Friday, 18 September 2015

Five things that made me smile this week

I have been feeling a bit blah this week, I have little energy and even less motivation. I have a cough I can't shift and my head is sore, too. I want to sleep and then sleep some more. Alas, life doesn't stop and to distract myself from it all, I have looked through my photos and reflected back on the week. Here a few random things that made me smile.

Waffles for breakfast. We rarely make them but for Annie's Birthday breakfast we dusted the waffle iron and made a large batch. I like mine with plain yogurt and strawberry jam.



Richard's optimism. On Sunday, we celebrated Richard's birthday with a BBQ and lots of guests. The weather was glorious until 30 minutes before the first guests were due to arrive. This is Scotland after all, no BBQ without rain. I noticed this sign on our front door:



Our new event shelter. It is a whopping 4.5 across and has space for many friends to huddle together and shelter from the rain. We tested it on Sunday and plan to take it to our next camping trip in a weeks time. 



'Glaswegian' salmon blinis. I love salmon blinis but find those you can buy in the shops to be rubbery and dry. I don't think making my own is a good use of time when time is scarce. The solution? Ritz crackers. I do love this version even better. 



Eating plums straight from the tree. Or little tree is weighed down by juicy sweet plums this year. I pick some every morning after I unlock my bike to cycle to work. It is pure joy cycling through the woods eating, plums and spitting the stones as far as I can.


I found this particular plum today. I haven't eaten it yet because it is a funny shape. It reminds me of budding yeast cells (I trained as a microbiologist). Richard was joking that this is how plums multiplied, too.



There you go, life is less blah already. What made you smile this week? 

Have you seen the other Five on Friday posts yet? Go on, get a cup of your favourite brew, settle down and read a few. Thank you Amy for the linkup.

As always, thanks for stopping by and leaving lovely comments. Have a great weekend. Cxx

23 comments:

  1. I tittered at idea of you spitting the stones out as you cycle along - and the last 'con-joined' plums reminded me of the coco de mer that grows on Praslin island in the Seychelles. I lived on Mahe for half a year and travelled out to Praslin a few times - supposedly the garden of Eden. Would love to be there now away from cool, damp Ulster.

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  2. What joy to spit those stones as far as you can!! Hope you all enjoyed the BBQ in spite of the rain.

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  3. Your first few sentences exactly describe the symptoms that both my boys have at the moment, they have been quite unwell and off school. I never thought of Ritz crackers to make 'blinis', I will be stealing that idea, of you don"t mind! What fun to cycle along spitting out plum stones, that does sound good! X

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  4. Such a shame about the weather for the barbecue, I hope it didn't spoil Richard's day. The blinis look fab, I always have a box of Ritz crackers in the cupboard, they're great as a standby for a quick snack with something atop.

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  5. Wow! that shelter is amazing, what a great thing to have. I'm making waffles this afternoon as a friend is coming over, I like mine either plain or with crème fresh and raspberries

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  6. Love your new shelter, we used to have a large gazebo but gave it away when I developed the veg plot. I now need to buy another for our equally Welsh wet weather. I'm glad you found five happy things during your grotty week & I do like the idea of using Ritz crackers as blinis x

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  7. These bugs seem to be doing the rounds, or maybe its the change of weather but there is a lot of ill health around at the moment. Hope you are feeling better soon. I love the idea of using Ritz crackers as blinis, simple but effective ideas are always the best.

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  8. Hope you're feeling better by now. Your Ritz cracker blinis looks good.

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  9. Looks like you had a fun week. Your shelter cover is fantastic. What a great idea for salmon : link; I have lots of Ritz crackers so I'll give it a try. Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. Christina, I love the image of you riding your bicycle, biting a juicy plum and spitting the seeds out as you whiz by! Sorry you're feeling bad and hope the weekend is better.

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  11. I hope you're feeling better by now. I know I am, after seeing the lovely things you shared here. :)

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  12. that shelter is awesome.
    love that plum, although yeast cells wasn't was sprung to mind..........

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  13. Lovely colourful photos, hope you're feeling better. :-)

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  14. Happy Birthday Richard! I hope that it was a great party! Five great things here, but I love the plum the best! Made me smile! Thank you for joining Five on Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend!!! Sorry to be late visiting, we have been away and just got back today. xx

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  15. Such a Scottish thing, a shelter from the rain rather than the sun! I'm with you on the waffles. And envious of your plums. I have 17. Carefully counted. Hope everything perks up for you next week.

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  16. Feeling pretty blah too this week. Getting over a cold and not sleeping well and getting stressed because of this. Your list cheered me up - love those waffles.

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  17. I got such a lovely picture of you biking along eating plums on your way to work. Hope you and hubby are feeling much better soon.

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  18. Biology indeed, it looks like a huge bottom! I enjoyed reading your post today. Jo x

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  19. Your post made me smile.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  20. Made me smile too. The weather can't be too bad in Glasgow to have such a good crop of plums. I wonder if any of your plum stones will germinate into plum wildings.

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  21. Hope you;re feeling much better. What a lovely list of things. I like the plums too...can take me out of scince really! :) xx

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  22. Love the look of those salmon blinis and the plums look great too. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  23. Beautiful!! I love the heart shaped waffles etc and am extremely jealous of your plum tree. It is a not so secret dream of mine to be able to bake with fruit from my garden. Also loving the blinis!! x

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