Archive | May, 2016

The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 2)

26 May

I was out when the postman tried to deliver a parcel to me and after collecting it from the post office I found the contents to be a set of foldable headphones and whilst I realised they would have been sent for the 2nd Challenge for me as a member of Sealy’s 2nd Deeper Sleeper panel, there was no covering letter enclosed.

headphones box

I really didn’t know how these headphones could be part of a sleep challenge but all was made clear when I reported that I had received the parcel and was told I should download an App of ‘White noise’

Aha! I see…

The idea of this sleep challenge is to try out listening to various sounds through the headphones for two weeks at bed time, to see if a deeper sleep could be achieved than from the two weeks previously without the headphones and white noise sounds.

I love the headphones which folded up into a smaller space

folded headphones


Many sounds were available, heavy rain, rain forest sounds, and of course the white noise…. to name but a few.

I particularly liked the heavy rain noise as it reminded me of the occasions when I have stayed in a caravan and when I’m tucked up inside my bed, all cosy, the sound of the rain hammering on the caravan roof is quite mesmerising.

The rainforest sounds also reminded me of a flight I had taken from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in a light aircraft. On the return journey, to keep our minds off the turbulence, we were encouraged to listen to sounds on our headphones and these were of rainforest sounds and I enjoyed them.

I disliked the white noise sound and could not have found it relaxing at all. When my grandson was newly born, my daughter tried playing white noise to him to try to settle him. He didn’t like it either!

I did find some of the noises relaxing and certainly sleep comes more easily when I’m relaxed and so encouraged deeper sleep,  although I couldn’t fall asleep with the headphones on, they would be uncomfortable to say the least.

Whether I slept more deeply is hard to say but all I can say is that I went off to sleep quickly and I slept well.







CCC- Country Baskets, East Ardsley, Leeds- Floral delights-16.04.16

12 May

IMG_20160416_120209After presenting a craft workshop at Country Baskets a large florist/craft supply store in East Ardsley, Leeds, I enquired about holding a cake club meeting there and to my delight was given permission for us all to gather in the store and share our cakes.

Lynn Hill, CCC founder and her husband David joined us for the meeting and these were the lovely cakes we enjoyed

Here are some more photos from the morning





Jessica from Country Baskets had noticed the spoons I had decorated with decoupage with the CCC logo for the event and had commented that she had liked them so as a thank you I visited the store again and gave them some of their own.

Country Baskets' spoons

Clandestine Cake Club-Liversedge Parish Centre-Film & TV-19.03.16

12 May

Long overdue, here is my write up of our event Film & Tv in Liversedge Parish Centre.

I chose this theme as I had some books (leftovers from previous World Book Night) to give away, one being Casino Royale (film) and the other Prime Suspect (tv)

This was the smallest number of bakers since the Spen Valley group was formed. There were 6 bakers and 1 guest. This is just a statement not a complaint as we had a fantastic cosy meeting where we all sat around one table and could all join in the conversation.

At the meeting was Kay the organiser of Huddersfield group and her Mum Jean, Karen, a guest Anne, my joint organiser Helen and me. We also welcomed a new member Janet who said she had had a really good time and thanked us for making her so welcome.

These were the cakes we enjoyed.

The cakes looked lovely and tasted great too.