Friday 24 May 2024

Checking out the new bank.

Ha ha, you've gotta laugh haven't you. This mornings entertainment was provided by those plonkers who's only way to get their message across is to do it anonymously. I am deleting loads of comments because I haven't time to play verbal table tennis with them.
Anyway, let's move on. I thought I had better go to town and check out the Barclays Hub. The website gives their opening times. Five days a week apparently, and closed for lunch 12.30 to 1pm. Well that's not too bad. They are not able to do cash transactions, that's ok with me because I use the Post Office for that. As I have to pay a large amount direct to a builder, I went to see how that works. It is very easy apparently. The man was very helpful and talked me through it. So now I do not feel completely abandoned.   
I had an hour free parking so I had a mooch around the town. There is a Home Bargains store so I picked up a few things that I can't get in Aldi. 

I see there is a new cut price shop opened. I haven't seen that before. Curiosity got the better of me and I spent five minutes checking to see what was on offer. There are shelves in the window display but once you get inside it is like a warehouse. Nearly everything is stacked on pallets. Wheeled straight from the lorry at the back and put in place on the shop floor with a pallet truck. I can see that this shop will be useful for those who are on a tight budget. 

I had to be quick because my one hour parking was nearly up. Just as I was about to leave this 25p shelf label jumped out at me. Oooh, what's that. Worth a try so I bought two packets. 

On the way home I called in Barnes Cash and Carry. Haven't been there for ages. I used to buy quite a lot from here. Funny how shopping habits change when you can slacken the purse strings. I bought two bags of ready cooked rice for £1. 

We are coming up to another Bank Holiday. Enjoy yourself whatever you do. I might stay local. Waiting for the builder to contact me. 

Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Thursday 23 May 2024

Healthy? Not really.

What the heck? This is the reason why I don't eat out. Someone posted this as a celebration meal. They were on a night out in a restaurant. I don't tell people not to eat meat, just because I don't, but this looks like the burnt offerings from a barbeque. How absolutely revolting, I feel sick just looking at it. Is this a meal for one, or a platter for two people to share? I don't know. 
If people choose to eat this way then they should take responsibility for their health 5, 10, 20, years down the line. Surely if someone continues to eat this kind of food long term it is going to have disastrous consequences on their expanding waistline.   
I'm not saying my diet is perfect, but if people could incorporate more vegetables into their meals, maybe their clothes would fit them better. Home made chick pea patties and salad. 

Avocado, raw button mushrooms, chopped fruit and salad leaves, with a yogurt dip. 
Steamed vegetables, can't get enough of them. 
More steamed vegetables. 
Mushroom omelette. 
Spinach can be added to everything. 
Salad leaves with pasta and cheese. 
I mix and match everything, experimenting with different flavours. I break the rules. Now I am hungry. Time for brunch. 
I am back in my winter clothes, it's cold here. 
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.  ilona 

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Ants in your pants

It's been very wet today, so I have done nothing outside, not even a walk. I went to Coffee Morning at the club, and called in at Angela's afterwards and had a natter and another coffee.
This afternoon I spent £68 at Aldi. I needed to restock the fridge. I was quite surprised to see that the checkout area has been re arranged. Some of the checkouts have been taken out and replaced with self serve scan yourself tills. This leaves four normal checkouts with assistants to scan things through. There was only one open though. Mind you this is normal anyway because the staff have to do all the jobs in the store. They are not allowed to sit on the till and wait for customers. I asked if there was ever going to be a time when only the self scan would be available. Say for instance quiet times when there aren't many customers in. I want to avoid those times because I never self scan. The young lady said there will always be someone available to open a normal checkout. It's a relief to know that. 
This is a short video that I recorded yesterday, it should have gone on the previous post. 
My attention was taken down on the ground yesterday while walking down a farm track. Millions of ants going about their business. They marched from one side to the other, never stopping. Obviously on a mission. Perhaps they were moving house, or stocking up on their food supplies. At one side of the track there were holes, like little caves. They kept crossing to the other side, and coming back again.
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Tuesday 21 May 2024

What I saw today.

I desperately need some shopping, the fridge is empty. I can't be bothered to go tonight, too tired. Tomorrow will have to do. This morning three men arrived in a truck. I am having some work done on the house. They put up scaffolding. They will come back on Friday and start the job. It will only take a couple of days, and will cost a lot of money. It needs to be done. I have saved up for it so have the cash ready. 
This afternoon I did my usual five mile walk. Looking for something different to take a photo of. I didn't expect to see this crane. Looks like it is set up ready to do a job tomorrow. Jacked up, wheels off the ground. What a beauty it is. I love cranes. 
Don't know what this crop it, but it's coming along nicely. 

Plenty of flowers in the hedgerows. 

The soil round here is mainly clay. Sets as hard as a rock. 

A ladybug. 
Cute, eh! Took ages to get this photo. They kept moving around. 

Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Monday 20 May 2024

See the Reds here.

 Anyone fancy seeing The Red Arrows this year. Here are some dates for you. 

Here is a list of  dates and events where they can be seen. 

Happy Monday. Toodle pip.   ilona