love this photo. It could be New York perhaps?
Hard to believe its England. These pictures are from Bexhill on Sea at the De LaWarrPavilion which has been restored to all its Modernist glory. It was built in 1935 for the Earl De La Warr and was the first public building in the modernist style. Its now an art gallery and very lovely especially in the summer sun.
We have cousins coming over today and so I thought a nice cherry cake might go down quite well. There hasn't been a lot of drawing going on as you can probably tell.
The cherry cake is one I do a lot. It is dead easy and almost fool proof. My type of cake.
225g self raising flour 100g ground almonds 275g glace cherries 225g butter softened 225g caster sugar 3 large eggs few drops vanilla extract 2 tablespoons of milk
It's your basic cream the sugar and butter, add the beaten eggs, then add the flour and ground almonds and lastly the vanilla extract,milk and the cherries. My Granddad was a baker and he said you need to roll the cherries in flour before adding them to the mixture so they don't all sink to the bottom of the cake. That's what I do and it mostly works.
Spoon into a cake tin or loaf tin about a 9 inches is what I used. Bake on a middle shelf at about gas mark 4 or 180 degrees for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean. I decorated mine with icing made with icing sugar and water and the rest of the very large tub of cherries I bought.Yum!
The sun continues to shine and so we paid a visit to our favourite pub Tiger Inn in East Dean. I continue to browse the wonderful shops, this time in an area called Mercatoria. You wouldn't believe it was a run down East Sussex town would you. It looks more Parisian. I got Jos a t shirt in the same design as the bear is made from. The view at the top of our road.