Kew Gardens – Hot dog

We’re staying over at a hotel at Kew, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to visit The Royal Botanical Gardens.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and although the car park was packed, the gardens themselves were fairly crowd free; attesting to their grand scale.

Kew - Hot dog smLucy and I enjoyed a hot dog snack on one of the lawns beside a path and we watched passersby … er … pass by.

Unfortunately we didn’t visit any of the justifiably impressive glass houses. But Lucy and Caroline did visit Kew Palace.

My regular Sketchcrawl group were having a meet up today where they were practicing putting paint on their paper before marking in the lines, so I thought I’d join in whilst my family sauntered round the palace.

Kew Palace smI sat with my back to a sundial and quickly sketched.

 

Luckily it was a bright, sunny day – so my paint dried quickly enough for me to start drawing in the palace’s many, many windows.

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Costa – Mini Victoria Sponge

There’s a certain amount of delight that can be had from miniature things.

Today I indulged my sweet tooth (Which is not very well developed I have to admit!)

Costa - Victoria Sponge smI used to feast on puddings whenever we dined out. I think it stemmed from puddings being a particular treat when I was younger. They seemed to be a scarce commodity at home and we certainly didn’t dine out as much. This is as much from a change of culture in western society rather than purely economic changes at home. Once I was earning my own money, and making my own culinary choices, puddings seemed to ┬árise up in their importance.

I remember a distinct phase, attending college, where puddings ended every meal. I enjoyed baking my own cakes. And sharing them, I hasten to add.

Now, not so much. That brief spat of sweet toothedness seems to have given way to a greater appreciation of the savoury.

So, today’s choice was a little unusual, in that I don’t normally choose to have a cake.

But, as I wrote on my sketch – it was a mini cake … and so darned cute! Barely a couple of mouthfuls really.

(Tune in tomorrow for a set of three mini-burgers and further thoughts on miniature food)

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At the Harland Cafe; Sheffield

Last Saturday the Sketchcrawl North group met up at the Harland Cafe in Sheffield; for a drawing extended lunch. I made sure I got there a little earlier so that I could have breakfast as well, knowing that i would spend a little amount of time drawing it before I ate.

Harland Cafe - Breakfast

There were soooo many tasty sounding things on the menu, for lunch; I just couldn’t decide what to have!

In fact, I actually abdicated responsibility on that decision and asked the waitress what she preferred. So I have a vegetarian sausage and fried egg sandwich., Yummy!

Harland Cafe - Lunch

I don’t usually have puddings or cakes; so for me it has to be something particularly special.


The Beach House

Portobello – Edinburgh

This charming cafe has a wonderful beach and sea view.

The only problem was that the cakes it serves rival the beautiful view!

A vast array of cakes and fancies in a relaxed atmosphere.