Allandale

Just over the canal from where I live is the tiny village of Allandale. Its main street is lined with red sandstone houses built for brickworks employees in the early 1900s. The Antonine Wall runs through here, and there is talk of a new railway station in future.

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Landing

I don’t have a favourite room in my house, but I do have a favourite space. The light on the landing is beautiful all day, and the view from the window is spectacular. I pass through this space at least ten times a day and it always makes me happy, especially when there is a…

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Starburst Clock

I won this clock at an auction a few years ago, cheap! When I finally got round to hanging it on the wall, it had stopped working completely, and clock repair shops are hard to find in this area — I’ve looked. So my lovely clock tells the correct time twice a day, but I…

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It’s Good to be King

It’s been a trying couple weeks — burst pipes (plural!), floods (plural again!), a broken dishwasher (!!!), and my taxes are due. I could easily become a giant stressball. Instead of freaking out, I’ll take a page from Logan’s book and just chill. Nothing bothers him, except being held down and smooched on top of…

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Saturday Drive

We went into Glasgow today to visit our nearly-local Ikea. Had I realised they were remodeling the showroom and there is now 50% less space for people to meander around, I’d’ve given it a miss. The trip wasn’t a total loss, though. We’ve chosen our new kitchen!

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More Snow?

The forecast calls for more snow, but I’m optimistic the weatherman is wrong. The temperature is hovering about 4C and we’re thawing out nicely. My daughter made this snowman back before Christmas when everyone still loved snow and thought it was great. What a difference a couple of weeks can make.

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Thaw

After weeks of bitter cold, ice, and snow, we’ve finally had a tiny warm spell. In such a brutal winter, warm is relative, and 2C feels like summer. The snow is gone from everywhere but the ground, and hopefully that will shift by the end of the week. I don’t think I’ve ever been so…

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Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

Back before Thanksgiving, I thought it would be a good idea to buy a case of canned pumpkin puree from the on line American grocer. Surely, I’d use all 15 cans in no time. Ha. With the expiration date looming, I’ve gone into full use-pumpkin mode — my favourite use being pumpkin muffins. I’ve tried…

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So Cold

It was colder here than at the South Pole today, -20C! My poor hens aren’t getting out for much exercise at the moment, and only Nella is brave enough to march about in the snow. Our Siberian weather is supposed to last another ten days. May it pass quickly.

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Eli

This is my cat Eli. Eli sleeps on my feet every night, and visits me when I’m in the bath. Eli likes to eat things, the strangest being an empty popcorn bag. He can’t walk quietly like most cats on account of his huge, thumpy back feet. And he meows like a girl.

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