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My week in pictures

I started off my week at the 4th St. Thomas Festival. An event organised by the St Thomas Community Association held at the St. Thomas Pleasure Ground. The dance school that I teach for hold most of their classes in the St Thomas area of Exeter so we had a little pitch at the festival to promote the school. Michelle, our street dance teacher also held a demonstration workshop in the Community tent. A large marquee showcasing local groups and activities. Alongside Exeter Academy of Dance there was a demonstration by the Majidah Tribal Belly Dance and the South West Lindy Hoppers.

All day I had been craving an ice cream as we were pitched just opposite an ice cream van. So Michelle and I got the biggest ice cream with all the toppings to share. It was delicious. Thank goodness we shared as it was pretty large and by the end a little over sweet to finish. It saw us through a busy afternoon though which was what we were after.

Whilst wondering around the festival I bumped into my friends from Shillingford Organics. I hadn’t realised that they were going to be there so it was a nice surprise. I spoke to Martyn about my tomato recipes. You might remember from last weeks “My Week In Pictures” that I had been given a glut of Shillingfords organic tomatoes. I filled him in on my chutney making and tomato drying. I asked him if I had any tomato recipes for me. He suggested making passata to freeze. Do you have any tomato recipes? If so, let me know through my comments page.

I met up with my chum Lucy on Tuesday morning over coffee and cake at the newly refurbished and extended Exploding Bakery. One of my all time favourite cafes has become even better. More space to spread out for the punters and more kitchen space for the bakers. It’s a win, win situation. I had to settle for a slice of lumberjack cake as the banana and chocolate loaf wasn’t available. Having the lumberjack cake isn’t really settling as it’s delicious but nothing beats the Exploding Bakery’s banana and chocolate loaf.

Whilst waiting for a friend on Cathedral Green I spied this little art installation centred around one of the saplings growing there. Each parcel label had a different message on it. Some I found pretty special. Such a lovely thing to find in this sometimes crazy world. 

Thursday night I was back at Turtle Bay in the new Queen Street Dining complex. This time it was dinner with Steve. We fancied a bit of spice and Turtle Bay is the perfect place for that! A full review to follow but here are a few pictures to whet your appetite.

I have plenty in the diary for this coming week and look forward to sharing it all with you. Have a great week everybody and I hope that the “Indian” summer continues. Although I have heard rumours that it’s going to be colder. Autumn is approaching and pretty fast too.

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