Sometimes when I get away from work early I rush home and get to see daylight.
When I leave for work it’s dark and cold.
And when I come home it’s dark and cold.
But sometimes, on very rare occasions I get home and its still daylight.
And on those very rare occasions that I do get home and if its still daylight I take Daisy out for a walk.
She always gets nice walks, but I do miss the evenings we had in Summer when it was still bright when I got home. So when it’s light enough to go for a longer wonder around the village we go off the beaten track and head over the golf course to the sea.
She runs around and I pad over the sand away in my own little world, day dreaming and planning, and letting my imagination flow where it will.
Daisy on the other hand runs like the wind, drags seaweed along with her, and snaps her little teeth at any shells coming into shore riding on the small waves.
I won't pick up if you phone. I will be watching the last Sherlock in the series. I will be glued to the TV, sitting on the sofa with a pot of tea ready. You see i can hardly only have a cup, what would happen if i wanted some more tea...sky+? But then I'd only be dashing around the kitchen like a woman possessed?
So please, don't let anyone in the family interrupt my scheduling, its the last one!
Every where i pop my head in blogland there are some more Spring stories and pretty pastel flowers. Up here in the North of Scotland its still a bit frosty and there is still sleet coming down on us every so often, we don't have any spring things yet or pretty pastel flowers. We still have cold. We still have wet, and inside of the house we've still got some decorations I've forgotten to take down....oops, bad luck. So here they are now, not to be seen until the end of this year!
Lots of cook books, and a bit of home made decorations
Darn flash! I do love Paddington
I love my cookbooks, very varied and good to read up and get lots of ideas from
Even the cups got a little tinsel on them
This corner doesn't look too festive...
oops, i spoke too soon!
these lights are staying up, no matter what month it is, i love the light glow in the evening
All the bags piled up on the sofa ready to go into the loft. Poor rabbit, he cant see a thing!
The tea shelf, just a wee bit of tinsel still hanging around. I promise this week its all coming down, all the bits i thought id gotten earlier, I'll find and put up in the loft!
This is the last of the Christmas presents. TH gave me money to buy a Barbour in the January sales. The jacket i liked best of all wasn't in the sales, but at least i watied it out. I'm the sort of person that will inevitably buy it the day before it gets reduced by half!
I love my new jacket so much. I go the olive one as the liberty print is the prettiest one, i think anyway. With the jacket i got the choice of a free gift. There were lots of options like lovely Barbour hats and scarf sets, but then i spied the thing i really wanted...a new little coat for Daisy Dog. I think this is a bargain, although i wouldn't actually spend the £32 for the dog coat, i certainly thought it was fine to pick it as the free gift. I'm going to have to take pics of her in her little new wax outfit. I love the smell of Barbour's as my Uncle had a sports shop and i grew up in amongst that lovely waxy smell. They are really good value too as i plan to send it away every so often to get fixed and altered. Well, by that i certainly mean that MY jacket will be sent away for....not Daisy's!
Oh January, I used to think you awful. You used to be plain and boring after the excitement of December, November had Bonfire Night, October is our anniversary and Halloween, and before that is the general excitement of Autumn. January used to just be exam time at University, or thawing snow.
This year is really quite different. Not only is there no snow, but the garden is completely untended to, and although it’s mild, oh my gosh is it windy-and the whole place looks a mess. This is not helped by the fact the fence is half blown over, the gate has been whipped off, and rubbish is strewn across the place from toppled over bins and recycling totes, and a busy, busy Autumn meant the place was never really tidied after Summer in the first place.
This means that on top of the normal things like sowing sweet peas (if you want to get lovely strong ones), I need to dig everything over. I would like to grow my own potatoes this year too, so will have to get a move on and start to chit some of the many varieties taking up vast corners of garden centres at this time of year.
January is actually quite exciting this year. My friend Holly who was involved in a terrible accident has an amazing outlook on life which has completely rubbed off on me. I feel like last year was a bit ‘Urgh’, I think lots of people have thought that. There seems to be a general consensus-certainly around the coffee table-that yes we did get through it, and yes we should learn whatever lessons it’s taught us, but it was a bit of a long hard slog.
I think we are still in comforting food mode, but a bit more ready for fresh things with bite too. Re-heated second helpings of Christmas and New Year dinner are long forgotten! We’re planning on going on holiday with my family this year and getting a villa in Cyprus for two weeks, so like last year I think I'm going to be having lots of Greek and Cypriot food as we’ll be booking our flights early and I tend to get in holiday mode early…very early! There is loads of gamey foods available, and we’re incredibly lucky that our local butcher has such a wide supply of really good food. Living by the sea means that we’ve got a massive choice in fish namely; John Dory, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops and Turbot. There are bundles of root vegetables about for filling up on, and the clementine’s are always there for a burst of colour. I'm living by the BBC foodie website here which is full of really great ideas from a range of really great names.
Most of all I think its time to get like Paddington Bear and make some marmalade with Seville oranges!
I'm hoping to have a busy year, I'm planning to go out and do more, this means lazing about less, but with working one normal job means I spend less time travelling. I hope that I'm busy actually doing fun things, or at least a chore I need to do. I don’t want to fill my time with travelling, I don’t want to fill my time with nonsense I don’t want to do, and I don’t want to spend time with people that drain my energy. Those are pretty much my new year’s resolutions-but probably something that you should subscribe to in general-and something I should have had the sense to actually act upon long before now.
I'm a sucker for products and love anything by Philosophy as well. I love sparkles and prettiness. I'm a girly girl. Yup, i have to walk the dog through the muddy foot-paths, but if i could I'd do it all in a long dress (six inches deep in mud!!)
Lots of little treats!
Sparkly glosses to sweep over my lips-must moisturise first!
Homemaking, put quite simply is a form of art...I dont mean this in a self righteous way at all. I only mean that we should really aim to take care of our homely enviroment and not look down upon those who wish to do it.
I feel-or maybe i should say, I certainly have witnessed- occasions where women are too quick to turn on each other and put down the choices some make which too closely resemble choices our Grandmothers made, or paths they had no option but to follow.
I welcome anyone who takes the time to read my rambley, witless, chatter, but most importantly I welcome anyone who feels the same! We should be proud we can make our own decisions, and mine is to follow all happhazard forays into the world of homemaking and crafting.
The Husband and I have just found out we will be moving to Singapore in November 2013. 'TH's work will take us there for 2 years-hopefully we will save up for a house, have lots of adventures, visit lots of new places and maybe just have a little one. Right now we live in a little house in the middle of a field in the North East of Scotland. We moved from a seaside cottage which we moved to from a little flat in the suburbs. Our current house has lots of land and we are surrounded by trees on the edge of the glens. We have a westie who takes up all of our time and is utterly content with it staying that way! I love cooking, baking, gardening, and crafting. This blog is a collection of thoughts, pictures and general chit-chat.
Thank you for stopping by!x
Warm Cuddles on a bad day,
Warm Cuddles on a good day,
Bows, ribbons and lace,
Days out and adventures,
Baking beautiful things that make people smile,
Warm blankets and squishy pillows,
Any excuse to celebrate