Saturday, 12 March 2016

Spicy Tulips!

Hello Everyone, been away for the best part of the week on a little break down in Dumfries and Galloway, so I do hope all is well with your, and as it's once again the weekend that your enjoying whatever you've planned.

We had a lovely time in an area that we don't know well, and the weather was brilliant. The day we drove down was wonderful blue skies and no cloud all the way and the scenery was stunning, especially driving through the Lead Hills. We stayed in a beautiful old Manor House, so comfortable and the food was so delicious. I'm afraid both of us have managed to put on a few pounds, well hubby has, thankfully I only gained one.  So it's back on the waggon now we are back.

As I didn't take my tablet with me I wasn't able to keep up with your blogs, but I will try and get around you all over the next few days.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card.

My card today is for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 20;

Using the gorgeous Tulips stamp which was last February's AYOS stamp last year and a couple of the images from  Swirly Pets in my background.  Coloured with  a selection of DI.
The colour swatch is fabulous, such hot spicy colours.

Now just before I go, here are some of photos of Friar's Carse Hotel, where we were staying;

 This is leading down to the River Nith from the front of the Hotel

A few large rooms but this was the grandest with the leather Chesterfields and the roaring fire. I just loved sitting here with my knitting and a wee dram. My knitting fairly generated great conversations with other guests.

So, that's me back, having a bit of a rest today, it's a long drive and Alistair decided that he wanted to drive back along Loch Lomond, over the Rannoch Moore and through Glencoe, taking us to Ft. William and then along Loch Ness. It's all windy roads, which I hate and in to the bargain, it was not a good day weather wise as it was raining heavily. I spent most of the journey clutching the door handle and gasping in panic. I've stated in no uncertain terms that it's the last time I go that particular route. However, Alistair drove safely and we got home in one piece even although there were a few edgits on the road, who felt that they had to rush and overtake anyone in front of them.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you like what I've brought you today,
Take care,
I would like to enter my card into:


Christine Harrop said...

Glad you enjoyed your break Kate - even if not the journey home ... lol! Love the tulips on your super card. So very spring like. HUgs Christine xx

rachel said...

absolutely brilliant Kate - and I love your photies too - looks like a lovely place! Biggest huggles! Rachel x

Marlene Atkinson said...

You sound like you had a great holiday, just love your cards, the Tulips are gorgeous and the layout. Marlene

Diane said...

Love the chocolate baroque color and gorgeous tulips Kate. Gosh the hotel is just spectacular and the interior is so cozy. Thanks for sharing your pictures, it is like being there.

Hugs Diane

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Kath, such a gorgeous image and that colour combination is fabulous.
I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday, the hotel looks brilliant.

Lorraine said...

Love the pretty tulips, a gorgeous card.
Lorraine x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Did have to think about your title. Thought it was some strange delicacy from the Borders (Scottish side of course lol!).
Kate, this is stunning. I have to say, it would be one of my favourite Kate cards. The colours, the design...everything spot on!
Fingers crossed in the challenge as its fab.
Catch up soon chuck.
Ang x

pam said...

Beautiful card Kate, wonderful colours on your stamped image, lovely background colour.
Sounds like you had a wonderful break, it looks a gorgeous place, sounds a bit scary your journey home.
Pam x

Barb said...

It sounds as if you had a lovely trip Kate. What a beautiful venue and you look very comfortable and at home there.

Your card is lovely. I really like the stamp you've used and lovely colouring. Barbxx

aussie aNNie said...

Kate you look like the Queen of the castle hun...looks fabulous.
Beautiful card and such a lovely colour..x

Lena Misquitta said...

Hello Kate. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Glad you had a lovely stay at the manor. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday. It's summer in all its heat in Goa. Hugs Lena

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Glad to hear that you had a great time at the Old Manor Kate, the Chesterfield beside the fire looks comfortable enough.

The card is so beautiful with the lovely spring like colours, I'm so looking forward to see if my tulip bulbs have survived the winter. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Love and hugs

Erika said...

Wow Kate your wee break looks fabulous. The photographs are beautiful.
I don't like the sound of your journey home though! ;o

What a lovely colour scheme to follow for your card and your tulips are stunning and matching perfectly.
A lovely Easter card.

Hugs Erika. x

Sandy said...

I would love to do that drive Kate - I have been to Loch Nees and loved the surrounding area. I would really enjoy going back to Scotland - have made several blogging buddies there. I can see you now sitting in front of the fire knitting.
Your card is stunning -- I know you are pleased with it.
sandy xx

Florence said...

Beautiful card Kate. I think the tulips is my favorite of the AYOS stamps. Lovely job. What an amazing place to stay. Chesterfields and roaring fires...I wouldn't want to leave.
Hugs Flo xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

A beautiful card Kate, and the tulips look lovely in those warm colours. Your trip sounds great apart from the scary journey, thanks for sharing the photos. Thanks for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque challenge, Judith xx

Mrs A. said...

Oh what super colours on this card and I love the window showing the tulips through it. I'm glad you got home safely and enjoyed your time away. hugs Mrs A.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow what a fab hotel, glad you had a good time. Gorgeous card love the colours x

Asha said...

That card is a stunner, Kate. Great use of colours to create this awesome spring themed card. LOVE the pictures of your castle! ;)
x Asha

meg said...

Stunning card in wonderful spring colours Kate, glad you enjoyed your time away

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a brilliant card, and the colours are perfect.
Love that tulip stamp, and your very fab design.
OOOOOOOOOOO! I am envious of your little holiday as your photos look soooooo! fab.
I know what you mean about your journey back though as we traveled that way when we were up there, and as you say that road is very scary.
Thank goodness you arrived home safely.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sue said...

Your lovely tulips look awesome with the color theme you followed. Can't wait for tulips to start peeking out of the ground here. Your trip sounds exciting, and you sure stayed in style, lovely pictures, so glad you shared.


Anet van Zyl said...

Hallo Kate, wow your card is just beautiful. Love it. Thank you for also sharing your beautiful photos it looks beautiful. Hugs Anet x

Patricia said...

Hello Kate, your card is brilliant, just love what you have done with the Tulips.
Wow! your break looks amazing, your photos are wonderful.
Patricia xxx

Lucy Woods said...

Stunning card! Abs looks like you had a fabulous time!
Lucy x

SARN said...

Beautifully coloured tulip card Kate.
Thanks for the pic's of your trip too! xxx