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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Let's clean up the world.

Hello. An interesting article in the Guardian today. Eight months on, is the worlds most drastic plastic bag ban working? Kenya's ban comes with the worlds stiffest fines, and some businesses are struggling to find affordable alternatives, but in Nairobi's shanty towns the clean up is changing lives. Waterways are more clearer, the food chain is less contaminated with plastic - and there are fewer flying toilets.

It's going to be a long difficult haul towards a plastic free environment, but it has to be done. So keep making those cloth shopping bags everyone, and do your bit.

Read the article here.  The discussion in the comments is interesting.

Weather looking a bit better today, I have to go and check on Scruff, Barry has had to go out. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Reusing and recycling rubbish

Hello. I had second thoughts about going outside yesterday, it was windy and I didn't fancy doing  more painting, so I stayed in and made some flowers instead. You might remember I made some of these last year, using knitting needles for the spikes. This time I dismantled an old umbrella and salvaged the metal rods, they are 13 inches long. I had some plastic left, I always keep colourful plastic containers with a view to cutting them up eventually. First I make templates with cardboard, three different sizes of petals, and use nail scissors to cut the plastic. 
I make two holes in the centre of each one, thread a button on a short piece of flexible wire, and poke  it through to the back. The umbrella spokes have a small hole at one end where the fabric is attached to, so I push the wire through this, and twist it around the spoke. Then stick some tape over it to hold it in place.

Ready to stick in a flower pot, or anywhere in the garden. If you want to see more of these click on this post from a year ago. There is a video as well.

At last, I have two quarterly bills from Ebico, they arrived at the same time. I sent an email, then rang them, WHERE IS MY BILL? 

So, my bills cover the periods 12th October to 11th January, and 12th January to 11th April. Total payable £285.82 for six months, which is what I expected, as I have been using the heating a bit more than previous winters because it has been so cold. My £200 winter fuel allowance will pay for a large part of this.

There was a price increase in March which they told me about. Electricity went from 15.19 p/kWh to 16.10 p/kWh. Gas went from 4.73 p/kWh to 4.96 p/kWh. I am on Ebico Zero tariff, so no standing charge. I am also not locked into a contract so can leave at any time without having to pay an exit fee.  

I expect a lot less in my summer bills, the gas heating will not be turned on until the late Autumn, so it will only be for cooking and heating a tank of water once a week. My electricity consumption rises only a little bit in the winter because of the longer nights, more lights on. So, I have the money to pay this, I've been saving it as I knew it would come eventually. Not looking so good outside at the moment, a bit dull, a bit cold, I'll stay in till lunch time, then go and pay this bill. 

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Monday, 23 April 2018

Tarting up the summer house

Hello. I went to Crafty Club this morning at the Village Hall, as usual. The heating was on and we were all sweltering hot. It's a bit windy today but still dry. There was a fabulous rainbow last night as I was finishing my walk. Apparently there were thunderstorms somewhere close by but we didn't get any. 

I made a video yesterday while I was working in the summer house, and this morning I uploaded it to yoooootoooob. So here it is. 



So now I have had my lunch, one slice of bread, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and one egg. I'm off outside now, lots to do, I have a list, so I'll leave you to it. Well done the Duchess of Cambridge, a baby boy has been born.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Scruffy dusters

Hello. When I looked out of the window this morning, I saw that my feather dusters were looking a bit bald. How did that happen? It hasn't been particularly windy. Very strange. 
Five minutes later I had the answer. Just as I looked up a little bird was taking flight with a bundle of feathers in it's mouth. Aha, there is the culprit. I watched as it flew straight across the road and landed on the roof of the house opposite, and went underneath the eaves. Nest building, what a clever bird, finding this lovely soft material to make a comfy place to lay some eggs.

I was thinking about chopping the top off a very tall conifer which is at the bottom of my garden. It leans over the boundary into my neighbours garden and I don't want it to grow any taller. I should have done it ages ago but kept putting it off because it means climbing it with a saw in one hand and holding on with the other hand. I mentioned this to the neighbour yesterday and she said there is a wood pigeon nest in it, so I will have to wait a bit longer before I can take action.

I tackled the Forget me nots yesterday, pulled quite a lot up. Put some in a big tub, transplanted a bunch to fill a gap, and left a few where they were. Trouble is that now I have some bare soil in the beds and the cats see this as a toilet. I have spread some plastic trellis over it to hopefully keep them off. Now I need to buy some plants to fill the gaps. I am going to a plant sale next Saturday at Aunties, so I will get something there.

The home made wooden tree is coming along nicely. All painted, now I need to put the leaves on. I'm going to get some bird feeders for it.

Another sunny morning so I'm going to get off this computer and go outside. Some painting to do in the summer house. Luckily someone gave me some free paint so I have enough to freshen it up.

Thanks for popping in. Make the most of the sunshine and go out, that's if you are in the UK, those knee deep in snow stay warm indoors. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

Friday, 20 April 2018

The cost of shopping

Hello. I think summer is here to stay, another nice day. This morning I did a Bailey poodle walk, then I went to see Scruff, Barry's dog, as Barry is out for the day. Scruff had his dinner, then we went for a little walk. He is a very laid back dog, just mooches around, it's just a case of follow him. He didn't want to go far, so I sat out in the sun reading Barry's newspaper, while Scruff laid in the shade next to the hedge. 
After I had my lunch I couldn't decide whether to go to town or not. I have a bill to pay at the bank, and I need some food so Aldi would be convenient. On the other hand the bill could wait till next week and I could do the yellow sticker dash tonight. I thought, yes, that's what I'll do, so I'll get on with some gardening now. 
Then I changed my mind. The garden needs sorting out, these plants have taken over and some of them need digging up and replanting, but I haven't got any compost. Oh bother. Change of plan, I'll go to the bank, go to Aldi, and see if they have any compost. If they haven't got any I will have to go to Home Bargains on the retail park. 
I don't know what these are, or where they came from. I remember scattering a lot of seeds last year, but there was no sign of these then. Anyone any ideas what they are, should I dig them all out, they seems to be taking over and choking everything else up. They are quite pretty but I don't want so many of them. If the bees like them I would rather transplant them in other parts of the garden.


Aldi did have some compost. I thought this was a good buy so I bought four bags. When I checked the receipt they had gone through the till at 99p each. Not sure why, there was no sign to say they were cheaper than the marked price.

If anyone from overseas is interested in the prices we pay, here is a breakdown.
Pack of four cans of pear cider. £1.99
Australian Chardonnay £3.99
1 pint of milk 49p
Tinned spaghetti hoops 14p
Tortelloni 300 gr £1.15
Baked beans 23p
Apple and orange juice 1 ltr carton 55p
Banana milk shake 1 ltr carton 85p
Greek style yogurt 500 grm 68p
Wafer thin chicken 400 grm £1.49
Frozen raspberries, and blue berries, 300 grm £1.29
Six pack of mini pears 79p
Chopped iceberg lettuce 48p
Avocado four pack £1.58
2.5 kg white potatoes £1.15
Farmhouse seeded batch loaf 79p
Packet pasta sauce Macaroni 37p
Broccoli 46p
Salad leaves 47p
Porridge oats 1kg 75p
Cream crackers large pack 40p
6 Large free range eggs 90p
Carrots 500 grm 26p
Cheddar slices 250 grm £1.49
Flavoured cheese 5 slices £1.29
Cauliflower 72p
Bananas 13p each, cheaper than buying a bag

I often buy two or three or more of something if it doesn't have a short date on it. Most of these things I buy on a regular basis. So there you have it. This will last me a week or more.

I'm starting to yawn, so I'll sign off. Have a nice weekend. We'll catch up soon,
Toodle pip.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Well done Tammie.

Hello. That must have been a terrifying experience for all those people on that plane when the engine blew up. The time it took for the pilot to turn it around and head for the nearest safe place to land must have seemed like forever, and the turbulence inside the cabin as filmed by one of the passengers looked frightening, to say the least. One can only imagine the relief when Tammie managed to bring it down safely, but it's so very sad that one passenger lost her life.

It brought back memories of my first flight to the USA, Toronto was where we landed. Word got around that we had a female pilot, I was thrilled to hear this news. I said to my boyfriend that I would love to meet her, so he had a word with the steward, and we were invited into the cockpit to say hello. I was over the moon, it was an experience I'll never forget. She was happy to chat for a few minutes, while the plane flew on auto. This wouldn't happen now, such is the fear of a terrorist attack.

I remembered asking her some of the questions I had been asked as a trucker, like how do you get on with your colleagues, are you accepted, and do you get the same opportunities. I was curious to know how difficult she had found it to get to where she was in her career. The fact that she was in charge of a whole aircraft made my achievements of driving 38 tonne truck, pale into insignificance.

I am so pleased to hear about women who have set their sights on aiming high, (sometimes literally), in their career, and actually achieved their goals and dreams. It takes a certain kind of personality to push ahead when the odds are stacked against you. I'm not a feminist, not a women's libber, and I would never go on a march for women's rights. I have never wanted preferential treatment in my working life, I just wanted equal rights, and equal opportunities.

I remember doing a live television interview on a morning chat programme in the studios in London. The topic was that BP, the big oil company, were offering free training courses to women who wanted to become lorry drivers. I was outraged at this, so I asked them live on camera if they were offering the same opportunities to men. They weren't, but I was glad I had made my point.

Thank goodness for Tammie, she managed to save the lives of a lot of people.

The sun is shining and I am going to spend the day outside. Thank you for popping in, we'll catch up soon. Toodle pip

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A new floor for the summer house.

Hello. It's been a glorious day, quite hot in the sun. I did a Bailey poodle walk this morning, then I was out in the garden painting the tree. It needs some more branches and then I can add the leaves. 
After lunch, which was a tin of M & S Carrot and Coriander soup, it wasn't too bad, nothing special, I made a start on the floor in the summer house. Everything had to come out, including the carpet tiles. There is a damp patch where the roof was leaking.
And this paving slab is broken, it needs replacing.


I have stored the carpet tiles in the garage, they really aren't fit for anything else after 25 years. They may get taken to the tip when I next go.

Ooooh look, I found just the thing for the repair. A chopping board that I got out of the Village Hall skip. A few bits of wood underneath to level it, and some pieces to fill the gap at the side. Perfect, just the job.

I think I deserve a sit down after that. cheers.

I got all the vinyl flooring out of the garage to see which pieces fit the best. There were three long pieces which went right across from front to back,  then I had to add a strip which was a slightly different shade of grey. That's ok. Now my summer house has exactly the same floor covering as the library in the town centre. A jolly good skip find if I might say so.



And Mayze slept through it all in her cosy little shelter.

Thank you for all your comments on yesterdays post, it was an interesting topic of conversation. A few people didn't know about the 'put your name in the box', system we have going now, so I have put a reminder under the header at the top of the page. It works well when everyone is doing it.
The start date for the exhibition in Burton upon Trent is August 20th.
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

It's just common sense.

Hello and Good Morning. Someone mentioned that I have a lot of common sense. I sort of agree with that, but it got me thinking about where common sense comes from. I haven't always had it, I was a bit dim in my teenage years. I probably acquired some when I started to go to work, not a lot because I was always learning from my peers and accepted their instructions. Practical matters came easy, but anything that required extra input from the brain box department was a bit more difficult.

What does common sense mean anyway? Is it something to do with how the brain is wired up, or how many experiences a person has throughout their lives, is it hereditary, (it has just taken me four attempts to spell that), or is it something you just learn as you go along?

My mum was a practical woman so I picked up a lot from her. I started washing my own clothes from the age of eleven, I was particular about my clothes not getting crushed with everyone else's. I spent hours hand washing in the sink, so now I don't chuck them in the washer every time I take something off. They have to be dirty or smell before I wash them. They last longer because they have not been bashed about. Common sense. I helped her in the kitchen, learnt how to cook by watching her. Now I eat all the food I buy because I know how to cobble a meal together from whatever I have. Common sense.

It was common sense to me that I needed to go out to work to earn money so I could pay for things I need. Mum didn't have a bottomless purse and needed the few £'s I was able to contribute to the household budget. My 'bank of mum and dad', was totally empty. That is a common sense attitude which is sadly lacking in today's modern world.

In my work I was always changing jobs, because whenever I learnt something it became repetitive and boring. Common sense to move on to pastures new. Learn another job. I enjoyed lorry driving, different trucks, different loads, new places to drive to. If I had to go to the same place every day to work it would do my head in. Common sense to choose a job with lots of mental stimulation. I only started slowing down and reducing my hours when my age was against me for finding new and exciting work. I had to stick with what I had to pay the mortgage, but changing to part time made it easier.

My mum warned me about boys of a certain kind who would be keen to have their wicked way with me. Her mantra was, 'keep your hand on your halfpenny', which I did, until about a year after I left home. I was too frightened to take it away. There were many snogging sessions which fizzled out when disgruntled person finally got the message that it was 'top bit' only. Nowadays mum's go clubbing with their teenage daughters dolled up to the nines. Is that the new way of keeping tabs on them? No, the mum's are keen to flirt alongside their daughters. How times have changed.

When I got a steady boyfriend, my first proper boyfriend, I thought I could be pregnant, shock horror. Thankfully I wasn't. It was at that moment when I found a massive dose of common sense which came from deep within my head. I was never going to take that chance again, so off to the doctors for contraception. After many years on the pill, it was obvious to me that I was never going to have children, so common sense told me that I needed a more permanent way to stop the little tiddlers in their tracks. I was sterilized.

I suppose the more you see of life the more common sense you gain. It's about living and learning every step of the way. I see it as keeping an open mind about all kinds of possibilities. There is enough information out there to spell everything out, it's a matter of if you are willing to get out there and absorb everything which is on offer, and explore all opportunities.

I was young and scatty, now I am older and wiser. I went through the stages of being grateful if anyone asked me out on a date, then falling in love with totally unsuitable people, the heartache of breaking up, and the realization that I am just very fussy about my idea of a perfect partner. Now common sense prevails and I am happily free of all that angst, I love my single life.

When I have to make any decisions, I nearly always base them on common sense. I think about what I should do, or what I ought to do. I think about what I can do, and what I can't do. I know my strengths, and my limits. I think about what people want from me, and whether I am capable of delivering it. Based on the information available, I am able to say yes or no.

Oh, I have made a few bad choices in among a lot of good choices, but I take responsibility for that. I blame no one for my mistakes. I am not perfect, I have been a bitch, but with age I now have a sense of calm. If I was my own best friend I would like me.  Does that make sense to you? Well it does to me :o))

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A wheelie good idea

Hello. It hasn't been as nice as yesterday but still warm enough to play outside. I was searching through all of my jumble to find something that I could use for the base of the tree. It's a bit top heavy so it needs a wide and sturdy bottom. Then I spotted the office chair which I threw out a few months ago, the cats have been lying on it. It is now soaking wet and only fit for the dump, but hang on a minute, I might be able to use part of it. So I got the spanners out, the screwdrivers and the hammer, and proceeded to decapitate it. 
I needed to find a way to attach the tree to the base, I know, I have a piece of black plastic pipe, out of a skip of course. I cut a piece to the right length and slipped it over the stump, then wedged it tight with pieces of wood.

The diameter of the pipe was 4.5 inches, the same as the width of the pink, square, tree trunk. I had to shave s bit off the four corners with the saw so that it fitted snugly inside the pipe. And there you have it,  a tree on wheels, it will match the summer house when it's done.

I made a start on painting it, but at 4pm there was a heavy shower so I quickly packed everything away and beat a hasty retreat indoors.

I made a big pan of allsorts for lunch, eaten with a microwaved spud, and just had a portion for dinner. There's enough for tomorrows lunch. Mushrooms, onion, Quorn mince, a spicy bean burger, peas and beans, in a mild curry sauce. Very nice.

That's me done, thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Saturday, 14 April 2018

How to build a tree

Hello. It's been a lovely warm day today. I was out for my walk this morning and I couldn't wait to get back so I could take some clothes off, I was too hot. After lunch things to do in the garden. This wash basin has been in the way on my work table so I thought I would stand it on it's end and decorate it. It takes up less space in the upright position. The vinyl flowers are stuck on with double sided sticky pads, let's see if they are still stuck after it rains. 
 I've been busy with hammer and nails, and screws, managed to bash my thumb, now got a blood blister. This is what I made. What do you mean, what is it? Isn't it obvious? It's a tree of course, rolls eyes. Alright, it's a small tree I know, or maybe it's a large bush, whatever. It's not finished, I need to put some leaves on it, and some feet on it so it stands upright by itself. It's gonna be good.

Having a bit of fun. I put these in prominent positions where people walk their dogs through the village green. One is next to a bench and the other is on a wall at the entrance. I walk past the two places every day and I am curious to see how long they are there before they disappear. I hope they make people smile.

Heidi thinks no one can see her hidden behind the curtain. I can see you.

It's nice to have more daylight hours, but it means when I get busy with something my dinner gets later and later. It was 7.30pm tonight, and now it's not long to bed time. I've had two loads of washing out on the line today, so I have a lovely fresh bed to get into.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Friday, 13 April 2018

The sun is coming.

Hello. In the absence of the slightest hint of sunshine I thought I would trawl through the photograph albums to find some. On holiday in the USA, and the Eden Project. About 17 years ago.






Do not worry, the warm weather will be here soon. Here is the forecast for next week. Get your sunspecs out and slap on your Factor 10.



Here's a little song.



Everyone seems to have got the hang of putting their name at the top of their comment, thank you for that. Just in case anyone forgets how to do it, and if anyone new visits, I have put the instructions on the side bar.

It's the weekend, have a good one. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A bit of good news.

Hello. The weather has been rubbish again today, so I haven't been anywhere, not even for a walk. Ken came round this morning after he had taken Bailey poodle  a walk. We had a natter and a coffee, and he said he is off on holiday for two weeks soon. I said I would do the morning dog walk and ask Brenda to do a couple more extra days, and ask Jane if she would help out as well. We can cover it between us while he is away.

I got the documentation through the post for the RAC membership, from the insurance broker. It is £40 cheaper than renewing direct with them. A good saving.

Had to get on the phone to my utilities supplier today, and was surprised that they answered straight away. I haven't had a bill since I paid the last one in November. I gave them updated readings so hopefully the bill will arrive shortly. It will be two quarterly bills combined into one, so it will be a bit high. Not to worry, I always keep money in the kitty to pay for it.

A bit of good news, it looks like I will be having my own art exhibition sometime this year. I need to chose the dates from the availability list at the Burton upon Trent Library. So I will be following in the footsteps of my Uncle Stan. I'm a bit excited. I hope to have some more pieces finished by then.

They are talking about me on Shoestring Cottage blog, have you seen it? Jane sent me some questions and I answered them. She is doing a series of questions and answers with various bloggers, First off was Katy Kicker, there will be more to follow.

I'm having to fight a cat off here, Heidi wants my attention, so I'll have to go. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Have you got a coupon for that?

Hello. In the comments on yesterdays post there was mention of money saving coupons, so I thought I would make a little video of my thoughts on the matter. It seems some people are extreme couponers, constantly searching for them, putting them in a folder, and going through them every time they go shopping. All this is very time consuming.

In my opinion the coupons on offer are never for the items you regularly buy anyway, they are there to tempt you to spend more money. Money on stuff you don't need or want. A better idea for saving money is to not spend it. Only buy planned items, things you need.

I'll shut up now, I can't add anything else, so take a look at the video and see if you agree with me, or do you save loads of money by using coupons?



Miserable day outside, I'm having an arty crafty day. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

You win some, you lose some

Hello. I managed to save a few £'s yesterday by making a phone call. Every year I get a renewal letter from the RAC, (breakdown and recovery policy), and every year I ring them up and ask why has it gone up so much. They usually find a way to knock a bit off and so I agree to the new amount that they have offered. Well now I an fed up of doing that, so this time it's curtains, cancelled I am not paying the extra 20 quid that they want.

I rang my insurance brokers because they have offered me a much better price in the past for the same RAC cover, so now I am moving to them. Seems a bit bonkers to me, you pay direct to the RAC and it costs more than going through another channel.

Ok, so now I want to explain why I use an insurance broker for my car insurance. Some will say, they cost more, yes they probably do because they have premises and staff to pay for, but I am paying for a service in the same way that someone might pay a window cleaner or a gardener, or a cleaner. I can clean my own windows, look after my own garden, and clean my own house, so savings there. 

I know my weaknesses and big numbers are not my strong point. I am confused by spreadsheets, and the small print in policies, who reads them all anyway. I want to get it right so I speak to my broker on the phone as I have been doing for the last 48 years. They explain everything to me, I get a real person in an office, I know where the office is I have visited it in the past. It's a family business which I stick with because they provide a good service. They are the experts in insurance, and after all this time they are still in business.

I know, things have moved forward, people can look for better deals on the internet. That's fine for those who want to spend time doing that. There is a trade off between time and money. You can save all the money you like on every aspect of your life, and you can become obsessed by saving money. You can search out the best deals on every penny you spend, but if money is controlling your life, you will have no life worth living.

I know the areas where I am hot on saving money, I know the amount of time I am willing to invest in achieving those savings. Some people are not so keen on saving a few £'s on food shopping, doing it my way takes time and effort to go around the shops comparing prices. Others would rather tap a few keys on a keyboard to do their shopping. I see that physically walking around shops is better for me, I am in the open air, I am walking, I am not sat at home looking at a screen.

I am now going to cancel the direct debit to the RAC, I am leaving them. The wheels are in motion for joining the RAC via my insurance broker. I know there are other breakdown companies out there, but I would rather stick with a known brand, a man, or woman (I have yet to meet one), in an orange van.

There are many different way of saving money, people have different needs and wants. I do the best for me, now you do the best for you.

A note has popped up in the corner of my screen, Scott has a new video out on yoootooob, so now I'm going to get a coffee and watch that. It's raining, and it's mobile library day, so I won't be going far. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Sunday, 8 April 2018

First cut of the season

Hello. It's been a dry day here, no sun, but dry and warm. I thought I would take my litter picking stick and a bag with me when I did my walk this morning. Might as well kill two birds with one stone as the saying goes. Trouble is that it takes me twice as long because I am zigzagging across the road to pick up on both sides, then I stop and talk to people. I came across 20 or 30 school children wearing pink and yellow vests. They had been picking up litter on the road side around the edge of the village, and had quite a big haul. Several black bin bags full. 
After lunch it was warm enough to get out on the garden. It hadn't rained overnight so the ground was pretty dry, time to get the mower out for the first grass cut of the season. I'm amazed that this cheapo mower keeps going, with no maintenance from me. Every Autumn I put it away, every spring I get it out. The blade is wrecked, but still it chops through the grass. The daffs are looking nice. 
Evergreens in the pots are doing well, and the herbs are starting to grow again.

 Rocky's grave had a tidy up. His squeaky toys are still there.

The cats are coming outside more now.

Still got to find a place for the wash basin I got out of a skip.

 Bugsy's grave is tidy as well.

I am thinking of joining in with the Open Gardens again this year, so I need to get it all ship shape. I want to make some outdoor sculptures, so I will have to get a move on with that.

Crafty Club in the morning, then back out in the garden in the afternoon, if it isn't raining. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Burgers - some are nice some not so nice.

Hello. I sometimes buy veggie burgers or veggie sausages, they have to be on special offer though, or own brand which is cheaper anyway. Some vegetarian food is too expensive for me, I will not buy it unless it is on offer. I like the Quorn products, but only buy them when they are on offer. I thought I would give these mozzarella burgers a try, they were £1 for a pack of two. 
I always grill them and put a piece of foil on the grill pan to keep it clean. While the veg was in the steamer I checked the burger to see if it needed turning over. Oooh, I didn't like the look of the juices leaking out of it, it looked just like gravy, and I never eat gravy. 
I sat down to tuck into the meal and cut the burger into pieces. It smelled like meat, and tasted like meat as well. The texture was like lumpy mince and needed a lot of chewing. I won't be buying these again. If I wanted to eat meat I would buy real meat, this was horrible. 
These on the other hand are quite nice. Can't remember how much they are, just over £1 I think, they are from Aldi. These don't look meaty at all, much more to my liking.

Another one from Aldi, I like these.

Tesco changed the name of these to Patties, I like them. They are £1, so two with some steamed veg make a meal for me.

I suppose you could say these are processed food. I could make something like them from scratch, but I'm too darn lazy. Tonight my dinner was a plate of steamed vegetables. Lunch was mushrooms, spinach and an egg on a microwaved potato.

It's been a funny kind of day weatherwise. Warm outside with not a whisper of wind, like there is a thunderstorm brewing but it didn't happen. It was kind of eerie. I have started on the garden, lots to do out there.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon. Enjoy your Sunday.
Toodle pip

Friday, 6 April 2018

On the bus to Hull.

Hello. I felt like going out today, so I drove to Barton, left my car there and went on the bus to Hull, thus saving the bridge toll, and the hassle of battling through the traffic. On the way there I stopped off close to the banks of the Humber and went scavenging for stones along the beach. Not really a beach, you couldn't sun bathe there, I picked up a few of varying sizes, tomorrow I will wash them. The boat is on it's way back out to sea, after discharging it's load further inland, it's moving quite quickly through the water. 
The Open Exhibition at Ferens art Gallery was the main reason for me going to Hull. It's only on for two more weeks, and I wanted to see it before it closed. Last years Open was very good, but in my opinion this one wasn't as good. Hardly any textile art, was that why mine wasn't chosen, and not much to get excited about either, so not many photo's. This patchwork quilt wall hanging was lovely.

Gawd knows what this is about, but it was big and bright and cheerful.

An atmospheric woodland painting, has an air of mystery about it.

Dotty painting is very popular, there are lots of videos on yoootooob about how to paint mandalas.

This was quite interesting close up. It was painted onto embossed wallpaper. Very clever I thought. Not a good photo because it's behind glass.

I liked this pile of things wrapped in wool and fabric. Looks like a pile of toffees. Mostly round balls with some square shaped objects, hard to tell what is underneath the wrapping.


I had a quick look around Hull, but soon got fed up, I have seen it all before. There is supposed to be a lot of graffiti art but I couldn't find it so I gave up and went back to the bus station.

It's the weekend, so enjoy yourself whatever you are doing. I shall be pottering around the house and garden, doing something arty and crafty. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Getting the summer house ready for summer.

Hello. So what have I been doing today? Got the dyson out and cleaned up the scattered cat litter, Heidi gets a bit too enthusiastic with her scratching. Ken came round for a natter and a coffee. Then I went to the pop up post office in the church to pay my Council Tax. I paid for two months because I am five days late. Sorted all the change out in my purse, paid some of it with 1p's 2p's, 5p's, and 10p's.

Called in at Janet's to give her a tray I found in a skip. Then did a two mile walk. Had a cheese sandwich for lunch. This afternoon was spent outside in the garden. I emptied the car of the floor coverings I got out of a skip. Rain has been getting into the summer house, the roof is leaking, so I sorted that out. Found a piece of heavy duty plastic sheeting in the garage, and it did the job nicely of covering the joins in the roof. Some of the carpet has got wet so I have thrown that out. Now I need to cover the floor with the vinyl. Another job for another day.

The garden is still boggy and the grass is growing, but it's too wet to mow at the moment. I can see me spending more time in the garden when the weather starts getting better. Today has been lovely and warm, we need more like that. The summer house needs cleaning inside, doors need wiping down or repainting. There are lots of jobs to do to get everything looking good.

Thank you all for putting your name in the box when you send a comment, it helps me to sort through them a lot quicker. I am still getting lots of junk, but now when I see Anonymous it gets zapped straight away. I was talking to a friend the other day and he said he has dumped Instagram because he was getting tons of messages from people on the other side of the world who pretend to be friends with him. That's the type of thing I am getting here, they are basically crooks who want to rip you off. Be very wary of the wolves in sheeps clothing. They are con merchants.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Knocker squashing and skip diving.

Hello. I was in town yesterday to visit the Arts Centre and other places. The Library has been having a refit/refurbishment over the last month or so, and there is a skip parked outside. They have thrown out a lot of useful stuff, far too much for me to collect and store here. Yesterday I spotted some offcuts of vinyl floor covering, some of the pieces were very large. I immediately thought of the summer house, it would be ideal to put down in there, so I asked in the library, who sent me to ask the site manager, who said I could take what I wanted. So here it is, now all I have got to do is find somewhere to put it until the weather picks up a bit and I can get on with the job.  
I wanted some wool for a project, and found some in Poundland. £1 a ball, three for £2.

Something I am playing with at the moment. Small black safety pins, I have a big bag of them. An idea will come to mind shortly.

This morning I had my knockers squashed. The van is parked in Morrisons car park this time, much easier than searching for it at the hospital. Is it really three years since I last had it done, time flies.


A bit uncomfortable, but it has to be done. What a strange job to have, pushing and shoving two balls of bread dough between plastic plates and squeezing them flat.

Thank you to the NHS for providing this service, and thanks to the staff for carrying it out.

On the way home I called in the Cash and Carry to see if they had any bargains. I never buy soup in a can, but I thought these were worth a try, three tins for £1. Today I had the Sainsburys broccoli and stilton, it wasn't very nice. I put some grated cheese in it to give it a bit more flavour. You know when you have just been sick and your mouth tastes foul, well mine was like that, I had to suck a mint afterwards. I hope the Marks and Spencer soup is better.

I don't buy shampoo and toothpaste very often because I use so little of it, but I thought this was a good price so I stocked up. All were 50p each.

Well I don't believe it. It's been nice and sunny, and just as I am ready to go for my walk, I can see spots of rain. Oh chuffin heck, what a pain.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.