Sunday, 30 April 2017

A Month Well Lived....


I'm a little sad to say goodbye to this April,
 it has been a lovely month.
I have enjoyed just going with the flow taking each
moment as it comes.


Among all the grey, wet & cold we have
had a few sunny moments, mostly very early mornings & late afternoons.
I have been eating my breakfast standing in my kitchen a few mornings
this month trying to catch a glimpse of that sun and playing around with ideas
for a new kitchen that hopefully will include a little dining area, fingers crossed.
I also rediscovered my liking of bagels this month.


Every member of the family enjoyed the warming sun when it was about.
Guinness has always been a bit of a sun worshiper!  
Hard to believe this little fella will celebrate his
twelfth Birthday at the end of May!


Talking of Birthdays.... I celebrated mine earlier on this
month with this super yummy homemade burger by Mr Mc.
No cake for me this year  ....entirely my choice.
For Lent this year I had chosen to give up sweet sugary treats
and my Birthday happened to land before Easter ....c'est la vie.
But even without a cake I still had a beautiful day with
my family, pretty decorations and lovely presents.


I created a small herb garden in the back yard.
There still is so much to do in my wannabe garden but little things like
this make my heart jump with happy excitement for the things to come.


 I have noticed I seem to have a thing for wearing
sparkly shoes to the beach.

 
Well....truth be told I LoVe wearing sparkly shoes full stop!!!
And this month I have went a little shoe crazy
buying an unbelievable six pairs in one go.
In my defense though that is the first time ever I have bought so many all
at once, they were cheap, much to pretty only to choose just one from
and I was in really REALLY desperate need for Spring / Summer shoes. 


Been there, done that & got the t-shirt to prove it.
My first concert in many many years.
Amy MacDonald at the Ironworks in Inverness, it's a nice
small venue giving the concert a very intimate feel.  
The tickets were my Christmas pressie from teen Paperdoll.
Mr Mc & I had a great time and Amy sounds fab live.


With my Auntie visiting for a week we did what we always do
when we have visitors, exploring Scotland.
Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness was one of the destinations,
Mr Mc & I were last here over twenty years ago and couldn't quite believe
how much this place had changed.  It has become a real tourist trap
unbelievably commercialised, nine pound to get into the grounds
of Urquhart Castle for an adult only to be first channeled through
the gift shop ....extremely unpleasant.
The film that was show lacked in substance, jumping wildly within centuries.
Only our funny guide Donald saved the day.
I know I won't be rushing back any time soon with visiting family or friends. 


Thankfully for now
 the view over the stunning Highlands is still free.

 

My new "BFF" going by the name of chalk & I have been fairly busy,
so much so I decided it is cheaper to invest in a box
of a 144 chalk sticks.


Looking through my photos.... I realised I lived a fair bit in
creativity this month really enjoying that special time.


and a wonderful side affect of reconnecting with my blog has been
that I have made a much more conscious effort to capture
these moments the way I like to remember them.

 

There have also been plenty of mundane moments around this month,
seldom do they look as pretty as today´s sorting of the washing.
But mundane can have a simple beauty. 
I LoVe my washing drying outside on the line, it gets that
lovely natural fresh smell that you can't buy in a bottle! 


Moments.... big & small, good & bad, happy & sad
really are all part of the journey and this month
it has been a beautiful journey


xxxx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

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Wishing you all a very
HaPpY EaStEr
xxxx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring Feeling....


The first few days of my Easter holidays have been so lovely,
just pottering about the house & garden at my own pace.


This time of year is wonderful, Spring has a magical beauty
just like Autumn.  I LoVe this Spring feeling!
There is something about these two seasons even on a mostly
grey day like today, I can't help but feel a cheery happiness.
Especially when drinking a fluffy latte from this little cutie.
 I'm such a sucker for cute whimsy and when I spotted this cup on an
Instagram post by Vanessa from Coco Rose Diaries I fell in LoVe!
Vanessa kindly let us cup-lovers know where she bought it,
only problem, Mr Mc thinks I already have way too many cups,
so I thought better of it then to buy one
 ....but seriously, I ask you is there such a thing as too many?
Luckily for me I have a sweet teen Paperdoll who is earning her own
money and when she came home with a little gift for her mummy
I was DELIGHTED.   
 

 I absolutely love decorating my house for Easter....


cute little bunnies, plenty yummy chocolate eggs


and fresh flowers.

 

My living room is filled with the most wonderful fresh scent of Spring.
No Reed Diffuser could ever come close to it.


I'm so in awe of this little posy, all it's flowers grew in my garden.
Hard to think this garden didn't even exist, nothing but
boggy grass not a single blossom in sight at this time
last year and now I have pretty spring borders. I can't help
but feel more than a little giddy with happiness every time I look
at this daffodil. The garden blessed me with seven of these beauties.


A few bulbs popped into the ground by me in late Autumn last year,
have turned to heart jumping happiness every time I walk through our gate.
I'm so no gardener, yet the garden has rewarded me generously so far!


  I also finally got round to giving the chalkboard it's Easter makeover.
 I feel a bit hippity hop myself creatively speaking at the moment,
I'm full of ideas for the house, garden and with fabric & wool,
my creative me is pushing & pulling me to get going.

Until next time....

XXXX