5 Ways to spot a Puffin

We had an amazing trip to Bridlington, to see the Hockney May flowers … however they were late blooming so we went in search of seabirds, especially the feisty #puffin. We cruised on the Yorkshire Belle , along the coast to Flamborough Head & Bempton Cliffs.


Here are some photos of the trip. We also visited the top of the cliffs the next day, and paddled in Thornwick Bay…where we accidentally spotted a pair of puffins !!  You can

1 see their bright orangey/red legs and feet.

2 see their triangular beaks

3 watch them splashing their red legs as they paddle the water on take off

4 spot them sneaking into a hole in the cliffs & peeking out

5 listen for their growly call


Getting out in nature really relaxes you , I recommend it. Book a coaching walk with me in the Peak District or straight from my office in leafy Sheffield. #freetaster www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk


Cakes from the famous Chefs with Sheffield Underground Cake Club

Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club has become Underground Cake Club as the lovely founder of CCC , Lynn has decided to re retire away from all the stressful admin of running such a fab organisation. CCC is continuing via a Facebook group. Details via Karen Perkins

We met at Walkley Library , as part of Sheffield food festival fringe. Annes cake was Jamie Olivers Tarte Di Nonna . Its a variety of Tuscan Grape cake, with no alcohol , and with the small red sweet grapes replaced by blueberries. It was made with butter, olive oil, flour, eggs plus orange and lemon zest. You put most of the blueberries into the batter, then after 15 minutes in the oven, pop on the rest of the blueberries . #yummy

Sarah & Karens cakes were a #selfie ..by Chef Sarah & Chef Karen … in support of women chefs !! Sarah make an exam proof easy peasy lemon drizzle cake ..still warm.


Karen made a double chocolate & raspberry cake with chocolate ganache .


Do join us at Underground cake club !!


Join us …do contact me at www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

A peek into Open Up Sheffield Open Studios

The biggest open studio event outside London !! We managed to visit 2 new workspaces and a few familiar ones … First off to Trafalgar Studios upstairs high above Trafalgar Warehouse ( next to Corp ) ..a brilliant space for events & exhibitions. Anja Uhren , Annette Griffiths, Katie Edge Mellor, Wandering Beasts , plus lots of artists, jewellers & creatives.


I made a promise to myself that I would buy at least one proper real Sheffield Artist painting every year so now I have found my first one for 2018. Its by Annette !! #thankyou If you think what you might spend on clothes, posh outdoor gear …why not get a real painting !! Be brave …I actually saw one she did last year at Bank St , bought a postcard instead of the actual painting …then regretted it !! This year …. I saw one that resonated again …and actually #justboughtit #yay . Its the one I didn’t buy … re -appeared . I am now looking for the Men with Rhubarb one I saw at Art in the Gardens last year …can anyone help me locate it ?

Next off to the Replicast  Studios on East Bank Rd opp Hells Kitchen Diner …. fabulous premises … old office building ..brilliant views . 18 visual practitioners … here are just a few

Their website says “Replicast Studios are a voluntary lead group.
Steve Oxley MD & Jennifer Booth Creative Director
Nelly Naylor | Anna Smithies | Mark Wrigley | Zoyander Street | IOP | Jordanna Farrimond | Mason Kane Thomas | Charlie Barnes | Saskia Palmer | Rebecca Litchfield | Martin Jones | Jenson Grant | Richard Bolam | Tracey Holland | Stacey Sampson

#fabulous …came away with a 3D print rocket from Mark Wrigley. Plus one of Saskias cards. Who was the artist with the wonderful Mountain paintings  …see easel .


Lots more to see ..off to Exchange Works on Bank Holiday Monday Karen Davies … Peak district , Scottish highlands inspired , beautiful colours.
Every year we see something new and different … get out & see some real Sheffield Art … then buy real art !!
Best wishes Karen

www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk     @fabcoach




A week of Sheffield Art with Paulette Falcidia

I met Paulette at 35 Chapel Walk gallery when I popped in last week. She has a brilliant exhibition, sadly it was the last day, but you can see some of the pieces here . She is also looking for a mahoosive space to display her large Board Game wall pieces ..any board games companies or cafes, or events organisers ? Here is a link to her website . Her pieces in Ticket to the Unknown make you think & rethink …then ask questions ….

Here are some of Paulettes words from the exhibition …about how she comes to these works

Chapel walk Paulette Falcidia introChapel walk Paulette Falcidia intro 2

Looking forward to hearing where she will exhibit next. Check out her amazing Assemblages #whoknew Brilliant.

I’m off to OpenUp Sheffield for my next post .

Keep creating    Best Wishes Karen


Spring Cakes … baking with the Archer Project in Sheffield

Sheffield CCC baked Spring Cakes for The Archer Project in Sheffield Cathedral 1554 Cafe
April 21, 2018 4:15 pm | By Karen Join Sheffield Clandestine cake club & bake with us to relax.
Today Sheffield CCC bakers baked Spring Cakes with donations to the Sheffield Archer Project We met Emily Bowes from the project in Café 1554 .

Delicious Spring cakes .

Top left Carolyns Japanese Cherry Blossom Citrus cake with fresh lemon and buttercream frosting . Lemon and lime drizzle. Next Dannis Lemon Elderflower & Mascarpone Cream Layer cake.
Middle Annes Rhubarb & Orange Drizzle cake with semolina & buttermilk. Bottom Right Karens Poached Rhubarb Syrup sponge cake with Rhubarb Syrup & ground almonds.
The Archer Project supports local Homeless people. They have dedicated medical staff, training, computer access & postal address support. They work with people to help them move confidently into voluntary, then paid work. The Just Works scheme runs contract work to provide employment opportunities. Printed by us works with Sheffield Artists and trains people to print & run creative businesses . Kickback Recovery helps support people recovering from addiction.
Thanks for hosting and explaining all about the project.
Our next event is Sat 26th May Cakes from famous Chefs Cookbooks. 10.30 til 12.30 … books for sale too. Plenty of space so guests welcome. Leave time to park …on street parking , but not directly outside venue. Any questions please contact Karen 07971881251


It’s Christmas in Sheffield my Deer !
In “Sheffield”

Isle of Man – Spring has Sprung
In “Isle of Man”

Cakes from Asia

Cakes of Asia with latest news from Nepal

Jude hosted us, fresh back from a month volunteering at a school in rural Nepal. She talked about life there with lots of pictures & some organic fresh Nepalese ginger . We had 6 cakes from all over Asia. All served up with Nepali Black tea. Fabulous cakes and fabulous speaker !

1 Annes Chinese 5 Spice cake with apple and walnuts , Fennel, star anise, cloves, pepper and cinnamon. Made with oil instead of butter. ” Alysons Chineses Bakery Chiffon cake . Adapted as usually steamed . Made with eggs and coconut oil .Butter icing with coconut. Mountain peaks to represent the high Himalayas .

3 Dannis Lime and Lychee Bundt from Thailand. Juice from 2 limes & the lychees plus zest in the bundt, plus yoghurt. Fresh lychees in the middle. 4 Sarahs Gingerbread Chai tea cake …still warm from the oven.

5 Karens Green Matcha Tea cake with white chocolate Ganache topping. Ground matcha tea plus Matcha tea syrup infusion dripped into the cake 6 Vickis Pandan Chiffon cake . Made with bright green extract of Pandan a Malaysian leaf , that has a nutty flavour & green colour. Made with coconut oil.

Here are the insider photos .

Next dates are 24th March Bunnytastic Easter Cakes 21st April Spring Cakes …join us @fabcoach

For more Living Life to the full tips ..book a free taster with Karen Perkins www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

Cakes from Sheffield with a Latin Flava

Hosted by the lovely Mexican /Peruvian restaurant & café Pachamama 7 bakers plus guest tucked into a range of yummy cakes from Latin America. The Tres Leches cake was popular , we had 3 very different versions of the sweet sponge soaked in condensed milk, cream, evaporated milk & whole milk in different combos with different toppings .

Sheffield Cake Club in action
Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club in action 2


7 cakes & 8 eaters !

Here are the cakes !

Pastela de Tres Leches Delicious tho a bit unusual looking !
Tres Leches Cake by Dani
Zingy Lime & chocolate Drizzle from Liz
Dolce De Leche Cake by Karen W
Mango Pinatta Cake by Carolyn
Espresso Chocolate Chilli cake by Anne
Tres leches cake No 3 by Sarah

One of our cakes had a secret surprise centre

Pinyatta secret filling #skilltles
Espresso choc chilli

Join our next event Sat 24th Feb Cakes of Asia then Sat 24th March Bunnytastic Choccy cakes

Contact me @fabcoach  on Twitter or via www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk #Sheffield

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