Sunday, 24 February 2019


A few photos in random order of my long weekend away in Scotland at the end of January. I had a cheeky Friday off work and we set off on the four hour drive on the Thursday straight after work. We holidayed with two other couples - who we normally celebrate Burn's Night with but this year, we did it in style. Absolutely loved it. The PortsochananHotel wasn't in the mid Nowhere, it was at the End of Nowhere. Stunning views. Freezing cold and remoteand quietand perfect. A day trip to Glencoe and Fort William one day and to Oban the next. A lovely drive home on the Sunday. We came back with lovely memories, a vow to do it again and a new found love of haggis bonbons! On the menu. Divine. Little crunchy fried balls of haggis, served with a whisky cream sauce! I don't even like whisky! Apologies for the jumpiness of this post. It'll be muc better when I get my mitts on a laptop. 
This post is almost a month late! I can't even get to the end onthis iPad to do my sign off so I will do it here. 
Lots of love from 
Rachel 'haggischops' Radio star xx

 This was Bluebell when we went away up to stay on the banks of Loch Awe for Burn's Night 2019. She is clearly pining.....

The first meal of pancetta wrapped cod loin was delicious. 

Glencoe I think. 

Taken in the forest of Glencoe. 

This dining room table was hilarious! Why a hippo in the Scottish Highlands? 

Traditional pipes. 

The accurate accent for the poetry of Rabbie Burrrrrrruns. 

 Tasted far better than it looks.
The haggis was yummy.

Tasted as good as it looks! 

View from the hotel over Loch Awe.

We literally threw the contents of the car in the dining room and she did not move from ere for aaaaaaaaages as if to say, you are not going away without me!

Sunday, 20 January 2019

What sock? What slipper?

National Trust cheese scone recipe. Last of the Christmas cheese with the green bits cut off. Green bits not essential. 

Quite smug with my finger presses! 

Over halfway through January but it isn’t half a long way to payday on the 91st Jan! I laughed when I saw someone tweet that. Since I decided a few years ago to stop my hatred of January and the long dark dismal days, it goes a lot quicker! Bluebell continues to be hilarious in her daily puppying adventures.
Me and the HG are sat watching Vera talking in our Geordie accents saying, we’ve been there at every opportunity! I have baked this weekend- bread on Saturday which was all eaten on Saturday and a mince and onion plate pie for tea tonight and some jam tarts with the trimmings. I’m currently making a little gandsewn badger - when the timing is correct - this means when Bluebell is asleep and  therefore not helping me and when I’ve  my glasses 
with me.

I don’t k ow if any of you have seen the Versus arthritis tv campaign but it’s really good at portraying the pain it causes. There’s one of a young woman writhing in agony on the bed before getting up and going to work as a teacher. That could be me. Last night, for the first time in aaaages, I was in agony, writing is painful and staying still is painful. The burning pain of bone on bone and the pain down my arm is breathtaking and makes me cry out. I think it’s my own fault for neglecting my physio and eating more sugar of late in the form of biscuits. What I put in my mouth definitely affects my joints - sweeteners affect me, biscuits affect me. I’m going to apply a heat pad soon and more pain relief. Fortunately today I didn’t need to get dressed until way after lunch so didn’t have to struggle into clothes and a bra. 
Sadly, going braless in public is not an option!!! 
I have no idea what else I was going to put down for posterity here but it’s a short working week ahead as I’ve Friday off to go to scotland to stay up up up up in the North near Dalmally. We are going with friends to Portsochanan to celebrate Burns night. Posh frocks and haggis - perfect thing to look forward to! I love haggis! Fingers crossed the journey isn’t treacherous. Ideally I’d like it to be mild and dry until Thursday about 9, then snow like mad and be beautiful until Sunday morning, then mild and dry again for the journey home!! I have to work a day in my holidays for the time off - which to be honest, I do normally anyway!! 

I’m loving catching up with blogs again a bit more regularly. I’m going to attempt to add the bread photos now. 

It looked good! 

It tasted good I was told.

The ham was the one ignored from Christmas- done in my pressure cooker and finished off in the oven. With honey and mustard.  

Right, itsall jumpy and I do not know where I’m up to. 
Lots of love from
Rachel *knackered shoulders* Radiostar xx