Monday, 20 November 2017


We were a bit late getting up, the alarm went off and I went back to sleep, so felt rubbish when I did make it out of bed.

Very dull morning, so no laundry done, of course it cleared up later in the morning. Will have to put the washer on tonight....... running out of underwear.

DB has finished emptying the shed, I just have to sort the mower in the morning. The new shed should come sometime tomorrow. We are having it stood at the back of the bungalow this time, not laid on the grass.

DB priced up the paint for the shed on Saturday, £20 for 2.5L.

Not a great deal done this morning, its cleaner's week this week, so just used the dyson on the hall floor to pick up the leaves from a plant that is determined to shed its leaves everywhere.

DB went for his siesta, I read on the settee, was expecting the medication delivery so no point in me settling down for an hour. Good decision I had 2 phone calls and the medication. Have just discovered that DB's medication has been delivered and not mine, they were both ordered on the same day. Whats with that then. DB is on the phone to them now. Things like this do not do my stress levels any good.

Sausage mash and beans tonight with more of the crumble for dessert.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Relaxez Vous

Shattered today, slept ok, we had our usual Sunday breakfast in bed and lay on for a while.

OH has cleared out most of the shed, I just have to sort out the mower, so it can go on the pallet in the coal house for a couple of days, this time next week, I hope it will all be back in the shed again.

I went into the coal house to get veggies for supper, discovered that mice had been in, so all the veggies have had to come out and go in the kitchen.....had to throw quite a bit of stuff away, the blessed things can climb like monkeys if they smell food of any kind.

Veggies prepped, took some rhubarb and apple out of the freezer to make a crumble. I need to use the fruit up, some of it has been in there since 2015....time it was eaten. I also have some frozen courgette to use up. I put some soup mix in the soak. I have 2 lamb bones, so will be making scotch broth in the pressure cooker tomorrow.

Fine bright morning, shame I did not have the energy to do a load of laundry, it would have dried. I still have last weeks sheets to iron, might get round to them tomorrow.

We are both off for a siesta shortly.............

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Bingham Artisan Fair

We were up before time and away from the house by 9.20. Arrived at the venue to find a clear road, so no problem parking. Plenty of people in the hall setting up, we had done ours yesterday so were able to take things easy.

Tea was brought round before the fair opened to the public. It was a slow start, plenty of people looking but no one buying. J, who was running the fair paid me for the William Morris bag I made for her sometime ago.

This is the William Morris Bag J bought it for herself, loved the way the pattern matched so you cannot see the pocket.

The stall from the front, with the quilt covering the chairs stacked at the back of us. I used the Christmas quilt we have on the bed as a table cover, it worked well. Note the chicken tea cosy pinned on the front.

The brilliant idea, the hanging rail with wall hangings mats table runners etc on. The Project bag was bought by a lady who runs the art club

The decs under the Christmas tree.

Then friends from Leicester turned up and spent generously, tree skirt, table runner and scissor holder to hold makeup brushes, a Spanish lady bought a table runner and then came back for a Christmas stocking. After that there were fairly consistent sales until lunchtime when it quietened down, after lunch it was quiet although I still sold a few more things including a wall hanging which was going to Canada. Several of  the bowl cosies also sold. E came during the morning, she bought a small hanging for her tree. our profit at the end of the day was just under £100.00. Very pleased with that.

We packed up just before 4pm, glad to get home and a welcome sit down and drink.

All being well we will do the fair again next year.

Chicken pasta with garlic bread for supper. do not think we will need a dessert somehow.

I know I will sleep well tonight, am crackered!!

Friday, 17 November 2017


A very frosty morning, but the geraniums are still flowering, I really must get the trays washed and get the plants inside that I want to keep.

Everything packed up for tomorrow, I used the trolley to move the boxes out of the house to the car, we will have to carry them in at the other end but that will not be a problem. Have put scissors, drawing pins, safety pins, sellotape, sewing kit and the pricing gum in the boxes, have a few decs for the shelf unit I pinched from DB's chest of drawers.

We are off this afternoon to set up. More later maybe with pictures!!

It took us just over an hour to set up. DB was able to nip to the ironmongers and get what he wanted whilst I finished titivating the stall. The clothes rail was a brilliant idea all the place mats etc were hung up, easy for people to look through. Fingers crossed that we manage to sell something.

I did not take any photos, will take the camera tomorrow and try and get a picture before the fair opens.

We called at Aldi and I was able to get the cheese I wanted so 3 large packs found their way home and are now in the freezer.

Fish and chips for supper. I have taken some chicken out for tomorrow will cook some pasta and have it with garlic bread. I guess I will be tired by the time we got home.

Thursday, 16 November 2017


DD2 arrived for her visit, she asked that we went back early so we could see her new kitchen. After lunch we packed up and went into town.

Her kitchen is very nice, all sleek, no washer on show and the oven and hob built in, she was not happy to discover that the shelf unit, did not include the shelves, they had to be purchased extra. DB and I had a quiet discussion in the kitchen and decided to pay for them for her so the whole kitchen can be finished and she can put her microwave on the shelf in the built in pantry.

We went in to the hospital for DB to get his insoles and then Morrison for some bits I cannot get at Aldi. Last port of call was the town. I went to get two 2018 diaries and the stuff from Argos, DB hot footed to the bank for change for Saturday and a quick look in Yorkshire trading for some bits he wanted. He was not able to get them, so he will go to the ironmongers in Bingham on Saturday.

It was getting dark when we got home, I was glad we had left the heating on, the house was lovely and warm.

Cheese frittata and salad for supper. I did get 3 boxes of chocolate ice creams, I guess DB may have one for his dessert.

My hip is playing up, I have had a job to walk today.......need to put the feet up tomorrow.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Shed

The issues with the shed are that it has warped and therefore is not weather proof, hence they manufacturers decision to replace it. There are big gaps under the window and between the sides and the floor. The actual laths have bowed out and there is no way they are going to go back, I can get my hand up a couple of them they have bowed out so much and several others are going the same way.

Fortunately the work is being done next week, the new shed will be delivered on Tuesday. The workmen are coming Thursday and the old shed will be picked up on Friday. We need to make sure that the new shed is ok as soon as it goes up.

We plan to empty it over the weekend once the fair is done, by the following weekend everything should back to normal with a new shed in the garden, and no warping!!

Slow down day

We both slept better last night and were up just after 8am.

After breakfast I started pricing up the stuff for the fair, DB came and gave me a hand cutting up the labels, so it all needs packing away ready for Friday.

No one contacted me re a clothes rail, so I ordered one from Argos, its light weight so should be ok. I rang the gallery and asked if they could place me near an aisle so people can rifle through the rail.  I wish I still had the little shelf unit it was good for displaying things on. I need to look for the battery christmas lights and put a couple of batteries in.

DD2 is coming in the morning, DB has an appointment  for his new insoles in the afternoon so we will give her a lift back. I need to go to Morrison, Argos and then to the bank for change for a float.

We heard from the shed people they are coming next week to take down the shed and erect the new we need to empty the shed over the next few days ready for them. At least the stuff is not going to be in the way for as long as before.

I have hung washing out, but its not drying at all, will have to fetch it in and put it on the airer, it can come in the sitting room overnight.