Showing posts from August, 2015

Frugal Shopping & Cooking

I've been to the auction again with my BF  today and look at this lovely oil painting I brought thinking it could go in our bedroom or bathroom.  I got it for a bargain £1 and with commission I paid £1.12 and now I have hung it up and I think it is lovely.  
We also bid on a box of old books as we spotted a few in there that we would read and could then car boot the rest.  We got that for another £1 but it turned out to be four boxes of books!  They were so heavy that we had to have help to put them in the boot of the car.  I was giggling over them as some are in French!  I think those ones will be used for a few crafting projects.  I am sure we will be able to make a little profit at the car boot in September with the rest.

I also used my favourite cookbook again (A girl called Jack) to make gnocchi.  I used potato and parsnip 50/50.  They don't look as elegant as the picture in the recipe but they sure taste good with a spoonful of pesto.  I doubled the recipe so that I could …


It has been a very busy month but i have loved it!
At first it was nutty work wise as we were busy embroidering school logos on uniforms in time for the start of the new term.  In Scotland they go back to school in August as they break up earlier than in England.  Then a friend visited for a few days before we drove down to England to stay with our daughter and catch up with family and friends, phew! the weather was so unbearably hot! Such a contrast for us living here as it has seemed to rain constantly and I thought we were never going to get a summer but luckily it waited for the right time to appear, just in time for the annual Grandchildren's visit.

We have made the most of any appearance of the sunshine and the children have enjoyed spending their time on walks, even climbing a Benn and on the beautiful beaches.

Our wee man exploring 

Amazing views from the top of Benn Bhraggie

The monument of the Duke of Sutherland at the top

The most blissful days paddling in the sea