Thursday, 23 March 2017
When asked to pick a favourite season, I usually say summer, but it might actually be spring. I love spring. And it truly is a time for plans and projects - whether that be work, school or personal life related. It's a good time to reorganize your life a bit, maybe check up on those resolutions if you made any for the year, plan for the rest of the year, do a spring cleaning. Whatever suits you. Currently most of my plans a still travel related and most of my projects involve uni work. Usually spring would also be full of exciting plant planting plans and gardening projects, but as I'm not staying in one place for long enough at the moment, I'm not doing any of that this year. Instead I've tried to put some of that left over energy into planning this wee blog space a bit more. But still, travel plans and uni are defnitely my number one priorities right now.
Let me know if you've any exciting spring plans, I'd love to hear them!
xoxo Laura Jones at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
It's Mother's Day this Sunday (I'm sure you know), and as my mum and I are in different countries once again, we won't get to spend any time together. (I have sent her a card and a little something, though!) If you can, you should try and see your mum, though, so why not show your appreciation in the form of this excellent cake! I made this for the first time for my birthday in 2015 and have since baked this a few times. Which is saying a lot: no matter how good something I bake is, I rarely do the same thing more than once as I like trying new recipes. But this is one of those recipes that have made it into my repertoire, and it really is good! This is also the first baked cheesecake that I've both baked and tasted. While it wasn't perhaps life-changing, this cake can be capable of producing an eye roll of pleasure.
For the base
2½dl plain flour
1dl potato flour
½tsp baking powder
For the filling
600g cream cheese
1tbs vanilla sugar
1dl double cream
1dl corn starch
5dl berries of your choice (I usually use raspberries and blueberries!)
I. Whisk the butter and the sugar into a foam and add the egg. Mix the dry ingredients together, and add into the foam through a sieve. Mix until smooth.
II. Cover the bottom of a springform pan with greaseproof paper and butter the edges. Pat the dough into the pan.
III. Add the sugar and the vanilla sugar into the cream cheese. Add eggs, cream, corn starch, and mix until smooth. Carefully mix the berries into the mixture. Pour onto the dough inside the pan.
IV. Bake in a 175°C oven, on a lower level, for approximately 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the cake inside the oven for 30 more minutes. Let it cool, remove from pan and enjoy!
xoxo Laura Jones at 11:00 am
Sunday, 19 March 2017
For me, when I think about Bath, I also think about Jane Austen. Naturally, visiting The Jane Austen Centre was a must, and it was really good. Lots of Jane Austen (re)learning, and lots of hat wearing. Other places I saw and loved were the Pulteney Bridge (so pretty and only four of its kind in the world!), the Holburne Museum (which was unfortunately closed at the time, but I did get to have a wee walk in the Sydney gardens), and The Circus (that alongside with the Royal Crescent has some intereting symbolism. Not a 100% sure of the truth of this, but I was told the three sections of the Circus symbolize the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and from most angles the Circus looks like a circle - the Holy Trinity together. And also an aerial view looks like a key, that some think is a Masonic symbol and some see it as "the key to heaven". There seemed to be lots of threes and other little symbolism as well, and I am very into these kind of hidden meanings and what not!). It's quite fascinating thinking that most of these things, places and buildings have been there when Jane Austen (or anyone else of her time) wandered the streets of Bath, and people are still experiencing them but in different ways. For my next visit - whenever it might be - I might go on a full-on Jane Austen's Bath exploration and time it so that I can catch the Jane Austen festival. Hope you've also enjoyed the Bath-themed Austen quotes in these posts this week. Has it been clear that I like her a bit, yet?
More posts from this Bath week (haha!) can be found here, here and here. Would you look at me posting this frequently!
xoxo Laura Jones at 6:00 pm
Friday, 17 March 2017
One of the places I explored in more detail whilst in Bath, was No. 1 Royal Crescent. It is such a pretty example of Georgian architecture, and I do really enjoy learning more about the people who used to live in historical buildings and the way life was for them. (In other words: I like history. Which is understandable since that's what I studied at uni, and it's still a major component of my degree at the moment.) It is all just really interesting. I wish I had written about this at the time, because I learned a lot, and have now largely forgotten what I learned. But I do remember having a pleasant visit. Most of the staff was so hospitable and knowledgeable - especially the gentleman you can see outside in some of the pictures, with whom I had a cute wee chat. And I say most of the staff, because one of the people I spoke to was a tad condescending, for example saying they personally would not be taking photos of the odd things I seemed to be into (apothecary cabinets and embroidery, etc.). But; most of the staff was lovely, and that is one of my favourite things of visiting places such as this: hearing stories and tidbits from the people working there and who possibly know of things you wouldn't otherwise hear about. You could find out about this elsewhere as well, but did you know, for example, that most upper class people during the Georgian/Regency era would have a pineapple on their dinner table but it would rarely if ever be eaten, and was more for show, so that your guests would know you were well off and could offer them pineapple if you wanted to? It is so silly, and as a fact I love it. You could say that once you've seen one of these houses, you've seen all of them. But the details and backstories to the objects, the houses and their occupants are always different and interesting. So, I guess I would recommend seeing the Royal Crescent and the No. 1, if you're in Bath!
Fancy reading and seeing more of Bath? My posts from earlier this week are here and here.
xoxo Laura Jones at 5:52 pm
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
I'd assume the Bath Abbey is one of the must-see things for most people visiting the city, and it was so for me. It is beautiful. And I do love visiting and exploring churches, abbeys and other religious sites anyway. They've usually had so much money put into the building of them that it's hard for them not to be stunning. I've no pictures from inside, but the fan vaulting of the ceiling really is lovely. My favourite is the angels climbing up the ladders outside, though. I don't mean to dwell on not getting one job almost two years ago, because it's only something I've thought about now when looking at all the Bath photos and am actually happy I didn't get it as I wouldn't be where I am now if I had - funny how things usually work out. But my interview back then was for the Abbey and it's so strange to think that this could have been my workplace. But again, as much as the idea of working and living in Bath sounds like fun, I'm pretty happy to be doing what I'm doing with my life now as it is. Even at the time, I was happy to have had a good little weekend away and mostly only bummed about the amount of money I'd blown on train tickets!
If you haven't yet, you can catch my first Bath post here.
xoxo Laura Jones at 8:49 pm