Tuesday, 12 June 2018

How Does Your Garden Grow

Once again I am going to have to take a blogging break.  This time I am travelling down to England later today to visit my parents.  We were due to visit them in March but our plans had to change after Gerard's heart attack.  Their health has sadly deteriorated over the last few months and Dad had a fall late last week.  Whilst there doesn't appear to be any serious injury it has unsettled me.  I am flying over to Edinburgh and then on to Norwich where I will be met by our daughter Victoria, it will be nice to have some quality time with her too.  Gerard will remain here as he is still in rehab and has hospital appointments pending.  I have been busy batch cooking lots of meals for the freezer so he won't have the bother of cooking for one.

I have taken lots of photos of the garden so that I have them for our records, along with some notes has to how they fair in this windy area.  We are quite open to the elements here, not far from the sea so wind can be quite damaging.

We have just put up a little picket fence around a small patio area which is quite sheltered.  Our intention is to move some of the pots of herbs there.

The front garden area is protected by a stone wall so the plants there are doing quite well.  Let me take you on a little tour.

I am quite pleased with the start we have made and will work on one little area at a time, enjoying the process.

I must admit to feeling a little unsettled, excited to see my parents but nervous about leaving Gerard.  Time will tell how everything will work out.  I will be back soon.

See you soon.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Crochet Projects

Not sure what is happening with Blogger at the moment but after a recent update all the comments on my previous post disappeared.  Floating around in cyberspace,,, The comments that used to go into my e-mail account again no longer appear.

I have a few small projects that I have been working on recently but have been abandoned for one reason or another.  Yesterday, the rug was finished.  It is made using the trimmings of Harris Tweed off the loom, a by product using the largest hook that I had, mega crochet.  It did make my hands ache so only a couple of rows could be done at a time.

It grows very quickly so in a couple of hours I was ready to change colour and crochet a border.

It was a fun make and definitely something I would make again despite the aching fingers.

The body of the shawl I started is now ready for a border so I spent sometime sorting out my yarn stash and consequently picking out the colours for the border.

A start has also been made on a small throw for Honeys chair, a plain square which will be finished with an elaborate border.

I am missing the chatter of my little guests but have some wonderful memories to sustain me until the next visit.  The cake making, tea parties and games...

Mickey is just enjoying the peace and quiet.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that the weather was good to you.  It has been glorious here so we  managed to get some outdoor projects done, I will share them with you on another post.  As always I thank you for your support, comments and emails.

See you soon.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Trip to Inverness

A little mini break was the perfect tonic for Gerard and I.  A last minute decision but certainly did us both some good as well as helping Amie with the children.  We stayed in the Royal Highland Hotel which is situated right next to the Railway Station, cheap and cheerful is what we expected.  It was a lot better than anticipated, a very grand building which added to the ambience of the break away.

We enjoyed the entrance lobby and were impressed by the sweeping staircase and the artwork on display.

The price included breakfast.  We anticipated a continental and were amazed at the full range of Scottish Fayre which included a full cooked breakfast and of course porridge.  Certainly value for money and somewhere we would be happy to stay again.

Pop on your walking shoes and I will give you a whistle stop tour of some of the amazing buildings around Inverness.  It was such a lovely day, the sun was shining and enhanced the simple pleasures of strolling in this amazing City. 


Yes, it certainly was tiring but the views on the drive back to Ullapool for the ferry more than made up for it.  Breathtaking beauty is my opinion.  Buckle up and I will take you along with us.

A little blurred but I was taking the pictures as the car was moving.  Hope you enjoyed your little trip.

Have a wonderful weekend.

See you soon.