Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Lovely Easter

I have had a busy few weeks and enjoyed it all but i am now paying the price for being too busy as I lay in bed again with a bad back and stomach pains but the migraine has now gone thankfully.  I can't seem to burn the candle at both ends like I used to!

These pics were of our stall at the recent craft fair

It was pretty colourful

My partner in crime posing by the stall

The craft fair wasn't as busy as previous fairs but we did ok and enjoyed ourselves.  We were able to watch the cooking demonstration by the chef at the new visitor attraction to the area.  He was very creative and made swans out of lemon peel so his finished dishes of salmon with a crispy crumb and lemon chicken looked lovely on the plate.

In the evening we were at a friend's Birthday party and the theme was to be as colourful as poss which was no problem for me as i wore my floresant pink wig but I am not posting the photo's!!

The day after the fair was the day the weather changed from having lots of sunshine to definate April showers which was a shame as the Grandkids arrived for a weeks holiday.  Luckily they had brought raincoats and wellies as we certainly needed them.

Cold, wet and windy on the beach but having fun for a while.  Son in law flew a kite but the wind was a bit too strong and the strings broke.  We did see seals swimming in the sea, I thought one of them might come onto the beach but it was probably just curious and thinking what on earth were we doing there!  I could not get a decent photo of them. We all went and had hot chocolates in a cafe to warm up afterwards.  I tell myself its days like this where memories are made.

The week went far too quickly though as we were out every day.  I also spent time at home baking far to many cakes and alongside Easter eggs, I think it was too much for my stomach to take!

Another treat was to go to the cinema and watch the new Beauty and the Beast film.  Oh it was so lovely, I felt like waltzing around the lobby when I came out!  Such a feel good movie so watch it if you can.

Terri X
PS.  My last post didn't appear on Bloglovin when published for some reason, I hope this one will show up.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hello Again

Its been a while since I have been in my bloggy space, no particular reason why I haven't posted but life feels like its been extra busy lately.  The photo above was taken a few weeks ago on my last trip to the beach and it was quite an overcast day.  Amazing skies though and the clouds were really this colour. 

I have been enjoying these daffodils which were a present from a friend on our Anniversary last week.  I did a casual dinner party and I cooked the mains which were pulled pork and a chicken curry served with salad, rice or new potatoes and i also made some naan bread.  I based the meals around my Slimming World diet and my friends supplied the desserts, homemade meringue eton mess and a sherry trifle.  Of course i had a bit of both desserts, would have been rude not too!

I have another craft fair coming up so my friend and I have been getting very sticky doing some decoupage.

Are you old enough to remember these characters?

I am hoping some child will enjoy sitting on this chair and beg their parent to buy it.

I experimented on this tray by gluing material instead of paper

Also did this little plant pot.  Probably a bit OTT with the flowers but I would use it.  I am still looking around the house for anything else to transform but it takes longer to do than you might think.

Other news, I got another part time job in a new shop opening sometime this month in the village.  Will be handy to have some regular hours especially in wintertime and its only a little walk down the road.  I am just hoping I don't have to start next week as the Grandchildren are coming to visit and I am so looking forward to spending time with them.

Another gift I was given this week by a very talented friend.  I just love her and call her my Halloween fairy.

Catch up with you again soon
Terri X

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Woodland Walk

I am walking a few times a week as part of my weight loss diet and today OH and I set off for a stroll around the Ferrycroft woods.  It rained all day yesterday so it was a bit wet underfoot but today the sun came through although we needed scarves, hats and gloves as the temperature had dropped overnight.

You can just see the coating of ice covering the water in one of the ponds.

The forestry have had to cut a lot of the trees down in these woods after the big storm in 2015 and there is a whole area that just looks decimated but what it has done is allow you to see the views of the lochs better and I always like to be near the water. 

There is a mound which once upon a time was a broch and this plaque tells a bit about it with the picture of what it once looked like.  You have to use your imagination as this is what's here now

but climbing up the mound, on the other side is this lovely view of Loch Shin

The water looked very blue today.

OH took this photo of me standing on a rock and behind me you can see how messy it looks when they take down the trees.  In the distance behind me is the dam. 

and I took a clearer photo of the front of it as we strolled past.  You can climb over the undergrowth and then a gate and walk onto the top of the dam but I didn't fancy doing it as I am not one for heights. 

The rest of the walk took us along the edge of the loch until we reached where we had started.  I had certainly warmed up by then and couldn't wait to take off the scarf and hat.

I felt much better after this little stroll.  The water always has a soothing effect upon me and this past week I have felt pretty stressed with one thing piling on top of another.   Tension had built up inside me but being out in the fresh air made it start to uncoil. My usual habit is to hibernate when feeling like this but perhaps my new resolve to get fitter is a better way to deal with life's ups and downs.  I am ready to start another week now.

Terri X 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Saving Money in the New Year

Happy New Year to all my readers.

After all the celebrating was over OH and I again came down with the lurgy.  I feel a bit better myself today but OH has again had to go to bed early with the lemsip drink to help him sleep.  To be honest he is in the best place as we have not had the fire on today and the temperature is dropping rapidly so I also have come to bed to keep warm and cosy.

Pic of my side of the bedroom.

10 mins of having the electric blanket on is much cheaper than having the fire on for hours so saving us money.  

This week the AA renewal for OH's car is due but instead of paying for full cover at £142, we decided to just get breakdown cover as we haven't used AA in the last 3 years and this vehicle is no longer used for long journeys.  If I stayed with them we get to keep other benefits earned over the past years but saved ourselves £80.

An updated freezer inventory was done and I have been menu planning with what we have.  Since Christmas I have only spent £14 topping up milk, bread, cat food, vegetables and other items.  If we lived closer to a town I could have spent less than this but it would cost £10 in diesel to go shopping so I have brought in the village which is more expensive i.e. 2 litres of milk is £1.49.  

Son won £25 on a lottery ticket and put his winnings onto the electric meter for me so covering nearly half of the cost this month.  We only have electric and although I could get it cheaper if the meter was changed and we paid by direct debit, because of the erratic nature of our income,  it is easier to keep topping up this way.

I was given an Amazon voucher at Christmas so I brought two second hand books, this one I am currently reading for the bookclub and it is gripping me.

I also brought a new diary as I cannot function without one.  I am a bit fussy about which one I buy as I need plenty of room to write inside, not just for appointments and Birthdays but budgeting and bill dates too and I also want it to look pretty. I discovered Santoro London diaries a few years ago and most were selling for £8.50 except for this one which was £4.49.  I don't know why it was cheaper but I really like it and I still have a few pounds left.

All meals have been made from scratch and nothing wasted.  Some parsnips that were hanging about in the veg rack were blanched and frozen.  I even ate a yoguet yesterday that I found lurking at the back of the fridge dated 23rd December.  I dipped my finger in it to test it first and it tasted ok and i have had no after effects!

I was given a few old newspapers to use in the catbox and on the fire so saving me buying some at a cost of approx £2.  We do not get any free papers delivered here.

Packaging from an Amazon delivery was also kept to use on the fire.

The washing pile is up to date and all dried on the hanging rack downstairs and the clothes horse upstairs.  Only essential ironing is done in our house and I have 3 items to do tomorrow.

Think thats all for now because I am going to snuggle down and finish reading my book.  Sorry the light was not very good for taking photos.

Terri X

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I am sitting here nice and cosy whilst Storm Barbara blows outside

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and thank you for following my blog over the last year :-)

Terri X

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Come Buy Our Angels

Golden Designer Angel with her Dior ribbon was the first sale within a few minutes of the craft fair opening today.  Glitzy Angel behind her followed quickly after.
 Button Angel and Glam Angel winged their way to new homes but Feather Angel came home with me.  She will spend Christmas looking lovely in my lounge.

We named them all, big and small ones and along with our Christmas trees made from old books, they made good sales for us.  
I sold about half of the crochet baubles I had made too.
Other good sellers today were the glasses cases in the basket on the right, a couple of them were brought as mobile phone cases but hey, they're flexible!  
A couple of knitted hearts sold too.  We were given free tea and coffee and i brought a mug of tasty sweet potato and
carrot soup with a delicious cheese scone for my lunch.  My friend's husband made the scones early this morning and considering we were out late last night at the local pub he did really well getting up early to do them!
So its been a successful day and the last craft fair I am doing this year which means that I can now relax and finally get round to making a few things for myself.  I did spend most of my earnings today though on a beautiful handmade hat.
Its a thick grey tweed and will definately keep my head warm,  made by a lady who did the machining and her daughter who does the hand sewing.  I'm not really a hat kinda girl but how could I resist when it has such a lovely peacock feather to match my hair!

Terri X

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Cold

I've been laid up with a bad cold since last Friday, not just a few sniffles but an absolute stinker that has knocked me for six!
I am not usually a person to stay in bed but I am back there again today after a rough night with hardly any sleep.  I overdid it yesterday and knocked myself back, OH was out working so I was up cleaning and cooking.  At least I made dinners to last a couple of days, not that I can taste much at the mo.

Alex and Bonnie have cuddled on the bed with me keeping me company.  Every now and then Bonnie raises her head and miaows at me like shes checking if I am ok, bless her. 

I have been doing something whilst laid up though
Crocheting baubles for my next craft fair which is on at the weekend.  I need to shake the worst of this cold off before then, got too much I want to do so I am going to keep dosing with cold relief tablets, drinking honey and lemon and relax a while. 

Terri X