Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Catchup

Before I start, I want to say hello to a few new followers on Bloglovin and to thank you for your encouraging comments.  I have been blogging for over a year now and although I am mainly doing it as a kind of diary for myself, it's lovely to have a few followers :-)

Well I woke up Saturday morning to a card and chocolates for Valentines Day, which was very nice. We had to go out for a bit of shopping and we intended to buy a "meal deal" for the evening and OH was going to cook for me.  Tesco's deal was £20 but I saw this

and we both love Indian food although we don't buy ready meals usually but this meal was supposed to be a treat for both of us. Cost £6.30.

We brought this as a side dish for £1.50 as it was on offer but to be honest we didn't need this extra as there was already plenty for two.

Pudding was in the reduced section for £2.65.  

OH laid the table and we had the fairy lights on (that's why this isn't a clear photo) and we both put our glad rags on.  The meal was delicious and it had only cost us £10 .45 so it was good value too.

This weekend I also made these little owls using up scrap pieces of tweed and a few buttons.  I got better at making them as I went along but as soon as the eyes go on, they seem to get a personality.  I made two of them whilst OH was watching the rugby (we won't talk about Scotland losing again!)

Sunday evening I was looking forward to watching "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling on BBC1.  I didn't know what it was about as I have not read the book but after watching the first episode I found it rather depressing so don't know that I will bother to watch the rest.

This was a knitted heart I made as a last minute order from someone today.  The couple have been visiting Scotland and are due to go back to South America this week and they are getting married in May. I only had time this afternoon to make it up as I was working this morning,
I do hope they like it though.
I have made a one pot dinner on the stove for us tonight, a stew and I just threw in various bits of veg and a tin of potatoes, minced beef, gravy with a squeeze of tomato purée, dash of Worcester sauce and Daddies sauce and some mixed herbs.  It smells quite yum!

We are going to visit our friends on the Black Isle tomorrow and will stay overnight with them before driving down to England Wednesday to visit our Grandchildren for a week.  It is such a long drive, about 600 miles but we will save a good hour setting off from theirs.  Can't wait to get there and see them all  though :-)

Terri X

Friday, February 13, 2015

Maybe Time for a Change

The snowdrops are peeping through the fence posts again this year. I didn't think they would come through as we really have piled up the grass cuttings and ash over the last year in their area but although they look so delicate, it just shows they are stronger than they look.

I brought these primroses to put in a pot by the front door today, 99p from Home Bargains and they were being snapped up by people.  I just felt the need to have a little bit of colour to catch my eye outside and there are no signs yet of any daffodils coming through.
Well I've shown you some pretty photos before I explain my blog title.  We have decided to apply for a council house in the village.  We have loved being in this cottage, with views like this how could we not.

but there is a downside..

mould over all the walls,

This is my bedroom ceiling.  We have tried to keep it at bay, we wash the walls down with white vinegar and then redecorate but it is a lot worse in other rooms.  My clothes smell musty, beds are damp and its not healthy to be breathing it all in.  The council have been out to inspect this week as they say we are living in a sub standard property.  There is no insulation, no damp proof course and no central heating.  So now we wait to see what house will be offered 
to us, it won't be as pretty or in such a lovely position but it will have the basics that we need. Still will be hard to leave though.

Terri X

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February through the Window 2!

I seem to be having a window theme this month!  
It's been great this week that the temperature has risen so much that the snow has cleared and we drove out at the weekend to do a food shop.  On the way home we stopped to take a look at a ruin that OH had had previously spotted that was having some work done on it.  He hadn't told me it was up quite a steep hill though!  The Woodland Trust had taken it over and built a framework within the remaining three walls of what looked like an old cottage and just put a roof over it.  It was open to the elements still but they have put in a couple of barbecues so it could be used as an entertainment area. Different use of a building I thought and in the summer it will be nice for the walkers.  Look at the lovely view through this little window. I like that someone has put the twigs in to divide it into panes.

Changing the subject entirely look at all these lovely yummy bits of fabric I have acquired this week!

Each pile of fabric was being sold off for £4 a pack so what a bargain!  There is quite a bit of vintage plus Cath Kidston prints too.  My favourite piece is this

Lots of ideas on how to use it all are running through my head at the mo.  I have fitted in some sewing time and finished the Highland cow cushion and the bag I had started last week.

A trip to a charity shop was successful when I spotted a M&S tartan skirt.  The lady said skirts were £3 but when I told her it wouldn't be a skirt for long as I was cutting it up and it would probably be a bag, she said in that case it would be 50p!!  It's not quite finished yet.

Lined with a bit of vintage

I also made myself a little brooch to wear out of a few scrap pieces.

So lots of nice times happening in what has at times been quite a stressful week but that's LIFE I suppose.

Terri X

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February through the Window

We have had snow and icy conditions throughout the last two weeks.  It's amazing but there are different types of snow and we have had a lot of bitty snow, lots of powdery snow that blows around in the wind and icy snow that crunches underfoot.  Today we have had about 5 inches of lovely fluffy snow and that is the best kind I think. It's 4pm now and the sky is full of it still.

OH is nearly up to his knees in the back garden!  It is so quiet outside as the snow muffles the sounds.

You can see the sky is full of it.  Tomorrow we will be relying on the snow plough to come up and grit the road.  We have had a few days where we have been unable to get the car out down the hill.  Although I have been busy at work, we have been doing hundreds of items of clothing which are heading off to the Falkland Islands!, I have been doing a little bit of sewing

Squares put together to make a few more handbags,

Some tweed bunting made with scraps of tweed.

A bit of appliqué using my machine instead of doing by hand.  This is going to end up as a cushion I think.

It's also been a time for baking.  All the cafes have closed down so it means a 50 round trip to go out for coffee which is ok if going out anyway but too far to go otherwise.

First was a batch of summer berry muffins as i had half a bag of berries in the freezer. A couple of friends and family popped in so made a batch of

Lemon muffins and coffee and walnut ones, plus little lemon tarts were made. There were a lot more than on this plate, this was a photo of the leftovers!
OH has now put in a request for some with sultanas in.
I have been making some warming dinners like casseroles in the slow cooker, blitzing leftovers up with more stock into soup for lunches.  Tonight we are having mince curry using store cupboard ingredients of baked beans and tinned potatoes and using this cheap curry sauce.

Along with a chopped onion and the mince beef this works out at just under £1 per portion and serves 4 easily. Very filling if you have with rice or some bread too.  As the stove is put on when we are home we are still using the whistling kettle for hot water to keep our electric costs down but I am still using the tumble dryer a lot and it is making an awful banging noise so is definitely on its last legs.  I hope it lasts this winter but I do use a clothes horse too. Proof below!

A bit of a dark photo but who wants to see my washing anyway!  The light is fading now so soon time to close the curtains to keep the warmth in. The cats are settled in for the evening too.

Bonny loves to get as close to the stove as she can and Alex is curled up in the chair.

Terri X