Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Favourite Things . . .


These are a few of my favourite things. Maybe some of them are yours too!


Jill the Squirrel on Instagram. She is so cute!  She also has a YouTube channel.  She is adorable. Mega personality plus.  I could watch her for hours.

Amish. Anything.  I am in love with the Amish.  The way of life.  The food (especially the food). The people.  It is my dream to one day visit Amish country.

Homemade Mac and Cheese.  I especially like my sister's recipe for the stove top one.  Its delicious.  You can find it here. Its a real winner.

Houses with names.  I have always wanted to own my own home and give it a name.  Like  . . . Misty Meadows . . . or Journey's End . . .  that type of thing.  It is the romantic in me I think  . . . Oh sure, we could name our house, but it would seem a bit pretentious because it isn't ours and its a row house. Sigh  . . .

Cinnamon. Anything. I love the taste.  I love the smell.  I love cinnamon.

All things Beatrix.  Potter, that is.   I love her art, books, story.  The movie Miss Potter which I have watched literally almost a bazillion times. (okay slight exaggeration there, it only feels like that to Todd, lol)  I have never been in HillTop however, although we have tried many times.  Its always full up when we go, no parking left, etc.  One day I will get there.  Did you know there is a Beatrix Potter World?  I know!  I did not know that until the other day when my friend Tina was there with her family.

Its called The World of Beatrix Potter. Its at Crag Brow, at Bowness-on-Windemere.Interactive exhibits tell the story of Potter's writing and her importance to Lakeland conservation.  I hope to go there one day!

Tea Cup and Snack Plate sets.  I love them. I don't have one, but I would if I could.  If I ever win the lottery I want to collect them.  I know.  I'm wierd. Its okay.

They can actually be quite pretty.

Travel shows.  I am not such a good traveler now that I am getting older.  So much hassle involved, with airports, packing, etc.  But I am a great armchair traveler.  I love to see new places and learn about them.  

My favourite ones are Michael Portillo's Great Train Journies.  He has gone to some very fascinating places.  All by train. 

I also quite liked "An Idiot Abroad."  (Well, except for the swearing.)  Karl Pilkington is the Idiot.  In season 3 he travels with Warwick Davis, the dwarf and it is quite funny.  Warwick is so positive and Karl is so negative.  They quite balanced each other out and it was quite entertaining.  I don't think they have made any new ones.  

Geneology programs like Who Do You Think You Are.  I find them fascinating.  But then again, I really enjoy geneology.

Plastic storage tubs.  Small ones for food, stackable.  Larger ones for other things like bedding, Christmas Decorations, etc.  I keep all my stuff in plastic storage tubs.  Herb teas, rice, cereal, noodles, gravy powders, etc.  Foodwise, things stay fresh and they stack neatly in the cupboard.  I put labels on them so I can instantly tell what is what.  Our Christmas Decorations are out in the shed. Likewise labeled, etc.  They are unbreakable.  Washable.  Sterile. etc.

Picnic Baskets.  (We actually have this one.)  I love them.  This one is nice, albeit a bit on the heavy side, bit it has real china and knives and forks, glasses, etc. We also have a wicker one. We haven't been on a picnic in a while.  I think we need to go on one soon because I love picnics!

And those are my favourite things for this week.  What are some of yours?

A thought to carry with you  . . .

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 *.˛.° Every positive change in your life begins with
a clear, unequivocal decision that,
you are either going to going to either do something,
or stop doing something. ~Unknown •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment

In The English Kitchen today . . .  French Onion Chicken.  Done in the crockpot/slowcooker.  Sized just for two but easily multipliable.  Quite simply delicious.

Have a great Thursday.  Don't forget!

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And I do too!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, May 24th, 2017

Outside my window ...
The sun is fully up. I am a bit later getting started this morning.  We got back so late yesterday that I wasn't able to do my kitchen post until this morning, so I am way behind on everything.  Traffic yesterday on the M56 was outrageous.  Due to a major incident in Mancester, but not sure why it was affecting traffic as far out as we were.

I am thinking ...
About the major incident in Manchester. A sucide bombing at the end of a pop concert.  Planned to create as much damage as possible.  I don't understand the mentality or inhumanity of such an act.  Children and young people . . . the youngest victim being only 8 years old.  What kind of person can do such a heinous thing. Every time something like this happens our world changes, and not for the better.

In the kitchen ... 

 Creamy Chive and Cheddar Salad Dressing.  Delicious!

 On my "To Cook" list ...


 Homemade Biscoff cookies from Kleinworth & Co.  These look gorgeous! I love, LOVE Biscoff!

Good to know ...

 From Pure Wow.

I am creating ...


 This lamb scarf is so cute.  From Ravelry. 

 I could not find a source for this, but if you can crochet it would be simple enough to do.  It's a simple crochet scallop edging around a piece of brushed fleece. I found a free pattern for another style which is also very nice on Ravelry. Free pattern.

Little clay heart attachements for packages.  From Alanka Davis. No instructions, but plenty of inspiration.

Printable Birdhouse from Paper Trey Ink.  Free template for the birdy house.

Little Fabric Houses from Craft and Creativity.

I am reading ...

Everyman's England, by Victor Canning

"I travelled from King's Cross to Berwick-on-Tweed in a sleeper on the night express for no other reason than that I like to read in bed and, at the same time, feel that I am being rushed forward at a tremendous speed."

In this series of pen-portraits of England, commissioned by The Daily Mail in the 1930s, Victor Canning vividly conjures the pattern and colour of the 'great fabric of English Life' from Cumberland to Cornwall. His heartwarming, humorous and often irreverent observations of sleepy villages, pastoral scenes and busy industries provide a delightful insight into life between the wars.

Thoroughly delightful!

I am looking forward to ...

Our Scotland trip and seeing my book in print. It won't be long now!

Dreaming about ...

A beautifully organised pantry . . .

A kitchen island.  This is amazing.  You would  need a HUGE kitchen for it, but that is something I would love also.  A kitchen with plenty of space.

A corner sofa . . .  but in a much darker colour.


A pool to call my own  . . .  of course if I could afford one of these, I could also afford someone to take care of it.


 Better than a pergola  . . .

Something to watch ...

 Scott & Bailey.  Britain's version of Cagney and Lacey.  We have the DVD's.  It's great! I love British Crime Dramas.

A favourite quote for the day  ...
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              ( ¸. ❀⁀ ⋱‿✿“` * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.
~Albus Dumbledore * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..

Makes me smile ...



One of my favourite things ...


I love popcorn, but my teeth don't . . .   

Corners of my Kingdom ...

Berwick Upon Tweed . . . more commonly known simply as Berwick (pronounced Berrick) is an Ancient Walled Town at the far Northern reach of the Northumberland Coast. Throughout history this has been an area of intense conflict and the evidence of this remains today is clear, with it's huge fortified Town Walls. In Elizabethan times the Town had huge defensive walls built to deter the potential invasion of the Scots. Berwick changed hands between the English and the Scots an amazing 13 times before finally being re-captured in 1482 by the English, in who's hands it has remained ever since.

Three bridges connect Berwick with Tweedmouth on the South side of the river, the most impressive of which being the railway's 'Royal Border' bridge designed by Robert Stephenson and completed in 1850. Today Berwick is a beautiful Market Town that is immensely popular with visitors. It has many architectural features of note, an incredibly turbulent history to explore, a thriving arts scene and excellent facilities and amenities.

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

This and that . . .


 We are off to the Temple early this morning so I won't have time for my regular daybook post.  I will save that for tomorrow when I have more time. Sorry to disappoint anyone who has come here looking for that today!

We haven't been to the Temple since before Todd started with his treatments. It will be really nice to once more be sitting within its walls, partaking of the beautiful spirit which we find there.  Away from wordly cares and worries.  A little bit of heaven here on earth . . .

The Preston England Temple is the 52nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church took root in Preston, Lancashire, when the first Mormon missionaries arrived in 1837.

The first  Baptisms into the Church in the UK took place in the River Ribble, near Preston . . . on the 30th of July, 1837, only 10 days after the missionaries arrived here, witnessed by several thousand curious people on the banks of the river. In fact the Preston Ward is the church's oldest continuous congregation, having been founded in 1837.  If, in the early days of the church, its members had been encouraged to bloom where they were planted, the UK would now be like the Utah of the world, and probably the church head quarters.  Many, many North American Latter Day Saints can trace their roots right back here to the UK.  I find the history of the church in the UK to be quite interesting.  If you would like to read more about it, you can find it here.  It's really quite fascinating. 

Several years ago the church did a presentation on the grounds of the Preston Temple, called the British Pageant. Entitled "Truth Will Prevail" it is the heartfelt story of the arrival of the first Missionaries to the UK told through story, music and dance.  It was just wonderful. My friend Carolyn acted in it.

Its being put on again this year.

  • Tuesday 1st August - Saturday 5th August nightly at 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 8th August - Saturday 12th August nightly at 8.00pm
  • Matinee Performances - Saturday 5th, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th at 3.00pm
Anyone who went to the last one thoroughly enjoyed it and attendance is free of charge, but you do need a ticket to go.  If you are interested you can find out more here.   It really is wonderfully done.

And with that I best be off here and getting my face on/dressed/etc.!

A thought to carry with you . . .

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°The relationship with yourself
sets the tone for every other
relationship you have.
~Jane Travis •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment

 In The English Kitchen today . . .  Beef Casserole with Horseradish Dumplings. This is delicious. The dumplings are like little horseradish filled swiss roll biscuits baked on top of the finished stew.  Quite simply fabulous!

Hope your Tuesday goes well.  See you tomorrow, don't forget!

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And I do too!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Small and Wonderful Things . . .

"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.


Homemade hot buttered crumpets with jam on a Sunday night, while we watch one of our favourite Sunday night television shows, Country File.  Could anything be more Home Sweet Home?  I think not  . . .


Todd feeling well enough to attend all of our church meetings yesterday. Yes, the whole three hours. He did spend the rest of the afternoon in bed, but I was really happy that we could stay the whole time.  Enjoyed all the talks given in Sacrament meeting and the lessons in Sunday School and Relief Society.  It was great!

Snuffles and cuddles with this little lady.  Oh, we do so love her.  She will be 7 years old in June.  It is hard to believe.  She's very vocal and tries very hard to communicate with people. She's a treasure.

Sunday nights with Inspector George Gently.  Not near enough of them, but I'll take however many I can get.

This latest and last series ever (*sniff*sniff) is set in the early 1970's so it has progressed from the 60's.  I have always loved the authenticity of this police series. It gets everything right.

A new post from Susan Branch.  A week that starts off with one of these is sure to be a really good week.  I've been loving on Susan and her work since the 1980's. I only discovered she had a blog a few years back.  This latest post is all about her getting on top of the mess in her house, with stacks of books, etc.  This is so me.  This is so what I have been doing these past months.  Clearing the clutter, getting rid. Creating white space, and I agree with Susan . . .  its invigorating and like a breath of fresh air!  I still got a ways to go, but I am getting there and so is she.

I totalaly adore her new mugs.   I can't afford one, but if I could I would have one of each.  Everything that woman's paint brush touches turns to gold.   Love, love her work and more importantly, love, love the woman.  She is NICE and genuine. A great role model for us women everywhere. Everything she does seems like it came right out of my own head.  lol   Not sure if that makes sense or not, but it resonates completely with how I feel and think about everything.  Same loves.  Same quirks.  Same everything.  A kindred spirit.

Free Eye Tests.  Having my Eye Test this week and I am of an age now where it is free.  So grateful for that!  I am also of an age where I get free prescriptions and in days gone not too far in the past I would have a free bus pass as well.  I still got a ways to wait for that now however.

We have a date to go to the Temple tomorrow.  Can't wait. Its been too long. Its gorgeous this time of year.  All the flowers, etc. I am really looking forward to it. 

We have sent off the final cheque to pay for our Scottish Holiday now.  No turning back.  Its done and dusted.  I can't wait!  My knee is still dodgy, but I will persevere!  It will just be nice to get away from it all!  There is WiFi in the hotel lobby, so I should still be able to stay in touch. 

Daily messaging on FB with my dear daughter Eileen.  We do have fun.  Love her to bits.  Love all my kiddos to bits.

Phone calls with mum.
Tea and Cake (herbal of course)
Each one of you.
ALL blessings, all wonderful.
Life is good.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.°I want to have a little house
with sunlight on the floor,
a chimney with a rosy hearth,
and lilac by the door.
~Nancy Bird Turner •。★★ 。* 。

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Hunter's Chicken.  So good.

I hope your week ahead if filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things  . . .  don't forget along the way . . .

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And I do too!