Sunday Stills, the next challenge: 100+

IMG_1850 The VOC installed more than 50 cannons on hills and mountains around the Cape to form a signal gun chain that could call the Burgher Militia to defend the Cape. This signal gun chain extended from the Signal Hill, Cape Town via Durbanville to Citrusdal in the North West, Worcester in the north and via Tygerberg to Suurbraak beyond Swellendam in the east. Some of these cannons are still used to fire on our farm today, 300 years later, but only on joyful occasions.IMG_1852 decocraftsdigicrafts

5 Day Black & White Challenge – Day 4

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I would like to thank Tree from Conversations Around the Tree

for inviting me to participate in the 5 Day Black & White photo challenge.

The rules are simple:

1) post a black & white photo daily for 5 days (probably the reason for the name of the challenge!)

2) Invite someone different to participate each day. (because no one wants to play alone!)

For Day 4, I am excited to invite Kim Douillard from

Thinking Through My Lens

There is something  special about her photography.  She notices detail,  seeing the world through her lens. Go and check out her blog…you will not be disappointed.

 

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Kitsch

Once a week Sue dips into her old English Oxford dictionary to pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.

Kitsch as a  noun : art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

I came across this cafe with a very appropriate name for this challenge on one of our trips to Hermanus.

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This little gem is packed with memorabilia of yesteryear!

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From Tretchikoff paintings to vinyl records used as place mats!  DSC05951

It brought back fond memories of a youth long past…

For more about this cafe click on the link:

Kitsch! Those were the days….

 

Not so traditional Christmas Cake

As I said in a previous post I personally prefer a dark richer Fruitcake. I have searched to find one that I liked and here is my rendition of a not so traditional Dark fruit cake.

Dark Christmas Cake

500 g mixed dried fruits

250 g dates, cut up

125 g butter

200 ml soft brown sugar

250 ml strong coffee

200 g cherries

Put all the ingredients in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 mins. ( I boiled mine in the microwave for 8 min on high.)

IMG_0999Add 5 ml Bicarb of soda and 100 g chopped pecan nuts into the hot mixture and stir well. Leave to cool for  about 30 mins.  IMG_1005Pre-heat the oven to 130 C.                                            
Then add :
500 ml plain flour
5 ml baking powder
2 ml mixed nutmeg
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground cloves
2 ml salt
2 large beaten eggs                                                          
Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour.  and tip it into  prepared tins, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.IMG_1006Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 15 ml of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.IMG_1015To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film or tin foil.chritmas 

Granny square blankets

According to Edie Eckman in The Crochet Answer Book:

Any granny square begins with a small loop of chain stitches. Basic granny squares alternate sets of double stitches and chain stitches. Variant patterns use different stitch types or produce other geometric shapes such as hexagons. In order to achieve a distinct angle at the corners the designer uses extra chain stitches. Subsequent rounds are added by wrapping multiple stitches around the existing chain stitches. Hundreds of variant motifs are in use and entire books have been devoted to granny square designs.

Last year my sister-in-law challenged  me to crochet a blanket for our grandson, while she was doing one for our granddaughter, but  I have not done any crochet work in years!!

Frantically I searched for ideas to make a granny-square blanket for a little boy. I came up with this “design” for his “rainbow” blankie. While I was doing this blanket my friends and sisters pitched in and helped crocheting a few blocks.Imagea

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After completing it , I helped my sister-in-law to put this beautiful girly blanket together for our granddaughter.

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These two blankies had to be vacuum packed to fit in a suitcase all the way to New Zealand.

By then I knew that I was “hooked” and started to buy wool for the big one I wanted to make for our king-sized bed.

Although I had the wool I only started with the new blanket during the month of July this year. I have changed the design a few times, which resulted in a lot of extra squares in all different patterns which will have to become my next project!photoaImage7

 I have finished this blanket today.

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