Friday, 21 August 2015

To see ourselves as other see us

On my recent trip to York I spotted this pub sign for the Burns Hotel.

Burns (Scotland's national poet) is reflected in the window and it reminded me of some of the words from his famous poem "To A Louse" -
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
You can read the rest of the poem at the BBC website and hear it read by the actor Robert Carlyle.
Joining with Weekend Reflections.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Little Vintage Tea Room

Just back from a fabulous holiday visiting family in various parts of England.  One of the best things about being away is the lovely places you come across purely by accident.

One place that I loved was the Shoe Bun Bakery in the little village of Offord D'Arcy in Cambridgeshire.  It is a lovely little vintage tea room attached to the local pub - The Horseshoe Inn.

Of course my favourite part was the vintage crockery that our tea was served in.  There was lovely vintage linen on the table too.  The cakes were home baked - delicious!

If you think you would like to visit, then please check out the Shoe Bun Bakery Facebook page as they are only open on certain days.  A great place for afternoon tea.

Love, Liz

Friday, 7 August 2015

A Little Bag of Happiness

I was given these as a gift by a lovely friend recently - they came in a pretty little bag called A Little Bag of Happiness.

What are you thinking - not much of a gift?  A penny, a marble, an elastic band and a piece of eraser - what kind of a gift is that?  Well, it came with a lovely little card that says it all.

"We all have those days when we feel a little blue, this bag has things inside for you
An eraser so your mistakes can disappear

A coin so you never have to say "I'm broke"
A marble in case someone says you've lost yours

A rubber band to stretch yourself beyond limits"

A very thoughtful and lovely gift, I'm sure you will agree.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Little vintage glasses

I found these lovely little vintage glasses recently.  They are in perfect condition and came in their presentation box.

Love the little bit of gold pattern around the edges.

Small, but would be ideal as shot glasses.

Had any lucky finds recently?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Classy Lady ... and a Blogger moan!

Isn't this a great picture?  I love her hat and the expression on her face!  Wonder how long it took her to perfect that look?  Perhaps I should have a caption competition.  What do you thing she is thinking!   (Keep it clean!!!!!)

Now for the moan -
Any one else really cheesed off by the cookies notice that appears every time you have a look at someone's blog?  It is driving me mad!!!!!!!  Is there any way to stop it?

Love, Liz

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Unfortunately no hot weather here in Greenock!  I'm talking about this tea cosy!

I've knit it in bright orange and hot pink - what do you think?  Too garish?

I'm sure it would look great in someone's kitchen.  It is just waiting for a new home.

Hope you are getting some decent weather where you are.

Love, Liz

Friday, 31 July 2015

Anyone know if these can be cleaned?

I need your help!

These lovely litle butter knives have been in my family for years.  They belonged to my Gran, passed on to my Mum and now I have them!

Don't think that they have ever been used and are now really discoloured.  Found out that the initials EP NS stand for electroplated nickel silver.  Does anyone know if it is possible to clean them?

Even the presentation box is lovely - look at this little clip - so cute!

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Beano Bonanza

Whenever I see an old fashioned Beano comic it remind me so much of my childhood.

Every week I would get the Beano and my brother would get the Dandy.  They were delivered by the Co-op newsagent on a particular afternoon (I think it was a Wednesday) along with our evening paper.  My brother and I would wait patiently at the door for the paper boy to come along.

We read our comics immediately, but didn't swap till the next day - well, they had to be read all over again in bed that night!  Sometimes Dad would read his favourite parts to us - that was a great treat because he made up silly voices for the characters.  We loved that!  My favourites were the Bash Street Kids - I thought they were so naughty!

My own sons also read the Beano and Dandy - these are theirs from the 1990s.  Don't have any really old editions.  I have a large box of them and can't bring myself to throw them out.  Beano is still published by D C Thomson.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

It was going to be turkey salad ...

Last night's tea (that's what some of us Scots call dinner) was going to be warm Parmesan crusted turkey steak with salad ........ but ........ yesterday the weather was terrible here in Greenock - it rained all day, and I had to put my lights on at 5.30 in the evening!  So, salad was out, something more comforting was needed for Hubby and I.  So I just decided to make something else using the two turkey steaks that I had available.  This is what I ended up with -

All I did was add some oil and butter to a pan and cooked finely chopped onion, carrot and celery.  I then added the turkey steaks which I had cubed and let them brown after which I added about a spoonful of flour and stirred to coat the stuff in the pan.  Made some chicken stock which I then added and let it bubble away slowly.  I chopped up some orange and red pepper and added to the pan. The whole thing was then put in the oven to stew.  Meanwhile I cooked some mushrooms with parsley and garlic.  Top Tip!  I like to cook my mushrooms separately and add at the last minute - that way they keep a lot of their size and flavour.  When the stew was ready I took it from the oven, added a good wedge of cream cheese and stirred through, then added the mushrooms and some frozen peas.  After that I just let it warm through on the hob.  (Foodie Bloggers be aware that you have nothing to fear from Shortbread & Ginger's meal posts - I don't know all the jargon and I rarely weigh anything!)

The perfect accompaniment - a recipe I had seen earlier on TV.  I don't usually watch daytime TV, but it was such a rotten day, I decided to give it a go.  I discovered "The Pioneer Woman" on the Food Network channel.  Ree had made some breakfast potatoes to feed her hungry family who were out on the ranch, working with the cattle.  I omitted the peppers, since I had already put some in the stew.  They turned out great!  The Pioneer Woman has a great web site with lots of fabulous recipes.

Hubby's verdict on the last minute meal - said he'd have it again anytime!  So that's something else to add to my easy mid-week meal collection.  Next time I might make dumplings with it!

Of course a little bit of vintage crockery does not go amiss!
Love, Liz

Monday, 20 July 2015

Big Time Wonder Books

Found a couple of boxes of books in the cupboard recently.  These from the "Big Time Wonder Book Read With Me" series brought back some lovely memories.  They were such favourites - just the right length for a bedtime story and full of wonderful illustrations.

My all time favourite is "My First Book" beautifully illustrated by Valerie Hodge and Roger Hall.

So sweet!

My sons' favourite was "Crazy Little Car" illustrated by Hilda Boswell.

Others are - Fairy Tales illustrated by Hilda Boswell

"Fairies and Giants" and "Pixieland Rhymes" both illustrated by Rene Cloke.  All the books were printed in the UK for the publisher Peter Haddock Ltd, Bridlington, William Collins Sons & Co Ltd.

Another beautiful little book - "a b c and counting book" illustrated by Jeanne Farrar.

I think these are so lovely!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 9 July 2015

My Deirdre Glasses

I have to admit that I shed a few wee tears last night while watching Coronation Street.  Even although I knew it was coming, I felt so sad when Deirdre Barlow's death was announced.

I've watched Coronation Street for years and Deirdre (the actress Anne Kirkbride) was one of my favourite characters.  During the 80s I had glasses just like hers.  I've even kept them.  I wore them as "second best" in the house when I was painting, gardening etc.  Occasionally I'd forget to put on my best pair and go to collect my boys from school only to be greeted with the words "Mum, you've still got your Deirdre glasses on!" Happy days!

So the next time I raise a glass of red - it will be to your memory, Deirdre.

Cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Not another tea cosy!

I've been knitting like a crazy woman recently - so many tea cosies - think I might be addicted!
I love the look of these two colours together - grey and lilac.

Perhaps not a typical tea cosy combo!?  Goes well with some of my vintage china.

What do you think?

Love, Liz