Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sun & Showers

Its been a bit of mix of sun then showers lately.  I took this photo on the way shopping, the sun was out on my side of the mountain and i am loving all the cow parsley on the verges.  Everything is looking quite lush now, the yellow broom is still out in abundance and there is just a tinge of the purple yet to come out on the heather.
This is the same spot on the way home and it was much darker.  Oh well, nothing we can do about the weather but its nice to feel a bit of warmth on my bones.

Talking of warmth, i have made a couple of new friends and was invited round their home for a barbecue.  They are doing up their house as it was two croft cottages now made into one and it is turning into a wonderfully colourful home.  The location is fantastic, surrounded by trees and they have views from the garden just like the above photos plus a view of a scottish castle! They will eventually run a B&B when finished and I am sure people will love to sit in the large airy conservatory overlooking all this.  The best bit was they have a hot tub outside and I spent a blissful hour in it, enjoying a glass of bubbles and having a girlie chat.  I felt wonderfully relaxed when I got out and it soothed my aches and pains.  I can't wait to go again :-) 

Besides all the socializing it has been a really busy time at work (hense the aches and pains) and I have had a few problems to sort out with my new car.  I shouldn't tar all car dealers with the same brush because in this day and age you would think the days of treating women as stupid and ignorant would be over.  In short, I had a problem doing up the drivers seatbelt, it wasn't me making a fuss as OH couldn't often do it either.  It had an MOT the day I picked it up and I don't know how it passed like that as it is a safety issue and illegal to drive without it.  I rang the dealer about it the day I got it and although he talked to me like I was an idiot, said he would help sort it and from then on ignored my calls until i subtly said i would put a disappointed review on his website!  That got a response but his attitude was horrible although i eventually got an appointment with a mechanic to sort it.  I turned up for it today only for this mechanic to tell me he didn't know I was coming!  He was a good man though and from what he said, this wasn't the first time the dealer had treated a woman like this. He said he felt like going to his office and punching him so I told him to give him one from me!!
He did fix the problem and as an extra he fixed the diesel cap that wouldn't open also. What a lovely man he was and I am going to get him to do a full service on it next week so I know I will be safe to go down south in it next month :-)

Terri X

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bits and Bobs

Time seems to have sped by the last few weeks so I thought I would do a random post showing a few things I have been doing.
I picked the rhubarb in the garden and I froze one lot and we have had two of these crumbles.  My pottery dish is just the right size as it allows for lots of topping and I find i enjoy mine cold with natural yoguet whilst OH likes it warm with ice cream.

This was the book I read for the first meeting of the bookclub.  I highly recommend this, it was such a lovely quirky story and funny and moving too.  I had an enjoyable evening get together in a local pub and OH's came too.  It was just luck to be a musical evening as was open house for musicians so a great time was had and not much talk about what we are going to read next!
I got this lovely picture in a local charity shop for £5.  I loved it and it is now on my lounge wall.  I did well that day picking up 4 dvds and 2 knitting mags too.  Putting up a new picture led to a change round of lots of others as it often does!

OH has been given more free eggs, this time duck eggs.  I must make a quiche tomorrow I think.
This is a pile of cotton wash cloths I have crocheted for our next stall, I also made another for my sis-in-law and myself.

I made up this cushion at last and made another by recycling an old woollen jumper.

OH built me a wardrobe in an alcove in the bedroom.  I have gained a lot more space than in my canvas one and that has been broken up for kindling for the fire and I have kept a large canvas piece to do something with.  I am just going to put a curtain up when i find the right material to make one.  This also led to a bit if a clear out of clothes which were taken to the clothes bank straight away.
A bit of cardmaking has been done for all the occasions this month.  I would like to find time to have a making session to get all cards done up to C.....mas!  Not saying that word yet!!
I've been following "Mend it May" in blogland and on Facebook and this inspired me to do a few bits.  I cut the sleeves off this linen dress and like it much better now as the sleeves made me feel restricted and i get hot flushes now I am in the menopause.  I also shortened another cardigan and cut a sundress down to make a top instead.
I went out to a handbag and accessories evening at one of OH's customer house.  It was in aid of rescue dogs of which they had four.  They had a lovely cottage in the woods but we were eaten alive by midges!!  Anyway i brought myself this little bag which as it was the last one in this colour, was on offer.  I've never had such a little bag but look ...
It has 3 zipped sections and 2 other zipped compartments and actually holds everything I had in my other bags.  Its like a tardis!!
I made two more scottie dog brooches to sell and have now started knitting more little cottages again.

The first of my reserved books from the library and i am enjoying reading this but it has to go back soon. 
Because this is turning into a very long post I will finish with telling you that I am very excited because ...
  I also have a new to me car!
Its a 4x4 which will be great for the winters up here and is roomy enough if OH has to use it for work but it is mostly for me :-)  It is great with my bad back and knees to be able to just slide in and out and will be good for our journeys down south.  I am very grateful to my Uncle who left to me unexpectedly, the money to be able to buy it.  Lots of love, thanks and prayers to him.

Terri X

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Trip Over the West

We had glorious weather yesterday and as OH and I were both off work we decided to head out over to the West coast.  We stopped at these waterfalls on route.

Its only 40 odd miles away but it takes a while as a lot of the route is on one track road with pull ins to allow passing vehicles.  The triangular mountain ahead is called Suilven.
The lochs water was so blue and not a cloud in the sky.
Stunning scenery everywhere.  We headed towards Ullapool.

There it is at the bottom of this hill.  

We walked along the front, the sun was beating down on us.  I popped into a few gift shops which are aimed at the tourists but I didn't buy anything.  I spotted a lovely little antique/bric a brac shop and brought a little loyd loom chest which had a newly upholstered lid for £15.

A local lady told us about some gardens to visit just a few miles away so we decided to go there.

We drove through this archway entrance

Paid our entrance fee of £3 each and went into Leckmelm gardens.

Daisy covered walkways
The smell of the honeysuckle was lovely
Still lots of bluebells
Enormous trees giving welcome shade on such a hot day

Strolling behind OH.  
These gardens have only just opened again after the wild storms of January 2015 blew down lots of the trees but as you can see it was still a lovely garden to visit.

Terri X