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Friday, 24 September 2010

::: We have a home! :::



I admit it looks a little bare but once I get some plants and flowers outside and all of our things inside it'll feel and look much better.

We officially are now on the move – all of our belongings have been kept in storage these past few weeks and we have been staying in an amazing B&B (which I'll tell you all about later!), but now we have a great little cottage and I can't wait to unpack and stop living our of suitcases, phew!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

::: Sea Otter :::

Okay, so you would think that living in Scotland I'd get to see wildlife all the time but you'd be wrong.

Yes I see deer running across the roads in front of my car and rabbits nibbling at the grass on verges and the occasional toad hopping across my path but check this out -





The little lump on the island is a wild sea otter! My first ever sighting of one in the wild!

I didn't stop smiling all day!

Monday, 20 September 2010

::: Charleton Farm :::

For my birthday, as Steve was away working for three days, my sister took me to a local farm - Charleton Farm - which grows berries of all kinds and has a cafe and a play area.

Just have a look at the wonderful treats we had to eat, yum!







Thursday, 16 September 2010

::: Bunny All Better :::


Henrick

Here is my wee man – doing 99% better and on his new lead so he can run in the garden.

Thank you to everyone who wished us luck and crossed their fingers for his recovery.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

::: Eat Pray Love :::

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is officially my new favourite book. I bought a few books and magazines to read while Steve was starting his new job in Oban, as I had nothing to do yet – no home, no job, and the bunnies were getting bunny-sat if you will.

I honestly didn't expect it to be a true story for one but I also didn't expect it to be so funny!

The book is about one woman's life after her divorce and how she makes her comeback by traveling, finding a Guru, finding herself and finding God.

I am not a religious person, not even a little bit. But this book is so well written and so un-put-downable.

I sat at a little secluded beach for nearly two whole days and read this book, cover to cover. I am madly in love with this book and I know I will be reading it again soon.

There is also a film being released in America right now based on this book, I can't wait until it comes out over here. Let's just hope it's not too different from the book.

Let me know if you read this or have already read it and what your thoughts were.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

::: Banoffee Love :::




Many of you might know that I absolutely LOVE banoffee pie, mmmmm!

Well, as we are moving just 3 days (yes, 3!) before my birthday I was allowed to have my special banoffee pie early.

It is the gooiest and sweetest thing ever, and I'm only allowed it once a year so I make the most of it.

Ingredients

Base:
85g (3oz) butter, melted
250g (9oz) dark chocolate digestive biscuits, finely crushed

Filling:
200g (7oz) dark chocolate, melted
397g can Carnation Caramel

Top:
4 bananas
300ml carton double cream, lightly whipped
cocoa powder, to dust

Method

1.Add the melted butter to the crushed biscuits and blend well. Press the mixture into the base and partway up the sides of an 18cm (7") loose-bottomed cake tin, then chill well.

2.Make the filling: melt the chocolate gently in the microwave then mix in the Carnation Caramel. Beat until smooth. Spread the filling over the biscuit base and chill for about 1 hour, until firm.

3.To serve, slice the bananas, fold half of them into the whipped cream and spoon over the base. Decorate with the remaining bananas and dust liberally with cocoa powder.