Some art work I wanted to share.


Lilac Dreaming by Janice Konstantinidis.

Cheeky Cat – Stalking our birds.

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Rock Cakes


  • 8 oz/ 225g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp double action baking powder (US) or 1 tsp baking powder (UK)
  • 4 oz/110g soft butter or margarine
  • 2 oz/ 55g granulated sugar
  • 4 0z/ 110g mixed dried fruit
  • 2 oz/ 55g currants
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 – 3 tbsp milk
  • Demerara sugar for sprinkling
  • Oil for greasing
  • NOTE: Some reviewers of this recipe have suggested adding 1 tsp mixed spice**
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • Heat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large baking bowl, add the softened butter or margarine, and lightly rub together with fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the sugar and the dried fruit and mix so all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Add the egg and 1 tbsp of the milk and mix to create a stiff dough. If the mixture is still dry add milk a tbsp at a time until required consistency.
  • Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  • Using a tablespoon divide the mixture into 12 mounds evenly spaced on the 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden brown and well risen.

The Butchart Gardens

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Winter garden

I planted the last of the bulbs for this year. This would bring the total number planted since we began this garden to about 1000 :-O Maybe more.

Things are looking good. We’ve  have plenty of rain. A couple of heavy frosts saw the end of the Hydrangeas and Fushia… they’ll be back.

Many many bulb tips to be seen now, always such a joy to me.

Time to prune the roses now. I suspect there’s a gopher under another one….more netting to be made.

A nice day to be working in the garden.

It’s the winter Solstice. I am always happy to see this day pass as I know there will be a lot of activity in the garden soon.