Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sew Happy Update

Here are my final 4 blocks for the Sew Happy Mystery Quilt. I now have a total of 63 blocks.  Who knows how these are going to be put together (well at least one person knows LOL)...won't be long before I learn of the next step...

Until next time...

Monday, August 29, 2011


Glamping: Glamous Camping
The UK has had a bumper summer and when we were presented with yet another dry and warm night the kids decided to go camping in the backyard.

They started with a tea party at DD2 little house, with real tea, real cookies and real dishes.

That was followed by filling the little tent with all the comforts of home...plenty of pillows, quilts and stuffed friends...

We even sat around a camp fire (bucket BBQ) and sang songs while roasting marshmallows...

Dh and I retired to the house expecting that half way through the night the girls would return...but they didn't!  They managed to camp the whole night only returning inside at 6:30am.
When asked if they would like to do a second night the answer was a definite NO :o)  Guess it wasn't that glamorous!

Until next time...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wolfy's Birthday

Summers are a great time to do all those extra-ordinary and lavish things with the kids.  When DD2 asked for a birthday party for her stuffed animal Wolfy and having just seen the yummy cupcake recipe on Thimbleanna's blog I wasn't going to say no.  :o)  Besides...I love an excuse to bake!

Here is DD2 hard at work in the kitchen.  The recipe made 16 large cupcakes and we halved the recipe for the frosting as we aren't huge fans of icing and the recipe is for 24 cupcakes.
It was a fantastic recipe and the cupcakes were light and fluffy.  I can honestly say it was one of the most successful recipes I've tried.

Wolfy was bought a year ago on our trip to Canada from the Eco-Museum and has been by DD2 side ever since!
Memories were made then...and I think we made a few more memories now.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I thought I'd put the 50mm lens back on the camera to spice things up in the photography dept.  As the light in the evenings has been quite golden recently I thought I'd have a little walk around the garden and see what caught my eye.  On the front of my house I've got a trailing fuchsia in a basket and thought it made a perfect subject.

Here it is from a slightly different angle :o)

Until next time...

Friday, August 19, 2011


This is the last of the holiday might be relieved to know ;o)  Although we travelled about we stayed in Inverness the longest.  One evening was a perfect summer's night with the sun out still high in the sky 'til late.

All through our trip to Scotland we were treated to the sounds of bagpipes...and once again in Inverness we heard them as they marched through the town. 

This was a particularly sweet treat as they had drummers too and the sound of so many reverberated throughout your whole body.

Not far from Inverness is Loch Ness.  Originally we were going to get a cruise, but there were bus loads of people and we felt it would be very touristy, so we opted for a quieter woodland walk where we found this stream which flowed into Loch Ness.  It was peaceful and provided a perfect location for a spot of lunch.  Again we were spoiled with a red hot day and the kids kicked their shoes and socks off for a paddle in the cooling waters.

It was a fabulous holiday...if not a busy one.  Scotland has such amazing landscape and I can't wait to visit again.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday...

All through the holiday I could be found by the strongest light of the hotel room stitching away on my Dear Jane blocks! 

(P.S. each of the little blue squares are 1/2")

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's a hair thing...

I said I was going to post in themes..and today's theme is Hair!
Check out this hairdresser in Blairgowrie... LOL - what a great name for a business.

On one of the days along our travels we got off the beaten track looking for fossils.  We didn't find any fossils, but we found these lovely horses. 

They kind of remind me of Wayne's World!  LOL

Back in Blairgowrie at the top of a very steep hill we found these gorgeous Highland Cattle (thanks Gill for the correction :o)

Maria Chalmers (daughter of William Chalmers from Blairgowrie)
with her grandfather Milton
Now I have mentioned Blairgowrie twice in this post and I'd like to explain why were were there.  In my family history we are linked to the Chalmers Family..specifically the line that comes from the Blairgowrie region.  In fact the Chalmers family had a castle in that region which now lays in ruin and I was hoping we might find it.  When we arrived in Blairgowrie I went into the Tourist Information Centre and asked about the ruined castle.  The man began to tell me about the remains of the Castle Glasclune to which I had to interrupt him and say, "oh no, I meant the other castle...the Castle Drumlochy".  He looked taken back and confused and took a moment before he said, "what? well that's only a pile of rubble!"  None the less that was the castle I was interested in...possibly my family's ancestral home!
The two castles share an interesting history and it was in fact the feuding neighbours (the Herons), owners of the Castle Glasclune that managed to fire a cannon (in the 16th century) at the Castle Drumlochy which destroyed it.
We made a valiant effort trying to find the right path to the ruins, but unfortunately, we didn't find it. 
Just the same I was really pleased to visit the area.  We are fortunate enough to know quite a bit of information about my mother's side of the family and know that my great-great-great grandfather was born and raised at the Mains of Mause in Blairgowrie as were at least 3 generations before him. 
It was great to visit for the day and once again treated to a day of sunshine and another perfect location for a picnic.

Until next time...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Not a cloud in the sky...almost

People can't quite believe we've been to Scotland for our holiday...what with our healthy tanned skin, but we have and we didn't see a drop of rain.  We were prepared..we had waterproof footwear, waterproof coats and waterproof trousers and they all remained in the car unused.  As a result of all this wonderful weather I have a lot of great scenery pictures.  I won't bore you with too many, but rather share some of the best.

This wasn't actually in Scotland, but in the Lake District.  It is Shap Abbey and was just off the motorway and presented us with a great location for our lunch.

Next...Dog Falls in Scotland just off the A831 (the same day we went to the quilt shop)
The splash you see is from the kids that were jumping was that hot!

Now this is an area I want to visit again.  This was heading north from Glasgow around the area of Crianlarich to Loch Leven along the A82.  You can't appreciate the scale of this from the picture, but just look at the size of the house at the bottom and that might give you an idea :o)

Lastly, on the way home we took a detour to visit Hadrian's Wall.  Just to warn you if you ever travel along the B6318 next to Hadrian's Wall.. it travels like a roller-coaster!  I'm kinda glad it was the DH driving!

Until next time...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

She is knitter ex·tra·or·di·naire...

I can't knit...I've tried, but my fingers just won't cooperate, but the DD1 knits and if you allow me I'd like to have a proud Mama moment and share with you her latest creations.

A beautiful lace beret!  Which she has been knitting since Christmas!!
  This was a real accomplishment for her and it wasn't without sweat and tears!

I'm hoping this will become a new obsession and that a pair might be made for me! :o)
(hint, hint...I know you are reading this!)

Until next time...

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Wow what a city!  If you ever get the chance to visit this amazing city situated on a massive rock plan for a several day visit.  I underestimated our time here and we only had one day in which to sightsee.  We just didn't have time to see all that we wanted and I think we will be back sooner rather than later.

Of course keeping one's priorities in order, DD1 and I found the local yarn shop called K1Yarns Knitting Boutique.  Now I have a theory, I reckon I'm never too far from a quilter or a Canadian at any given time.  This theory has been proven a few times and yet again it was proven when we enter the shop as the owner was a fellow Canadian from Toronto :o)  Not only was there yarn, but there was also fabric (as seen in the window) and I bought some!

We were also in Edinburgh for the "other" royal wedding...

...but were a day late. :o) 

The flowers were still in place and we able to have a good look around the site..even the tape markings were still on the road for the press from the day before. :o)

Until next time...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I survived the laundry pile....

I know, a bit of a strange way to title a post, but anyone who has been on holiday will completely understand! :o)  It seems it takes as many days to unpack and return to normal as it does days that you are away...and thus I have not been updating my blog.  The good news is that I'm all caught up, holiday pictures sorted and I've got almost a month worth of posts to share with you. 
As I went through my holiday pictures I thought I'd share them a little differently to the day1, day2 type of posting and that it would be more interesting to post by theme instead. 

Today's theme is how I managed to fit in some quilting time and some quilt shop hopping while in the Scottish highlands!

As you can imagine quilts shops are far and few between at the very top of Scotland, but I found this lovely shop online and was thrilled to bits when the TomTom managed to take us to her door. 
It wasn't a long drive from Inverness where we were staying and it was on our way to some breathtaking scenery.

The owner was kind enough to let me take a few pictures to share with you....such a lovely shop with so many goodies, but with the DH in the car I had to show some restraint :o)

Onward we went down the A831 where we found a perfect lay-by off the side of the road with picnic benches for lunch.
All through our trip we would make a daily trips to Tescos for sandwiches and fruit...including the sweetest Scottish strawberries!

It was an idyllic location so we stayed for awhile, enjoying the quiet and the perfect sunny weather!  (yes, you heard right...sun in Scotland!!)
I dug out my bag of sewing which comprised of my Dear Jane blocks which I'm quilting.  A friend of mine is quilting hers with the quilt-as-you-go method and I thought it was a brilliant way to get these blocks together.  It is also a very portable project which I could easy work on in the hotel room.

Ta-da!  (and a rare picture of me!)

This was one of my favourite days!

Until next time...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt - July's Pictures

Here are my 12 pictures for the July Scavenger hunt. Most were taken while on holiday in Scotland. I will do a more in-depth post about that trip later on, but wanted to get these pictures posted.

Matchy matchy tops :o)

a flag
Scottish flag taken in Inverness

sea shells
A perfect specimen. Taken on the coast of Scotland while searching for fossils.

ice cream
This is actually the cream on the ice cream. Taken at the Harvester in Aberdeen..a mess of honeycomb, ice cream, fresh cream and toffee!

Beautiful Scottish fields....Taken in Blairgowrie

Believe it or not the visitor centre at Loch Leven still had their Christmas tree up in July...happy days for me as it meant I got my star picture.

red white and blue
It seemed that everything red, white and blue was a flag and I was looking for something a little different...little did I realize it was right under my daughter's hat!

flip flops
Thank you to the DD1 for being my model!

a kite
I literally said..."where am I going to get a picture of a kite" when we turned the corner and this was in the sky!

An odd entry for strawberries...but this was the teeny tiny baby strawberry at the bottom of the container. It was no more than a cm in size and I thought it was too cute not to include it.

Cause for celebration when the hotel has proper glasses for one's wine. Up to this point we'd been using plastic kiddy glasses :o)

Something that makes you happy
Being at the right place at the right time!  Scottish Highlands with a piper on the hill!

Until next time...