Thursday, 9 October 2008

Goodbye from here I hope. Love Joan

Thursday, 2 October 2008

And It's Goodbye for here.

And so after three and a bit years its goodbye for here. Feel sad about abandoning this journal as there has been a lot of work gone into it like everybody else.So incase I missed you our here are the links for my blogger blogs.

I have also got the link for my book blog if you are interested it is

Bye just now think I might have a wee cry.

Love Joan.

Love Joan

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Specs at the ready.......



Good Afternoon, here we are almost at the end of September and it has certainly been a much better month that the rest of the so called summer. Today it is a lovely sunny day not all that warm but lovely all the same.

The last few day we have seen the start of our wintering geese coming back from their breeding grounds in the Arctic.


. I rushed out this morning and managed to catch a couple of shots of the skeins arriving this morning. We used to have in the region of 80,000 Pink Footed and Greylag Geese here but numbers have decreased to a mere 18,000 now. Don’t know why this is the RSPB plant fields of winter wheat for them but they seem to like to go further south earlier than they used to, they waited till the loch froze over before they headed south. There must be a change of habitat and they don’t seem to like it. I have noticed that the fields don’t seem to be cropped so low nowadays the harvesters leave about a foot of stocks of the wheat etc. wither this has anything to do with it or not it certainly makes a difference to us in the winter as we cannot pick up the wintering flocks of finches as easily as we used to. Did not mean to make this a nature study entry its just the way it worked out. I was just saying yesterday it is strange where we get our inspiration for entries you sometimes sit down and the ideas just pop in other times there is nothing there.

While Stu was watching all his sport this afternoon I cleaned out kitchen cupboards. Its amazing what you find when you get to the back. The cupboards I was doing today are very deep and things get way back and forgotten. I found a few things out of date. I hate having to throw things out especially now with prices as they are. I found a pot of ground black pepper that I have had for ten years obviously I had never checked the date on it before today. It all looks so tidy now wonder how long for.

Wonder who will be getting sent home tonight from Strictly Come Dancing. Really enjoyed itlast night my only complaint is I find tonight’s program too long with too many reruns of last night show I think 30 minutes would be long enough for the dance off and the result still who am I to say. Think that about it for today so till next time.


Saturday, 27 September 2008

Yesterday was Pruning Day.


Good Afternoon, when I closed my entry yesterday I said Stuart and I were going to trim our conifers in the afternoon. After some lunch we ventured into the garden to get the job done. As you can see from the photographs they are quite tall and in need of a haircut. We keep them as they shelter the garden from the north wind which whips down our driveway into our garden and they do make a big difference. I have not been able to show you how Stuart does the top of the trees as I am hanging on to the step ladder very tightly. As you can see after we had finished it made a big difference and it lets me see out a lot better from the kitchen window. They look a bit bare for a while but they soon recover from their haircut. There is no pictures of me as I was like nothing you’ve have seen before with a scarf covering my head and face to keep me free of anymore midgie bites. I have had to take antihistamines as the bites on my head have been so bad and I did not want anymore added. Mission accomplished I headed for a well deserved shower as I had pine bits in place I should not have had. There was so much came off the trees we filled the brown wheelie bin we have for garden refuse and had to push it down to get it all in. I think that’s all the pruning done now for this year thank goodness only some bedding to pull out once its past and then we can put the garden to bed for the winter.

Today we were out for our usual Saturday morning coffee and this afternoon Stuart is watching World Cycling Championships from Italy me I’m half watching and shouting for Nicole Cook (remember her from the Olympic games) Yes yes she has done it she it WORLD CHAMPION. WELL DONE NICOLE. What a double for her Olympic Champion and World Champion in two months what a girl. The race was 138 klm.

What more can I say today Wales will be so proud of their girl. Till next time….. Love



Nilcole Cook. World and Olympic Champion.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Skye P2


Good Morning, sitting all alone this morning as Stuart is at his art class today he is at the moment doing a watercolour of Chestnut leaves and chestnuts still on the branch last time I saw it it was looking very good it should be finished today.

The pictures today are of the Waternish peninsula on Skye. It is very beautiful but a bit of a strange atmosphere for some reason or other. This is our second visit to this area we visited last time we were on Skye and it felt the same then nothing I can put my finger on. Portree is a busy little town and has all the amenities you need it even has a supermarket now. The harbour is very picturesque and a great for photographs if the sun is shining. We were lucky the morning we were there it was to warm not wind on the only thing about it is it is downhill going and a steep climb back up so we had a few stops on the way back to the car.

This afternoon Stuart and I are going out into the garden to trim our conifers I will try to keep the midges at bay as I have a lot of bites on my head don’t know why we are being bothered this year as we have never been bothered before. I think that’s about it for today take care till next time.


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Nature's Larder is Ready To Go




Good Evening, yesterday Stuart and I had a short walk in a nature reserve and I had my camera with me. Instead of taking views for you as I usually do I thought I would let you see what nature has ready for the long winter ahead for our birds and other wildlife. The trees and bushes were hanging so heavy Rowans, Hawthorn, Apples, Pears, Elderberries and a few brambles, were all in abundance it was lovely to see so I think they will all be very well fed this winter. Our Rowan Trees are usually stripped bare long before winter by our Starlings they can strip a tree in no time at all so there is never any berries left come winter it is a shame.

This is just a short entry tonight as am a bit tired as we have had Ellen from school today as usual being Wednesday and that makes it a late tea for Stuart and I and by the time we get cleared away it is nearly 8 o’clock.

Will continue our Skye holiday next time so much going on just no ha ha ha. Till next time,







Monday, 22 September 2008

Wedding picture and Monday


Hello, as promised here is a picture of the happy bride and groom. It was a lovely wedding one of the best I have ever been to. K’s dress was beautiful and suited here perfectly. Unfortunately my photographs were rubbish I am ashamed to say. It was not all my fault the lady sitting infront of me at the service was a real pain. Every time I went to take a photo as I clicked she held up her camera in front of her so I have her hands on most of my pictures. Never mind the one cutting the cake was OK.

So today is the autumn Equinox it seems not time at all since the Summer Solstice. At last we have had some sunshine the last couple of days. I have noticed in journals from south of the border that you are all pulling out you summer bedding, we must be behind you up here as ours is still looking good it must be because ours is a bit later than yours starting to flower so we get a bit extra at this time providing we don’t get an early frost. I don’t mind Autumn and Winter I like the cold weather if it is dry I don’t think I would like it if I lived somewhere that the seasons did not change.

Have been feeling a bit down this morning as we have not been able to get away as we usually do on Mondays. We planned the day away but Stuart had forgotten that he had a dentist appointment late this morning so by the time he got back it was a bit late for a run out in the car. Never mind we will get the grass cut this afternoon once it has dried off after the overnight dew. I think that’s about it for today so till next time. Love




Saturday, 20 September 2008

Starry Starry Night.


Painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

I wanted to tell you about a wonderful night we had on Skye. We live in central Scotland and there is a great deal of light pollution. First I must explain that the house we were staying in was on two levels and we had the upper part of the house which had been make into a flat, all the windows were dormer. One night I had to get up for a drink of water ,I never put lights on during the night so I do have good night vision. As I walked past one of the windows I looked out and above me was a sea of stars all twinkling so brightly it is such a long time since I have seen so many millions of stars. On Skye there is no light pollution at all. It was a truly wonderful sight, there was only the one night like this but it was something that will stay with me for a long long time.

I remember as a child there were many starry starry nights of course that was in the days of gas street lighting so it did not shine up into the sky so much as the big lights we have now. Just imagine going outside with a telescope to see an eclipse with a clear sky like this one. I was totally in awe that night and could hardly drag myself back to bed. Just thought this might be of interest to the more senior of us in j-land that remember dark skies that were black on orange. Remember remember. Till next time,                                 Love,


Friday, 19 September 2008

The Wedding.


Good afternoon, do you remember me telling you that Stuart and I had been invited to a wedding well today is the day. Our neighbour who is in her 50’s and never been married is going to be a bride. She has waited for a long time to marry her

Prince they were engaged over twenty years ago and something went wrong, however they are back together now and today is the day. Have been chatting to her this morning and she is so excited but K being K she did her ironing changed the bed and did all the washing just the hoovering and she will be off to get her hair done what a lady.

Stuart has gone off to his art class as the wedding is not until 5pm. Will take photographs and will let you see later.

Have to go now as I still have buttonholes to make. Till later. Love,

Have just updated my book journal with A Place of Execution and an other.



Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Our Holiday on Skye. P1

Good Afternoon, here I am back again have switched my alerts back on so I will be hearing all your news soon. We had a great holiday and surprisingly enough the weather on the whole was good very mild lots of sunshine and only a little rain which for Skye was unusual. Our house was super all mod cons including a dish washer. That is a first for me, having one at home I always think It’s strange having to do dishes on holiday however on with the tale…………..

We left home about 9-30am on the Saturday morning and as it was a good morning decided to take the scenic route which is only 6 miles further but not such a fast route. We headed for Glen Eagles first and met on the road a very old lady with her three friends having a day away at 30 mph, on this road there is just nowhere to pass safely so we just had to sit behind her for about 12 miles eventually the road straightened out and we managed to get passed, we proceeded to Creiff and then Lochearn, Glenogle and Crainlarich and onward to Glencoe. The weather did close in a bit as the mountains in this part of Scotland are very high and wild. After a picnic lunch we headed for Fort William that’s the little town at the foot of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain) it was a bit shrouded in mist and the photos were not great but I did my best. Stuart and I have been travelling our country all our lives and I have never seen traffic like we had today it was so busy it was unbelievable. Once we exited Glencoe it quietened down a bit and the rest of our journey up to Glen Garry and Glen Morrison to Loch Duich past Eilean Donan castle and onward to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Once we were over the bridge it was much quieter and we made good time in the sunshine up to Portee the main town on the Island more of that later too. We were glad to see our house and were warmly welcomed by the owners Joyce and Brian. Will stop there today and continue later. Till next time Love.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Look What I awakened to today.


Loch Snizort Isle of Skye today Sunday 9am

Good Evening, managed to get a wifi link on my laptop and just wanted to let you see the view from my window this morning at 9am and it stayed like this all day long what a treat. Love



Friday, 5 September 2008

Bye for now.


Good Afternoon, been hearing you are having very bad weather in the south of England here in Scotland we have been OK this week yesterday was lovely sun all day which made a change. The rain has just started, a bit earlier than the wonderful weather people thought never mind. Hope you are staying dry down there. The forecast for the next few days where we are going is good so here’s hoping. I will be switching off my alerts as I don’t think I will get a wifi connection on Skye.

I saw this poem this morning and thought it was very appropriate.

Autumn comes, and with a snare,

Catches trees all unaware,

Paints their leaves, then makes them bare,

~With merry glee.~

Then the days much shorter grew,

Stronger, cooler winds do                                                               

Swallows o’er the sea must go,     

~To warmer lands~                     

All the sky doth turn dark grey

As she passes on the way,

Duller then gets every day,

~Till Winter comes~

By G. Waiter (When a schoolboy)

That’s it for me off on my vacation to The Isle of Skye. Bye Bye.                                




Friday, 29 August 2008

Good Evening, it seem ages since I put pen to paper or should I say fingers to keys and wrote something in my main journal. It has been a busy week for us all our dental appointments and hair appointments have come together and also a full day looking after our seven year old grand daughter on the last day of her summer holidays she had from school. This week has also seen us out for lunch and dinner different days but that in itself is quite an occasion as you know we don’t go out a great deal to eat, its just the way things have worked out. Last Friday Stuart wanted to treat me to lunch out in a lovely restaurant in Perth then when we came home he rushed around to cut the grass and then to do the edging before we had more rain and in the process suffered for it all weekend he will overdo things even though he knows he should take things easy but with the weather being as it has been I could see his point but it was not worth it. He is fine again now but I hate to see him so tired and listless. On Tuesday night we were out again it was Stuarts Art Groups dinner out, were at an Italian restaurant, there was seventeen of us and we had a great evening. We now have a wedding to go to and then that should be the end of our gallivanting for a while I hope, I do like the quiet life.

The weather has improved somewhat the last few days have been rain free for the last days in august and today has been really warm and sultry I am sitting out in the garden doing this entry in word an will transfer in later this evening. I have some pictures to show you and will download my camera after tea.

From the pictures you will see that at last we have some butterflies in the garden on the Buddleia we have Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, and Peacock not forgetting the three kind of white butterflies. We were getting worried that we were not going to have any at all this year as they have just appeared this week and are very late indeed I think they must have been waiting for the rain to stop.  I think that's about it for today off next week to Skye hope the weather is clear not expecting miracles. Will try to update before we go.  Till next time.      Love,

                               There is a new entry in my book journal ................


Monday, 18 August 2008

Good Evening its Monday again.







Good Evening, so here we are at the end of another summers day and the rain is still pouring down. Stuart and I did not bother going out today which is very unusual for a Monday as we always go out. Today with the weather being as it was we decided to stay home and watch the Olympic games. Great stuff.

Last night Stuart booked a holiday for us at the beginning of September, after all the schools have gone back. We are having a week in the misty isle Skye. We have not been to Skye since the bridge was build don’t know what it will be like going over the bridge to Skye just does not sound as good as over the sea to Skye. The last time we were there it rained for the two weeks hence it taking so long for us to return it must have been 1995. It is such a lovely spot I hope the weather allows for me to take photographs of the wonderful scenery Skye has to offer. Really looking forward to it less than three weeks to wait.

I have not had my camera out for some time as I have not been anywhere different to take pictures that you have not seen before. I did miss out on a family being rescued from the sea at St Andrews a couple of weeks ago they had wandered out and the tide came round behind them there was plenty of help arrived very quickly in the shape of the Coast Guard but even they had bother as the could not walk out to get them, in the end they were rescued by boat. All was well but they all looked a bit cold as the sea at St Andrews is never warm, it is the North Sea.

The schools up here go back tomorrow so that’s the end of the summer holidays for another year. Maybe once they are back the weather will improve a bit here’s hoping.

I think that’s about it for today so till next time,


Saturday, 16 August 2008

A Big Thank You.


Good Afternoon, firstly today I would like to say a big thank you to dear Jeannette for choosing my journal as one of her Guest Editors choices. I have had so many comment it has taken me ages to read all the comments and visit the rest of the journals she chose, it has been great fun and reading so many new journals that I have not visited before. I installed a world map on my journal and it is so interesting if you click on it, it tells you where all your visitors come from I have had US, Canada and the farthest away was Australia and of course here in GB. If you would like one of these maps just click on mine and Bobs your uncle follow the link from there.

I am having a problem and I was wondering if it is happening to anybody else. If I have read a journal from America when I close it I get numerous pages coming up of that journal and it will not stop, I have eventually to close down my PC is this happening to anybody else or do you know what I can do to stop this other than closing down.

Stuart and I have been really enjoying the Olympic Games you

know what armchair sports lovers we are. Our track cyclist have been doing so well winning all those medals. It’s a pity all the swimming finals have been while we have been asleep I thought we would have been OK knowing the usual schedule but it was changed to fit the US audience which was a bit disappointing for us. Still the cycling and the Athletics have worked out better.

Can’t do an entry and not mention the weather well today is quite nice sunny spells and warmish so no complaints today.

Till next time take care. Love


Tuesday, 12 August 2008

This and that and the Lamas Fair


Good Evening, been ‘footering’ with my sidebar today and placing a new picture at the top I lost the last one for some reason or another a while back and my journal looked a bit strange without me smiling to you at the top. Yesterday we had our usual trip to St Andrews although it was a bit different as the Lamas Fair was visiting. It is a large street fair with all the usual stalls, side, shows, and rides. Stuart and I have not been to a fair for many years and I just about fainted with the prices. Candy floss £2-50 the rides were from £2-50 and £4-00 it must be very hard these days for parents taking children to the fair and that was daytime prices. We stood and watched for a while and some of the kids were coming off some of the rides were looking very green. We had about an hour walking round St Andrews when the rain came down in buckets once again, is there never going to be a let up this summer. It is making me very down and I don’t think I am the only one.

Remember earlier in this year I was telling you about my noisy neighbours and their trampoline well the good news is they have moved away so at the moment its peace perfect peace.(in the rain) So hopefully on the next sunny day if we ever get another one we will be able to sit on the patio and have a coffee and a read of the papers.

I think that’s about it for today not a lot going on shopping tomorrow and collect Ellen from a Sports Camp she is at this week. Till next time. Love                                           

Sunday, 10 August 2008

I told you so.



Congratulations Nicole Cooke.

Yesterday I was telling about the cycling at the Olympic Games and told you we had a great chance today with the ladies event . Well I hate to say but I told you so and I hope you saw some of it. Stuart said it was worth getting up for. Our first Gold Medal. Well done again Nicole and the rest of the GB Team.

Keep it up. Love Joan.


Saturday, 9 August 2008

Saturday Deliberations.



Good Afternoon do not usually enjoy the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games but yesterday was a whole new ball game it was a fantastic show never seen anything like it before it was just perfect. I do not agree with China’s politics but you had to admire them yesterday for the way they staged the opening ceremony it will be very difficult to follow that it must have cost the earth. This morning we were watching the cycling road race and again it was a very well staged event that took place in the countryside around part of the great wall if you want to have a look it’s the ladies race tomorrow morning and we do have a good chance as we have the world champion in Miss Nicole Cook.

Today I am not going to talk about the weather as I seem to spend a lot of time doing so I am not going to spent time tell you that the rain that came down all morning in sheets causing the cancellation of our local agricultural show and how now that it has done it’s worst the sun has come out no I am not going to waste my time and yours telling you all that.

There is a lot of comings and goings in our street just now people moving out and new people moving in it is great to watch. We now have two great big skips in the road so between them and all the parked cars not it driveways or garages, getting our car out and in is great fun. In the skip across the road is a perfectly good computer chair I was really tempted to go across after dark but do not have the courage and I don’t really have room for another one.

Am going to watch a documentary tonight about the Great Wall of China as I don’t really know an awful lot about it and would like to find out more I remember when Jeannette (Welcome to my travels) was there last year she was very impressed with it. At the moment we are sort of watching The Mummy that has just started have seen it before and is a lot of fun. Till next time enjoy your evening. Love

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Not singing in the rain.


Good Afternoon, after the weather we have had in the last almost 48 hours I suppose we are lucky to still be almost dry. We have had 46 hours of pouring rain there has been lots of flooding up here dams almost bursting, but of course it will not be on the national news as it is happening in Scotland which is of no consequence as any news that happens up here ever is. Just listen the next main news program and you would hardly know we exist up here in the frozen north. Rant over.

We have not been out very much since our Inverness non trip just a bit of a weekly shop and the morning paper today. At the start of this entry I said almost dry that is because we have been getting water in our front door through the letter box have never had this before it must have been the way the wind was blowing will have to watch out for this during the winter. I has been a very wet summer if I can call it that in June we had 117% of our usual rainfall and I shudder to think what the July figure will be when it comes out in our local newsletter next month. Stuart has not managed to get the grass cut for the last 2 weeks as it has never been dry enough think I will have to buy a goat or maybe a sheep or two. Lol

Have been doing my collecting of free DVD’s again with the Daily Mail ,this time it has been Vanity Fair, Middlemarch, A Room With A View, Mansfield Park, Tess of the Durbervilles, Pride and Prejudice, David Copperfield, Emma, Tom Jones, North Hanger Abbey, and my very favourite Rebecca. I think I have managed to collect most of them even though we don’t live near to W H Smith or Tesco where you collect them free with the paper. Am looking forward to watching them come those winter days or even a summer days when we can’t get out on one of our excursions.

We have the plumber in just now as our toilet is leaking and I have had to have a boil to collect the water that has been dripping don’t know what has been causing this but hopefully it will be fixed today. I think that’s it for today oh forgot to mention I have my buddy list up and working again I have not had it since I changed to my laptop it will be nice to see all whose online etc again. Till next time .Love


Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Another fine mess.




Good Evening, Stuart and I have been having one of our adventures again today this one takes the biscuit. We decided last night to take a big bus run to Inverness in Highland today. Inverness is 123 miles in a northerly direction from where we stay. We were up at the crack of dawn well 7 o’clock to be exact to give us plenty of time to get the 9 20 am bus from our park and ride. We left the house in good time all showered and dressed for our day away, we had time to pick up the morning papers and some sweets etc for our journey. As usual the bus was late it was coming from Edinburgh and as they are laying new tramlines in the centre of the city and with the festival being on just now traffic congestion is a big problem it always is but this is worse than usual just now. So on with the story the bus arrived about 15 minutes late and as Stuart and I got on we were asked if we had booked we did not know this was necessary and said no the driver told us we could chance it and hope to get on again after whoever was waiting with tickets in Perth took their seats. When we arrived in Perth the nasty driver told us we had to get off the bus and stand outside to see who wanted to get on, we were then told we had to wait for the Glasgow bus to come in to see if any of these passengers were going to Inverness. So we waited and waited this bus it turns out was running 40 minutes late. Eventually it turned up and a lot of people got off that, and then got on our bus. The driver said he would probably have room for us but to wait just now. By this time the bus was really full and yes you guessed it would have meant us sitting apart for the three hour journey so we looked at one another and agreed to go and get on the park and ride bus into Perth have coffee and a wander then get the bus home. After we did just that we walked up to the bus station which is a bit of a walk we arrive and were told the next bus home was in 40 minutes. Stuart and I found a seat outside and just sat there exhausted and just wanting to get home. Fortunately the bus was on time and after a 20 minute run down the motorway we picked up our car at our park and ride we eventually arrived home hot and tired. Lesson learned when going on a Mega Bus book your seat. We do intend to try again not sure when but soon before the summer has gone. Don’t know what it is just now last week we set off for St Andrews when the road diggers closed the slip road and we ended up in Perth this week we were going to Inverness and we ended up in Perth what next . Watch this space. Till next time. Love


Saturday, 2 August 2008

A Poem for you on Saturday


Good Afternoon, as know I have been watching the young Ospreys at Loch Garten since the eggs were laid way back in April, out of the three eggs the proud parents have managed to raise two fully fledged birds, they are now able to fly a few hundred yards and are as yet not fishing for themselves. When I was on the site today I noticed the poem I am copying for your amusement. Deshar is the name given to the young male bird and his big sister is called Nethy. Hope you enjoy this poem as much as Stu and I did………..

Patrick Preston is in his 17th year as a volunteer at Operation Osprey. Every year he writes a poem, this year we have decided to put it on the blog. ENJOY

Who’d have a bigger sister
you wouldn’t out of choice.
She’s pushy and she’s greedy
and she’s got the loudest voice.

I used to have a chance
when I was second in the queue.
But after titch gave up the ghost
those chunks of fish were few.

She’s only two days older
but she thinks that she’s queen bee.
“I’m bigger, better, nay – the best,
just follow after me”.

“I’ve flown across to that old tree
why don’t you have a try?”
“Give me some space to flap my wings –
I’ll show you I can fly”.

When I can fly I’ll learn to fish
before she gets the knack.
Then what I catch I’ll eat myself
and not bring any back.

When she gets older and comes back
to find herself a mate.
He’ll be hen pecked all the season
but I’ll leave him to his fate.

By Patrick Preston
Operation Osprey Volunteer.

Till next time Love

Friday, 1 August 2008

Everything is OK






Hi thats it all done the problem we had was we could not find the Wireless Connection Key on the keyboard as we did not know what to look for when mine came the Wireless connection was already on. Nevermind Stuart is a happychappy upstairs playing with his new toy and I'm off to make the tea.  Have a great evening Love,



What a day.


Good afternoon, it is now, but we did have some terrible weather overnight and this morning very heavy rain it was so bad I had to go our to empty the puddles from the top of the tomato house which has a flat roof. I thought it was going to collapse there was so much water on the roof.

At last I have managed to get Stuart to treat himself to a new laptop our desktop is at least five years old and very slow it took 30mins to get on line it was so bad you took a book or a paper with you when you went upstairs to go on line. We both seem to want to go on the PC ‘s at the same time so we really need one each. Yesterday morning we bought Stu a nice new fast PC brought it home and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get a wireless connection with no joy I remember we had all this bother the last time with my laptop. At this moment we are trying again wish us luck as it a tedious job I think we will have to phone wonderful Aol with the wonderful English speaking helpful assistants in a minute or two will get back and lit you know what happens shortly I hope. Till later Love



Monday, 28 July 2008


Good Evening am sitting here with the sunshine streaming in through the lounge window, I mention it as this is the only time of the year that we get any sun in this room as it is north facing so that means no sun all day this side of the house.

We set off this morning to go to St Andrews as we thought it was going to be lovely at the coast but someone did not tell the workmen digging up the motorway to let motorists know when they close a slip road so we set off full of hope of a nice breeze and some sunshine but the horrible men who dig up the road put paid to that. The slip road that we need to be on was closed and it meant a detour of about 25 miles for us to get back to the road we wanted to be on. The weather was very misty at that time but it did look better inland as we reached the high point on the motorway. We then thought again and decided to go to Perth instead and would keep St Andrews for another day. We do get the best coffee in the country in Perth so it was not a hardship. Spent time looking for shoes for this wedding we are going to but no luck yet do not want to spend a fortune on high heel that I don’t wear now but will have to for one afternoon. Gone are the days when I could strut about in 4 inch heels maybe that’s what behind the bad back, but I loved them at the time as I am only 5ft 1inch tall. Oh that’s better just switched on the fan it is very hot up here tonight most unusual we usually have cool evenings.

We are planning a run in the car tomorrow to somewhere we have not been for a while have not decided where yet but will take the camera and hope to get some new shots to show you later this week.

Still feeling a bit disappointed we did not get to the beach today but still as they say tomorrow is another day. Till next time. Love





Friday, 25 July 2008

Happy Birthday Dear Journal.


Today is my journals 3rd birthday I can hardly believe it when I stared in 2005 I never thought I would still be here writing three years later. Living a very quiet life I have tried to keep you posted with my musings not a lot happens but I do try to keep it interesting and amusing too. Hope you will stay with me in the coming year.

The picture above is not Scottish (just for a change) it is of L’Alpe d’Huez we were treated to a lovely day on Wednesday while The Tour De France cycle race climbed this mountain among others the scenery was spectacular the sun was shinning as ‘The Tour’ climbed higher and higher we saw lots of mountains and a Glacier too it was a wonderful tour of the Alps.

We do not have so much sunshine today we have had a bit of east coast hare today hoping in will lift this afternoon will wait and see.

I was updating my Book Journal last night and just by chance discovered it too had a birthday this week it was one. I thin tried to put un a Journaling for One Year graphic and it has gone all narrow don’t know why and don’t know how to fix it anyone know what I did wrong. Will leave the address if you want to have a look.

Stuart and I will be going to a wedding in September my next door neighbour is getting wed she is in her late fifties and a spinster in every sense of the word but she has met up with an old boyfriend after many years and has sprung a very unexpected wedding on all her friends and relations. Am now trying to get myself and Stuart rigged out I have bought a dress and have a jacket that will be perfect for the occasion but I do need shoes with a killer heel lol but I do need a heel and of course a handbag.

Think that’s about it for today so thank you for taking the time to read my musings some of you have been with me from the start Jeannette (jottings) Ally Jan to name a few thank you for being there for me. Till next time Love

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Weather Pixie is back


Good Evening, just a quick entry to let you know that our beloved weather pixies are back have really missed her but she is now back in her rightful place on the sidebar. Will do a full entry soon.  Love


Thursday, 10 July 2008

Friday Friday oh its only Thursday


Good afternoon, I really did think it was Friday for a few moments there I have just been down to the village and that is my usual Friday outing but this week things are different this is T In the Park weekend when 80,000 music fans per day will be descending on our little village again. The weather today is perfect pouring rain and wind just as it nearly always is why does the rain try to spoil everything. The fields will be like swamps after all the rain we have had this month already and overnight and this morning will just have completed the job. The forecast is not great for the start of the music festival but it should be better by Sunday. While I was out the rain had just stopped and there was just a spit or two, in the chemist there were two girls being very hopeful buying sunglasses but I really think they would have been better with wellies. All the little shops are geared up with ponchos, sunscreen ,Wellington boots tent sleeping bags and not forgetting the beer. One of the stores was selling sledges to pull your beer along, on very novel idea. Stuart and I used to take a run up the hill behind Balado where the festival ground is to see all the lights the big wheel and all the tents are, but now the police close off all the roads around it and you have to be a resident to get passed it is annoying but it has become so big now compared with earlier years. I hope it all goes welland everybody has a great time, and the wind stays in the right direction so it blows away most of the noise, sorry but it is not my kind of music.

I think that’s about all for now, still have the feeling its Friday. Till next time, Love,


Monday, 30 June 2008

Where is is everybody.....


Good afternoon, am sitting here half watching the tennis and reading my alerts but I am wondering and worrying where everybody is, my mailbox is almost empty everyday and I am wondering if I am getting alerts. I am getting one ore two but none from some of my regular ladies. Have you all gone the same way as my beloved Weather Pixie she has ran off from my journal and I have checked other journals that have a pixie and she has ran away from them too wonder what has happened have they gone on holiday do you think? Up here we are not having any summer weather at all at the moment, June has been an awful month I hope that July is going to be better or summer will be gone and we will have missed it. After the wonderful weather we had in May I thought it was going to be such a good summer silly me.

We had a couple of outings last week one to St Andrews and one to Stirling on the bus. It was not such a good run this time there must have been some sort of breakdown and the bus company had put on what I would call a town bus meant for short journeys. By the time we got back my back was killing me hope its better next time.

Yesterday I headed out the front of the house to do a but of weeding armed with my trug, gloves and hand fork I had just started when the heavens opened so that was the end of that. I then came in made coffee and sat down to watch a film so weeding out the front is still needing done will get to it another day. Our schools came off for the summer holidays last Friday so that’s the end of the piece and quiet for seven weeks or so. We have a rented house two doors up from us and the guy who owns it will let it to anybody as he does not have to suffer the noise or disruption his tenants make. This time it’s the children, they have this giant trampoline in the garden and they scream every time they jump up and down and there can be three or four of them at a time on it at a time, and they are on it about 12 hours a day at the moment, it can become very annoying after a short time. It's not so bad for meI can switch off my two hearing aids and don’t hear a thing but Stuart and my other neighbours can’t but what can you do they are not the type you would dare complain too. Maybe it’s as well we have not had many days to sit out in our garden lately. Hope you are all well and look forward to hearing from you all soon. I think that’s about it for now so till next time. Off to watch the tennis now as Andy Murray will be on shortly fingers crossed. Love,


Friday, 27 June 2008

A Sad Day.


Good Afternoon, not good news today remember our fabulous Osprey family I have been watching on the RSPB video link well the youngest one died yesterday. It has been a bad week weather wise and food has been in short supply. The male bird has not been bringing in enough fish and the youngest chick suffered dreadful bullying from the his two siblings. It has been a bit like this all the time for the little chick and we have all had this bad feeling from the start. The female osprey does not usually fish until the chicks are up a bit but she has had to help out this week when the rain has stayed off long enough. Wet chicks are very vulnerable so she has to keep them dry. The other two chick are getting big now and should survive fingers crossed. If you have not had a look for a while you will be surprised how they have grown. They will be starting to exercise their wings any day now. That’s about it for today till next time Love


Here is the link for the Ospreys.....