Bake off and escaping to a chateau

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I might have cheated a bit with this blog post title.  It’s nothing about baking in the kitchen at all though I do love a bit of baking when in the mood and I adore The Great British Bake Off, though preferred Mel, Sue and Mary to the newbies. (I hope readers know what I am talking about here – please ask if not.)

I am writing about the last few days of baking hot sunshine we’ve had in the UK.  Wow, was it warm enough for everyone? At times it was a bit too hot for me though I am not complaining much, I could keep out of it when I needed to.  It was a great excuse to sit indoors and sew one day – I will reveal the result of that day soon, though it’s a gift for someone who might read this so remains under wraps for now.

A snapshot of the cherry blossom in full bloom over the garden fence one sunny afternoon

So, today the temperature has turned itself down a bit. The whole family is having a better day.  We all had streaming eyes and noses with hayfever – even one of our cats suffered. (Hayfever-like symptoms in a cat, possibly some allergy to something in the air/garden.) It is a little respite from the past few days.

Whilst staying out of the sun, I also discovered a tv show about owning your own french castle (Escape to the Chateau DIY, Ch4), which builds on the original series Escape to the Chateau.  I love trips to France, though not in the same league, one can dream big. Image result for escape to the chateau

Dick and Angel Strawbridge make entertaining tv.

I wonder what anyone else did to stop being ‘baked’ last week?



5 thoughts on “Bake off and escaping to a chateau

    tierneycreates said:
    April 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Wonderful photo!

      tinaor responded:
      April 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you.

    shazza said:
    April 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Ahh I have a cookbook by Angel called The Vintage Tea Party Book. The pictures in it are amazing….though I have never actually made anything. 🙂 The cherry blossom looks beautiful too. X

      tinaor responded:
      April 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you. I shall have to look out for that book!

    sewchet said:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I have all Angel’s books – she is a very entertaining writer. I’ve also seen all “Escape to the chateau” and the “DIY” programmes. They’re such natural presenters in a down to Earth way. Not being used to temperatures in the twenties, I found it a bit too hot as well but, as you say, it’s easy to step inside for a bit of relief and I’d never moan about too much sunshine!!

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