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I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
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J xxx

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Seventh Day Reflections













I had a couple of blog posts planned for last week, but somehow another seven days has flown past since I was last here. I was going to talk to you about tomatoes - and crochet - and I will, but here I am on Sunday evening looking through my camera roll and wondering what happened to my week. 

Well -  a happy smiling girl was part of it. What an absolute joy and delight she is!

Our bake of the week was plum, almond and cinnamon slices - recipe from here.

The weather has been quite rainy this week, so I have been enjoying some relaxation in the afternoons. I am not sleeping too well just now. Nothing major -  just that internal radiator that switches on during the night - 50+ year old women readers will know that one. Anyway, I have been nurturing myself with little naps and rests - and crochet and tea.

The stunning scenery all around me is such a balm to the soul. I never tire of driving this road, (just as well really, as it is the road). From here, you can see the sea in the distance, and it looks higher than the little lochan in the foreground, almost as if it is going to spill out from the gap in the hills. (I took this shot from the passenger seat, just in case you were wondering - John was the driver.)

There was a late shopping night in Stornoway! Now, that may not sound very interesting, as in many places shops are open late, every day, even 24 hrs, but for us, it was a novelty. Most of my favourite shops were open until 8pm and there was quite a party atmosphere in the town. Special offers and discounts, tastings and samples. I tried Spanish food, looked for treasure, drank tea, chatted and crocheted, while James and John had haircuts. The Lewis Pipe band played, and there were even Pirates! 

I found some great things in the charity shop too - a tea trolley, some pyrex dishes, a lovely painted glass jug and some linens and a pretty tray - £13 - bargain! 

And I was just cheered by the bright colours of these charred roasted peppers straight from the grill. so snapped a picture. 

As we start a new week, it is good to look back and reflect on the blessings of the last seven days and those simple, ordinary moments that have made it special. 

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, especially the one shot from the road. You live in such a lovely place, you really do. How wonderful that the shops never normally open late. And what great bargains, lucky you! Hope you have a good week.

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    1. Hi CJ - yes I so appreciate being here every day. Late night shopping was fun - more so because it never usually happens xxx

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  2. Hello, came across you on my morning blog round. Love what you say about looking back on the past seven days of everyday blessings. I need to get better at that. Lovely pictures. Hope you have a lovely week, Pam in Norway

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    1. Hello Pam :) thank you for dropping in and for your lovely comment. It is good to start a new week full of the joys of the old - even the tiny ones xx

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  3. The plum slices sounds yummy thank you for sharing the recipe. I have a Pyrex dish like the one you found in a charity shop, it was my great grandmother's I think of her every time I use it :)

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    1. Oh I love old Pyrex ! I have a few of my Mum's mixing bowls too and I can't help buying any bits I see in the charity shop xx

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  4. Your week sounded just right, a healthy balance between doing and being.

    Xx

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    1. Hi San - yes once I looked back - it was indeed a good week.
      Hope you are all well too xx

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  5. I must show my sister your tea trolley, she is a big fan of such things. I have my grandmother's tea cart and have been meaning to ship it north so my sister can enjoy it in her home. If I can get some decent light inside I will snap a photo to show you.
    What is it about being our age and not sleeping? Argh! Just know there is someone across the pond who is also awake and thinking of you!
    Have a beautiful week.

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    1. Hi Tracey - waving over the ocean in the middle of the night ;)
      I am so pleased with the trolley. It fits a wee space in the kitchen perfectly xx

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  6. How I smiled to see that beautiful baby girl's happiness, and wished that I could have sampled that delicious baking, but I truly gasped with delight to see the landscape vista with the dramatic clouds. What a amazing view! Truly spellbinding.

    Of course, I also loved the the other photos, including the pirates afoot at twilight, and your excellent vintage finds. All in all, it looks to me as if you had a fine week indeed.

    (Once upon a time or two, I also had those nights with interrupted sleep. I hope I encourage you with my telling you that nowadays I fall asleep immediately after light's out and awake only when the sun comes up...or the alarm beeps. Good sleep is gold.)

    xo

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    1. Frances - I so love your comments :) I am happy to hear that sleep will once again be an option. I went from having a sleepless baby and toddler straight into the night heat, so it's been a while!
      And - yes the landscape still stops me in my tracks - even familiar scenes xxx

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    2. I believe my gram hat a trolley, but it's long gone now...I do have many of here stitched linens though. That sweet baby smile makes me smile!!

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  7. your sky is magnificent. some day I would very much like to visit your part of Scotland. I always enjoy your photos ... thank you for sharing your weeks with us. :)

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    1. It's a pleasure JTS - thank you for visiting xx

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  8. Gorgeous photos! I just love that baby face.

    That dish is awesome - I love that colour of teal/blue and Pyrex dishes... my favourite!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  9. I do love your view from the road. And yes, I have one of those radiators ... mine switches on at about 6.00am, an hour before the alarm goes off. Hope you can get some better sleep soon x

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  10. Such blessings your seven days have been filled with. :) Almost 50 (just a month away) and know just what you mean. Sleeping with a window cracked by my side of the bed and taking maca (an herbal) are both helpful. Thanks for sharing. Love your pyrex. :)

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  11. Every time I visit your blog I leave feeling refreshed, just a few gorgeous Scottish photos and all is right with the world : ) the cake looks scrummy too!

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