I had a couple of blog posts planned for last week, but somehow another seven days has flown past since I was last here. I was going to talk to you about tomatoes - and crochet - and I will, but here I am on Sunday evening looking through my camera roll and wondering what happened to my week.
Well - a happy smiling girl was part of it. What an absolute joy and delight she is!
Our bake of the week was plum, almond and cinnamon slices - recipe from here.
The weather has been quite rainy this week, so I have been enjoying some relaxation in the afternoons. I am not sleeping too well just now. Nothing major - just that internal radiator that switches on during the night - 50+ year old women readers will know that one. Anyway, I have been nurturing myself with little naps and rests - and crochet and tea.
The stunning scenery all around me is such a balm to the soul. I never tire of driving this road, (just as well really, as it is the road). From here, you can see the sea in the distance, and it looks higher than the little lochan in the foreground, almost as if it is going to spill out from the gap in the hills. (I took this shot from the passenger seat, just in case you were wondering - John was the driver.)
There was a late shopping night in Stornoway! Now, that may not sound very interesting, as in many places shops are open late, every day, even 24 hrs, but for us, it was a novelty. Most of my favourite shops were open until 8pm and there was quite a party atmosphere in the town. Special offers and discounts, tastings and samples. I tried Spanish food, looked for treasure, drank tea, chatted and crocheted, while James and John had haircuts. The Lewis Pipe band played, and there were even Pirates!
I found some great things in the charity shop too - a tea trolley, some pyrex dishes, a lovely painted glass jug and some linens and a pretty tray - £13 - bargain!
And I was just cheered by the bright colours of these charred roasted peppers straight from the grill. so snapped a picture.
As we start a new week, it is good to look back and reflect on the blessings of the last seven days and those simple, ordinary moments that have made it special.