Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Piccies say it all really but it must be noted that Toby is on a lead rope for very good reasons. Unfilmed (by me anyway) Clyde had previously unseated Toby who re mounted only to be bucked and cantered wildly round the ring whilst staying seated For everyone's peace of mind a lead rope it was, the same with Rosie's mount Barra. They were both considerably disturbed by the presence of one of their friends dressed as a reindeer which set off all the trouble in the first place....Scary ears indeed.
A wonderful relief from the cooking and drinking duties (the two go hand in hand with me at festive times of year) as the children and I headed up into the hills. This means a very steep start that we timed (22minutes) and then a walk around a lovely Loch at the top on a crytal clear day. The dogs were doggily appreciative, the world up there is so different, no trees to speak of and moorland stretching away over to Loch Awe. We left the cobwebs on the top, along with the ghost of Freya's srisps which she dropped almost as soon as she opened them...even happier dogs.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Time to drag a poor healthy tree into the house and burden its braches with baubles and tinsel.....we love it! Toby was instructed to remove Santa from his painful perch and restore the Angel at once......The pictures were taken just shortly before the tree gracefully bent over to a 45'angle and had to be shored up with the heaviest kitchen weights I have. It still has a bit of a list to it.
Friday, 19 December 2008
First a musical end to The Nativity Play....then rush home to make truffles for Christmas Presents. In the morning Garret, Howard, Myrna and I joined with John, Dilla and others including the duke and young dukelets to plant bluebell bulbs for next years Bluebell Festival...they are already spectacular but a few more will be even better!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Change of pace and change of clothes for the inaugural Santa Sprint with jogscotland. A family event with a rather strange theme for this time of year. Toby full of unsocialble germs and so left home alone but the girls did brilliantly. Well done to all.
A fast and furious night out last night at Brenfield, home of friends one of whom has reached that big 40...I wonder what that feels like. I guess I shall just have to wait a few more years to find out........ The celebrations were held in a barn, with bar and the biggest cooker you have ever seen welded together by the birthday boy and friends,large enough for a whole cow. They know this for sure as they had one in there for a wedding recently but we were more modest with merely three sheep. The burners beneath blazed and kept the ceilidh dancers warm. There is nothing like a good old scottish dance with the kilts swirling, the boots stomping and the pipes skirling away. The bar was busy all night but less busy once the dancing started as you just canny twist and drink. The dancers were far too fast to get many photos of but here is one and the magnificent cooker.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Today I got a big box in the post addressed to "Fee" with "Merry Christmas, open now" I need no further encouragement...legitimate permission to open a present early and I am there with (christmas) bells on. Inside perfectly wrapped in large amounts of paper was one of the best and most thoughtful Christmas presents I have ever had.....a lovely hand crafted Yorkshire Pork pie. Maybe there is someone somewhere who would not appreciate it but not in this house. There is of course a history behind this as David The Deerstalker had said he would bring me up a pie at Christmas time but has had to cancel the trip(imminent arrival of puppies). I do love them and have never had such a beautuful one! Scotland is great but not good on pork pies.... I had never thought that I would get one made specially for me, my mind was on Ainsleys or a supermarket one so thank you very very much David!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
The date...Early December
The occasion...Friends brought togther in some way by our children.
The result... A good night in together once a year we have been going about 10 years with a theme to make it more fun and cheesy. So, this year how could it be anything else but the 1970s with a Mamma Mia tinge to it. We went for it with 70's inspired food (who could pass up on prawn cocktails, pineapple and cheese on sticks, babysham, cheesecake, vol au vonts, chilli,etc etc), Dr Tom Baker Who, several Agnetas (the blonde one from Abba) quite a few hippies, gallons of blue eyeshadow, a Zaphod Beeblebrox and a very cool miniskirted Janice. A great night. Thanks everyone.
PS Tip of the day...do NOT go out to walk the dogs at 1am wearing Flip Flops AKA hippy style. The problem comes only when you remember said footwear resulting in a swift desent onto bottom and left elbow. The bottom has automatic padding and is fine, the elbow is less well covered and hurts!
Monday, 1 December 2008
Garret and I took a wee ride out today on those fine boys Barra and Lewis. When I say walk this is exactly what it was. There was a fair amount of horse ice skating going on without a faster pace...boy was it cold out of the sun. Very pretty though.