Sunday, 4 June 2017

Weekend

A quiet weekend spent homemaking, baking, jam making and crafting.  Relaxing and enjoying each others company...


 

There were a lot of MDF sheets and wood offcuts left in the outbuilding which we intend to put to good use.  Already doors have been made for the attic openings in the bedroom and Gerard intends to box in some pipework in the lounge.   An electrics cupboard will also be made.  There were a couple of sheets that were quite dirty so they were used to cut out some shapes so far a boat and a butterfly.  An anchor for the bathroom will follow.




They have been painted grey and  either wallpaper or fabric added.


The wallpaper is the same one used for the drawers in the bedroom so is a wonderful addition.



The boat was covered in Cath Kidston  fabric and looks quite effective in the bathroom.


Some good old fashioned bread pudding was made to use the bread that was going stale.  Put in the tin which should last a few days.



Both strawberry and peach jam was made. In the past I did like to buy local and pick my own strawberries from a local farm, but here on the Island that was not possible.  The next best thing was to buy as local as I could which turned out to be Perthshire, they certainly tasted good.  Of course I had to test them...several times.






Finally there was a downpour of rain last night that I thought I would share.  It was bouncing off the road and  falling horizontally, a phenomenon I have never seen before so quite a sight. The photograph does not really do it justice, it was incredible.







Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  As always thank you so much for your most welcome comments and emails.


See you soon.

28 comments:

  1. You have made some lovely things, isn't it wonderful pottering around making and baking, I just love it.

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  2. What a clever idea cutting shapes and covering them. Makes them that much more special. I am guessing you have a jigsaw cutter?

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  3. It sounds like a wonderfully relaxing yet productive weekend. I love what youve done with the MDF cut offs, especially the boat. X

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  4. Lovely things created in and for your new home. Great!

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  5. You've been busy making some more pretty things. Go away rain, we'd like some sun please. 😊

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  6. Quiet weekend ! You were more busier than me ;)
    We need rain down here (Portugal)....can you send me some, please !
    Have a nice week !
    Anna

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  7. Yoir jam looks so sparkly and lovely. I bet it is delicious!

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  8. You always stay busy and creative! Unusual weather is so intriguing...your horizontal rain and my coppery light.

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  9. Your jam looks so delicious, I use to make peach jam, but I've gotten lazy.

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  10. Beautiful and very creative! And your jam looks fantastic! :)

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  11. You are so creative! Love the butterfly and boat. They fit your cottage perfectly and I can almost taste the jam. It looks so delicious sitting there in the jars. Yum!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. I can imagine how happy it made you to christen your new cottage with some home-made jam and new crafty decorations. Your rain reminds me of some of the downpours we have here in Oregon occasionally. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Your jam looks delicious and the jars are so pretty with the fabric and twine on them. I hope the rain brings you lots of beautiful flowers this summer.

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  14. WE had very heavy rain here this afternoon - the most rain we have seen for weeks. I have made some strawberry jam too - next on the list is lemon curd!

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  15. I've never seen horizontal rain--wow it must have been a sight. Your jams sure look beautiful in your jars. The butterfly and boat are so creative. I've never had a bread pudding you could cut and save in a tin. I'm sure it is delicious. ♥

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  16. Sounds like a perfect weekend. I really love the little boat with the fabric on it, what a cute idea xx

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  17. You get so much done and your crafting with the mdf into a butterfly and the boat covered in fabric, I never thought of this. Love your blog and seeing all of the things you and your husband do. You pack a lot into week ends, puts me to shame.
    I love to see down pours of rain like you have pictured, I like hearing it hit the roof. Don't need to much of it though.
    betsy
    Happy week ahead - Betsy

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  18. You've done amazing things with those cut-outs!!
    Your jam looks very tasty! Do you use Pectin, or do you boil it until it thickens? The latter is how my Mom always made her jam.

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    1. I just boil it until it thickens, I only use 3 ingredients fruit, sugar and lemon juice. Very simple but it works.

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  19. Quiet yet very productive weekend! Very pretty boat and butterfly craft! Those jams looks yummy!

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  20. That sounds like a lovely weekend spent at home enjoying each other's company, and Mickey's too of course. I think those MDF shapes are fabulous, especially the boat, what a great idea.

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  21. I'm not sure which is making my mouth water the most...the bread pudding or those wonderful jams! What a lovely weekend you had!

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  22. Looks like a productive weekend. I LOVE bread pudding. Yum!

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  23. Looks like the rain we had yesterday! Your wood cut-outs are pretty, and the jams look great! I would love to learn to put foods up myself, but I buy things like that as well. Looks like you made a good choice! xoxo Lynn

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  24. YOur weekend sounds wonderful, I love to putter around the house especially when it is raining.

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  25. There's something so satisfying about pottering about home on a weekend. You accomplished a lot. Are peaches ripe already in England? Our strawberries are ripening and we are picking them everyday - not enough for jam because we eat them fresh. I'll buy some for jam-making.
    The boat cut out is adorable! Great idea.

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  26. well now, you are back to your regular crafting and doings! That is wonderful, seems like home feels like home in the truest sense.

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  27. As you might imagine, this Saylor especially admires the sailboat you made 🙂 Your jam looks so pretty and yummy. When we lived by the beach in northern CA we often had horizontal rains and it was impossible to use umbrellas without having them turn inside out!🤗

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