Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Goals For The New Year

New Years Resolutions don't seem to be very popular anymore, but I love setting myself goals for the coming year. It gives me something to focus on and work towards. I will do a round up of the last year and celebrate the last year as this one comes to a close as well as make plans for the next one. I don't always complete my goals but I like to feel like I'm moving forward and I like a challenge!

Has anyone else completed any challenges this year or making any goals or plans  for 2017? I'd love to hear if you are :) I'll share mine soon. Right must get going, today I am working til 2pm, then walking my Cinnamon Trust dogs then on to medicate my friends cat then home to have a tidy up etc then driving to town to pick up dh from the bus station as he's been away for a couple of days.

Have a good day :)

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Work Work Work!

I am exhausted! It's been a really busy week. People at work are on holiday or off  sick so I have worked 58 hours this week. I work with the public and am very busy all day so I do feel very tired when I do lots of extra hours. It's very draining. After work every day I have then been going over to an elderly friends to medicate her cat for her as he is unwell and she cannot do it herself. She is lovely and always asks me to stay for a chat and a cup of tea which is lovely, but sometimes means I do not get in til 8-9pm at night. I have to leave for work at 7-30am so there's not much time to do anything when I get in before I fall into bed! I also pulled a muscle in my back friday doing heavy lifting.
Yesterday I was working the morning, followed by clearing at the allotment followed by cat duty followed by going to the cinema with DH to see the new Star Wars film. I've never seen any of them but DH loves it.
This morning i got up late (7.30am) and have done very little except sit and do loads of reading in the quiet. Bliss! Dh even made me breakfast! In about half an hour we are going for a walk even thought it's very foggy. This afternoon will be visiting friends about an hour away followed by cat duty.
Another busy week this week but hopefully less work so will be a bit better.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Stew and Muesli

Winter is a time of stew and Muesli, which are definately forming at least 80% of our diet at the moment (at least it feels like it!), sometimes I have porridge, but at the moment usually muesli. We dont buy it pre-made with added sugar etc, we make it ourselves from scratch and I change it each time depending on what I feel like. My last cup (I always make it in a cup, I don't know why) contained:
Oats (jumbo not porridge)
Frozen blackcurrants  (from our allotment- hopefully they keep away the colds!)
Raw almond butter (I don't add sugar so a bit of nut butter adds a bit of yum!)
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Plain Yoghurt
The nuts make it satiating and the blackcurrants add a zing of vitamins. At the moment I will happily have some for lunch whilst at work too :)
Stews on the slow cooker are also a must. Dh had crowned himself stew king and they are really really good. Lots of swede, carrot and comfort food. I don't like them too starchy so we usually avoid potatoes as well as other root veg but I love cabbage or any greens in them too. As well as stews we are eating a lot of stir fries. Today for lunch we had stir fried carrot, cabbage, our own leeks and broccoli which we had with scrambled egg. We did a triple batch of grated veg which i will keep in the fridge ready to use for our next couple of meals.
It's 4:30pm and already quite dark. The mist is rolling in and it looks like it's going to be a cold one. Today we have also taken recycling to the dump, bit of Christmas shopping incorporated into a 5 mile walk and helped a friend medicate her poorly cat.
This evening I am going to have a shower, relax followed by watching the old rerun of Gladiators on Challenge TV. They are rerunning the series from the start from the early 90's on Sundays nights. Takes me back to my childhood. We pretend to wear the big foam hands and everything! ...... well we enjoy it anyway! ;)

The view from our kitchen window a short time ago. You can just see the mist starting to roll in.  

Monday, 5 December 2016

Flea Market

Hello! Its so wet and cold this way. We had a few lovely frosty mornings but now it's back to gray and  dreary which is a bit depressing to be honest!

This weekend we went to a local flea market and it was FREEZING! Really cold wind. We were there for about 3 hours and the main things we got was a ww2 officers canvas fold up bed in very good condition for £12 and dh also found me a Ww2 Domestic Poultry Keepers Ration Book. I Haven't seen one before. I know that if you kept chickens you would forego your egg ration for a chicken feed ration but I never knew feed haf it's own ration book. Does anyone know anything about this or know anyone that had one? I only paid £5 for it and I think it's a gem!

I'm feeling a bit washed out this evening so I'm having a cup of tea and an early night.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Selling Poppies And A Nice Sunday

We went poppy selling on both Monday and Wednesday last week in local supermarkets. We had never done it before. I put our names down on a form online expecting to get called for next year, but to my surprise, we got a call the next day from a local organiser who said he was very short of help and could we do this year as well. He was pleased when i asked if we could wear our re-enacting clothes as most our re-enacting group do when poppy selling.
We were a bit apprehensive to start with. It was Morrisons on the Monday which was very quiet but we still got some donations and made about  £65 over 2 hours. Tescos on Wednesday was much more busy. I had a very sweet elderly man come over and tell me about his father in the war. A lady asked to give a donation in return for a photo of her son with us as he was doing a WW2 project for school. We haven't had a receipt for the donations yet but I reckon we got about £150 in 3 hours. Next year we hope to do more volunteering for the British Legion. If anyone is thinking of doing the same there is a very easy form to fill out online. Just go to the volunteering for poppy appeal page of the Legions website.
On Sunday we got up early, had a tidy up then went to the allotment and did some site clearing for winter. I'm still waiting for the last of the butternut squashes to ripen up before we can completely clear the plot. At 10:45 we went down to the war memorial for the remembrance service. Then we went off for a cycle, a muddy, hilly cycle! But we managed 9 miles with a stop off for a cup of tea and a flapjack half way ;)
On Friday night we were invited to dinner with friends, and on Saturday we spent the day visiting more friends in Paignton (about 1 1/2 hrs drive). Yesterday was my half day and I finished work at 2pm so I went straight to walk my Cinnamon Trust  dogs before it rained then helped Mrs S give one of the dogs a back end hair trim as he'd had an upset tummy overnight.  Then I went on to visit another elderly lady I see and had a cup of tea and cuddles with her lovely cats, then I picked up some food shopping then finally home about 7pm!
This morning I am catching up on some cleaning before work. Have a good day everyone:) 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Enjoying Life The Simple Way

Hello. I'm still here. Life has been busy and is busier again this week but we are still striving to live a more simple way.

This week DH and I are selling Poppies in WW2 uniform. This is the first time we've done this and I'm excited. I'd rather be out on the streets but we're in the supermarket which is ok. I hope we raise a lot of money.

It's getting cold now and I'm starting to close down the allotment, clearing the plots, digging them over and removing the squash vines.

Work has been really busy, too much really, a lot of hours and a lot of pressure. This is something I plan to address. This weekend I have noticed my mind wondering towards work and trying to get ahead in my mind. I don't want this to happen and I am going to sort this out. I don't want work, although I do enjoy it to a degree, to take over my free time.

I am still dog walking for the Cinnamon  Trust. My elderly lady is very sweet and every few weeks DH and I take her out for a cream tea :)

The crafting side is on a go-slow at the moment as I am planning my WW2 display for next year for ARP (Air Raid Precaustions) and NARPAC,(National ARP Animals Committee) doing lots of historical reading and planning our Oz trip for next year.

I also have a home jobs list as long as my arm, but I find writing it down helps and I just work my way through it one job at a time.

I have made time for lots of reading, cycling and walking too to reach my 1000 mile challenge for the end of this year, I'm on target! I walked and cycled a total of 15 miles yesterday :) I made squash soup yesterday which I had with rye toast. I will let you know how we get on selling Poppies.

This is one of the books I got at Bookbarn for £1!
It has some fascinating photos
Found these in an antiques centre. They will be great for re-enacting.
I found this little gem at a market. £4.
I love the personal end of service statement given to this lady. I wonder what happened to her.
Squash and own carrots ready for baking :)

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Post I wrote 10 Days Ago!

But I couldn't publish is as phone died and I lost all my photos and everything :( I have salvaged it and still want to publish it but without the photos I was hoping for.....

Dh is away today with friends so I have the day to myself as he wont be back until about 11pm. I woke up early and put the washing out, then had a bit of a tidy up.
As we spent all of last weekend decorating I wanted to treat myself to something nice so I went out to our favourite cafe (it opens at 7:45am!) and had a delicious coffee with doorstop toast and marmalade. The bread is locally using organic flour from our local watermill. It's so nice and really fills me up. I didn't need to eat again til i had an apple at about half past two. To get in some miles for my 1000 mile challenge I went on a 3 mile walk and dropped in a couple of beetroot from my allotment to a colleague who was working.

When i got back from the  cafe i had a good clean of the kitchen whilst bopping around to swing music. The weather that earlier was damp and drizzly suddenly cleared so I went out for a cycle and managed to rack up 8.5 miles. It was hard work though as so windy!! I've started cycling home from work on Tuesdays also which is about 9 miles too, plus it's  a really nice way to unwind as I go the back way through the country, although it can be tiring after a 10 hour day.

I really wanted to stay productive so I then did some Welsh study and some WW2 study in preparation for our next show. I recently brought a WW2 Animal Guard badge and in addition to the Womens Home Front I want to research and be able to tell people about the animals on the home front both working and domestic. I have brought  a book and am going to start reading it this weekend. I know it will be heart wrenching but I think it will be interesting as well, and it is important to remember their story too.
Hope everyone is well :)

One of NARPACs aims was that every pet would
Have a collar tag with their own unique number
On registered on a National Database. This really was
Microchipping except with tags and looking back seems
Really ahead of its time. The NARAPC collar tag on the
Left was VERY hard to find. It's original and i am so excited to have it.