not a cake

When is a cake not a cake?  an interesting question I’ve been exploring over the last 20+ days of lent.

Chocolate is easy – something either contains chocolate or not and I’ve successfully managed to avoid chocolate with the exception of a couple of mouthfuls of chocolate brownie to celebrate the dog’s 6th birthday.   It was only a couple of mouthfuls as it was pretty awful brownie from a pub and I really didn’t want more.

Cake however is more challenging.  One friend kindly agreed that hot cross buns are not cake and then brought me some last week.  Definitely good.  Croissant, eaten instead of cake is not cake either.  Flapjack is getting a bit closer and anything called cake is a definite no.

Biscuits however – they’re not chocolate or cake.  That said, eating half a pack of custard creams sort of defeats the purpose of having less cake and chocolate.  So does drinking half a bottle of red wine in an evening as well.

Overall it’s going ok.  No weight gained and even a little lost.   I do need (like) a little something sweet mid afternoon but can normally restrain myself to a digestive (or two).  Is it breaking my sweet tooth habit – time will tell but definitely in a better position than before Lent with my 3 sweet things a day.

Anyway, on with the photographs.  20 days to get through and rather than a day by day blow, they’re grouped and we’re starting with coffee.  An espresso from home with a fairly good crema, a coffee from when out and about and a lovely mug that I was gifted by a friend.  It’s great – insulated and keeps my rooibos perfectly warm.

I’m following this with springtime as although today is wet and not that nice it is the official start of spring today and all that.  We’ve a collection of a sedum, laburnum, daffodil, magnolia, more daffs, the local dog walk and a swan.  Most were actually taken on rainy days (with the clear sky being the obvious exception)

 

Moving on, a collection of photographs loosely related to work, my first working lunch in the sun, a sketch from a launch with the NHS (not by me), pudding from a work event which looked nicer than it tasted and a snapshot taken from Waterloo bridge in London when walking between meetings.

A complete about turn and now a few family related images – a very small selection of photographs from home over the past month.

Last but not least – jumper progress – I’ve finished the body and am now working on the sleeves before joining them and moving onto the yoke.

Feeling quite proud about the jumper actually and in the last 20 days I’ve received the paper copy of the book it’s taken from – Inspired by Islay by Kate Davies – just a stunning book and the essays are great as well.  Anyway, onwards into spring time we go and I’m going to try and not develop a biscuit habit.

 

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