Saturday, 21 September 2013

Photo Scavenger Hunt 2013–Final Round up!!

 Here is my Final Round up for the Photo Scavenger Hunt 2013:

1. Open air market
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(Market Stall outside Kew Station, London)

2. Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)
(Edinburgh Festival Theatre)

3. City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building
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(Dumfries Council Buildings)

4. Airplane
(Our Virgin Flight plane to London)

5. A sunset2013-09-09 19.34.45
(opted for another picture than posted before, as this sunset is more stunning! It’s taken at Knockbrex House, Dumfries & Galloway, with view of the Bay)

6. Someone or something taking a nap2013-06-12 16.27.24
(there’s too much cuteness about, and still so many photos of the Hobbits falling asleep )

7. A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny
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(Seeing it was Maple Pecan Ice cream, the note  “May contain other nuts” makes you really wonder…)

8. A tower020
(Watch tower at St. Cuthbert’s graveyard, Edinburgh, defending against grave robbery)

9. A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong026
(A traffic cone on top of a statue – really not that uncommon in Edinburgh!)

10. A bench that is outside021
(A weathered bench outside in the court yard at the grandparents)

11. An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.
(King penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Parade)

12. A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)034
(This cloud looked quite a bit like a platypus to me – the “bill” to the left, tail on the right, with the feet in underneath)

13. A fence056
(Nice iron fence at Edinburgh Zoo)

14. A stained glass object or a mosaic014
(Beautiful Stained glass windows at the Natural History Museum, London)

15. A fire truck or police car029
(Police car on the Royal Mile during Festival Time)

16. A windmill013
(The only non-converted Windmill close to us, St. Monan’s)

17. Candle(s)014
(my favourite candles – Yankee Candle. Seen at our lunch stop at Moffat Woollen Mill)

18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop2013-09-20 15.26.50
(Not really my “local” in that sense, as I don’t frequent pubs anymore. And since my “local” coffee bar “Chocolate Soup” has closed down about 2 years ago (?), I went for the nearest pub, just a 3 min walk away from us, “The Mid Yoken”)

19. A fisherman004
(Couldn’t find the traditional “one man with fishing rod” photo for this, but we saw those people casting out nets at Brighouse Bay, Dumfries & Galloway)

20. A dinosaur007
(T-Rex at the Dinosaur Exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London)

21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)
(me trying my hand again on knitting… the German (Continental) way, aka “left handed knitting)

Well… I managed it all … apart form the substitute/bonus item. We were out yesterday in town, meeting up with hubby after Twins playgroup. And usually we have TONS of those guys wearing our national dress/outfit (otherwise known as “pipers”). But this time we didn’t see a single one! There was one with a guitarist and drummer who did a fairly nice pop/rock songs WITH pipes … but he just had black trousers on (not even trews!) and a black waist coat.

So no bonus item from me this year.

Big thanks to Rinda - I again had so much fun with your Scavenger hunt and I found lots of “unknown” areas in Edinburgh and Central Scotland because of it!

Might try to get my act together and offer a winter one (unless Rinda wants to do that?) – Anyone who’s got ideas for things to be photographed during winter??

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Headache musings

Waking up at 5:30am ish due to a “nature call” is not nice, but I’m used to that really (either that or the girls waking me up). Realising that I have a thumping headache on the right temple area, not nice either, but something I tried to battle with mint oil on forehead, neck and back of the head (to cool). Still not being asleep at 5:56am and headache getting worse makes me think I should be taking my “whacky tabs” (not so whacky, really, just some stuff from the USA which helps me better than UK over the counter stuff) as we’re driving home from Dumfries & Galloway today and I should be at least a bit in “working order".  Still not able to sleep due to storm outside and the fact that whacky tabs have caffeine in them.

Getting up to check the Internet just to find that the storm must have knocked out the WiFi in the house or at least interfere with it… joy! Sad smile Phone reception for internet very sporadically here, so stuck with SKY (weird how much you can get used to a new TV system – we’re on Virgin with TiVo since our SKY dish toppled in a storm around Christmas in … errr… 2011 (?!? yes, girls were just 5 months back then)). Reverted to watch some C&C for inspiration… Winking smile

*updated at 7:06am*

I really really REALLY WANT A SILHOUETTE CAMEO!!! DAMN YOU, C&C!!!  Every time I see their show about it, I REALLY want it, then calm down as not the funds for it. Wonder if I should order it and get my mum to transfer money from our Euro Account (given that I wasn’t able to spend any money on scrapbooking stuff while in Germany as my local shop has closed and only does Internet orders now!)…

Thursday, 12 September 2013

LSNED #12–I “can” Purl!

Or at least I think I can. It’s the Continental style, so MIL couldn’t check if I do it properly, but the stitches look definitely different to the normal knitting ones. However, I always seem to end up with an extra loop, not sure how/why – something to investigate.

Doesn’t help that I took a different pattern to the one I actually wanted to do, and the Hobbits getting their little fingers into my craft bag and unravelling some of the (fortunately only 7 rows) stitching.  Will unravel all and then start with the “correct” pattern, maybe even on our way back home.

Friday, 6 September 2013


Today I learned … to chuck out cooking oil that has been around and open for too long… My Lamb’s Lettuce tasted DISGUSTING!!! Sad smile

Update on yesterday’s Lesson learned – Lemon Courgette/Zucchini bread/cake is YUMMIE! So good, in fact, that I only have 1 more loaf left (took the other one with me to Twins Group today after everyone in our household had a piece for breakfast).

Have to add that to my recipe list for cakes! Open-mouthed smile

Thursday, 5 September 2013


Today I tried a new recipe – Lemon Zucchini Bread/Cake. The result has yet to be tried as we’re on our second “fast” day of the week! Smile 

But they’re looking already very nice/yummie!

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The recipe I used is from, just added a bit lemon juice for a more lemony flavour, and I used more courgette/zucchini. Did peel them, but a friend of mine said I don’t need to do that. Hummm… next time! Winking smile (doubled up the recipe for 2 loaf tins)


Serves : 12
  • 200g (7 oz) grated courgette
  • 150g (5 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest


Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas mark 3. Grease a loaf tin.
  2. In a bowl, beat together the courgette, sugar, egg and oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder; stir in the cinnamon and lemon zest. Stir the flour mixture into the courgette mixture just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  3. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

LSNED #4 - Terrible Twos 2.2

Ok, not the best in keeping up … think I just haven’t found yet what I learned the last two days but will work on it…

Today I learned that I shouldn’t try to go anywhere “new” with the Hobbits while they’re still suffering from colds/teething/nasty bottoms…

We went to Bookbug today for the first time in a year, and while the girls had been to the Library for a couple of times during that year, having to sit down and having soooo many kids around (mostly babies) was probably too much for them … Supergirl was crying through half of the session (it’s Rhyme Time effectively), while Miss Martian had a ball doing some actions after warming up and LOVED doing the “Sleeping Bunnies” twice!!

However, Miss Martian kicked off on the walk back home from the Library (in Hobbits Walk that’s 15 mins) and was CRYING all the way … and flopping periodically down to the ground so I had to carry her on the back of her reins. Supergirl on the other hand was all happy to walk and was even skipping about.

I was emotionally drained (think not many non-parents know what that feels like … and I think the working parent probably doesn’t necessarily either).

Now a sad day in the household too … Was really really fancying a pint of something nice and cold (Cider/Beer), and all we have in the cupboard is White wine …… VINEGAR!!! And a bottle of Baileys, but I don’t fancy creamy (have already a cuppa chai beside me).

AH WELL!!!! Sad smile

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Learn Something New every Day (LSNED) 2013

Plans today were to bake a Lemon Courgette cake and to start on my Tardis Christmas Ornament (crochet) – alas, best laid plans etc…

Our household is riddled with the cold. Supergirl is over the worst I believe, but she has trouble with some nasty molars coming through as well. Miss Martian has a very bad cough and higher temps the last 2 nights. Hubby got the man flu (plus sinusitis), and me… well, I proudly said to my in-laws when they phoned that I’m probably the best out of us 4, as I had already battled with a very nasty sore throat (suspected tonsillitis) and cough.

However, today at around 2:30pm when the girls were upstairs sleeping and hubby was at his PC, I felt a little “snag” coming along in my plan … With me having sinusitis about once a year, I can tell in advance (well… couple of hours) when it appears…

And yes, I’ve got full blown sinusitis now with all the pain, runny nose etc. JOY!! Sad smile 

So my LSNED for today:

BEST LAID PLANS CAN EASILY BE “DESTROYED” … I only managed to draft my 2nd String Fantasy (American) Football team and watch one episode of “Touch with hubby before heading to bed to read.

Things can only get better…