Friday, 3 August 2012

An end, a beginning, an anniversary and a cake

So I've been blogging at Cardigangirlverity for over three years now; I remember reading early on that the average life of a blog is 18 months, so I have more than doubled that. The blog started out as a way for me to talk about books with other like minded people, it moved on into baking, and more recently I've talked about gardening and sport. It's become a bit too much of a miscellany really and I think the fact that I haven't been happy with this is partly why I've been absent from the blog so much recently, along with the fact that work has been so super crazy that I have no headspace for bookish thoughts, and my increasing focus on swimming and now triathlon. I have exciting plans for the latter in 2013, so have set up a new blog to record my progress and thoughts on this topic; of course I know that a lot of my readers here have absolutely no interest at all in sport/triathlon so it seemed sensible to start a different and separate blog, and focus my time on that.

Of course it would be lovely to see readers from here over there too especially as I'll not be deleting any of the blogs I currently follow from my Google reader. So without further ado, I introduce you to Tuna To Tri, the explanation for this name is on the blog!

I couldn't possibly close without some cake, so here is a rather wonderful cake that I have made to celebrate one year of being married to Mr W (yesterday) and five years of being together (tomorrow). It's an Austrian hazelnut cake, given our nuptials in Austria, how could I resist choosing this from Peggy Porschen's latest book "Boutique baking". The cake is made from ground hazelnuts and dark chocolate (and butter, eggs, sugar) and topped with marzipan and chocolate ganache. Definitely one of the most involved cakes I've made so I got out the gold leaf that Hayley gave me for my birthday and used it on the top! Thank you very much for following me over the last few years :-)


  1. Happy anniversary both with Mr W and the blog - I hope this isn't the end of the road for cardigan girl, I would miss the baking and gardening posts as well as the odd bookish ones (though I never know how people who work with books manage to blog about them too - I couldn't write about wine when I get home at the end of the day). Cake looks and sounds amazing, pleased you got to use the gold:)

  2. Happy 1st Anniversary Verity! Truly beautiful cake to mark it too! I hope you'll keep sharing your lovely cakes and garden whenever you feel like it on facebook at least! Your bookish blogs and your lovely Persephone weeks with Claire have been so much fun too. I understand how you want to concentrate on what's inspiring you the most in your training, but huge thanks for the 18 months of baking/bookish delights!

  3. Hello Verity, Happy Anniversary to you both hope you've had a lovely day. I shall miss your baking & books corner of the www it's been enjoyable, interesting & welcoming reading it.peeps speed with your swimming & triathlon, shall pop over to understand the title. Thank you for your welcome when I started blogging & organising of Persephone weeks. May your love of reading increase & over spill to others.

  4. Happy Anniversary! I'm sorry you won't be blogging about books anymore but I've enjoyed reading both this blog & the Virago one over the past couple of years.

  5. Happy Anniversary. I was thinking of you on the 2nd as we also got married on that date - but in 1976. I'll miss cardigangirlverity.

  6. Happy Anniversary and I hope you come back to this one at some stage if you want to - but I'll also be following your triathlon training adventures with great interest! I have some friends from other bits of my life who do tri, too - must introduce you on fb!

    Liz x

  7. Happy Anniversary! I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few years and look forward to following your triathlon and sporting adventures. I've become a tri fan, sort of by default. Good luck, Verity.

  8. I'll miss you and thank you for being so good-mannered--letting us know that you are signing off. Your blog has given me a great deal of pleasure. and I wish you all the best in everything.

  9. Verity - I can't comment on your new blog as I don't have any of the profiles required and there's no 'anonymous' to select from the drop down list- not sure if that was intentional or not. (or even if you'll read this!) I just had a question about your swimming! Helen

    1. Hi Helen, I've just changed the defaults which I hadn't realised were causing issues! Hopefully it'll work now and you can be anonymous (no idea why it should be different from here!) if you
      Don't have the right profile! Thanks so
      Much for the message and for alerting me!

  10. Mmm. Love the look of that cake!


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