The Versatile Blogger Award and the Sponge Cake Recipe.

Wow Picket Fence Friends , I've been given an award. I'm rather tickled, for a relatively "Newbie" blogger, an award from your peer's ranks pretty  high in the feel good stakes... And I was awarded this by TWO gorgeous Blog Diva's  .............
     The Lovely Alix of the wonderful crafty, vintage, English blog   Used-To- Bees and the very Sweet Brenda, an Australian blogger behind all things vintage and beautiful on her blog Vintage Sunday.  Jump on over and visit their blogs, you couldn't find two nicer girls.
OK . Apparently this award comes with rules. The first being to thank the people who gave you the award and slip in a link to their blogs..done xx The second is to share 7 random things about yourself...oh my!
Well here goes.
1) I am a shameless optimist . I firmly believe that although you can't really change the way the world behaves to you; you are completely in charge of how you perceive it. The words "Choose Your Attitude" are written on a chalkboard in the Picket Fence Pantry :)
2) I used to play a Baritone Euphonium in my high school band ( I really wanted to play a flute instead, life works in funny ways)
3)I am a twin, My brother and his family are a big part of our Picket Fence life. I'm very aware of the connection between twins... he understands me :)
4) I have a younger brother as well, equally gorgeous and with his own lovely family. We are blessed to have each other ( I think anyway, lol) When these families get together the Picket Fence household gets very loud and very happy :)
5) My favourite food would have to be lollies...particularly Allens spearmint leaves and redskins :)
6) I don't like spiders, snakes or vermin.... who does ?
7) The thing I love best about Mr Picket Fence is his sense of humour...he makes me laugh heartily at least 3 times every day. He is my hero xx
With that done ( harder than I thought !!) I now have to pass this award on to 7-15 worthy blogger's and let them know I've done so by dropping them a message . Sneak a peek at these girls pages,  I've put them in no particular order, they all make my heart smile :)
Adeline Country Cottage
Deekie Bell Design Studio
Five Brothers One Sister
Lucy Violet Vintage
Bower Bird
Shoestring Splendour
3 Pickles
Time Worn Style

All lovely blogs, so do hop over and have a read xx

After many requests ..... The kid proof Sponge cake recipe :)
5 eggs and a pinch of salt in the mixer for 10 minutes , gradually adding 1 cup of caster sugar over the first two minutes. When the mixture is light and fluffy very gently fold in, with a metal spoon 3/4 of a cup of sifted s/r flour and 1/2 a cup of cornflour. Pour the mixture into 2 greased spring form pans {with non stick paper on the bases} and bake for 20 minutes in an oven at 180 degrees Celsius . Run a knife around the edge and release immediately, cream, icing, and eat xx

Linking in with Sarah from  A Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesday


  1. Hi Ava. Thank you for stopping by.
    I am greatly honoured that you choose to give me a blogger award, but my conscience will not allow me to accept. I am more of a follower than an active blogger, posting only very occasionally. So whilst I thank you, I must say no thank you. Having said that I will endeavour to share something about myself in my next post.
    Now I'm off to try out your sponge recipe.
    Hugs Alveen

  2. Thats fine Alveen :) I want you to know that despite your reluctance, you are still a worthy of the best blogs I've read. Enjoy your baking xx

  3. Thanks for thinking of me and I have enjoyed visiting some of your friends too!

  4. Thank you for visiting and you lovely comment - much appreciated! Love that beautiful seaside photo - makes me want to be right there!

    Pomona x

  5. oh Ava, come and move to Dorset- sacrifice those warm Australian skies for rain and mud in the middle of summer!
    Nah- we love it here really!

    Thanks for visiting and taking time to leave a comment, hope to hear from you again

  6. Thank you so much for giving me an award Ava, it was very sweet and generous of you. I have mentioned it on my blog today (albiet briefly...) and I promise to do what I'm meant to as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to checking out the other girls blogs and yours some more too x

  7. hiya- many thanks for following my blog; its always so lovely to "meet" new people

  8. Hi Ava, thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, lovely to meet you. I lok forward to having a browse around yours xox Penelope

  9. Congratulations on your award! And thank you for introducing me to all of the lovely blogs I have yet to have discovered! xo Samantha

  10. Thanks Ava. See you for casserole & macro chats soon!
    x Marnie

  11. Hi Ava, I have been browsing your blog and your photographs are beautiful! Congrats on a very well deserved award and I am now a follower.

  12. Congrats on your award! Thanks for sharing it and the sponge cake recipe at Beach Cottage good Life Wednesdays.

  13. Hola...I couldn't find your email address to reply, so here I am in the comments section.

    You have a grunter too? Does he spit? We're big into spitting these days!

    Nice to "meet" you!

  14. hi ava, thanks for stopping by my blog! congrats on the award. looking forward to seeing more of your area, a part of the world i love!
    your newest follower.
    cheryl x

  15. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Congrats on your well deserved award.

    God bless, Amy

  16. Hi Ava! What a cheery blog you have here!Congrats on the award! Loved seeing your tour of that charming little Australian town. Looks like we both love "A Beach Cottage"! I'm following you too!

  17. I am totally honoured with the award ♥ but feel not worthy due to my very slack blogging habits these days. You are spuring me on!! Your bloggy is amazing and you deserve the award for sure. I didnt know you are a twin, how fabulous!!

  18. Hi Ava, Congrats on your award. Love your blog, I will be popping in again, I am now a followerxx

  19. Congrats on the award! It's well deserved. Thanks so much for dropping by L'Heure Bleue At Home.

  20. Hi Ava, thanks for visiting my blog! You have a new follower from California:) Marcia

  21. Hi Ava, thanks for visiting and welcome aboard.I share your love of spearmint leaves. I have a little stash high up in the pantry for those "moments" I need them. Congratulations on your awards, I feel these will be the first of many.

  22. Hi Ava, thanks for popping by my blog! I love your blog! SO pretty and fresh! Congratulations on your award. That has to feel good. I'm just starting blogging and I know how great just one comment feels! :) I'm hoping to see pix of your curtained sink. Best! Samantha

  23. Hi Ava! It was fun getting to know you a little better - and seeing pics of your beautiful world across the pond! lol! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comments! Hope you had a terrific weekend!

    xoxo laurie

  24. well I'm now follower number 41- and what a perfect day to show up...the day you share 7 things about yourself!

    congrats on the award...& thanks for the intro to some other great blogs!

    love that south coast....
    lovely blog!
    melissa- miss sew & so x

  25. Congratulations on your win Ava. It's nice to learn a little more about you. As the mom of twins, I love hearing about twins staying close into adulthood :)

  26. Thank you for sharing some of your life with us. Congrats on the award!

  27. What a gorgeous vintage house and delightful blog. I feel like I could go for a country drive, pop in and visit and feel like I've known you forever...