Viennese Shortcakes

As a follow-up to my recent A Photo a Week Challenge: Christmas Memories post Nancy that runs the challenge asked for the recipe for the Viennese Shortcakes.

Viennese Shortcakes (also known as Viennese Whirls according to Google).

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of butter (or margarine)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and half of the flour and beat well. Add the rest of the flour and beat again.

Put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe a swirl into a paper muffin liner leaving a hollow in the center.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 30 minutes.

When cool dust with icing sugar and fill the center with jam.

Viennese Whirls

The Santa Claus Parade Street Walkers

Normally I restrict my Six Word Saturday posts to one or two six word sentences but this one is going to need an explanation.

Last Saturday evening it was the Wiarton Santa Claus parade on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Just up the street from me someone was doing a commentary using a public address system. When the people with the BDO banners passed the commentator I heard them say “and here’s the LBDO street walkers” at which point there was a brief pause before they added “I probably shouldn’t have phrased it like that” which was what I was thinking.

Six Word Saturday: The Santa Claus Parade Street Walkers

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Ice, Ice Baby, a prompt that I have rather a lot of options for.

I decided to go with two photos, the earliest photo of ice in my archives and the most recent.

Ice on the water in a wheel rut in a field gateway. Taken in the mid 1970s the lines in the ice caught my eye and made me think of contour lines on a map. Photographed a few hundred yards from my childhood home. I suspect that it was taken with the first serious camera I brought, a Russian made Zenit E.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby


An ice sculpture formed by waves splashing on the branches of a bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. Taken a few weeks ago when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Taken with my most recent camera, the small and light Sony a6000 with one of my DSLR lenses adapted to fit it.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

CFFC: Vibrant Colours

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours.

My first thought was of some of my sunrise and sunset photos. Then I thought about the Santa Claus parade in the local town last Saturday night.

A fire truck near the start of the parade. The fire department was collecting food and toys for the local community drive.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours


Santa Claus bringing up the end of the parade.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist.

I decided to go with two photos taken approximately 40 years apart.

This shot was taken some time in the 1970s. I’m not sure exactly when, the location is Hatherton, near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. It’s close to where I grew up and would have been taken before I moved to London in 1980.

Autumn colour in mist.


A shot of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise from this summer.

Silent Sunday: 28th July 2019


Friendly Friday: Dramatic

After initially considering some motorsports photos and then wildlife photos I thought about some of the dramatic skies we have had over the past few months.

So my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Dramatic is a selection of clouds over various parts of Colpoy’s Bay.  All taken this summer and autumn.

Wordless Wednesday: 6th November 2019


Clouds at sunrise.



Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Angles.