Saturday, 26 April 2014
This lovely castle is seen from the road as I head north towards Leith Hall.
Harthill Castle was built in the 1600s by a branch of the Leith family and was burned down again by one of them in the late 1700s in an effort to escape his creditors.The family also boasts the 'Violent Laird' but I could find no more upon him, disappointingly.
The castle looms out of woodland on the slopes of the range of hills that includes Bennachie. It is a serious fortification for, despite being pink, it is seven storeys almost without windows. In the 1970 the castle was rebuilt from a gutted ruin and is now a home. It is spectacular inside, the height of luxury and buildings in the grounds include a winecellar with secret door to a gambling den and a dancefloor which parts to reveal a swimming pool.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
I went to see Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier at the weekend and really loved it. I won't comment forther other than to say that it is edge of the seat thrilling and the Captain America/Black Widow team up is brilliant and touching.
For no prize, identify this Marvel motif.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Pesto sauce: buzz together parsley or basil or rocket or a combo of these with pine nuts or walnuts, olive oil and lemon juice. It should be mostly leaves. Great with pasta or gnocchi.
Hummous: buzz a tin of chickpeas with a clove of garlic, half a lemon of lemon juice, two spoons tahini and water to thin to dip consistency. Tahini is a nutty sesame sauce.
Make lots of both, you can keep them in the fridge or freeze them. Not salty or oily like the ones you buy.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Sunday, 13 April 2014
As she is going for a retro theme, I made a 1950s style dress. I think I overengineered it a bit with many layers, intefacing ,boning etc, it is more like a girly armour. But my most complex sew to date.
My current project is a bit different, I am restoring a rather abused 1950s cocktail dress I brought at Armstrongs in Edinburgh, my favourite vintage shop. More on this later.