Banana bread on a manky day

November 7, 2015

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Today was one of those days where I kept thinking it was much later than it was. It’s been one of those 100% rain days. The daylight…if you can call it that…felt like around 5pm all day. Waterfalls were overflowing gutters, rivers were running down the streets, lakes were pooled at every intersection. Manky to the max!

That’s the perfect day to do some baking.

It’s so lovely, that fresh, sweet smell in the kitchen while the rain drowns everything out. One of my most favourite times.

We still had to get out in the rain. We had a full morning of plans, including a flea market that was so crowded and squishy, it really took some stamina to stay there and look around. We stopped by a special pop up boutique and found some beautiful things I want to use to decorate with at Christmas, and did some much needed grocery shopping.

Chloe finished framing her student’s brilliant linocuts, which she will hand back on their last class of her art series. I stayed to watch her and was amazed at the skill and imagination her 5 – 10 year old students managed. Some of the prints were so beautiful. They get these framed prints, plus they get their block to take home, plus they’ve printed their design on some fabric which is being sewn into a carry bag for their school work.

Home now with some beautiful books and other treasures from our morning. It may only be 2pm, but it may as well be evening because the light quality is so poor.

Oh well, time to turn up the heat, make a hot cup of tea and have another slice of banana bread.

I’m afraid I can’t tell you the recipe, mainly because I very rarely use them, but if you like, my friend Claire has one of the best recipes out there and you can find her blog here: Livia Sweets.

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Drawing Challenge: Liminal

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  • Reply tinyWOOLF November 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

    great stuff your chloe is doing there, it is looking quite awesome, how delighted will those students be?? on the light and the rain, we’ve been so lucky here, but i know your days will come here too and i’ll curl up whenever and wherever i can, to have that cuppa. i’ll think of you. bon appétit! n?

    • Reply Veronica November 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

      I know! When she brought the lino prints home and spread them on the table I looked at her and said, “children did this?” Just amazing. And imagine, those parents are giving their children this exploration into art processes and various artists. How great will that be for them as they continue to grow? 😀

  • Reply maryvs76 November 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Hi Veronica !!
    I know you can not share the banana bread recipe but what about the cookies with choco chips that you baked when I was in your lovely house? ??
    Kind regards!!

  • Reply Kathleen Howell November 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    My antidote for these days – tea, blanket and a good book! Baking would be wonderful, but I rarely do it anymore.. Love your photos!

  • Reply Jo November 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day – even with the constant rain. We had a little break down here today – but the rain has now returned. I think your idea of banana bread and a cup of tea is just perfect – though I think I’m going to make apple bread – as I have some apples that need to be used us. Amazing prints!!!

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm November 8, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Wonderful images V .. Baking is the perfect thing to do on a damp day! The students will love those. You girls are clever ..

  • Reply daryledelstein November 9, 2015 at 5:02 am

    yum … and what does MANKY mean, thats a new one to me … wonky i get but manky?

    • Reply Veronica November 11, 2015 at 4:39 am

      Manky is British, and technically means grubby, but I tend to use it for uncomfortable, miserable, chills you to the bone. 😀

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