Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, May 24th, 2017

Outside my window ...
The sun is fully up. I am a bit later getting started this morning.  We got back so late yesterday that I wasn't able to do my kitchen post until this morning, so I am way behind on everything.  Traffic yesterday on the M56 was outrageous.  Due to a major incident in Mancester, but not sure why it was affecting traffic as far out as we were.

I am thinking ...
About the major incident in Manchester. A sucide bombing at the end of a pop concert.  Planned to create as much damage as possible.  I don't understand the mentality or inhumanity of such an act.  Children and young people . . . the youngest victim being only 8 years old.  What kind of person can do such a heinous thing. Every time something like this happens our world changes, and not for the better.

In the kitchen ... 

 Creamy Chive and Cheddar Salad Dressing.  Delicious!

 On my "To Cook" list ...


 Homemade Biscoff cookies from Kleinworth & Co.  These look gorgeous! I love, LOVE Biscoff!

Good to know ...

 From Pure Wow.

I am creating ...


 This lamb scarf is so cute.  From Ravelry. 

 I could not find a source for this, but if you can crochet it would be simple enough to do.  It's a simple crochet scallop edging around a piece of brushed fleece. I found a free pattern for another style which is also very nice on Ravelry. Free pattern.

Little clay heart attachements for packages.  From Alanka Davis. No instructions, but plenty of inspiration.

Printable Birdhouse from Paper Trey Ink.  Free template for the birdy house.

Little Fabric Houses from Craft and Creativity.

I am reading ...

Everyman's England, by Victor Canning

"I travelled from King's Cross to Berwick-on-Tweed in a sleeper on the night express for no other reason than that I like to read in bed and, at the same time, feel that I am being rushed forward at a tremendous speed."

In this series of pen-portraits of England, commissioned by The Daily Mail in the 1930s, Victor Canning vividly conjures the pattern and colour of the 'great fabric of English Life' from Cumberland to Cornwall. His heartwarming, humorous and often irreverent observations of sleepy villages, pastoral scenes and busy industries provide a delightful insight into life between the wars.

Thoroughly delightful!

I am looking forward to ...

Our Scotland trip and seeing my book in print. It won't be long now!

Dreaming about ...

A beautifully organised pantry . . .

A kitchen island.  This is amazing.  You would  need a HUGE kitchen for it, but that is something I would love also.  A kitchen with plenty of space.

A corner sofa . . .  but in a much darker colour.


A pool to call my own  . . .  of course if I could afford one of these, I could also afford someone to take care of it.


 Better than a pergola  . . .

Something to watch ...

 Scott & Bailey.  Britain's version of Cagney and Lacey.  We have the DVD's.  It's great! I love British Crime Dramas.

A favourite quote for the day  ...
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Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.
~Albus Dumbledore * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..

Makes me smile ...



One of my favourite things ...


I love popcorn, but my teeth don't . . .   

Corners of my Kingdom ...

Berwick Upon Tweed . . . more commonly known simply as Berwick (pronounced Berrick) is an Ancient Walled Town at the far Northern reach of the Northumberland Coast. Throughout history this has been an area of intense conflict and the evidence of this remains today is clear, with it's huge fortified Town Walls. In Elizabethan times the Town had huge defensive walls built to deter the potential invasion of the Scots. Berwick changed hands between the English and the Scots an amazing 13 times before finally being re-captured in 1482 by the English, in who's hands it has remained ever since.

Three bridges connect Berwick with Tweedmouth on the South side of the river, the most impressive of which being the railway's 'Royal Border' bridge designed by Robert Stephenson and completed in 1850. Today Berwick is a beautiful Market Town that is immensely popular with visitors. It has many architectural features of note, an incredibly turbulent history to explore, a thriving arts scene and excellent facilities and amenities.

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

This and that . . .


 We are off to the Temple early this morning so I won't have time for my regular daybook post.  I will save that for tomorrow when I have more time. Sorry to disappoint anyone who has come here looking for that today!

We haven't been to the Temple since before Todd started with his treatments. It will be really nice to once more be sitting within its walls, partaking of the beautiful spirit which we find there.  Away from wordly cares and worries.  A little bit of heaven here on earth . . .

The Preston England Temple is the 52nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church took root in Preston, Lancashire, when the first Mormon missionaries arrived in 1837.

The first  Baptisms into the Church in the UK took place in the River Ribble, near Preston . . . on the 30th of July, 1837, only 10 days after the missionaries arrived here, witnessed by several thousand curious people on the banks of the river. In fact the Preston Ward is the church's oldest continuous congregation, having been founded in 1837.  If, in the early days of the church, its members had been encouraged to bloom where they were planted, the UK would now be like the Utah of the world, and probably the church head quarters.  Many, many North American Latter Day Saints can trace their roots right back here to the UK.  I find the history of the church in the UK to be quite interesting.  If you would like to read more about it, you can find it here.  It's really quite fascinating. 

Several years ago the church did a presentation on the grounds of the Preston Temple, called the British Pageant. Entitled "Truth Will Prevail" it is the heartfelt story of the arrival of the first Missionaries to the UK told through story, music and dance.  It was just wonderful. My friend Carolyn acted in it.

Its being put on again this year.

  • Tuesday 1st August - Saturday 5th August nightly at 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 8th August - Saturday 12th August nightly at 8.00pm
  • Matinee Performances - Saturday 5th, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th at 3.00pm
Anyone who went to the last one thoroughly enjoyed it and attendance is free of charge, but you do need a ticket to go.  If you are interested you can find out more here.   It really is wonderfully done.

And with that I best be off here and getting my face on/dressed/etc.!

A thought to carry with you . . .

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 *.˛.°The relationship with yourself
sets the tone for every other
relationship you have.
~Jane Travis •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment

 In The English Kitchen today . . .  Beef Casserole with Horseradish Dumplings. This is delicious. The dumplings are like little horseradish filled swiss roll biscuits baked on top of the finished stew.  Quite simply fabulous!

Hope your Tuesday goes well.  See you tomorrow, don't forget!

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And I do too!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Small and Wonderful Things . . .

"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.


Homemade hot buttered crumpets with jam on a Sunday night, while we watch one of our favourite Sunday night television shows, Country File.  Could anything be more Home Sweet Home?  I think not  . . .


Todd feeling well enough to attend all of our church meetings yesterday. Yes, the whole three hours. He did spend the rest of the afternoon in bed, but I was really happy that we could stay the whole time.  Enjoyed all the talks given in Sacrament meeting and the lessons in Sunday School and Relief Society.  It was great!

Snuffles and cuddles with this little lady.  Oh, we do so love her.  She will be 7 years old in June.  It is hard to believe.  She's very vocal and tries very hard to communicate with people. She's a treasure.

Sunday nights with Inspector George Gently.  Not near enough of them, but I'll take however many I can get.

This latest and last series ever (*sniff*sniff) is set in the early 1970's so it has progressed from the 60's.  I have always loved the authenticity of this police series. It gets everything right.

A new post from Susan Branch.  A week that starts off with one of these is sure to be a really good week.  I've been loving on Susan and her work since the 1980's. I only discovered she had a blog a few years back.  This latest post is all about her getting on top of the mess in her house, with stacks of books, etc.  This is so me.  This is so what I have been doing these past months.  Clearing the clutter, getting rid. Creating white space, and I agree with Susan . . .  its invigorating and like a breath of fresh air!  I still got a ways to go, but I am getting there and so is she.

I totalaly adore her new mugs.   I can't afford one, but if I could I would have one of each.  Everything that woman's paint brush touches turns to gold.   Love, love her work and more importantly, love, love the woman.  She is NICE and genuine. A great role model for us women everywhere. Everything she does seems like it came right out of my own head.  lol   Not sure if that makes sense or not, but it resonates completely with how I feel and think about everything.  Same loves.  Same quirks.  Same everything.  A kindred spirit.

Free Eye Tests.  Having my Eye Test this week and I am of an age now where it is free.  So grateful for that!  I am also of an age where I get free prescriptions and in days gone not too far in the past I would have a free bus pass as well.  I still got a ways to wait for that now however.

We have a date to go to the Temple tomorrow.  Can't wait. Its been too long. Its gorgeous this time of year.  All the flowers, etc. I am really looking forward to it. 

We have sent off the final cheque to pay for our Scottish Holiday now.  No turning back.  Its done and dusted.  I can't wait!  My knee is still dodgy, but I will persevere!  It will just be nice to get away from it all!  There is WiFi in the hotel lobby, so I should still be able to stay in touch. 

Daily messaging on FB with my dear daughter Eileen.  We do have fun.  Love her to bits.  Love all my kiddos to bits.

Phone calls with mum.
Tea and Cake (herbal of course)
Each one of you.
ALL blessings, all wonderful.
Life is good.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°I want to have a little house
with sunlight on the floor,
a chimney with a rosy hearth,
and lilac by the door.
~Nancy Bird Turner •。★★ 。* 。

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Hunter's Chicken.  So good.

I hope your week ahead if filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things  . . .  don't forget along the way . . .

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And I do too!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday, sunday . . .

A little bit of good advice always goes a long way . . . just for today. A bit of wisdom taken from an anthology of verse,poetry, thought and prose by Stan and Sharon Miller.

Just for today . . . I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a liftime.

Just for today . . . I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, "That most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Just for today . . . I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today . . . I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take luck as it comes, and fit myself to it.

Just for today . . . I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don't want to do, just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be huts, but today I will not show it.

Just for today . . . I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.

Just for today . . . I will remember that language is the dress of my thoughts. Everytime I speak I will remember that my mind is on parade. I will recall that someone said, "You can always tell what kind of wheels are a man's head by the spokes that come out of his mouth."

Just for today . . . I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: Hurry and Indecision.

Just for today . . . I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

Just for today . . . I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

~the end

All eyes were on Pippa yesterday as she got married to her boyfriend James.  What a beautiful dress she wore, very modest I thought, but stunning, and the weather could not have been nicer.  Apparently people had been camped out for hours at the location in anticipation of perhaps seeing royals and other celebs arrive at the venue. I think every bride is radiant on her wedding day, don't you?

What a stunner the Kate is.  I loved the care shown in this photo of her arranging her sister's dress just so  . . . and her outfit . . .

Of course I think she could wear a paper bag and still look fabulous.  I am a huge fan of these younger royals.  What a sweet, sweet family.  

I do not envy them having to live in a fishbowl
however.  Must be hard, but
they do it very

Not a lot on today, just church and my usual phone calls this afternoon.  I am looking forward to church and renewing my spiritual battery.  I am looking forward to my phone call with my mom also.  I think we will be bringing the sacrament to a shut in friend later on also, so quite a busy day planned altogether.  Ohhh, and guess what starts on the telly tonight  . . . 

Inspector George Gently, Series 8 . . .  the final one.  *Sniff*Sniff*  It has been an ace television series.  Thank goodness for DVD's so that I can watch them whenever I want. Martin Shaw just gets better and better looking the older he gets.  This is such a great series and so well done.  I don't think anyone does crime drama better than the British!  Yes, I am a tad bit biased!

And we have binged on Anne with an E.  There is only one episode left for us to watch.  Will be sorry to see that end also.  It's been wonderful.

And with that I will leave you with a thought for the day . . .

Its a picture one for today.

In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Cinnamon Tea Cake.  Simple and good.

Have a blessed Sunday!  Whatever you get up to don't forget . . .

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And I do too!