Saturday, 2 April 2016


Can you believe it's the 1st April already.  
This year is going by sooo fast.

It's also Friday and the start of the weekend. I love a Friday, with thoughts of what I may do at the weekend.
However, it is absolutely pouring with rain today and I think there is more of the same for tomorrow. That really limits what we can do. 
I'm sure I'll think of something though :)

Well I started writing this blog on the 1st and it's now the 2nd, I really do need to get myself more organised!

I got these lovely flowers from Karen and Emma on Mother's Day aren't they lovely. 

I've also got right into making photobooks. So far I've made one of Laura and Kevin's wedding.
 I though I'd put a couple of my favourite photographer shots up.
             Wedding photography by James Solly  photographer. 
 I quite often look through the album and it brings back lovely memories.

I have also completed a photobook of our holiday to America in 2013. 
I'm just wondering what to tackle next.
 It's quite addictive you know!

Anyway, whatever you are doing this weekend I hope you are having a good one.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tangerines and a touch of Yoga.

I made some muffins the other day and was wondering what flavour to use. 
Well, I found some tangerines that were needing to be used up. So using a basic muffin recipe I squeezed the juice and added peel into it and also used some of the juice in the icing. 
Let me tell you they were very tasty, even if I do say so myself.

Karen and I have been going to a yoga class once a week since the beginning of December. I think we are both starting to feel a wee bit more flexible. But let me tell you some of those exercises are just plain hard!!!
Take Monday evening for instance, we were doing a couple of slightly more advanced exercises.
Picture this - lying on your back with your legs at 45 degree angle, legs crossed then pull slightly on your  ankles to pull your legs closer to your body, putting  a good old stretch into your old gluteus maximus.  

Ha, first of all I couldn't even cross my legs properly and as for grabbing my ankles - no chance!!
 Some people could actually do it but there was an awful lot of groaning in the room lol.

Suffice to say I had very tender legs the next day.   
I think I will have to do a lot more practicing at home and not just wait for the class!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

First Day of Spring

Well, today was the first day of Spring, it's been a long time coming!!
It didn't disappoint, we have had a lovely blue sky and warmer temps although there was a chilly wee wind blowing.
I got to sit outside in the back garden and watch Dan doing some hard work. 
We have got some gym equipment in the garage but it is so messy in there we can't get to it. 
So, Dan's mission this weekend, whether he chose to accept it or not,  was to clear some space in the garage and clean the mats for the floor.

Well the garage is now tidier and this is him cleaning the mats (I think he might have a sore back tomorrow).

He was using the hose to rinse them off  and all was going well until he went to switch the water on. 
The hose took on a life all of its own.
It snaked around the garden soaking everything in sight. 
I ran away from it and got my back soaked. 

Dan being a heroic sort of bloke grabbed it and got a good soaking for this trouble. 
It was quite funny, even Dan laughed after he had squeezed the water out of his jumper and dried his specs :)

       I have decided to try my hand at knitting once again. I used to to do this many years ago before being married with children and really enjoyed it. 
So this is going to be a scarf hopefully. 

I must remember to put a pic up of it finished. 

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Wedding

Now I know I haven't posted for ages, I'm sorry I have no excuses!!

 But I just had to post about our daughter Laura's wedding to Kevin last weekend.

It was  long anticipated and last Saturday was the big day. 

We drove through on the Friday afternoon and booked into our hotel.
 Karen's boyfriend drove through as well and as it was his birthday we all went out for dinner on the friday night which was a lovely way to spend the night before. 

The wedding was to be in a beautiful venue called 'The Vu' which is in Bathgate fairly near to Edinburgh. 

Laura chose her venue very well as this was a spectacular place to get married. 

The weather here has been pretty dismal with rain and strong winds and very grey skys so we didn't hold much hope for a bright day, but guess what, the rain dried up, wind stopped blowing and the sky was  clearer.

True to most weddings, we did have a minor emergency, which didn't feel very minor at the time let me tell you.
 I forgot to load Laura's hooped underskirt in the car and it was a necessity. 
However Danny to the rescue as ever , he did a three hour round trip home to pick it up - my hero! 
So while us girls were getting beautified - hair and make up done - Danny was driving cross the country to save the day.

He made it back by 1.45, fully dressed in his kilt, looking very smart may I add. 
We finally had an hour to relax with a wee glass of bubbly before our cars came to pick us us. 

Before we knew it we were at the venue. I hadn't seen it beforehand and my goodness it was beautiful. 
The Water Lily suite was surrounded by water and the sun was setting, really made my jaw drop in awe let me tell you :)

The service was really lovely and before we knew it we were having the speeches, eating a very tasty dinner and the partying  began, it was so lovely to see so many family members and friends all having a good time. 

Fair to say we had a ball and are sooooo proud of our beautiful daughters and not forgetting our wee Riley, who I might add was an absolute star!

All the men, and Riley, in the wedding party were kitted out in kilts and were looking very smart. 
It is really lovely to see everyone all dressed up. 

Here are a few of my pics, not the best quality.  We can't wait to see the photographers pics.


 The stunning bride.


 Emma, Karen and me.

Karen, Kevin, Laura and Emma.

Riley and his Grandad, I love this pic :) 

Oh well, it's all over now and we're all feeling happy and tired and living on the lovely memories. 

But one last thing to say, "Welcome to the family Kevin" :))

Thanks for reading. :)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Melrose Abbey

 Ok so I  have been back to work for a couple of weeks after our summer holiday. 
Not that we did that much.  
We (well I mean Danny really) fixed a leak in the water tank, that took a full week as there were so many problems but it's fixed now so all is well :)

My girls and me went to Glasgow so Laura could try on her wedding dress which had just come into the shop - and she did look stunning!

Oh and I also bought my wedding outfit!!!
  I know I can't believe it either. 

I really had had no intention of buying so early but the girls wanted me to try on some things and before I knew it I found THE ONE.
You know when you try something on and you just LOVE it, well that's what happened!
I am not an  impulse buyer and I hate shopping for clothes but there you go. 
 I just have to really careful to not put on too much weight or lose to much either. Now I'm pretty sure I'll manage not to lose much but not putting it on might be more difficult lol. 
That just leaves the shoes, bag and hat to get!

Danny and I also took a wee trip to Peebles in the Borders area of Scotland. Peebles is lovely quiet wee town. In the afternon we took a wander around the town, we stopped at a coffee shop and had a delicious coffee and sat outside the shop and people watched.
It was very pleasant way to spend an afternoon!

Then the next day we drove further on to the town of Melrose to see Melrose Abbey.  If you ever get the chance you should visit Melrose such a lovely wee town and the Abbey is stunning.

 Quite stunning I think you would agree! 
You can only imagine how grand it looked back in the day!

It dates back to 1136 and was founded by the Cistercian monks and is said to be the place where Robert the Bruce's heart is buried.

We enjoyed visiting it so much we decided we quite fancy visiting the other abbeys in that area those being in Jedburgh and Dryburgh.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A Break In The Weather

I am now on my annual summer leave from work. Hurray I shout, but wait!!!

The weather is the absolute pits. I can't believe we are into June - yes June I say!  It is so cold, really windy and very rainy. Yuk!!  In fact we have just put the lounge fire on this evening as it is sooo cold tonight.  
However there is another reason for the cold in the house.  Thursday morning we woke to strong smell of wet wallpaper. Mmmm where can that be coming from.  We soon discovered - the water tank in the attic had sprung a leak which resulted in the ceiling of one of the bedrooms getting more than slightly damp.  
So poor Danny has spent the last 4 days trying to fix it, putting in a new tank etc. As a result we have no heating and no hot water - only the shower has any warmth to it. We are hoping by tomorrow however it will all be sorted. 
What a start to a holiday!!!!

Anyway the good news - Karen came home from her holiday in Athens on Thursday and she loved it. 
She saw lots, and is a girl who takes after her old mum and took lots and lots of pics  - ha ha I taught that girl well :))

It is so nice to have her home again. 

Anyway yesterday afternoon there was a break in the rain for a couple of hours and Karen and I took advantage and went to the local park and had a lovely afternoon.

It was so pretty and peaceful there.

 We also discovered this -

A totally unassuming  tree stump - or so you would think!

Lets have a closer look 

Look at what was inside

The Gruffalo!!!

Somebody had carved inside the tree stump!
 How cool is that - so clever too! ))

Can you see the top of Karen's head lol.

Anyway it was a fun couple of hours and so nice to get out.

Have a good week everyone!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Red and White

Ok it's been two weeks since I last blogged. 
When I think back to a couple of years when I used to blog daily - how did I ever do it!! 
I don't seem to have much to write about nowadays, looking back I didn't then either but I still did  it!
I must have turned into a very boring person - surely not :))

I know lots of people going away on holiday just now - and I'm very envious of them all!   

First of all our Karen is away to Athens. 
Wow, what a place to visit, so much to see and do!   I can't wait till she gets back to hear all about it and see her piccies. 

 My friend is away to Italy at the end of the week. I'd love to go to Italy, maybe next year eh Danny!!!!

My sister is also going away for a week relaxing in the sun - sounds like bliss!!! 

 I shouldn't really complain as I haven't done too badly holiday wise over the last couple of years having visited America, Portugal and Germany.
 I love visiting other countries and seeing their sights!

Anyway today hasn't been too bad a day, and I was out inspecting what was growing in my garden (apart from the weeds etc!).

I saw this little lilac flower and I've no idea what it is. It started with a wee lilac bulb which then blossomed into this, I wonder what it will do next. 
If anyone has any idea what it might be I'd love it if you would let me know :)

Pretty wee thing isn't it?

I also did something else that I haven't done for the longest time.
I bough myself some flowers and took some pics of them. 
Red and white are such a beautiful contrast don't you think?

Our house is a bit quiet now with Karen being away, just me and Danny here now. 
We are sitting listening to Pink Floyd on the cd player.  
Very cool!!

Anyway I'm signing off the the day, I'll try and blog before the next two weeks are up :))

Have a good week everyone!  :))