Dr Rangan Chattergee says we should have one day off per week away from screens. I'm willing to give that a try. This screen is about to shut down, and I am going to engage with the real world. Catch up later. ilona
Regular readers will know I decorated a stone with felt and embroidery, I have just finished another one. This is slightly bigger than the first one, and I have used more different colours rather than blending similar colours. There's some wrapped rings, ear rings, beads, sequins and lots of French knots.
If anyone wants to have a go at this, first find your stone, then cut a piece of felt big enough to cover it. Thin felt is best, or you can use any fabric, it has to stretch to fit the curves of the stone. I start with four or five larger circles, put the fabric over the stone and position them where you want them. Then fill in the spaces left with smaller pieces, and finish off filling all the gaps with French knots. Then I trimmed off the excess fabric, so that the edges barely met at the back.
Next I used really strong cotton and did a running stitch around the edge and pulled it tight. I found that I hadn't trimmed enough off, it was too bulky on the bottom.
I trimmed more off, and cut 'v' shaped notches into the edge. Then re do the running stitch and pull it all in to the centre. Better this time. It needs some pulling about to adjust the gathers evenly.
Done, that's better.
This is the first one I did. I think I like this latest one best.
I cut an egg shaped piece of darker felt to hide the gathers on the bottom.
Think I'm going to keep them for a while because I like them. ilona
I had a brilliant day out yesterday. It was a hellish drive through gridlocked Sheffield to get to the start. I almost gave up and went back home. Glad I didn't.
I met up with a Walking Forum buddy at Edale in Derbyshire. He is an experience navigator and map reader, so I thought I might learn something from him. Although I can walk from one side of the country to the other using maps, I am not an expert at associating what I see on the ground to what is on the map. My walking is usually at a fast pace, with the intention of clocking up the miles. Yesterday it made a nice change to stop and study the map and have things pointed out to me.
The church at Edale.
Edale is the start of the Pennine Way, a long distance trail to Scotland. A good place to meet up with friends is the pub.
route2rock (user name) led the way. Down the steps, over the wooden bridge, and up the steps.
Then we took a track through fields alongside a wood, and started the climb up Grindsbrook Clough. Stop for a pic halfway up.
Doggy is enjoying the walk. Ruby is a recently adopted rescue dog. She is absolutely delightful.
Onward and upward, stunning views, but oh so windy.
Scrambling over rocks at this point as we neared the top. We came down the path on the right, scrambled over the water, and went off along the path on the left.
It was very rocky along this stretch.
Amazing rock formations carved out by the wind and rain over the centuries.
Just look at that fabulous view, photo's don't do it justice. The wind was so strong it nearly blew me over.
The sun is going down over there.
I love to see the green fields mapped out below, with a sprinkling of golden brown trees that looked like feather dusters.
One last pic before we head off back.
Oh boy, did my legs work hard with all that elevation. Up and down rocky slopes, scrambling up a steep grassy bank to the top, but hey, what a great feeling at the end, and no aches this morning. Only six miles covered, but a walk to lift the spirit.
The traffic going home was just as bad. Sheffield not quite as gridlocked as earlier except for long queues on The Parkway. Then long queues on the M18 motorway. Just had to sit in it and crawl along.
Now I need to put the map reading skills I learnt into practice. Thanks to my buddy for showing me how to get more from a walk. ilona
I use my little netbook quite a lot at home, it's the one I take with me when on holiday, it fits into my rucksack. I have taken the battery out because it is always plugged into the mains, I prefer a mouse, can't get on with those pad things below the keyboard.
At meal times I always eat in front of the computer, I like to read as I eat, just eating is boring. With the netbook on the desk in front of me I find I am leaning forward, thus scrunching my stomach up so the food was getting stuck half way down. It was uncomfortable. I suppose I could have lowered the chair, but that would mean the whole desk would be under my chin, and I would have to raise it again when I went onto the big computer.
Problem, how to raise the height of the netbook but not the desk. I need a plinth for it to sit on. Spose I could knock one together out of wood, but that would be too bulky on the desk. And I would have to paint it to make it look pretty.
I know, all I need is a cardboard box, and cover it with white stickyback shiny paper. A box that had cat food pouches in is just the right size. So there you are, the netbook is now five inches higher than it was, and I can now sit up straight as it is at eye level, no slouching. Much better.
On this day I remember my father, and all those who fought in the war. My father came back, unlike many thousands of others who fell on the frontline. The war did take it's toll on him however, he struggled to fit back into civilian life. He tried, but the booze, and his drinking pals usually won. He died age 46, his heart gave out.
My father and his mother.
Remembering all those who gave their lives for their country, and all the families which were destroyed as a consequence, either during or after the war.
Remember those, and be grateful for the life we have now. Do not waste a day. Do not feel sorry for yourself, do not argue, do not bicker, do not sulk. Every day that we have on this earth is a fresh start, we cannot change what has already gone before. Make your life the best you can, it is the only one you are going to get.
It's been a while since I did a late Tesco shop, I've got it down to about once every three to four weeks now. In between I shop at Aldi, because the location is convenient when I go to town. Anyway, the fridge was empty, have left it as long as I could, eating out of tins, packets, and the freezer. Last night I went direct to Tesco, it's about four miles away, and got there at 7pm.
The third and last sticker had already gone on, so I had a rummage through what was left. Enough for me, a good selection. I base my meals around whatever I can get. The left over bread was taken out the back on a trolley, and returned with the last sticker on. Luckily there was some seeded bread which I will put in the freezer.
Briefly, I won't itemize everything, I picked up some prepared fruit, Italian pasta, mini carrots, houmous, bagged salad leaves, prepared brassica veg, tomatoes, strawberries, mushrooms, lemon tart, quiche, bread, and fruit loaf. This will last me a couple of weeks. I paid £7.52.
I bought other stuff as well, baked beans, breadsticks, eggs, blue cheese, butter, orange juice, bananas, yogurt, cheese, and chicken for Mayze cat. Total shop was 21.86.
I read a few labels looking for the dreaded palm oil, to be honest I think it is almost impossible to cut it out completely. We can only do our best and be more vigilant.
I took a couple of shopping bags with me made from cushion covers which someone gave me, and handed them to surprised shoppers.
It was lovely sunshine this morning, so I walked to town, taking a detour to Sainsbury's because I wanted to buy a new telephone. When I came out of the shop it had clouded over so I checked my bus timetable and walked to the bus station. Five minutes after it departed it chucked it down. It was the right decision to get the bus home. Six miles walked to add to the total. It's creeping up bit by bit.
Fireworks again tonight, I thought it had all finished.
I found this on my twittttter feed this morning, Hugh's War on Waste has re tweeted it. This advert has been banned from TV for being too political, but it can be found on yooootoooob. Hugh says concern for the planet isn't political, it's ethical. He's right. Watch it and see what you think. I reckon it should be blitzed all over the internet. A clever bit of marketing from Iceland I reckon, although I very rarely shop there.
Talking of palm oil, I was dead chuffed to find these two jars on Aldi shelves. These butters are exactly what they say, 100% nuts, no added ingredients, and they taste very nice. I still make my own peanut butter by the way, I just wanted to try these.
Now all I've got to do is find some cream crackers with no palm oil. I can see me reading a lot of labels from now on, thank goodness there is no palm oil in fruit, veg, and fresh salads. Let me know what items you have changed to, to avoid palm oil? ilona
It was a nice day for a walk in the park yesterday. I wanted to catch the colours before all the leaves fell to the ground. It was fairly windy so I hoped they hadn't already fallen. Thankfully no, still some spectacular sights to see. I took the first two pics as I passed someone's garden.
Walking along the roadside on the way to the park.
Entering the park, there is a camp and caravan park on the field behind the trees.
The childrens playground is empty, love the multicoloured picnic tables.
Just outside the walled garden. Look at that stunning orange tree, got to see more of that.
Oh my, I came over all emotional, so beautiful.
A few flowers left.
A wander over to the pond, it's like a magical fairyland.
Around every corner some new colours to see.
Love the stark dark trunks against the last of the leaves before they fall.
The ducks gathering for their afternoon chatter.
A bit too chilly to sit down, I'll just stand still for a couple of minutes and gaze at the gorgeous trees.
The house is closed at the moment.
So many wonderful Autumn scenes, the light is fading, time to head home. Five miles added to my total walked. Click on a picture to enlarge and see a slide show. ilona
PS. I've had two phone calls this morning, one a recorded message supposedly from British Telecom, telling me my internet connection was going to be terminated today, the other a human voice with a foreign accent, said he was from Microsoft and asking about my computer. I don't think so. Ignore.
Hello, I am a 69 year old retired lorry driver. After trucking for 32 years I'd had enough, went part time when I was in my mid 50's and stopped altogether when I reached 60. Yippeeee, now I am free to do as I like. I live with two cats, I make do and mend being very careful with my spending, only buying what I need. I have no qualms about buying second hand from car boot sales and charity shops, and getting free stuff from skip diving. Money saved is put towards holidays, a decent car, and days out. I love life, and it needn't cost a fortune to enjoy it.
1000 mile challenge 2018
We start our third year of the 1000 mile walking challenge on the 1st of January. Members of the Walking Group will need to declare their intention to start, with a comment on the first post of the year, and report in on the 1st of every month after that with their own mileage. If you feel that 1000 miles is too much for you, make up your own challenge. Any walking is better than no walking. The aim is to improve our health and fitness. Remember, you need to allocate time to do this, going for the odd ramble when you feel like it is not really enough. Walk fast, walk with a purpose.
Onward we go, new and old members welcome. Let's work hard to keep in good shape.
Free things I have found, or been given, or I have asked for.
Left over food from a buffet - I asked for it...Frozen fish and vegetables - given to me by a friend....Pair of black steel toe cap work boots - found in a layby....Crystal necklace on a chain - found on a grass verge.... Eiderdown - given from a friend....pair of slippers - given from a friend....3 cans of cider - found in the churchyard....Two small conifer plants - found in a rubbish bin....A whole load of stuff - found in a skip....65p in coins - found in the street....An orange plastic pumpkin bucket - found while litter picking....17p in coins - found in the street while litter picking....Pile of magazines - given to me....Two bottles of water, a goody bag, and a medal - given to me for escorting my friend on her sponsored walk....Two golf balls - found while out dog walking....Two bags of usefull stuff - given to me from my friends declutter....Wooly hat and gloves - given to me....Coins total £1.10 - found....12 pearl beads - found....Yellow plastic dogs ball - found in a field....32p in coins - found on grass verge....A five pence coin - found on a footpath....A yellow Frizby - found on a grass verge....10p coin - found in the woods....Three course dinner and 2 mince pies - given to me....Plastic garden table - given to me....£1 coin, 5p coin, 2p coin - found in a car park....Seven daily newspapers - borrowed from a newspaper recycling box....A dress, a skirt, a jumper, 4 teashirts - my friend gave them to me....A bowl of home made soup - my friend gave it to me....A cabbage - my friend gave it to me....Two potatoes - found on the side of the road....A bag of apples - my neighbour gave them to me....cup of coffee at the arts centre - free with a voucher....70 craft magazines - given to me....A canvas windbreak - found in a skip....Two pot plants with flowers - found in a rubbish bin....A 20p coin - found....2 wheelbarrow loads of compost - I asked for it....Pieces of timber - I asked for them....Tin of Nivea cream - free sample ....Tube of face cream - free sample....Bag of chocolate biscuits - given to me....Two bags of horse muck - I asked for them....A metre of fabric - given to me....Packet of bread rolls - given to me....A 2p coin - found....Cupboard with a glass front - given to me....Bunch of flowers - found in a rubbish bin....Planter - given to me....Six wooden pallets - I asked for them....Cup of coffee - given to me at Radio Humberside....Free night school classes at the college....Tub of Lurpak spreadable - free with voucher....A 2p coin - found in the street....Three pallets - I asked for them....Four plastic crates from the takeaway - retrieved from skip.... A hard hat - given....A gigantic roll of shrink wrap, used for wrapping palletised loads - I asked for it....A plastic bucket and lid with emulsion paint in it - found in the hedge bottom....A tub of Lurpack spreadable - free with a voucher....Free dental check up....A free tub of golden syrup ice cream, my friend gave it to me....A box of chocolates - my other friend gave it to me....A 1p coin - found in the street....A bag of potatoes, packet of blueberries, packet of tomatoes - my friend gave them to me....A flower pot - found in the hedge bottom....Three plastic crates from the takeaway - retrieved from skip....