Blogland Lane Logo by our own Tessa Edwards

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Blogland Dreams

One way of getting to know a country really, really well is to go house hunting. In the search for our dream cottage, we’ve been up the side of mountains, down into the valleys, across the marshes and broads, over the downs, along the coast and into any number of villages. To no avail. Yet.

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Rather than getting into a right royal tizzy, I thought I’d better concentrate on my Blogland Lane beach house instead. Here, please come with me and we’ll go on a tour before sitting out on the deck with the sun gently touching our cheeks, a whispering sea breeze to soothe and a big jug of homemade lemonade and some very yummy-scrummy raspberry cheesecake to nourish the soul.


The deck, with views to forever.


Lots of books and cushions and comfy sofas for chillin’ when it’s stormy outside.


Cosy annexe for when the family visits.


The engine room!

HOUSEBEAutiful90 from camilla at home

A place to feast if it’s cold outside. (Must make some cushions for those benches to prevent numb-bum syndrome.)


Their room.


Your room.


Our room.


The boys’ room.


Outside bathing?


Or do you prefer a little privacy?


Lemonade, anyone?

raspberry cheesecake

And some raspberry cheesecake?

Georgie’s Yummy-Scrummy Cheesecake

This is a really easy two-step recipe that looks like it took hours - and lots of skill - to make.

8 digestive biscuits (graham crackers in the US, I think?)

50g butter , melted

600g cream cheese

2 tbsp plain flour

175g caster sugar

2 eggs, plus 1 yolk

142ml pot soured cream

300g raspberries

icing sugar

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Crush the biscuits in a food processor (or put in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin). Mix with the butter. Press into a 20cm springform tin and bake for 5 minutes, then cool.

Beat the cream cheese with the flour, sugar, eggs, the yolk and soured cream until light and fluffy. Stir in half the raspberries and pour into the tin. Bake for 40 minutes and then check, it should be set but slightly wobbly in the centre. Leave in the tin to cool.

Keep a few raspberries aside for decoration and put the rest in a pan with 1 tbsp icing sugar. Heat until juicy and then squish with a fork. Push through a sieve. Serve the cheesecake with the raspberry sauce and some raspberries flung artistically over the top.


  1. YAY! I finally managed to work out how to post here! Hello everyone - it's great to be in the neighbourhood at long last. Please come over to mine whenever you feel like it - there is always fresh coffee on the hob and a plate of something delicious to share! xxoo

  2. I love your house and your colour scheme. Very seasidey and welcome aboard.

  3. Hi Tessa - and what a post it is! Welcome to Blogland Lane. Search no further. This is the place to live. Come and visit any time you're passing the purple house up on the hill (top right of picture of Blogland Lane) number 101.

  4. Ah Tessa, woman after my own heart. I have decorated in blue and white for years, only recently changing with this move. How soothing that pallette is! And I believe I have a picture of that outdoor tub in my clippings file ;)
    I'll be sure to pop by and stick my toes in the sand. The lemonade and cheesecake look as inviting as your beautiful home. I love what you've done with the place!
    Come on over to number 11 anytime the muse strikes.

  5. ah, my dear friend tessa, i am over the top excited about your arrival. i could write an entire novel just sitting on your deck. i could lose and find myself in your guest bedroom. and i could eat you out of house and home in that incredible kitchen.

    you are one class act. can you see me jumping up and down, my arms waving every which way because i see you? I SEE YOU, TESSA!! YIPEE!

  6. Tessa, your beach house is delightful. The rasberry cheesecake helps too. I'll be right over!

  7. At last Tessa! Beautiful place - hope you manage to find something equally beautiful in the real world! I'm at 7984 - looking forward to meeting up!

  8. Oh, there is something so serene and peaceful about blue and white...just whispers "come rest, read a book, smell the sea breeze".

    Lovely, just lovely

    Teri of #57

  9. Hi Tessa,
    I love your decorating,,,perfectly beachy.
    I'll have just a small slice of the cheesecake please, a little heavy on the raspberry sauce.
    Come see me at #64, we can swap beach stories, and I always have iced tea and an old cookie or two.