To start off, I returned to work after a long weekend away only to receive a phone call from one of my clients who rang to simply say Thank you. I know you many go, big deal, people say Thank you to me all the time, but the nature of work I do, I rarely get any thanks as people just want to move on, so I was totally overwhelmed by this graceful elderly lady making an effort to tell me of the difference my involvement has made to her mental and physical well being. She has even invited me back to her home for a cuppa and cake int he future. I assured her, I would take her up on her kind offer when I was in her direction.
A long-term blogger friend of mine Choclette who has been blogging as long as I have, won her first long-overdue blogging award for Best Food Blogger in The Food Awards 2016. I cannot express how happy I am for her. She is well grounded, genuine and her recipes distinct and original - I mean check out her Chocolate Marmite Brownies or Chocolate Dukkah!. I became first acquainted with Choclette in 2009 through her then blog Chocolate Log Blog, but these days she blogs at Tin and Thyme: Tales from a Cornish Kitchen. Funnily enough we met up last week by coincidence as we both got invited by Cranks to attend The Vegetarian Society's Cookery School in Cheshire.
Which brings me to 2 - when I got back home from the 'Vegan Toolkit Cookery' course I also came back not just with a handful of vegan recipes, but also bag of goodies thanks to the Vegetarian Society. I have been a member of the Vegetarian society for over 10 years, so this experience which I will write more about was real exciting for me. It wasn't just a gimmick or a tick box exercises that I've been there, done that. No it was much more for me. I like everything in the bag, but my favourite by far has to be Suma Chilli flakes, its an ingredient I use most of the time.
When I got a chance I checked my e mails as I had been without the Internet for a couple of days. I got an e mail from the stunning Adi who blogs over at Vegetarian Courtesy that I had won her first blog contest. The challenge was to identify the vegetables in her new header and the prize a quirky art commission. It took me two guesses, the dark fruit was the one the right side got many of us baffled. This is the final result. I love it, though she has been rather kind and made me slimmer, I am a lot more curvier. Had I not changed my blog header earlier this month, this would have been it.
I love these two country folk characters gifted to me by my lovely husband a little while back.
Please click on the pictures as my photo does not do them justice. I love the small details. The patchwork on the woman's dress, the little mouse at her feet, the man's walking stick and the adoring dog jumping up on his leg. Its just charming.
I had these retro style skinny mugs for a while, they make me smile - especially on rainy blustery days. But this week moreso, I learned my best friend from America may be paying me a visit this year. Her little girl, who I call my neice although we are not related is getting into high tea and castles, so I can't wait and I am more excited as I will be able to sit down with my friend who I have not seen since 2000 and have tea¬
And finally something else my husband got me this black metallic handd crafted hedgehog. Bare with me, it doesn't look like much, but wait prepare to be amazed.....
Its a nestling hedgehog - a hedgehog in a hedgehog - there are six of them all together.
I don't know where its from, who designed it or what its purpose is - so if anyone can enlighten me, please let me know. I'd appreciate it, maybe its just purely decorative.
I am sharing this with Five on Fridays hosted by Amy at Love Made My Home. and Friday's Fave Five with Susanne.