A milestone has been reached: kitchen part-tidied (a huge effort on my part), laundry done and draped in the bathroom to dry, more art journaling accomplished (see my other blog), software installed on my laptop so I am 'in business' again - and the snow has nearly all gone leaving something of a river (well, rivulet at least) running though the orchard. I was on the point of taking pics of the sorry state of the garden; old herbaceous stems and stalks weighted down by the heavy snow will not spring back again; I had only left them as cover and food for the wild birds, anyway. It was warm enough to work outside, but there was too much still calling me indoors.
As to the Valentine's Day tea; it was warm and cosy by the fire. The cake was .... mmm ... interesting - full of fruit but somewhat lacking. Then I realised I had used PLAIN flour instead of the SELF-RAISING detailed in the recipe! How could I have done that when I have been making this cake for years and years? Quite easily it would seem. I put it down to computer-stress (!!); Raymond was very complimentary and said it was delicious, but I thought it was awful. (I can't think how I come by two identical photos in this post - I changed the layout but couldn't seem to cancel the one I didn't want. Makes a nice pattern!)
Here's to a good week for all you dear bloggers.