Friday, 17 May 2019

My Week

What a busy few days we have had.  We can certainly fill our days so easily.  The weather has been so beautiful that we have been working outside, one sheet of corrugated rust at a time.  We have been working together, moving three sheets of corrugated tin painting the wood underneath to give it some longevity and then replacing a couple of sheets with corrugated polycarbonate.  It will be worth all the hard work once we have our indoor garden established.





A few sheets a day and we are happy.  We are blessed that we have a little helper...not sure if Mickey is a help or a hindrance but he is quite happy basking in the sun guarding the rusty sheets.


I have been working in the kitchen replacing some of the pickles we are so fond of.  Today, red cabbage and beetroot.  I like to spice my own vinegar using Coriander, Mustard, Allspice, Peppercorns, Cloves, Chilli and Ginger.  Not sure if that is cost effective but it works for us.  I always bring malt and white vinegar back from the Lidl when we visit the mainland.


Once boiled for a few moments, I leave to cool overnight and then strain it back into the original bottles and relabel.




I like to give them a fancy fabric topper, they look so nice lined up in the cupboard and also make a nice hostess gift.

In the evenings I am still working here and there on a craft project.  At the moment I am working on a crochet shawl  and enjoying the soothing rhythm of the pattern.


It is a pattern that I found in old copy of Mollie Makes, I am so glad that I kept it.


We have had a trip to Stornoway for a food shop but it always nice to have a stroll around the small town and take in the views around the port/harbour.  The boats are always a joy to sit and watch both the ones for pleasure and the working boats.  There is an area that is designated for the necessary equipment needed on the fishing boats, that I find quite fascinating.  So many stories to tell if only it could talk.



The shadows in the water enhancing some of the already spectacular views.




A real delight to have a stroll and enjoy the calmness of the sea which we know can change in a heartbeat and cause havoc to the brave sailors/fisherman who battle the elements for us.





A very warm welcome to new followers I do hope you enjoy my little adventures through life.  I do thank you for your visit here and your uplifting comments.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

See you soon.

Sorry forgot to add that the sand was been dug out of the harbour at the Port of Ness as there was a build up.  Apparently, this is done every 3/4 years to enable boats to be able to get in.  The sand is dug up and put the other side of the wall.  

31 comments:

  1. A busy week !
    Now you have a weekend...to relax ?
    Hug
    Anna

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  2. How interesting that the sand builds up so much.

    You are getting your sweet cottage all spruced up. Glad that you have good weather to accomplish it all. Mickey sure is a handsome companion, there for moral support. ☺️

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  3. The old sheet have gone rusty and so worn out. Good to replace with new ones. Looks like a busy harbour with so many boats.

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  4. You have to be very careful, with that rusted stuff. But I'm sure you are wearing nice, strong gloves.

    So many "faces," your sea wears!!!! Sometimes calm and placid and reflecting. Sometimes very much 'riled up.' There is beauty, in both....

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  5. Lovely to see your indoor garden coming along and I'll be interested to see what you grow in it.
    Hugs-x-

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  6. My first thought was, "I hope they're wearing gloves when moving those rusty sheets." And then I thought that of course you are! You are both smarter than me.
    Your photos of the harbor are beautiful. The boats tell such a story of their lives. I love to look at them and think of the hard working people that toil away on them.
    I'm hoping for a wonderful and peaceful weekend for both of you. We had a huge storm come through with lots of wind last night, now rain is predicted for most of the next week. We need it though so I'm not complaining. Take care my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. What wonderful photos of the water and boats!!Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am glad that you enjoyed seeing my little Fairy Garden in a tub!! Have a great weekend!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  8. Glad you got some work done on shop at home. Homemade pickles are yummy! Nice photos of dock. Ocean is lovely but deadly too. I can't wait to see it next week here in OR. There's a town close to me that I drive thru and need to stop into old downtown. Cool old bldgs and a few shops I want to visit. On my bucket list this year. Have a blessed weekend! Hugs!

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  9. A harbour is a fascinating place to take a stroll as is the marina. It looks busy and it's easy to imagine what goes on either on the working or leisure side of the port. Relaxing with your crocheting or bottling produce for the store cupboard is a good way to relax after the physical work setting up your garden room. I hope you have a restful weekend.

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  10. Sounds like you are very busy with your indoor garden, look forward to seeing it finished. I'm glad I'm not the only one (when out walking) that wishes the area could tell it's story. How people used to live there, how the area has changed and their community in general. Have a nice weekend, Cathy x

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  11. The new polycarbonate sheets will make such a difference to you outbuilding. Good thing Mickey is guarding those rusty old ones though. You never know who might make off with them.

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  12. It's good to have some decent weather so that the outdoor jobs can get done, and so that Mickey gets to enjoy the sunshine too. The shawl is lovely, it looks so squishy and cosy, not what you need right now but it'll be perfect for the colder weather.

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  13. You have much work to keep you busy. Love the new roof for your indoor garden. You stay busy in the kitchen as well. I love the shawl you are crocheting; very pretty. Such beautiful views all around you. Thank you for the visit to my blog and for following along. I am now a follower on your blog as well.

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  14. I'm very excited that you are making progress on your re-purposed outbuilding, it will make a light and bright greenhouse. You're so lucky that your nearest grocery store is in such a picturesque place. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. What a pretty place and such pretty harbor photos! Your crocheted shawl looks so pretty. Cant wait to see when you finish! Your canned jars look so pretty!

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  16. Your building roof is looking great. And your Mickey looks like a great helper. Your pretty shawl will be nice on the cooler evenings ahead. I always enjoy seeing the views around your unique island. Have a lovely weekend.

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  17. You have been busy. Your pickles look delicious. I must try making some. It's nice to visit the harbour. I plan on going tomorrow to see the fishing boats. Lobster is being fished here now.

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  18. Those pickles sound delicious.

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  19. You have been busy. The replacement polycarbonate sheets will give you some light as well as protection. All your preserves look and sound very tasty. Stornoway looks a lovely and interesting place to have a wander around before or after shopping:)

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  20. That's wonderful if you can do all this work yourself you safe a lot of money, we can't do it anymore and also not at your level, was an nice week for you. My hubby is coming home in 2 days after nearly 3 months in hospital !

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  21. I think you've had better weather than us which is great to get those outdoor jobs done.

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  22. Your dog looks so beautiful. The shawl is coming along nicely, too. Crocheting is so relaxing. Enjoy the boats; what lovely scenery.

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  23. Thank you for stopping over my place and leaving your calling card. Your shawl is lovely, crochet is very relaxing and calming. Looking forward to the finished product.

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  24. That shawl is a lovely pattern, it is good to have something relaxing to pick up. x

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  25. Some lovely photographs here on your post.
    It was so nice to see the boats and the reflections in the water.

    Happy Weekend to you.

    All the best Jan

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  26. New follower here. It certainly sounds like you've been busy. Lovely photos :)

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  27. Enjoyed the trip to Stornoway as it's always nice to see the boats and the water views. Glad you are making progress with the roof project with r without Mickey's help.

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  28. You are certainly keeping busy! Loved the harbor photos!

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  29. Make your own pickling vinegard. Hmmmmm....what a great idea.

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