Wednesday, 6 July 2016

For Pete....

Hello Daddy, I hope you are having a good time in Scotland.  The weather here is fabulous and Mummy has taken me for lots of walks.  I have been swimming too, just what I needed to cool down.  I couldn't sleep the first night you were away, so Mummy gave me your dressing gown and that worked, I slept like a baby.  I think Mummy did too, coz she was snoring away.  She said something about enjoying the bed all to herself, so I snuggled in close and kept her from messing up your side of the bed.

I went to the beauty parlour today and had a haircut and manicure, don't I look gorgeous.  I wanted to look my best for when you come home.  Mummy had a haircut too with Auntie Emily, she was muttering about how it cost three times as much at my hairdressers, but I think I'm worth it.

I have got to go now as we are going to Uncle Rob's for a yummy dinner.  I saw baby Bobby earlier and he was throwing the ball for me.  Everyone got excited that he was calling me dog, strange coz my name's Alfie.

Love and miss you Daddy, come back soon (and Mummy sends hugs and kisses too) xxxxx

Sunday, 5 June 2016

View From My Window

Here are some views from the wheelhouse today.  These views constantly change depending on state of the tide, weather etc, but that keeps life interesting.  I am so lucky to live here. Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures, but the glass makes it hard to photo.

This and That

The weather has been awful this week.  The beginning of June is supposed to be summer but we had to light the woodburner to take the chill off the air.  And the rain, I think we have had our year's quota in a week!  It has also been half term, so a whole week off work.  I have really just been pottering in my new kitchen, practising new recipes on Pete.  I have made a few loaves of bread and some cakes, here is my spelt loaf and banana bread:

The banana bread was a new recipe and is amazing.  Here it is in the cake box that I inherited from my grandmother.  When I was a child it was always full of homemade goodies, something to really look forward when we visited.  My Nan was renowned for her fruit cakes, both light and dark ones, they were delicious.  I asked for the recipe once and was given a cutting from a 1930s Woman's magazine. I made it and it didn't taste the same at all.  I questioned Nan and she said 'did I remember to tell you I soak the fruit in tea?', no she hadn't, so I tried again, still not the same.  Again 'oh, did I remember to tell you about the glug of brandy' tried again, still wrong.  And so the story goes on and I still didn't get the full recipe!  My Nan didn't use scales, everything was done by eye.  I miss those cakes (and her pease pudding).

I have also been looking after grandchildren this week.  I gave Lucie a break with the new baby by taking Scarlett out for the day to a small local wildlife centre.  She is now two and a half and is such good fun to spend time with. She has an absolutely wicked sense of humour!  We got absolutely soaked but it didn't put a dampener on the day.  Here she is feeding the fish.

Yesterday I found this little guy sunning himself by the boat.  He didn't even scurry off when I took his picture.  The weather is set to improve this week, typical when we go back to work.  However that is the joy of working part time, I get to enjoy the sun.  I need to get to the allotment this week.  The weather has put me so behind with planting, and the weeds obviously like the rain :(. Take care xxx

Monday, 23 May 2016

What A Difference A Week Makes

So my son got himself a lodger and that meant we had to empty their spare room of all our stuff.  It was quite a daunting task, yet exciting to rediscover lost treasures.  I have sold quite a bit though, I mean who needs three electric coffee making machines!  This is what the wheelhouse looked like last week.....

And here it is now .....

There is still quite a bit of work to do.  Obviously a wheelhouse needs a steering wheel and navigational instruments and installing hydraulic steering is our next big expense.  But for the time being at least it is cosy and comfortable.  We have been living mostly below deck, so it is lovely to be able to sit up here, watch the changing landscape and the walkers on the sea wall.  It is so nice just to be able to come home from work and chill.

Friday, 20 May 2016

A Beautiful New Gift

Sorry I didn't get time to reply to you all individually last week, but I have been a little busy.  Look at this wonderful, beautiful gift that I received on Tuesday 

Baby Sienna is so tiny (she weighed in at just 6lbs) but absolutely perfect.  Both mum and daughter are doing well and Scarlett is absolutely delighted to be a big sister.

Back soon ..........xxxx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Galley - Finally Done!

Here is the grand unveiling of my new galley.  Many of you will know how much I enjoy cooking and I especially enjoy cooking for friends and family.  Now I can entertain more and the beauty of having the table in the kitchen, is that I don't miss out on the fun whilst serving up.  I don't do 'formal' entertaining, if you come to me you just get stuck in and help yourself, no standing on ceremony here!  Don't forget to drop in if you are in the vicinity, you will be more than welcome xxx

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Galleys, Kids, Boots and A Special Friend

It has been all hands to the deck round here.  At the beginning of the month my son announced that he had a lodger moving in.  It makes sense as young couples always could do with some extra help with paying the mortgage.  However, it also meant that we had to clear the spare room where all our worldly possessions were stored and that meant getting the galley finished (no pressure for Pete then!).  Anyway, it is almost done and we have started stowing away our belongings.  It is like Christmas unpacking all the boxes. I cannot wait to start entertaining properly in my beautiful, dream (not quite finished) kitchen.  So here is a preview of work so far.

When I became a vegan, I took the conscious decision to use up/wear out all my non vegan stuff.  I love boots, especially Dr Marten boots and I was thrilled to find out that they made a vegan range.  I have held on until I actually needed some boots and when I did get to that point I was straight on to eBay.  So here are my beautiful new-to-me boots (actually new to anyone).  Is it normal to love a pair of boots so much?

Working less means I have a lot more time to help out with looking after the grandchildren.  They are so much fun, but boy are they hard work.  What with kids and moving boxes around I am definitely feeling my age!  Here are a couple of pictures of my other two favourite grandchildren.

I had the great pleasure a couple of weeks ago of meeting a fabulous blogging friend , Val from River Girl blog (  We have been chatting for about nine years but have only just met for real (anyone would think that Rotterdam was on the other side of the world!).  She was just as lovely in real life as I knew she would be and we chatted away for hours like old friends.  I now cannot wait to meet up again soon.

Speak soon people.  Enjoy the bank holiday weekend xxx