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12/4/2013: Spring has sprung (and a lovely gift)!

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Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to my Californian friend Jen who sent me a beautifully soft pair of hand-knitted fingerless gloves.  I can't tell you how much I've worn them since I received them.  It's been so cold here so they were very much appreciated.  There was a lovely pack of home-made shortbread too which was delicious.  That never lasted a day!  Thanks again Jen! X

fingerless gloves

Finally after what seems to have been a never ending winter, Spring seems to be finally here.  Inverness was lovely today and it was nice walking along the River Ness with Cuilean seeing the new green shoots appearing.

I love the yellow of the gorse bush which is starting to flower - a real sunshine yellow.

I never tire of looking at that little smiley face.

I've started back growing my herbs and a couple of other things in the garden, rhubarb being one of them.  All my herb seeds were planted at the same time - some have shot up and some haven't even sprouted yet.

In those little pots is pumpkin seeds.  I planted seven of them and so far three have sprouted.  I've no idea what I'll do with seven pumpkins if they all take!

The photo above is a chinese lantern flower.  I've never had any success up until now growing them.

I've taken an interest in baking bread recently from scratch and so far it's turned out lovely.

I've been making a load of vegan cupcakes too which also are really tasty.  I have a very sweet tooth but that's ok because vegan is healthy!   ;-)

cupcakes

The cupcakes above were for my sisters birthday.

chocolate cupcakes

Excuse the state of the frosting - that was my first attempt with the piping bag!

chocolate cake

I'm still plodding along with module 4 of my City and Guilds course.  I just have a household item left to design so I decided to do a hot water bottle cover as mine has been getting a lot of use lately and can do with getting replaced.  I'm busy poring through knitting stitch books just now.

I just can't resist this cheeky face!

my boy

Have a great weekend! x

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