I decided to make my own Christmas Cake this year and it is of the boiled variety - dead simple!
Most of the ingredients go into a saucepan and are boiled for 10 minutes, then left to cool thoroughly before adding the flour and eggs.
Looks good enough to eat - and I have to confess I felt duty-bound to 'try' several samples for quality control, of course. The addition of Cherry Brandy was a brilliant idea; I wonder if there's enough in there? The aroma spreading through my home is gorgeous!
If it had been before the advent of the digital camera, you might have assumed I was using black & white film, rather than colour, but it was a typical November day with colourless skies and a very weak sun. However, the photo of some dog-walkers adds a touch of colour.
This is the River Seaton, running high and fast today after several days of rain, racing past the walls of Seaton Beach Cafe.
While the wind is whipping the waves up on to the beach, the river is flowing in the opposite direction, down to the sea. It all looks rather chilly, doesn't it?
Conifers were brought down after the erosion of the cliffs along this stretch leaving the houses above in precarious positions, no longer protected from the vagaries of the sea and wind.
Brought down, partly buried then stripped of its bark by the sea.
Touches of colour among the grey rocks.
The low sun was so weak that I was able to point the camera straight into it without any glare ruining the photo.
And finally - Zac in his favourite element!