August 17 Vanilla Custard Day

Vanilla custard is my favourite of favourite puddings. I love the taste and smell of vanilla flavoured things so was delighted to find out that there was a Vanilla Custard Day to celebrate. How yummy is vanilla custard? Add rhubarb crumble to it and you have my all-time favourite pudding. While I do like the old instant custard, my favourite is home-made real custard. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!

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Well, hello, how are you? All well I hope. I haven’t written a long post for a wee while and it’s because I have been really busy writing, doing repair jobs around the house (they are never ending), decorating my bedroom (pale blue, it’s lovely) and preparing for a small house party last weekend.

With regards to the small house party last weekend, I had some family, close friends and a couple of neighbours around as a kind of extension house warming. I themed it on Alice in Wonderland (hence the figurines and pics of flowers) and spent three days making food for it. By the Saturday, I was exhausted even before one guest had arrived, but once they all started coming and the wine flowed, I got my second wind and had a fab time. The buffet went down well, we had music on so there was dancing, it was nice enough for some to sit outside and when it got dark my dad lit the fire pit. It was a great night and I’d like to thank everyone who came and for all their gifts and  good wishes.

I’ve also been working with my editor, the lovely Graham, to finish the final draft of Dusting Down Alcudia. I am now in the process of hiring an artist to do the front cover and have three quotes to look at already. I am looking to launch the book in November.

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So what else has been happening? Well, our wee pug Bonya has another lump, this time on her stomach. Because she had cancer last year, we had to get it removed and it’s being sent to a lab to find out if it’s cancer or not. Hopefully it’ll be the latter. The poor wee mite is snoozing on the sofa as I write. She’s all woozy and spaced out. Hopefully she’ll be back to near normal tomorrow. She is currently sporting one of those plastic head cones and looks hysterical. The operation went well so we’re expecting her to make a full recovery.

What I am reading at the moment. Well, I was lucky enough to pop along to Gill Sims‘ book launch of her latest hilarious book Why Mummy Swears. For any of you who don’t know Gill, she’s the blogger who brought us the incredibly funny Peter and Jane blog and the Sunday Times’ best sellerWhy Mummy Drinks. This is the sequel and it’s great. Good luck with the book Gill. PS was delighted to get my copy signed!! PPS was also very excited to meet Judgy Dog in person. He’s a lovely wee thing.

The kids went back to school yesterday. I bought the boy’s school shoes on Monday. Talk about cutting it fine this year? I did organise getting all their uniform at the beginning of July, though so my late buying of shoes is kind of cancelled out in the ‘being a bad mum stakes’. And what did mum do when her beloved offspring went off to school? Well I met the aforementioned lovely Graham (my editor) for lunch to talk Dusting Down Alcudia (for about ten minutes) and other books/authors (including the Brontes who we both love, for about two hours). We went to Café Andaluz and had a lovely time eating and talking.

So, there you are, that’s been what’s happening (-ish) over the last two weeks. Of course, more has been happening, but I am sure you don’t want to know about all the housework and dog walking and talking to other dog walkers (for ages, much to the dogs’ disgust) that I have been doing.  😉

Right, I am off to make dinner tonight. I have no idea what I am going to make. Haven’t had time to do a menu for this week yet. Sigh.

Til next time.

Dawn xx

August 10 Duran Duran Appreciation Day

I cannot say enough how much I love Duran Duran so I am planning to embrace Duran Duran Appreciate Day fully by playing their music at top volume all day, annoying the kids and anyone else who happens to come around the house. Love them, love them, love them. Want to find out more, go to their official website.

August 7 Lighthouse Day

I love lighthouses. I love the idea of living in a lighthouse and I think it’s great that today is Lighthouse Day.

To celebrate Lighthouse Day, I would suggest going to visit a lighthouse near you and see how they work – although I believe there are no manned lighthouses in Scotland any more, but there are those you can visit.

Here are another couple of pics of Scottish lighthouses…

August 5 Work Like a Dog Day

This sounds like a dream day to me. If I do as my dogs do, I will spend the entire day either lying sleeping or pestering one of the other humans in the house to play ball. I will then demand to be fed and my tummy rubbed!

Well, apparently Work Like a Dog Day is actually about displaying the inner grit and determination of a hungry dog as you go about your normal day. It’s about working hard with enthusiasm and drive.

Hmmm, I like the sound of my version better.

August 1 Raspberry Cream Pie Day

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you may have noticed that I celebrate a lot of days relating to food. This is because I love food and I love eating, especially sweet things. So, in the spirit of the gastronome I am, today I am celebrating Raspberry Cream Pie Day. Yesterday it was Raspberry Cake (did I tell you I also love raspberries?) and today it’s pie. I have never had a Raspberry Cream Pie in my entire life, but I love raspberries and cream and, indeed, pies, so it sounds lovely.  If anyone has a good recipe, please share it by commenting on this post. All hail the Raspberry Cream Pie!