Weekend Wanderings: Conversation

Some weekends adventures are not needed, sometimes what you need is some relaxed time at home and good conversations.

On Saturday we had the longest sleep in we’ve had in ages which was nice. I watched Great British Bake Off Extra Slice over boiled eggs for breakfast. It was a very pleasant start to the day, later we had a wander around the countryside where we live. I did some housework, we ate some leftovers, it was very relaxed. In the evening I went to St. Andrews for an event with one of my all time favourite authors at the wonderful Topping & Co Bookshop. Louis De Bernieres is a brilliant author, for those of you who have only seen the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin‘ I urge you to read the book. It is at least a thousand times better than the film and the rest of his books are definitely worth reading and an extra bonus Louis was just as interesting to hear speak.IMG_20150815_163859 20150815_143922

On Sunday the Boyo was working, participating in an event as part of The Festival of Politics in Edinburgh. So I went to Edinburgh with him. I have to confess I spent most of the afternoon chatting away with my best friend over a croissant. I did not go to any festival events.  I met with the Boyo and a couple of other friends for a beverage and more conversation. It was a very nice day. Next year perhaps I will make more of an effort to go to some festival events but this year I am quite happy with our relaxed weekend.

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Learning to Sew: August 2015

Last year I took some sewing classes and I very happily received a sewing machine as a 30th birthday present. I made bags for everyone’s Christmas (which were a big hit) then I got busy and my machine sat neglected for the best part of this year.

20141123_220203 My sewing Corner in the spare bedroom which is really my room, all my clothes, sewing stuff and girly bits and bobs are in here, there also happens to be a bed but mostly it is my room. 

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One of the bags I made for Christmas gifts last year – this was for Maggie Dog. It was filled with poo bags, biscuits and tennis balls. Maggie liked her Christmas present.

I had the best of intentions; I even bought lovely material for new cushions for our couch and fabric for a project for my 2yr old niece – Miss M – and some fabric for a skirt for me. So I had quite a lot of fabric stashed away and plenty of ideas floating about my head.

20141129_163612 Part of the fabric stash. 

Finally last week I made some time and thoroughly enjoyed a couple of projects.

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Trying to suss out the right measurements for a 2 year old. 

Life this year has been busy and this summer in particular has been difficult but sewing took my mind off things and left me with a great sense of satisfaction – I had achieved something! Not perfect by any means but I am happy. Now what shall my next project be?

Photos from phone August 1613 I made a skirt for the little 2 year old and a matching dress and nappy for her dolly. I followed instructions I found via pinterest for all 3 items. The T-Shirts were bought in April at H&M. They are aged 2-4 years and are actually a little big for Miss M. 

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Skirt

Dolly Nappy

Dolly Dress

In October Mum and I usually go to the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow at the SECC. This year we are giving it a miss and going to The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show instead. I can’t wait!

 The Good Food Show by the way is a really great day out, just remember to set some pennies aside for some tasty treats and kitchen gadgets if you gadget inclined like I am.

So the blurb for the Hobbycraft show says :

Visit the popular Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts shows and find all the very latest supplies and ideas in the world of stitching and creative crafts with lots of special features to enjoy plus FREE workshops, talks and demonstrations.      

Mum has been before and loved it. She is very keen on cards and crafts and she used to do a lot of sewing when my sister and I were younger. I’m keen to get some ideas for Christmas projects. I’m sure it will be a good day out. It is in the SECC in Glasgow the 22nd-25th October 2015 and tickets are a very reasonable £7.50 each.

Weekend Wandering – Sunshine at Foodies and a spot of Cliff Jumping

SUNSHINE!

Yes actual sunshine – what a wonderful surprise! The weather this summer hasn’t been great so to get some actual sunshine and on a Saturday was pretty good. I did get a little bit sunburnt on my neck (apparently I will never learn) but it felt so good to be out and about enjoying nice weather, eating tasty treats and spending time with very good friends. We were at the Foodies Festival  in Inverleith Park in Edinburgh on Saturday.

This year:

I sampled some blackberry gin (I bought a wee bottle, very tasty)

Ate Paella (YUM)

Shared a Twisty Chip (not as tasty as it looks),

Tasted some Peppermint Tonic (Peppermint helps my migraines so will see how this works out)

Tried Peppercorn Sauce (bought some and had it with steak for tea last night)

Loved a jar of Salted Caramel Sauce (Stashed away in the cupboard for a naughty pudding sometime)

And I bought a smoked garlic bulb (to keep vampires away)

We had a great time, Ice Cream was also consumed, obligatory when the sun is out and this year they had allowed a bit more space for the festival which was much better. My friends had brought a picnic rug which was excellent thinking on their part.

Afterwards The Boyo and I arrived back at my friends house early so we stole their dog…. well we took her for a wee walk, then enjoyed a pleasant evening eating pizza and yakking away. My friends only live an hour away but with busy lives we don’t see each other nearly as often as we should. I always enjoy good times in their company and their little 2 year old is the best wee person I know.

On Sunday we got up bright and early with my Dad in tow to go Canyoning with Nae Limits in Perthshire. We got all kitted up with full body wetsuits (not exactly designed for those well endowed in the chest area, breathing was tricky!), hard hats, life jackets, trainers and a climbing harness. Unfortunately when we got to The Falls of Bruar there was just too much water in the river. The rather dismal Scottish Summer scuppered our plans. Instead we went cliff jumping near Soldier’s Leap in Killiecrankie.

My Dad did really well jumping off the various sized cliffs. The Boyo and I did so badly with even the smallest jump that we were banned from doing any more jumps. This caused great amusement to both us and the rest of the group. The Instructors were glad we saw the funny side as really the way we were jumping we were going to hurt ourselves eventually. We did enjoy a swim in the river and watching everyone else tackle big big jumps. My shoulders are suffering today after swimming with all that kit on but the fresh water in the river was really rather nice to swim in. I love the water and I’m happy to jump, I just can’t do the required hop/leap needed to safely clear the cliff and to be honest both the Boyo and I are daft eejits anyway – well suited!

We will go Canyoning another time but I would encourage you to check out Nae Limits if you are in Perthshire and fancy some adventure. They do all sorts of activities, I’m really keen to try Tubing and Whitewater Rafting and they do mini adventures for kids too. The cafe and centre is just off the A9, South of Pitlochry and we enjoyed a good lunch after our activities, so even if you are not the adventurous (MAD) type then the cafe does good food too.

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Summer 2015

A few months ago The Boyo and I sat down and mapped out our summer plans. As we both work within education we are both limited as to when we can take our holidays, so, we like to make the most of the summer months. We had weddings to go to, food festivals, roadtrips, picnics, my sister’s graduation, canyoning and kayaking, trips to see our families and an exotic holiday to look forward to.

We were at our first wedding of the summer in mid June when we got a phone call that made all those plans seem utterly insignificant. A member of The Boyos family was seriously unwell and he had to go over to Northern Ireland, where he is from, immediately. The Boyo spent most of the summer over in Northern Ireland and I hopped between Fife and The Causeway Coast.

We both came back to Scotland at the weekend and whilst there is comfort in being back in our familiar routine, The Boyos life and his family have changed forever. It has been such a hard summer and I so badly wish we could rewind the clock back and change things so this summer didn’t happen. There are some tough moments ahead.

I won’t say anymore about this, as it really is private matter for my Boyo and his family. I will just say that this summer would have been a whole lot harder if it had not been for the family dog, Maggie. Amazing how much comfort can be derived from a doggy with seemingly endless amounts of energy, and who has a fondness of tennis balls, cheese and swimming.IMG_20150628_194717 20150628_113148 (1) IMG_20150623_005552