Burns Night

Right now there is a ceilidh going on at my place, there are two girls with Scottish Country Dance music on.  They have found everything they can in the house that is even vaguely tartan including a scarf, a picnic blanket (now the carpet) and the scout necker of a boy I know.  They have to be the most enthusiastic Burns Night fans I’ve ever known.  As I wrote this time last year, it would be my Mum’s birthday today and she was often a Burns widow when my Dad was doing The Immortal Memory at someone’s Burns’ Supper – he often did a few every year, he was a real fan of the Scots language.  The whole Burns Night/Day is a bit of a ‘thing’ now especially at the primary schools which means even at six, the children can manage a Gay Gordon’s or a Dashing White Sergeant.  The grandparents would definitely have a big smile at the girls today although, true to form, they have had to stop for a wee something to eat.

Lucy started the day with a stink, she came in from her morning trip round the garden covered in fox poop.  Nice! Apologies if you have already seen the photo on Instagram.  Please do request to follow me, I have kept it personal for now but I’m happy for you to follow me since you read my blog.

just as well my sister bought the dogs this luxury shampoo
just as well my sister bought the dogs this luxury shampoo

Recipe Trial No 1 

Celeriac is something I love the idea of but when the nodulated root appears in the veg box it is sometimes an effort to deal with it.  Luckily I know a girl who knows what to do to make it taste fabulous (and, no, it’s not soup).

celeriac, egg, spices and hope in the bowl
celeriac, egg, spices and hope in the bowl

Sarah posted this just as I was going for soup again.  Brilliant I thought, my husband has the Rosti King title round here – he’s always keen to get it right – so he can make dinner.  Double brilliant.

The Rosti topped with a poached egg, not bad indeed.
The Rosti topped with a poached egg, not bad indeed.

This recipe is highly recommended  Root Veg Rosti from The View from the Table, much better than the potato ones I’ve had here before if you know what I mean.  Thanks for trying it out, C and thanks to Sarah for passing it on.

We are off to a Burns themed birthday party so it’ll be haggis tonight no doubt.

Nearly forgot to show you another food first, my niece’s Battenburg.  Tasted amazing, Mary and Paul have a lot to answer for…

home made battenburg, my favourite, from the kitchen of my niece aged 6
home made battenburg, my favourite, from the kitchen of my niece aged 6

Have a good weekend, just one more photo for you, hope you like him.  x

on the bath wall at the moment, always makes me smile
on the bath wall at the moment, always makes me smile

For Mum post funnily enough there’s a recipe from Sarah there too, xx

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Katy Perry

Hope you enjoyed that great video. After a big debate, H almost believes that the lyric is not, ‘Eye of the tyre’, don’t think she’ll ever be 100% convinced though.  She absolutely loves this song – it featured in the final of the CBBC show ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’.  I think she fancies herself on it with one of the Westies, they are not so keen when she tries to get them to do the tricks.

 Regeneration News

Just cut a hole in the carpet, it's coming up anyway.  Floor sanding guy looks in disbelief then asks for a knife.
Just cut a hole in the carpet, it’s coming up anyway. Floor sanding guy looks in disbelief then asks for a knife.
Colour options - LHS no stain then 3 options. What would you choose?
Colour options – LHS no stain then 3 options. What would you choose?

If you’ve been wondering about how the flooring for the hall and the ‘middle’ aka dump room is coming on you can see for yourself, it’s still a work in progress.  No decision made yet.

Have a great weekend x

5 August 2013 Holidays

Our summer holiday this year was spent about a mile down the road from Seahouses in the North East of England.  It’s always a gamble weather wise staying in the UK and this year we hit the jackpot.  Fantastic weather and a short walk to the beach meant the holiday was fabulous.  Our cottage was just right, not so fancy to worry about wrecking it and comfortable and homely enough to feel at ease.  ‘Our beach’ was amazing, about a mile long and each time we went there were no more than 4 other groups sitting on it – it felt like we owned it.  Evenings were our favourite time to visit and have a smokey cup of tea made with teenboy’s new gadget, the Kelly Kettle.

teenboy makes tea
teenboy makes tea
holiday shoes
holiday shoes
view from Seahouses
view from Seahouses
what are they doing?
what are they doing?
our beach
our beach

Barter Books was a real find in Alnwick early in the holiday, we were mesmerised by the layout and the feel of the place, the dogs were welcome which is always a bonus and they found some books of interest too.  The shop is an old railway station and has retained many of the original features and it only sells second-hand books.  You can take unwanted books in and collect credit for them to spend in store, so simple an idea and a wonderous place to visit.  You must go. It’s got a wee claim to fame too, have a look

and, yes, I did buy one.

Barter Books inside
Barter Books inside
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IMG_0641Lennie finds some interesting reading Lennie finds some interesting reading

At the moment I’m spending less time blogging and more time doing so there have been fewer posts recently.  Catch up is the name of the game I guess, slowly but surely I’ll get there.  No more regeneration news, nearly decided on wallpaper and flooring for the final finishing off.  Next stop, quotes for sanding the floors.

now, here’s a rarity, ha ha

a rare photo of me, make the most of it!