Saturday, 22 February 2020

Yet Another Storm

Another day, another storm.  The past few days have been trying to say the least as one storm disappears another one arrives.  This time, this storm has no name but it has arrived with a vengeance.  Gale force winds with intermittent rain.  Downpours with almost horizontal rain would be more precise.  Snow was predicted for last night but thankfully this did not materialise here on our little Island although I understand there has been plenty on the mainland.  There was a mild frost with signs of a hail storm but nothing too serious.  I smiled as I looked out of the window to admire the green shoots poking through.  Daffodils making there entrance wowing us with their beauty and determination whatever the weather.

Wood has been chopped and our store cupboard is full so we are thankful.  Once again the ferry is either cancelled or disruptions expected.

The hens are roaming around at the moment but scuttle back into there cosy home as soon as the wind picks up.  They are a joy to watch and so much fun.  They are all still laying so eggs have been plentiful all winter and for that we feel truly blessed.

I do take some eggs to my neighbours on a Saturday and call in the local store for anything we need for the weekend.   There are no stores open on a Sunday as this Island still practices observance.  We actually quite enjoy this and don't find it difficult but I am sure there will always be some that would like change.

I have a carrot and sweet potato soup all ready just in case there is a power cut.  A loaf of mixed seed bread has just come out of the bread making machine.  It smells delicious and is always a temptation for me but I am trying to be strong and resist for a little longer.  Until it cools and can be cut a little thinner anyway.

Finally, an orange cake made and some fairy cakes ready for visitors after church tomorrow.  I used Tesco's Italian Mixed Peel which is a mixture of glace lemon and orange peel, perfect for the topping.

As always I do thank you for you visit and your comments.  I do hope the weather is behaving a little better where you are.  A warm welcome to new followers I do hope you enjoy my little adventures through life. 

Just to reassure those that asked we do have mobile phones with us and never put ourselves in any danger when wandering around.

See you soon.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020


We woke to blue skies and a little sun this morning.  Intermittent showers that do come with some force are interspersed with sunshine.  Come on lets take a chance 'don your coats and some stout shoes and let me take you on a little adventure.

A five minute drive brings us to a little cove near the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis, Stoth beach.  Known to my grandchildren as pirates cove where they have had many an adventure when they visit.  A beautiful sandy beach that is a sun trap in the summer months.

The ground as you approach is sodden from all the rain and is laying.

The path leading down is quite a trial to get down as the water is running down the hill.

Be careful, watch your step.

I have never seen so much seaweed it is a couple of feet high, strewn across the rocks and the beach.

The sea came in with some force hitting the rocks and then retreating to begin its journey all over again.  The white foam enhancing the beauty of the swirling water.

Deep breaths now as we climb back up the path watching where you walk as it is quite treacherous.  Certainly easier to walk down than it is to walk back up.

Hope you enjoyed our little adventure.  Back to the cottage for homemade bread, a mixed seed variety and some scrambled eggs collected fresh this morning...with a pot of tea of course.

See you soon.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Stormy Weather

As one storm passes another approaches with just as much vengeance.  Storm Dennis hit the Island last night bringing with it snow for awhile.  It was white over prior to going to bed then this morning back to grey, rain and dreary...a truly dreich day.  Scottish weather at its most miserable.  We have fared quite well thus far although there is more to come, no real damage a few minor issues that can easily be repaired.  My heart goes out to all those affected by the storm, further south of the Country horrendous floods are causing havoc.  Many homes and business's once again flooded in spite of the many precautions put in place.  Amber warnings are in place with many ferries, flights and trains cancelled.  Worrying times for many as it works its way across the country today.  We have a little flooding in the garden but nothing that we can really complain about.

 We have no mobile phones as they are out and the computer signal is intermittent.  Who knows how long this post will take to publish.  I am also late visiting your blogs as the computer goes in and out.  Patience is definitely  a virtue.

Patience has become my middle name of late as we are constantly waiting for test results.  I got my results from the latest CT scan and feel blessed that there has been no change with the lung nodules.  What a great sense of relief that brought, I don't think we realised how much stress it caused until it was over.  Another increase and change of medication, I am hopeful this will bring the angina under control and life will go back to normal whatever the new normal these days is.  I am still attending the heart rehabilitation course and have lost a few pounds in weight.  As you know I love to bake so it has been quite hard not to eat some of my latest creations.

A chocolate sponge was made with raspberries and fresh whipped cream when we had friends call in for afternoon tea.

At the same time a chocolate sponge was made to use as the basis for a chocolate trifle.  Chocolate custard, black cherries and a little liqueur added to the sponge to make it moist.

Chocolate bark using dark/milk/white chocolate with fruit and nuts made for decoration along with the whipped fresh cream.

Flaked almonds added.  The trifle was then taken to a neighbours when we were invited for Sunday lunch.  Mincemeat slices were made using wholemeal flour ready for a little treat during the stormy weather.  I did succumb to a couple of those, they were very tasty.  I made them using some mincemeat leftover from Christmas although I must admit to preferring the date slice.

Artificial lighting is making for a poor standard of photo, but you get the idea.  I am hoping to get out and about with the camera once the winds have died down a little.  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  Take care.

See you soon.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Storm Ciara

The wind is howling around the cottage getting stronger and stronger has each second passes.  The rain too is been thrust against the window panes.  There are intermittent lulls and then it once again reaches its crescendo.  Those are powerful winds...I am so glad that we have the safety of this little cottage to keep us warm and dry.  The much publicised Storm Ciara is beginning its journey across our little Island.  It is certainly the season for storms and once again we are well prepared.  Logs are cut and stored, along with kindling and coal all ready for the stove.  In the event of a power cut we will be warm.  We also have torches, batteries and a camping stove.  Soup is almost ready for a warming meal and the bread is almost ready from the bread making machine.   Mincemeat slices have been made so we won't starve.  The predicted wind speeds here are 70 - 80 mph.  Here's hoping there will not be too much damage.

Stay safe.

See you soon.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Charity Shop Finds

I love this time of year when little signs of Spring are starting to appear.  Little teasers that give the hint that Spring is around the corner and that we have so much to look forward to.  One of the very first signs are the sudden appearance of daffodils in the supermarket.  Who can resist buying a bunch?I know I can't.  £1 and it gives so much pleasure, they are a little ray of sunshine.  February already where did January go?

The little hint of colour that I was looking for.  These daffodils picked me and made my day.  Little things...

I had a huge success at the charity shop too this week.  I had thought I would have a go at knitting a few hats this year for little gifts and was delighted to come across this pattern book.  There are 100 patterns so I am sure I will find something to suit every personality.  It looks such fun and a bargain at 30p.

I haven't done much knitting for awhile so time to get those knitting needles out and have a go.

There was also a felted bags book which I found quite intriguing and at 30p was another bargain buy.  I have had a quick browse and have found several that I would like to try.  They are originally knitted and then felted by using the washing machine.  I thought I might have a go with something small, maybe a glasses case to start.

I love the old vintage patterns so it was a delight to come across some crochet lace doily patterns.  I like to make a few now and again and change some around that I have in the cottage.

20p each so a real bargain.

£1 bought me 2 balls of DK cotton.

Finally 400g of Aran wool for £4, another great bargain.  I have a project in mind but I need to locate a pattern.

It was a fun trip and I was rewarded with some great finds.

See you soon.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Art Exhibition

We are without a doubt having a mild winter but the winds and constant rain are starting to depress me a little.  As usual this morning we woke to the rain thrashing against the window almost horizontally, intermittent internet and finally a power cut that lasted seconds.  What a joy to finally see the sun shining as the morning progressed and dancing shadows as the light moved around the room.  Little things can bring so much pleasure.

I continue to do well at the heart rehabilitation, baby steps but each week able to do a little more.  I am still getting breathless but thankfully not as much chest pain.  I do thank you for your concern and your prayers, it is a great comfort.

Last week whilst in town we went to Ann Lanntair for lunch and to stroll around the latest exhibition.   What an amazing sight to see.  It was an open exhibition in multiple genres by artists resident in or from the Outer Hebrides.  There is a lot of talent about in my opinion but I will let you judge for yourselves.   I enjoyed picking out some of my favourites.

The lunch was very good too.  The restaurant looks over the harbour so it was a delight to see the ferry come in and know that there would be fresh food in the shops.   It was so nice to enjoy a treat out in comfortable surroundings and enjoy each others company.

Is the weather taking its toil on you?  I am more than ready for a little colour...

See you soon.