You're not from round here.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

25.01.15 Silent Sunday

Keswick footpath

Friday, 23 January 2015

Florida Grapefruit and Walnut muffins

When our Bed & Breakfast guests come down for their breakfast, they are treated to fresh grapefruit, with mandarins. In the summer they also get fresh strawberries and raspberries from the garden. I have strong memories of grandma sitting in the kitchen peeling and chopping fresh grapefruit. What I hadn't realised was that there is a specific grapefruit season, which runs from November until May. I was sent a hamper by Florida Grapefruit with some fabulous grapefruit goodies inside, including three grapefruit. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Photo Gallery - Trees

The Photo Gallery - Week 214

autumn leaves

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Week 118 - What has made me happy

It has been a busy week. I have been working hard on the B&B website and researching where we should advertise and what is working well and not so well for us. We also had our first guests of 2015 and it was really lovely that they were our first return customers, who had stayed with us back in the autumn. It felt good to know that people want to come back and stay again. We must be doing something right!

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Snowy Dalesdry stone walls and snow

Monday, 19 January 2015

I hate that lady...

My daughter has just reached that delightful age (nearly 4), where she perceives it to be her duty to point out people's imperfections. She obviously doesn't do this quietly, or when we are at home, but when we are out and the strangers she feels the need to comment on can generally hear her.

It started before Christmas with asking me very loudly in B&M, "Mummy, why is that man SOOOO fat?". Cue a request from me that we shouldn't point out that people are overweight because it might upset them and it's not nice. Two minutes later, as we went around the corner she smiled and said to me "Mummy, I didn't say it then", "didn't say what darling" I replied, having no idea what she was talking about. "Mummy, I didn't say THAT lady was fat (pointing her out, just in case the humiliation wasn't enough), but she is". "Oh, erm, well done for not telling me!".

Sunday, 18 January 2015

18.01.15 Silent Sunday

Yorkshire Dales snow

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Photo Gallery - Me

The Photo Gallery - Week

This week's gallery theme seems to have come at a time when my feeling about 'me' is not so enthusiastic. I don't get phases like this often, but when I do I have to grapple with myself to get out of them.

Here I am, it's me. I am a bit fed up and feeling a little sorry for myself. I'd had a decent day and then received some disappointing news, which was seemingly enough to chuck me into a spell of self-loathing, or more like blog-loathing.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Valentine’s Day crafts for kids

Valentine’s isn’t just for grown-ups – get the kids involved in some innocent fun and spread the love. 

Heart crayons   
Grab some old crayons and peel off the paper. Break them into a few pieces and place them into a heart shaped silicone mould. Bake at 120 °c for about 10 minutes or so, until they’ve melted. Take them out of the oven and leave to cool before popping them out of the moulds. Kids can have fun making marbled designs and they make cute little gifts. 

Celery stick roses 
This may sound strange but wait until you try it! If you cut off all the stalks near to the bottom of the bunch, you’ll be left with a series of semi circle shapes that cluster in a pattern very similar to a rose. Dip the end in paint and print onto some card – you’ve got yourself a rose celery stamp. Your little one can add some details like a stalk and leaves to complete the picture. 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Week 117 - What has made me happy

This week seems to have passed really quickly. I never understand why some weeks pass by in an instant, but others seem to drag and you start to wish the days away. This week has gone in a blur of catching up with B&B work, updating the website and organising the office. I have also finally finished the probate for grandma's will and that is ready to send off. I have filled out a ridiculous amount of forms. On Monday I had my endoscopy and it is safe to say that it was one of the more horrible moments of my life. I think I naively thought it wouldn't hurt or be uncomfortable. In reality, I gagged and choked the whole way through and still have a sore throat which hurts so much that I can't eat yet. That aside, it was a good week. At the weekend I went on a mums lunch to a local pub which was absolutely fantastic. It was so nice to sit and have a couple of glasses of wine and a nice meal with new friends.

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Sunday, 11 January 2015

11.01.12 Silent Sunday

Rainy day