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A toe in the water

Thought I would dip my toe in the water of the Purple Coo blog and stop by to say hello. Just signed up to join the gang yesterday and have had a bit of a chat with Westerwitch. I have taken this bit off the email I sent to her - no point in typing out the same thing twice now is there!
A bit about me: Live in the west coast of Scotland near Lochgilphead, 38, English but married a Scot and won’t go back to England, no children but 3 dogs, and 5 cats who really rule the roost.

I don’t go out to work as B is registered disabled now and currently requires daily dialysis so I spend a lot of time at home and waaay too much time on the computer! Have become a blogaholic and started my own recently too.
I love houses and homemaking, baking and making, cooking, gardening, read voraciously, write sporadically, and do a lot of crafty things: sewing, embroidery, make things using recycled & vintage fabrics; & candle making …………………
I drink Earl Grey tea for Scotland and collect things with Puffins on, only I can’t remember why now! and am a bit of an eco nut!

Looking forward to meeting everyone some time.

Posted at 7th Nov 2008 - 09:10AM   Posted by CalicoKate   A toe in the water Comments: 43

Pipany's Avatar Hello CK and welcome. You sound as though you'll fit straight in xx

Posted by: Pipany on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:15AM

Welcome, they are a great bunch here!

Posted by: Casdok on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:20AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Hello and a big fat welcome from Exmoor. Do hope you enjoy the site (sounds like you'll fit right in). Three dogs and five cats? You're mad, girl. At least no chickens (we have a pretty solid chicken fan club going on here)....
I'm a voracious reader too - I won't steal Lampie;s thunder but watch out for an invitation to join the Book Club.....
Look forward to chatting more.....over a nice cup of Earl Grey of course.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:33AM

CalicoKate's Avatar Thank you very much for your warm welcomes.
I am a huge chicken fan and we used to have 6 Black Rocks and also 4 Muscovy ducks (but then they had 6 babies!) and 2 Kahki Campbells. Don't have then now unfortunately and although I would LOVE some more the time/abode isn't right. I go up to my folks farm and chat to their umpteen varieties of chooks or wave at the Highlanders and say hello the the Herdwicks.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:41AM

Welcome, croeso to the family of cooer's from the Pyrenees xx. Five cats, stop there Wink I used to live next door to an old couple who had twenty five cats, she just kept feeling sorry for any strays.....

Posted by: Pili Pala on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:46AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Hallo there, CalicoKate
You sound like my kind of person - dog (and cat) loving, crafty, books, gardening - yes, that's me also. Welcome to Purple Coo. I have already read your Blogs (I still have to take that step) and good they are, too.
I am also very fond of Scotland but am obliged to live down South.

Rosie XX

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:48AM

Wizzard's Avatar Welcome from another English lady living in Scotland
It sounds as if you will really fit in here well.


Posted by: Wizzard on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:05AM

Toady's Avatar Hi CK and welcome. You seem to have all the necessary qualifications as far as animals and hobbies are concerned. Looking forward to hearing more from you.


Posted by: Toady on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:13AM

Cait's Avatar A big welcome from another Cait (living in Wales) who also loves Earl Grey. You sound as if you will fit in well with we purple folk. I look forward to reading your blog.

Posted by: Cait on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:13AM

Elizabethd's Avatar Bienvenue from France. I hope to hear more about your sewing activities, my passion too.

Posted by: Elizabethd on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:17AM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Yes, yes, and welcome from me, too. Love the idea of collecting things with puffins on (they're beautiful, aren't they. Remember seeing a whole colony of them right up on the northern coast of Scotland once, and couldn't quite believe they really existed - thought they were a bit like unicorns, slightly mythical). Also love vintage fabrics (a pile of which I have under my bed, just waiting for the right project to pop into my head) - and fascinated by the idea of candle-making. What do you use? Can you do scented ones? (I make soap, by the way.) In fact the only point at which we diverge seems to be the Earl Grey tea - strictly Darjeeling (or perhaps the odd Assam or E. Breakfast when I'm in the mood). Oh, and the cats. We have one, but as she's invisible, she doesn't really count.

Do point us in the direction of your blog - am now fascinated to read more.


Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:18AM

And an hello from me also in wales. Drinking earl grey as i type.
And ANIMAL'S Rolling Eyes who'd have 'em ?

Posted by: Bodran on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:18AM

Woozle1967's Avatar Hi CK - welcome indeed. My step-dad is Scottish and they are currently visiting my uncle in Dundee as I write. I shall check out your blog!xx

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:21AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar A very expansive hello just to echo everyoneelses! You can keep the Earl Grey but I love Puffins too, we have them here off the coast in Brittany on many of the small Islands. Loking forward to seeing your blog!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:37AM

Westerwitch's Avatar A big Scottish welcome to you . . . will chuck a stone and see if you can see it . . . meanwhile guzzling coffee here - moving on to peppermint tea this afternoon.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:46AM

Mountainear's Avatar Hello from the top of a low mountain in Wales - good to meet you.

Posted by: Mountainear on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:49AM

CalicoKate's Avatar You're all so welcoming it is lovely, now why didn't I do this sooner?

Have had a blether Rolling Eyes on my blog this morning at

Little Brown Dog - how can you have an invisable cat??? Ours make themselves known at every opportunity!

(My shameful secretEmbarassed .... I've never seen a live puffin!!!!!! They had all gone on ther holidays whenever we went to look - too late in the year )

Posted by: CalicoKate on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:49AM

Welcome Calico Kate. I like Puffins also, and as Lundy Island is just nearby us here in Devon I relaly ought to go and see them one day.

Hope you enjoy Purple Coo.

Posted by: Crucifix on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:51AM

Fennie's Avatar Hallo, Calico K y Croeso from the bottom tip of Wales. I am sure you will enjoy the site and fit in very well.

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Nov 2008 at 10:56AM

Faith's Avatar Welcome Calico Kate - I spotted your name yesterday and thought it was pretty. Sort of like something from What Katy Did or Little Women!

I like Puffins too but have never seen a live one either. I believe they are much smaller than people anticipate. I watched a programme recently and baby Puffins are called Pufflings which I thought was rather cute.

I have white doves, no chickens.


Posted by: Faith on 7th Nov 2008 at 11:08AM

Bayou's Avatar Bienvenue and Welkom from Belgium!
Very good decision to join and re-inforce the crafter's corner. You will now have even more time to spend on the PC with the PCs Mr. Green

Posted by: Bayou on 7th Nov 2008 at 11:10AM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar Hi, have been reading your blogs, I am sure you will be happy here. We are another cat's home with 7!Laughing

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 7th Nov 2008 at 11:11AM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Welcome to Purple Coo. Sure you'll find us a friendly bunch. WW is pretty fierce so we tend to behave ourselves most of the time.

Looking forward to getting to know more about you. I'm 38 too Very Happy For another few weeks at any rate.

Crystal Jigsaw xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 7th Nov 2008 at 11:39AM

Milla's Avatar hi there, CK, glad you've launched straight in, it's so disappointing to get "excited" about new members who then vanish.
I'm meant to help you (yeah, right, be afraid) so do PM me with any probs (that means going to forums, pressing you "you have no messages" across the top and taking it from there). Mercifully, you seem v savvy - AN AVATAR ALREADY! and A BLOG ALREADY. Wow. So I don't have to scuffle around pretending I know what to say. Phew.
So, enough of all that, welcome. You'll probably waste, er profitably use, far too many hours on here.
You'll soon learn that I am impossibly rude about animals, can't bear them, in any form, particularly our bumptuous hound, Lolly. But there's enough of the others ooohing and aahhhing so don't worry. And I suppose puffins are ok. On the telly.

Posted by: Milla on 7th Nov 2008 at 11:46AM

SallysChateau's Avatar Hello and welcome CK, must go and investigate your blog now ...... I think puffins are divine too.

Posted by: SallysChateau on 7th Nov 2008 at 12:21PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Millajust read your sppoy night - hope he hasn't reappeared. Not nice.

I am fairly PC literate but would love you to tell me about 'Labels' at the bottom of blogs. How? Why? Purpose is??Confused

Love the fact that when one clicks on your avatar it says you are 'Currenty'.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 7th Nov 2008 at 12:32PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Not sure what happened to my fingers there ... a Sppoy night was supposed to say Spooky. Oops!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 7th Nov 2008 at 12:33PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Currenty? You're honoured. Mind just says 'Exmoorjane's avatar' which is a bit prosaic. Love yours btw...I saw puffins once - on the Farne Islands ....well I think they were puffins but I was so terrified at the boat @themill made us go on that I barely noticed anything! Very Happy

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Nov 2008 at 01:28PM

Frances's Avatar Hello and welcome from New York. No pets in my little apartment, but lots of books, paints and brushes, textile craft stuff, and many kinds of tea.

I will be sure to read your blog!

Posted by: Frances on 7th Nov 2008 at 01:39PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Looks like we're all 'currenty' If you actually click on to your avatar, don't hover over it you'll see what I mean.
I rather like being Currenty! Most appropriate!

I can't believe just how far and wide this community ranges, Belgium, USA, France, Golly how exciting! Shocked

Thank you all so much for your kind words of welcome and helloos

Posted by: CalicoKate on 7th Nov 2008 at 02:07PM

Hi Calico Kate from Quilting Cat, warm welcome from Dorset.

Posted by: Quilting Cat on 7th Nov 2008 at 02:10PM

Ivy's Avatar Seems I am the last to greet you here on this site. My excuse? I was really busy doing office work this morning (about the only day this year I actually did get down to do some real work. Nevertheless a big fat WELCOME from north Germany.

Posted by: Ivy on 7th Nov 2008 at 02:12PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar QuestionQuestion When I click on it, it goes to your profile page. How bizarre......
Anyhow, who are you calling currenty? Big sultana, me!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Nov 2008 at 02:35PM

Pondside's Avatar Welcome CK, from the Pacific North West where we're experiencing some coastal weather today. No Puffins here, but lots where I come from on the east coast. I look forward to getting to know you.

Posted by: Pondside on 7th Nov 2008 at 02:54PM

Milla's Avatar a sppoy night sounds much nicer than a spooky night actually, and no, he's not been back, but it was very very scary. Anyway, Jane, what CK means is that when you go to the blog page and get a white page etc etc and then do some more clicking it says on all of ours that this person is currenty a community blogger. I've been more baffled by what a community blogger might be than mere currents!

Posted by: Milla on 7th Nov 2008 at 04:07PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Welcome to the Madhouse, Cally. You will have lots of fun and laughs and know that there is also lots of support when it is needed.
I wonder where you are round Lochgilphead? Many years ago we used to holiday down beyond Tayvallich and passed through Lg on the way. Later we had a boat in which we sailed off the West of Scotland, and kept it in various places from Bute to a bay on the Crinan canal. I am never as happy as when I am in your neck of the woods, but don't get there now.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Nov 2008 at 04:12PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Have just clicked on my avatar and found out 2 things - 1, it takes you to profile page and 2, we are all currents! Hadn't noticed the missing l before Embarassed

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Nov 2008 at 04:17PM

Angel's Avatar Hello from South Shropshire Calico Kate.

Very pleased to meet your aquaintance.
Sounds like you are just my 'cup of tea'-lol/Ha ha!

We went to Farne island in the summer and now have several puffin memorabilia around the house that you would probably trample over to get-Emma Bridgwater mug! Tea bag stand, picture, notelets, soft toys etc...

welcome-you'll like it here am sure.

warm wishes

Posted by: Angel on 7th Nov 2008 at 06:15PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Hi and welcome from another welsh blogger halfway up a hill. We visited newfoundland last year and I had my first sight of thousands of puffins. They fly like clockwork toys. Quite amazing! Hope you enjoy the site.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 7th Nov 2008 at 06:17PM

KittyB's Avatar Hello from North Yorks - I have a little (well, nearly 9 so not so little) boy who loves puffins (and moles and hedgehogs) so we have lots of puffin pics around here.
Lochgilphead sounds familiar - must be on the way to Oban from here, I just love it up there.

Posted by: KittyB on 7th Nov 2008 at 08:19PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Still no currents for me.....Crying or Very sad

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:12PM

Lily's Avatar Hello CK and welcome from me too. 2 dogs, 2 cats and 10 hens (mainly rescue).

Posted by: Lily on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:43PM

Camilla's Avatar Welcome aboard CK from near North Norfolk, and one JRT, I love animals.

Puffins are so gorgeous.

Hope you enjoy the site, it is a pretty amazing place to be.

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2008 at 03:17AM

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