A random mix of things that have made me feel cheerful this week. It has been a very rainy week, and there have also been some more house problems to deal with, so any little cheerful thing has been a very welcome bonus.
I have already declared them the best cupcake makers in Edinburgh. (And I have tasted a lot of them – research is always ongoing.) Why they beat their rivals ? They have a quite unique set of flavours, which carry the flavour on throughout the cake and not just on the icing. Crucially, the layer of icing is not too thick. Some of the other places have so much icing on the top that it becomes too much and rather sickly. These have got it just right. And then each flavour is decorated very prettily. Top notch ! Their cafe also looks very inviting, decorated with real attention to detail and including specially commissioned china with quirky takes on local landmarks.
From Gothenburg, I came across this band accidentally, while looking for another one. They play a sort of Klezmerish, gypsy, punk mix and sound absolutely fantastic. I will be keeping my eye open for any performances in Scotland.
3.Life, Paint and Passion by Michele Cassou.
I spotted this book in the library at the retreat earlier in the year and it looked very inspiring. Very much in the same vein as the style of Flora Bowley’s workshop. If I need some new ways to approach the canvas I will try out some of the ideas here. Though have to say, the painting is still flowing pretty well. I’m doing about an hour most days, which is long enough to give the canvas another layer. So nice to finally, finally be painting. Why did I wait so long ?
4.Seeing the town decked out in garlands. Need I say more. It just looks so festive.
5.The wonderful Orkestra Del Sol in concert – I might just have to go again.
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