Saturday, April 26, 2014

What have I been doing this week?

I'm having a job to remember what I have been doing!  I feel that i have been pretty busy but my head is a bit wooly when i try to think.  I'm blaming everything on the menopause but i definately get more tired, more forgetful, more emotional and more hot flushes.  Oh the joys of being a woman!

So....not in any particular order, I have ....

Pottered around in the garden when the sun shined.  I emptied out a trough and split up a few plants and planted a bit of lobelia.

It might be a bit to early to plant bedding up here but we shall see.  I fill the bare soil with shells collected from the beach as this stops my cats using it as a toilet.  Next time i have a trip out i will look for some geraniums.  I was tempted to plant some veggies in it but decided on having a splash of colour instead.

A fushia and more lobelia were planted in the hanging basket outside the door.  I like rusty things and love my bunch of keys.  The other side of the door looks like this..

The two rusty flower stakes were picked up from Hampton Court flower show about ten years ago and the triangular holder was just an oddity i picked up and stuck it outside to go rusty.. The milk churn on the photo at the start of this blog was found in the field next to the house.

I did plant a bit of veg.  This odd planter holds climbing beans.  I couldn't find my garden canes so i used this candle holder with a small cane i did find!  It might work!  I planted spring onion, chard and butternut squash seeds too.

Little lettuces in this sink.  I've now run out of compost so can't do any more at the moment.

I  also had my last "pattern" class this week and our 2015 calendar has now gone to the printers.

I enjoyed putting this together and all my relatives will be getting one as part of their Christmas presents along with the two sets of cards we designed.  Once they come back from the printers we have to pop to a few local businesses to ask them to sell them as any profits are going back into the village to fund other courses.

I also had a few friends round for a card making evening and we are having another next week..  We all had a good time chatting and laughing but we were also quite productive.  

I had a hospital appointment and my son came with me to help me do the food shop afterwards.  I got to the till and opened my handbag to find my purse was missing!  Oh the panic i felt!  I knew i had it whilst in the car and luckily my son had his wallet with him to pay for the shopping.  I sped back to search inside the car but it wasn't there.  I was getting in a right flap when an elderly man came up to me in the carpark waving my purse in the air!  I had dropped it somehow in the shop!  

I was invited to lunch with the patchwork group of ladies and at the last minute the venue was changed to one of the ladies house in another village.  It was quite a wow house, very spacious with floor to ceiling windows, a beautiful shaker style kitchen and looked just like it could have been pictured in a house design magazine.  It was in a remote location and i would find it a bit bleak in the winter, you would need a 4x4 on the single track road.  Nice to have a nosy.
We have all arranged a weekend in Edinburgh in September to go to a quilting exhibition.  I wouldn't normally be able to afford to do this but the class has been given the funding from the wind farms and the cost of the travel and two nights in a hotel is paid for.  I only have to pay for food and £7 entrance fee so too good an opportunity to miss!

I have never been very good at scone making but i made the best cheese scones i've ever done

I was quite proud that they were actually big enough to cut in half as usually they don't rise.

I watched "Jamaica Inn" on BBC iplayer.  It wasn't till mid way through the second episode that i remembered the story and i enjoyed this version.

This is getting to be a long rambling post so i will finish it  for today.  Catch up again soon.

Terri X

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter catchup

I have been away down south in Gloucestershire and i had a lovely time, what bliss it was to feel the warm sunshine.  I spent my time visiting relatives and walking round their gardens, being treated out to lunch and browsing in charity shops.  Home again Saturday evening ready for a busy Easter Sunday.

When i woke up this morning it was to find we had had a really sharp frost overnight.  The sun was shining but it is still too early for me to plant out the french beans and lettuces and the few bedding plants i purchased recently so i best wait for May..

First thing i did do was to dig out my Easter decorations and put them out into the porch.  I just love hanging the different coloured eggs onto my willow branches.

This is a close up pic of my favourite rabbit, he's so cute holding his carrot

An egg shaped chicken!

I wandered around the garden in my pj's looking at all the new growth on my plants that have suddenly burst through and i found another clump of daffodils that i don't remember ever coming up before.

I love their bright orange centres.

I picked a mixed bunch to take indoors to put in the kitchen and make another little display 

I was so busy playing that i left myself short of time to get showered and dressed to get to church.  I had volunteered us to help with setting out an Easter 
egg hunt for children in the afternoon and after the first service we headed to the woods with 100 laminated eggs to hide amongst the trees, high and low.  The idea was for the children to collect as many as possible and then attend an Easter service before swapping their laminated eggs for a goodie bag of real ones along with balloons and bible readings.  This turned out to be a great success and we got to spend a couple of enjoyable hours outside in the sunshine before going in for another little service and singing.  Then sandwiches and a huge variety of cakes were laid on for tea.  Such a lovely way for a village community to get together.

I hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter Sunday

Terri X

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Highland Cows

When we were out yesterday we came upon these Highland cows and i couldn't resist showing a few pics of this handsome fellow with his family

The little ones are so cute

Hope you liked these photos 

Terri X

A Wild Windy Day

It is one of those wild windy days and the doors and windows are rattling as it howls around the cottage and although the sun comes out now and then, It is impossible to put any washing on the line.
We could see the rain coming towards us from the West coast so we decided to venture out nearer the East coast in the hope that it would be brighter and the winds might not be so strong. 

This is a view of the Dornoch Firth this morning.  The water was very dark and choppy.  I felt battered round the ears taking this pic and was grateful to get back inside the car.  
We just popped into Lidl for some cat biscuits that i had seen earlier in the week at a good price and we also came out with these

They were just looking up at me so cheekily and saying "eat me! eat me!"

As to the rest of my week, i have had quite a busy time even though ive only had a few hours work.  I have met up with friends and gone food shopping together whilst having a good catch-up, met up with other ladies from the patchwork group i went to for a while and we all had lunch in a local cafe.  I had a lovely colourful salad with smoked salmon and prawns and will definately have that again sometime.  I am still going to the "Pattern" group where we are making a 2015 calendar combining our photos with words from the poetry group and they have also agreed with my suggestion to make some blank cards to sell as well.
I also finished making another handbag

I followed the instructions that i wrote for myself when i went to the class and i lined it with one of my vintage pillowcases

I also used the material i picked up in a charity shop last weekend and made it into a cushion

The leftover scraps have gone into my hexie making tin and these are slowly growing now

I picked up a fab roll of floral wallpaper for £1 in the week and i have already decoupaged the top of a chest of drawers in my bedroom.  The photo is a bit dark but you will get a general idea

I love this paper and can think of lots of things to do with it.  I have used it to wrap a present up and it looks lovely tied with ribbon too.
All in all i have had a lovely week socializing and crafting and just pottering in the house and i am now going to sit down and watch a movie.  We have lit the fire, it should burn well with the wind drawing it up the chimney

OH is making a cup of tea and i am going to eat that bunny!

Terri X

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April Flowers & Lambs

I love how these little Forget-me-not's spring up in the gravel every year from the one packet of seed that was sown in a pot about four years ago.  Such hardy little plants and so colourful

Another shrub that is out everywhere at this time of year is the Gorse.  The splash of yellow is so cheerful and lovely against the green, very prickly though!

I don't know if this ruin was a house or a barn but what a lovely position by this loch.

The first little lambs are being born around us.  I watch the ewes struggling to give birth in the fields and keep a look out for any that seem to have a problem and phone the local crofter.  He is up here numerous times a day now patrolling the hills on his quad bike.  He was moving the mothers into another field yesterday teatime, aided by his sheepdog, when one escaped into our garden along with her twin lambs.  I watched out of the window as he whistled to his dog to herd them out again.  They are such clever dogs and are worth thousands of pounds when fully trained.  Anyway it successfully got them out of our garden but they left us with lots of sheep poos on the lawn!

My OH took this picture last year when the lambs were all playing together out the front of our cottage.
They make me smile at their antics.

Terri X

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Daffodils on my table

These are the first daffodils from my garden.  I love their brightness on my table.  I picked up the little Emma Bridgewater tin from a garden centre and the little chicken was a charity shop purchase.  I took a bagful of bits to them today and managed to only pick up two items to come home with me.  The other is this

Lovely material that I am going to make into a cushion cover.

It was pretty foggy this morning but there was a little glimmer of blue sky so I was ever hopeful of a teensy bit of sunshine.  As we headed out it was only 5.5 degrees but we set off to Tesco to buy a new kettle as we have been without one for a couple of days and its not very frugal to heat a pan of water on the hob whenever we want a cup of tea.  We brought a rapid boil one for £12 and headed straight out of the store as I had already done a little food shop earlier in the week.  I did get an extra 4p a litre off my diesel with my club card, making it £128.9p instead of £146.9 in the village.
It was 10 degrees by the time we got home and the sun was shining so I decided to get some washing done but before I could get it on the line it started to rain.
I decided to play about with my shelf displays in the kitchen.

I got the idea of sewing these vintage hankies together from the latest Home & Antiques mag, they had sewn a little curtain with some hankies and I remembered in my material box there were three that I had picked up ages ago for 75p. 

My chickens have now been given a big shelf as its nearly Easter!

A little vintage and hearts makeover in the lounge too.
It's fun pottering about like this.
I have also tried making another handbag   after my sewing lesson last Saturday.  It is still waiting to be finished off but I already feel more confident using my sewing machine.  A few more cards have been made this week

And I am still hand sewing little hexies

Terri X