Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Cake

Christmas cake decoration.  
Today to avoid the frequent hail showers i decided it was the time to decorate the Christmas cake. When i say decorate the cake i mean simply decorate! I didn't actually make the cake myself! i know that's cheating, however my lovely mum made the cake back in November and I've been keeping it moist by coating it in Disaronno each week.

After creating a complete mess in the kitchen, including spilling food colouring everywhere and getting edible glitter spray everywhere i don't think the cake turned out too bad!

Christmas fruit cake

Home made Christmas cake

Marzipan covered Christmas cake

Icing covered Christmas cake

Fondant cake decorations

Polar bear cake topper

edible silver balls

Polar bear Christmas cake

Home made Christmas cake decorations

Bear cake

Christmas cake decorating

It's not perfect, it's lumpy and bumpy, and my polar bear is a little wonky, but it's the effort that counts and i look forward to eating some cake next week. 

Happy Christmas

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Cold Snap in Cornwall

Finally today it is actually feeling a bit colder and slightly more wintery. I'm not wishing to be all bah humbug and not festive but i don't feel in the slightest bit christmassy yet this year. Last sunday rather than going christmas shopping i went surfing!! I went in the sea in December and it wasn't even cold!!!

I know the weather today has been on off with sunshine and showers, but in the moments of sunshine i couldn't help but feel slightly puzzled with the sun beaming through the window warming my arm, yet a christmas song is playing in the background on the radio, that didn't feel right.

I've decided I'm blaming the mild weather for my lack of festive cheer, which I'm hoping is about to change, driving home tonight the temperature was displaying in my car as 2'C which is making me want to wrap up warm, snuggle up inside and wrap Christmas presents. There's still not been a frost yet this winter down here in Cornwall, but fingers crossed for some frosty mornings soon so that i can get out early and get some sunrise snaps of crisp chilly winter mornings.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Santa Fun Run Falmouth

Well i made it!!

I completed yesterdays 3 mile charity fun run dressed as a santa, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It felt very strange beingstood on Falmouth moor with hundreds of others all wearing santa suits, but with the big christmas tree and christmas music playing it all felt very festive.

After a mass warm up, we moved to the starting line to begin the race, and what fun that was, hundreds of santa's all running through the high street, with crowds of people lining the route and cheering us all on. Now i haven't run anywhere for about 3 years so the cheering crowds certainly made me keep on running and not give up, the run then split into two routes of short and long and i continued on the long route and up to the coast road and around to Gyllyngvase beach.

I'm so proud of myself and all the other santa's that took part yesterday and hope that lots of money has been raised for a really good cornish charity.

If you still want to donate you can at

Santa fun run Falmouth

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Cornwall Hospice Care charity fun run, Santa run Falmouth

Last weekend i was photographing the shoe box appeal being loaded onto the lorry on it's long journey to Serbia, This weekend i am taking part in the charity Santa fun run in Falmouth!

Yes your reading this right! i am not only doing a fun run!!! a whole three mile run around Falmouth - As you may or may not kno i don't do running anymore, i don't really do exercise, unless floating about in the sea trying to learn to surf counts. And not only am i taking part in a fun run i'm also doing this dressed as a father christmas.

The race is at 1pm, so will let you know how i get on, and fingers crossed will have some highly humiliating photos to post up here later.

If you haven't sponsored me yet and still want to donate some money to really good cause, Cornwall hospice care then please visit the Just Giving Guava page and donate online.

Wish me luck. xx

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Samaritans Purse, Operation Chrstmas Child

Today under grey sky's and icy cold winds next to the river camel in Wadebridge 7000 shoe boxes where loaded onto a lorry by local helpers young and old. The shoe boxes are now heading on there way to Serbia to be given to children that are less privileged than ourselves. 

It was wonderful to be able to photograph the boxes being loaded onto the van and an amazing event to be a part of, the volunteers worked wonderfully together fueled by a supply of bacon sandwiches and Christmas music, I hope all the Christmas boxes make their way to their final destination and make some children very happy this Christmas.
Samaritans purse shoe box appeal

Samaritans purse Christmas shoe box appeal

Charity work in Cornwall

Christmas shoe box appeal. Cornwall

Charity work in Cornwall. Samaritans Purse

packing shoe boxes for charity

Cornwall charity shoe box appeal

Operation Christmas child. Cornwall

Children shoe box appeal

Loading shoe boxes for charity

Charity volunteers Cornwall

Cornwall volunteers. Samaritans purse

Samaritans purse operation Christmas child helpers
For all the pictures from today's shoe box appeal visit my facebook for more.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Padstow Christmas festival

Yesterday I went to the padstow Christmas festival and even with the pouring rain all night had a really wonderful night. With late night shopping, live music and mulled wine to get you in the spirit, not to mention father christmas arriving by fire engine followed by a lantern procession, the rain sadly kept on pouring but this did not keep the crowds away at all. The local produce market was bustling with local ciders and ales to be tasted not to forget the wonderful cake and chocolate stalls and everything in between with cookery demonstrations and even a debate was held with local celebrity chef Rick Stein. It was then time to go back out into the rain to huddle around the harbour to watch the fireworks then off up the hill to circle the giant Christmas tree and sing carols, if cold nights and pouring rain won't stop the padstow locals nothing will. Padstows Christmas festival continues until Sunday and I thoroughly recommend popping over their for a visit a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
Padstow Christmas festival. Cornwall