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Portugal part 3

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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…

Portugal - part 2

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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 alt…

Holiday to Portugal

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We have returned from our travels and have returned feeling happy, slightly bronzed and healthy - always a bonus :))
The reason we decided on this holiday to Portugal ... we were invited to a wedding of Danny's cousin. They were getting married at Praia da Luz in the Algarve.   We stayed in a little fishing village called Burgau which was about 5 miles away from the wedding venue. It was decided we would stay for 10 days so we could do a wee bit of sightseeing as well as attending the wedding.
As you can imagine I took lots and lots of piccies and It has been so difficult picking the ones I wanted to put on my blog.  The things that most struck me on this holiday were the sun (it shone for the full 10 days, bliss!), the lovely bright colours, the rugged landscape and the sea.
I thought I'd break it up into two posts - this the first one showing Burgau and all its splendours and then the following post would be the wedding and everything else we did.
So, we flew out of Glasgow airp…

A Return to Blogging

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Remember me? I used to blog quite regularly here but I haven't been around since April - can you believe it!   I kept meaning to come back but never completely got around to it.
                   Well I've come back! 

Quite a lot has happened over the months.
This wee chap turned one in April.  He is now walking, or should I say running, around.  He is a wee stoater (a wonderful wee chap!) and we love him to bits.
Laura and Kevin are getting married in December 2015 and we have been out looking at wedding dresses - who knew it would be such fun!
Laura's two sisters are both going to be bridesmaids and they are all going to look stunning on the big day :)) In fact Laura and I will be spending the day in Edinburgh on Saturday looking at dresses, we will probably do a bit of lunch and maybe a wee cocktail or something thrown in there.   Sounds like fun eh!!! I've even been trying on a few hats myself - I never thought I suited a hat but my girls are assuring me that I look fine. …

A Sunday Walk

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A couple of weeks ago Karen and I went to buy some compost to pot my two new apple trees.  We went to our favourite garden centre. The trouble with going there is we always come home with more than we went out for! We also came back with mint and rosemary plants. I really wish my garden was big enough to grow a full herb patch!
 After we had finished with the garden centre we  went for a wee walk with our cameras.   It was such a lovely day it would have been a shame not to!
We walked along the side of the River Ayr. It was lovely and quiet with surprisingly few people taking advantage of the lovely day.
I think Karen has been bitten by the camera bug now too as she took just as many pictures as I did, in fact I turned round a few times to find her quite a distance behind me taking some shots. 
 It's not a bad hobby to have though :))
Anyway here are a few of my shots.



Lovely daffodils!
 Not quite as good as Niagara Falls, lol.


We did enjoy our walk and hope to do many more,  just as long…

Happy Mother's Day

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Well I've had  lovely Mother's day today.   I've got three of the best daughters a mum could ever want! 
I decided today (being Mother's Day) I was going to do something that I wanted to do so first off I went to see my mum with a card and a potted lilly. Then when I came back home Imade a big pot of soup and some delicious (even if I do say so myself) choc chip cookies.  For dinner I  made a roast chicken dinner, which everyone seemed to enjoy. You really just can't beat roast chicken on a Sunday evening :))
The clocks changed to British Summer time last night so we lost an hour's sleep but gained an extra hour of daylight this evening which is always good. 
Our Laura and wee Riley came for a visit on Friday evening and left again on Saturday morning.  It was so lovely to see them and we will be going through to them in a couple of weeks for Riley's 1st birthday.
Cookies - do you fancy one?  They were really tasty :))

 Lovely flowers I got for Mother's day!
C…

It's Spring!!!

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Yes that's right - it's the first day of Spring today. 
Well I woke up to heavy rain and fairly strong wind.  As the day progressed however the sky cleared the rain stopped and the sun even came out for a short while.  So hopefully that will be the end of the wettest winter I have ever known.  

I hope the weather is improving  for everyone!!
I haven't blogged for AGES and I haven't even visited anyone's blog for AGES.  I apologise for that I don't have an excuse or reason other than I must have lost my mojo!!  
I haven't been out to take any pics mainly because the weather has been soooo miserable.  But, now that Spring has sprung - and the weather should be getting better - I am hoping to get out and about more.  
Anyway to that effect I bought myself some lovely daffodils recently to add a splash of lovely yellow colour, and I took a few shots of them.






Don't you think daffodils are beautiful?
So, what have I been up to in all this time?
First of all we have b…

My Week

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First of all I want to say 'hi' and 'welcome' to the bloggers who came to visit through Grow Your Blog. It is lovely to meet new bloggers.   My last couple of weeks have been kind of busy.  On the 16 Jan our youngest daughter (Emma) turned 19.  Now how did that happen, where did those years go? The last time I looked she was only 10, lol.   She has grown up to be a lovely young lady and a great daughter.   Just at the moment she is looking through our holiday album and saying things like "you look so pretty in this picture"  and "you and dad are so cute".  Now I ask you who couldn't love a daughter like that? :))
Anyway she wanted to go out for breakfast to a local restuarant called Scotts which sits down by the marina in out town.   It has a great view looking over at all the lovely boats. We had a very tasty breakfast, I had pancakes, maple syrup and bacon, yum yum.  Emma had French toast, bacon and maple syrup and Karen had a roll and sausage and b…

Bread Making Day!

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I have been wanting to make a hand made loaf for ages.  And today I decided to set the time aside just to do that.  We have a breadmaker which is great - you just tip all the ingredients into the pan and put it in the machine and 4 hours later you have a lovely tasty loaf. But I think there is so much more to be gained by making it completely by hand!
While we were on holiday last year for dinner one night we were served a honey and wholemeal loaf it was served with maple butter.   Oh my goodness - it was soooooo delicious.   From the moment I tasted it I knew I would want to try and make it.
After we got home I searched on good old google for a recipe - and I found one.  It came from a cook book called "King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion".  I decided to look for the cook book to see what it was like, I liked what I saw and it got great reviews, so I bought it from Amazon.  In my view you can never have to many cook books - well you can but who cares :)) 
King Arthur Flour is ba…

Grow Your Blog 2014

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Hi everyone.   I'm adding my post a wee bitty late, but don't they say better late than never, I certainly hope that is what they say :))
I had found out about this great link up a while back and decided to put my name down.   What a great idea for a link up by the way!!!   It is run by Vicki at  2 bags full - you should go and have a look at her blog!
Anyway a little bit about myself.  
I'm Ellie, pleased to meet you! I live on the west coast of Scotland and I'm a wife, mum to 3 lovely girls and gran to my very first grandchild, a lovely wee lad called Riley who is 10 months old now :))  Let me tell you it is great to be a gran and I love it! 
My three daughters are 24, 22 and my youngest just turned 19.  Phew when did they get so grown up.  That's the trouble with life - it just rushes by when you least expect it !!!
My interests - I love to take pictures even though I've slipped a wee bit at that, however I got a new camera for my Christmas and once this awful weat…

The Final Instalment

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Here it is, the last and final post on our holiday.  Ah!!! -  is that a collective sigh of relief I can hear :))
I know it has taken me a long while to get these all up but this is it, after this one there will be no more!!!!
When we left Niagara we weren't sure which way to head back to Newark airport.  Now I am a bit of a worrier and I was very concerned we wouldn't make it back to in time for the flight, but Danny assured me we would and said words to the effect of  'don't be so silly'.  We hummed and hawed and finally decided to go back via Pennyslvania.  I am so glad we did because it was such a beautiful part of our journey. 

We drove through to Lancaster, our idea was to go the The Lapp Valley Farm to sample some of their ice-cream.   We had read that this was the BEST ice cream - and who could say no to that?   The trouble was by the time we got there we realised it was Sunday and it was closed!!!!  We hadn't even realised what day it was, oh well I suppose we …

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