Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday morning, how green to me!

Good afternoon and how are you this Monday?
I had a really busy weekend.  Work started well first thing Saturday and went downhill gradually.
Not enough hours in the day.

Saturday evening was great fun in the cube at The West Beach Caravan park in the village.
The cube is a large white inflatable, think kids bouncy castle without the bouncy floor.  It was instead of a marquee with the added bonus you don't get the cold drafts, don't get me wrong it was a cold night down by the beach but once everyone was in and dancing it soon warmed up.  There was a couple of bands on so we had some Scottish dancing.  This was followed by a charity auction and raffle, I won a Johnstons of Elgin merino wool scarf, which is a beautiful burgundy colour.  There was a bar and food, a full hog roast, burgers and proper baked tatties.
What a brilliant evening, lovely local food and drink, great atmosphere and music, what more do you need?
I believe the auction did very well for charity too with lots up for grabs from a side of salmon, plants, wood for the fire, holidays, boat trips, beauty treatments etc...

Yesterday I had our local crop and spent the afternoon chatting, eating cake and crocheting.  I managed to get the rest of my hexagons sewn up and started making some more.

Back to today and once my lot were off to school and work I took the dog out for a walk, oh me, oh my it was freezing.  Walking along a north facing beach when the wind is coming from the north is certainly all you need to wake you up in the morning.  It was the sort of icy cold that slaps you in the face.
Once home and warmed up with a fine cup of tea I set to work in the kitchen.  I shall let you into a secret....I hate going food shopping and if I am off and don't want to go, I like to challenge myself making and baking with what I have left in the cupboards, putting the dreaded trip off till another day.  Today I have made more Malteser slice, it seems to be a firm favourite with my boys at the moment.  I have rustled up a rhubarb crumble for pudding with the rhubarb having been donated from my BFF.  Then I got the slow cooker out and have a creamy tarragon chicken cooking away.  It should make tea quick and easy but I don't know where the day has gone.
I am working tomorrow and Wednesday, then I'm off down to Edinburgh Thursday for a few days so I can't see me getting much crafting to share this week.

As I have been busy in the kitchen I thought today I would share my green fingered achievements this year so far.  I only say this because I normally have no success at all planting seeds but this year I have sweet peas and tomatoes.  You probably plant seeds every year but I have always had very little success over the years so consequently normally don't normally bother.

My sweet pea tin was a present from the boys for Mother's day, I love cut sweet peas in the house over the summer months once they're flowering, the smell is lovely.

These are tomato bush plants which I picked up at work, they've been planted late but hopefully in a South facing conservatory they should start and come on quickly.

Lots of chat today and no crafting, hopefully I might remedy that later this evening.  
That's all from me today I may not have much to share this week but I will try and pop by with something.  Enjoy your week.


Barb said...

What a wonderful post Erika. It sounds like a great weekend and now you have your trip to Edinburgh to look forward too.

I din't think your boys are ever going to want to leave home with the delicious food you are always cooking for the family.

Well done with sweet peas. The plants are looking good. I love the smell of them too. Enjoy the rest of your week. Barbxx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend Erika. Nice to not need to go shopping and to cook something from cupboard findings, it sounds yummy. Great plants to be too.

Have a great stay in Edinburgh.

Love and hugs

Pen Sunshinepen said...

A real busy weekend for you. Well done on your sweet peas - they are always difficult to gerimate due to the very hard seed coat.

Crafty hugs Pen x

Cara said...

Sorry work was pants, but sounds like you made up for it partying! So pleased that your seeds are growing, it's so satisfying seeing them progress. Cara x

Patricia said...

Sounds like a right good fun weekend.
Might need to come visiting your area, there always seems to be great things happening.
Man! Oh! Man! how cold is this weather???
Patricia X

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A fruitful day in the kitchen always makes one feel good and to think you rustled the dishes up from what was in the cupboard is even better.
Your seedlings and plants look very healthy, so satisfying to grow your own. Hubby put his tomato plants in the green house last week and now we are having this cold snap they aren't looking so good at all :o/
Enjoy your trip!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Erika, sounds like you had a fantastic evening, certainly made up for the hectic day at work.
I'm with you on the food shopping I hate it with a vengeance, but needs must I guess.
Well done on your plants, lot's of lovely sweet peas, Kate x