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Monday, March 30, 2009

Cup Cakes For Ryan...and A Farmers Market!!!

G'day...we are all back now from Ryan's Birthday Week as it turned out...however, before we left I made some Gluten Free Chocolate Cup Cakes in Thomas The Tank Engine Cups...the cakes themselves had a block of Lindt 70% chocolate in them...topped with chocolate icing and...of course, sprinkles for the little fella... Started off with my good ol' bowl...35 years old now!!!
All together for him with one of his favourite beverages...milk!!!

Then on Saturday morning early...and they didn't think I could do it...up early to head off for the Farmers' Market in Canberra...WOW, fabulous food...including fresh from our local area...Clyde River Oysters...and much to our surprise and delight...entertainment!!!

Beautiful flowers greet us on our arrival...I bought the dark pink gerberas (the one in front of the orange bunch) for my Daughter...

One of my favourite vegetables...beetroot...for Borscht the famous soup, beetroot dip, roasted beetroot, grated beetroot...

Walking along...we came upon 'Diamond' playing her Celtic Harp...and singing with her wonderful bell like voice...I have asked her for a bit of information about herself and she has kindly given me the following...
I learnt to play a bit in Scotland. It was something I wanted to do ever since I was born. A harp was too hard for my parents to get for me in the days when I was young. I had to wait till I was going through a divorce to start and do the thing that I have always loved. It is the other side to the coin, as I also play the Great Scottish Warpipe. I have the Bodhron( Irish drum) in my stables as well. I like to sing mostly folk songs and ballads with a little something interesting about them. I sing with a belle canto style, and make no apology for it. I can usually hit rather high notes and sustain; a lot of men singers have tears in their eyes! My classroom is busking and this has taught me stage craft. I enjoy performing greatly. I have also played with other musicans, in various bands, mostly playing celtic music- sometimes other ethnicities as well.
I am in the Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band and have enjoyed many years of piping with them. Costumes are another essential that goes with my performance. I also rather like making costumes; and do it for other people as well. The madder the better. I like historical costumes and am a member of the Ancient Arts fellowship ( a Dark Ages group) where costumes are very much my historical bent (with emphasis on embroidery).
Thank You Diamond!!!

And look Micki...Irish Ballads!!!

And on the way out...Matt James who plays Didgeridoo, Percussion, Kora (African Harp), Acoustic Guitar, Flutes...and does vocals also...all combined in a cross-section of many musical styles to take you on an inner journey...Just Wonderful!!!
Matt hails from Queensland...

A close-up of Matt playing the Didgeridoo...so awesome...
This just about sums up our time on the weekend enjoying Birthday No 3 for our Darling Grandson...
Children are an affirmation of life itself. They simply have shown me how much fun it is to simply enjoy nature; the sea even when the water is freezing, the stars which twinkle and hint at life beyound ourselves, the earth which squishes and squelches in my hands, these are things I enjoy again...Susan Bourke...Australian Writer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!!!

18 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely time you must have had this weekend! You met some very special people.
Beetroot - no thank you. One of the few vegetables I don't like. The first time I hear someone saying it is their favorite food! You do have some lovely recipes for it.

Kimonos and Sushi said...

Hello friend popping by to see what you have been up to of late.

Natalija said...

Your cupcakes seem to be very tasty :) I love the flower market... And I'm a big fan of borscht soop as well :)))

Mildred said...

Loved this post. So much fun and interesting things.

Fer said...

Hmmmm, chocolate cupcakes... yum..... !!!

So, you like oysters then? I'll have to see about sending you some Bruny Island ones, not at the moment though - they're still coming back from spawning in January.

Happy birthday Ryan!

Notjustnat said...

Hi Dzintra, what's a lovely post with market, music, flowers and cup cakes. Did you know that beetroot is my favourite vegetable too? I would love some recipies from you please? Love Natima

a good yarn said...

A whole block of Lindt - yum yum! The farmer's market looked like loads of fun and gerberas have such pretty faces. Diamond has such an interesting story and what wonderful experiences she has had through her music.

Cheers...Ann :)

Emilio said...

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Good Bloog my friend!! Congratulations!!

good luck!! See you!

Kath said...

Ooh, I'm with you there about the beetroot. It was used to colour home made marshmallows on a TV program I watched and on another, it was used in a chocolate cake recipe, to give a moist, low fat cake. Truly a versatile veg! Kath p.s just noticed my word verification is "exesses", yep, sounds like me!

Micki said...

I love all the variety in your post...I do love beetroots, and the cupcakes are to die for. Funny, we just went to the Workhouse and they had a Celtic harp player there too performing as we had our lattes. Funny huh?
Loved all the pics!
Micki

Sandi said...

I love your blue mixing bowl, it's just gorgeous. Those cupcakes sound very decadent and rich :)
Diamond is an interesting character isn't she. We have seen Matt James perform, he's fantastic! I have seen him at markets too and also the Australia Zoo when I worked there.

Kimonos and Sushi said...

Good Evening Dzintra today at school my class I work in made Hot Cross Buns. They turned out great and the smell throughout the halls was so tempting.Those cakes sounded just yummy.
Till my next visit
Hoo Roo

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Sorry that your little Grand is gluten sensitive. But hope it was found out, without too much trying.

Aunt Amelia

Notjustnat said...

Dzintra, you sneaking up on me! Love the new skin, it is fun to play with the blog - Natima

Sea Angels said...

Now that is a weekend to remember!!!
I love harp music soooo much it just transports me to another time and place...you have brightened my evening...you always do....knew if I dropped by there would be a cup of tea and some gorgeous cake just waiting to be eaten...
Love Lynn xx

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Dzintra, It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday with your grandbaby! There's nothing better than grandbabies. What fun! (:

Beetroot is wonderful. I'm growing some in my garden as I type! The music and market sound perfect for a fall weekend.

XX Vicki

Jeni said...

Dzintra, It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday with your grand babe
What a lovely time you must have had this weekend! People playing their arts.... make me feel great... and they are special
thanks for sharing

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Hi D -
Don't know how I missed the digiridoo but thanks for sending me this way! Wow! I do love the sound. And these are gorgeous!
Catherine

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