il caffe'

A habit hard to give up: my coffee after lunch.

Made with caffettiera napoletana
and that's why, Severine, it takes 15 minutes before you can drink your caffe'!


a pink cat (or was it a dog?)

What do you do nowadays with a tuppence 
and a bit of japanese washi tape (possibly pink)?

a pink creature!

Made by A


snail mail

Thank you Christine
See more  here and here.


this video




With the cuttings of the clouds, 
I'm making needle cases.
Vintage blankets and Liberty fabric.


a rainy day,
another cake, another shape.
(plum and almond cake).
another plum cake recipe here 
and a giveaway here.




In Cambridge I saw the punts for punting.



We found a little branch.
A decorated it 
I added something
Coffee break with Toc Toc Toc and petticoats biscuits.




snail mail + a recipe

I received one of Janis lavender bags and her beautiful card
no excuse to feel stressed out now ;^)
Thank you Janis!


The recipe for the "take it easy" cake.
(please put eye glasses on ;^)

You can add whatever fruit or nuts as long as you keep the bananas.
Grab 225g of plain flour, 1 and half tsp baking powder, half tsp of cinnamon, 
a pinch of salt, half tsp of bicarbonate of soda, 3 ripe bananas, 
3tbsp soured cream or plain white yogurt will do at room temperature,
1tsp vanilla extract, 150g unsalted butter, 100g soft brown sugar, 50g caster sugar,
3 large eggs beaten, a handful of blackberries and almonds flakes, 
a couple of tbsp of runny honey.
Preheat the oven to 160C/325F,prepare the tin as you usually do.
Beat the butter and both sugar until fluffy, gradually add the beaten eggs.
Sift the flour, baking powder,cinnamon, pinch of salt and bicarbonate all together 
(in another bowl).
Add in batches to the sugar, butter and eggs mixture, 
mix well until thoroughly combined.
Aside mix the sour cream , with vanilla extract and the bananas, 
then fold into the other mixture, stir the blackberries.
Pour the mixture in the tin, cover with almonds flakes and blackberries add the honey.
Bake it in the middle shelf for 45-50 min. or until a skewer comes out clean.
Cool the cake in the tin for 30 min then carefully lift out set on a wire rack to cool completely.

Then sit down, make yourself a "cuppa" and breathe.


These two are ready to cross the Channel to reach their new friends
Hopefully they'll like it.

Thank You for your comments in my previous post
I will come back later with the recipe of the "take it easy" cake.


take it easy

What do I do when I have a stressful day?
Either this or I bake a cake.

Bananablackberriesalmondhoney loaf or the take it easy cake.



A is really busy making things, 
below: stick man and button head.


my avocado seed finally gave up and started to grow, 
I love those green leaves.


baby clouds soon and other things I'm making.


how I would love to take a nap here
wear one of these



Santa Margherita Ligure

This is one of my favourite picture that resume my family very well.
I'm the  baby with the fair isle jumper and nappy
(of course it makes sense, a heavy top and no pants!)
My two brothers, my godmother and her daughter, my uncles, 
my dad and my mum.
The car behind is a Fiat 600 (our then car).


snail mail

Through my mailbox this cool  crocheted shopper
by the talented Severine.
Thank you Severine!
(SC) le blog, (SC) le shop.


jam face

I made jam with the wild blackberries we foraged.

Goodbye Summer,
Autumn is behind the corner.


Sound of the wind.



A asked for one of this, instead I said, you can have something like these.
Inspired by Camilla Engman's cutest stuffed creations I made "Hello Doggy".



from our holidays


slowing down

The chair under the dwarf magnolia was found in the garbage

The little nest was a lucky finding during a walk in the hills (or mountains?) in Genova.

Toc-toc-toc first number is out, congratulation Pomme!

Don't miss a lovely fish(-y) giveaway here

Have a nice week end.


cloud head

Look what Séverine of (SC) sent me!
Ohhh you cloud head!

hometown part 4

Few more photos from our holiday (no more promised!)

A vintage shop
An oratory squeezed between the buildings with the weirdest name ever:
oratory of the souls and of the belt !!! (scary).
The "bigo" a (controversial) opera of genovese architect  Renzo Piano
in the old harbor also designed by him.
Japanese Bodhisattva, one of the many in this little gem of (mostly unknown) museum
The refectory, where the monks eat, inside a monastery situated on top of a hill 
in the historic centre, I wouldn't mind a couple of those chairs.
A medioeval tower
A wanted to check if the putto was crying

And at last, revealed what catholic priests drink during mass:
a wine made specifically for the purpose called Sacred Mass.