How I love September and the beginning of spring. Admittedly we do have a very mild winter by most standards, yet spring is still greeting with joy. September also marks the beginning of our run of family birthdays. I baked a pavlova for Master T's 17th birthday 'cake'. I find it most rewarding and interesting to watch as our children grow into adulthood.
Miss O's interest in gardening is reaping rewards everyday, both in beauty and the edible kinds - dwarf Chrysanthemum Whites, dwarf sweet peas, herbs, snow peas and much more. The Leucospermum from my birthday last November is doing well and developing a number of buds.
We had the pleasure of watching a couple of magnificent Crested Hawks/Pacific Bazas briefly exploring the tops of tall trees in our yard and neighbouring yards this week. They made an appearance two years ago too. It would be a treat if they chose to nest nearby.
A highlight of each day is time spent working on my current quilt, the details of which I hope to share next week.
Baking Notes: Pavlova is quite easy to make. Chrissie from The Busy Baker has as great recipe with lots of helpful tips here. I used one and a half times the quantities given to make a larger pavlova. I needed a slower oven than recommended, maybe our oven just cooks a bit hot.