Five on Friday!

This week I am joining with Amy from Love Made My Home for  Five on Friday time and Maria who is Suburban Mum for Our Favorite Five.



This dinner. I am really busy at the moment in my new job.

I came home quite late on Tuesday to find that Himself had cooked this gorgeous dinner.

Walking through the door I could have cried with gratitude.

The littlest was back from her travels, so we were all able to just down and eat – bliss!!

It is so much better when you haven’t cooked it yourself.

However, he has also shown his hand and revealed skills that I didn’t realise he had ha!



I have spent weeks trying to get a picture of this little blighter!

Jack doesn’t fit the profile of a normal Labrador in that he sometimes leaves food in his bowl.

As soon as he comes back indoors, this Magpie scoots down and makes short work of his dinner.

At first the magpie was really nervous, but now he strolls across the garden with a swagger and lingers for a while!

Jack, the gun dog, doesn’t appear to notice ha!



These flowers were to me by our lovely neighbours, watching them bloom has definitely been a highlight of this week.

They really did not need to gift them , but what a beautiful treat they are!

Such fabulous neighbours! But they are not the only ones, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by them!!



This month has been about getting outdoors as much as possible.

In the North West we have had a chilly start to June with plenty of rain, however it has started to warm up, I have even taken my black tights off!!

I know, I am so radical!




I have a very pale complexion naturally and super white skin, probably a throw back to my Celtic heritage.

In the name of research I have been using both of these products this month at different time to compare.

 I will post my findings soon for those who may be interested.

The upside is that I am ready for when the sun decides to really put his hat on!!




Have a lovely day!




A ‘Welcome to The Glade’ Lemon Drizzle cake


We were the sixth family to move into The Glade. Most families that have moved in since have been welcomed with a Lemon Drizzle cake.

(If you are reading this and you have moved in and didn’t received a cake,  let me know and I will hasten to rectify the situation ASAP).

People are often impressed with this particular cake, however in the spirit of sharing, I am about to take one for the team and, give the game away about how simple this cake really is.

This recipe is so old that I have had to convert it to metric.



170g self raising flour

110g butter

1 teaspoon of baking powder

170g sugar

2 large eggs

6 tablespoons of milk

Finely grated rind of a lemon or 2 drops of lemon extract



110g sugar

Juice of large lemon


1. Pre heat the oven to 160c

2. Add all the cake ingredients together in a bowl and mix, see photo below for proof


3. Pop the mix into a lined cake tin, I use a round one but this will fit into a 2lb  loaf tin too

4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the centre clean

5.  When the cake is in the oven make the drizzle by adding the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the sugar and mix

6. As soon as it is baked take a toothpick and make lots of holes in the top of the cake

7. Pour the drizzle mixture over the top


*Tip: Before squeezing lemons put them in the microwave for 30 seconds then you will get more juice!