Saturday, 9 May 2015

Our Week!

So, we had a bank holiday last Monday which gave us a free day at the weekend. 
It was a lovely day so we decided to take a wee trip.

We drove to Loch Doon which is in the Galloway Forest.  
It's such a beautiful place and so peaceful!

We stopped and had our packed lunch and all you could hear were the birds chirping. 

It was lovely and warm in the car but let me tell you when you went out, boy was that a chilly wind blowing. 





We pottered about taking some piccies and then drove back home going through the forest.

All in all it was a very pleasant day!

However, the next day at work well that was a different story.  
Phew we were sooooo busy.
 You do begin to wonder if it is really worth having a day off. 

But I am really glad we did :))  

We also bought a new exercise bike this week. 
Hubby and I are now on a get fit kick. 
I think I am really needing it!! :)

Watch this space!


Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Sunset!

Karen and I were out doing our grocery shopping tonight and on the way home we saw the sun was setting. So we made a dash to the beach to see if I could get a shot of it.

We sat and watched it disappear into the sea.  It was stunning!!

Taken with my iphone - thanks goodness for the iphone camera! :))



Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Playing Catch-up!


Well here I am playing catch up again,  it's been two weeks since my last post!
The trouble with falling behind is trying to remember what I've been up to!

First of all I've been feeling a bit under the weather for the last wee while, however I've been to see the doc. who has given me some tablets and I'm now just about back up to scratch, which is always a good thing :)

The other weekend -I can't remember which one - we had some fog. Now we don't usually get much fog here but this lasted for the whole weekend.
It wasn't widespread it just seemed to lie over the sea. 

It was very strange.
I went down to the beach with my phone to grab a picture. I don't know if you can make the fog out but it was definitely there.



Karen has decided to take up quilt making - we are so impressed with her efforts. 
She made Riley a quilt for his birthday. 
He LOVES Thomas the Tank Engine. 



And I've started knitting - I used to do this many years ago and I loved it!  So I thought I'd give it another go. 
It's so good you can watch the telly and knit at the same time. 
I made a couple of hats over the winter, Emma loved hers and wore it while she was in Germany! I've also started an afghan blanket, and a jumper for wee Riley.  

I also found this pattern

Aren't they cute!!!

I haven't got the yarn yet and it should be interesting knitting it up.
I'll be sure to keep you all up to date with how it's going.

We have an extra day off work next week as Monday is a public holiday - yay for a three day weekend. 
I'm hoping the weather picks up a wee bit - it's been really cold here with rain and some snow brrr - then we maybe can do something interesting with our free day. 

Here's hoping!

I hope everyone has a fab week. :))

Monday, 13 April 2015

Turning Two

Our wee Riley turned two today!!!!

Laura and Riley came to stay with us for the weekend. 
Never a dull moment was had all weekend :)

We went to visit Great Gran and Great Grandad and he had a shot on the keyboard while his Great Gran and Gran looked on in pride :)

 He looks like a natural don't you think. I can really see him being a rockstar in  years to come!!!  

Oh there's a thought, I wonder how his mum might feel about that  hee hee.


And here is he with his his Aunty Karen, making his own birthday cake - maybe he won't be a rockstar after all,  perhaps he will be a chef!!!



And here he is with his mummy sharing a laugh - isn't he just the cutest wee chap!


They left to go home on Sunday at lunch time and boy was the  house quiet. 

He certainly is the life and soul wherever he goes.

We are really missing his contagious giggle and winning smile.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

It's Been How Long!!!


I've almost forgotten how to put a post up - it's been soooooo long.  In fact October 2014 was  the last time!

It's been nagging at me to come back for quite a wee while now, but tonight I finally decided just to do it and not just think about it.

So, an update is in order I think! 
Let's see now what have I been up to.

Emm, hum -  how can 6/7 months go by and it feels as if I haven't done much!

First off I don't think I ever mentioned it but Karen graduated with honours from university  - we are so proud of her - all of her hard work and dedication paid off. 
Now she is just waiting to find her dream job which I'm sure isn't too far away.

Emma finished her 6 months in Germany and is now back at university in Glasgow and in her 3rd year. 

We visited her in Germany in January and spent the week in Berlin (some pictures below). It was a cold, wet, snowy dismal week but we enjoyed it anyway, so much to see and do.

Laura is getting married in December.  Bridal and bridesmaid dresses have been ordered and plans are well underway. 
And our wee Riley turns 2 next week - where does the time go. 
The older I get the more often I ask myself that question - I've still to come up with an answer!!!

Other than that nothing much else is happening!

Anyway, pictures of Berlin!

 The Brandenburg Gate - it was snowing, sleet and rain and bitterly cold this day and we walked for miles!

 The Reichstag building at the back on the left. Stunning building and definitely worth a visit.

 Checkpoint Charlie

 Berlin is a city of cranes - lots of work being done and everywhere you looked there were cranes.

 The TV tower in Alexanderplatz, the top disappearing into the clouds.

Poseiden sculpture - usually there are fountains going but not that day.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels statues(and Dan tagged on at the end)

We took a train out to Potsdam. 
Palaces and opulance galore. 
Such beautiful architecture.



The sun even came out for a short while before we got the train back.

Just a few of the very many pictures that I took while there.  
We did so much in a week - walking, museums, sighseeing.

All in all we had a very enjoyable week in Berlin - such a lot of history too.

It wasn't somewhere I ever expected to visit but I'm so glad we did.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Portugal part 3


Ok the final post on our holiday to Portugal - is that a sigh of relief I can hear  :))

Well the day after the wedding we got up quite early and had breakfast.  Danny's sister and her husband had come over from Norway for the wedding too and we were going to spend the day together.  

We decided to go for a walk up the hills and up to the ruin at the top of the hill (just to the left of the cars in the picure).



We took Danny's sister and her hubby back to the airport on Monday and waved them off on their journey home. 
We still had 4 full days left to enjoy!

We visited a beach and did a wee bit of sun bathing and people watching. Lots of people surfing and enjoying the waves (which were rather large, the waves I mean!).

We also visited Praia da Luz (where the wedding was on the Saturday) with another lovely beach. 
 I spotted this down on the beach - those are life vests hanging on the line.  I loved the colours!




We also went to visit a place called Cabo Sao Vicente which was about a half hour drive away! 
It is the most westerly point of Portugal.  
Rocky cliffs, a lighthouse and crashing waves.  

Quite a stunning view!

I did take pictures during the day but can't seem to find them, however we went back in the evening to catch a sunset as we had heard it was lovely.  
Well the people weren't wrong. 
It was beautiful!

I couldn't decide which picture I liked the best. 

This one with the sun setting!

And one where the sun has disappeared off the horizon.  



Having looked at the pics again I think this one is my favourite :)

 We filled our remaining days in Portugal soaking up the sun and relaxing.

I have to say it was a most enjoyable holiday.

I hope you're not all fed up of my Portugal tales.
Thanks for reading!!! :)




Monday, 13 October 2014

Portugal - part 2


Here I am back with part 2 of our holiday!

We did do some other things other than sitting in the sun - honest we did!  :))

Before we went on holiday we planned on driving through to Lisbon, we booked a hotel for a night and were going to take the metro to the old part of town to do some exploring.

It all seemed like such a good plan! 

Well we left Burgau nice and early and drove the 5 hours through windy, hilly roads and then long distances of flat plains finally reaching Lisbon around 2pm. We only got lost a couple of times driving around the town while trying to find the hotel, however we did finally find it and we got our room sorted which had quite an impressive view.


We then got ready to go out exploring.  Off we went  to find the metro station. We found the train station instead and went to try and get tickets - only to discover they were having a 24 hour strike.  

Aaaargh we had driven 5 hours to find they were on strike!!!  

The train wouldn't take us there and the only other alternative was the bus. But we had spent so long messing about that it was now 4pm'ish and the buses were standing room only. So, we gave it up as a bad job and went for a walk instead.

We walked a looooong way and eventually found a park. We had a bit of a rest on a park bench as my feet were killing me then we carried on and found this view, we were in the Eduardo VII park. Quite a splendid sight, we spent quite a long time just enjoying the view and the sun.

We even took a wee selfie, lol.

We then headed back to the hotel and had something to eat and another wander around the town. We had a fairly early night as we were heading back to Burgau the next morning.

We got up and decided to see if we could save something from our visit  so we headed out of town and passed over the Lisbon suspension bridge  which looks very like the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco.


 And then we went to see  the Cristo Rei (The Statue of Christ)  which was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. 

 Then we began the long journey back to Burgau - at least we got to see some of the sights of Lisbon! So not a totally disappointing visit.

Saturday we had the wedding - and it was lovely. 
The service was held in this lovely wee church.


There was a piper - and the poor chap must have been absolutely melting in the heat! Just look at how he was dressed!


After the ceremony we walked following the piper along to the restaurant where we had a lovely meal - this was the view!! 
 Stunning I think you'd agree :))

 After a fairly late night we got a taxi which took us back to Burgau.

Now after all of that I think I need to collect my thoughts and sort the rest of my pics out. So I'll do part 3 in the next couple of days.

To be cont...