Visual Clock App and Butterfly Cake

All over the world parents of school leavers and graduates are in a state of  anxiety  as their offspring search for work with little or no success. In Spain the unemployment rate for under 25s is running at 53%.  After 3/4 years of study  they are told they have no experience. So I thought I’d give mine a bit of a hand and spread the word on their wonderful creativity.

Adam has spend months working with his friend Alex Hawes on the development of a visual clock app , that you can download onto your smart phone and is a snip at 50p. He needs to sell thousands to make any money so give it a go and make a mother very happy.

Fiona has spend a lot of her time this summer making cakes and after the success of her owl cake she  made a retirement cake for one of my colleagues. Not bad considering she only had a a few hours. It looked good and tasted good too and went down really well.

Trip to Norwich

Two weeks ago we went to Norwich for our sons graduation. Adam has been studying textiles and we spent the first afternoon touring the Degree show  looking at his and his friends work, in fact I ended up buying two pieces of art by, Grace Johnson  and Rupert Smissen who both studied illustration.

Adam surrounded by girls as usual

Adam with his sister Fiona

I thought you might like to see the graduation owl cake Fiona made which when down very well.

This brings me to the other reason we love visiting Norwich, the abundance of good places to eat and drink.  One of our favourite cafes is  Mustard which is located  in the original  Colmans mustard shop and is well, very mustard.

They sells a wide range of artwork  and ceramics by art students from the local uni  including their own  mugs designed by Grace Johnson. They are very proud of  their own  brand of coffee, Mustard Art Coffee which is roasted in house and you can buy to  take home. Try the Huevos rancheros or baked chilli eggs for breakfast and don’t miss the chocolate meringues, which are too die for.

We found a  great new place for a celebratory meal called The Reindeer,  just 2 minutes walk from Adam’s house on Dereham Road.It’s a great place if you like real ale and cider which we do, but also serves wonderful British food. We had a selection of bar snacks to start including Hot buttered asparagus and chicken lollipops. For the main course I had Lamb Shanks with beetroot and elderflower which was the best lamb shank I’d  ever had and the other 3 had Beer battered fish which was unlike any fish and chips we’d ever had before. Only Fiona could manage a desert and she went for Chocolate brownie with ice cream, but she needed some help to finish it. The staff were great, very helpful and low key,  just as we like it

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