Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Birthday to Meee!!

It was my Birthday this week and I couldn't resist saving what i could of this beautiful wrapping paper that one of my gifts came in.  These were inside

Such lovely cake plates and they look lovely tied with ribbon.  I will have to issue invitations made using my stamp to come round for tea and cake I think.

It's still a bit snowy and icy this week and OH has been chopping some of the wood that came down in the winds.  He had to work on my big day so I went out for the day with my BF to an auction. 

I am an auction novice, never having bid before but I enjoyed having a good look at the lots before it started off.

I spied this little cottage teapot in this box so made a note of its number.

These two dogs were quite cute.  Another friend of mine has a pair like these on her mantelpiece so I wanted to look out for these.

A large Highland Stoneware plate which sells for quite a lot of money usually.

My BF liked this inlaid table and I liked all this furniture

I also spied a bread maker and some tweed material.  I watched the proceedings for a while, amazed how fast the lots sold and enjoyed people watching.  I set my own bid prices in mind and promised myself that I would not go above my limits and I didn't win anything!  I was amazed by how much some items achieved though.  My cottage teapot box went for £40, the little dogs were a bargain for someone at £8, the stoneware went for £45 and the bread maker £10 with the tweed material at £20.  You have to pay a 10 per cent buyers fee and VAT on top of these prices.  I wasn't disappointed though and really enjoyed the experience and would like to go again sometime.

The cinema lorry was in the village in the evening and the last part of The Hobbit was a great film to watch.  It was the first time OH and son had been inside the screen machine.  When we came outside it had been snowing again so I was glad we made it home as the roads were quite slippery.

Today OH took me to lunch in the village as I didn't want to go far because of the weather.  I had a haggis and cheese panini with homemade chutney and chips.  It was lovely but so filling!

OH had the beer battered fish and chips.

There were four bits of fish on his plate!  No way could we eat pudding afterwards!  Now its back home to sit and cuddle on the sofa in front of the stove and watch the first part of The Lord of the Rings movie again.

Terri X

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunshine and Snow

Alex having a stroll outside on a cold but sunny day. He has spent most of his time lately, curled up on the sofa enjoying the warmth of the stove.  So have I but I wrapped up to have a little stroll down the road.  It is pretty icy underfoot and we haven't been able to get the car down the hill for a couple of days.

Look at the blue sky!  It's very changeable and can quickly become a whiteout. I like to put my footprints into areas of untrodden snow in the garden, a childish pleasure.

My friends husband picked me up in his 4x4 to take us to church today.  We still slid a bit downhill but once down, the main roads were fine. I hadn't been for three weeks so It was nice to see people and I enjoyed singing.  Instead of coffee afterwards we all had soup and a roll, a homemade veg and lentil soup which went down a treat.

I still haven't been food shopping because we are waiting to get the car fixed tomorrow.  I wonder if they will cancel the appointment though as the roads up from Inverness could be too slippy if the temperature drops as low as -10 as they are saying on the news.  I am working Monday but my friend has said she might be able to take me shopping on Tuesday.  I have been grateful that we had a store cupboard as it has got us through the last few weeks ok.  Today we have shepherds pie which will do tomorrow as well and I managed to eek out enough carrots to make son a veg pie too.
Life seems quiet, nothing wrong with that but not much of interest to blog about. Next week it is my Birthday and the "Screen Machine" cinema lorry is coming to the village.  It is showing the new Paddington film and then the last part of The Hobbit.  I am looking forward to a night out on my big day, OH doesn't like going to the pictures but I love it so Son and my friend are coming with me.  I will get there whatever the weather and I must remember to buy the chocolate raisins ready, as that has always been part of the treat, quieter than eating popcorn!

Terri X

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yes! We finally have Power!

After five days we finally got the power back on late last night after a bit of drama when the electric pole near our house decided to go bang and put those who had a few lights on, out again!  We heard a buzzing and then a surge went through the cottage.  When we went into the hallway we could smell burning.

 Tuesday night there was a bolt of lightening that hit the exposed pylon Scottish Power were working on, it caught fire and caused a load more blackouts.  I was on the phone at the time and I swear sparks flew out of the ear piece! I have heard of someone having all their wall sockets blown out and loads of computers ruined. 

It was great to get up and find full power this morning especially as we had had snow overnight.   Is this the lull before the next storm arrives later though as forecasted and maybe we could lose the power again.

Just in case I have done six loads of washing to catch up.  I was washing undies by hand but its amazing how it builds up especially with the two men in the house.  I have hoovered and polished all through too.  All our phones are now charged up again and the signal is back too.

I am still utilising the stove and heating water on it and it is now cooking a chilli and a stew.  I cleaned out the freezer and cooked up what I could but I have had to throw out quite a bit.  This was quite hard for me as I hate food waste but you have to be careful when its all defrosted.

Terri X

Saturday, January 10, 2015

After the Storm

Well it was definitely windy, said to have been 130 m/hr and it kept us awake most of Thursday night as it howled round the cottage.  I was very nervous of a tree landing on us in bed as I looked out the window at 2am and they were bending wildly so I was listening for a cracking noise all night and was tensed to roll off the bed onto the floor if it happened.  I was right to be concerned as,by the morning, the woods down the road had been devastated with loads of trees down and the road was totally blocked.

The barn next to us had its roof damaged and unfortunately both our cars had been damaged by the corrugated iron flying about, ours had a smashed window and our sons lost a headlight and broken grill.
One of OH's tool sheds had also broke apart, the roof and part of the front gone, leaving the tools strewn everywhere so we all wrapped up well and ventured outside to rescue things and clear up the garden and protect the cars as best we could.

The electric and mobile signal has been off since Thursday night and is still off as I am writing this at 7.30 Saturday night.  There must be so many others cut off like us but a few minutes ago we got the Internet back so I am able to write this.

It's been fun in some ways though, the camaraderie of the neighbours, taking their chainsaws down to try and cut the trees.  Lots of wood to be had for free for everyone over the coming days.  I have been cooking on the stove which luckily I persuaded OH to put back in a few weeks ago when it was freezing cold and we have a camping stove so I have made good warming meals for us.  First it was bubble and squeak, sausages, eggs and beans then today I cooked chilli and rice and also a turkey broth for tomorrow.
I have loads of candles and its dark by 3pm so I light them and we have been playing board games, reading and just chatting in the evenings.  OH is now getting a bit bored but I have been quite content.

It's still pretty windy outside now and we have had blizzards on and off all day with the odd thunder and lightening thrown in. It must be such a difficult job to try to get everyone connected again, I don't envy them.  A helicopter was flying over the hillsides checking the breakages in the lines yesterday, a tree had fallen on the line near us.  

We were lucky to be able to borrow an old type phone to plug in, you know the ones where you have to put your finger in the dial and turn it round.  The phone line works although lots of crackling and hissing on the line but its been great to reassure family that we are okay and check on some friends to see how they are doing.  I phoned the car insurance people re: the damage and they wanted to take my excess payment over the phone but their systems couldn't register the old dial pad phone so i have agreed to pay cash on the day they repair. I also tried to contact the electric company but again their automated service couldn't pick up what department I wanted so I gave up.  Neighbours have told us that it should hopefully be back on by midnight.  I do hope so or I will have to empty the freezer contents soon and cook up what I can to save it all.

Terri X

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Noddy & Co.

Look at this pair!  They were so cute and colourful that I couldn't resist them and at 50p each they had to come home with me.  They have found their way into my craft area and sit happily on the shelf alongside my highlighter pens and crochet covered jar.

I am also liking my printers tray with the splash of colour from the cottons. Spot the teenie tiny teddy that was attached to a card and had to be rescued.

I was so busy on the run up to Christmas finishing presents that I forgot to take pictures of all that I made before i wrapped them up but apart from making bags and brooches i also made some glasses cases. This is a good project for using scraps of material.

This one was for OH and I am pleased to say that he uses it all the time. I plan to make a few more of these.  I also completed the knitted slippers and they did felt in the washing machine.

My friend really liked them. I finished a couple of knitted flannels too.  The only other thing I have done was to make this Cath Kidston tea towel which was a present

Into a cushion cover to go on my pew as it is much too nice to use as a towel
It sits nice with the little owl that was made for me by another talented sewer.
I must get on with a few more projects and I am taking some inspiration from this book

Terri X