Friday 25 April 2014

Brighter Outlook Today

Firstly a warm welcome to Dawn McHugh and Primroses Attic, welcome aboard. I haven't checked to see if Dawn has a blog, that is my first job once this is posted. I have been following Primroses Attic for a little while, she fills me with envy, three lovely little dogs and a home in Cornwall.
I have sailed away from the doldrums and have a better and brighter outlook today. I am off to Wales in the morning to check out the house that I intend to rent. It will offer no surprises, I have checked it thoroughly and had several conversations with the owner. I am taking it for a 6 month period, that will give me time to explore properly and find a property to buy that fits me like a glove. Umm, that may be a bit difficult as my wish list includes the following,
Huge kitchen with walk in pantry and solid fuel oven.
Decent size garden, about half the size that I have now.
Small lounge so that I can not hoard.
Two bedrooms, quite enough for 1 guest or 2 Grandchildren.
A Library and swimming pool within walking distance.
At least 2 good shops for yarn and fabric, and a couple of charity shops.
 A "junk" shop would be good as well.

Of course  I do not expect to get it all, a large kitchen will suffice and I can live without a solid fuel range. The next 3 are important and the last 3 will be found somewhere not too far away.
I will only be a 20 minute drive from Swansea and 30 minutes from Carmarthen. Then there will be frequent trips to Cardigan to see the family.

I took the advice offered by you lovely people yesterday and did this.

My first attempt at a bird, the beak is a bit skew wiff and the flowers are not balanced but it is in my window and will fly to Wales. This is thanks to Attic24 and Bunny Mummy.

A few flowers, inspiration as for the bird.

A pair of roses and a daisy that needs another round of petals.

Two more roses waiting to be sewn up.

Every bunch of flowers needs some leaves.

Of course all this hooky means that I needed some more yarn. I am happy with my finds but am keeping my eyes open for some more greens.

I am aiming to make some garlands, I will use the tutorial from Attic24 as a guide. I try hard never to make a complete copy. In truth that is not correct, I find it very difficult to make a complete copy, I just have to fiddle and tweak, add bits and remove things. Change colours and sizes and often the finished article is nothing like the inspiration.
 Recipes are a prime example, I start off with good intentions then if I do not have one ingredient I do not go and buy I use something else. Thus Chicken casserole may well end up as Barbecue Pork ribs.

Reasons to be grateful.

1. I am off to Wales in the morning.

2. I will see my new, albeit temporary, home tomorrow.

3. Followed by a visit to James, Cerys and the children.

4. It is raining gently so I am confined to the house. That means more hooky. sigh.

5. I have lost 5lbs without really trying.

I was so pleased when I jumped, make that stepped gently, on the scales this morning. I know it is simple, just put the fork down, but it is not easy. All I have done is cut out all picking while cooking and all nibbles between meals. I had fallen into the habit of a sweet treat every evening, that has stopped. My stock of chocolate will go to James and the sweet stuff will be restricted to Sunday lunch pudding. I have 4 jars of mincemeat left, 2 will go into cakes next week for my neighbours and 2 will go into cakes for my new neighbours. Once I have unpacked I will have an open house day to meet as many as possible. I will then ask for recipes for Bara Brith and Welsh Cakes.

On the subject of recipes, I read a few posts about No Knead Wholemeal Bread recently. I thought that I had bookmarked them but now can not find any. If one of you has posted this would you direct me to the post, I am itching to try it out.

Ooh look, it is well past cup of tea o'clock. I am off to put the kettle on and once armed with a brew look up Dawn.

              TTFN                                                 Pam


  1. Hi Pam!
    Glad to see that you are feeling more cheery! Don't forget to indulge in lots of snuggles with Ben!
    Pugs and Kisses,
    Nancy, Romeo, Elvis and LarryPug

    1. Ben is always ready for a snuggle and if one isn't offered sidles onto my lap and takes one.

  2. I'm glad you are feeling better today.
    Wish I could lose 5lb without trying * Big Sigh*

    1. I think the blue devils were here yesterday. I am struggling today, it is grey and gloomy and hot buttered toast with home made jam is on my mind. i just don't want it on my waistline.

  3. Sounds like things are working out for you once again! Enjoy your trip 'home'!

    1. I am packed and ready, I have stirred things up and everything is on course.

  4. If you do not find them here: continue to base of page and innumerable suggestions!

    Have a safe and successful trip.

    1. Many thanks Rupert, I have found several versions of the recipe and method. The one that I am searching for was a tried and tested blogger recipe. I know that I am being picky, but hey ho if it doesn't show itself I will have to go with what I have.

  5. Well done on loosing 5lb! Glad you're feeling a bit brighter x. Have a safe trip tomorrow x

    1. I aim to lose another stone, I can not "see" weight in Kilos. i am packed and ready to go.

  6. Glad your feeling better today, I hope you have a great time with the family x

    1. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I feel like a new woman, but i do feel more positive today.

  7. Great news you are off to Wales, we have had a turn round on our house sale as well so I may be joining you in Wales end of May June time.
    I was interested in your mention of using up mincemeat in a cake I would like to see the recipe if possible, I have a couple of jars lurking in cupboard.
    Have a good trip and say hello to Wales for me :-)

    1. I just read your post, I will keep my fingers crossed for everything to go well. I will look out my recipe next week and post it. I took it from an old Mary Berry book so you could possibly find it online.

  8. Hello Pam, I bookmarked a no knead wholemeal bread recipe on The Quince Tree blog about 2 weeks ago although I haven't tried it yet myself. Good luck for your move to Wales x

    1. Thank you so much, that is exactly the one I was talking about, I now have it bookmarked.

  9. Glad you are feeling brighter. Well done on the weight loss - I think we all know the theory, but eating less & moving more is not so easy to put into practise! Love the crochet. Have a good trip to Wales, Vee x
    PS I too have searched out the bread recipe & am keen to give it a go, so thanks for the tip, Vee x


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