Sunday, 19 April 2009

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my desk

beetroot cake

Nina

I have been enjoying the spring weather lots lately (although I have been mostly stuck inside reading!). I decided to bring a little bit of spring into my room with some yellow flowers from the garden. They are hidden at the back of the garden behind the buddleja so can't be fully appreciated. For Easter, I made a beetroot cake which is always messy, as you have to grate the beetroot and it dyes everything! But it is always worth it because everyone loves it.

I have only one month left in Uni now so please forgive me if I only manage 1 post a week! I am so excited to finish, but also sad as well. It's bittersweet. I have a list of books to read when I do finish though, including What is the What by Dave Eggers, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Studying literature gives me little time to do any 'reading for pleasure', which I miss sometimes. What's on your summer reading list?

43 comments:

  1. Haven't even thought about summer reading - I only get about a month and a half off and I don't finish until mid-June!!!! The flowers look lovely btw.

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  2. the cake looks so gooood!!

    ❤sb

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  3. Ah, I think you'll enjoy those book, though!

    Life of Pi is totally amazing, and Northanger Abbey is my very favorite Jane Austen novel...and that's saying something! ;)

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  4. Your cake looks so delicious ! This summer I think i'll read "three sisters" from Jane Austen i love this writer !

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  5. Ugh, that cake looks too damn good!

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  6. i have way too long to of a reading list but congrats on finishing so soon! Blogging is a hobby and priorities do come first

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  7. dear god, that cake looks delicious.

    my summer reading includes more w. somerset maugham and evelyn waugh and 'seeing' by jose saramajo (since i just finished 'blindness' and want to see what happens next to some of the characters).

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  8. aw the dog is so cute :)
    xx

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  9. Summer is way too far off to be planning my reading list. I'm definitely up to suggestions, though. Life of Pi is really good! I found the first 100 pages or so a bit tedious, but it's so worth is after that. It's a little bit unsatisfying, but it brings up so many interesting ideas.

    I love the first picture. The depth of field is amazing and I love the color of the flowers.

    Good luck with everything!

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  10. I'm just starting out as an english literature student and the first thing i noticed was how little time i have to read things for pleasure!
    congratulations on being almost done uni!
    that cake looks delicious and that dog is the cutest!

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  11. lovely photos! thanks for stopping by my blog for a little visit!

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  12. Aww this cakes so delicious! And wow, cute pup :)

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  13. lovely pictures and lovely blog!!

    xxx
    Pan's Holiday

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  14. on my reading list this summer: something HUGE! David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest ?

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  15. I'm glad you mention reading because I think its about time I make a reading list!

    The beetroot cake looks delicious, but then your creations always do, I wish i could make pretty cakes, yum!

    Good luck with all of your reading and i hope you'll enjoy the books!

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  16. Love your photographs - I haven't chosen my books yet but I can't wait to have time for more reading, xv.

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  17. your cakes me made feel so hungry :-D

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  18. Delightful photos!! The flowers are so pretty

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  19. i need to make reading a priority again because i miss it.

    the photos are dreamy.

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  20. Oh Northranger Abby is soooooo good! Jane Austen is my all time favorite author. I've readed Pride & Prejudice like a billion times lol

    And I totally understand- I've been deprived spring for reading too :(

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  21. That cake looks delicious! And Life of Pi is one of the best books, maybe you could pretend it's pleasure reading? I do that occasionally, but it's hard because the books I have to read are really simple and boring.

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  22. Gosh, you are so lucky to be able to bring lovely flowers in. I can't wait for spring to arrive here.

    The cake looks delicious!

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  23. Have fun during your last week!

    As for reading, I just finished up the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which was incredible. Not sure what's next though :)

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  24. Your photos are lovely :) yum!
    I picked up my first Kurt Vonnegut book yesterday after hearing my friend harp on about his work. I intend to do a lot of reading this summer.

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  25. mMm your blog makes me drool and inspires me to begin BAKING!

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  26. Love the flowers and the cake looks heavenly! I really enjoyed Northanger Abbey, I'd love to know what you thought of it! (Oh by the way, may I add you to my links?)

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  27. oh beetroot cake is so good, but everytime I make it everything gets dirty.
    good luck with university finale! I am only ending in 10 july so then I'll make my reading list.
    xx

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  28. OMG.. you've got such a pretty blog. I love the blog.. and all the pictures in it.. So nice!!

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  29. I'm almost done too! I can't wait to be out of school! I want to read some Nero Wolfe, de Lint, and reread A Clockwork Orange. Ahhh, university needs to hurry and finish up fast.

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  30. I always come to your blog for wonderful photos, food porn, and a bit of life lightening up.
    You make me want to bake more! And what a cute doggy!
    And thanks for the prom dress thoughts awhile back!
    Good luck with the end of uni!

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  31. That cake loks deliciou!
    Summer holiday reading is one of the best parts of having some free time, not sure what is on my list of to-read yet though!

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  32. such lovely photos, the cake looks yummy!! same here, one month left but most of it involves exams!!

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  33. Life of Pi is one of my favorite books. It's one of the few that actually made me cry at the end! I think you will love it. Need to compile my reading list for the summer...

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    xo... sarah

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  35. What a lovely photos! And that little doggie is such a cutie!!

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  36. i love how sharp the flowers are in comparison to everything else. and that cake looks tasty.
    -indigo

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  37. I love the look of your photography... There's something so simple, elegant, and special about it. I'm so glad I found your blog!

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  38. Cute puppy! I just finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which is excellent. Now reading The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters. Next, either Life of Pi or possibly Capote's In Cold Blood.
    Congrats on finishing your studies!

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  39. i love yann martel's life of pi! i read it as a sophomore in high school .. i need to give it a second read definitely!

    also those cupcakes look delicious!

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Life of Pi is on my list, as well. Also Three Cups of Tea (which I've just purchased at a flea market for 50 cents...I love flea markets.) By the way, I am really craving cake now...and yellow flowers!

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  41. hey your blog is lovely! :)

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