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This post is just full of riotous floral patterns… in fact, if you have an aversion to too much pinky-ness, girliness and floweriness then look away now! Even my dress matches – that wasn’t intentional by the way :-P. Although while we’re on the topic of foraging, I found it in a charity shop last week for £15 – it’s an Oasis dress which still had the label on (a £55 dress apparently!). I know, I’m obsessed…

Elderflower & poppy season

Going back to bright colours and ‘girliness’, I was watching an episode from New Girl series 1 today which made me laugh SO much. I kind of cheered for the angry assertion that glitter, crochet, cupcakes and liking blankets are OK. Here is an excellent portion of Jess’s angry rant to smart, disapproving Julia:

Jess: I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. That’s just weird, and it freaks me out… And I hate your pantsuit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something to make it just slightly cuter. And that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong…
Julia: Are you done?
Jess: I am almost done. I’m about to go and pay this $800 fine, and my checks have baby farm animals on them, bitch.”

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So, back to pink tarlets and my vintage floral plates… These are simply made from some shortcrust pastry for the bases, a strawberry mousse to fill, and then Italian meringue to top (then grilled slightly as I don’t have a blowtorch surprisingly!), topped with poppy seeds. Actually, the word “simply” is probably a bit inaccurate – it took some time to do all of that.

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But it was worth it. Just as it was totally worth taking the country roads route from here to Banbury, as I stumbled across the incredible poppy fields in the photo above, and pulled over in a layby to take some photos. You can see in the background – there were just fields and fields of them! I have to say, the Cotswolds in summer could quite easily be mistaken for heaven, in my books anyway.
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