Monday, March 30, 2015

Hibernation has Ended!

In the garden this morning

I thought it got cold in the night, my feet were freezing!  The wind had an icy bite to it but the sun was out so I put the washing on the line anyway.
The sheep opposite watched me silently.

I am assuming we are having the lambing snows this week according to the forecast so it shouldn't be long before we see the lambs on that hill.

I've had a tidy up of my wool stash and was surprised just how much wool i had that needed using up so i decided to make a blanket.  I took the pattern off Lucy's blog 'Attic 24' as its just made up of treble stitch so I can watch t.v. and crochet away.  It has already grown twice the size since this pic a few days ago.  I've decided to take it with me this morning to meet up with the patchwork girls.  They won't mind if I crochet while we have a catchup as I haven't seen anybody for about six weeks.  I feel that at last I am coming out of hibernation!  Must be because the clocks have changed or something but I have enjoyed getting out of the house and meeting up with people again.  I went to a new crafting group meeting in a nearby village last week, lots of mums with their tots but all doing various projects over coffee and cake.  I had a nice couple of hours and it only cost £2 to cover the cost of the hall.

I made another cushion with the tweed scraps I picked up the other week.  My friend is selling our sewing makes in her B&B so that will hopefully take off now the holiday season is starting and give me a bit of extra cash which I will save for bits we will need when moving.

I made another laundry bag with some of the vintage scraps.

A close up of the fabric, I really like the green with the turquoise flowers.

We also celebrated our 34th wedding Anniversary and treated ourselves to lunch out locally.  'The Pier' is set on the loch and I like to sit by the window to look out but it was a miserable wet day.

OH is still not totally well, he has now been given an inhaler to use four times a day and is being sent for a chest x-ray.

My mother is still in hospital but after a bad week where she caught a sickness and diarrhoea bug, she is at last making progress to recovery after they put in a temporary hip.  She will have a bigger operation in three months to replace the ball and socket but they are allowing time for the pelvis to heal.  I am keeping an eye on the fares for travelling down as they have gone up enormously because of the Easter holiday.

Well that's a little catch up for now, I am going to get a hot water bottle to sit on my lap whilst I continue with my blanket. Having it on my knees will help keep me warm this evening.

Terri X

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Shelfie Pics

I love my kitchen shelves and have taken photos of them before but I have added items to them, a new cottage butter dish was given to me and a hand painted plate which was not wanted have somehow found a space.

My fruit bowl and cake tin sit empty on top of these drawers so I will have to do some baking and a little shop to replenish.

Ahh.. that's better now its full up.

I am still loving these drawers that i decoupaged too and today I have tidied up the contents.  You can lose a lot of stuff inside these.

This is the picture wall above my pew.  I have framed some of OH's photos and it is nice to have a changeable display.

This shelf has had a tidy up too and I am happy with the jars.  My measuring cups hang beneath along with a couple of jugs.

The shelf in my hallway is another of my home projects.  I papered and painted it and attached a couple of pink hooks to hold up my knitted hearts.  The photo isn't great as it is such a dark narrow hallway but it cheers up the space.

This is a favourite shelf in the lounge.  I display family photos and bits and pieces along with heart shaped fairy lights which glow pleasantly in the evenings.
Last is the mantelpiece where I display a few pictures of the Highlands that were charity shop finds.  It is a kind of woodland display with toadstool candles, owls, birds and flowers amongst them.

I have lots of bits and pieces that could look cluttered but as i have display areas, seems to work for me, making a rented house homely and giving me that cheery pop of colour every day.

Terri X

Monday, March 16, 2015


The mountains out the back just have a touch of snow on the top.

Apologies for not posting regularly, I am full of cold which seems to have got a good grip on me.  OH has a chest infection and the doctors rang today for him to go back as they think he might have a touch of pneumonia (unsure if I have spelt that correctly).  So its the house of the sick at the moment!

March weather has been so changeable so far.  We had more gales which brought down lots more trees that were damaged in the previous high winds.  We did move the cars off the drive this time as more of the barn roof came off and we could not afford any more damage.  Just as we were getting fed up with constant wind and rain we get a few days sunshine.  What a difference that makes!

Washing on the line for the first time this year and it dried.  I washed vases and silk flowers and various knitted ornaments that had got a bit grubby.

The cats have been enjoying more time outside and have been bringing lots of mice into the house.  I send OH into the lounge first in the mornings so he has to clean up the horrid leftovers!  Bonny decided to let one loose and it took us two days to capture it as it was so fast!  It eventually jumped into the wood basket and we managed to get it outside before it got out!  

The starlings have started nesting in the roof so there are signs of spring about but the daffodils are only just poking their leaves through

Can you spot them in the grass?

I have pottered around making a few cards for the next couple of months Birthdays and I did make one for OH as it's our Anniversary near the end of the month.  Unfortunately I put 35 years wed on it but afterwards realised it will actually be our 34th Anniversary and the 5 wouldn't come off!  Oh well it will do for next year!  I'm blaming this cold.

Apart from work I have only been out once, with my friend we went scrap material shopping.  I managed to get some nice bits of tartan and tweeds for £10 and two bags full of vintage scraps for £8 to use for more sewing projects.  I was lucky to be given £20 for Mothers Day so that covered the cost.  I have just cut a few squares out for a handbag and made another laundry bag so I must get cracking again.

I'm off to have an early night to try and shake off this cold as I was up in the early hours unable to breathe, I was so bunged up.  I have had a phone call to tell me that my mother has had a fall and is in Gloucester hospital.  She is disabled already but has now fractured her pelvis and her hip is broken as well as her hand!  I will need to go down south again as soon as I can.  

Terri X

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Back Home

I arrived back to the Highlands at the weekend after staying a bit longer than expected with my Grandchildren :-)  This was due to OH feeling unwell and the snowfall in the Cairngorms making the roads difficult but I wasn't complaining as I feel much happier after being with them.

We both got haircuts whilst there, sorely needed but using the services of a home hairdresser it cost £15 for both of us so we were being frugal and I was very happy with my cut.  I didn't plan on taking a selfie, looks a bit odd with the "What?" picture by my head!

I always go to a garden centre when I arrive down south and I brought this little pot of mini daffs the first day and then left them in the car for the whole of my trip! They have straightened up and flowered since I got home and I love the splash of colour on my table.

There was a letter waiting for us from the Council after the inspection of this house and as its classed as substandard they awarded us an extra 70 points on top of the 50 we already had.  This must put us pretty high up now to be re-housed as our friends son had 75 points and he recently got a house.  I need to keep decluttering so I have collected together another 3 bagfuls of items to go to the charity shop. 

After working Mon/Tues, today was a free day so after seeing the above picture in my lovely quilting book, I decided to have a go at making one for a friends Birthday this week.  It took most of the day, i missed breakfast and lunch!  It took ages to choose the fabrics to put together and it was trimmed with ric rac and ribbons from my stash.

I am really happy with how it turned out

I had to hang it over a chair to get a pic of it as its turned out a bit bigger than I expected it to be.

I wrapped it up in this recycled paper bag and it is going to my friend this evening as she is away on her actual Birthday.  
I had to rush to make dinner as OH would be hungry when he gets home so I decided to do a quick Beef Keema recipe

This is the picture in the book but I decided to throw the potatoes in the pan along with the meat to make it a one pot meal.  Served it with a packet rice and it was nice and filling, overdid the curry powder a tad for OH though.  I also knocked up a bolognaise sauce out of the same pack of minced beef for tomorrow so being very economical. 

Just had a phone call from my friend, she absolutely loves her drawstring bag so that was a good day well spent.

Terri X