Summer is winding down and next week begins the Autumn months and we are all making the most of the warm weather whilst it is still here. We have a busy weekend coming up with friends round for dinner on Saturday evening and hopefully Sunday we can continue to work in the garden.
As it is #TBT I thought I would show you a selection of pictures from previous holidays with DH and The Boys!!!
Uncle Gordon and The Boys target shooting!
The Boys in Loch Mhor!
The Pier at Loch Mhor!
The four of us at a benefit concert for the RAF.
It has been a busy old week and our holiday is now a distant memory!!!! I have been making Jam this week and will show when it is all done and at the weekend will be making chutney. Also have the ingredients for making soup which I will put into the freezer for the cooler months!!!
Have a few plans for when the nights start to draw in with some projects I want to get on with as well as continuing quilting. I have a baby quilt to finish and a few other projects on the go!!!
I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday, almost the weekend!
Whilst we were away DH did get some customer visits in (!) one of which was to Edinburgh! Normally I will just tag along and sit outside the customers in the truck and read, however I discovered that whilst the Edinburgh Festival is in full swing there is also the Edinburgh International Book Festival! Well I just had to go!
I got there for when it opened but there was already a queue (we love to queue in Britain!!!) However it was still quite empty so I managed to get a look round the large bookshop and get some books. Then I got a drink and sat down to read!!!
The centre of the Book Festival in George Street.
The Book Shop and lots of tables to sit at and read.
All set for a few hours of reading, yeah!!!!
I didn’t just read and buy books I did attend two talks, one business based (so I was really doing some work!!!!) which was very interesting about the current business climate. The second talk was about the sun and how much good it actually does us. The speaker had done studies on those countries that don’t get a lot of sun and the effect on people’s health.
All along the road were these HUGE books where you could sit for a while and at night they lit up!
I also got lunch and read some more!!!!! Then it wasn’t long before DH was due back to collect me. The great thing was that the Festival was open until 11.00pm so I didn’t have to leave until DH got there.
The other Bookshop on the road which was all Scottish Authors.
Edinburgh Castle from George Street in the evening.
It was a great day and I have bought some more books to stock up for winter when it is dark and raining outside!!!! I actually got through three books whilst I was away and have now started a new one, which will appear in my Monthly Friday Book Club and also on my Books I Have Read this year!
It is a long weekend for us here in the UK this weekend, DH and I have a few jobs to get done and the weather, at the moment, is due to be sunny and warm!!! So the garden beckons and a few jobs at home. Oh and an eye test for both of us!!!!!!!
Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a lovely time.
So Friday morning we decided to get up early get a few bits of work finished and then pack, as we were going to travel up to Edinburgh that evening after Youngest go back from his second week away at Head Office training. It was a nice day so the back door was open for Treacle to run in and out as always. DH went to make a drink and fussed her as he went past and then saw blood on her legs! When we examined her we found that she had managed to cut her eye lid, probably on a bush which she loves to run in and out of!!!!
So off to the vets we went for an emergency appointment DH holding Treacle and me trying to stem the flow!!!! The vet thought that it would be fine as it was not a deep cut but had to stop the bleeding so we waited in a side room for an hour and she said it was okay but she would have to wear the dreaded cone to stop her opening it up again!!!! So three hours later we got home.
We then had a business appointment to go to and then had to go over to Nottingham so we did not get back until about 4.00pm! We still had to pack (!) so we didn’t finally leave until about 6.00pm! Therefore we didn’t get to the hotel in Edinburgh until 2.00am, having stopped for food (McDonalds!!!!) on the way!!! We fell into bed with the Do Not Disturb sign on the door!!!!!
This was the view from our window at the Hotel which was north of the new road Bridge in Edinburgh.
We were not far from the Naval yard where the new HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier is being fitted out. She is due to launch next year
Our good friend, Susan, mentioned Glamis Castle to us (where the Queen Mother was born) which is not far from Edinburgh and it just so happend that on the Saturday they were holding the first ever Horse Trials and Country Show, so we decided to go.
The riders competing in the jump competition. We had missed the dressage section for that day and some of them were going on to the cross country.
Waiting to enter the ring.
Glamis through the trees.
The Castle itself and so many turrets.
The clock above the main door.
A very small door for a very big castle.
The side of the castle where the entrance for the tour was.
I just loved the turrets.
It was a guided tour around the open rooms, some of which were the ones the Queen Mother used when she visited. My favourite was the dining room. The rooms were not huge but it certainly made it feel like a family home rather than just a show piece. The family still live them and so it is very much a living, breathing space. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside.
We then continued North to the cottage, via the supermarket to get food (!) and arrived at 7.00pm!! It was great to finally be away and all the peace and quiet!!!
The next morning we woke to find the cows had come to visit.
These two were particularly cute and obviously twins!!!
Today is catch up on home jobs, got the ironing all done (!), and tonight we are out for Eldest’s Birthday Dinner!!
Not changed much!!!!!! Ha
We love him to bits and are so proud of him!!!
I hope your Thursday is going well. Tomorrow I will show you some more pictures of the holiday and especially a day which I did not expect to get to do but did and had great fun.
We got home on Saturday evening after a long drive but the weather was kind to us. Sunday we spent sorting things out and DH mowed the lawn that was not quite up to his knees! Monday I sat down to deal with 698 emails and accounts to sort!!! Finally by today I am now up to date. I just have a basket of ironing and then we are back to normal operating!!!!! Tee hee!
We had a lovely holiday although DH did fit in four days of work with customers up there!!! But the rest of the time it was very peaceful, although it did fly by! I think we could have done with three weeks really!!!!
The Thursday before we left I went to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. It was the opening day and not too busy. I took a lot of pictures so be warned this is a picture heavy post. I also went to see Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company speak. She was great and as engaging as her You Tube Tutorials are and also her Husband Ron was there too.
However I will say that although there were lots of quilt entires as always they did not appeal to me at all. Whether it was the colours used or the blocks I found a lot to be quite uninspiring. However below are the ones I loved.
This was my favourite quilt of the whole show. I just love the colours and the subject matter. I did have all the names but have mislaid the book!!!! Sorry.
The above quilt had a 3D effect and looked like fruit boxes.
Below is a shirt quilt which looked great as a scrappy quilt.
I took the above picture as it is definitely a Boys Quilt.
I loved the above one with the colours and how intricate the pattern was.
The London Underground above!
Another favourite, the colours drew me to this.
As you know applique is my nemesis! So I really appreciate these two quilts and all the hard work that went into them.
I love the deep red of this quilt and the different blocks.
I also admire anyone who can make fabric look like a painting!
This was done in postage stamp blocks!!!!!
Again I loved this picture quilt.
The above would make a wonderful baby quilt.
I just loved this happy cow!!!!!
I loved the above quilt as it is a smaller version of Treacle!
A very pale but intricate quilt.
These two quilts are just so intricate with the applique.
DH bought me a VIP ticket so we got to sit and relax in this lounge area and also had lunch there.
Jenny’s talk was a two hour Trunk Show and she had brought lots of quilts and then explained how she made them and also how to change the shape of a block by just turning one side of it. Ron helped, as do all husbands, with the holding up of the quilts!
I also bought some fabric whilst I was there with my money box savings and had a good look around at different products. We also, as we seem to do each year, saw DH’s cousin!!! Of all the days it is on and all the people that go we always seem to be there on the same day! It was lovely to see Jackie.
We got home around 6.00pm and then started sorting out things for going away on the Friday. I will tell you all about our adventures on the Friday tomorrow!!! It includes Treacle!!!!!
It is fortuitous that my Monthly Friday Book Club (the second Friday of every month) actually falls on National Book Lovers Day today! However we are away on vacation and I am busy reading! So this left me with a dilemma; do I do a book review and then schedule the post for today or leave it as it is a great day for reading, so grab a book and have a few hours off!
You know me though, I love to talk, read and collect books, so I did a review, but of a different kind and decided to list my ten most favourite books, which I have read several times and will still read. They are not in any particular order so here they are :
Agatha Christie – one of my Parents’ favourite Authors so I started to read her books when I was eight. A very traditional sort of writing but still with those twists and turns which make the stories very subtle but engaging.
You knew I had to include one of Mr Martin’s books and I do think the first in the Game of Thrones series is the best and draws you in and makes you want to read the rest, as fast as possible. I think I devoured, all of these within a few months (I was a bit late to the party so he had written quite a few by then!).
This set is from when I was a little girl and I just loved them. They are by Enid Blyton who wrote lots of children’s books and they are still popular today, although our Government tried to ban them from school reading lists as they are not “politically correct”!!!!! They are about Darrell Rivers going to Boarding School in England and her adventures going through the school years. Think Harry Potter without the magic!!! All my friends were reading the books too and we ALL wanted to go to Boarding School! I think the reality would not have lived up to the books!!!
I own all of Stephen Kings novels and it is very hard to choose a favourite, there are several, but I think this one is just a little bit ahead of all the others. He is the master of the weird but great books in which to disappear into.
David Baldacci is a great author and all his books are different but engrossing. I love this book as it is about Christmas and a journey across America for Tom Langdon, Journalist. For him it is a journey of discovery and reconnecting with himself and people close to him all before Christmas.
Clive Cussler! This was the first book I read of his, bought from a charity Book Sale in 1993! Again I was a little late to the party but it was great to read all the books he had written up to date then!
I have all of Wilbur Smith’s books several of which are a series about certain families. However I chose this one as it was completely different to the others he had written and was set in ancient Egypt. I have always been very much into Egyptian history so this story ticked all the boxes. He also went on to write other books in this series.
No need to really introduce you to this book as most people know the gist of the story, even if you have never read the book. I think it is Jane Austen’s best book, I have read all her others, but this is by far my favourite and I can read it again and again. Who doesn’t love the way Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett interact. I actually read this book for my English Literature Exam and my sixteen year old self just loved the romatic story and we all wanted to be Elizabeth Bennett and meet our very own Mr Darcy!! Six years later I did when I met DH!
I first read The Hobbit when I was eleven and loved the journey of reading the book and the journey that Bilbo Baggins took. I have since read it again and still enjoyed it. I have also read Lord of the Rings but liked The Hobbit better! This book is what started me down the fantasy book road and am forever grateful for it, as it opens up a whole new world, compared to normal fiction.
Finally The Redemption of Althalus! Another fantasy book, another “brick” sized book but it completely seizes you from the first chapter until the final one. It has a rogue, Althalus, a Goddess Dweia and a talking cat and begins with Althalus trying to steal a magical book from a House at the end of the World! This was the first book of Eddings that I read and then I got to go back and read all of his others!!!
I hope you have enjoyed this little trip through my ten favourite books. However because of all the books we have I could have several of these favourite ten!!!!!
I hope you have a lovely Summer and have some time to spend reading.