Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Easy shopping

It's nice to come downstairs in the morning and find the fridge is full of my essentials. It is comforting to know that I have a choice rather than scanning an empty fridge and thinking what the heck do I eat. 

The cupboard is rather full. I have more than I need at this moment in time, but at least I am prepared if fresh produce and dairy becomes scarce. Plenty of tins, packets, nuts and seeds.  
It is three weeks since I last went to Aldi. This shopping routine suits me fine. I no longer pop to the shops for this and that if I have forgotten anything. There was one other person in the store last night, and a couple of staff members tidying up. £65 spent in one fell swoop, and that included cat food as well. £40 spent at the Filling Station to top the car up with petrol.
The closer to Christmas it gets the shops get busier. I have always avoided that mad shopping frenzy anyway, ever since I gave up Christmas a few years ago. 
I've finished the latest picture so I'll post that up soon. I see that the 20 21 Arts Centre in town have an Open Exhibition coming up in the new year and they are inviting artists to submit work for the selection process. Three pieces can be submitted. I have three in mind for that, it would be nice if they chose one of mine. 
The weather is still very dull here, I long for the spring. We can but make the most of the time we have, no matter what is going on outside. 
Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip.   ilona

Monday, 6 December 2021

Stealth car camping is fun

Hello. This car camping guy makes me laugh, he is so likeable. I think his name is Adam. He lives in Leicester and takes off into the countryside when he needs a break from work. Have a butchers at this one for light hearted entertainment. 

In his latest video the battery went flat in his hand held device which meant he couldn't access the map of a trail he was walking on. Then of course the signal can also be lost in a hilly area. He had to double back and go straight back to his car because there wasn't much daylight left. He uses an app to find locations for wild camping, places which have some interesting walks nearby. 
I put a comment on to suggest he buys paper maps as a back up. Admitted they are a bit expensive but you can use them over and over again. I have got plenty of use out of my OS maps. Good walking around the Settle area. I love it there. 
I've done lots of exploring around Malham. 

Some wild campers like to find their overnight spot before they set out, so the App is good for that. Others drive to an area they want to explore then look for a layby. A map is all you need for that.
It's chucking it down with rain outside today. I am putting the back on my embroidered picture, then a soak in the bath is planned. 
Thanks for popping in.  We'll catch up soon.   
Toodle pip.   ilona 

Sunday, 5 December 2021

In the Christmas spirit.

I was in two minds whether to go out today. It rained, then it stopped, then the sun came out, then it clouded over. I decided to take a chance. It was going to be too muddy to go across the fields so the plan was do two circuits of the three mile village walk, thus adding six miles to my total. 
As soon as I stepped out of the door, all togged up in boots and big jacket the rain came back. Oh bother. Grab the umbrella and go for it. 
As I was passing Val's house I thought I would knock the door and ask her how the Christmas Fair went yesterday. She invited me in and offered me a coffee. I declined because I had just drunk one before I came out. Cheeky me said, have you got a small drink, like a glass of sherry. She rummage in the drinks cabinet and found a half bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream. That will be very nice, I said. I asked her if she had any mince pies. She said, no she doesn't like them. I said, neither do I, but I will eat one if somebody offers one. I can say anything to Val, she is a good laugh. We always had fun at the Crafty Club. 
We nattered for about an hour and when it was time to go she put the sherry, and a cracker in a bag for me to take home.  I didn't do the second circuit so I have only done three miles. 
Thanks Val, and Merry Christmas. She doesn't read my blog, she doesn't surf the net, she only does emails. 
Now it's dinner time. I have something left over from yesterday. I shall bulk it out with a potato in the microwave. 
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona 

Christine Anderson

Listen to Christine. She is one of the good guys. 

Here is a link to a new video where she speaks out in support of the people of Australia. 
I am off out for a couple of hours. Have a nice Sunday.   ilona

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Quick look at Gainsborough Old Hall

I've been meaning to do this post all day, but it's funny how jobs mount up when you thought you had nothing much to do. I set the video uploading when I went out to walk Billy dog. Then I got into a chat with a friend on Messenger while I was eating my dinner. Then I watched some videos from my favourite yoootooobers. Andrew Ditton the caravan and motorhome man, David the narrowboat and campervan man, and Adam the car camper man. I commented on them and they replied, and I replied back. So you see I even get held up chatting to people online.  
The trouble is that I have six pages all open at the same time. I'm watching the top bar and getting notifications of anything that is coming in. Now at last I am here writing this. 
A video I made on Thursday. 
It's been a busy day here in the village. It was the Christmas Fair in the Village Hall. I didn't take a stall this time because from previous experience it is usually quite busy, and they squash a lot of stalls in. Too many people too close together for my liking. I know this is the sacrifice I have to make, and I'm ok with that. 
They had carol singing on the village green tonight, when they turned the tree lights on. There was booze and food to buy in the marquee. I didn't go to that either, because it was too cold to stand about. 
I cooked kale, carrots, and potatoes in a pan and added some pasta. It was very nice, there is some left for tomorrow. 
I never really moaned about the cold before, but now I am getting older and my skin is getting thinner, I feel it more. I am longing for the spring to come with some warmer days. 
Enjoy your Sunday. We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip.   ilona