light and dark

I have a little confession. At this time of year, if I am out and about at dusk, when people have the lights on in their homes but before they have drawn the blinds, I like to take a quick peek in as I pass!  
There's something so welcoming about a lighted window on a dark night.

This time of year is all about light and dark.
Candles, roaring fires and of course this weekend - fireworks.
I love Bonfire Night. A celebration of light in the gloom of November.
When our girls were young we often went to an organised event. This year though, with the girls grown up and tiny girlie ... well, too tiny for fireworks our celebration will be low key. That's to say almost non existent. Probably just a sparkler each for mr digandweed and me in the back garden!

No need for sympathy though.  If we peek through our curtains we are sure to see some great displays ..and from the comfort of our cosy sitting room.
And it's also a good excuse to make a cake to nibble.

I'm calling this Not really Gingerbread cake. It's just an ordinary sponge mixture with brown sugar instead of caster sugar, ground ginger and a couple of handfuls of raisins. Then finished with a drizzle of icing and some flaked almonds.

A few things to cheer us up in the gloom of November : candles, fireworks and cake with a steaming cup of tea.
I'm joining in with Silverpebble and her fab making_winter project, encouraging us all to post warm and cheery things on Instagram and our blogs to help us through the dark nights and cold days.

Do take a look at her lovely blog and Instagram feed.

Happy weekend everyone.

annjenny x


  1. Mmm, a delicious and cosy post. I like lighted windows as well, they always look so welcoming. Hope you had a good evening. We've been to see the fireworks, just a short display, now I'm back in my living room too. No cake though sadly. CJ xx

  2. I love to talk a walk or ride through the park as the sun starts to go down. Too early for lights in the windows, but perfect for catching the last light of the day and the scent of damp leaves. This has been the most wonderful November.

  3. Oh this cake looks very very good. I could woof a square or two of that just now. I must confess that I love peeping into windows after dusk and before curtains are drawn too. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. Thank you SO much for joining in with Making Winter. It was a treat to pop over here

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and I'm glad I'm not the only person who peeks into other people's windows!

  4. Hi Ann,

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! Your sponge does look delicious! Wishing you a lovely bonfire night.

    Madelief x

  5. I'm a fellow peeper through windows at dusk! Lovely blog.

  6. That cake looks delicious. I totally agree about lighting your house with candles, it's one of the best things of all about this time of year. I love the scent of candles as well, particularly cinnamon ! B x

  7. Good Evening Ann, I love the name of your cake.... a not really Gingerbread cake....and I have to say it looks perfect.
    Oooh, I think we have something in common as I love peeking through windows as I walk by a house which is all lit up.. I don't think I am a nosy parker, I just love seeing homes looking cosy.
    We did not go to a bonfire either, but we saw so many fireworks from our bedroom window, that we did not need to brave the cold.
    Enjoy your evening.
    Best Wishes

    1. Hello Daphne, thank you for your kind comments. It's nice to meet you.


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