Sunday, October 30, 2016

I Like a Sparkler

Not of the boozy or jewelry kind, although I could become partial to either but of the fireworks kind :-)  OH took this photo of me waving one about.  Doing that reminds me of my childhood.

We had a family get together this weekend, an early bonfire night celebration.  My nephew had brought lots of fireworks and he spent days setting them up to create a good display in their garden.  They luckily are surrounded by fields with only one close neighbour who was aware beforehand that there would be fireworks. I am not a huge fan of the noisy bangers but love the colours of the fireworks against the night sky.  I didn't take many photos just got this one below
Although the weather was a bit damp the fire blazed and I could feel the warmth from it and my feet were cosy enough in socks and my fur lined boots.

This is OH by the fire.
My nephew had cleverly thought to put up a tent with chairs and table inside and we had jacket potatoes with barbecued meat.  I made the coleslaw as my contribution.
Ghostly photo of us standing about in the dark.  No light polution from street lights here, we need torches to light the way.
Oddly this year I've had a Halloween party before Halloween and now a bonfire party before Nov 5th, lets hope Christmas doesn't come early too!

Terri X

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time to have a Change Round

When the seasons change I often feel like changing the furniture round to make the room more cosy.

We tested the fire out a couple of evenings ago to check all was well before winter really sets in.  As I was sitting looking at the fire I kept thinking about a dressing table top that I have stored in the cupboard since we moved in.  Would it fit over the mantle if I could dig it out.
It did and I really like it.  That led to moving around all my bits and pieces to make a display.

I like these little observer books and one of my knitted cottages looks cute on top.

The D was made by me as a present tag last Christmas for OH.  The money tree is in a pot made by Tain pottery and the oil burner was from Cromarty pottery.
My old glass bottles are always on my mantle along with a T for me gift tag and my Mr Fox which was a present from my daughter.  
I've tried not to cram too many bits on it but one thing leads to another so I had to have a little shift round of bits on my shelving.

I'm happy with them for now.

This little table in the corner now has a red heart theme going on.

Sofa has moved although I haven't changed to my wintery throws just yet.

Armchair back in front of the window with my pink Lack table from Ikea in front.
My Tain pottery bowl looks nice on top.

You can't tell through the window but its really windy outside and its howling down the chimney and rattling the letterbox.

Bonnie isn't bothered though, shes nice and cosy curled up on my armchair. I will change the flamingo cushion nearer Christmas too.
The dining table is now on the other side of the room
Even the fruit bowl has an autumn colour feel.  I just want to show this lovely photo that OH took of a local waterfall and framed.
Not very clear as my reflection is in the glass so I will lay it down and see if it comes out clearer.
He does take some lovely photos.

Terri X

Monday, October 24, 2016

Blowing Away the Cobwebs

A sunny but cold start to the day.  The car said the temperature was 2.5 degrees but a little walk on the beach was in order after an early Halloween party the night before :-)
Lovely sunshine creating shadows on the sand, I don't look as creepy as the night before
No!  That wasn't me!  I didn't look that bad...or did I?

Terri X

Friday, October 21, 2016

On the Pictish Trail

OH had a job last week in a little village on the East Coast.  He thought that I would like to see where he was working so we took a detour from our normal shopping route.

Lovely views heading down towards the sea.
I parked at the side of the road when we passed this little gateway.  The marigolds looked so cheerful and we walked through the gate

We followed this cobbled path and I just had to take a photo of it because I like the texture and colours, all the little blobs of yellow on the stones surrounded by the mossy green.  We headed towards the monument encased in glass to protect it.

Its a strange sight out in the middle of the fields.

The Shandwick Stone information board.
The rear view of the stone is a bit more worn

We headed back to the car and decided it was time to go for a coffee somewhere.  If you are like me and browse through various house design books, the name Anta will be familar as they make lovely tartan tweed materials into rugs, cushions, curtains and furniture.  They also do pottery and bags.
Its very expensive, for example the square cube pouffe is over £300

The lighting in there wasn't the best for taking photos, makes it harder to see the
price tags!

They do have a lovely cafe too with homemade cakes and its served up on their pottery which feels special.  Nice place to look round and browse but my purse stayed firmly closed!

Terri X

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Lovely Sunday to Go Kajaking

What a lovely day I have had today.  

The sun pierced through the mist quite early on and I had arranged to go to a different church this morning in a nearby village as they were doing a Harvest Festival service.  I haven't been to one of these since I was a child and I remember there was always a loaf of bread shaped like a sheaf of wheat.  

This time we took along tins and packets of food to donate to a local food bank,  a good idea I thought.  I so enjoyed singing the traditional hymns like "we plough the fields and scatter" and  " all things bright and beautiful".  The vicar made a point of coming up to me afterwards to say he loved my hair!  He actually said that i was like a bright beacon of light in a sea of miserable faces!!  

After racing home to change, OH and I arranged to meet a group of friends and go out on the river to try kayaking for the first time.

Me about to get in the boat.

I was in the front of a two man kayak.  My friend is very experienced so I felt safe with him instructing me.

It was such great weather to be out on the water.

OH enjoyed it too although he wasn't as relaxed about it as I was but we have decided that we would like to get our own two man kajak for next summer.

My day didn't finish there as we were invited back to our friends house to go in their hot tub.  My thighs were aching so I thought it would do me good to loosen me up and I had felt great when I'd been in once before.

Ooh it was lovely and the water was 39 degrees.

I eventually got out and we drove home.  After making a stir fry for dinner I am now waiting for Poldark to start.
What a brilliant day I have had, who would believe we could have such a great day in October in the Highlands of Scotland :-)

Terri X

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Knit, Natter & Art

Thats been my whole week mostly, knitting and nattering :-)

Monday I was working till mid afternoon and when I got home, I prepared dinner , taking a tip from Frugal Queen's blog and adding grated courgette and carrot to a packet of falafel mix. It padded a little mixture out to make good sized portions too.  Along with wholemeal wraps, refried beans and salad with a dressing made from natural yoghurt and mint sauce, this made a pretty tasty meal for Son and me. OH is the only meat eater now so I tend to make him dishes that I can serve him two days running and that saves me time.  After getting the washing in I sat down and started knitting till OH got home from work, carrying on well into the evening.

The start of my Christmas makes for the craft fairs.

Tuesday, I needed a few Birthday cards for this month so I sat in my craft room for a few hours, in between running downstairs whenever the washing machine finished to get it all on the line. I've been washing everything I can find as the weather has been so sunny.

A couple of cards for men

And three for the girls.  Mostly my cards are made with recycled bits and pieces, I only buy the odd pack of stickers or papers so they cost very little to make.  Backing papers are the leftovers from doing up my stairs, along with bits cut out from cards sent to us

I've been holding on to four balls of this lovely grey wool, waiting to find a project for it.  Its quite a rustic wool so I was browsing through pinterest and saw clothes from the Outlander series.  I haven't seen this series yet, will have to get the dvd or read the books but its set in Scotland and friends tell me its very good.  

I downloaded this simple shawl pattern and it looks just the job for wearing over my clothes to keep the chill off.  I have never knitted on circular needles before and I found it quite fiddly at first but the more stitches I am making, the better its going.  A good project to take to craft club too.

Wednesday, in between the normal housework, I was again knitting away on more stuff for the craft stall.  Art classes started up again in the evening too.  

My still life picture.

Thursday & Friday were much the same after work.
I brought this lovely wool from Hobbycraft a while back with no immediate project in mind, I just loved the colours so I brought three balls for the price of two in three different colourways.  Sis-in-law offered me two new little cushion pads that she didn't want so I made this cushion cover.
I used a 6.5mm hook and went down to a 5mm to tighten the rib at the opening.  It has turned out pretty good so I will make another one and they can go on the stall.

Today is a horrible wet and windy day but I can't complain as we have had a great October so far.  We went out early to do a small shopping trip as we had the chimney sweep coming.  Now he's been we can light the fire when we want as the evenings are chilly and we've already had some frosty mornings but I am holding off doing so for as long as possible to save on wood and coal supplies.  I like sitting with my feet up huddled in a cosy blanket watching a movie and knitting away.  Its been quite a productive week too.  Unfortunately the weather means no kajaking this weekend, I look forward to going again sometime, just need those sunny skies to come back.

Terri X