|Another magazine to add to my collection :)|
Thursday, 31 December 2015
Friday, 25 December 2015
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Sunday, 20 December 2015
|The original photo|
|DH painted this design. He's pretty arty!|
|I made the cushion covers and dh painted the design.|
Saturday, 19 December 2015
I'm feeling fairly organised for Christmas. I did my usual homemade Christmas Cards. They're not going to win any awards as they're made with a potato stamp of a Christmas tree! But I like that they're homemade and i think people like that too. I made and sent out 30.
Today, the weather is wet and windy and dh has been out all day helping his friend with his market stall. After I dropped him off I went into town to get a few bits, nothing exciting, pan scourers, washing liquid and a few bits from the charity shops.
When I got back I had a bowl of homemade veggie soup and a crusty roll, I had a tidy up, hoovered, did the ironing and bathroom. I had already wrapped the presents vintage style using brown paper and my trusty potato stamp but I was missing the string so I did that and they are now finished and I just have a couple more to get.
Our presents are not very extravagant, thank goodness we don't do that in our family, some are second hand and some are homemade.
For dinner tonight I have a nutloaf my mum bought then didn't want so I've cooked that up with pasta for DH (I don't like pasta) and white sauce and veggies.
Monday, 14 December 2015
Sunday, 13 December 2015
The girls had slept on the plane so were still pretty chirpy on arrival. After a sit down, catch up and dog walk my parents got down the decorations, put on the Christmas music and we all decorated the tree and put the decorations up. I couldn't help but notice a lot of our 'high quality' childhood homemade decorations were suspiciously absent and seemed to have been replaced with some new shop bought decorations! *gasp*
We had dinner together and then the girls crashed, hardly surprising as it was the equivalent of 1am in Oz. Dh is just driving us home now. I'm really tired and will have an early night too. It's a hot water bottle and double duvet night. Nighty night.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Dh and I are going for a walk in a bit and I still have the washing up to do. Nighty night.
Sunday, 15 November 2015
|I made this draught excluder from some spare linen :)|
Saturday, 3 October 2015
|We've been really busy recently, particularly at weekends. Last weekend we got together with friends at their beach house near Portsmouth. We went out for a lovely meal, played games, relaxed and had general merriment :)|
|We had the best weather of the year I think! This is the sunrise on our drive down.|
|We've been to some great antiques fayres and got some great ww2 items including this original field telephone in it's box.|
|The box is not as common as they are heavy so a lot were discarded to make them more portable.|
|We have spent some nights in relaxing now the evenings are drawing in. We enjoy a game of cards, usually rummy but sometimes it's Uno!|
|Burt enjoying the sunshine. We're off to another antiques sale tomorrow. I'm off to read my new library books then have a stack of ironing to do.|
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
As I have a week off work this week and the weather is terrible! I am going to give myself a food challenge which is to eat a completely unprocessed diet this week unless I am making myself from scratch. Does that make sense? E.g butter I can have, as long as I make it myself, if I want bread, not only must I make it myself but I must grind my own flour also, honey? Yes, as I buy it in its raw state. Tinned beans? No, but dried beans that I soaked and cooked myself would be fine. I like a challenge and am looking forward to doing this! Back to basics. I will let you know how I get on :)
Monday, 14 September 2015
On other fronts the main thing that has changed is we are no longer rationing. I have PCOS and have always had skin problems but I found my cystic acne (I know, painful and looks awful) was getting worse and worse to the point the while lower half of my face looked so bad and was really painful. I couldn't work out why it was getting so bad. By process of elimination I have made it 90 percent better by cutting out soya (present in a lot of veggie foods and commercial breads), refined sugar (heavily present within rations) and cutting right down on wheat and cows dairy (disclaimer: I am not a doctor, please don't copy me without speaking to yours!). I have been veggie for many years but have recently introduced fish and very small amounts of local organic meats. I don't know how things will progress. We eat mostly food cooked from scratch and I hope to incorporate a lot of vintage recipes that match how I want to eat.
I am hoping to enrol in a dress making evening class starting in January so I can make my own vintage designs!
The allotment has given us a bountiful harvest although the weather seems to be rapidly turning so I'm not sure how well my squashes are going to do.
Hope everyone is well.
Thursday, 6 August 2015
We've been to another couple of ww2 days which were great fun. I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking a lot from scratch which we have both been appreciating. I'm pleased to say barely any processed food is currently part of my weekly shop. For health reasons (I'll explain more in a month or two when I know if my new diet is helping) I am following a very unprocessed diet with no sugar or flour or processed food. Since I started the rationing experiment to now with my new diet I have lost 10 pounds :)
Ooo, before I go is anyone watching the new series of Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild. ? I've watched all the series and find it fascinating, inspiring and just amazing really. If anyone else hasn't seen it and is interested in people living amazing lives away from the rat race, look it up :)
Sunday, 12 July 2015
|Although DH has still not been paid, I had been looking forward to this day out for weeks and wasn't going to miss it! So I raided our holiday fund of the princely sum of £30, and we hit the road.|
|I packed us a picnic to save money. I made sandwiches and biscuits from a rationing recipe, a flask of tea and a bottle of water, although we did stop at the WI tent for a cup of tea and slice of cake :)|
|There were re-enactors and living history displays. The weather was overcast but it did stay dry.|
|There was also weapons displays, military vehicle displays, classic car displays and a very loud assault weapon reenactment!|
|Love this car!|
|We were treated to some ww2 hits, most of which I knew and sang along to :)|
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
|The sofa is the only new piece of furniture in our lounge as it's also a bed. Having no guest room it was important for us to have a comfortable bed for friends to sleep in when they visit|
|The table and cupboard the tv is on were both my Grandma's|
|The two books on the left I got for £1 each from a second hand book shop.|
|This picture is actually a jigsaw puzzle I did with my Dad when I was young. He made a frame for it and glued it to a board. My parents had it up in their family room for years. When they downsized it came to live with us.|
|This is a WW2 lead lined chest we got from a car boot sale for £15. It weighs a ton! I use it as a coffee table.|
|I've tried looking up the owner of this chest to see if I can find out anything about him but I've been unsuccessful. Brigadier R.G Miller was the original owner.|
|I have a nest of three of these tables from my Grandma. She said they were Utility Furniture. They are still in great condition. My mum made the coasters.|
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Saturday, 27 June 2015
|When we moved in the kitchen had torn pink lino on the floor that was ripped into several pieces. We now have proper flooring down.|
|This is my Grandma's gorgeous Welsh dresser and one of my favourite pieces of furniture.|
|The inside of the cupboards are pretty well organised. I sort them out regularly.|
|Burt is settling in well and enjoying the afternoon sunshine :)|
Thursday, 25 June 2015
|We have a lot of furniture that belonged to my Grandma. This is her dresser. The dressing set on top I got at a charity shop.|
|This is our bed. We bought the frame second hand, someone was selling it outside their house.|
|We have an original turn dial phone which is sat on an old coal store I use for storing bedding. I have an old leather suitcase in front of it I use for storing paperwork.|
|We have a log burning stove. This is our only form of heating the bedroom.|
|It is signed on the back several times.|
|I would love to know more about the couple but I have never had any luck with Internet searches.|