Saturday, 23 May 2015

Project 365 week 21

This week has been fun computer wise, mine keeps coming up with a blue screen and an error message. So I have cleaned the fans, bought a usb fan to sit under it, backed it up and reformatted it. So far it seems ok, here is hoping it stays that way. 


The inside of my bathroom light that hubby took down, I think he needs to improve his cleaning skills. In my defense it was unreachable and unclean-able where it was but he seems to be blaming me for the mess. 

dropping hints


For some strange reason hubby has decided to put a switch outside the bathroom and do away with the pull switch as you walk in. Here are the holes while he tries to find a way through to the outside, You would not know the holes were there as they have been filled back in and the job is finished. Had the gruesome twosome this evening while Bob was at gymnastics but did not have my camera with me. 

DIY holes to get the cable through


We took an evening stroll round the fishery, it was freezing. Saw two families of geese and the families. Was a bit of argy bargy going on between one of the geese and a swan.

Canadian geese
Canadian Geese and goslings


The local Brownies and Guides had a fund raising coffee evening. Fifi was helping on the plant stall. I went long with hubby, daughter and her other gran to show our support.

selling plants at the coffee evening


Bob and I had gone up here the other week for him to decide where he was going to put his four caches as part of his hobby badge for Cubs. So tonight we went up to place them, they are on the geocaching system just awaiting approval and publication so other people can go and find them.

Scottish Wildlife Trust
with his Geocaches


Was busy making chicken for tea, think the girls were looking to end up in the pot as well. All four of them wandered in for a nose.

wandering in for a nose


Today is three weeks until the wedding. I have to do the Mother of the Bride speech. So have started scribbling some notes down as to ideas I may use. Not really sure how long it should be but hopefully can keep it to under two minutes.

My speech

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Project 365 week 20


When Daughter No1 was a child she use to hate the fact that every apple that came into the house always had a bite missing. They did not come into the house this way but her little brother was not happy unless he had had a bite out of every one in the fruit bowl. Eventually he out grew this phase. But when I was in the other day I noticed she now has the same problem - Minky takes a bite out of them all, see I wasn't such a bad mother!!


Bob is going to gymnastics and so I am watching the gruesome twosome for the hour and a half that they are away. Was a lovely evening on Monday so I decided to take them for a walk. I had strict instructions not to let them fall asleep and time we got down the fishery Minky was nearly asleep so I let him out for a walk, He managed to find puddles to paddle in, Dinky at least played with the flowers.


Thursday is Daughter No1's first wedding anniversary and as a Tuesday is SIL's only evening off work I volunteered to babysit so they could get out for a while. The gruesome twosome were in bed time they went out so Bob and I sat and played games.


Went for a walk up one of the top roads as I had decided to go and look for two caches that are up there that I have not found yet. It is one of the highest points around and you get a very clear view of where we lived for six years. We lived in the farmhouse whilst the building of the dairy was going on. We have pictures and video of the whole project from the first hole in the ground. Was amazing to watch it go up.


Took the gruesome twosome and Bob for a walk down to the fishery, there is really no where else to go for a walk to in the village, to give mum and dad some time on their own. Minky was tired and so was not out of the pushchair, Dinky was out and having fun. I brought them up to the house to play in the garden for a while. They had all sorts of toys outside but ended up playing with the watering can and the brush.


I keep getting a request for a pot of stovies. Daughter says they jut do not taste the same when she makes them, any excuse!! So being the nice mum that I am I made a pot for her. They don't look overly yummy but they taste good. It was one of the meals that the two boys hated but the three girls loved.


Made a cake last night, a chocolate cake with a strip of marzipan through the middle.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Two walks round the fishery with the twins.


I have started watching the twins on a Monday evening while Bob goes to gymnastics as there is no where they can be amused if mummy takes them along. So as it was a lovely evening I decided to take a walk down to the fishery with them, with very strict instructions NOT to let them sleep.
As we approached the fishery Minky was not far off sleeping so I decided to get him out and make him walk. I only let him out because I could not safely watch two of them and push the buggy near water as they are just too young yet to respond safely if told to stop or wait.

So Minky was let out, and spent a while looking at his feet as if he did not know who they belonged to.

those are my feet

He then decided he wanted his jacket off, and in typical little boy style found a puddle.

in goes the finger

look grandma its wet

We had not got very far, mainly chasing him to keep the buggy between him and the pond, which was a good hundred feet away but even so I was not allowing him onto the grass on the pond side. He found stones and picked blades of grass.

oopps wellies may have been better

He splashed from one puddle to another before falling over and getting even wetter. No picture of this as I grabbed him out before he got really wet trying to stand up again.

So I popped him back, the task of waking him up a bit had been accomplished and got Dinky out. Have to say with her we did actually manage to walk in a forward direction and she must have walked a good quarter of the way round the big pond.

my turn, I'm free

laughing at her brother. 

He finds puddles and she finds flowers, typical!!

how cute am I?

getting blown along by the wind

On our way round I introduced them to a field full of cows, we spotted chickens, seagulls and geese, though all birds are ducks at the moment.

some of the "ducks" we saw. 

So it was time to head home to get jammies on ready for bed. On the way back up the road Dinky kept turning round and smiling at me and taking to me, she is such a happy little chatter box.


I took them again on Thursday afternoon, Minky was quite sleepy and did not want out so was just Dinky to run round with Bob.

picking up stones

When we came back up the road I decided to bring them up and let them play in the garden for a while. We got out a box of toys and their rocking "horse" but Dinky made a bee line for the chickens, or ducks as she calls them. She kept popping her finger through and they had a peck or two at her so she gave them a row, Minky is not at all sure about them and wont go within about six feet.

Dinky is fascinated with the chickens

Minky was quite happy to start with to pay with the toys.

on the caterpillar 
Dinky kept climbing on top of Bob and alternating between smacking him on the head with a toy and cuddling him better.

sat  on top of Bob
Soon Minky got fed up with the toys and found a new use for the toy box. 

think he is a bit big for the toy box.

Then the two of them decided the toys were boring and decided an empty watering can was more fun.

Not to mention a brush to drag about.

They have turned into two truly unique little people. He is much more adventurous that she is, much more rough and tumble. She is more of a chatter box and has a wider range of "words" than he does, though they both understand everything you say to them.

There should be many more adventure over the Summer to be had, will share some of them here with you, after all its what my blog is for.

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Project 365 week 19


Today is fifteen years since the first geocache was placed in America and so if we found a cache we got an online badge on my account. So we went and looked for one we failed to find last year. We found it this time. It is near an old  weir and I liked the cogs, and thought they were a bit different than another river picture.

these appealed to me


This was hubbys breakfast, he had had another litre for his tea on Sunday as well. He was to go for a colonoscopy. Nothing sinister was found, diverticulitis,  thankfully just wear and tear. 

he says it is disgusting


Daughter No1 had seen a recipe for egg free meringues. They are literally made by using the drained water from a tin of chick peas and using as you would egg whites. The resulting meringue has an amazing taste. They are rather fragile and tend to crumble quite easily, but the ones that crumble can always be used to top a trifle or such like. 

egg free macaroons 


We decided it was time to make a start on vegetable for the Summer. So we planted four rows of potatoes, two trays of tomato seeds and one of sweet peppers. I also seriously thinned out both mint pants, they were struggling for space last year and were losing some of the quality. No wonder they were they were totally totally pot bound so seriously trimmed them back and just left five or six heads in each pot, seems a bit drastic but it is a prolific grower so wont take long to come back.

the repotted mint


Bob is working towards his hobby badge at cubs and is using geocaching as his hobby. So we have decided to get him putting some caches of his own out as part of this. I have received permission to place some on a local river walk. So tonight we went to look for suitable places to put them that is in accordance with the guidelines we were given. Think we have found good spots and will go back next week with the actually caches and place them so they can get published.

reading the sign on our walk


When I was out today I got a message to say there had been a new cache published. It is on a road end I pass to get home so seemed silly not to go and pick it up. A very rare first to find for me, that is a big thing in the geocaching world. I know I lead a boring life, three of my seven days this week are to do with caching. But then it is a good healthy outdoor pursuit.

I was being watched


Threw some crumbs out this morning, and dozens of little birds descended. So I grabbed the camera.
They did not stay long and time I got focused they were off again.  More than one of them was off to where we know they are nesting so an early morning feed some some babies.

feeding frenzy

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

An egg free meringue looks and tastes amazing

Eggs are a fabulous food, there has been much controversy over the years as to how good or bad they are for you, the thinking on them changes decade by decade.  I remember the adverts of "go to work on an egg" and I also remember Edwina Currie resigning over telling us eggs contain salmonella and we should not be eating them. The thinking on many foods changes and eggs are no different.

Eggs contain a lot of goodness including high quality protein, vitamins and minerals. I know when we were at the GP earlier in the year for DH'd annual diabetic review we were advised for him to stop eating porridge and weetabix for breakfast but to have two eggs and two slice of seeded bread toast instead. Eggs are a great food for keeping you satisfied longer.

Eggs are great for being portable, a cold boiled egg is a great item to take to school in a pack lunch box or on a picnic. One of the favourite foods my daughter uses for the twins is mini omelettes made in muffin cases. You can ring the changes and add a bit of chopped bacon or mixed peppers of even some cheese. I like to make a big one that I can slice and take to work.


Slice thinly half an onion and some sweet pepper, bacon etc. Cooked in a greased tin for 10 mins at 160oC. Meanwhile mix together some eggs, milk and seasoning. Pour egg mix into the tin and top with some grated cheese. Cooked until firm. Cool and slice, again great for portability. Much healthier than grabbing a bar of chocolate and a packet of crisps.
Feel free and pop in some sweetcorn or cooked peas.

But there are many people who have an egg allergy, Bob, our friend Sam and her daughter Esther, and another friend Dan all have egg allergies. But there are ways round this and we all know that you can replace egg in a recipe with vinegar or mashed banana, but I am going to share something a bit different with you - meringues, yes meringues, pure honest to goodness egg free meringues.

I have to admit I have cheated slightly here as mine did not work, the pictures are of meringues I acquired from Bob's mum as hers were successful and mine a tad disastrous despite us both using the same ingredients and method.

So take a tin of chick peas and drain the fluid into a jug or cup. Then add the measured  liquid to a glass bowl  and whisk until forms soft peaks.

add caster sugar to the same level in a cup plus 50% ( so if your liquid measures half a cup you will add three quarters of a cup of sugar). Add a spoonful at a time whisking continuously maintaining the soft peaks. This was the point mine failed and went runny again and would not re-stiffen.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place spoonfuls on leaving room for them to expand.

The resulting meringue is quite delicate and needs to be handled with care but would be great on top of a lemon meringue pie, or served with ice cream.

Have to say I was rather excited by this recipe as it opens up other options for making desserts for Bob. Even granddad willingly eats them.

served with fruit

For these I melted some chocolate spread it on the bottom, let it set and then drizzled the top.
with added chocolate

Apparently this will work with the water from any legumes. Now you all just need to work on recipes to use the chick peas.

This post was written in conjunction with British Lion Eggs but the ideas and theme are all my own.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Project 365 week 18

Another week in and boy has it seen a change in the weather. We have had snow, yes snow, after all the lovely weather we have had as well.


Beryl was not feeling overly well, had been off her food and just sitting in her coop for most of the last two days. Luckily enough she seems to have perked up and seems to be back to her old self.


Bob has started going to a gymnastics club for an hour in the evening. So I am now on babysitting duties as she can't take the twins along as there is nowhere for them to sit for the hour.
The gruesome twosome have more toys than Harrods but spent the evening climbing on dining room chairs and jumping on Fifi.


Had both the children tonight, Fifi had fell out with her best mate and so was happy to come out with us. It had been cold and snowy during the day but cleared up by afternoon. So we went to a small place called Sorn and did some geocaching and played in the park afterwards. We found a the caches we were looking for. When we got back home her and her pal made up again.


This week has been cold, not sure how there is still water in the unplugged hose but there must be.


Was cold but dry and bright so we went to do some maintenance on one of our caches The cache is up at this ruined castle, Loved the sun on the snow on the top of Arran in the background.


Daughter No2 gets married in six weeks. She has been down for a few days. She was suppose to be having a wedding dress fitting and going to see Take That but she fell on the stairs and broke her toe so she missed both events. Her wedding dress fitting has been rearranged, don't think it is quite as easy to rearrange the concert. Here she is relaxing before going off for her hen weekend.


It was Bob's birthday last month and I bought him tickets to see a show. So today we went to see a version of  The Jungle book. Have to say it id not last overly long but it was performed by the 8-11 year olds and Bob enjoyed it, as did the children on the stage.

This was in the break, they were allowing the children onto the stage with three of the main characters to get their picture taken. I got this one before the official photographer.

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