Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Reporting on the mushrooms.

Small mushrooms when they started to appear. 
Much larger mushrooms now. 
Pink underneath as they were. 
Now they are brown underneath. 
Still not eating them. 

I was late up this morning. The walking is good for my sleeping. Now what to have for breakfast. Not mushrooms. 

Catch ya later.  Toodle pip. ilona

Monday, 25 October 2021

Back to Nottinghamshire

Another nice day today. Off I went, back to Nottinghamshire. A bit further this time, through Bawtry, through Ranskill, to a small village called Torworth. I saw a car park on the map for Daneshill Lakes. Worth a look I thought. 
I am a little bit hesitant to go into woods because I usually get lost. The tracks are on the map so I should be able to follow them. So far into it I got a bit confused, but I managed to find my way out. 

The sign posts are hard to spot, buried in the bushes. 

There are some lovely lakes to walk around. Plenty of Canada Geese about. 
I have no idea who those people are, they just happened to be there. 

It looks lovely and peaceful, apart from the trains going by on the main line railway line not far away. 

Picture of the bottom of me.....
....and the top of me. Taken in two different locations. 

I arrived in Sutton cum Lound. The flying swans on this sign don't show up very well on the pale background. I had a look around this small village and noticed quite a lot of new build houses. There was a large site with a sign at the entrance saying 33 houses are being built here. If they carry on expanding this village it is going to spoil it. 
The church is really big. I have noticed that a lot of small villages have the biggest churches. This one is lovely. Door was locked so I couldn't go inside. 
The rest of the walking was on roads, through Lound, and back to the car park. I must try and remember to take food with me for swans and ducks when I go for a walk. I feel guilty when they come towards me and I haven't got any. 

I was back home for 7.30pm. The cats were ready for their dinner. I have opened a bottle of cider. Miles checked at 7, on bikehike.co.uk. 

An at home day tomorrow, I have a dog walk to do. Thanks for popping in. 

Toodle pip.   ilona

Home made peanut butter.

This is how I make peanut butter. Two packets of salted peanuts in a Kenwood Chef, whizz until the required texture is achieved. I put it in the fridge just as it is, and dip into it whenever I fancy some.
It stiffens up a bit in the fridge so if you want it soft whizz for a bit longer. If you want it crunchy whizz for less time. 
I tried it with plain unsalted peanuts, it works. I also washed the salt from the peanuts and dried them in a clean tea towel. That works also. It's a matter of try it and see which method suits you best. You can add a spoon of oil, but there is no need, there is enough oil in the nuts. 
Looks like good walking weather so I am off for a ramble. 
Catch ya later.   Toodle pip.    ilona

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Smiley Sunday

A new day dawns, and this morning the sunrise was a treat to see from my window. 
I could gaze at that all day. In a couple of minutes it was gone. 
Yesterday was a dog walk, and afterwards coffee and natter with a friend. It was late when I got home so an easy warmed up bowl of stew was very welcome. 
Today is the village Boot Sale, where people put their stuff out at the front of their houses. I am not joining in this time as I gave a lot of my stuff to a charity shop. I will have a walk round to see what's on offer. First, beans and egg on toast.
Have a nice Sunday. Toodle pip.   ilona

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Standing together

This is how to protest. No vaxxxxx passports, anywhere. 
Frontline workers and first responders stood in silence to protest the province's vaccine passport in Quebec City on Oct. 15, 2021.
From Humboldt, CA, we stand with YOU! This is so powerful I can't help but cry.
The people stand up against tyranny! Worldwide! The best wishes from Austria!
I stand with you from the United States, I send you all love
Love from South Africa to all my brothers and sisters throughout the world who believe in Freedom and Truth.
That's powerful. England stands with you, Quebec.
AUSTRALIA supports and appreciates your commitment.
Brave, dignified and wise people, we support you all, we support you and we join our hearts - for Freedom Poland
That is amazing to see, respect to all of you from The Netherlands
I'm from Germany. Love and Peace for the People who stand up. We are strong together
We are with you. People must be united and fight for freedom. Thank you Québécois. From Greece Macedonia Thessaloniki.
Greetings from The Netherlands, stay strong
Super!!! Ukraine is with you!!!! We are also fighting this insanity here.
Watching from Denmark. Well done, keep going. May God Bless us all!
I am not alone.    ilona

Patching things up.

I will get another winters wear out of these slipper socks. Last year I patched the heels with green baize from a snooker table. It is stronger and thicker than ordinary felt. Now the soles are wearing thin so more patching is needed. 
They are snuggly warm, I wear them over one, sometimes two pairs of ordinary socks. I have got some slippers which I hardly wear now. I much prefer these.
Just a thought, if you have a pair of thick knitted socks you could easily convert them to slipper socks by putting patches on the bottom. I might try that with another pair, I have got a drawer full of them. 
It's the weekend. The weather is looking ok. Coffee with a friend this morning, a dog walk this afternoon. Keep busy folks.
Toodle pip.   ilona

Friday, 22 October 2021

Into Nottinghamshire

Good morning. I took these photo's yesterday but it was too late to post them last night. My brain went to bed before I did. It was a sunny morning so I went out. My walk starts at Everton, which is about three miles south of Bawtry, an hours drive away. 
It's a lovely village, with a mix of small cottages and big posh mansions. I saw a lot of high walls and big gates with intercom systems, to keep nosey people out. Spotted, an electric car plugged into a socket next to the front door. A massive balcony with access through French windows, and plate glass panels around the edge to stop people falling off it. 
I parked next to the church. It is surrounded by trees, so this is the best photo I could get of it. The door was locked so I couldn't go inside. 
Off down a track and I came across this. The land was divided into paddocks surrounded by fencing. In one area a chap was cutting the grass, I stopped to say hello. A woman was exercising a couple of dogs, and giving obedience training to another. The two running about were in doggy day care. 

This was a nice walk through. The fallen leaves providing a soft carpet. 

I arrived at Mattersey via a footbridge over the Rive Idle. I always walk around the outside of a church to get a good shot. This one stand high on a mound above the level of the road. 
The door was open so I took the opportunity to get a bit of shelter while I changed from my body warmer to a jacket. Although sunny it was a tad cold. The woolly hat also went on over the sun visor. The collage is a quiz for children. They have to look at the pictures and answer questions. 

It looks a bit ghostly with the furniture covered in sheets. I imagined them with wires attached. They could be dancing spooks flying up into the roof. 

I sat on a bench and ate my cheese and lettuce sandwich. The next part took me down a long straight road, with a turn to the right onto a footpath along a field edge. I came to a small wood which had a big sign saying no entry. The path runs along the side it. These trees in the wood caught my eye, I need to get a good shot of them. There were a couple of gaps in the hedge. I cropped out the hedge in this photo. 
I zoomed in a bit on this one. I like the way the sun shows the whiteness of the trunks. 

A bit further along I came to a bit where I could hop over the fence and get into the wood for a better shot. 

Over on the other side of the field was another wood. I zoomed in to get this shot.
I was hoping to do a circular route, but found that the track I wanted to walk on was not a public footpath. Normally I would give it a go and hope I wouldn't be spotted, but I could see that there were two machines and two tractors working in the field. There was an alternative path I could use but it was going to take me in the wrong direction and it would add another hour onto the walk. Time was getting on and I didn't want to get stuck in the dark. Only one thing for it, backtrack the same way as I had come. Back to the road and into Mattersley. 

Had to snap this one. Geese lounging on the grass, and a man with a stick. He stood very still as I walked past him. Ha ha. 

And the last photo, a sunset to finish off with as I got back into Everton. 

It was 7.30pm when I got home. Eight miles walked. I really should start going out earlier. A spud in the microwave with baked beans for a quick meal. 

Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip.   ilona

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Dressing up fun

 What happens when having a bit of fun to raise money for charity suddenly becomes offensive? Members and supporters of the Upton Rugby Club have dressed up in women's clothes and held fundraisers for a Hospice, for the last 18 years. They have raised over £40,000. Now, suddenly the Hospice have told them that their efforts cannot be promoted by the Hospice because it might offend the LGBT community. 

They buy their clothes from the Hospice shop, then hand them back after the fundraising event so they can be re sold. 

Picture source and full article here. The Rugby Club supporters have found a new charity to support, so the Hospice has lost out. 

This woke business is like a virus, anybody can be offended by anything. Chubby Brown recently had an event in Sheffield cancelled because the venue owners Sheffield City Council, said they have a duty to protect the public from his smuttiness. It is a well known fact that he 'F's and 'blinds' throughout the whole time he is on stage. His act is very cutting edge, no holds barred smut, and people know what they are going to get. They can choose not to buy a ticket. Chubby has been working as a comedian for many years, I have seen him twice, live. When he is on stage he takes on the persona of a cheeky chappie who is obsessed with sex and relationships. It is purely an act. Royston Vasey is a happily married man, this is his job. 

Comedians everywhere are now being silenced by those who might be offended. They are afraid to stand on a stage and take the micky, have a bit of fun, and say it like it is. Wokeness is killing humour stone dead. 

I recollect the words of Katy Hopkins :-  I don't give offence, you choose to take it. 

A sunny morning, I hope we have a sunny day. Time for breakfast. 

Toodle pip.   ilona

Wednesday, 20 October 2021


A good crop of magic mushrooms in my garden. They have come up where the new grass joins the old. What do you suggest, grilled, stuffed, roasted, or a stir fry? 
They don't look like the ones you buy in a shop. These are pink underneath. I've done a risk assessment and I think I would be wise not to put them inside my body. You can't be too careful can you?   ;o) 

We've had a massive downpour, and it looks like there maybe more to come. I am due to do a dog walk about 4pm. Lets hope the clouds blow over.

Toodle pip.   ilona

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Autumn colours and mushrooms

It was surprisingly warm outside today, despite the blustery wind. The skies were grey and it looked like it might rain again but I took a chance and went out. I still need to top up my miles. I'm on 800 at the moment, and with twelve days left in the month I need another 33 to reach the target. 
A tree near the playing field. 
The cottage is covered with red leaves. I got up close and snapped a small section. 

Sometimes close ups work better than taking a pic of the whole bush.

Pick your own mushrooms at the church. 
I think the avenue of trees will need pollarding soon. I've never seen such a dark tunnel through them. 

A new bench is the focal point of this picture. 

I am trying to live my life as normal as possible, but it's hard when all the time life as we know it is systematically being destroyed. A six month extension has been announced for the continuation of the emergency powers to control every aspect of our lives. They nodded it through without a vote, they laughed when they announced it. The end of this madness will only come when people stand up and say no, we aren't going to do it any more.

Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip.   ilona

Monday, 18 October 2021

Wot I did today, and a video

I have a new battery in my watch at a cost of £8. All I have to do is set it at the right time. It's a Casio watch with buttons on the sides. I never know which ones to press when I have to change the time. Can't complain though, the watch was free, I found it in a country lane about 20 years ago. Keeps perfect time. 
Two big bags of unwanted stuff donated to the Scope Charity Shop. It was a bit of a trek up the High Street with them, but the shop nearest to the car park I use has closed. 
I had a quick hello with the young lady who works on the Sky stand in the shopping precinct. I used to chat to her every time I went into town, but as I don't go there very often now, and she hasn't been there through the lockdowns, I haven't seen her for ages. Glad to see she is back working at her job. 
The Home Bargains in town was too busy, I gave that a miss, and drove out to the branch at a retail park. The shop there is much bigger and easier to avoid people. Stocked up on cat food and a few bits for me. I didn't get much change out of £100. Good job I withdrew the cash from the Post Office this morning. 
I set this video to upload while I was out. It's from a local walk I did on Saturday. I recorded three, this is the third one, that's why it has a funny start. I'm not sure whether to upload the first two, I might not. I will look at them again. 
Dinner tonight is a portion of very tasty veg stew with noodles. Catch ya tomorrow, or the day after, or the day after that, depends what I feel like doing. 
Toodle pip.   ilona

Letting off steam.

 Good morning, the start of a new week. It was dark when I woke up, I checked the time as I normally do, with a wind up torch which is next to my pillow, shining it on my wrist watch. Oh oh, blank screen, the battery has packed up. Go downstairs and check the mobile phone and the big clock in the living room. 6.30am. I will have another half an hour in bed. 

Going to town to get a new battery is added to my list of things to do today. I have some stuff to donate to a charity shop so I can do that at the same time. I also need to buy cat food. I might do that if the shop is not too busy. If it is I will do that tonight at 7.30pm, they shut at 8pm. I need to withdraw cash from the pop up Post Office this morning, it closes at 12.30pm, and I will send a cheque in the post to pay my credit card bill. I used the card to pay for one of the ferry crossings because they wouldn't accept cash. At some point today I will answer emails and have a bath. 

I have a collection of comments from a troll, or trolls plural, that won't get published. One person in particular is quite persistent. 

If anyone has strong feelings about any subject and needs an outlet to release their angst, I suggest they start their own blog. There they can say whatever they like, get things off their chest, and let off steam.  

Right, must go. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Saturday, 16 October 2021

In the dark

I did some sewing this morning. It was a nice day so I went another walk this afternoon. I faffed around that much it was 4pm before I got on my way. I must start going earlier. It was getting dark as I got back into the village. The farm worker was mowing the grass on the turf field. I took about 20 photo's of him going backwards and forwards, hoping to get a good shot. This is not perfect but it will do. I made a video as well. I might upload that tomorrow. 
I think it's time for bed. Catch you tomorrow. Toodle pip.   ilona

You Can't Make THEM Understand~

I needed to hear this today. I felt Patra was talking to me. It's a week since I last added to the Research page. It was incredibly hard to stop. It still is hard because all the time I am seeing new information coming out, taking the world step by step towards a new world which is at odds with what we in the western world know as freedom. Freedom which was fought for by our parents and grandparents. 
The Research page gave me a place where I could gather all the information I found. Each time I read about or saw something that was so important, I thought how can anybody carry on with a normal life while all this is going on. How come very few people are interested. How come people don't question it, and go along with whatever they are told to do. To me, this is the most important topic of today. It will affect all of our lives, the lives of our children and grandchildren, yet people seem to think it will just go away.  
Time away from the internet made me evaluate my position. All through my life I have helped people, supported them, and been there for them. I hoped that by sharing what I had found out would be of value to those who were genuinely interested to have a more balanced understanding of what is happening. People are worried, people are frightened, but the more you question it all becomes clear. 
Thank you to the people who send me supportive emails, and comments. They cancel out all the troll comments I get on a regular basis. 
The words of this lady are exactly right. I can't make anybody understand. Each and every person has the right to their own opinion, including me. This whole situation has torn me apart inside. I can see what the end game is, and it ain't pretty. I have read things, and seen things that have brought me to tears. I have struggled to believe what evils are going through people's minds. How can so few have such a hold over so many. It's happened before in history, and it's happening again. 
All I can do now, as Patara says, is to get on with my life. I have done as much as I can. 
Please look after yourselves, whatever path you choose to take. The blog will carry on. We'll catch up soon. ilona

Friday, 15 October 2021

A visit to Kirton in Lindsey

What could be better, a sunny start to the day so let's go out. I quickly stuffed a few things in my little backpack and took the scenic route to Kirton in Lindsey. It's a small town just off the A15 between Scunthorpe and Lincoln. I used to spend a lot of time here at my then boyfriends place. I haven't been here for ages. First stop was to call in for a natter. Was nice to catch up with him. 
Then I went for a bimble, St Andrews Church is beautiful. Big trees are in the way, it's difficult to get a picture of the whole building. I remember we went to a midnight mass one Christmas Eve here. 

Ooooh look what I have spied. Now there's a real vintage truck. I had a job driving one of these, it was an eight wheel tipper. The gear box was hellish. It sounded like a bag of spanners when I was behind the wheel. Crunch and grind. This one doesn't have any mirrors which makes me chuckle. I managed to knock both mirrors off on the iron stanchions when I was shunting underneath a hopper trying to level the load of gravel out.  
There is a plaque on the end of this sculpture which explains what it is. I can't remember what it said. The flower beds are very well kept. 

The Town Hall. 

Mount Pleasant Windmill was not open. Shame, I would have bought some home made bread here. It is probably closed for the winter now. 

A couple of hundred yards along the road is a footpath, going down the edge of a field towards the Railway Station. I turned round and looked back and saw this picture of the Mill. I was able to zoom in. Shame about the telephone wires going across the picture. 

I have a lot of good memories of Kirton. It was nice to revisit it. 
Then it was time to go home. I could see that it was going to be a great sunset. I didn't quite make it to my favourite spot at the church for a photograph, but stopped the car and snapped this one between two trees. 
Another week gone. Have a good weekend everyone. Thanks for popping in.We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.   ilona