Thursday, 22 June 2017

My favourite things . . .


These are a few of my favourite things . . .  maybe some of them are your favourite things too.


I fell in love with Scotland.  It is one of the most beautiful countries, especially the Highlands where we were staying.  Quite simply stunning.  Todd and I would love to go back one day and maybe do the Western Islands and Hebride Islands.  Even in the rain the Highlands are one of the most gorgeous places to be. We were ahhing and ooohing around every corner!


Be it ever so humble there is no place like home.  I will do a holiday post another day and share with you what all we did in Scotland, but there really is no place like home.  Especially when you are not feeling well.  I brought back lots of shortbread (tins!) from the North but I also brought home a stinking cold.  I started getting it about halfway through our holiday and actually spent the last day in the hotel room nursing it while Todd went out and about.  There really is no place you would rather be when you are unwell than home sweet home.  We were both so exhausted when we got in last night and then with the cold on top of it I was so happy to tumble into my own bed and I slept like a log the whole night through until six this morning.  Travel is great, but coming home is even greater!


Making new Friends!  We sat across the table every meal time with a couple from near Stratford Upon Avon, called Margaret and John.  They were just lovely.  Margaret loves to do needlecrafts and works for an online shop called The Wool Warehouse, (check it out, its lovely) and John is a pop artist. We had ever so much in common, including meeting our husbands online.  We have vowed to stay in touch and have added each other as friends on FB.  Holidays are nice, but meeting super people that you like when you are on them is even nicer!


We did not buy much in the way of souveniers while we were away.  They're all made in China anyways, but I did bring home this shortbread tin.  I have tasted better shortbreads, but I fell in love with the tin.  It will make a great recipe tin don't you think? I got two others also.   A small square one with a thistle on it that will be great for pins and an oval one covered with bluebells that I will find some use for no doubt!  I love decortive tins.

 
A good night's sleep in my very own bed.  I don't think either one of us got a great night's sleep the whole time we were away.  The bed was very hard and we are so used to sleeping in twin beds that we kept waking each other up every time we moved, lol.  We have twin beds here at home, albeit they are pushed together . . .  but we each have our own space and own blankets and they are very comfortable beds.  Then after I started getting my cold when my nose was stuffed up and I started coughing, I was so conscious of not disturbing Todd that I hardly slept at all, getting to sleep last night in our own home sweet home bed, as hot and muggy as it was, was the best feeling ever!

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I can't wait to see Mitzie later this morning when Tina brings her home.  We would have gone to pick her up, but Tina said she was happy to bring her home.  I hope that is a good thing.  Actually Tina has said she was a joy to take care of, which is good.  The house seems awfully empty here without here.  I hope she will be as excited to see us as we will be to see her.  All will finally be as it should be. Mitzie is one of my favourite things/doggies. 


Grandchildren.  I love my grandchildren very much as you know and guess who is turning a big FOUR today!  Yep.  Cameron!  Cameron and I have not met in person yet. *sniff* *sniff*  But I hope we get to meet soon.   I hope that he has a wonderful birthday.   Happy Birthday Cameron!  I also hope he got my birthday present in time!  I sure with that I could have given it to him in person! 

Well, that's not a lot of favourites this week, but I am not feeling all that well
with this cold, and so I am going to cut it short with a thought to
carry with you for today  . . . 

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  a delicious Lamb Tagine you can cook in the slow cooker.

Have a great Thursday.  I have laundry up the kazoo to do!  Don't forget whatever you get up to!

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And I do too!

 

 

7 comments:

Suze said...

Good morning to you my darling Marie. I am so sorry that a cold dared to interfere with your much needed holiday. I have often thought it would delightful to spend a summer enjoying the islands in the UK. I hope you manage to do so. I am glad that you enjoyed the scenery and time away. It is wonderful that you have meet and made like minded friends. You must tell Margaret that I have actually ordered from the business she works with.

When Mitzie arrives home your home will be filled with love and doggy friendliness.

God bless your day and be well soon.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Welcome back and glad you are safely home! Missed your daily posts. Home is always best and I for one am traveling less and less. Take care and feel better !

La Table De Nana said...



You were missed!

How unfortunate a cold arrived! Hate that..

yes home is so sweet too!!

Love the tin!!

That is great about the couple you met:)

Imagine that..all the similarities!
By George I think I am GETTING crochet:)

Love it!!

Thank you for the tutorial..it..along with videos..did it!

Sybil said...

Great to know your home again....what a shame to get a cold whilst on holiday, nmaybe a bus full of people is not a good space to be for long periods, a bit. Like being on a plane....anyway looking forward to when you are better and can share some of your memories with us....hope you managed to get over to Mull....and of course Edinburgh, no visit to Scotland could omit Edinburgh.....
Take care love and if your no better think about going to Dr.myou don't want it going into anything more serious xx. Night night God bless xxxx

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Suzan. The cold I could have done without! I told Margaret! Small world! Mitzie was thrilled to get home and we were thrilled to have her! xoxo

Thanks Pam! I find that as I get older, I enjoy travel less and less. I don't mind the being there, it is the getting there and the getting home! xoxo

Yay Monique! About the crochet! Can't wait to see what you create! You are welcome! xoxo

I am not sure why I got the cold Sybil. Nobody else on the coach had one and we were made to use hand spray every time we got on and off and before we went into the dining room and when we left the dining room. I just got lucky I guess, NOT! lol Still battling it. Its a bad one! We did get to Edinburg, what a beautiful city. I did not go to Mull, Todd did on his own. I was feeling not too well that day so spent a day in the hotel on my own. I did not mind. God bless. xoxo

Tracy said...

Welcome home, Marie! We missed you! :) So glad you had a great time in Scotland... can't wait to see/hear more! So very sorry though, that you became unwell toward the end of your lovely holiday. :( Do hope you will be feeling better very soon, that the cold will be short-lived. Glad all went will with boarding Mitzie while you were away too. LOVE that cute little biscuit tin!! Away is good, but it's always so good to come home--that is so true. One sees home with fresh eyes, yes? And home cooking too. ;) Be taking good care there, and on the mend soon... ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

J said...

Yay ur home! I didn't realize it, bc I was just reading ur food blog.

I can't wait to see all the beautiful pictures that u took and hear about ur holiday.

So glad u met a new friend too!

I would so buy a cute tin like that too for a keepsake. Lol.

I hope u feel better soon!

Everybody missed u! xoxo