…how many cakes have you baked since the last one?
A: quite a few.
Astrid likes cake. Especially the new ones mummy has been baking. From her new cookbook â€“ Off the Shelf. The recipe for raspberry and peach tart that mummy has totally changed, using almond meal and spelt flour and different berries each time. And she puts chocolate into them too. So much better than any other cake I’ve ever had says Astrid.
Today some nice Japanese people came to our house for a few hours and took photos. And we talked about lots of stuff like life and baking and cake and sewing and knitting and babies and Hampstead Heath and flickr and blogging and heaps more stuff. They took a photo of me holding plates of cake and I had to smile. I lost my last hairclip this morning which meant I had to wear one of Astrid’s (big red felt flower) hairclips. For a photo in a book. Yes, so this week I’ve been cleaning.
Not a consistent cleaner â€“ I do like a clean house â€“ but I’m not really prepared to put the work in because I want to do other things â€“ so this has been a rare ocassion. A delight. A treat. So tidy was it that even during the shoot we totally messed the house up again just by having a cup of tea and some (blueberry, walnut and dark chocolate) cake. Yvonne told me what to do. Dust, vacuum, flowers and fruit. I would have worked that out eventually, but it’s much easier to be told by someone who knows what they’re doing.
This week also, I made cushion covers, bags, more cake, knitted some cashmere sleeve and went out on my own, on the train, to a meeting â€“ out in the big wide world. Back in Love with London. Mummy is about to have some fun.