Lunch in Luss and the road to recovery



So how are you all? Well I hope. Life has been returning to semi-normality after hubby’s stint in the hospital last weekend. He’s still not 100%, but is on the road to recovery…slowly, he’s getting there.



Right, so what’s been happening this week? I was back at work at the beginning of the week, so didn’t really do anything except keep up with the housework and cook dinners. Today, we decided to go out for a little while. Hubby got out of hospital on Monday evening and has been indoors ever since, so we went out for a small spot of lunch. We drove to Luss on Loch Lomond for lunch at the Village Rest. It’s a nice place to eat and the food is nice, but they’ve bumped the prices up, which is disappointing. They used to be such good value for money. I mean £10.95 for a nice, but not special burger, salad and chips isn’t good value in my books. I’d expect to pay at least a couple of quid less. Hey ho.

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Anyway, we ate, we went for a short walk and came home. The trip took it out of hubby who went for a wee lie down after.

This afternoon, I worked on a knitted gift for a young lady whose birthday sleepover my daughter attended on Monday night. I had intended having it finished for her before Monday, but fate took me away from knitting and over to hospital! Anyway, I will have that finished (and I will show you the finished product) within the next couple of days. I watched All About Eve whilst knitting, it’s one of my all time favourite movies. I love Bette Davis, what a performer! It’s a great movie and hilarious in bits. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Meanwhile, the girl spent the afternoon cleaning the pit that is her room. The boy had finished his this morning, but hers was still messy. This is the expression she had on her face when I told her to clean it…


And then it was this…

Noooooooo! I don't want to clean my room! You can't make me!

Noooooooo! I don’t want to clean my room! You can’t make me!

Needless-to-say she was sent up to her room to clean it! It’s still a pit, but better than it was. I hate keeping her indoors when the weather is so nice, but I’ve been asking her for weeks to clean it and had to put my foot down.

Right, I am off. It’s nearly 9pm, I’m not long in from my bi-weekly walk with friends and I’m desperate for a wee cup of tea. Til next time!

Dawn xxx




Ballet, piano and Bette Davis

Well, I’ve gone and voted and once I got to the ballot box I was under no doubt  which way I was voting. The last couple of weeks have been both exhilarating and a bit scary. Independence is a huge step and today is historic. Am waiting with bated breath to see what happens when they announce the result tomorrow.

This week has been overtaken with the Referendum. You just couldn’t get away from it. However, apart from that we’ve seen a few things happening. The boy had a really bad ear infection recently and it’s now cleared up. He also started piano lessons last week and seems to like them…so far. The girl is still in love with ballet. I bought a ballet exercise DVD so we can do something together (the boy and I have piano) plus it will hopefully get me fitter. Over the last five years I’ve put on more than a stone in weight. I don’t eat any more than I did before and I certainly am busier than ever. I think it’s the fact that I’m over 40 and have a sedentary job. Sigh. Anyway, ballet here we come!! Am sure a few plies will sort out my thighs!

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Hubby celebrated his 51st birthday last week too. Me and the kids took him out a local Chinese restaurant for a meal and various members of the family visited with presents or sent cards. On his actual birthday, I made him a special meal for every meal time. The kids insisted on having pancakes for breakfast, I made veggie tortillas (from The Fussy Eater’s Cookbook by Tana Ramsay) for lunch and we had Hungarian Ghoulash for dinner…yum. There was also birthday cake and custard…lovely.

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Am currently reading Bette Davis’ The Lonely Life and it’s excellent. Her voice and strong opinions ring through the book and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. As you know I am a huge fan. All About Eve is in my top ten all time films…she’s fabulous in that. Other fave Bette films include Now Voyager and Jezebel.

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While I greatly admire Ms Davis, what else rings through the book is her absolute determination to get to the top no matter the cost. I think she was used to getting her own way. She was a strong woman who didn’t put up with rubbish. Some may call her a bitch. I think she had to be to pursue her dreams. Anyway, she’s very inspiring and her book is full of great stories and truths.

What else has been happening? I took the plunge and bought myself a new sewing machine. My machine was secondhand when my parents gave it to me when I was 11 or 12, so it’s at least 30 years old! It’s not reliable. I’m hoping a new one will be so that I can get on with sewing.

Right, that’s it for this week. I am going to finish up here for now. Until next time!

Dawn xx






Why writing is good for you and Bette Davis is wonderful!




Writing is very good for your mental health apparently. I’ve been researching some information on writing for health for an article I’m doing for a work publication and came across some excellent facts. If you write about your problems for 15 minutes a day for three to four days, it can help. I suppose you could refer to it as your problem journal. But anyway, a professor in America (sorry, I don’t have details about him here) did some studies on it and it found that folk who write about a difficult situation they are dealing with were healthier than those who did not. That’s a simplistic way of putting his findings (I must get his name), but it was interesting to read. Researchers on this and other studies found that folk were not only mentally healthier, but physically healthier too plus experienced better sleep patterns, felt better and had a more positive outlook. You don’t have to write tonnes and you definitely don’t have to show anyone your writing. You can even destroy it as soon as you’ve done it.  So there you go. If you’re feeling crap about something, get it down in writing and hopefully you’ll be able to work through it.

Here are my other top tips for feeling better if you’re a little down:

1) get outside and go for a walk, even in crappy weather – ‘blowing the cobwebs away’ also blows negative thinking away

2) take up knitting…it’s wonderfully calming and great to do whilst you are watching an old movie on tv

3) bake some cakes and eat them with family and friends with a huge teapot of tea

4) read – that can be fiction or non fiction, I’ve found myself fascinated with books on writing recently (in saying that I find books fascinating generally)

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Talking of old movies, been listening to Bette Davis In Her Own Words in the car going to work this week. I love Bette Davis. She was a fantastic actress and one of my all time favourites. I just love her films – All About Eve, Now Voyager and Jezebel are just stunning.

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The CD is a collection of interviews she did with the BBC ranging from the late 50s to the 70s. She comes across as warm, witty and full of fun. I also think she as a lady you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of. Anyway, I love Bette Davis! Who could forget her in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Eugh Creepy!!

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Anyway, moving on. Got a box of books delivered to me on Monday…yes it was my copies of my new book DarkIsle: The Final Battle. Woohoo! So exciting!! It’s available now on Amazon and most good book shops.

Right am off to do some more writing. Til next time.

Dawn x

PS Bette Davis was also a knitter…see, told you it was a good thing to take up!!