Robin in the Rowan

Robin

 

I have been absent from this blog for a long time, mainly because I have another blog that I chart, record and share all the cards and projects I make.

Today I thought I would share wee robin, sitting in the rowan tree, which still has berries!

This rowan tree is 16 years old, we planted this when our daughter was 5 and started school :-)

I Promise to post a little bit more in future :-)

Baked Nectarines with Almonds and Sultanas

Tonight’s pudding was baked nectarines with flaked almonds and sultanas… perfect for when the weather is wet and wild like tonight!

A real easy pudding to assemble…

  1. Half the nectarines and take the stones out
  2. assemble in an ovenproof dish
  3. fill the holes where the stones came out with brown sugar
  4. sprinkle with sultanas and flaked almonds
  5. bake in the oven
  6. serve with a good vanilla ice cream… or clotted cream… or double cream

 

Enjoy :o)

A Wee Robin Redbreast

A wee Robin Redbreast popped into the garden this afternoon whilst I was sitting in my shed crafting away..

He stayed for a while looking in through the window, whilst perching on top of the garden spade :-)

Just thought I would share him with you … the picture quality is not that great because I took the picture though my shed window, but the wee robin is nice n clear

 

Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs ~ Makes 20

When I was in town yesterday, I stopped by at the Butcher’s Shop and picked up some things for meals for the coming week…  In amongst the things I got was 1lb of steak mince, I had 3 things in my mind to make…

  1. Lasagne
  2. Mince n tatties
  3. Meatballs

So today, meatballs won… and here is my recipe, made up as I went along :-)

Ingredients :~

  • 1lb Steak Mince
  • 1 x medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 x slices of granary bread blitzed in the food processor to breadcrumbs
  • 1 x Large Egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • A splash of hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed dried herbs
  • plain flour

method…

  • Place in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the mince, chopped onion, egg, seasoning and herbs and the breadbrumbs
  • Mix everything together until combined
  • roll into balls
  • coat in plain flour
  • brown/fry until golden
  • Once browned, I pop mine in a jar of pasta sauce and simmer for 20 mins till cooked through.
  • Boil some pasta
  • bon appetite :-)

 

Yellow Split Pea Soup

It’s been a while!

I made some soup today ….. Yellow Split Pea, my daughter and I’s fav!

and…… if your on the Weightwatchers Plan, one portion is 4 points per serving ;-)

 

Ingredients :-

  • 200g Yellow Split Peas
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • cubed pancetta (I used one half of a Tesco 2 pack)
  • 2 Knorr Ham Stock Cubes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 x Bay Leaf
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Water
  • 1 x tablespoon of oil

Method:

  • soak the split peas in cold water for a couple of hours
  • chop all the veggies and saute in the oil in a big soup pan
  • add the split peas
  • add the stock cubes and enough water to cover the peas and veg in the soup pan
  • bring to the boil and then simmer for an hour or so until the split peas have gone to a mush
  • once cooked, remove from the heat and blitz to a smooth soup with a hand blender.
  • Enjoy with hot crusty bread :-)

 

December.. an update

Where has the time gone!   ………. the last time I looked in it was October 10th…..

There has been quite a lot going on and I thought I would bring my wee blog into touch with those who still follow me..

Some good news first, My daughter returned home after spending several months working in Majorca for my sister, lovely having her back home for a while.. although she does intend to return back to the Balearic Isles next year.

We had a bit of a rat problem in November, as many of you know I have a couple of rescue bunnies and they are kept secure in their cages within a secure run… or so I thought!   That was until rats decided to dig their way into the run!… so we had to relocate the bunnies into the greenhouse for the winter, it has a concrete base and  also rat proof.

I called in the pest control people who took care of the rodent invasion… chunky and I found a dead one on the lawn one morning and I didnt realise just how big rats were!  excluding the tail it must have been about 7-8 inches long!… so the garden is now rat free thankfully!

Because I keep chickens the pest control people reckon they were attracting the rats to the garden, so I made the decision to rehome my 2 chickens :-(  I was so sad to see them go, but they did go to a lovely new home in the middle of nowhere to a lovely young chap.     About 3 weeks after they had gone I received an email from him to say that wee Brenda my Partridge Pekin had sadly died, along with 3 of his own birds, a branch had falled off a tree in the severe gales that we had in December and fallen on the birds who were eating from a feeder… poor wee Bren.. I howled for most of the night.. I loved that wee bird!

More sad news on the pet front.. Tweed, our little rescue netherland dwarf rabbit passed away … I had noticed a while back that she was getting arthritic in her back legs and losing condition.. she was a wee old lady and I think I mentioned in my last post that I didnt think she would see the winter through and my gut feelings were right!… She is now burried in the garden in a lovely wee spot under an ornamental potted tree and when I stand at the kitchen window I look out over where she is… bless her crabby wee heart, although she was a grumpy wee bunny who would growl and attack you when visited every day, we loved her to bits.

So with the update out of the way, I just want to wish you and your families a very merry christmas and a happy new year when it comes…

I will leave you with a picture… not of Bren or Tweed… that would just start me off crying again… but of my constant companion, who as I type this is up on the sofa snuggling beside me

Alive and Kicking

Its October already and I have been a bad blogger, sadly neglecting this little corner of my life {{hangs head in shame}}

I’m still here.. just not been posting much on this blog… when i’m not working during the day you can find me crafting away in the evenings in my workshop at the top of the garden, making cards, mini books,  and crafty projects for a design team that I am on…

I’m still taking loads of pictures, all the animals and birds and doing fine, although our little elederly lady Tweed the Netherland dwarf bunny is a tad arthritic in her back legs, and I’m hoping she will make it through the winter this year.

A big Thank you to Val for giving me the prod needed to get me back into this blog again … thanks Val xx

I promise to post something once a week …. so for now i’ll leave you with a picture of some fungus that was growing in our front garden a few weeks back… the neighbours must have through i’d lost the plot, I had to get down on the floor to take this one ;-)

SCARLET WAXY CAP MUSHROOM

:-) Sarah

 

 

 

Pink Peonies

I popped out yesterday afternoon to do a spot of grocery shopping.. and look what I found… a bunch of peony roses in the reduced bucket, they were £4.00 marked down to 70p!

Needless to say they went straight into my basket :-) I’ve not done a frugal flower post on my blog for a long time.. so here we are :-)

I absolutely adore peony roses, they are one of my most favourite flowers and I love them even more when can buy them for pennies rather than pounds ..

 

My Home Town : Dunfermline

I grew up in the town of Dunfermline and when I got married a long time ago moved out of the area… now every now and again we’ll pop back for a visit and yesterday I grabbed my camera and we took a walk around the town and into Pittencrieff Park.

Here are some of the pictures that I snapped yesterday :-)

Dunfermline Town Clock.

A Saltire Flag blowing in the wind at the entrance to the “Glen” Pittencrieff Park Gates

I loved these old steps they were inside Pittencrieff Park 

One of the many grey squirrels that reside at the park

This one looks like he’s rolling a joint :-)

A cute little cobbled bridge surrounded by lush green vegitation

This is a view from the cobbled bridge once we had crossed it… reminds me of something out of Lord of the Rings :-)

This is a view to the left once you are over that little bridge.. it looks up towards Dunfermline Abbey

There are several caves in the park and this is one of them.. it is said that William Wallace used one of the caves to hide in from English Soldiers.

This burn (stream) runs through the whole park..

The park is filled with huge trees of many different kinds that are hundreds of years old.. it’s good to see that many of them are still standing after the gale force winds that we had last week.

There is a lot of moss around the bottom end of the glen and I noticed these little flower/seed heads growing out of this patch of moss…

Beutiful yellow poppies growing in the dense undergrowth..

My son poking around the burn with a stick..they were twig racing in the burn and my son’s stick had become stuck and he was recovering it to rejoin the “Race” … your never too old to enjoy yourself ;-)

A gorgeous lig leafy canopy overhead with blue skies up above

The sun shone of this clump of ferns and they just lit up

This tree was HUGE … but on closer inspection….

Can you see the old mans head in the bottom of the tree with his rather impressive chin and beard?

A rather large rhoddodendron, I loved all its branches

Beautiful Pink head of Rhododendrom Flowers

The path up to Dunfermline Abbey… it had started to rain notice my hubby and daughter under the brolly walking up towards Dunfermline Abbey…..  See the silver barrier to the left of the photograph?  That was there to keep you away from the hole in the wall where this poor casualty of the winds must have fallen last week…

A fallen Giant… i wonder how old it was?

These are the ruins of Dunfermline Palace… I used to play here when I was younger.. it’s all fenced off now and you have to pay to go in for a look around these days…

Another view of the Palace from the old cobbled street of Catherines Wynd..

Dunfermline Abbey … by the time we reached it, it had started to rain

The four sides of the tower at Dunfermline Abbey read “King Robert The Bruce”

A view of Dunfermline Abbey from the May Gate

Along the May Gate you can find Abbott House which I believe is haunted and is steeped in history..

Abbott House was recently painted a few years ago back to it’s original colour and they commissioned new gates and iron workings… which are pretty impressive

there are some really nice and unusual iron craftings on the tops of the gate posts

This one looks like a dragon carrying something in its mouth

A plaque above the front door of Abbot House… not sure what it translates to, but it is on my to do list to try and find out :-)

A building showing off a lovely outline walking up Guildhall Street on out way back to the car park as we headed home :-) finishing off out wee walk around “the glen” (Pittencrieff Park).