Bourton-on-the-water river
Well if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em so they say. I did my best to push Sweet Berries Patisserie leaflets into the hands of the hoards of tourists by Bourton-on-the-Water’s busy riverside today to tempt them down the road, but it’s hard to get them to venture away from the fish and chips and (slightly tired and dingy in my opinion) teashops in the centre. And although I usually find the beach-style atmosphere of the centre of Bourton in the summer a bit overwhelming, where almost every square inch of the grassy riverbank is covered with picnics, icecreams and screaming toddlers, I have to confess that I couldn’t resist setting up camp for half an hour or so after work to bask in the sunshine too. It’s a nightmare to drive through but I have to say that there is an almost festival-like feel to Bourton on days like today.
Tonight I’m on a mission to make a couple of posters and get them up in the town centre, tempting people down to the shop, since the district council make it impossible for Alicia to get an A-board up anywhere, and it’s so frustrating letting the shop go unnoticed by so many people. Time for some uni-style postering tactics I think… i.e. forgiveness is easier than permission (this rule goes for busking as well). I think I have found a promising looking lamppost…
Bourton-on-the-water
Having some time to work on my own projects is what I have decided is a priority right now, despite the exam-season approaching, it’s just that two months of revision and no more artwork to do drives me potty just at the thought…
So I have treated myself to the “Blog Love” e-course by my favourite blogger Elsie Flannigan from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘ for some blog-improvements and advice, despite the fact that I love the way the blog is going already. But it’s summer… I’m getting excited about creative projects, travelling, redesigning, developing my own business ideas, and just feel this need to get out of my little box of worries and greyness and do things that make me feel myself. And the great thing about blogging/the internet is that ‘myself’ can be whoever I want it to be. (Within reason, obviously!).
I wish I could buy that hair colour as well. And build a fort. And get a decent compact-sized camera. Ooh and a wide-angle lens for my Nikon. And… hmm… perhaps Seb is right about me trying out some tutoring to earn a bit of extra money…
I’ll let you know what I think of the course once I get it underway! Hopefully you will notice a few changes too…
And finally a snippet of summer in the form of a pear, ginger and sultana tart. To make it: line a round tin with a circle of greased baking paper, sprinkle over several spoonfuls of brown sugar, lots of ground nutmeg and ginger, then sprinkle with sultanas before stacking neat layers of sliced pears. Finally, roll out your pastry (4oz flour, 2oz butter rubbed into breadcrumbs, spinkle water & bring together as a dough, chill for 30 mins) and layer on top, pushing it to cling closely to the pears. You can do this with slices of apple, and it’s a Tarte Tatin, but I’m addicted to the softer fruits at this time of year… 🙂
Pear & Ginger Tart
Can’t wait to get my camera charged finally & take some decent photos soon! Left my charger at home for ages. Until then, watch this space for new stuff 🙂
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