Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hello Again

Its been a while since I have been in my bloggy space, no particular reason why I haven't posted but life feels like its been extra busy lately.  The photo above was taken a few weeks ago on my last trip to the beach and it was quite an overcast day.  Amazing skies though and the clouds were really this colour. 

I have been enjoying these daffodils which were a present from a friend on our Anniversary last week.  I did a casual dinner party and I cooked the mains which were pulled pork and a chicken curry served with salad, rice or new potatoes and i also made some naan bread.  I based the meals around my Slimming World diet and my friends supplied the desserts, homemade meringue eton mess and a sherry trifle.  Of course i had a bit of both desserts, would have been rude not too!

I have another craft fair coming up so my friend and I have been getting very sticky doing some decoupage.

Are you old enough to remember these characters?

I am hoping some child will enjoy sitting on this chair and beg their parent to buy it.

I experimented on this tray by gluing material instead of paper

Also did this little plant pot.  Probably a bit OTT with the flowers but I would use it.  I am still looking around the house for anything else to transform but it takes longer to do than you might think.

Other news, I got another part time job in a new shop opening sometime this month in the village.  Will be handy to have some regular hours especially in wintertime and its only a little walk down the road.  I am just hoping I don't have to start next week as the Grandchildren are coming to visit and I am so looking forward to spending time with them.

Another gift I was given this week by a very talented friend.  I just love her and call her my Halloween fairy.

Catch up with you again soon
Terri X

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Woodland Walk

I am walking a few times a week as part of my weight loss diet and today OH and I set off for a stroll around the Ferrycroft woods.  It rained all day yesterday so it was a bit wet underfoot but today the sun came through although we needed scarves, hats and gloves as the temperature had dropped overnight.

You can just see the coating of ice covering the water in one of the ponds.

The forestry have had to cut a lot of the trees down in these woods after the big storm in 2015 and there is a whole area that just looks decimated but what it has done is allow you to see the views of the lochs better and I always like to be near the water. 

There is a mound which once upon a time was a broch and this plaque tells a bit about it with the picture of what it once looked like.  You have to use your imagination as this is what's here now

but climbing up the mound, on the other side is this lovely view of Loch Shin

The water looked very blue today.

OH took this photo of me standing on a rock and behind me you can see how messy it looks when they take down the trees.  In the distance behind me is the dam. 

and I took a clearer photo of the front of it as we strolled past.  You can climb over the undergrowth and then a gate and walk onto the top of the dam but I didn't fancy doing it as I am not one for heights. 

The rest of the walk took us along the edge of the loch until we reached where we had started.  I had certainly warmed up by then and couldn't wait to take off the scarf and hat.

I felt much better after this little stroll.  The water always has a soothing effect upon me and this past week I have felt pretty stressed with one thing piling on top of another.   Tension had built up inside me but being out in the fresh air made it start to uncoil. My usual habit is to hibernate when feeling like this but perhaps my new resolve to get fitter is a better way to deal with life's ups and downs.  I am ready to start another week now.

Terri X