Back on the horse…so to speak

Wild horses at the Highland Wildife Park

Well, back on the blogging horse now that I have a new laptop to do it on. Sadly, my lovely old Dell was too dead to save so we had to invest in a shiny new HP one. It’s red (fave colour, although it’s more cherry red than the flame red I truly love) and works, so enough said.

Monkeys at the Highland Wildlife Park

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays here in Scotland. My kids went off at the end of July and the summer seemed endless. They return to school next week (actually, the boy starts school then…yippee!) and that’s the summer over.  I was lucky enough to be able to take four weeks off work over the holidays and I’ve loved every minute of it. We’ve visited the Riverside Museum in Glasgow (I will still call it the Transport Museum because that’s what it was when it was in it’s old southside/ Kelvin Hall homes when I was growing up and not the lovely shiny new museum by the Clyde it is today), we ran around the National Trust’s Geilston Gardens, we watched the rain come down in buckets, we made chocolate cake and pancakes, we created sock puppets, we went to a soft play area and visited family and friends. We also had a four day trip to Aviemore that was fun and included a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park (we loved it…I loved the wolves and we actually managed to see red squirrels running about wild) and the type of touristy shops kids love to buy tat from (and they did). I made bread, the kids played in the paddling pool in the garden on the few days we did have sun, my veggies grew and the guinea pigs loved running around in their pen outside (supervised cos of all the pesky cats that live around here). My husband and I watched the bats flying about our garden at dusk.  I knitted a cardigan that I’ve still to finish cos I can’t be bothered to sew it up. I made a pirate for my one-year-old nephew and a doll for his two-year-old sister and I forgot to take pictures of them!

Wolf – he or she is in there somewhere!

We have a week-and-a-half left til the kids start school. I have no plans for this week except to get back to sewing, to finish my cardie and to start writing my book for adults again (I had some more editing to do on DarkIsle 3 – am hoping that’s it finished now).


Am glad to be back blogging. Speak to you soon!

Dawn x


I’m in mourning…for my laptop

My laptop has given up the ghost. Remember I told you that the boy had accidentally spilled coke on the keyboard and I managed to somehow get it working? Well, that must have been a fluke because I cannot get the laptop to open now…there’s not even a squeak of life in it. I’ve tried everything I could think of, but to no avail. Sigh. I feel like my right arm has been cut off. I’ve become quite relient on it for socialising, reading other folk’s blogs and generally having a lovely time coohing and ahhing over other folk’s creations. Now, I’m being forced to borrow hubby’s laptop to get on the net. He’s at work just now, but will be back later and will want it back.

Actually maybe having restricted access to the internet will be a good thing. It’ll probably get me doing more stuff rather than sitting in front of a screen for hours.

Looking on the bright side, I have a friend who fixes computers in his spare time. I have everything crossed that maybe he can sort out mine!!

The other thing I’m missing right now is Game of Thrones. Sky Atlantic showed the last episode of series two on Monday night and I am already pining for the series. I LOVE IT. Must go and buy second book. Talking of books, am curently reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’m enjoying, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a patch on Martin’s Game of Thrones’ series. They are just simply fabulous!

Right am off to do some housework having had a lovely morning of scribbling designs for a new lino cut I want to try. Am back into that.

Dawn xx

ps if you see words highlighted in this that takes you through to a competition to win an i-phone, I defo did not put them there and I can’t get them off. It’s really annoying.

Cola and laptops don’t mix

It’s been a little while since I last blogged and I don’t really have an excuse for it. I suppose I was taking an unofficial break and also perfecting (finally) bread making! I did go to blog yesterday, but was prevented from doing so thanks to my boy… on Thursday he was playing CBeebies on my laptop whilst drinking a small glass of coke (I’d given it to him as a major treat – I don’t like them drinking too many fizzy drinks). Anyway, he accidentally tipped about half the glass on to my laptop. I was in the other room and was alerted by his cries. I rushed in, mopped up the mess and shut the laptop down hoping it would start up again once it had dried overnight…it didn’t. Despite punching the on button several times, taking out the battery, giving it a shake etc etc, my poor old laptop was dead. I spent yesterday ranging between being angry at him, lamenting the loss of my computer and worrying about how much it would cost to fix (if it could be fixed).

Then a thought struck me…I wondered if I could fix it myself.

So with the  help of my android phone, I looked on the internet, found what I was looking for and before I knew it I had the keyboard off and was giving it a wee clean. Normally I would be too afraid of damaging stuff to do something like that, but I was missing the laptop, missing being on the internet and I thought ‘what the hell’. I put it all back together and with a drumming heart, pressed the on switch.

The laptop burst into life and I felt extremely pleased with myself (and sighed a huge sigh of relief!!!). Anyway, it’s working now…thank goodness!

So going back to bread making. I’ve been making the rustic Spanish loaf from the Hairy Biker’s latest baking book and it’s been working. I tried it first by kneading the dough in my food processor and got great results. Then I tried it by hand….and I actually made something edible!! Here’s the proof…

I’ve also been working on my two small quilts I made the kids. They are a bit wonky, but the kids like then and that’s all that matters. They’ve been wrapping themselves in them at night and snuggling down to sleep.

Dawn xxxx


PS had to resend this blog again because I’d forgotten to give it a title and for some reason the bread image didn’t show…oooops!