Reasons To Be Cheerful - 09.08.12

9 August 2012

Hi everyone, hope you're all well. We've been enjoying the sunshine over the past couple of days. We had a lovely time in the park yesterday afternoon, with a picnic lunch followed by the darlings getting soaked in the park paddling pool! I really hope it lasts over the weekend so that we can make a start to our Summer Wish List.

Fay at Glass Half Full {who's been having fun with ducks this week!} is hosting this fab linky this week. Just click on the R2BC pic on the right to pop over and visit her.

Here comes the cheerfulness... 

Proud to be British. Aren't Team GB doing fantastically well in the Olympics? We're third in the medal tables and the Gold medals just keep on coming. I watched the events on Saturday evening and was delighted to see Jessica Ennis get gold in the Heptathlon, Greg Rutherford's gold in the Long Jump and Mo Farrah's gold in the 10,000m. I was shouting at the TV for them all and got a bit teary when Jessica Ennis won the 800m to win the Heptathlon overall. The whole country is supporting Team GB and it makes me so proud of my country. Together with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, I think this is the best year ever to be British. 

Baking love. I found out this week that The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens on 14th August. When I saw the ad for it, I actually started squealing and clapping like an excited child! This is the programme that got me really interested in baking. I was glued to the series last year and was so impressed with the baking creations made by such talented people. I've watched loads of cookery programmes over the years but I particularly loved this as it's just ordinary people baking amazing culinary delights. If I could ever be a tiny bit as good as them I would be so happy. It's my birthday in a few weeks and the only thing I would like is 'A Passion for Baking' by Jo Wheatley who won the series last year.

Key Lime Cheesecake I made yesterday
Food Festival. Today is the start of the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival 2012. It's been going for 12 years now but I've only been for the last three years and I love it. There are rows and rows of stalls selling every type of food and drink you could think of, from all around the world! There's also a marquee which holds demonstrations and workshops and there's entertainment for the kids too. My favourite stall has always been the hand made chocolate one. I usually buy enough chocolate to make you sick! This year I'll be paying close attention to any stalls selling cakes and cupcakes! We're going tomorrow afternoon and will make sure we get there for 2pm when there's a demo by the Ministry of Chocolate who are doing chocolate tasting and a truffle making demo. Food heaven!

So what have you got to smile about this week? If you want to see what other people are cheerful about, pop on over to Glass Half Full to read their stories or follow the linky below!


  1. I agree its great to be British at the moment! Huddersfield Festival sounds fab

    1. We loved the food festival and ended up sampling some really delicious cupcakes! X

  2. I love #GBBO too, can't wait! x

  3. Love baking shows too, and Masterchef! We have tickets to the food show for 25/26 - can't wait! :)

    1. Oh I love masterchef too. Wish I was going to the food show! X


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