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A warm start.

It’s gone very cold here. It is beautiful. Some years we don’t get much frost, ice or snow, we just have storms, wind and rain, but this year we are having a cold spell. The Frozen lochs look beautiful, and the hills and mountains look lovely dusted with snow.

So, I make sure the children get a good start with a bowl of porridge before school.






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Monthly visit to the charity shop.

I really enjoyed my visit to the shop today. After a lovely morning volunteering at the Mother and Toddler group, I went along to the thrift shop with a few things, and came home with a huge bin bag full!!

I was lucky to find some blankets in good condition, at only £2 each, a lovely jumper, an M&S twin set, a vase, a beautiful lacquer tray, lavender perfume and little presents for the kids.



Really chuffed with my finds.


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Home Sweet Home.

So, everyone is getting over the latest bugs, and I still haven’t had anything, yes!

One thing I love doing is to have the house feeling cosy and quiet in the morning when we all get ready for the day ahead. I’m usually second up, after hubby brings me my first cup of tea of the day (first of far too many), then I go and wake the kids with a cup of tea. After that I lay the table with a pretty tablecloth and pretty plates etc etc. I put on a little light, so it’s not too bright first thing in the morning, and I’ll have the TV on the news in the kitchen on low, so I can keep an eye on the news, but it doesn’t dominate the atmosphere.

Then, we all sit down for breakfast together and chat about school etc. Hubby misses this bit, as he is out very early. But, on his days off he joins us.

When I was a little girl, I would go down for breakfast on my own, grab a bowl of cereal and shout goodbye on my way out, so I wanted to do things differently for my family.

It’s the same for when they come home, as long as my bad back lets me, I like to make the house feel welcoming, and they have a cup of tea and a scone or a piece of cake or biscuit, before they go and do their own thing, and I start the tea.




My cosy vintage lounge at breakfast.


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Sickness Bug.

Oh dear, we are all going down with the vomiting bug, I am the only one left, which makes me feel a bit nervous. I hate being sick, don’t we all. At least I’ve looked after everyone else, and they are getting better. Bugs seem to travel around the islands so fast, and everyone you talk to has either had it or nows someone who has.


Yesterday, we had one of those rare still sunny days. Oh it makes you feel better, just seeing the sunshine. I could hang the washing out, even if I did squelch to the line!

Today, it’s not so good, and everyone is lazing around with pyjamas on, even the ones feeling better, but that’s ok, thats what Sundays are for, and I’m happy to Mother everyone.




The animals have the right idea!


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My Vintage bedroom.

Last year, my room was transformed to as near to a vintage  bedroom as I can get it. All I would like to finish it is a metal bed frame. Hubby wallpapered one wall for me, which seemed to transform the room, and I got a beautiful dressing table with matching drawers. Earlier on in the year, I got a lovely wardrobe too. All of the furniture came from a charity shop on the island called Re-store, where people donate unwanted furniture, then Re-store sell it on after doing the pieces up, if necessary. I found all the various trinkets from the local thrift shop or charity shops on the mainland.

I feel so cozy and happy in here.





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Although I am trying to make this year a frugal year, I did buy just a few little things in the January Sales. Well, living on an island, I don’t get the chance to go to the shops and look around, which is probably a good thing, as I’m sure I would spend a lot more. My little treat arrived yesterday.




A Beautiful Vintage Apron, a blue mug, and a very pretty snack tray.

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Not a good start.

Well, so much for my first frugal shop! I did quite well on the first shop, although still getting too many treats, as my eldest is on a visit. The main problem was that there had been no delivery of fresh foods and bread. Not one loaf of bread on the shelve, so I had to go back the next day, after doing a few jobs. That was my downfall! Lots of yummy Christmas party foods and biscuits for little money, AND I was hungry!!!


Thrifted dress and cardigan.


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