Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday Smiles

Evening Everyone,

It's Friday. The day we share some, or all, of what made us smile this week with Annie at A Stitch In Time.

I wasn't around earlier today. Instead, we took advantage of the better weather an drove down to Castle Douglas to do a bit of shopping. It's a smashing little market town with loads of lovely shops, including a great health food store that sells herbs and spices, loose from the jar. Here's a few photos taken during the day.
Who could resist this display! Every time we visit the town we make a point of popping in and adding a few more goodies for our spice rack.
A pretty Easter display in one of those shops that always displays the kind of thing I find really hard to resist!
Book shops, especially secondhand book shops, are becoming as rare as hen's teeth these days. This one draws us like a magnet every time we visit the town. The shopkeepers in Castle Douglas seem to have a liking for choosing quirky names for their shops. Some even have interestingly different signage too.
The key on this one caught my eye.
And here's one for the Master Clockmaker.
Love the grandfather clock.
There are approximately fifty local businesses involved in either producing or selling food and drink in Castle Douglas, and for that reason it has been designated a Food Town. We like to have lunch in our favourite tearoom, The Scottish Pantry, and I always order their macaroni cheese ... it is simply delicious.
And because it's that time of the year here's a snap my DH flanked by a display of red balloons, flying to mark St Valentine's Day, found outside the Post Office!

So that was my day. Hope your day was as much fun too.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 349

Hello Everyone,

WOYWW is almost over and here I am making a very late appearance. It's been such a bright, sunny day, though nippy, that I've been out clearing up empty pots that the winter storms had strewn all over the garden and tidying up all the dead growth to make way for the spring. All this means that my workdesk looks exactly like it did at close of play yesterday ... not a thing has been touched.
The desk streaked with sun, again! It's getting to be a Wednesday feature here at Chez Worthington :)

Not much else on the desk though. Just a pair of cord trousers I'm altering for the EM and an almost completed scrap page featuring Bonnie, aka The Boss, our much photographed cat. You may recall the supplies were lying out on my workdesk last week. Also in last week's post was an applique project I was working on. I finished earlier this week and the result can be seen in this post here.

Short and sweet this week ... just as Julia, our venerable Head Desker, likes our posts to be. I'm off now to do a bit of desk hopping.

Take care and have a great week.

Monday, 8 February 2016

In A Vase On Monday - Harbingers of Spring

Hello Everyone,

It was drizzling when I ventured out into the garden this morning to see what was in bloom, if anything, for In A Vase On Monday, and was delighted to find I could pick a little posy of spring flowers at last.
First I spotted some Tete-aTete daffodils peeping through in the rose bed. These were transplanted from a pot after they had finished flowering last year. It looks as though they have increased in number; they seem to like the spot I've chosen for them.
Further down the garden, in what I rather grandly named the woodland area, I discovered a few pink and white cyclamen, blue iris reticulata and snowdrops. My husband has  planted these with crocus and muscari all around one of the apple trees where he hopes that they will naturalise and spread to give us spring colour year after year.
Finally, I cut a sprig from our newly purchased Jasminum nudiflorum, winter flowering jasmine. I was gently reminded of reading, some forty years ago, a wonderful description of this plant and deciding then that no garden should be without it, Sadly, I can't remember the title of the book or the author but he, and I do recall it was a he, said of winter jasmine that it was the fragrant harbinger of spring. Irresistible!
We are having new flooring laid in our hall, where I display most of my  my collection of vases and jugs. Result, most have had to be packed away safely out of harms way so I found myself a bit stuck for what to put my wee posy in today. The wee brown jug I did find doesn't look quite right but no matter, it has to do. The antique Chinese puzzle ball just happened to be nearby. A gift from an old friend who, after retiring from the military, was an antique restorer. The ball is made up of several concentric balls of carved ivory enclosed one within the other but all able to rotate freely. I can only begin to imagine the time and concentration it must have taken for the artist to create it!
I'll leave you with this photo of the little Tete-a-Tetes as I found them this morning.