Hey Everyone...

Wow it has been over a week since I last blogged! I have missed it and I am sorry for such a long break. Things have just been so busy! So very belatedly I am blogging about my lovely long Easter weekend...

My Easter baking started early...

Easter Cupcakes for work

Then our perfect weekend started on Friday, when we had a lovely lie and then swapped Easter gifts...

Great minds think alike - we both pulled out Fortnum & Mason bags on Friday morning!

Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Eggs for me!

Fortnum & Mason Marzipan Fruits for the fiance!

Then we headed into London! We had some important photographs to take for the wedding (it's a secret) and then we headed off for some fun...

I love London...

And it was a beautiful sunny day!

... sneak peak of what we got up to!

Then we headed to the beautiful Liberty, where the fiance had promised to take me for tea...

We both had the soup for lunch, followed by these yummy macaroons!

There were so many beautiful things I wanted to buy. Especially lots of lovely Royal Albert china! 
The fiance was lovely and treated me to a little cross stitch kit! I was so excited about it, I came home and started it straight away... and didn't stop!

My first EVER cross stitch! I am so proud! I love it sooo much! It is now hanging on our bathroom wall...

After a busy day on Friday, Saturday was a day of baking...

And making eggy packages for my nieces...

And preparing tea for my mum & dad's visit...

Who came bearing gifts...

... of Golden Bunnies!
Before cutting the cake...

Then it was time to relax again on Sunday! We got up early for a special day trip to visit Darwin's house - Down Hall, in South London...

It is a beautiful house, in a lovely tranquil village. The gardens are lovely and planted how they would have been in Darwin's day!

The house is full of original furniture, with the whole bottom floor restored to it's glory of Darwin's day. The upstairs is full of fascinating displays and information on his life's work and all it's influence.

We walked the famous sand walk, where Darwin would walk the circular path five times, three times a day to think, kicking a flint after each circuit to count them! Apparently his children loved to play tricks and move them so he would walk around again and again!

After our walk, we stopped for tea and sandwiches and cake in the lovely little tea room!

We love our visit so much, we have decided to use our Tesco vouchers to buy a membership to the English Heritage so we can visit again and again! It is such an inspiring place and he was such an inspiring man!

And on our last day we took it easy. The rain meant no car boot shopping, so I settled down to some crafting.

I made a special cushion for my niece's birthday (which was yesterday - I can't believe she is 6 already!)

Then I had to keep cross stitching! I was hooked! 

I made this pretty floral design using a lovely kit I received in my swap from Cider With Sophie!

And then I used a design from my lovely cross stitch magazine to make this pretty little design ready for a special make...

So as you can see, it was a lovely long weekend, full of lovely things! I was so sad it was all over and back to reality!

But I have another lovely weekend ahead of me, celebrating my niece's birthday!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and have a lovely weekend ahead of you too!

Love Jewel xXx

P.S. I am one follower away from the big 100 and the reveal of a giveaway!


  1. I love that you and the fiance are always exploring! Mine only has one weekend off in 4 because of his shifts and until our wedding in September I doubt we'll get to do much other than organising...! Your first attempts at crosstitch look great, well done! Looks like you had a fantastic weekend Jewel! Happy belated easter! xx

  2. Juli you have been so busy. Such a lovely post. Your cake is absolutely huge!

  3. Looks like a great weekend & that cake looks yummy!! :)

  4. It looks like you had a fab time! Unfortunately here in Norfolk it rained rained rained... so we didn't do much! Your cake looks so yummy! I have a national trust membership so were often able to have lovely days out, like your visit to Darwin's house. Anyway have another super weekend! Love Katie x

  5. Wow, you have been busy - love the cakes you made, especially the rainbow cake!

    I am so impressed with your cross stitch, they are beautiful well done!

    Enjoy your weekend x

  6. WOW that is some cake!

    Victoria xxx

  7. ooo i do love Easter!! that cake!! oh my its huge!!

    I am hoping to get a wander round Liberty on Sunday - although i'll have the boys with me - not quite the same. I must make a trip up without them!!


  8. WOW! Looks like such a nice time! Well done on your xstitching! Your skills are really good! xxx


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