The summer is waning slowly, surely. The garden prepares already for next year. The seedheads are forming and already starting to rattle with the promise of next year's blooms.
Sometimes I feel like I'm going to seed a bit too! With cronky knees and a wonky back I sometimes feel so ancient and very tired. So if I can't dig the garden or weed I shall have to make do with depicting it from the comfort of my desk.
I ripped away at some magazines this weekend, sticking the pale hues I had chosen into my diary and securing the torn edges with Golden Gel Medium. Then I brushed over lightly with a little acrylic paint. The seed heads I sketched using spaghetti dipped in ink. This works well to ensure a wavery, slightly unpredictable line - useful for "loosening up" a drawing.
Doesn't the above picture look delicious? Lovely cake. A great way to disguise courgettes. The trick is to peel them so that there is no green in the cake. Someone might suspect a hidden vegetable that way. It is a beautiful moist cake which has disappeared very quickly down inside my kids!
Recipe for Courgette Cake:
1 medium courgette
100g softened butter
3 tsp baking powder.
Beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat as hard as you can.
Add the flour and baking powder and stir in and finally add the grated courgette.
I cooked it in a bread tin, which I had greased, at 180 degrees or Gas 4 until a skewer comes out clean on testing.
Cool on a wire tray and fool the kids it's regular, but very nice, cake.
Finally eat it up with a nice cuppa, with or without the accompanying rabbit!