Friday, 15 March 2019

Craft Hiatus

Not a lot of crafting getting done this past week but a few stitches here and there can make a difference.  The Santa wreath now has features and holly leaves, I now just need to stitch everything in place.

I am going to reuse the Easter/Spring wreath from last year but I did need a new wreath for the front door to welcome visitors to our little cottage.  Some silk flowers and a glue gun with a few ivy leaves added to the mix made for quite the statement piece.

Looking at it now I wished I had painted the wooden welcome sign, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

I have made a start painting some clothes hangers to embellish with a shabby chic flower.  These are to be used as gifts with a shawl/cowl/scarf hanging on them.

A little crochet here and there and a few cards have been made.  The Christmas scrap book is now complete so I am looking forward to sharing it with the family when they visit.   Looks like I have done more than I first thought.  Not quite the hiatus I first thought.

What are you working on?

For Teresa the exterior of the castle visit from my previous post.

As always I do thank you for your visit and your encouraging comments.

See you soon.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

A Wild Day

What a blustery few days we have had, Storm Gareth left as quickly as it came but caused chaos on its way.  28 of the 28 routes were cancelled or disrupted on the ferries and flights were also cancelled.  Repairs have begun in earnest now that it has slowed down.  The outbuilding window has been boarded up for now and will get refurbished along with the others when the weather picks up.

We had hospital appointments to attend so it was quite the drive to Stornoway both on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We had lunch at the Castle on Tuesday, a nice treat and a lovely stroll both around the castle and the attached museum.  Let me take you a whistle stop tour of the castle.  There is so much to see but for me the ceilings and lighting are spectacular.

The fireplaces are also a joy and have been restored beautifully.

It looks as if this particular room was been set up for a wedding, or an event anyway.  The panelling in this room is stunning.

Along with the views, even better when the metal work has been taken down.  There is some work going on in the grounds.  On a nice day, I am betting it would be a feast for the eyes.

The stairs (Wilson Staircase) lead up to the bedrooms, a lift is also available but it does make you wonder who has walked the stairs before you.

I must say we enjoyed another beautiful meal there and have plans to try the afternoon tea  when we have visitors next month.

The sea was raging and thrashing itself along the shoreline.  The crashing and frothy sea made for some amazing photos.  I could see for myself why the ferries were cancelled.

It has certainly been a wild few days on the Isle of Lewis but we wouldn't want to live anywhere else.  Today the sun is shining in between downpours of rain, the winds have now dropped so repairs and tidying up commences.

What is the weather like in your neck of the woods?

As always I thank you for your comments.  The recipes that I use are all easily available on the internet for my baking usually Jamie Oliver or Mary Berry.  I am a fan of the Hairy Bikers too, the pork I cooked at the weekend is a firm favourite pork fillet wrapped in bacon stuffed with apricot and ginger stuffing.  A warm welcome to a new follower I do hope you find something of interest and enjoy my little adventures through life.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019


What a night it was last night the winds were howling around our little cottage with speeds of up to 50mph.  It was not conducive to a good nights sleep.   We awoke this morning and although a little calmer, there is considerable damage that can be seen.  The front and side gates are damaged and a window in the outbuilding is completely shattered.  We will have a proper look and do repairs as soon as possible.  Apparently another storm is due to hit later today with winds between 60 - 80mph, it has been called Storm Gareth and meteorologists have said it will be damaging and disruptive to travel.  We shall see...

It has been a Communion weekend, with a wonderful programme of services and fellowship.  The reason I have not been around.  The services start on Thursday and go through to Monday.  After the service Friday there is an informal fellowship, testimony and singing, with lots of home baking.  Saturday is a soup and sandwich lunch.  Sunday we had friends for lunch and after the evening service we enjoyed a house fellowship.  It certainly has been a full weekend of joy.

It also takes time to make the food, food made with love and a delight to share with others from around the district.  Quiches are a firm favourite and have become something that I make for every occasion.

A cheese and onion, a cheese and tomato and the two smaller ones are cheese,tomato, onion and red pepper.

I made a fruit cake for the tin, so that we have cake for the next few weeks and something to offer any guests.

I simply used a Christmas cake recipe and added nuts to the top as I knew it wouldn't have marzipan or icing.

A black cherry bakewell was made and the remnants of the sponge mix was spooned into cases baked and some cream cheese frosting added.  The remaining pastry made some mince pies with a pecan and crumble top, they were delicious.

I now need to catch up with some chores.  It was such a wonderful and refreshing weekend that will stay in my heart for many weeks to come.

Thank you so much for your uplifting and encouraging comments they are always appreciated.  I will be around to visit your blogs as soon as I can.

See you soon.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Ever Changing Seascape

Yesterday was such a beautiful day too nice to be inside.  We went down to the Port and had a stroll along the pier, admiring the gentle rhythm of the sea.  The waves gently building up to crash into the rocks and then roll back again.  It wasn't as warm as first thought due to a chilly wind, but it was nice to breath in the wonderful sea air and be thankful for the beauty we were surrounded by.

We have walked along the pier many times but each walk we see something different, no two photos the same.  An ever changing land and seascape.

The steps lead up to an art gallery, one of these days...just along from the gallery is a cafe perfect for taking in the amazing views.  A walk along the beach is the perfect way to spend time and admire the gulls perched on the ledges of the cliffs.  They are nesting so I didn't want to walk too close.

The sound of the sea reaching its crescendo and then starting its journey once more is like a musical show, joining in with the screeching of the gulls.

The wonderful melody of the sea soothing your soul.  Back to reality and our little cottage for lunch mixed seed bread with leek and sweet potato soup.

As always I do thank you for your visit and your uplifting comments.

See you soon.