Sunday, 22 March 2015

A sunny day in the village

Hello. Hasn't it been a fabulous day, it was a joy to be out bimbling around the village. Nice to catch up with a few friends, everyone stopped to chat. My neighbours across the road have a new black labrador, they have given it a home because it's owners are emigrating. I saw a young man who I speak to, he walks his spaniel. He went away to university a few months ago, and tells me he likes his course and where he lives. Nice to get some positive news. I walk past a house where a little sausage dog stands on the back of the sofa and looks out of the window. She barks at every passing dog, so the owner picks it up and gives me a wave. I saw the couple with a small black poodle and a bit bigger white poodle, they always stop for a chat. Another friend was loading his Gold Wing into the back of a van, of the man who has bought it. I've not seen a Gold Wing for ages.  The elderly couple who's bungalow looks out over the village green always waves to me when I walk by. I like village life, everyone says Good Morning to me, even if I don't know them. 
I did a garden tidy this afternoon, trimmed a hedge and filled the brown recycling bin ready for collection tomorrow. I like to keep on top of the job and not let it get too overgrown.
I have some coleslaw which needs eating, probably shouldn't have bought it because I find it terribly difficult to chew. I don't like to swallow my food in big hard unchewed lumps, it's not good for the digestive system. It was only 12p, too good an offer to turn down. So how have I got round the problem?  
I zapped it with the stick blender, and served it with on a bed of spinach, with mushrooms and scrambled eggs. It looks a bit like mashed potato in the picture, but it tastes just like a baby food version of coleslaw. Perfectly edible, nothing is wasted here. 
Tonight's dinner was the third and last portion of the red lentil stew. I need to make a start on eating the cheap noodles I got from the cash and Carry, they've been in the cupboard for ages. Don't need to do any shopping I have plenty in. A bag of potatoes needs using up.
Thank you for popping in. Going to watch a bit of catch up before bed time.
Toodle pip.


  1. Here, we wave at drivers as we pass on country roads...if people don't wave we know they aren't local.I like it.
    Jane x

  2. I quite fancy the coleslaw like that! Bet it would be nice on a jacket spud with a bit of cheese. Glad to hear all those dogs have lovely homes. Walked my little charge (or not so little) today. He enjoyed the woods and had a good run. X

    1. Hi FIB. I've just had a jacket potato with chopped up coleslaw, it was nice, and easy to eat. Thanks for the idea.

  3. There is a Minnesota thing that if you pass a stranger on the street, it is considered weird to not greet and acknowledge each other. I learned though some strange looks when saying "good morning' or "Hello" that is not the case in much of the rest of the US or when we traveled abroad. It is good to know it is the norm other places as well.

  4. My mother always chopped her cole slaw in the blender to avoid the problem you described...I like meeting people and always extend greetings when passing unless the other person looks away. Enjoy your catching up before bed.

  5. Sounds like a good place to live, for people as well as dogs!
    Hope you have a great week!

  6. My Uncle used to live on King Island (an island off the bottom of Australia). When I visited him in the 1980's when you were in the car, it was the habit to acknowledge every driver. Also, when parking, the cars were never locked and at night, the house was left unlocked. Natalie.

  7. It makes the day seem so much brighter when folk are cheery doesn't it. Nothing like a bit of nice weather to brings everyone out and about in a happier state of mind. We walked Suky the Pug along the canal the other day and everyone said hello, the joggers, the other dog walkers and even lads on bikes, it was lovely to be out and about in the sunshine.

  8. Your village sounds just lovely. I live in the US and when I imagine english village life it is just like you described. How blessed you are.

  9. Stir fry your coleslaw quickly in a bit of water, add soy or Worcestershire sauce, and much easier to eat,

  10. Theres quite a few people near us that we say hello to and theres some that you wouldn't want to know.
    Lots of people say hello or chat for a minute in the countryside which is nice.
    My uncle had a Honda Goldwing in the 1970's, they'd call it a naked bike thesedays, it didn't have farings. I see a blinged-up Goldwing trike going past our house quite often the man who owns it is in his eighties.

  11. Oops, I posted to the wrong thread. That was supposed to go under the Sheffield bimble.


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