Welcome to my second blog. I could pretend that I'm sat in the Orangery eating lemon drizzle cake but actually I'm on holiday in Madeira so how's that for dedication? Incidentally Portugal (which includes Madeira) is famous for its Pastel de Natas, a type of egg custard tart. They are gorgeous even if you don't like custard (Don't like custard? Really?) and are not to be missed. You can get them in the UK but they are definitely not the same.
Hope you managed to get to the Craft Fair, there were some lovely stalls there and I bought a stunning scarf and, even better, won a bottle of red wine in the tombola. I'm just sorry to have missed Jane Austen's Commemoration but I hear it was a great success. It shows her influence worldwide in that there’s a Jane Austen Exhibition here in Funchal until the end of the month.
Here's an interesting fact - Jane Austen was clearly a woman of many words – so many words that she even created a few of her own. The Oxford English Dictionary has credited her as the first recorded author of over 40 previously unused terms such as ‘doorbell,’ ‘spongecake,’ and ‘dinner-party.’ The middle word is one we are especially grateful for.