Day 185 – Testing my brain

So given I was convinced yesterday was the end of the week, I had been exhausted since Tuesday, and I have generally had the concentration of a goldfish, for some reason I decided today was the day to test my brain. Of course. I probably needed brain training first, but seeing as I've owned a… Continue reading Day 185 – Testing my brain

Day 184 – Weaving

This week has seemed like one of the longest weeks in history and I felt absolutely drained. My brain had given up sometime around lunchtime, so I decided to start the weekend early and spend my Friday afternoon watching Netflix. When I realised it was only Thursday, I knew I was in trouble. Today, my… Continue reading Day 184 – Weaving

Day 182 – Pen Spinning

When I think of pen spinning I think of a bored student in a maths lesson, or a worker stuck in a long, dry, meeting: a mindless activity the same as clicking a pen, or doodling in a notebook. I, therefore naively, thought that twirling a pen would be an easy and simple task that… Continue reading Day 182 – Pen Spinning

Day 181 – Observing Penguins

Over the past few weeks, I have done a couple of online volunteering projects that I've found through a great website called Zooniverse. I have transcribed African American soldiers records from the civil war, proofread books, and transcribed anti-slavery letters from 1870: there's quite a diverse selection of projects. Today I decided to support a… Continue reading Day 181 – Observing Penguins

Day 180 – Custard Tart

Today I started week 3 of my Puff the Bakery pastry course, making the deceptively simple custard tart. After making last week's frangipane tart I had kept half of the pastry to one side to make the custard tart, and thinking back to my melting butter problems, I waited until the weather had cooled slightly… Continue reading Day 180 – Custard Tart

Day 178 – Made Grissini

Just a quick scroll through my done list will show how much I like baking bread: there's been sourdough (still not nailed this), baguettes, hot cross buns, and lots more. There's something so satisfying and a bit magical about making bread out of just four ingredients and seeing it all come together in a smooth… Continue reading Day 178 – Made Grissini

Day 177 – Frangipane tart

Today's new thing is another bake from my course with Puff the Bakery. After successfully making last weeks trifle, rhubarb and raspberry pie, and peach galette (pictured below), I was keen to get on to the next bake – a browned butter, pear frangipane tart. Peach, lemon, and thyme galette I don't actually like pears… Continue reading Day 177 – Frangipane tart

Day 176 – Wildflowers

I think one of the big advantages for me over the past few months, and I acknowledge my privilege in being able to say this, is the increased connection to nature in my neighbourhood. I'm fortunate to live very near to a forest, and it's been a real pleasure in noticing the change of seasons,… Continue reading Day 176 – Wildflowers

Day 175 – Pressed flowers

I normally favour plants over flowers in my home, but it's hard to resist a beautiful bouquet of fragrant blooms now and again. Last week I picked up a bunch of pink peonies that not only brightened up my house and made it smell heavenly, but a little smile on my face every time I… Continue reading Day 175 – Pressed flowers

Day 174 – Endangered Languages

This week I was shocked to read that one of the 7000 languages in the world becomes extinct every two weeks. Every two weeks! Languages aren't spreading like they used to, whether regionally due to climate change, or generationally due to the increase in more widely spoken languages such as Spanish, English, or Chinese. UNESCO… Continue reading Day 174 – Endangered Languages