Christmas is fourteen days away …

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It felt like yesterday when the 1st of December has arrived. Today, it is showing that fourteen days more … and the day of celebration is in our midst!

How do you celebrate this time of the year? exchanging gifts? celebratory dinner?  big party? or just a quiet day away from the noise of the society? Everyone has their own way in celebrating this particular day of the year.

Most of us are in progress with the preparations for our celebratory events or in progress of our travels to a destination where to enjoy serenity of the moments.

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Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving For All

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Sending the same greetings to you, Wendy at My Plaid Heart!

Prayer of Thanks by Ralph Waldo Emerson For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. Wishing all of my fellow American friends a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day! xo

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Foods that are sustaining our great health

In our personal experience, cooking is an art and not a science. This is because we like experimenting with various new combinations of seasonal vegetables, fruits and nuts; locally available produce, fish and meats.

The following are the most recent results of our cooking escapades – thought of sharing them for your enjoyment. If you like any of them, please feel free to let us know …

Through engagements, conversations and interactions; cooking ideas, techniques and recipes are often adapted from our collection of cooking books, favorite tv chefs, readings from various sources, friends and relatives.

To view more of the different foods that we cook and have shared for your pleasure, please visit the link of “Eating Healthy: Adventures with food”

 

Autumn Season Is Lovely Indeed …

The natural beauty of various foliage and plants around us re-confirm the complexity of nature.  The changing colours of the leaves of trees, shrubs and many deciduous or herbaceous plants are something to be appreciated.

Sharing you some of the Autumnal colours that surround us …

“Lest we forget – 100 Years Since” ‘Flanders Poppies’ Living Their Memories …

The ‘Flanders Poppy’ now referred to as ‘Remembrance Poppy’ symbolises a worldwide remembrance to those individuals we lost and those who were injured during the ‘Great War’ also known as the World War I.

This Yeas of 2018, we are commemorating the ‘Armistice Centenary Anniversary’ that took place in November 11, 1918. The event will be observed across cultures of the world especially those who acknowledge the impact of the war amongs families.  My family recognized the plant’s symbolism; the reason we integrated the ‘Flanders Poppy’ in our garden this year; in order to remind us those whom we lost during the war every time they bloom, and we participate in the commemoration the 100th Years Anniversary of the WW1 Ending.

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Their beauty allow us to keep remembering the souls of the soldiers who gave their lives during the World War I as made reference to the popular WWI poem “In the Flanders Field” by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

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Our Classic Christmas Cake Has Been Baked

During the past weekend, our Family’s Tradition for Christmas Cake has been baked; been stored, readily waiting for its first drench with our favourite brandy. It would have received four drenches by the time it will be eaten on Christmas Day.

What is your Holiday Family Tradition?

Sharing you the images of our progressively maturing Christmas Cake 2018 in Scotland.

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To view more of the different foods that we cook and have shared for your pleasure, please visit the link of “Eating Healthy: Adventures with food”

The beautiful and colourful Autumn Day …

Shairng you the luster of colours during sunny-Autumn days that allow us to appreciate the beauty of nature around us. In many areas they are experiencing the dropping temperatures with wintry breeze, however we are enjoying our gardens; can’t ignore the moments.

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

“It is a cosy chair day while the outside temperature is colder” – says Lord Toby

We were enjoying sunny days in the early part of the week. Then the temperature started sliding colder …

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Few more poses of Lord Toby in his cosy chair …

To view more of Lord Toby’s fun activities, please visit the link of His Majesty’s  Conversations Page.

This morning, it is 3°C and the Autumn foliage are appearing gracefully …

Its only few days since Autumn Season have started and here we are getting immersed into cooler temperature and the changing colours everyday.

The amenities of colourful leaves that are changing around us has been refreshing to witness. It is almost chaging every minute of the day.

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Indeed, a wonderful experience and appreciate those foliage of big and small trees, shrubs and ground covers around us.

Please click on the link to view the evolution of LTs Castle Garden from its humble beginnings from last Winter to this time in the Fall Season. Enjoy and we like to hear your insights as well. Thank you.

Additionally, for sure these pretty Autumn leaves will soon begin to fall and when the stronger winds of Autumn will come, most of them will be laden everywhere of which the wildlife that visit our garden will be taking time of unturning each leaves and seek any edibles underneath them.

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

 

Blooming “Flanders Poppies” are prominent in our garden

The Flanders Poppies have been giving us their spectacular blooms since the beginning of Summer. They are still going and enjoying the warmth temperature of early Autumn Season; their location enjoys the afternoon sun.

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During the Spring, it was great finding Flanders Poppies from a Scottish garden centre. The seeds were planted to locations where I wanted red flowers being integrated in the garden.

Where new and young plants were crowding with each other, they were transferred successfully to new locations where they were featured red bloomers amongst other plants. Yes, they are blooming!

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This particular cultivar of Flanders Poppy now referred to as ‘Remembrance Poppy’ is a very nice touch that was integrated our garden.

Their beauty allow us to keep remembering the souls of the soldiers who gave their lives during the World War I as made reference to the popular WWI poem “In the Flanders Field” by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

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Many countries around the globe celebrate the “Remembrance Day aka Poppy Day” to commemorate those who perished and fought for peace during the World War I. According to public records, it was King George V who inaugurated the commemorative Remembrance Ceremony in 1919.

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

 

 

 

Our Town Square will be featured at the Marks & Spencer’s Christmas Campaign during the 2018 Holiday Season

Quite interesting to note that during the 2018 Holiday Season, we will be seeing Kelso’s Town Square on TV as a Feature at the M&S Christmas Campaign.

A glimpse of the set when it was being prepared … thanks to Southern Reporter for sharing.

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Another view of the set during the film shoot last Tuesday evening according to the Southern Reporter’s Story. Feel free to click on the provided link or the image below to read the story.

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We look forward to watching how they will showcase the historic cobblestone town’s square; all businesses around the square are decorated festively with colourful lights every season (see image below).

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Created an Autumn Feature in the Back Patio Garden & the Cats are having fun too

As we are about to enter the Autumn Season, most of us gardeners have been keeping our fingers green for the season.

Here is our newly arranged focal point for our Fall Season festivities and gardening.

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Layering technique makes this beautiful arrangement complement the upcoming season. Had to be mindful to dramatise the complementary colours, flowers and foliage when making this arrangement. Very happy with the result.

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To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

And Charlie, our friendly four-legged neighbor has been enjoying the ambiance around the garden.

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Lord Toby watched Charlie from his vantage point whenever he was visiting.

To view more of Lord Toby’s fun activities, please visit the link of His Majesty’s  Conversations Page.

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Yes! Yellow Foods Are Healthy, indeed. FOOD THAT ARE HEALTHY FOR EYE HEALTH — RENCETASTE

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The illustrated foods below are very cheap to buy and they will keep ones body healthy.  You don’t need to be a Millionaire to afford them.

To view more of the different foods that we cook and have shared for your pleasure, please visit the link of “Eating Healthy: Adventures with food”

So the question remains … why so many people have poor health and dependent on medications under capitalistic incognitos!

People often believe that failing eyesight is an inevitable result of aging or eye strain. In truth, a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of eye health problems. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), published in 2001, found that certain nutrients — zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene — may reduce […]

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Basic Simple Food Groups Make You Healthy! Eat More Green Red & Yellow Vegetables – Clare Collins — Online Marketing Scoops — glimpsebyturre

This article illustrates some basic food concepts and knowledge that our great grandparents have known for decades – “healthy living with basic food groups“. These were taken for granted by current generations who were influenced greatly by capitalism; and the results are poorer health conditions of many if not most.

To view more of the different foods that we cook and have shared for your pleasure, please visit the link of “Eating Healthy: Adventures with food”

This is tragic, given high vegetables intakes are associated with better health, including a lower risk of heart disease, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes. For every extra 200 grams of vegetables and fruit eaten each day, there’s an 8 per cent reduction in the risk for heart disease, a 16 per cent risk reduction […] […]

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Catio for Bob! ProtectaPet Catio Turns Street Cat Bob to Safe Cat Bob — Katzenworld Shop

Check the Catio for Bob on this link courtesy of Katzenworld Shop: https://katzenworld.co.uk/2018/08/08/protectapet-catio-turns-street-cat-bob-to-safe-cat-bob/

Hi everyone, Please find below a reblog from Katzenworld: ProtectaPet Catio Turns Street Cat Bob to Safe Cat Bob ProtectaPet Catio Turns Street Cat Bob to Safe Cat Bob StreetCat Bob, who was rescued from life as a stray Tom cat wandering the streets of London, is now able to enjoy exploring the outdoors in safety with the extension of a steel-framed custom built catio to his London home. Bob rose to fame… More on https://katzenworld.co.uk/2018/08/08/protectapet-catio-turns-street-cat-bob-to-safe-cat-bob/

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Our Lady Belle is showing “Signs of Autumn”

Our Lady Belle is a wonderful evergreen plant that is hardy; sustains her beauty throughout the coldest of the Winter season. Lady Belle bears beautiful changing foliage across four seasons with beautiful ‘bells-like’ flowers during the Spring. Some gardeners call her “Rainbow plant”.

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Have been successful in propagating Lady Belle (the Mother plant) in LTs Castle Garden. In the past year, I have looked around in various garden centres and nurseries across the Scottish borders towns but failed to find one. Instead, I utilised my ‘Gardener’s expertise’ and ‘bang’ I have created other three new plants. We love her natural beauty throughout the year.

In the recent weeks, I have propagated few more that we can gift to our friends who have been admiring Lady Belle’s gorgeous looks in her featured location in the garden.

Enjoy few more images of Lady Belle… As the Autumn Season will appear, Lady Belle’s foliage will be so pretty that is turning from yellow green, to golden, then bronze-red and deep red.

 

Lady Belle is wonderfully easy  yet sophisticated as a feature plant in either large or small garden. Strategically position her to where you can appreciate her year round beauty. She lives well in either a pretty pot or in a well-drained ground; sunny or indirect sunlight area. During hot-spells of the weather, like any other plants, she will need adequate water that will sustain her lush.

Trimming her arching branches will make her looks become more elegant. I love planting a colourful trailing lobelia that will veil a part of the pot as an accent to dramatise her landscape.

Because Lady Belle is an evergreen plant with continuously changing colours of foliage; I integrated numerous contrasting shapes, structures, styles of foliage and colourful flowering plants as well as the foreground around her. Dramatic colours are possible for a four-seasons garden regardless of size and limitations.

Creativity is the key to a successful gardening in style.

Hopefully, these insights have given you ideas in creating the colourful garden.

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

 

 

Lovely Asters in our Garden

Aster flowers are equally unique type of flowers; they bridge the ending season of Summer and stay put during the Autumn Season.  Their beauty adorn every garden, however their lushness will depend at ones locale conditions. They are perennials and herbaceous.

This week, we began enjoying the lovely blooms of our blue and yellow asters in our garden. Butterflies and bees enjoy them too as they have been in our garden since Spring. Like many plants, watering them regularly will give you best and continuing blossoms; however deadheading them is a great way of encouraging more flowers.

The Blue Asters:

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These flowers originated from Europe, the Alpine Mountains. They are available at certain garden centers that provide wonderful and quality garden plants.

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

Delicious fresh English Runner Beans that are grown in the garden

We have been enjoying our English Runner Beans that were planted in the garden during the Spring.

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Eating fresh vegetables are nutritious especially when paired with either fish, pork, chicken, beef or lamb. This type of beans is very versatile with any cuisine.

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

 

 

 

Friday’s weather is purrfect for enjoyment and having Tea in the Garden

It’s a lovely weather today; a purrfect moment for his Majesty to enjoy the sun while his servants were enjoying their tea. The great wheather will bring us to a fabulous weekend too.

Lord Toby enjoyed his moments at the outdoor bench …

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To view more of Lord Toby’s fun activities, please visit the link of His Majesty’s  Conversations Page.

The Bench at LT’s Garden

Lord Toby enjoys looking at the garden where wildlife like birds, butterflies and bees enjoy; including neighbours Charlie and Parker who wander around frequently.

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To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

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Summer Blooms in LT’s Garden

Our Summer Garden has been entertaining us including our visitors, friends and neighbors. It is a joy to see the results of hardworks of gardening earlier on. We are only in the middle of Summer. Can’t wait to see what the Fall Season Garden will look like 🙂

To view more of the seasonal transformation of LTs Castle Garden, please visit the link “Gardening Adventures in Scotland”

Lord Toby Met Charlie, the Neighbour

It was warm and sunny afternoon when Lord Toby spotted from his window, a visiting neighbour who was wandering in his Castle’s garden.  They got introduced with each other 🙂

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Since then Charlie has been a frequent visitor in the garden at Lord Toby’s Castle.

 

Recycling: Painting a Plastic Pot DIY

Upcycling is something we do without even thinking about it here at I Breathe I DIY. We had this old hanging plant pot out in the shed that wasn’t being used. It ended up in the shed because there’s nothing special about it and it’s black. Black is usually a go-to color for us, but […]

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Recycling Old Clothes? Yes, please!

As our planet earth is at risk due to climate change; we can all help in making every effort to recycle things instead of dumping them as rubbish and often they end up in the sea … their implications when our rubbish reached the sea is detrimental to all 😦

During the Spring wardrobe reorganization, any clothings, beddings and towels that we found that ‘never been used for a while’; we put them all in bags then bring these to recycling centres.

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After reading the article by Into the Eco through MyInfluencersCircle, thought that we will share to you as well. Please find below ‘some clothes recycling tips’ that were provided by the original author. Thank you all for your contribution in saving our planet earth.

Indeed, a great idea to recycle old clothes. Spring then Summer then other seasons will come around. We find older clothes that we have not worn for a long time. So why using your space occupied by them – recycling them will open up your space. Here are Ten Tip from Into The Eco (there […]

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