Tuesday 15 November 2011

The Pipes Are Calling!!

Here I am again, wondering where the last week went. And then I think back over what's been happening and I remember where it went! :0)

Before I tell you what I've been up to I need to apologise ... you see ... we've been experiencing some "Technical Difficulties" here ... the server my email travels through has been having a few hiccups and so I've ended up WAY behind on answering my emails. I started to try to catch up with answering them but ... I need to sleep SOMETIME! :0) So ... with apologies, I'll wipe the slate clean and start fresh. If you emailed me during the last three weeks or so and haven't heard back from me... OPAM gals especially ... I'm sorry about that! The 'issues' seem to be sorted, so I should be able to keep up now ... I hope! :0)

OK ... so ... on to what's been happening and why I have such a strange post title. Most of you will be familiar with the well-loved folk tune "Oh Danny Boy" ... one of the lines is ... "The pipes, the pipes are calling from glen to glen and down the mountainside". Well ... today at the retirement village where I work mornings, the pipes were indeed calling across the mountainside. We had a visit from the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums ... bagpipes and drums, that is! Aaaaaaahhhhh!! It was enough to make a Scottish-descended lass's heart warm and fluttery! My Dad's side of the family includes so many Scottish connections that it's a wonder we don't bleed tartan! :0) Kippen, Menzies, Duncan, McLean, McGreggor ... see what I mean! Tee! Hee! Hee! So it's no wonder the squirl of bagpipes makes my heart go pitty-pat!! :0)

Here are the QPPD in action.We had about 80 village residents, family members and friends on hand to clap and dance a reel or two! OK ... maybe not, but there sure were some toes tapping! :0) Then, it was time for a cuppa and a chat with the band.

And look what I found ... a couple of burly Scotsmen in kilts! :0) Pat and Mark had the lovely rolling Scottish burr and had spent time with the Royal Scots Dragoons. Did I mention that sometimes I LOVE my job! Tee! Hee! Hee! Oh ... yes, I am short, yes Pat was over six foot! :0)

OK ... apart from chatting up men in kilts, I've been spending some time in my sewing room ...

This is as much as I can show you, cos it's one of my Secret Santa swap gifties for ... a certain SOMEONE! Tee! Hee! Hee! Still need to finish my SSCS gifties for ???? so that will be this coming weekend's task, I think.

Apart from that ... we've FINALLY been enjoying some fabulous warm weather (some people say hot, but I'm a hot-weather gal, so to me it's WARM! Tee! Hee! Hee!) my Beloved Geek Boy and I have spent some time out in the garden. A bit of weeding, a bit of pruning, some planting up for gifts and some harvesting of herbs and veges from my vege patch ...

Some fresh beetroots that have since been boiled up and stored in their special mixture ... YUMMO! The last of my mega-spring onions that were previously taking over the world, the first of my snowpea crop to the right there and some rosemary, chives and parsley from my herb garden ... those herbs and the spring onion made their way into a DELICIOUS home-cooked quiche. Did I mention I REALLY love this time of year! :0) Warm weather, fresh produce from my garden ... life is good! :0) What's your favourite time of year?? Are you a summer gal like me, or a winter bear?

Well, I can hear my pillow calling my name, so I'm gonna sign off for now. Hope you're all having a great week so far and managing to squeeze some creative time into the busy pre-Christmas timetable. Til next time ...




Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Mmmmmm... I love home cooked beeroot and there's nothing nicer than goodies grown in your own garden. It must feel very rewarding Kris to have your little vegie patch flourishing with edibles.
Glad to hear the email probs are fixed.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Chookyblue...... said...

the pipes are great to listen too........glad your server is sorted.........liking the warm time of the year.......39 yesterday was pushing the love I have.............VERY HOT

Janice said...

It does sound like you had a great day. Trust you to find two burly Scotsmen.

De said...

Looks like a fun day! Im a summer gal too - the warmer the better I think. Great fresh produce.

Marilyn said...

Yummy produce you have there. Now I have a longing for quiche with fresh vegetables and herbs. Love this warm time of year, and we too have been enjoying the produce from our vegie patch. But time to replant I think.
Luv those kilts !!!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Hey I am with you Kris...men in kilts with a Scottish lilt and playing the pipes....we have so much in common. I too have more than a touch of the Celt in me. Love beetroot and I am waiting very impatiently for mine to get big enough to harvest. Not sure what I will do with them when the time comes...I know you can roast them or boil them and put them in vinegar. Your herbs look so fresh and summery.

Anonymous said...

Oooh I love a pipe band. They were at our school a few weeks back... we saw them in the local McDonalds buying lunch :0> I LOVED that they were getting their money out of their sporans!!!!! yummy vege & I'm sending the hot weather up the hill *vbg*. toni xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Kris,
I really enjoy listening to bag pipes, we have just visited the christmas pageant they have here in Adelaide each year and the pipe bands are one of my favourites. Not sure why I like them so much I don't think we have Scottish blood anywhere in our family.
Your veggies look yum we have been harvesting a few ourselves from our veggie patch, they are definately nicer than the store bought ones.
I hope you have had a great weekend, we have been busy preparing for our daughters garden party she is having for her 21st next weekend.Will finally do another post and show some piccies after but in the meantime crossing our fingers for nice weather.
Regards JO

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