Aug. 25, 2012

Yay, congratulations!!!!!

Laurence passed his driving test this week - first time!!!

We went out on Tuesday evening and practiced parallel parking - and on Wednesday evening our friend Ki took him out driving to get him used to being with someone different - and also to pick up on anything I might have forgotten to tell him or taught wrong!  

Then Thursday he took his test!  Soooo proud!!  I knew he could do it, but was worried nerves would get the better of him!  He is a great driver though - mature and responsible!!  

Well done Laurence!  Stay safe xxx

This picture is of him in the Registry filling out the forms for his new licence:

Duchess Bake Shop.....

One of my goals this Summer was to FINALLY make it to the Duchess Bake Shop, to try their French Macaroons - one of the only places in Edmonton you can buy them without ordering online!!

I do want to take Abigail there one day for a girls afternoon out - maybe this week....but I wanted to be sure to get there AND I wanted Laurence to go there to see the cafe as he is planning to become a pastry chef and if he studies in Edmonton, he will need to do work experience somewhere.

He is also keen to run his own coffee shop/ bakery - so it was very interesting to see his thoughts on Duchess. It isn't the style of cafe he wants to run - BUT he does want to bake his own products in-store, so it was good to go there!!!

There were good things and bad things about Duchess.  I wasn't overly impressed - with the food or the cafe - BUT it is somewhere that feels kind of special and a bit of a treat compared to somewhere like Cafe Haven - which is more your every day kind of coffee place.  

The coffee was great - although not as good as Fuss Cupcakes coffee which is still my favourite :)

The Macaroons are tiny - I had never seen them before, so expected them to be more your average cookie size!!  No - they are bite size!!  To be honest apart from the cream inside - which is the most incredibly light and silky cream, they were over-priced undercooked chewy meringues!  

Still, I am really pleased we went - we had a lovely visit and got to chat about Laurences future plans a lot - AND I got to buy some macaroons to photograph :)  

I am looking forward to taking Abigail there soon :)  

Laurence bought this cake - which was covered in a very thin marzipan fondant and filled with a jam sponge and the lightest, fluffiest cream EVER!!  Laurence needs to work there to learn about the cream!!  :)  

A few favourite pics.....

Quotes, sayings, life advice.....things I have read that really spoke to me - or reflected my life:

Black and white....

Art time :)

Yesterday I had a relaxing morning at home. I made the most of it, and chillaxed on the back deck in the sunshine and worked on a couple of canvases. They are still 'wips' (works in progress) and not finished, but I am happy with how they are going so far :)

Testing, testing!!

Downloaded an app to blog from my phone. Just testing to see how it works :)

Adding a pic of my little Sammy - taken at home today. He wasn't feeling well. Will be glad to get him and Abby home on Sunday!!! :)
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