|White Shetland, jumbo skein|
|Minstrel set up with double drive|
|black Shetland on the Mazurka|
This morning, I made this for my son's birthday. It's been ages since I dragged out the decorating equipment and iced a cake. I messed up a bit on icing textures and had to remember by messing a few things up. I'm totally not happy with the roses, but I had a horrible time with the getting the icing stiff enough. The fact that it's raining, high humidity and we don't have the house heat on probably didn't help. However, it's filled with a huge layer of lemon curd and will likely taste yummy despite it's wonky appearance.
The rest of the time, I was digging in the garden. I was mainly weeding and pulling out innumerable bits of leftover plants from the previous owner's that I've been trying to get rid of. One flower bed is ready to go and now I can start on a large flowerbed which runs along the back of the property. This year it's overgrown with softneck garlic gone wild, orange poppies and who knows what else. I know that there is almost nothing that blooms after June, and that has got to change. It will need vast influxes of Rudbekia Goldsturm - which I've not seen this year in any nurseries and some assorted Cone Flowers, Bee Balms and Gaillardia!