Families and cake

I love these type of photo/catch-up posts, it feels like the internet version of getting you all over for a cup of tea, a malted milk and a natter.  Totally wish I could do that for realzz (though I’m not sure I have enough coasters).

This weekend was the boyfriend’s birthday and we celebrated it with some friends on Saturday night with Chinese takeaway, wine and a gihugic birthday cake.  The birthday cake was designed for 20 people but there were only four us so, out of the kindness of my heart, I have taken on the challenge this week of making sure none of it goes to waste.  I am pretty sure my current genetic makeup is 50% ganache.  On Sunday we went to a National Trust house in Somerset called Barrington Court to meet up with Tom’s family.  They had an event on called ‘Jazz on the lawns’ where you could bring a picnic and listen to a band play jazz in the sunshine all afternoon (what’s not to like?) We also looked around the Tudor manor house, saw an Anthony Gormley exhibition and (my favourite bit) looked around the gardens.  They have a kitchen garden where they grow all the veggies for the restaurant but we skipped the restaurant and had a picnic on the grass.  Tom’s Mum had made a huge homemade pork pie which was amazing, with peanut butter and chocolate cake for afters.  Yum.  Tom’s sister brought Tom’s adorable niece and nephew along, who you can see in a couple of the photos.  I’m really enjoying using my digital SLR again, so much so that I’ve sold it to another lovely blogger and upgraded to a slightly newer one using the insurance money from my bridge camera that got soggy.  Exciting!

Hope you’re all having lovely weeks so far.  Mine has been a super busy week of work so my evenings have mostly involved baths, TV and pajamas.  I am saving my pennies this week as next week we’re off to Cornwall for a little break and I want to have some money in the fish and chips/Cornish cream tea/Cornish cider fund.  However the sales are really tempting me, have you been snapping anything up? Let me know what you’ve been buying so I can live vicariously through you guys!

Tom and his nephew Milo