Sunday Sevens March 19th 2017

Sunday evening, telly on, time to look back at the week with Sunday Sevens. It’s been a fairly quiet week, here’s what I’ve been up to. 

I’m trying to vary our meals at the moment, it’s so easy just to repeat the same familiar recipes. This week I’ve tried out two new meals, and they were both delicious. 

First, avocado and sweet potato nachos. These were unusual, not like anything I’d had before, but they were lovely. One I’ll try again, lots of veg portions in an easy meal. 

Second, cinnamon and lemon chicken pilaf. I’d never made pilaf before, this was quick and easy to make and tasted buttery and delicious. I may try this with mushrooms instead of chicken to make it veggie. 

I am slightly obsessed with vintage Ladybird books, specifically the nature books. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the simple, accurate descriptions of plants and animals they contain. These are two new to me books that I’ve been reading this week. 

There may be lots more flowers blooming outside now, but I still love to have bunches of bright blooms inside too. These beautiful tulips caught in a beam of early morning sunshine were one of the first things I saw on Saturday morning when I came downstairs. 

We had another Alphabet Date this week, jumping ahead to W for a visit to a Wildlife Park. They’ll be a blog post soon all about our trip. These zebras were getting frisky. 

The warmer weather has prompted us to get out in the garden and start adding more plants in gaps left in the borders. I circle the garden Centre checking for pollinator friendly perennials for the most part, to add to our wildlife friendly garden. This is the area around our pond, I love the colour brought by the snake’s heads fritillaries and windflowers. 

Finally, we’re planning a trip to Scotland in a month or so’s time, had this week we’ve been getting down to some serious planning, guide books and OS Maps at the ready, all courtesy of the local library. We’re touring, spending time in Mull of Galloway, Loch Lomond, Mull and the Cairngorms, staying in Nethy Bridge. We’ve got some plans, including a couple of full day wildlife watching trips booked, and are looking at what options there are for the rest of our trip. Any tips for things not to miss would be much appreciated, I can’t wait to go! 

Thanks to Natalie for setting up Sunday Sevens, as always. 

5 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens March 19th 2017

  1. I must get looking for the wildlife ladybird books, they look so good! Those tulips look colourful. I was tempted to buy some but I opted for some yellow daffodils instead. Your garden looks lovely. We seem to have the same mindset of growing a wildlife friendly garden. 🙂

    We’ve yet to start on our alphabet dating, but will have to finalise a list soon. W would have been a wildlife park for us too. 🙂

    I love Scotland. Have done lots of whistle stop tours. Though haven’t wild swam up there yet! We went on a dolphin spotting cruise from Inverness a few years ago and saw bottlenose dolphins. There’s also Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling and The Highland Wildlife Park by Avemore which has three polar bears and is great to visit in any weather. Good luck wildlife spotting! Enjoy your holiday! x

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    1. The ladybird books are lovely, I definitely recommend them. There are lots to collect.
      We definitely love to Wildlife garden, it’s great to see new species had familiar ones in the garden, you were so lucky to have a chiff chaff visiting this week.
      Thanks for the Scotland tips, a boat trip is definitely on our list, and Highland Wildlife Park sounds great. Blair Drummond may have to wait for another trip, we’re travelling down from Nethy Bridge to Robin Hood’s bay in one day, for a couple of nights champing on the way home, so we’ll not have chance for a long stop. Hope we see lots of wildlife, will share the highlights when we get back. 😀

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  2. I have the seasons ladybird books and I would like to get some of the wildlife ones too. 🙂 If you go to Mull of Galloway I expect you will see seals and red kites. We went there in November. Your trip sounds like it will be fab.x

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      1. Oh thats marvelous. Theres quite a few in Dumfries and Galloway. And seals can be found on the rocky shores of Mull of galloway and corsewall lighthouse. X


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