Saturday, 28 May 2016


I come from the North East of Scotland. It's my favourite place on earth. It's a bit bleak and rugged for some but it's my home and I will always love coming back here. This was my view while I was having lunch last week. For the past three years me and four others have been coming up to just outside of Cullen to the West Manse Quilt Retreat.

It's a beautiful old manse in the middle of nowhere.
There is a workroom which comfortably holds five to six quilters. We all have our own spacious workstation.

There are three double rooms and one twin, I always share the twin with my chum Irene, we are used to each other's snoring! How cute are these rooms?

Lunch in the conservatory. The food is brilliant and you are never ever hungry!

Patchwork is everywhere.

View from the lovely lounge where we would gather in the evening to peruse quilt books, natter and have a glass of wine.

I posted a pic of this tuffet on Instagram, lots of likes for it!


Oh yes we did some sewing in between the eating! Anne made this amazing nautical quilt.

Irene worked on her flipping flowers.

Anne took along her version of the flipping flowers.

The other Sheila made this fab mini quilt, yes I know it's not mini, but the centres are vroom vroom minis!

Log fires in the evening.

But it was this wee chap who always steals my heart, wee Finlay. Star of the show! I did do some sewing but didn't get very good pics, that's maybe another post.

Tatty bye for now.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


I was a wee bit obsessed ... By a doggie, I love doggies and miss my Bud every day. So when I went on our annual quilt retreat up to Cullen I was delighted to be reunited with this wee chap!


His name is Finlay and he lives at the West Manse quilt retreat up at Cullen. He is such a wee darling.

This was after a few wee Tequilas ....

I *may* have posted one or two pictures on Instagram, lovely Helen offered to stage a diversion so I could dog nap Finlay but I was happy to live vicariously for the weekend

He had a chum called tiddles, they seemed to get along, mostly ...


Awwww Finlay you stole my wee heart!





Till next year Finlay, till next year.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Barcelona, the pedrera, the one where I wimped out on the roof top

Yep, love the Pedrera, that Gaudi was a genius! But oh man I could not do the roof top ... So had to peek through some windows to get pics of the roof.









After all that I had to go cool down!




Saturday, 21 May 2016

Barcelona, Park Guell

See that Gaudi, what a man, Park Guell was amazing even if it was raining ...














After visiting the Park Guell? Well you find an oyster bar in La Bocquera and sit and watch people buying their Jamon.