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 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January Catchup

Hi, its been a few weeks so I thought it was time for a little catch up.  I have just got home from a little walk with OH because look at the blue sky in the photo above, its a lovely morning, cold but sunny, hurray.   We drove a few miles out of the village and parked up for a stroll along one of the tracks left by the forestry when they have cut the trees down.  Its on a flat level so not too taxing on my knees which have been playing me up big time lately.  I spied this house which was probably well hidden when the trees were around but its a lovely view across to the mountains.

I wore my new wellies which I brought in November from Joules which I love and crocheted some boot cuffs to wear with them.  Its amazing how warm they make your legs feel.  I remember the days of legwarmers!  I think I will make some pink ones to go with the soles of my boots!

I am trying to think what I have been doing lately but its always quieter at this time of year.  OH has just had the occasional days work here and there but luckily February looks like he will be busier.  We have had some cold temperatures but only a few snowy days, more frosty.  Everyone was saying how it would be a bad winter but they have been wrong so far.

A friend took this lovely photo earlier in the week of one such morning.

I did have a Birthday and had a lovely day out with some friends who took me out for lunch.  We browsed around a few shops but a lot of businesses close down up here until Easter.  The charity shop was open though and I brought this suncatcher for a £1.

This is the little landing window overlooking the police station!  Not that we see the police here often, I think they only pop in once a week.  Its a waste of a newish building really being empty 99% of the time but its a good sign because there is hardly any crime at all.  I was going to make a little hankerchief curtain for this window but I am liking this up at the moment instead, its just lovely when the sun shines through.  I do seem to have lost my crafting mojo at the minute even though I have been going to the crafternoons I confess to just sitting chatting.  I am sure it will come back at some point so I have been spending a lot of time reading.  Since Christmas I have read 11 books in a series of 15, called the Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, they are a bit like the Twilight series and a Jane Green novel as well as the book below for the book club which I showed you in my last post. 

This had a good twist at the end too so was well worth reading.  My friends were at a do last night with the author and I am waiting to hear how it went as I got a text asking me to remind them of the title we had just read so they must have been planning to have a chat with her.  We had the book club night round a friends house because the pub was closed too.  It was a good evening as they have their own bar in the house so the husbands gathered around that boozing whilst the girls were in the other room with most of the nibbles.  The next book to read is called The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, all about the nature of the Cairngorms.  I will have to read that before starting the 12th book of the vampire series.

On Friday I went along to the auction again with a friend but this time we did not buy anything.  I just enjoy looking at the lots and listening to the auctioneers and again I was treated to lunch.  On the way home I picked up a fab wicker basket (like I needed another!) at another charity shop for £2, I will take a pic and show you another time and we stopped to pick up some fresh laid eggs.  I had a good day out for a grand total of £5 altogether.

While I have been at home more I have been looking through my pile of housey magazines and planning a few changes I would like to do this year.  I need to buy paint for a few projects I have in mind indoors and I want to do a bit more to the front garden come spring. I popped outside this morning to tidy up a few plants and cut the old raspberry canes down in the hope of rejuvernating them.  They had some buds on already but I expect its the wrong time of year to do this but we shall see what happens.  I only got a small bowl full altogether last year so nothing to lose by trying.  I got OH to help me change the furniture around in our bedroom, taking pictures and mirrors off the walls and giving the room a spring clean.  I couldn't sleep properly though facing another direction so after three nights, I decided to change it all back to how it was before! 

These twigs with fairy lights were one of my Birthday presents.

I feel the days have still been flying quickly by and the month is now nearly over.  We have had to be very frugal as it has been a tough month financially but I have still managed to enjoy myself and have cheap days out. I am still keeping my freezer inventory up to date and cooking from scratch cheap and healthy meals.  I have lost 6lbs in weight so far by doing this but I am aware I am filling up on too many carbs because potatoes and pasta and rice make for cheap filling dinners but its in the right direction.  Looking forward to more of these nice sunny days but there is a definite nip in the air now its 4pm so this evening will see me curled up under a blanket again and watching the last Endeavour then Homeland on the television :-)

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

My Late November Roundup

I am a little late with a roundup of November but there wasn't a lot to report on my month really.  I spent a couple of weeks waiting on edge for medical results and after receiving good news, I promply went down with a bad cold virus from which I am still recovering. The weather took a turn heading quite wintery with temperatures dropping low, leaving cold frosty mornings.

I was given a bag of bits and pieces for crafting use and inside was a large piece of material which was just perfect for me to make a front door curtain.  What a difference it has made to the hallway
The first Christmas craft fair took place in the village.

and the reindeer came too. Some great photos of them were taken and these two below were favourites of mine but not captured by me personally.

A little bit of shopping took place to cheer me up (my excuse!)
I brought this lovely cushion which looks like painted material and has a lovely grey suede backing.  It was a bargain at £8 from Matalans.
and homemade soups were once again on the stove, so comforting on colder days and frugal to make.

Now I am writing lists for December in my new notebook with its little message to me on the front cover as I spent too much time this past month feeling negative. 

Terri X