Friday, 17 August 2012

This Week I've Mostly Been ...

Getting out on the bike

OK that's not really me, it's the Boyfriend! This was the first time his road bike has actually seen the road this year as we've just been too busy with the house. I had been planning to get on and do my test this summer but I just haven't had the time, I think I'll just stick to being a pillion for now

Wearing men's fragrance

I got a sample of this recently for Boyfriend and we have been fighting over it so I had to go and buy the full size  bottle! Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb has been my signature scent for about four years now and when I heard they were bringing out Spicebomb for men I couldn't wait to get my mitts on it! I love spicy scents and this one is absolutely gorgeous. I love it on him, I love it on me ... I just love it.

Looking forward to Autumn

I know when the Lakeland Autumn catalogue drops onto the doormat that my favourite season isn't far away and I immediately start planning what pickles and preserves I will be making and stocking up on supplies.

I need to get on and plant some bramble plants at the new house too, to make sure I've always got bramble jelly ingredients to hand!

Doing a horrible day of driving whilst feeling ill

I woke up on Thursday feeling absolutely rotten, not what you need when you've got a day like this ahead of you. Headache, sore throat, sneezing fits ... cue much swerving and one handed nose-blowing!

And today I drove 100 miles to a meeting to find that my laptop and blackberry were flat and I'd forgotten to confirm the address to my guest. I could have stayed in bed! 

Stocking up on essentials

So here's my ingredients for this weekend. Bed, tissues, drugs. And my laptop of course. What a perfect opportunity to catch up on my favourite blogs :-)


  1. How do you make your bramble jelly?

    Weirdly I've just posted on my blog about my attempts at making it last night! It tastes nice but so far hasn't set, it more sauce than jelly!

    Brambles are everywhere near us at the moment!

    Leanne x

  2. Hurray, a fellow jam maker! I'll hop on over to your blog and have a look :-)

    I put a ramekin dish in the freezer before I start. When you think your jam is ready, put a blob in the ramekin and give it a poke. If it wrinkles, it's ready. If it's still liquid, it needs longer.

    Also - use jam sugar, not normal sugar. It has pectin added and will help your jam to set.

    Hope this helps! You've inspired me to post a jam recipe now!

    Rachael x

  3. Hope you feel better soon Rachael!!

  4. My horrible ex-boyfriend had a Triumph Daytona 675 and before that a Suzuki SV650. We used to go everywhere on them and I loved it.

    My current lovely boyfriend has had bikes but now prefers his cars. I do miss riding pillion though, especially on a nice warm day - can I borrow yours? :)

    1. You're welcome to but be warned - that bike was not designed for pillions, it gives me bum cramp!

  5. Hi again - thanks for the tip about the jam sugar, I'll have to invest in some for my next attempt. My brother in law (who's a bit of a foodie) also mentioned that adding chopped up apple is a good way to help jam set as its packed with pectin! Looking forward to seeing your recipe soon. Leanne x

    1. He's right about apple - maybe that OR the jam sugar though, you don't want to end up with a jam flavoured brick! x


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