Saturday, 17 November 2018

We Are Rejoicing

Thank you so much for all your comments and anniversary wishes.  We had a lovely day of reflection  and a little time spent planning for the future.  For those of you that don't know Gerard had a heart attack earlier in the year (March).  It has been quite the journey getting his quality of life back, due to the quantity and mix of medication due to other conditions.  It has been a long journey but on Thursday after a couple of weeks of monitoring and testing he is back on track.   The doctors have surpassed theirselves and have found the right mix of medication.  His blood pressure and heart beat are now back in rhythm and normal, no longer requiring a further operation or pacemaker. We are now able to once again look forward and start planning for the future.  We are so thankful for your support and prayers over the past months for those who have been on this journey with us.  He will need monitoring but for now we are rejoicing and feel blessed.

We are now excited and making plans to visit the family during December and have  booked a log cabin at Effteling in Holland for the Christmas period.  Exciting times.

In the meantime, the preparations for Christmas and our trip continue.  I have made a start on soap savers and washcloths to go with the soap already made.

Hair bows have been made for the girls.

Some simple fabric tags that can be added to the tree.

A start has been made on Harris Tweed stockings which I am hoping to embellish with a stag.  Progress on these are slow due to intermittent power cuts, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't finish them.

We have had some beautiful red skies that my photos do not do justice, they are breathtaking.

Finally, I haven't shared a photo of the sheep for awhile.

Highland cow.


Once again I thank you for your friendship and support, we have been humbled by your concern.

See you soon.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Another Wreath

Our daughters follow my blog and are always keen to support and pass comment on my makes.  They are also very quick to put in their requests when they see something they like.  Victoria fell in love with my stag wreath.

So you can guess...yes, another wreath has been created.  This time using greys, cream and a beautiful Christmas red.

A mix of vintage lace and ribbon.  It took awhile to match up the feathers, but I eventually found some that were suitable.  I do miss not having everything set out, but we are hopeful that the outbuilding will be done next year.  In the meantime I do the best I can with the limited space that I have.

A suitable wooden stag found and very quickly a bow added and the wreath completed.

Already, we are hoping for delivery.  We have plans to visit all the family and are so excited, I will share some of our plans on another post.

The chickens are settling in well and each of the ladies  are starting to develop their own personalities.  They are such a joy, the Grandchildren have each chosen one and have named them as their own.  Mickey has become a combination of shepherd dog, where he herds them together and guard dog.

As always I thank you for your visit, your support and comments.  I also welcome a new follower I do hope you enjoy my little adventures through life.

It is our wedding anniversary today, we have been married for 37 years today so we have a quiet day in planned together.  It is our intention to sit and reflect over the years and make plans for our trip away.

See you soon.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Iolaire Exhibition

We have had so many trips across the moor with hospital appointments that last week we decided to combine an appointment with leisure.  We drove up to the castle and had a stroll around the museum.  The bonus was we were also able to see the Iolaire exhibition as well.

I have mentioned this in an earlier post.  As it is coming up to its 100 year anniversary it is uppermost once again in peoples minds.  Most families were affected by loss either by the War or this Maritime disaster.

The Iolaire whose sinking on 1 January 1919 in the Minch was one of the worst maritime disasters in the United Kingdom waters during the 20th Century.  Of the 280 aboard only  79 survived yards from the shore.

So sad to survive World War 1 and then perish two months after its end.

We gave ourselves a treat and had a meal whilst we were out at the Castle, a beautiful venue.  The portions were a little large but very enjoyable.

The decluttering has begun in earnest with several blacks bags already for the Charity shop.  My wardrobe needed a good sort out and has been on the To Do list for some time.  It was a lovely feeling to be able to tick that job off, in the short term anyway.  I have still got the footwear to sort through but tomorrow is another day.

We were without electricity all morning, it was off all over the Island apparently which is unusual.  We were certainly thankful for the multi fuel stove. 

Hope all is well with everyone and that you had a relaxing weekend.

See you soon.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Lest We Forget

Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply. Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death,
Rode the six hundred.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

Thousands of Islanders responded to the call of King and Country and by the time it was all over  more than a thousand had perished.  Heart rendering.

Some weeks ago, poppies started to appear outside houses, as many as four on one house we passed.  This was the Poppy trail, each poppy representing the loss from each household.

The poppies were then collected up and rest for awhile around each memorial.

Our village are holding their memorial service today so medals are polished and we are ready to attend.  We will of course remember the loss to our local community, but uppermost on our minds will be the loss of friends and comrades that we served alongside.

See you soon.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

This and That

The last few weeks have seen a crafting frenzy going on in this little cottage of ours.  I have had so much fun, planning little gifts for everyone.  I love the process of browsing through books and patterns, making lists and then making.  Even better the wrapping and embellishing of the gift, I love to make toppers and bows for my gifts.  A gift within a gift if you will...

I have decided to once again wrap in brown paper, so these bright burlap bows will give a touch of colour.  I did use a bow maker for the bows above and adjusted the rods to get a variety of sizes.  The Christmas music is now on and Gerard can often be heard singing along.  We like to get our jobs done and sit down for a film together about 3 o' clock, it is usually the Christmas channel.

Then I added to the pile some poinsettias adorned with a beautiful button, you do need wired ribbon but again they can be differing sizes.  One very quickly becomes two and so on.

I have also added some more soap, this time small Christmas trees.   Once again using melt and pour base soap and adding the scent of Christmas tree.

These have been put into a couple of glass jars and a linen stamped topper used to finish it off.   The stamp used was a Christmas tree to reflect its contents.  The perfect solution to any gift that needs adding to or spares for those unexpected guests.

Honey our youngest Grandaughter requested a picnic blanket so that she could have tea with her friends.  They all know who to phone when they want something making.  It was quickly made and posted so she could enjoy afternoon tea.

It certainly is a wonderful time of year.  Although I am aware how hard it can be for some.  The list is going down quite quickly as I cross each little thing off.  At one point I was adding more than I was ticking off, the frenzy before the calm.  Are you a list maker?  I have added some more Harris Tweed notebooks for that very thing, list making.  Another little gift, made with love.

Gerard is going across the moor today for his assessment I will go with him and have a walk around the town and the new An Lanntair display.  We are then across again tomorrow as I have an appointment with the Consultant regarding my shoulder which is still very painful.

As always I thank you for your visit, support and comments.

See you soon.