Friday, 15 December 2017


A bitterly cold morning. I had done a load of washing overnight, so straight after breakfast I put it out on the line. By lunch time a majority of the thinner things were dry, so I brought it in, it airing off now.

I had a bit of ironing to do, DB went out to the shed, all the boxes etc are now in the shed, out of the sentry box, we hope to get them empty by Sunday then they can go back to R & J. We were so thankful then lent them to us twice.......

A quiet day, its 2 years since I got that awful call from DD2 to say that her brother had been found dead. We did nip out this afternoon, DB had used up all his cough sweets and needed more from the chemist.

When we got back DB went and played postman, putting the cards through the doors in the close.

Our usual fish supper tonight.

Thursday, 14 December 2017


Eeeee by gum its rare outside..... it has been sunny but the wind is keeping the chill factor very low.

Bad night for me. DB was having a session of the fidgets, we were drinking tea at 1am, he went off to sleep, I was still awake at 5am, did manage a couple of hours after that. Got brought my breakfast in bed, so I did not get up until 10.30.

Did a load of washing, I did hank it out for a while but its not dried much, have another load going in tonight.

We were going to my quilting friend, but she rang on Wednesday to say she had double booked, so we changed it to next Thursday, this time its me that has double booked, my niece is coming for lunch, so its been moved back a day to the Friday.

I have finished the tablets, but am still feeling 50% under, no idea why. When I had my pace maker put in I was told within 12 months I would be knocking the world over. Don't know what happened, but thats very much not the case 2 1/2 years later. My back has also decided to remind me that its there, so cannot stand for long either. I think a visit to the Drs. after the holiday is going to be on the cards. I will be making an appointment, not going to the open surgery, there is no telling what I might pick up there!!

Cauli and calabrese gratin with baked tomato's and jacket spuds for supper tonight. Might have a mince pie for dessert.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wednesday = where has the snow gone.

When we woke up the grass and road at the front was clear of any snow, just a bit scattered on the pavement.

The roads were fine going into Melton, we called at the hospital to get new batteries for our hearing aids, then put fuel in the car. I like to keep it topped up in the winter.

On to DD2's where we inspected the finished kitchen, very nice too, she gave us a carrier bag full of treats, prosecco, sweets, white toblerone, shortbread, Christmas pudding, christmas we will not starve over the holiday.

Our visit to my quilting friend has been put back a week, she is out tomorrow, so if its at all reasonable we will be putting the stuff from the sentry box back into the shed. Once the sentry box is empty I can put the dustbin of compost back in and also the big canes we use for the climbing beans.

After visiting DD2 we went on to B & Q to get some wood filler, to

First Christmas for this little chap.

fill a couple of knot holes, then Aldi. On the way home we called in at Harby to collect the TV choice for next week and the two bumper weeks up to 5th January. DB can sit and mark off what he wants to watch.

 It was after 1pm when we got home, so soup and bread and DB took himself off for his siesta. I watched Love, Lies and Records on catch up TV, hopefully I will be able to watch it 'live' tomorrow night. Its a very good programme, I am enjoying it. 

Decided on Chicken and bacon pie with mash and veggies for supper, I will make some white sauce, there is not enough in the pies them selves.

I am now shattered......spending the evening on the settee........

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Bright blue sky and the sun is out but its very cold. I left the heating on low again over night, so the chill was off when we got up. We still have snow lying, but our neighbour tells us that the roads are ok.

I baked a ring of scone first thing, have also pulled out the 'houses' that came from the USA many years ago. I only put them out for a short while and then they go back in their boxes till next year. One strand of fairy lights and thats it.

The dresser with the lights on.

Our local chemist delivered our medication to see us over the holiday, so apart from a few bits Christmas is ready. I have my niece coming for lunch on 22nd, and then it will be shutters down until after the holiday.

I cooked bol sauce yesterday, its spag bol for supper tonight.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday - another snowy day

The snow is still lying, although it appears we have had no more snow overnight.

The chiropodist came this morning, she says that there was a piece inside our front gate thats a sheet of ice, So its had salt poured on it, the lids was frozen to the compost bin so we are having to put the peelings etc in a bucket.

The back garden this morning, the bushes look pretty with the snow on them.

Can you believe this 4 geraniums still flowering, I think they are protected by the overhang of the eves. The snow shovel is there ready for action.

I managed to make a lemon drizzle cake, its in the oven, will make the scones fresh in the morning, thats unless R & J phone to say they cannot get out over the bridge.

At lunchtime I put a loaf on and then cooked the bol sauce for tomorrows supper with some spaghetti and garlic bread.

Sunset tonight, the snow on the houses at the back of us was pink.

Neither of us have been outside apart from going to the shed to get the veg we had hung up in a string bag.

If its fine in the morning we may try and get the rest of the shed stuff out of the sentry box and back into the shed........

Supper tonight cold chicken and ham, jacket spuds, tomato and cucumber salad. fresh fruit for dessert.

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Last night I turned the thermostat down but left the heat on low, so by the time I went through to get our Sunday morning brekkie the chill was off the house. Turned it up to 18c for an hour or so and then down to 15c except for the living room, the radiator in there is off, we have the fire lit again today.

Opening the curtains we had seen a slight snow fall, but the time I had walked through to the kitchen, put on the coffee and drawn the curtains it was falling steadily as it has all day. 

No shed work done today, the path up to the shed is like glass, it will have to wait another couple of days.

R & J have a hump back bridge over the canal on their way into
 the village, wonder if they made it in to chapel this morning.......

We have spent the day in the warm, we were late getting breakfast we just had fruit at lunchtime, so the chicken for our supper is almost ready I just have the veg and roasties to cook. There is a programme on my combi microwave for roast potato's, I am going to try it out see what they turn out like.

Busy week again tuesday we have friends coming for a cup of tea, Wednesday we are going to see DD2 and on Thursday we are off to see my quilting Guru.  Friday will be a quiet day remembering Nicholas who died on 15th December 2015. Christmas is not a good time in our family.

Thankfully the medication is doing its job........3 days still to go.

So roast chicken, spuds, cauli, calabrese and carrot for supper. No dessert tonight we have fresh fruit to eat.

Saturday, 9 December 2017


We were late getting up this morning, I did not wake until after 8.30. So a quick nip into the shower and breakfast.

DB wanted to get stuff back into the shed, I hauled the table, which weighs a tonne, out and then the legs, took me about 10 minutes to re-assemble it. Two shelf units from the coal house, now I can light the fire again, the plastic chest the lawn mower, and two bags of garden nets. At this point my back was screaming NOOOO!! so I announced it was time to go in.

The medication is working its magic, but it does make me feel tired. 4 days to go.

I had to fill the boiler up this morning, the pressure was a bit snow as yet but its bitterly cold, we are forecast snow tonight and all tomorrow. Shades of 2010 in East Linton. We do have a bus route through the village so we should not be too bad. It takes you a roundabout way into Melton but not keen on taking the short route, the hill will be like glass if we get snow. I am going to turn the thermostat down when we go to bed and switch the clock to 24 hours.

I need to get my baking head on, we have visitors coming on Tuesday, think it will be scones and lemon drizzle cake. Quick and easy.

We just had cheese and biscuits last night after our huge lunch, tonights supper, all day breakfast, bacon, sausage, egg, tomato and fried bread.

Friday, 8 December 2017


We have just got back from the Christmas lunch. Some people did not turn up which was a shame, the meal was excellent as usual. Full turkey lunch, christmas pudding, mince pies and mints with the coffee

After lunch we went into the chapel to wait for the entertainment.

The school children arrived and were soon entertaining us with a programme of Christmas carols.

We walked back round home, glad to get in out of the intense really is raw outside. A cup of tea soon warmed us up.

The chap was here at 7am to start putting the shed up, there were a couple of problems which were quickly resolved and he left around 10.30, closely followed by the cleaners. We have a nice clean house again.

Tomorrow will be spent putting everything back in the shed.

No supper tonight, we may have cheese and biscuits much later!!

Thursday, 7 December 2017


After seeing the weather forecast I decided to go into Melton and stock up, just in case we get a heavy snow fall. As long as it comes after the shed is put up I could not care. However a quick trip involved me spending £42.

Thankfully we heard from DB's family in Ventura, they are away from the fire, it moved round the back of them. The air is filled with smoke, people are being told not to go out. We were so pleased to hear they were ok. I well remember sitting at the table eating Christmas dinner in bright sunshine with snow on the mountains at the back of us. The mountains involved were about 20 miles away as the crow flies. I presume this is where the fire ripped through. There are lots of heavily wooded areas in that part of California. We went up to Solvang for a visit, the road went through a dense forest and the services were on an area that had been cleared of trees. Jock told us that they filmed a lot of the westerns around there, I could quite believe it. I would not have been surprised to see a group of Indian braves riding over the top of the mountains.

There were strong winds last night, but the bits for the new shed remained upright and have not moved. It was raining when I left to go into town, now at almost lunch time its fine and we keep getting glimpses of the sun!! The temperature is forecast to drop below freezing later, brrrrrr.....glad I have my thermals on.

This is the tree skirt I sold at the Artisan Fair the other week. Was sent this picture today.

I will be trotting off to see the Dr after lunch........ watch this space.

Of course I knew the diagnosis, medication given. It was only September that I was last at the Drs with the same thing. Apparently had I been male and not post menopausal, I would not be suffering in the same its back to drinking water and taking the medication.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017


I am really toiling with this UTI, thank goodness I see the Dr tomorrow. 

We went to the coffee morning and I sold a few more bits, E collected the bags, so I have nothing outstanding. DB and our neighbour went to the over 80's do at the village hall, it was put on by the Lions. I decided to go to bed after he went out, had just got up when he arrived back bearing gifts. He won lemon drizzle biscuits in the raffle and also brought home 2 mince pies, we will have them after supper tonight.

Supper, bacon fritatta, tomato salad and jacket spuds.

Nothing on tomorrow except to go to the Drs after lunch. Friday the chaps should be here to put up the shed, they are due first thing, so DB will go with us for the lunch.......

DB said the little boy who caused so much amusement singing the carols last year was in the group of children singing at the meeting this afternoon, DB says he still sings at the top of his voice, mouth wide open. 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Bad night for me, I appear to have another UTI,,,,,,I was going to go and sit at the Drs, when I got there the waiting room was full of sneezing and coughing people, so I decided to make an appointment instead, in the meantime copious amounts of water being drunk.

We are very concerned about DB's cousin, he lives in his parents house in Ventura CA. where there are wildfires raging. We understand that many of the residents have been told to evacuate their homes. Looking at the pictures on the US news the fire is right behind the house. Several of the places we used to visit have been badly affected with the fires. K keeps her horse at Ojai which has already been affected. The fire was progressing at a speed of an acre per second.

Well this arrived this lunchtime...

The 3rd shed, lets hope its 3rd time lucky. Both DB and the driver checked over each piece as it was propped up against the back wall of the bungalow. The driver said he thought the fact the previous 2 sheds had been laid on the grass contributed to the problems; so hopefully, as its against the wall and under the eaves of the bungalow it will be ok for a couple of days. The installers will be here anytime after 7am on Friday, its the first job. They had better be finished by 12 noon, we are due at the chapel for the Christmas Lunch.

Tomorrow we have the coffee morning at the chapel, the car is packed with the left overs from the Artisan sale.

I have not done much today, trying to rest up in the vain hope that the UTI might go away.

Supper is prepped, beef casserole with dumpling, cauli and calabrese. There is enough of the crumble left for dessert.

Monday, 4 December 2017


We almost slept through the alarm this morning, just managed it out before 8.15.

Its a very cold morning, there has been a hard frost, people in the close scrapping their cars before going out.

Laundry out on the line, doubt it will dry much but I can finish it off in the house, either on the rads or the airer.

I still not used to cleaning Monday and Friday morning, its seems strange not to be getting the cleaning stuff out. To distract myself this morning I prepped the beef stew for tomorrow nights supper. It always tastes better if its cooked the day before. 

The gooseberry and apple crumble I made yesterday will do for dessert for another couple of nights. DB likes semolina so I may do him some during the week. I cannot stand it or tapioca. I do use semolina when I make shortbread though, replace an ounce of flour with semolina, makes it nice and short, give it a 'nutty' taste. I have also made it with cornflour which works the same.

Why is it, the minute I pack away the machine I want to start sewing???? yesterday afternoon, I had to fight with myself not to go through and start making a different type of small bag. DB says he will put a lock on the door!! No sewing until after Christmas.

Egg, beans and wedges for supper tonight.

Time for a cuppa.........

Sunday, 3 December 2017


Another late morning, but brekkie in bed as usual on Sunday.

DB has developed another cough, I think a visit to the Dr will be on sometime this week.

Its a dull morning, dry right now, but for how long is any ones guess. I have laundry out on the line, there is a slight breeze, it might dry a bit, will have to finish it off on the rads.

My sewing machine is covered up, unless I get bored it will stay that way until after the holiday. We have the coffee morning at the little chapel this week. I am taking some of the things left over from the fair. I know a couple of people want things. Tuesday the new shed is supposed to be delivered Friday we have the Christmas lunch at the chapel, the chaps are coming to put the shed up. DB will stay and watch them put it up and make sure everything is ok before they leave. I am going to arrange for a lunch to be sent round for him. 

Christmas is fast approaching, we no longer give presents to the grandchildren, they are mostly grown up now, our card list is cut to the bone, we send a donation to the local hospice in lieu. We are not bothered about presents ourselves, its usually chocolate or wine that comes our way, there is virtually nothing we need. Now our family is all grown up,  we tend to spend the day on our own, its just like an extra weekend. DB is scouring the programmes on the TV and we have quite a few recorded. The library comes tomorrow so we will have books to read as well. 

Supper tonight roast pork etc. I am defrosting some fruit to make a crumble for dessert.

Saturday, 2 December 2017


My sewing machine had a hissy fit yesterday afternoon,,so I had to stop sewing. I stood in front of it this morning and said 'if you do not behave yourself you will be going in that dark box up to Scotland!!' To my surprise it worked perfectly and I was able to finish the bag I was working on.....Just have 2 bowl cozies to top stitch and thats the lot. Am having a table at the coffee morning to see if I can shift some more stuff.

We were late to bed last night, sat watching TV until after 11pm it was 9.30 before my feet hit the floor.......

Just done the veg for tonights supper, steak and ale pie with mash, cauli and calabrese.

DB has retired for his siesta, I am about to go through and top stitch those last 2 cozies and pack the machine up for a bit. It may not see the light of day until after Christmas, depends how bored I get and what inspiration strikes.

Its a very dull day, not as cold as it was, but still bitter if you venture outside. Needless to stay I will be staying inside in the warm. Winter is here so I have my thermal vest and leggings on plus 2 pairs of socks. Cannot do with cold feet......brrrrrr.......

Friday, 1 December 2017


Very cold again, but none of the snow we were forecast. Managed to do the ironing and the decided to do a bit on the bag, was hoping to get it finished so I could deliver it this afternoon, my machine had other ideas.........not a happy bunny, not sure whats up with it, but it will be on its way back to DD's next week. Needless to say the bag will be unfinished until the machine comes back.

DB decided to sort out his drawers, he has chucked quite a bit of stuff into the charity bag, I will go through it and make sure that its not pasts being past it.

Fish and chips for supper..........

Thursday, 30 November 2017


I really did not want to get up this morning, my nose told me it was cold even though the heating was on.

After breakfast I cleared the frost from the car before I went into Melton to do the shopping, an hour later I was on my way home £71 poorer. I do not need to get anything apart from fruit and veg and a few luxuries like wine, nuts etc a few days before the world goes mad and a man and his wife decide that they really have to shop for England let alone Christmas.......

It was so cold I decided to do bacon sarnies for lunch, yum yum. DB went for his siesta, I cut out the fabric for the  last bag and overlocked it. Decided to watch a recording of Lewis I missed, so apart from doing the spuds I am residing on the settee for the rest of the afternoon.

Sausage, mash and the rest of the beans from Monday for supper.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


My goodness its cold today, really bitter, was glad of my wool coal when we went out. We have sorted out DD2's drawer units she will get them on Monday next week so her kitchen will be finished and hopefully everything will be back to normal.

We enjoyed a very nice lunch, arriving home we picked up a bag of horse manure from the stables on the main road, thats 3 we have. We will turn it out onto a heap and leave it until the spring at least. The rhubarb will appreciate it.

I turned the heat up when we got in, we did a freezer audit and I have made out the menu list for December and the shopping list for tomorrow. I am going on my own DB will stay here.  It will bigger shop than usual, my stock of meat has gone down quite a bit over the last couple of months. I need to make sure we have enough in case the weather turns and we are unable get out. I always keep tinned and frozen veg in during the winter as well as some tinned fruit.

DB has decided that he is fed up making porridge, not sure how long it will last, so its weetabix from now on. I like it with hot milk, he has cold. I must admit breakfast will be a bit quicker to prepare.

Supper tonight we decided to use up two of the freezer meals, OH is having corned beef hash, I am having beef stew.

Denny this afternoon with Santa......

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Well the big announcement yesterday was not really a has been on the cards for ages.....

It was a bright but very cold morning, the sun was out which made driving a bit difficult.

I took my neighbour into Leicester to get some new clothes, I got 2 pairs of trousers, a skirt and 2 jumpers, also bought some new knickers, some of my others are Sunday knickers....rather holey.

I put the bed linen in the washer last night so it has been on the line, dried, so needs folding, will iron it later in the week.

DB stayed at home whilst I was out, he has been working on the plans for a trip to Cornwall in the spring. He had just made himself some soup when I arrived back.

Tomorrow we are meeting DD2 to get her drawers for the kitchen cupboard.

Supper tonight egg, chips and beans. Just cannot be bothered to cook anything else.

Monday, 27 November 2017


I felt very peely wally when I got up this morning, wondered if I was in for a dose of something, but it seems to have worn off.

Wet so although the bed is stripped and remade I have not washed the sheets, will do them overnight tonight, I might just get them dry tomorrow.

We both went to the hairdressers for a trim at lunch time, DB's hair was beginning to look distinctly long at the back.

Spent the morning sorting out our holiday in May, we are going down to Cornwall for a few days staying in a B & B. We are cutting the journey in half and staying at Days Inn on the way down and back.

Its damp and very cold out, I was glad to get back into the warm again. DB has gone for his siesta.

The lamb last night was delicious, I have cut the meat from the bone, we will have lamb, jacket potato and tomato and celery salad tonight. The bone is in the freezer, I will stick it in the pressure cooker and make stock for soup at some point.

Bust week ahead, taking B to Bon Marche for some new clothes tomorrow, and then Wednesday we are meeting DD2 at B & Q to get her drawers for the drawer unit in her kitchen, thats her birthdays and Christmas settled for the next few years!!

I have worked out the measurements for the bag, I need a root through to find some lining material and then I can get cracking, once I get going it will not take me long to do it. Hopefully I will be able to take it to her on FRiday when the group meets again. That will be the last of the bags. Run out of fabric now.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Supper v tea

I have answered this question before; as a child we had breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Having worked as a housekeeper/chef for a number of years the terminology had to change. Breakfast remained the same. Elevenses you had coffee and a biscuit,often shortbread. Lunch was a 2/3 course meal taken at 1pm. Afternoon tea at 4 pm, delicate sandwiches, cake,scones. This was followed by dinner taken at 8pm this could comprise 3 - 5 courses.

Supper is a meal taken between 6 and 7 in place of dinner. Often eaten in the kitchen and known as a kitchen supper. The dining room was seldom used for this meal. In Scotland supper was replaced with High Tea taken at 6pm.

We became so used to the routine we kept it when I retired.

We have breakfast, tea at 10.30. lunch just after 12 noon, tea around 3 and supper at 6pm.


Usual brekkie in bed, then shower, hang out the laundry and off into town. There was a shop I wanted to go to for various bits and bobs, DB needed a couple of things too.

We got home about 11.30. I re heated last nights mac and cheese for lunch with tomato salad and fresh baked bread, yummy.

I altered the recipe for the mac and cheese slightly and put roughly grated breadcrumbs on the top, it was delicious.

It was a fine but brrr cold morning, the sun was out which helped heat the living room, but after lunch it turned cool, the sky clouded over, I was just in time to get the laundry in before it rained, so its finishing off on the rads.

Prepped the meat and veg for supper, roast lamb, roast spuds, cauli, calabrese and carrot. Mint sauce is a must too, the mint is still growing in the container outside the back door, so more sauce made to see us through the winter. the meat is in the oven on automatic pilot, Supper will be at the usual time of sixish.

No pudding though..............

Working out the measurements for the bag I have been asked to make, I will have to over lock all the fabric, it frays like the devil. Might start it tomorrow, depends how I feel.

DB was going out to the garden for an hour, but its wet, so that idea is out the pan.

Saturday, 25 November 2017


A very cold morning, sun was out but no heat in ti at all.

We were late waking after our bad night on Thursday/Friday, just thinking about getting up when DB answered the phone. Friends coming to collect a rhubarb plant we promised them, so quick shoot out of bed, shower and dress before they got here.

I sorted out the stiffening for the bag I made recently, I have been asked to make another bag but I need to check the measurements do not want to make it the wrong way round.......that is the last of the curtain fabric I was given.

Thinking about next years artisan fair, need some new ideas. scouring pinterest etc for ideas.

Mac cheese and jacket spuds for supper tonight, need to sort it out.
Also want to marinade the lamb for tomorrows supper, will get some rosemary from the garden shortly, still got some red wine left.

I also need to go over and see my neighbour, I promised to take her to Bon Marche next week, need to sort out a day.

Friday, 24 November 2017

The sheds

The two sheds on the lawn, 

They were picked up this afternoon.


Bad night for both of us, reading at 1am. I was up just after 8, needed to make sure DB had cleared up his mess at the side of his chair.

Bright but very cold day, I have the heating on its really brrr..... outside.

Cleaners came, did a really good job again, the wet room is sparkling......a lovely small as well.

The driver came to collect the sheds from the front lawn, now we have to wait for the next one to be delivered and erected in 3 weeks time.

Spent the morning experimenting with the bowl cozies yet again, trying to find an easier way to make them, no luck so far. Our friends little grand daughter arrived on Tuesday, am thinking about making a quilt, but I only have blue baby type fabric left from when I made the quilt for Denny, not sure whether to use it or not, really don't want to buy fabric.

Fish and chips as usual on Friday for supper.

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Better night again, still a bit frazzled but not so  bad.

Yesterday I made a sample bowl  cozy using 10" squares of wadding as well as fabric and 1/4" less on the darts, it certainly makes a bigger bowl cozy and takes care of the excess fabric on the inside. I managed to break a needle again.......good job I have plenty. I finished a second one this morning. I am now going to make one with the extra 1/4" on the darts and see what happens, it will be interesting........

DB is in the garden, we have had a call to say someone will be with us around 11.15, could not catch everything he said, hope its the erectors and not the chap to take the damaged shed away!! 

Supper tonight is all day breakfast.......

Someone asked me about my bladder problem, I was checked some years ago because I kept getting cystitis, they discovered that I had a nervous bladder. My bladder was sending messages to my brain when is was not full, so I was put on medication which I have continued to take........I ran out last week and it was only a day before the quick visits to the loo started again and I had to get up in the night as well. I restarted the medication on Tuesday and things are returning to normal.

Re Spag bol I will put the recipe up later.


The chaps came to demolish the shed and put up a new one, the new shed is damaged!! The did suggest they made a new back by taking both backs to pieces and making a new one, no way....I paid for a new shed and a new shed we are going to have, so we have another week to wait, and then wait again for the fitters....I could scream, once again everything is shoved all over the place. They are taking the original shed down and both will go back tomorrow.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017


A better night's sleep but I still feel whacked today, guess it is my non sleep night catching up with me.

Not done a lot today. DB finished clearing the shed and I managed to get the lawn mower into the coal shed without taking off the handle. Made bol sauce for supper.

I had watched a different tutorial for the bowl cozies yesterday, the darts were not quite so long and they has used the same size square of batting as fabric, it was quite thick to stop stitch, but turned out better, takes a slightly deeper bowl too. I have a second one half made; the light was so bad I had to give out up sewing.

DB has to visit the Dr, he has an appointment for later this afternoon, they have missed some things of his script.

I have restarted the medication for my bladder, so things should improve in a couple of days.

The shed people are due tomorrow, we have not had rain so far, so the bits to the shed should be ok. We moved the roofing felt and some wooden bits round to the back the rest of the shed is on the front grass.

Supper tonight spag bol and garlic bread.

8 months and he will soon be walking, cheeky boy!!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


What a night, no sleep at all, DB was snoring fit to bust so I went into the sewing room, dare not go to sleep then as I had to be up before 6am for delivery of the shed. It arrived at 6.30, so I am exhausted.

Had a long call with the Dr last night re the medication they could not get, went in this afternoon to pick up the package and my original medication was in the parcel. I have been without it for almost a week and the nightly visits to the loo have restarted. Hopefully they will cease now I have the medication.

Laundry almost dried on the line, its just airing off on the rads.

I did have a nap this afternoon, but as usual feel like death warmed up. DB has cancelled his appointment at the hospital re his eyes after we discovered that the work on the shed was to be carried out on Thursday afternoon and we would not be here, we need to be here to see whats going on.

Quiche, jacket spud and salad for supper.

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.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Royal Visit Day

Terrible nights sleep and when I did I had a nightmare....horrid. The alarm went off at 7.45, I next time opened my eyes it was 8.45 so a scramble to get up, shower and breakfast.

I relaid the sitting room fire, did the sarnies and wrapped them in foil in the fridge, took out the creme brulee from the freezer and put them in the fridge to defrost.

Sat down for a cuppa, then shoved the dyson over the sitting room floor, made the bed, swished round the wash basin and cleaned the toilet...... set out the plates and cups etc on a tray in the kitchen,all ready for her ladyship to land, depending on what time they got away any time between 11.30 and 1pm.

Well, the royal visit is over, they missed the turn in Waltham and had to double back, however everything went off well, the sarnies were delicious, the only down side was the toffee on the creme brulee did not crisp, still it was ok.

They went about an hour ago on their way to Cambridge phew..... I am shattered now, SIL talks non stop, you have a job to get a word in edgeways.

Last night I printed off the price tickets for the things for the fair, will get DB to help me put them on tomorrow.

DD2 is coming on Thursday, She has an appointment in the town in the afternoon as has DB so we will give her a lift back.

I put a message on Freecycle for a clothes rail, but nothing forthcoming so I am going to order one from Argos, we will collect on Thursday as well. I also need to get a  new circuit breaker as well. The old one stopped working.

No idea what we are going to have for supper.....may be bacon.egg and tomato.

Monday, 13 November 2017


Last night an email from DB's sister, she is coming to see us on the way to Cambridge tomorrow, so first job was into town to do the shopping today instead of Thursday.

I left laundry in the machine, put it out when I got back. Then into the sewing room to finish off the stuff for the sale on Saturday.

After lunch I emptied out the crate that the stuff was in and went through sorting it out; 83 items sorted and I have just finished printing off the labels. We will go through everything on Thursday, ticket it and pack the car ready to go over Friday afternoon to set up ready for Saturday. Fingers crossed I sell some of the stuff otherwise there will be Christmas presents for ever more!!

Laundry brought in, it is almost dry, by the time I come to iron it tomorrow it will be fine.

DB has started on his family tree again, I am considering getting him membership of ancestry or some such, he keeps asking me stuff I have no idea about. I traced my family back to 16 something some time ago, I really need to bring it up to date especially now we have another great grandchild.

Cold chicken, salad and jacket spud for supper, there are strawberries in jelly left for dessert.

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Lest we forget, the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for us.......

The poppies in Flanders fields

Saturday, 11 November 2017


Really late start for me this morning, was not out of bed till 11am. DB brought me my breakfast.

We went yesterday and picked up the crates to pack the stuff in the shed away yet again........DB will ring the shed people next week and try and get a time scale, so we do not have everything packed away for too long this time. The chap who came out to look yesterday did not hesitate, new shed and base........the only redeeming feature is the fact that winter is coming on and we will not need much from the shed, although DB really wants to cut the grass, especially the new lawn that was laid, it really needs a haircut, not too vicious though.

DB has been in the garden this afternoon, I have done some more sewing, 2 more pot holders to sew the binding down on. The knitting bags keep bugging me. I need to see what I can do with it...

It was wet this morning but cleared up after lunch.

My friend gave me 2 pieces of baked gammon on Thursday we are having it for supper with jacket potato's, coleslaw and tomato and celery salad.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The photo

The Daniell Clan At Ali's 05.11.2017.

Claire, Grandad, Poppy and Zoe, Bex and Denny, Joe Karen Ruthie in Front, Jeff Jo in front,Mark, Aaron, Brandon, Edwin, Alice with me in front, Alison. Squatting down Freddie and Dominic.

What a performance getting this photo from my tablet onto my blog.


What a busy day, and its not ended well either.

The cleaners came this morning and did a really good job. 

Lunch was leek soup with HM bread.

I started to make a knitting needle bag, its a disaster, so I am going to undo it and take the zip out to use in something else.

Then the chaps came about the shed. To cut a long story short, they are going to demolish the shed and replace it, which means that we are going to have to empty it again!! To be honest I want to just go away and hide!! We now have to go and borrow the crates back again to pack the stuff in and store it, keeping it dry is going to be a real problem.

Fish and chips for supper, not sure if DB wants peas or not.

I did manage last night to recover the cursor on my laptop after a lot of huffing and puffing.....apparently the chap came whilst we were out yesterday, he usually lets me know if he is going to be calling.

I was taken before my appointment time yesterday, do not have to go back for 12 months, brilliant.

On then for lunch, chat and tea with my friend. She is suffering badly with her knee, and is also having to have injections in her eye, she has wet macular degeneration in her right eye. Her left eye is completely sightless, so she is registered blind. She does worry me living on her own. Both her boys live in Bristol.

I wanted to post pictures from Sunday on my blog, cannot get them from my tablet into my pictures on the laptop, its driving me nuts.....nothing I try seems to work aarrhhggg..............

Thursday, 9 November 2017


We were out of the house just before 10am and were at the hospital in really good time. A kind lady gave us a ticket with over an hour's parking left.

I was taken quickly. Have never seen the waiting room so empty. The alarm went off as I was sitting down, everyone disappeared for a few minutes, however the technicians were soon back, all was well with me and my next appointment is in 12 months.... hooray.

My friend was getting lunch when we got there, lovely gammon ham sandwiches and brownies. A good deal of chat and several laughs.

I sorted out playing DVD's on the bedroom TV for here before we left for home.

A cup of tea once we got home was very welcome.

We are having Fridays fish and chips for supper, will have the beef stew tomorrow.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Not a good night for me DB has  cold which means the cough is back......aarrgghhhh.....

He was dittering in the the garden this morning. I cooked beef stew for tomorrow's supper and then went through and tided up my sewing room.

After his siesta we went over to see our friends for afternoon tea and spent a pleasant hour chatting. They are off this weekend to Cambridge on one of their missions. Hoping that their daughter may have produced their 4th grandchild. Their daughter is 43 a very late first time mother.

We did not eat  until after 7 pm, beans and cheese on toast. I  finished off the pineapple for dessert.

I bought a 5m length of zipper with 10 sliders, it arrived whilst we were out. I followed a video on you tube to put the sliders on, it was driving me daft, found a much simpler way the last 8 sliders went on in 5 minutes, such an amazing  way. I now have the zip for the knitting bag, so will be starting to put it together on Friday.

Tomorrow we are out all day, I have my pacemaker check and then we are going over to see my quilting friend.

We received a message from my niece to say they had arrived home safely, they are 10 1/2 hours in front of us it's about 6 am tomorrow morning for them. I guess they will be glad to get back to the warm.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Wet Tuesday

Well at least it is now. It rained overnight but cleared up enough to put the towels on the line. They are still dampish, so they are on the rads airing off.

Messing in the sewing room this morning, finished a couple of pot holders. This afternoon I have cut out the fabric and lining for a knitting bag, I am waiting for the zip to arrive. I have sent for 5 metre length with 10 sliders. I will get several zippers for bags out of it. I have also made some tissue covers, I bought a pack of tissues from Aldi a couple of weeks ago. I want to make some more lavender bags, I'll put the tissue holders and lavender bags in a box at £1.

DB had a dizzy today, I gave him one of the travel pills, it went off in 15 minutes.

Egg, chips and beans for supper, we have some crumble to finish off.

Tomorrow we are out for afternoon tea. Thursday I have my appointment at the pacemaker clinic, we are going on to see my quilting friend. It's ages since we saw her.

My niece and her family have started their journey back to Adelaide, they left at lunchtime. It was lovely to see them all. 

Monday, 6 November 2017


After a busy day, yesterday it was a slower start to the day.

We were up just after 8am, OH spent sometime in the garden whilst I hung out a load of laundry and then did the last Monday clean.

I also made a crumble using some fruit I found in the freezer and bread, we had run out.

Library van came this afternoon, OH did not get his full siesta. We got 6 books each. Should keep us happy for a while.

Fetched the laundry in, it's airing, mostly dry, I top stitched the bowl, still not mad about them. Have switched to pan holders for a change.

Sunday supper tonight, roast pork and all the trimmings.

My lap top is still US, was hoping the computer chap might call in, no such luck. The foot I ordered for the sewing machine arrived, it was like playing the Christmas game, each envelope opened revealed another envelope!! Wrapped in a plastic bag and then 3 padded envelopes they were taking no chances.

Sunday, 5 November 2017


A late post from me today.We started the day with our usual breakfast in bed, showered and dressed. Off to the Fabric Guild.I did get what I wanted from there. On to my niece in Market Harborough to a family gathering with her sister and family who are over on holiday from Oz. They fly back this coming Thursday.

We managed to once to get the whole family together in one place.Lots of conversations going on about  memories, people we knew and catching up about births,deaths,etc.........

We had a lovely buffet lunch, then family photos before we left to come home, it was a good hours drive for us and we got back just as it was getting dark.

It was lovely to see everyone together, I doubt it will happen again.

I have photos, but my laptop is having a hissy fit so they will have to wait until it is fixed.

Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Problems with my lap top continue. Switched on this morning and the cursor is missing again.

Very wet morning, although it cleared after lunch DB went out and finished off cleaning the car. He always washes and waxes the car before the winter. Protection against the bad weather.

Nothing much done today, was going to do some more sewing, just cannot be bothered.

I have given in, tomorrow on the way to my niece's we are going to call at the fabric warehouse, we will then travel on to see her sister and family before they go back to Oz next week. The newly weds and my two daughters plus my ex will also be there, quite a house full.

Ham, salad and jacket spud for supper tonight, was going to do liver cannot be bothered.

Friday, 3 November 2017


Sorry late posting today, my cursor disappeared on my lap top, have just managed to get it back.

Up early, I did my last Friday clean, cleaner starts next week, chap came to service the boiler, everything fine. He did tell me that we have to fill the water up from time to time, the pressure was down a bit, he showed me how to do it, will keep my eye on it.

I made another couple of bowls this afternoon, not too keen on them, having trouble with the darts which makes the middle saggy. I think I need to source some different wadding for a start. Marking the wadding is also a problem.

Its been a dullish day and quite cold. Heating is on morning and evening.

Fish, chips and peas for supper.

Thursday, 2 November 2017


Picked up my neighbour and dropped her off at the Drs, then continued into town to Aldi, shopping done and then home. DB had been doing odd jobs in the garden, he had dug up and cleaned the remainder of the leek crop.

Another cloudy day, a line of laundry out, but it did not dry completely, finished it off on the rads.

Nothing  much else done, I was shattered when I got back from the shops. 3 bags full of shopping.  

Supper tonight bacon eggs, tomato and fried bread.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


A very different morning to yesterday, bright and clear, but brrrrr..... we were up in good time for the coffee morning. B made it at last and seemed to enjoy herself.

E came and claimed her bag, it did the rounds of the ladies first. I also took the bowl holder. I put it on the table and asked the ladies what they thought it was for, we got some weird answers, no one guessed what it actually was for.

The wedding photos did the rounds too.

We just had soup at lunch time, after he had his siesta DB went out to do a couple pf jobs in the garden, I made a new pattern for the darts in the bowl holder and then cut out 4 new covers.  By the time I had finished it was getting dark, so curtains drawn and lights on, turned the heat up, all ready for a cosy evening.

The red car seems to have gone for good, no sign of it today.

Sausage mash and beans for supper, E gave me a box of chocolates for turning up her husbands track suit trousers, so I guess we may indulge later.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Not a nice day, it had rained overnight and again during the day. DB was not too clever this morning so went back to bed.

Freezer audit, meal plan and shopping list done, going to Aldi on Thursday.

Not a lot done today, spaghetti with meat balls and garlic bread for supper, I found the meat balls in the freezer, just had to beef up the sauce a bit with some chopped tomato and tomato puree.

There has been a rogue car park in our car park for almost 3 weeks. The parking places in the cul de sac are for residents and residents visitors. Several of us had contacted the police, had it been dumped? They refused to do anything about it, saying that it belonged to someone living in the village, well thats ok but they do not live in our cul de sac and it should not be there. No one had been seen at the car and it had not been moved........yesterday we got the local council involved and this morning it disappeared. No one saw it go.......we wonder if we will see it parked somewhere else in the village. We have been asking the council for ages to mark the parking places, apparently they used to be some years ago, but when the car park was resurfaced the markings were not replaced.

I have finished the bowl cosy, not too happy with it, but it was an experiment anyway, the next ones will be made differently.

Its the coffee morning at the little chapel tomorrow, I am hoping that E will be there and I can hand over the bag, and see what she things about the cosies.

Monday, 30 October 2017


Brrrrr it was cold when we got up, there had been a slight frost, the grass had a film of white on it. Fortunately it was not enough to kill off the geraniums I had not brought inside.

We set the alarm this morning so we did get up at a reasonable time, I managed to do the wet room and our bedroom, having changed the bed. The bed linen is out on the line, I hope it dries, otherwise it will have to be draped over the airer.

DB did an hour in the garden.

We finished off the leek and potato soup at lunchtime, we have cold lamb for supper tonight with jacket spud and tomato and cucumber salad. We will also finish off the rhubarb crumble I made yesterday.

No sewing done today, I just have to sew round the top, turn through and top stitch the bowl cover. once its been cut out and marked actually putting it together is quite easy, just a bit fiddly.

The throw I ordered for DBs chair has arrived, I need to get him out of the chair long enough to put it on, if its ok, I am going to get one the same for the settee. Cheaper than having his chair recovered and buying a new settee!!

Its been a very cold day, I put the heat off this morning but its on again now,  both of us felt the house cold.

Sunday, 29 October 2017


Well a bit of a fail this morning, I woke up and looked at the clock 8.40, so got up and went through to get the breakfast, took it back into the bedroom and looked at DB's clock uh oh........ it was just 8am. My clock is one that is regulated by radio waves during the night, guess it did not happen last night!!

Nothing done this morning, its a bright day but brrrrrr...... I am going to have to look at the geraniums etc and bring them into the house, we have been forecast frost a couple of nights next week.

Looking at a couple of things I might tackle over the next couple of weeks, they are supposed to be able to be made in ten minutes once the bits are cut out...hmmmmmm we will see.

A couple of things happening this week, we have the boiler service on Friday, and coffee morning on Wednesday.

Lamb for supper, its marinading in red wine before slow roasting. Roast spuds and courgette, cauli and carrots to go with it.....yum yum....

Thinking about the bag, do you think £20 is too much, it was not an easy thing to do, although if I had to do another one, it would be easier if you see what I mean. There is quite a lot of hand sewing on it, as well as the time it took me to figure out how to actually do it.

Saturday, 28 October 2017


Today we were even worse at getting up, DB woke at 9.20, I was still asleep so he got up and made my breakfast, it was 11 am before I managed out of bed, so thats today mostly written off.

We have been having 2 showers a day, after having a word with DB we are going to drop the shower before we go to bed. I have noticed that I can be quite tired, but having had a shower I am wide awake, which DB says has also happened to him. The use of the alarm clock in the week would help.

Yesterday was a bit stressful. I had agreed with B to use the same cleaners she was using. I went over to see if she had sorted it out and discovered that she was very unhappy with what was going on there. Its too complicated to explain on here, but it would appear the company are loosing clients and workers at a fast rate. I rang the lady I spoke to on Thursday and asked her to Contact B with a view to going to see her and assess her requirements......she let out in conversation that she had picked up a number of clients from the other company. So....... I have said yes to her, once she has seen B I will know a bit more. I did contact a couple of people she works for and her refs are good, she is also a bit cheaper.

Supper tonight is bacon fritatta and salad for supper. I might open a tin of rice pudding, its a bit cold today.

Front of the bag

Back of the bag

Hidden pocket between the two parts of the bag.

Believe me when I say I will never make another one like this, the fabric was difficult to work with, it would have been better made in tweed, but its done. Now I need to work out how much to charge for it!!