Sunday, 24 July 2016

My Sunday picture week 4

Took three of the grandchildren out to play in the park on Friday. Yes it was raining but they do not care they love being out, well the twins do anyway not so sure about Bob.  Much easier now that the twins are a bit bigger and can do more for themselves, and they have also put a fence round the road side as well so less risk of them running away.
Now when it rains you have to make the most of it, so I was playing with reflections in drips of rain hanging on the play equipment.

You are seeing the fence in the background reflected in the drip. Added this picture to help it make sense.


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Project 366 week 29


made a snack to eat in my break. Melted some dark chocolate, added some wow butter, sultanas, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.Cool in the fridge and cut into squares. Very tasty it was too.

a tasty snack. 


A late evening walk round the field and down to the quarry. There is work going on down there during the day flattening out the rock face and they are bringing in lorry loads of mud and making a road of some sort. Lilly had fun exploring the bucket on the digger.

Lilly in the digger bucket


Hot hot hot, I do not do hot. The two warmest places in Scotland on Tuesday according to the weather forecast were one mile either side of us, far far to warm for my liking at 29 oC.  But wee Lilly has found out the joy of the fan.It has been on day and night.

enjoying the cooler breeze


Been busy with the cross stitching. I have done as much as I can now until Ziggy is born. Have to say it is looking good.

twinkle twinkle little star


The wheat is starting to turn golden and the top of the fields look very pretty in the sun. 

the vast fields look very pretty 


Babysitting this morning while my daughter went to Glasgow to pick up Fifi from a week away. It was raining but we put on wellies and a jacket and went to play in the park regardless. The three of them were soaked to the core time they had finished playing but they had a great hour. It is great when you are the only ones in the park. 

the twins on the slide


Has been too hot a lot of the week to do much so have been doing plenty of cross stitching. Made a start on Minky's Christmas present, his Toy Story blanket. 

cross stitch

Sunday, 17 July 2016

My Sunday Photo week 3

Out for a stretch of the legs the other day while we were out in the car. Loved the way these weeping willows were dangling in the river with the sun shining on the scene.


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Project 366 week 28


Had Lilly for her first visit to the vet yesterday. She was fine at tea time on  Friday night, went for a walk, ran up and down the stairs fine etc. But by bed time she was not quite right, hanging and wanting to lie in her own bed, just not normal. On Saturday morning when I went to put her out she could not get off the bed or walk down the stairs, and she could not even stand when I out her out the back for a pee. The vet emptied her anal glands and reckoned she was in too much pain to stand and walk. Poor wee Lilly. Seems much better today.

our receipt


DD2 was down staying for a few days, the last time she will be down before Ziggy is due on the 9th of August. Lilly took a liking to sitting with her, just to keep her company. Daughter still suffering from morning sickness and not had a good few weeks

Lilly helping DD2 on the computer


Was a nice day and so we took Lilly for a walk over the quarry. She is walked every day by the way. She is getting much better when off her lead and now stays off between the field and the road as most of the time she will come back when called.
DD3 joined us all for a lamb dinner and as DD1 loves lamb then just before we dished our meal up we ran a take away delivery to her as she is just round the corner.

digging for buried dog biscuits 


Bob has been at Centre Stage in Kilmarnock doing a Summer School. This was part of his Christmas present from DD3. Their theme was Toy Story and he has a solo part singing in the show on Friday. Sadly I was not able to be at the show. I dropped him off at the venue this morning. He really enjoyed the week.

Bob outside Centre Stage


Love Amazon Prime, this week they had some special offers on and so we decided to buy the fire stick. I watch quite a bit on my Kindle Fire but decided we would buy this to go with the new big tv. Started watching Outlander and so far enjoying it. May well just cancel Netflix now. 


Daughter has been complaining she is fed up of pastel pink or white babygros and wanted something brightly coloured, so DD3, Fifi and Bob did some tie dying last week and made some patterned ones.

Spud in her groovy babygro


The first haul of the season. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Lilly went on holiday.

We went on holiday a few weeks back, the first holiday we have had since we rescued wee Lilly back in April. So she clocked up some geocaches and enjoyed some scenic parts of Scotland. We went to Ellenabeich on the Isle of Seil, not overly far from Oban.

So on the way up we stopped at various places to allow Lilly to stretch her legs. Stop one was at Balloch.

at Balloch

Our next stop is one of my favourites, here I get to buy dandelion and burdock. Tarbet on Loch Lomond is a beautiful place to stop.

off her lead at the waters edge

with the cruise boats in the background

Next off she stopped at historical Inverary Castle.

Queen Lilly at the castle

We walked round the grounds, well we had to pay £2 to park so  we thought we might as well. Not a huge amount of off the road stopping places much further along on our journey.

she spotted some cows in a field and had to watch them

We carried on with our travels and the final stop on the way up was Connel Bridge and the Falls of Lora 

exploring at Connel Bridge

Upon arrival at the cottage we were staying in Lilly went out the back to explore the garden and have a mad few minutes running around.

Later on after we had had something to eat we took her out to explore the isle. I use the word beach lightly as it is made up of slate not sand.

exploring under the slate

Saturday morning we went to explore the hills at the back of the cottage. She did not get off her lead here as she would have given grief to the sheep on the hills.

up the top of the hill

stood on the wall

lying chilling in the garden

on the picnic bench

Sunday dawned a bit dull and we got rain through out the day, but Lilly managed a walk to Dunollie Castle  to pick up some geocaches.

finding the cache at Dunollie Lighthouse

on the fallen tree, the cache was under it

Sadly Lilly is not good with other dogs, though she is improving from when we got her, so the time we spent at my daughters house she had to be caged.

not so keen on this bit

Monday morning was wet and windy but we went down to the beach again, Lilly learnt to love it down here. She learnt how to catch crabs without getting nipped and loved to eat the wee sea lice under the slates. Was team work, hubby moved the slates and Lily did the catching/

waves crashing on the shore

clambering across the wet rocks

looking out to sea

She really grew to love the beach, especially the fresh food

 She went across on the ferry to Easdale and had fun exploring there as well.

across the far side of Easdale

Not to mention getting to share lunch

please sir can I have some more? 

All in all I think she enjoyed her holiday, never met another dog on the slate beach and she explored lots of new places.

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Dairy Free Chocolate Sultana cakes

I have been messing around with different ingredients. One being coconut oil, the new fad everybody seems to be using. The jury is out on its benefits or its badness depending on which sites you read. But it is dairy free and that is good enough for me. 

So I made dairy free chocolate sultana cakes. 


  • 4 oz coconut oil
  • 3 oz half spoon sugar ( or 6 oz granulated sugar)
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 10 oz self raising flour
  • 2 oz cocoa powder
  • 2oz sultanas

Butter icing

  • 150 g coconut oil
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder ( sieved together with icing sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon coconut milk



  1. Cream coconut oil and sugar together until well creamed.
  2. Add the eggs
  3. Then the sieved flour and drinking chocolate
  4. And the sultanas
  5. Divide between 18 cake cases
  6. and cook for approx 20 mins at 160 oC

Butter icing

  • Cream coconut oil very well
  • Add other ingredients carefully and mix well.
  • Use to decorate cooled cakes.

          Now before I added the sultanas I decided to use some of the mixture to make a dairy free version of sticky toffee pudding. I found a jar of Hey Boo Coconut caramel sauce. This stuff is amazing, you really need to try it. Not the cheapest but nice for a treat or a special occasion. 

                I simply put some in the bottom of some cup cake cases.and put the cake mixture on top.

                Served them with with soya yoghurt and some sauce that I had heated for ten seconds in the microwave. Why should we have to miss out on pudding all the time?

                I am entering this into the #WeShouldCocoa linky over at Tin and Thyme

                My Sunday Photo week 2

                ok this is just a bit of random madness.
                I noticed when sitting in my seat and I have the lamp on behind me I get a nice rainbow pattern cross on the new tv screen. Dont get me wrong when the programme itself is on it is barely noticeable, but on a black screen it is quite pretty.  If you turn the lamp off and use the flash you get really a very bright cross.

                The simple things that amuse simple minds