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Project 52: 21/52

21/52 Ellis

Since last week Ellis has been cruising! It took him ages to properly start moving, but when he finally did we’ve ended up with the cruising within two weeks!

21/52 Milo

We went to a Nature Festival organised by the RSPB at the weekend, and one of the activities was a minibeast hunt. Here’s Milo looking at some ladybirds – the glass has got a magnifying glass in the top.

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Bluebells at Dalkeith Country Park

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Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells

I mentioned on Monday we went to see the bluebells at Dalkeith Country Park after I’d become a little bit obsessed with finding a bluebell wood after reading about Ravelston Wood here. Some light facebook consultation made me decide on Dalkeith (the third option was Hopetoun House), mainly because it’s our side of town and has parking, which means we can get there in 15-20 minutes, compared to 45+ on the bus to Blackhall. Anyway, it was perfect, exactly as I’d hoped! Carpets full of beautiful flowers right across this massive bit of forest, and a nice flat walk along the river for Milo to cycle along. Plus, tons of wild garlic, bonus! We’ll definitely be back in the park as well when the cafe and adventure playground open in the summer.

Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells
Dalkeith Country Park bluebells

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Project 52: 20/52

20/52 Milo

We went to see the bluebells in Dalkeith Country Park at the weekend. ALL the photos on Wednesday, but for today just this one

20/52 Ellis

Milo got some slime for his birthday back in December from one of his party guests, but we never opened it at the time due to an ominous ‘things may stain’ warning. But we did at the weekend, and Ellis loved feeling it! (Also, no stains)

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Me Made May week 2 roundup

Me made may

Onyx top and colette ginger skirt. Keeping, obviously!

Me made may

Deer and Doe chardon skirt and sleeveless onyx top. The skirt sits very high and is very tight, not unwearable but I was definitely aware of it while wearing it. I may have to admit defeat on ever getting my flat stomach back. Sad times, but I’m just not motivated enough to starve myself to get back into it. Because that’s what I’d need to do. I’m currently in week 4 of an 8 week challenge to do a million steps, which is going really well and I’m getting fitter and faster (from a pretty decent base level) but no body shape/weight loss benefits so I’m beginning to think that that’s just the way it is, and I should just make a new skirt a size up. The fabric of this skirt is a nightmare anyway, crumpling wise so it would be no big loss to donate it. Onyx shirt is fine and a keeper.

Me made may

(daytime) Westknits dotted rays

Me made may

(evening) Me made brooches, Dave made bag (blogged but cannot find links)

Me made may

Terrible photo! 3/4 length sleeve onyx shirt, keeping

Me made may

Ditto. This is the same burdastyle dress as the purple one, the full pattern with the sleeves. Dave actually made this one, it was too big at the time and as a result now fits slightly better than the purple one. Still though, the bust darts are too long, super pointy, the fabric (a sheet) is very faded and it’s definitely getting donated.

Me made may

Tunic length onyx

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Dave’s birthday cake

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Carrot and walnut cake
Carrot and walnut cake
Carrot and walnut cake

Milo and I made Dave’s birthday cake this year, a carrot cake as per request. We used this recipe, which makes A LOT of cake, as you might expect with half a kilo of sugar and 5 eggs! It says one 26cm tin, but we got two 20cm ones out no problem. If I made this again, I would half the cake mix. Or 1.5 times the frosting, it could have done with slightly more of that in the middle. Though it is a very moist cake!

Here’s the recipe (I reduced the sugar slightly to this)

450ml vegetable oil
400g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
450g sugar
5 free-range eggs
½ tsp salt
2½ tsp ground cinnamon
525g carrots, grated
150g shelled walnuts, chopped

Icing
200g cream cheese
150g caster sugar
100g butter, softened

For the carrot cake, preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3. Grease and line two 20cm springform cake tins.

Mix all of the ingredients for the carrot cake, except the carrots and walnuts, together in a bowl until well combined. Stir in the carrots and walnuts.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tins and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the cake from the tin and set aside to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, for the icing, beat the cream cheese, caster sugar and butter together in a bowl until fluffy.

Cut the top off one cake so it’s flat, cover in frosting, stick the second cake on and spread the icing over the top of the cake with a palette knife.

Can you tell which paret of that recipe I’ve written myself? Hehe!

P.s. Dave’s tshirt is one of his presents from me

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Project 52: 19/52

19/52 Ellis

19/52 Milo

Both pictures from the steam trains this week.

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Me Made May roundup

Me made may

Colette Sorbetto top without the pleat, then pleated around the neckline because that was too big. I really like the way the pleating looks. Bit tight round the underarms and I don’t like the bias binding I used though. I’m still deciding whether to donate it.

Me made may

Burdastyle dress which was one of the first things I ever made. Definitely too tight round the bust now, plus the waistband sits too high/cuts across the bottom of my boobs. Though weirdly the straps are loose and there’s excess fabrics around the underarms. I don’t really understand how the two can coexist, but I need not figure this out, cos it’s getting donated. The seams are unfinished anyway, I’m surprised it’s even lasted this long!

Me made may

Bamboo plantain tee. Keeper.

Me made may

I really wanted to wear that seasalt top so I threw on the K1, P1 megacowl to flfill my pledge

Me made may

My first evr onyx, done in ikea fabric. No FBA, but it looks good enough to wear.

Dave getting tired of taking my photo already, so I’m afraid there’s going to be a lot of selfies!

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Bo’ness steamtrains details

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It was Dave’s birthday on Monday and we went to the Bo’ness steamtrains again. Since I did a review type post when we went last year, this time I decided to focus on taking pictures of all the details. I really like these photos, and hopefully some of you do too, cos this is only half of them!

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Project 52: 18/52

18/52 Milo

We built a den in the living room

18/52 Ellis

Ellis is still unwell, lurching from one illness to another since he started nursery. The latest is a viral infection with cold symptoms. He’s been sleeping a lot, and seems to be on the mend, slowly.

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