Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Her Majesty’s 90th birthday cake #LylesRoyalCake

This is my spin on the Lyle’s Golden Syrup Queen’s Birthday Cake. It is a beautiful Victoria sponge cake, made with Lyle’s Golden Syrup and the buttercream is also made with the syrup, which makes it have a very lovely flavour. Victoria sponge is the perfect cake choice for Queen Elizabeth and the edible decorations on the top of the cake make it that little bit special. 

 

Her Majesty's Birthday Cake

A yummy birthday cake to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 24
Author Lyle's Golden Syrup

Ingredients

Cake

  • Butter for greasing
  • 350 g butter at room temperature
  • 300 g Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lyle’s Golden Syrup
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400 g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp milk

Filling and frosting

  • 300 g butter
  • 550 g Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lyle’s Golden Syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp seedless raspberry jam

Decoration

  • 850 g white regal icing
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • Edible gold spray
  • Union Jack ribbon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, Fan Oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4.
  • Grease two 23cm sandwich tins and one 15cm cake tin with a little butter or vegetable oil. Line the bases of the sandwich tins and the base and sides of the cake tin with non-stick baking paper or greaseproof paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft and creamy, then add the caster sugar and beat well with a wooden spoon or hand-held electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the Lyle’s Golden Syrup and beat well. Gradually add the eggs, beating well between each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the flour and salt, then use a large metal spoon to fold it in gently. Do not beat, or you will lose the air. Add the milk and stir in gently to form a soft, dropping consistency.
  • Share the mixture between the prepared tins, leveling the tops. Bake the sandwich tins for about 25-30 minutes and the cake for 35-40 minutes, when the tops should be firm yet slightly springy. (You may have to do this in separate batches). To test that the cakes are done, insert a fine skewer into the centre – it should come out clean.
  • Cool the cakes on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn out and carefully remove the lining paper. Leave until completely cold.
  • For the frosting, beat the butter until soft and creamy, then gradually add the icing sugar, beating well with a wooden spoon or hand-held electric mixer. Beat in the Lyle’s Golden Syrup and vanilla. Reserve 1 tbsp of this butter icing, cover and set aside.
  • Level the top of the 15cm cake, then cut it in half horizontally. Sandwich the two halves together with jam and buttercream. Spread the top of one sandwich cake with jam and buttercream, and position the second sandwich cake on top. You now have two cakes filled with jam and buttercream. Spread butter icing evenly over the tops and sides of both cakes. Leave in a cool place for 2-3 hours.
  • Reserve 100g of white regal icing. Roll out about three-quarters of the remaining white regal icing on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Use this to cover the 23cm cake, trimming to fit. Roll out the remaining quarter to cover the 15cm cake. Spread the reserved 1 tbsp of butter icing onto the middle of the large cake and position the small cake on top.
  • To complete the cake, tie the ribbon around the tiers, then serve.

Notes

You will want to leave the cake to cool for at least a few hours before decorating, I left it over night. You may also need to let the icing cool over night too.
See more at: http://www.lylesgoldensyrup.com/recipe/her-majestys-birthday-cake/#sthash.savW4MA1.dpuf
Adapted from Sonia Constant

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