Thursday, 26 January 2012


I decided to call this post January 2012 as it's the only one I've done this month so it covers a few subjects. 


Some gorgeous photos we found of Steve with his Dad on the beach when he was little.  


A memento of my hair-raising bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.  I don't like cycling at the best of times but noone told me it was going to be a 9 mile trip from San Francisco to Sausalito.  I couldn't stop on the bridge as that would hold up the other cyclists behind me.  I'm glad we went back to beautiful Sausalito a couple of days later to see it without the stress.  Bike The Bridge is not an attraction I would personally recommend although Steve thought it was amazing.  Hmm Venus and Mars comes to mind!  And really, those hats!

Our hire car - a V8 Ford Mustang convertible - the business!  So the way to see California!

My Dad's 80th Birthday Party

My dear Dad was 80 years old on the 19th January and my older brother and his wife hosted a party for him in their lovely home in Buckinghamshire.  All the family were there and it was just the nicest day you could imagine.  I must thank my sweet sister-in-law Julie for all the work it took to organise it so well.

A real family gathering

The spread was amazing, to which my personal contribution was the cupcakes and the birthday cake; the famous Rainbow Cake.  I was so pleased with the outcome and glad I decided to splash out on the Wilton gel colourings to get the beautiful, vivid effect inside.  Admired by all and it didn't half taste good too, even if I do say so myself!!! 


I have pledged a Monthly Make for 2012

I signed up for this at Annie, the Felt Fairy's blog at the beginning of the year and, apart from the layouts above and the baking I have done, I found the time to make this dear little felt owl which was from a free template at Bugs and Fishes by Lupin blog  I loved making it but feel he needs a friend or two now to keep him company!

Thanks for looking.