Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Indoor Pursuits

Thankfully the weather is improving here a little whilst we are still having rain it is not the heavy downpours we were having.  My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by these latest floods that are causing havoc around the UK and indeed the world.  We are certainly living in strange times weatherwise.  My grass is in dire need of cutting but it is still too wet to get the mower over it.  Tomorrow is another day...

In the meantime indoor pursuits are once again in progress so a few rows of crochet here and there have been added to the Nordic Noir shawl.

I love the simplicity of this pattern and it will work so well through the seasons morphing from a wrap into a thick Winter scarf.  The shawl is made in one piece from the top down, working in rows to form a triangle.

The sewing machine has been out and I have made a Christmas table cloth to line a hamper that I have in mind for my parents.

I have enough fabric left to edge a couple of tea towels.  Using the same pattern fabric but in a different colour I have also made a table runner with once again enough fabric to fancy up a couple of tea towels.

Two more bags have been added to the gift cupboard.  One using a Cath Kidston fabric and lined with a yellow check.

The pocket was a scrap of plain yellow fabric.  The other bag was Christmas fabric lined with a plain cotton inner.

Brooches are always a great make that can be popped inside an envelope, so I have made some for the gift cupboard using some Harris Tweed scraps that I had and used a felted flower for the centres.

As Gerard has had a flare up of RA he too has been taking things easy and enjoying reading, doing crosswords and jigsaw puzzles.  We were at the hospital yesterday so a change of medication should improve things and he was given a steroid injection which should make him a little more comfortable.  As I am typing this the rain has once again started, any hope of getting anything done outside is quickly fading.

Whats the weather like in your neck of the woods?

See you soon.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Weekend Adventure

My apologies for not been around but I was having problems with my computer.  As you may know I am not very good with technology so was unable to do much about it.  So in the end I left it alone and waited for my son in law to return from their holiday.  He was able to repair it remotely, so here I am.  He is definitely a keeper.

What can I say about the weather, other than rain, rain and more rain.  It is doing wonders for the grass, and the machair.  The vibrant grassland is full of wildflowers and is a beautiful sight.


Thankfully we have had a few bright moments so it was a joy to take a short drive and see Eoropie beach from a distance.   Watching me, watching you... 

It is a joy to sit awhile and watch the sea as it makes its journey to the shore cascading against the rocks, spraying the surrounding area and then receding back into the swell to start its journey all over again.

Another quick drive to one of our favourite coves to sit awhile and admire the beauty.  We feel blessed that we are surrounded by such outstanding views and take every opportunity to soak up the ambience of this amazing Island.

Back home for some warming soup, bread from the machine and rhubarb crumble.  Much needed to warm up. 

I have made a start catching up with you all but will be around to visit as soon as I can.  Must get ready for my aerobics class...

See you soon.

Monday, 10 June 2019


There was a car boot sale on Saturday, a very strange phenomenon as there were no cars.  It turned out that there were tables inside the sports hall.  We had a little wander around and enjoyed the thrill of the find...a plant and a couple of prints.  Not a great haul but it was a fantastic social event.  We sat chatting for over an hour with various friends and neighbours and enjoyed tea and cake before heading off for a drive around the local area.  The temperatures are still a little low so it is still a little chilly but the sun was shining brightly.  It would have been easy to imagine you were sitting somewhere in the Mediterranean, if a tad cool.

We drove to the front and by the side of St Moluag's church..

It is a 13th century Church in the village of Eoropie and well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.  It is not connected to electricity and has some amazing oil lamps.  We didn't go inside this time as Gerard wasn't up to the walk, but it is beautiful inside and spiritually uplifting.

We drove down the one track road with various passing places to the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point of Lewis.  The Headland lies in the North Atlantic and is frequently battered by heavy swells and storms.  Luckily the sea was calm and the waves their own master crawling gently to the shore.

The lapping waves entranced us whilst watching cylinders of light moving across the sea.  A sight to behold.  It was a joy to sit and watch the variety of birds darting around and soaring over the rugged and irregular coastline.

It was nice to get out and about and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.  Even a pool of water can be a beautiful sight against the vibrant green grass and rocky backdrop.

It certainly blew the cobwebs away.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

See you soon.

Saturday, 8 June 2019


We have had a busy few days, inundated with visitors...

 We are waiting for a replacement part for the strimmer...generous neighbours helped!

See you soon.