Saturday, 23 February 2008

Cookie Comfort

I called my Mum this morning and we had a chat about the latest news, including our news from earlier this week. She told me that she had received the card I sent her, which is actually a Mother's Day card, as this falls next weekend in the U.K. I haven't seen Mum in almost three years and I can't believe how the time has passed. I came off the phone feeling upset that I can't be there to spoil her on her special day and can't even give her an assurance that I will be able to visit this year.

So after a stressful week, I was in need of some comfort. I decided to do some baking this afternoon and made Honey Oat Biscuits from a recipe that I saw at The Homely Year ~ thank you ladies, they are delicious!

After this, I decided to make my favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies. I use the Be-Ro recipe, which I have been making for years, which I have just discovered is now online! I had no idea that Be-Ro had embraced today's technology.

The kitchen was soon filled with the scent of baking and it was a real home comfort ~ just what I needed.

Notes From Nova Scotia ~ Part Five

Well, we made it! We arrived in Dingwall, Nova Scotia on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island at 4.30 pm on the Friday; five days and 2,400 km/1490 miles from leaving home. We stayed at Beach View Cottage which is on a sheltered bay and overlooks the best beach that I have ever set foot on. It was absolutely fabulous and when we went down there, we had it almost to ourselves ~ only 6 people on it, including the two of us!

The beach is surrounded by mountainous forests and on the bay side, there are little pools of warm seawater to paddle in: the water on the Atlantic side is COLD!

Hummingbirds visited our window every day as they came to feed at the feeders. They are amazing little birds and it was the first time that I had ever seen them. I sat quietly by the window and watched them when they hovered.

We also had a resident bald eagle nearby and got up early each morning to catch a glimpse of it. After three days, we finally spotted it in a tree across the bay and watched it for almost an hour. For those of you who are unsure what a bald eagle looks like, it is the national emblem of the United States.

Now we could say that the eagle had landed!