23 September, 2014


The last time I wrote about my pregnancy, we were on our disastrous weekend away up North in the caravan.  Since then, at the beginning of June, our little boy Jamie was born 3 days after mine and Isla's birthday.  He was born by caesarean section, and we were only in hospital for 2.5 days before they let us home!

It was lovely to be home with him, and he settled in very quickly.  The dog and the cat have accepted him brilliantly - the cat simply ignores his existence, and the dog just wants to love him!  It's very cute.

Frazer had almost 3 weeks off - 2 weeks paternity leave an an extra week from annual leave.  It was lovely to spend all that time together.  He is totally bowled over by fatherhood, and Isla is a doting big sister.

My mum and dad came over once Frazer went back to work and stayed for a week.  They arrived on my dad's birthday (the second time in 2 years he's spent it here), and we had a really nice week.  We didn't go out and about much, for obvious reasons, just stayed close to Peebles.  When they went home, they took Isla with them for the holidays.

I did write a post about twice the length of this one, but the app crashed on the ipad and I lost the lot!

Anyway, Jamie's 16wks old now, and cute and cheeky.  He's been sleeping through for just over a week now, which makes life a lot more pleasant!  He's into 6-9 month clothes already, and costing us a fortune in sleepsuits!  I wouldn't change a thing.  

Homemade Pizza

17 September, 2014

Domestic Goddess Strikes Again

With all this being off work, I'm bored.  I had a bit of a cooking day yesterday - I made some more oatcakes (I seem to be addicted to them at the moment - try adding some marmite to the recipe for marmitey oatcakes mmm) and a big pot of chicken soup to put in the freezer for my daily lunches.  Nice and healthy!

Tonight's dinner is Punjabi Butter Chicken, which i haven't made for ages, so looking forward to that :-)

29 August, 2014

Kat's Traditional Scottish Oatcakes

I've been dreadful at blogging recently, and I do mean to get better at it, as I have so much to tell you!

In the meantime though, I have a new recipe for you for delicious oatcakes.  If you want to jazz them up a little, you could add cracked black peppercorns or grated cheese, but they are excellent just as they are.

30 May, 2014

Lemon Cheesecake

Really delicious, fresh lemony cheesecake - obviously recipe can be modified to whatever flavour you fancy.  Last year, for Burns Night, I did a Drambuie Cheesecake (be generous with the alcohol!), tops with raspberries and grated chocolate - delicious!

01 May, 2014

1st May - Home Again

Ok, well we had a slight change of plan on Sunday.  Frazer got up and oh so casually suggested that we pack up and go home.  This suggestion was met with unanimous approval, and we were packed up and in the car within half an hour!

It was still misty and foggy when we left, but by the time we reached Inverness the sun was shining, so we decided to drive down the other side of Loch Ness as neither of the girls had seen it before.  We didn't spot the monster, but we did pop into the Loch Ness centre to buy a cuddly Nessie for Scooty Puff Junior!

It took a little loinger to get home, as my calculations were slightly wrong, but we got there eventually, having picked up dinner from the Chinese on the way.  We all agreed that we had made the right decision!  We had a lovely relaxing day on Monday, and then on Tuesday Frazer was back to work, and Isla was back to school.

I went up to Edinburgh to meet my friend Ailsa for lunch, which was lovely - we had a good catch up - and then did a little bit of shopping, and went home to wait for my Tesco order to arrive.  In the meantime I made Frazer some mini quiches for his lunch, and Isla some mini pizzas.  I'm a domestic goddess me! 

27th April - North Sea Haar

It finally stopped raining yesterday, but remained misty for most of the day - to the point where visibility was afffected.  This is apparently called a North Sea Haar and is pretty common along the east coast.

We explored Dornoch a wee bit, although it was still misty there.  We had a nice lunch at Luigi's in Dornoch, and then we let the girls go off by themselves and we had a wander too.  We went to the jail, which is just a big shop now.  There ar some gorgeous clothes and boots in there, but the prices were ridiculously extortionate!  The castle is a hotel, and the cathedral is a small church.  Apparently it has the title of cathedral because a bishop moved his administration to Dornoch centuries ago and this entitled it to be called a cathedral.  Eventually we got a text from the girls saying they had exhauste all the delights of Dornoch and were bored!  We met them back at the car, and headed into Tain to find me some new walking boots as my trainers had fallen apart that morning after my walk on the beach.  We found Mr Shafi's shop, which was a bit like a market stall with masses of shoes, and loads of old people clothes.  Got some boots though, for a reasonable price.

We came back to the campsite and made use of the wifi at reception for a bit.  We booked a table in the restaurant for dinner, and then went to sit in the bar for a couple of drinks.  The girls went back to the caravan to give the dog a walk, and then they went out to amuse themselves for a while, complete with some money to get a takeaway for dinner and money to spend in the wee amusement arcade.  We came back to the caravan for an hour or so, as i needed a snoozy.  One of the frustrating things about pregnancy is that i have no stamina at the moment, and if I do too much my stomach muscles start to ache and I need to lie down!  It's very annoying.  Anyway, I had my snoozy, and then we went back out for dinner.  

The menu was pretty good in the wee restaurant - sort of Wetherspoony.  I wasn't starving after quite a big lunch, so I decided I only wanted some prawn cocktail and maybe a bit of garlic bread.  After a lot of umming and aaahing we decided against main courses completely, and shared 6 starters between us, kind of like tapas, Scottish style.  We had prawn cocktail, cheesy garlic bread, chicken goujons with Jack Daniels bbq sauce, scallops, french onion soup and breaded mushroom with garlic sauce.  Frazer got a dessert too - he thought he'd ordered a chocolate fondant, as that's what the menu said, but it turned out to be a chocolate fondue, so naturally I had to have some with stawberries!

We came back to the caravan, where we met back up with the girls, talked about baby names, and went to bed!

This morning has started off better than yesterday - it's not raining for a start.  It's not sunny though - hoping for a bit of sun later.  The dog woke me up at about 7.30, so I took him for a quite a long walk (well, long for me these days) down to the beach.  He had a lovely time paddling and chasing seagulls.  We're off for a swim in a little while, and then possibly up to Golspie for an explore.

26th April 2014 - Grannie's Hielan' Hame

Hello blog readers, if I still have any left, which i highly doubt!  The first big news is that I am pregnant, the second is that I'm over 7.5 months along, and the third is that I'm already on Maternity Leave.  This means I now have time to resurrect my old blog!

The wedding and honeymoon seem a long time ago now, and we started trying pretty much as soon as we got married.  We found out in October, just before we went to France for my mum's birthday - perfect timing for telling them face to face.  They're really excited, as are Frazer's parents, who will be grandparents for the first time.

So, to start my Maternity Leave, and because we won't be able to go away easily once Scooty Puff Junior (the baby's nickname) arrives, I suggested a nice weekend away.  A work colleague had been to a caravan site in the North of Scotland last year and raved about it and the surrounding countryside.  I suggested it to Frazer, he duly booked it, and off we set yesterday complete with Isla and best friend Aimee, and the dog.  In the mist and drizzle.  We arrived last night, in gale force winds and the rain lashing down.

So, in typical Scottish fashion we are away for holidays in weather that would be best suited to a freezing November.  We are in the North East, almost as far as you can get, in Embo, near Dornoch, on the North Sea.  We are staying in Grannie's Hieland Hame, a Parkview Caravan site, right by the beach.  If the weather was good this would be great.  Unfortunately it's shit!  We arrived last night in lashing rain, booked in, got our key, let ourselves into the caravan and realised that we has signed ourselves up to a long weekend in a large tin can on the North Sea coast.  It would be funny if it wasn't so fucking cold!

Luckily, the gas fire in the caravan works very well, so it heated up quite quickly.  The water was off, but a quick call to the maintenance team sorted that out.  We ventured out at about 8.30 to see what was available in the form of food and entertainment.  The restaurant was closed, and the entertainment...well we were expecting something along the lines of the entertainment in the comedy Benidorm - nope, nothing that good!  Think Rod, Jane & Freddie from Rainbow - but shitter!  We left pretty sharpish!  We got the girls a takeaway - we had already eaten some niblles and weren't particularly hungry - went back to the caravan, watche some crappy tv, nicked some of their chips, and went to bed pretty early.

Frazer and I are used to a super king sized bed - we like our own space for sleeping.  We're in a double bed here, which normally probably wouldn't be a disaster, but I have this large stomach containing a baby, and rolling over involves a good minute or so of careful manoeuvreing - neither of us got much sleep, which explains why I was walking the dog on the beach at 6.45 this morning!  I think the dog probably slept better than the rest of us, as he was up on the caravan sofa within about 5 minutes of us going to bed - I know this because I forgot to take my phone charger through, and he was already up there when I came back through for it!

It looks as though the weather is going to cheer up later - fingers crossed.  We're going into Dornoch for a wee explore as it has a castle, a cathedral and a jail! Should be interesting!

03 March, 2013


So, what's the one thing you really need when you're trying to organise a wedding? Why, your landlords telling you they'd like to sell your house of course!
To be fair, we've always known that the landlords wanted to sell the house at some point, it's just bad timing. They have said that they want to put it on the market in May, and we're getting married in June.
We had a week of looking at houses until we found the perfect one, so we've struck a deal and we're moving at the end of the month. Joy. Actually, I'm looking forward to living in the new house, and actually being able to park right outside my house, but I cannot face packing up the house again, just to unpack it again five minutes later! Moving is a hassle.
They say that the three most stressful things in life are moving house, getting married and getting divorced - two out of three will do us just fine!
We've done quite well in the last week with the wedding organisation, despite looking for houses at the same time. We have the registry office booked, we now have a venue booked for the reception and have agreed the menu, I've bought Isla's bridesmaid dress, and my maid of honour has bought her dress too. I also have my wedding shoes, but no dress as yet! Still trying to decide on the one that I want. The invitations are all made and ready to be sent out. We're getting there, we just have to finalise the guest list, as only some people can come to the ceremony as only 35 people can fit in the registry office! It's difficult!
Only a few things left to get sorted, in amongst packing the house, oh and going to work every day too. Nothing's easy!
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16 September, 2012

Bowling for a Carvery

We've had an awesome day today. Lovely lie in, followed by breakfast bought by Frazer. Isla had pain au chocolat, Frazer had croissant and jam and I had a cinnamon danish pastry. Lovely!

We went all the way across to Airdrie to go to a bowling alley, because the ones in Edinburgh are ridiculously expensive. It's a good couple of years since we've been bowling. Frazer's really good - he used to play in a league when he lived in Edinburgh, and was meant to when we moved to Peebles, but the last couple of years his back has gone right at the beginning of the season and he's missed out. Isla and I are pretty rubbish, but we do manage to hit the pins most of the time. I even got a strike today - I was ridiculously pleased with myself!

We did a few bits of shopping in Airdrie afterwards, and then came home via Ratho for a carvery. It's a Crown Carvery in Ratho, and it used to be very good, but it seems to have gone downhill a little. The other one we go to is a Toby Carvery in Liberton in Edinburgh that used to be called the Balm Well. It's brilliant, and the quality of the food is excellent.

It's 11.30 now and we've only just sat down. We got in and put the shopping away, then decided to try to dismantly the falling apart armchair in the kitchen. We didn't get very far, so we're going to get it into the boot of the car tomorrow, hold the boot lid down with bungees and drop it at the tip tomorrow morning. The dog was upset because it's his armchair!

Off to a car boot tomorrow - probably will be full of rubbish, but alŵays worth a mooch.

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