Sunday, June 21, 2015


My blog has been quiet as of late, and the reason is shown above.  A new addition to our family, a little girl Rhodesian Ridgeback.  She kind of came out of the blue.  We weren't looking for another dog (as we were still carrying the loss of Dogman around with us) but I saw this little one by chance whilst I was browsing breeders websites on a Thursday at the end of May,  by the Saturday we went for a peek and somehow she came home with us.  She is very beautiful and so, so different from our boy.  As the saying goes ' A new dog doesn't replace the old one.  It just enhances the love.'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Morning walks and crafting

My birthday flew past in a flash,  isn't that always the way, a day that you never want to end just goes whooosh and it's gone.  Although, Paul did try to make it last by baking my birthday cake (a Sticky Orange Marmalade one) the day after, (between you and me) I think he was just too tired to make it for my big day.

On the crafting front, I happened upon a beautiful sewing site,  and I thought lets take a peek to see what they have. Well six metres of fabric, two sewing patterns and thread later I can declare that I had a very pleasant shopping experience. This is one site I will be revisiting again and again. So excited by my purchases that I got started straight away by ripping open the pattern seen above, now, I normally just cut straight from the pattern, but in this case I thought lets trace it because in the near future I'm hoping to shed some weight, and this pattern was at the top end of the pricing range, so I thought lets just keep it in all its splendour.

The other craft item, well, that's part of a challenge over at Little Things and Uncommon Grace,  the challenge,  I have to complete a couple of letters of the alphabet from Alicia Paulson's new cross stitch kit. I started a couple of days after my big day, and I'm not doing too bad considering I'm back at work;  I've managed to complete upto the letter 'd'.

Talking of work, the beautiful pictures of new born lambs where taken on one of the nursery's days out. It was lovely and warm (well, for Scotland it was warm).  The nice thing about the walks, wherever you go within a couple of minutes you are surrounded by nature and beautiful wildlife; ducks waddling across the mainstreet, new born lambs springing around in the fields, horses, bats and birds of prey. Just beautiful, and so lovely to share with the little ones I work with.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Another year older

Yes, I'm another year older, one minute I hit 40 now I've jumped to 44, how the hell did that happen? Pffff! I just can't believe it. I wasn't bothered by my 40th, but I'm really feeling this age. I even woke this morning in an anxious mood (rolls eyes), and hunted out all my beauty products so I could preen myself  in an attempt to look just a little younger. I even sat for a whole hour watching a beauty blog, I must be in the thick of a midlife crisis...aaagghh!!!

Anyway, I received some wonderful gifts from my other half, Paul; a gorgeous french biscuit tin (I'm a big decorative tin collector, I use them for storing craft stuff). I also received a Groot from Guardians of The Galaxy I am a massive Marvel fan, I've seen most of the Marvel films 3 or 4 times. So, as you can imagine I squealed with glee when I unwrapped this. My other favourite item is a Daryl Dixon keyring for my new car; a character that I secretly lust over from The Walking Dead, it's okay, Paul is aware of this lusting. Lol! 

Finally, I decided to treat myself to a couple of beauty treats (4th photo down) and then bought more when I went to Glasgow today. This is most definitely a crisis age. 

Oh! Before I forget if you ever visit Glasgow you must, must, must go to Viva Brazil, but only if you really like meat. 

p.s. Paul dared me to use our nicknames when I ordered our Chai Tea Lattes in Starbucks. He thought I wouldn't have the nerve, but I did, and I gave the staff a laugh into the bargain. ; p

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Spring time is here

I do love this time of year, after months of cold and darkness everything feels new and bright again. Lambs are jumping in the fields and calves are taking their first wobbly steps outdoors.
The weather here in Scotland has been quite warm and a refreshing change from the rain and snow we were experiencing at the end of last week.  It seems with the sun making an appearance that my little garden has started to bloom too. Most of the plants in bloom have either regenerated from last year or have grown from bulbs that I planted in Autumn. Most of this good gardening work has come from watching and taking advice from Monty Don on Gardeners World. A programme that I watched religiously last year and one that I need to catch up on over the Easter holidays. I can see a few visits to my local garden centre coming up soon.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


It's been an unusual couple of days, weatherwise I mean. At the beginning of the week, we had snow, (hence the knitted pieces; Rapunzel Gloves and the Enchanted Tree Hat) torrential rain, floods and then on Friday we had what felt like a summers day. Today it's still exceptionally dry with a hint of a chill. It will be good if the weather stays dry with some sun because then it will really feel like spring.   Spring makes me happy it's exciting to see all the new blooms starting to pop through the soil, and if you are anything like me who forgot to add labels to their pots, you will be surprised to see what appears.  This is my second year of gardening, and I already have a healthy crop of Primroses in reds, oranges, creams and yellows. There are also some other shoots appearing...I'm pretty sure they are daffodils, but we will just have to wait and see, they could be anything. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What a wonderful week!

Paul's chocolate brownies

Crystallize by Amanda Bell

I've had such a good week. First three days I attended teacher training with two amazing trainers; Andrew Pearce and Lynne Williams from Single Steps Learning. I have never enjoyed myself so much in all the years of working and attending training.   No, let me rephrase that. This has been the best training course I have ever been on, ever! I was with them from Monday to Wednesday and I woke up on Thursday and Friday  (my holiday) wishing I was going for another day of training.  They took a room with 30 odd educators and put them through their paces;  challenging us to believe that as lead learners we should be curious, creative, prepared to take risks, make errors and reflect on our practise throughout. They had us debating, creating, dancing (yes dancing) and crying with laughter, and if I showed you what we were dancing to you would cry too. These two individuals just really had the knack of bringing out the best in everyone, and if you work in education and have a chance to attend their training days, go for it. Throughout all the hilarity I learned loads. Yes! I was exhausted and yes, I passed out on the couch at 8pm, but do you know what? I can't wait for part two to come round in May.