Showing posts from October, 2013

The lounge reveal!

It iis such a dull miserable day today weather wise so these photos aren't the best but I want to show you now we have finished.  
This is my corner with an old armchair covered with a crocheted blanket and cushion that I made.  The other little armchair originally belonged in the cottage so found its way back here.  The tweed cushion covers were made by a lady locally and as you can see I used one to cover the seat pad.  The dresser base unit was part of my dressing table which my OH brought for our 25th wedding anniversary.  It doesn't fit in my bedroom so it was in the kitchen but it fits nicely in here now.  
We had to keep the carpet although its not to my taste but I have put my favourite rug on it that I brought from Fired Earth in my other life as a credit card spender!

The hare picture was done by a neighbour, I love hares and we see quite a few up here.
The vintage mirror over the fireplace was given to me and I have done a simple display on the mantle

I brought these mar…

Home again Home again

Firstly I want to say hello and welcome to my new followers on Bloglovin.I'm back in bonny Scotland after my trip to visit family, it's always hard to leave them but I had some very good news whilst there.  My stepmum had been diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer but after two operations, one a mastectomy she is now free of the cancer.  A bit of recouperation time and she will be back to normal.  In my last post I showed a few pictures of my friends lovely home and I had been telling my OH when I spoke to him on the phone, that I wanted to decorate the lounge before Christmas if possible. I got home to find he had started it bless him. The ceiling is painted and the skirtings are primed and he waited till I could choose the colour for the walls. We went shopping today to get the paint and got a bargain at B&Q, buy 1 get 1 free of Crown paint so along with the gloss we spent £26. This is all I intend to spend on our makeover as I will be adapting furniture I alread…

My friend my inspiration

I just love my friends home, she has always had a talent for putting things together, nothing matches but she makes it her own.  
She uses Farrow & Ball colours throughout and she is lucky to be married to a painter decorator who will happily transform furniture and paint walls as often as she wants! She has an eye for displaying things 

This is her larder cupboard

Below is the lovely bedroom I slept in
Here are her two cats looking very comfortable I love her bathroom floor although she is looking to change it to individual Victorian tiles
Her garden is quite small but full of interesting things amongst the planting

This is a bird that goes round with the breeze This is the front garden and she gets lots of birds coming to feed.
I am already making plans to redecorate my lounge when I get home!
Terri x

My journey south

I didn't sleep well the night before but once settled on the train I decided to treat the journey as an adventure and enjoy it and I actually did!  It was nice to look at the scenery from the window and I tried to take a few pics but bear in mind the train was going pretty fast.I passed Aviemore station and I could imagine Poirot standing there Look at this train planter at Pitlochry it was a nice splash of colour I saw bridges and we went very close to the sea Sometimes i wasn't quick enough to take a photo like in Newcastle on Tyne the bridges and a castle caught my eye and  by the time i got my camera out we had passed by!  I had to catch three trains to get down south but they all were on time so the journey took 8 hours 15 mins altogether, quicker than driving. I did have bottom ache but I read a bit and did a few puzzles as well as gazing out of the windows and i had intended to do some knitting but the time passed quickly and I didn't get started.  It was so great to s…

Enjoying lunch with Hugh!

On working days we have taken to having lunch at 12 o'clock and watching repeats on Channel 4 of the lovely Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall  series

I was given this book as a present quite a while ago and have to admit to only having done a couple of recipes from it but after watching his programme again I am having another go.  He makes everything look so delicious but I really fancied his stuffed butternut squash recipe so here is a picture of our dinner yesterday

A bit burnt round the edges but still very tasty and filling.  I did adapt recipe slightly to fit in with my diet as I could not add as much cheese or use the oil but  "frylight" was fine anyway and the only thing I would do differently next time, apart from watching it doesn't burn!, is to omit the walnuts.
Hugh also has a new series starting on Wednesday night so I will be watching that too.

Yesterday we awoke to a frosty morning but the forecast said no rain so I got all my washing done and out on the l…

The fridge is nearly bare!

I've been cooking this morning and now my fridge looks like this

I have half a tub of stork, 1 oz of cheese left in the Tupperware, 2 tubs margarine, half a pack of streaky bacon, half a butternut squash and 5 carrots left.

I started out this morning with 1 green pepper, 1 courgette, 2 sticks of celery, half an onion, carrots, butternut squash and the last of the frozen sweetcorn and peas.  I have made soup for lunch by adding a tin of tomatoes and some dried soup mix with veg stock

I also found some turkey leg meat  at the bottom of the freezer and a packet of chicken and leek bake mix that I made up with some milk. I had a few frozen breadcrumbs in there too so using up the last of the parmesan cheese I had,  added this to some of  the veg from the list above and my OH now will have this for his dinner tonight
 The green bits are chopped parsley I picked from a tub in the garden.

I have enough of the chopped veg left to make up a rice dish for me and will use up the last ounce …