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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Oranges are the only fruit

A murky, January afternoon with a couple of hours to spare lead to a spot of marmalade making. The shops are full of Seville oranges and Twitter, which I've recently joined and am really enjoying, is alive with photos of glowing orange pots photographed by their proud makers. So I thought I'd join in. Rather than buying the oranges and leaving them to wither for a few weeks in a fruit bowl, as is my usual way, I bought and made my batch quickly. Definitely a good idea.

The oranges were so juicy. Citrus oil is often used for its mood enhancing properties and I can see why; that distinctive exotic, peppery smell just says sunshine and good things.  

Marmalade is fiddly, but worth the effort. An empty house, a few choice tunes on the iPod and the time passes very pleasantly indeed.

There were five pots, but one has already been seized upon.

And it looked so pretty, I wanted to paint it. Bold and bright.

P.S. If anyone wants to follow me on Twitter, it's @FCumberpatch 


  1. I've never tried making marmalade, but this post has just put me in the mood to try it out!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    1. I really recommend it Liz. Such a great mood booster in a very grey month (at least where we live!)

  2. Your marmalade looks delicious and I love your paintings too. I agree, making marmalade is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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  4. Every year I say I will give it a go and never do ...
    I love your cheery painting!
    M x

  5. Summer sunshine in a jar
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

  6. I love your paintings, the colours are so bright and natural you should have these made into cards along with all your other them all. Xx

  7. Your paintings are gorgeous, do you frame them all?

    1. Hi Anne, thank you! I haven't framed any, just keep them stashed away in a folder or I stick them in my sketchbook.