Monday, 19 June 2017

Surprise Visitor

We had a little visitor yesterday, which made us both smile.  It gave us the run around for awhile, as yet we still can't discover how it got in...it is a mystery!


 
It is now back where it belongs, along with the rest of its family.
 
 
Yesterday was a little poignant for us both, it was a day that we really did miss our family.  The girls all phoned and sent some wonderful gifts and cards and I managed to speak to my Dad.  What would we do without modern day technology?  I did make rather a grand treat for Gerard in lieu of not seeing the girls.  It was a hairy bikers recipe and something that I would definitely make again.  Pork fillet wrapped in bacon with an apricot and ginger stuffing.
 
 
I didn't have any dried apricots so I used some tinned ones, it did not detract from the taste.

 
2 balls of ginger were used along with a little of the syrup.
 


 
 
I bought a large fillet and chopped it into two, a rolling pin was used to flatten it to about 1cm thick.
 
 
It was then wrapped in cling film and left overnight in the fridge.  I put it on to cook on our return from Church and it cooked in about 50mins.  Served with veg/gravy and of course the traditional for Sunday Yorkshire pudding.
 

 
Progress is been made all the time on the cottage, both inside and out.  The side fence has now been repaired and one coat of stain we are just waiting for a better day, weather wise and I will give it another coat.
 

 
The bedroom has had a few additions, I have used some of the checked fabric to cover a couple of the drawers.  A rag wreath has been made, a heart and a bag to store all my hair paraphernalia, not an inch of fabric was wasted.
 




 
I have finished the chairs, Harris Tweed has been used to cover the seats, I have to admit to been a tiny bit proud of them.  They look quite good in their new home.
 


 
Whilst the rest of the UK is basking in the sun in such wonderful temperatures, we are still only reaching the dizzy heights of 14, showers and of course wind.  We are ever hopeful that it will pick up next week.  The only bonus with the wind it doesn't take long to get the washing dry...and yes we do have to use storm pegs here to keep the washing on the line.  It is a battle to get it onto the line some days.
 
 
I have a date with a sewing machine so must get on, what is keeping you busy?
 
See you soon.
 
 
 
 
 

35 comments:

  1. Loving all those makes Mama, very stylish. I have crisp dried the watching today on the line in the heat! Jo x

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  2. A post stuffed full of beautiful things. You're making such progress.

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  3. Your bedroom is looking divine. I just adore the colours you have used in there.

    Send me just a little bit of your wind and you can have all of the heat and sunshine from here today.
    My washing is just hanging there sadly just twitching now and again...which I suppose will mean the dreaded ironing when I fetch it later.

    The pork fillet looks and sounds very tasty...I might have to try that one myself as I have two pork fillets in the freezer-x-

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  4. The pork sound really good, I think I will be trying that one. I love the tweed on the chairs looks really good,x

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  5. The pork looks so delicious. I don't like wind, when I was a teacher the kids were always "wired" when it was windy.

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  6. The Sunday Father's Day meal looks so delicious. How many summer-like days are the average on the island? Hope that you have some coming your way soon!

    Learned new things here today...storm pegs...Father's Day there same as here unlike Mother's Day...

    Now I am wondering about the black thingy shown in the clothesline photo. It's so big...must be important.

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  7. What a lovely post. Your Father's Day dinner sounds absolutely wonderful. The wreath, bag, little heart and chair covers are fabulous. You, my friend, are one very talented lady. I'm so impressed with all of your makes. May I borrow you for awhile? Ha! I love seeing your wash hanging on the line. I'm the only one around here that ever hangs laundry outside. And with my back, that hasn't happened much this summer. I have hope you have a most lovely week. Blessings, Betsy

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  8. I love your unexpected and adorable visitor!!! And your Father's Day dinner looks delicious!

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  9. What an adorable surprise visitor!! I'll bet you didn't mind it at all!! : ) That dinner looks scrumptious!! How far are you from your children and grandchildren now? That must be difficult but it's so wonderful that they have a beautiful new place to visit. xoxo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  10. What a nice Father's Day dinner. I loved seeing your little visitor, what a sweet baby!

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  11. What a delicious looking dinner! I treated Malcolm to breakfast at the local garden centre, which he enjoyed, as we rarely have a full cooked breakfast. I have been busy sewing ...... and I must get the new bedroom curtains made, with their blackout lining - the bedroom faces east, so we are woken up far to early by the sun,as the present curtains just don't keep out the light.

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  12. Such a cutie pie graced your garden. Your Father's day dinner looks delicious. I'm sure it was appreciated. I've never heard of storm pegs---I hope you'll show us the difference between the regular ones vs. the storm pegs. The Harris Tweed chair covers are just beautiful. ♥

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  13. I bet you'd have liked to keep your little visitor! Did you call it's owners to come fetch it? I also love your tweed chair seats and so clever to have the label on them. You FD dinner looks deeeelicious! Enjoy your breezes there. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. That looks a very tasty dinner, you've been very busy with all your makes. It's too hot here, 32° in the car. Phew! I think we need it somewhere in between.

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  15. Far too hot to enjoy it here, nights are quite unbearable at the moment. What a delicious looking meal, I wouldn't mind having a go at that, it sounds lovely xx

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  16. Thanks for sharing the photos of your wonderful new life. Sorry yesterday was a bad day for missing family. We've grown used to missing the holidays with family since so one is so far apart.

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  17. Once we looked out our windows when I was a child on a poultry farm and our yard was filled with sheep that I got to help guide back to their pasture next door. I wonder how your sweet visitor came to visit. Modern technology does help keep us in touch with those far away. My oldest son texted me a video today of him styling the hair of a young man from Germany. Your Father's Day meal and your crafting projects are triumphs! Your laundry looks lovely flapping in the wind and I hope you soon enjoy some warmer temps as we are finally. This morning I worked [played] with three of my grands on reading and writing, and this afternoon I am catching up on blog posts before I drop off some preemie blankets the ladies of our Wed. group made. Not one did I make, but I am making progress on two. Happy Day! xx

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  18. Your Harris Tweed chair seat covers are so classy! I like the way you used all the bits and pieces of the checked fabric too.Very thrifty and nice.

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  19. What a sweetheart. We had a wild pig who turned over the dumpster. Wanna swap?
    Amalia
    xo

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  20. I think your cute visitor just wanted to say hello to you. You have done great progress and improvement to your new home. You are turning it into a very homely place.

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  21. I'm enjoying the blogs about your new life with something different happening each time you post! It's good to see all the new makes around your home and the progress on outside jobs such as the gate. With hot and humid weather down here in Yorkshire I wouldn't mind some breezy weather. Windy weather is a positive when it gets the laundry dry!

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  22. Congratulations your chairs look beautiful ! Strange visitor, at least a little one, I once had a cow looking through the window door I was so shocked that I dropped my coffee mug !

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  23. And other lovely post full of surprise and creations !!!
    Have a nice day in your beautiful new home !
    Hug
    Anna

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  24. I love the photo of the sheets in the wind! What a sweet visitor but I bet she was glad to return to the right side of the fence and her flock. The additions to your bedroom decor look so nice.

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  25. Beautiful thoughts indeed, family is everything. Lovely photos, warm greetings to you!

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  26. Oh I so enjoy all your posts and pictures. How fun to get a look into your world. I do love the gray colors of your sewing projects. Enjoy your date with the sewing machine. When we get through sorting the storage unit, I want to start making a date with my sewing machine. Hugs.

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  27. What a wondeful joy to visit you today...so many lovely things to see. I love your chairs...I'm not surprised you are so proud of them, they look wonderful. Such a cute visitor you have had. Thank you for the comment about the hat...Debbie x

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  28. those chairs looks fantastic! I love the way the sheep is looking at you while you look at her/him.

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  29. Sweet visitor you had. I see your sheets hanging on the line and that is where my clothes dry these days. Like to keep the dryer from running when I can.
    Your Sunday dinner looks amazing and I know it tasted so good. I am gonna try this recipe, I love all the ingredients posted. Apricot and ginger stuffing sounds heavenly.

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  30. The chairs are looking great and the fabric is so gorgeous. You are very talented, I love all your makes.
    Such a cute visitor. Lily would have loved it. She loves sheep, not dogs. Maybe I should get a sheep. X

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  31. Really fantastic makes, you have been busy. im in awe at your talent and thrifty ideas. I'm sure your surprise visitor was just saying 'hello', but if it does it too many times, just whisper 'mint sauce' in its ear. Xx

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  32. I think it's special days when you do realise how much you miss the family, but technology these days is so good that you're still able to keep in touch. Gerard was still spoilt with that lovely meal you cooked for him. What a cute visitor you had, glad it was safely reunited with its family. Your chairs look fabulous, you've done a great job.

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  33. Your Sunday dinner sounds delicious. I'm sure Phil would have liked it too. I like the bag you made from the checkered fabric. Nice seats as well. Good job and thanks for sharing you upgrades to you home. I've just been busy with work, as usual. Also working on Bible study homework. Our temps are warm and getting warmer this weekend. Sigh! Take care!

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  34. I want a visitor like that,how cute. Hope you have had a wonderful week.

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  35. I can understand about missing family on special days and it's great that technology can keep loved ones in touch at those times. Your special dinner looked wonderful and I'm sure was even better when eaten! The Harris tweed seat covers look beautiful, but I wondered if they would seem a bit warm when seated on.
    Cute backyard visitor too.

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