Sunday, 1 June 2014

Cheap as cheese

It's a glorious day in North Lincolnshire, I woke at 6am and rolled over for another hour's kip. After coffee and bran flakes with a banana, I went off to the car boot sale at the football ground. Not looking for anything in particular, just to see if I could snaffle a bargain. And I did. You know I have a boot fetish, in fact I was just thinking the other night, at the party, that I was probably the only female wearing boots. No I didn't have great big hob nail boots on, I had a pair of black, dainty, soft bootees on. They fit like a pair of gloves and are so comfy. 
Anyway, what did I buy at the car boot sale? I found a smashing pair of boots for just £5. Look, don't you think they are the bees knees, ha ha. Hardly worn, size 6, fitted me so well that I kept them on and brought my old tatty pair home in a bag. The old ones are not finished with yet, they have been relegated to gardening boots. 
Heidi getting in on the act. This brings my boot count up to eight, plus a pair of boot style trainers. Boots for all occasions, I love them. all bought from car boot sales or charity shops, except for those I walk long distances in. They have to be as perfect fit as I can get, if they are to stay on my feet for 12 + hours a day.

I spotted these judo belts on the Rabbit Rescue pitch, 50p for both. They will be useful for something, maybe handles for bags.

I have had it in mind to get a strimmer for ages, to make tidying the edges of the garden a bit easier. I get a bit fed up of getting down on my hands and knees with a pair of shears, or pulling weeds up with my hands. The whole job takes ages. The bank balance is healthy so I think I can afford to buy a gadget to make my life a bit easier. I went across the road to B & Q while I was in that vicinity. My friend Polly works on the checkouts there, at the weekends. I studied the range of strimmers on offer, nothing too technical, nothing too cheap, a mid range would suit me. There was an older male assistant wearing the standard orange apron, to help me out. I love the way they employ oldies on the shop floor on a part time basis. B & Q  recognise that a person is not past it just because they have hit retirement age. In fact they often prove to be more helpful, simply because they have the skills required and the knowledge they need for the products they are selling. Anyway, got my Bosch strimmer, so weeds beware, you're gonna get slashed. Must be careful though, I have froggies in the garden.

Here is my light lunch today. Salad - carrot, pickled onions, two kinds of tomatoes, cucumber, and a few salad leaves from the box. Need to let them recover for a few days before I pick again. Three kinds of cheese and three crackers, with dollops of tartar sauce. It's all gone, scoffed the lot. Well not all the cheese, that has gone back in the fridge.  
I took some pictures yesterday of these gorgeous flowers, I have seen them dotted about in various gardens. Aren't they wonderful. 

Right, lunch eaten, I'm off out into the sunshine, to play with my new toy. Weeds beware. I hope your Sunday is full of sunshine and fun. Toodle pip.

17 comments:

  1. Mary in Perth Australia1 June 2014 at 14:31

    Great boots. Now I know why you go to car BOOT sales.......lol. (oh dear, must be past my bedtime). I always go to the car boot when I visit my friend in Hull. Nothing like that over here, and I always get a new watch strap done because it's such a bargain.

    I think those flowers are clematis. One of my favourites. We used to have a few climbing my childhood house.

    Did you buy an electical strimmer, or one that uses fuel? I need one myself but one that isn't too heavy.

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

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    1. Yes, I bought an electric one. I have a long extension lead already.

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  2. Great new boots and a bargain too. That lunch looks yummy.

    x x

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  3. Hello there. I've read your blog for some time now and enjoy your humor:) You got a great buy on those boots! My husband wears boots for work and we do good to find them on the clearance rack for $30.00. Those flowers are beautiful!

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  4. You are wise to be aware frogs when strimming............I do a big rustle round where I'm about to strim after upsetting a beautiful toad once.
    Love your boots girl......fantastic bargain. Break 'em in gently !
    Metta.

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  5. Mary in Perth.......consider a strimmer with rechargeable battery. I've found mine great. Light, no electric line, no fuel carry-on......go anywhere. I 've done them all......& recommend the battery one with plastic blades......no fandangling with awkward cords, just slot the blade in.
    Metta.

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    1. Thank you for that recommendation, I hope Mary comes back and reads it.

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  6. Hi Ilona. I have those flowers in my garden. Its clematis and very popular. I am also a car boot bargain hunter, love them.

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  7. They're a smashing pair of daisies for a fiver, they look like they've got plenty of miles left in them. Just right for you because theres a fair chance you might have drove a CAT powered truck.
    The last boots i bought were from screwfix because i had a coupon.
    I sometimes wonder about getting a job in B&Q, if i call there on my way home from work people think i work there because of my hi-viz and ask where things are or advice on what to buy. I used to give them my business card when i did my gardening round.
    Dave.

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  8. I love how you are such a proud tomboy!!

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    1. Ha ha, that made me laugh, I take it as a compliment. I'm definitely proud to be a tomboy, always have been always will be.

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    2. I'm glad it made you luff. I've always been a bit of one too, and I appreciate men and women who cross gender boundary lines. Somehow I get attracted to somewhat effeminate men, or they get attracted to me. It baffles me as to why, perhaps we naturally complement each other. Or maybe they like how I have open ideas about gender, and they feel fine with that. ???

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    3. I know what you mean. I love it when gender boundaries are blurred. I love cross dressers.

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    4. Oh, cross dressers. I seem to just BUMP into them, even when I am just being an average woman. But then I suppose half the time I walk around in cross dress. But then, women can do that, but then men in cross dress stand out like a saw thumb! I think men have a much harder time with it. We can buy boots and blog or talk about it, but could a man do that with a skirt or high heels. Umm, don't quite think so. There are so many great films and books about these things. Do you have any favs?

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  9. Brilliant boots for a fiver. I'm glad you're nice to your frogs when working in the garden. Be careful with the strimmer until you're used to it, they're powerful things.

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  10. Great boots, will see you through for a while with all that walking, what a bargain !

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  11. Lovely boots - I have a pair just like them. They cost £25 new!
    Like you, I hardly buy any new clothes. Boot sales are brilliant. I head for the stalls where the women look about my size and avoid the traders like the plague as they charge too much.
    That is such a healthy looking lunch. No wonder you are slim with all the veggies and walking.

    Jane

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