Friday, 30 November 2012

St Andrew's Day

Needless to say, not much happening in England, but I did cook a special supper for today. I made braised pheasant in a whisky and apple gravy, served with skirlie and clapshot

Pudding was the wonderful clootie dumpling


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Full moon tonight

I'm looking forward to taking photos of the moon when I get my new-to-me camera in a couple of weeks time. My own wee digital isn't up to it really, although it's great for everything else.

Photo from :

The power of one

Watch and be inspired, be the one with me :)


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Forum mojo

The new forum at has found my mojo for me!  I've let a lot slip over the past few months due to illness and a general lack of enthusiasm not helped by the attitude of some of those around me, in real life and online.
However, seem to have got over it, and have renewed vigour and enthusiasm for all manner of things now. Today saw my second loaf in a row, today's being even better than yesterday's, so that's good

I've made a pot of one of my favourite soups to go with it for my supper - yellow split pea and smoked ham. Later on I need to sort out a few Kilner jars and make some sugar syrup ready for bottling tomorrow, and am awaiting a top up supply of matches for stashing away and a few cartons of cream for butter making tomorrow. Knitting is to hand for later, and I have a big pile of makes to photograph and list in my shop. Small things, but they soon add up to give the required satisfaction-with-the-day quotient.
Ah,that's better................  it feels good being back in the saddle again, and this time I will stay there and not let others wear me down :)

Monday, 26 November 2012

New forum on self-reliance

Long story short,  am shutting down Creative Living forum after over 7 years; it's been good, but recently has gradually evolved into something which is not what was intended, and getting quite diluted. Others have gone off to start their own, while I am getting more back to what I originally started out with - take a look and feel free to join if you like, or just read. The whole point is to build up a valuable resource to make us all less dependent on others in our  home lives, whether the shtf or not


Sunday, 25 November 2012

5 1/2 hours

- in a hot Rayburn really is too long to cook two wee crumbles.  Oops. (Don't hold out much hope for the dishes either................  ah well.)