Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Potatoes, lettuce, and mangetout peas out of the garden. Reduced price out of date tomatoes, sweetcorn out of the freezer, and shop bought onions, all steamed in one pan, except the lettuce of course. Drizzled with Toasted Sesame Seed Oil, scrumptious. This is typical of my meal most nights, for anyone watching their weight you can eat as much of this as you like. I find it no effort at all to keep my weight down because I just love my big plates of veg.
Another plus side is that it goes through you pretty quickly, you don't get that bloated feeling...like I did when I had the afternoon tea, definately won't do that very often. Processed food stays in your body far too long, it clogs up your arteries, makes fatty deposits around your organs then they can't function properly. I feel sluggish when I can't get enough veg, feel tired and sick if I eat the wrong things. When I'm on holiday I can't wait to get back and get my normal food, and of course this is a very frugal meal, a win win situation.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Tour boat passing under Ouse Bridge going back to it's moorings.
The wall passes over the road at this point.
View of part of the Minster from the city wall.
Street entertainment, singing and dancing.
Shambles, the world famous shopping street where the upper floors of the building almost touch each other across the narrow street.
This corner shop has the address No 1 Shambles.
On the way home I called in to see my friends Janet and Alan at their Breighton Lodge Cattery. Their garden is a blaze of glorious colour at the moment with their hanging baskets, bedding plants, and rose bushes, it looks lovely. As usual I did my tour of inspection I have to say hello to all their pussycats, a full house at this busy time, and also lots of cuddles for their own seven cats. It was lovely to see them again. Here is a link to their site. http://www.breightoncattery.co.uk/
Thursday, 25 June 2009
We were served with posh wholemeal bread triangle sandwiches, no crusts. Salmon and cream cheese, and egg mayo, and a large slice of homemade sponge cake. I had raspberry and cream filling and Irene had coffee icing. This was followed by two of the biggest homemade scones with lashings of cream and jam, delicious. All served on one of those three tier cake carousel thingys. I had apple and blackberry juice and Irene had a cuppa. Now I feel stuffed. Maybe I will skip dinner altogether.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Then we moved to another table where she stuck a needle in my arm to take a bigger sample, I chuckled as I thought of Tony Hancock all those years ago in that classic comedy, The Blood Donor. The line, 'very nearly an armfull', is so funny. We waited while she did her stuff, and put my blood into a machine, the verdict, oh dear, not enough iron. She thanked me for coming and said they couldn't take my blood that day, because I need it more than they did. I must remember to drink a pint of Guiness before I go next time.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Freddie is the bully, he thinks this is his patch and will see off any others he doesn't like. He arrived about five years ago, in a terrible state, lumps of fur missing, smelly and flea ridden. as an entire male he just had to be 'seen to', but it didn't cure his spraying, unfortunately he still does it, occasionally indoors. I have to have some of the furniture covered, and cleaning solutions at the ready. I still couldn't get rid of him though, even with his bad habits. Not sure how old he is, probably quite old.
Two cats trying to sit on my knee at the same time, Bugsy jumped off when Lily climbed on top of him. I think I am the lodger here, they do as they like and I run around after them :-)
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Editing this to include the link to my clip on youtube. Not sure why it isn't working in my comment below.
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Another company is going to deliver some stuff to us, because we don't have a van, and someone else is going to save their broken tiles for us to make mosaics with. There is so much stuff going to landfill that shouldn't be, what we need are a lot more people to be creative and find new uses for these materials. Such a lot more could be achieved if only people reused and recycled instead of replaced.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
When we got back the rain had stopped and the sun came out, what luck! I set off for a walk up into the hills, I wanted to be high up and admire the views. The Ordnance Survey map was very useful, I did a circular walk following the footpaths. Here are a couple photo's.
The people living in Holmfirth must be very fit, it is full of steep and narrow streets, some of which you can't take a car down. The only thing that spoils it is all the traffic going through it, it's a pity they don't have a bypass, but I am not sure where they could put one without blowing up millions of tons of rocks and destroying the beauty of the place.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
The Beginner's Guide to Papercrafts by Amanda Sandeman
Looks like something I might want to try.
Action Origami by Rick Beech
Some interesting ideas in here.
Leisure Guide to the North York Moors
I love this part of the country.
Ordnance Survey Map for Sheffield and Huddersfield areas
I might go there, I love maps.
Sustainable Jewellery by Julia Manheim
Some amazing ideas for using junk.
Who's That Woman in the Mirror by Keren Smedley
Changing beliefs about attitudes to ageing.
Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den autobiography
How he became rich, should be interesting.
Let's Make Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo
Craft book with ideas and instructions.
Can't wait to dip into them. Although I read a lot on the internet, there's nothing like holding a book in your hands, searching through the pages, discovering what happens next as the story unfolds. Think I'll start now :-)
Monday, 8 June 2009
I called in at Tesco on the way home, and had a laugh with the girls on the till. I was joking that I had a bit more money now because my pension is more than my job seekers allowance, and I dont have to look for a job any more. My weekly shop came to £18, a bit more than normal! Mustn't get carried away, ha ha.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Take eight, 4inch yellow zips, sew them all together with running stitch with contrasting thread, seams on the outside, all the same way up. Then you have to close the gaps at each end of the zips by sewing them together neatly on the inside with same colour thread. Very fiddly, makes your fingers sore, I used a pair of pointy pliers to pull the needle through the tough edges of the zips. Get an empty tin can, washed out, cut two circles of fabric, and one oblong piece for the inner lining.
Sew one circle to the zips for the bottom, seam inside. Sew up the side seam on the oblong piece, then sew that to the other end of the zips. You have to put the zip tube inside the lining tube, so the seam is on the inside. Pin it in place and sew.
Now you have a long tube, turn it the right way round, then put the can into the tube. This is where I came unstuck. I thought I had measured it to fit snugly over the can, but my stitching round the top edge was a bit too tight, which made it a fraction too small for the can. I tried for ages to get the can inside.
Admitting defeat, I did not want to unpick it and sew it up again more loosely, so I used an aluminium drinks can which is slightly smaller, cut the top off. Because the can is now a lot lighter, the zips make it top heavy, so I found some washers in my bit box and stuck them in the recess in the bottom to weight it down.
Now the lining is too loose so I put four vertical darts in it, then stitched the inner circle on. I'm still not 100% happy with it, because the zips should have been a tighter fit around the can, but it will do as an example at the Scrapstore, maybe give people ideas. Just want to get on with something else now!