Back in Compulsory Isolation

Brisbane are now in isolation for 3 days, and who knows it might even be extended.

My plan is to utilise this time to sketch away. I have several pieces that need to be finished , am also several weeks behind in my lessons.

I might even do a January challenge that one of my arty blogger friends Christine is doing.

Reading glasses on ready to get started. My son took that photo yesterday before his trip back home 3 hours away over the border into NSW.

I should mention that the embroidered table cloth was made for me when my first child was born 50th years ago…..Oh dear where have all the years gone…..

New Table at Ally’s Castle

I am so happy today. I have finally got myself a small dining set. My son and daughter-in-law are in Brisbane for 3 nights having a mini holiday. Today they took me to IKEA so I could by myself a small table and chairs. I had done my research, had a good idea what I wanted but I wasn’t prepared to buy the table until I had seen it and sat down at it. Even though I had a budget to stick to I really wanted a sturdy table not just for meals but also for my art and craft activities. IKEA is well known as the ‘flat pack store’.

We enjoyed meandering through IKEA. My 6 year old grandson bought himself a new dinosaur, he adores them.

My daughter-in-law got a new lamp so she can read a night and not have the main light on in the lounge.

We managed to fit all the flat packs x4 into the boot of the small car.

Back at my unit my son offered to assemble the flat packs. I am not permitted to put photos of my family on my blog site.

All assembled and looking great.

Many of you will know that IKEA is a Swedish Company. Guess what the dining set was made in China (no offence to China).

We christened the new dining table. The four of us enjoyed a lovely meal that I had prepared. Silverside with Mustard Sauce, crispy baked potatoes, carrots and peas, followed by raspberry jelly and fruit.

I am feeling grateful and totally blessed.

Back to sketching

Lately I have been quite slack with my art work. I am determined to work on my energy levels, motivation and build up my confidence.

I attempted drawing glasses.

One lesson was to draw horses heads from imagination and also at different angles. I did these sketches this morning, am happy with the result.

My last sketch today is a horse with a few more details.

Thats the end of horsing around.

My next lesson is when I start learning to draw a basic human head.

Quick Meal at Ally’s Castle

Zucchini and Bacon Bake


Grated Zuchinni x1 , 2 tbsp of chopped onion, rasher of smokey bacon, cubes of goats cheese, 3 tsps cornflour, 2 eggs, salt and pepper.

Method :

Mix all ingredients together. Place in cake pan. Cook in Airfryer 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

I made up this recipe on the spur of the moment. Simply delicious and no reflux 🤣.

Fruity Loaf at Ally’s Castle

My friend gave me this old recipe from a Family Circle Magazine.

I have adapted it to suit my taste.

First of all I soaked 225g of mixed fruit in cold tea overnight

I then followed the recipe and added flour, sugar and beaten egg in that order. I also put in a dash of almond and vanilla essences.

Definitely no butter or oil required, trust me it works.

Note: My kitchen scales are not working so I winged it so to speak.

I had previously prepared a loaf tin, lined with baking paper.

Once spooned into the loaf tin I sprinkled over some walnuts.

Cook in a preheated 180 oven for one hour or until cooked.

It turned out really well. Moist and quite sweet. Next time I will measure accurately and maybe put slightly less sugar in it. ( Tomorrow I am shouting myself a new digital kitchen scale…budget one).

It looks a tad overbaked, but really it wasn’t.

Of course I had to do the taste test….delicious 😋😋😋

Flat Pack Christmas Tree at Ally’s Castle

No I haven’t been to IKEA 😂

Several years ago I bought a flat pack Christmas Tree. It’s been packed and unpacked several times. I finally got the motivation to do something with it.

Getting it’s first paint

All painted but needs a some decorations

Still needs more enhancement

Now I think it’s ready for the shelf, a tad rustic and that’s how I like it.

It kinda looks like Christmas at my place 🎄🍒.