|Forging for blackberries and apples that will be made into jam. We got a jar to take home with us :)|
|The Explosion Museum|
|Forging for blackberries and apples that will be made into jam. We got a jar to take home with us :)|
|The Explosion Museum|
|On Satirday I cycled to the allotment, did some work then went for a country cycle. This path was really long and I had to cycle into really strong wind the whole way!|
|The first of the runner beans from the plot. I cut my finger using my runner bean slicer :( I blanched them and popped them in the freezer.|
|Lovely looking elderberries I saw on my walk I went on Sunday|
|This meal is made mostly from allotment produce including beetroot, peas, courgette and spring onion.|
|I walked to a local cafe and had this lovely lunch. It was made with local produce and decorated with edible flowers. It was really cheap too and I sat for an hour and read with a coffee before walking back in the sunshine :)|
It's been a couple of months since I came off Facebook and I thought people might be interested in how it was going seeing as it is such a big thing these days and practically EVERYONE seems to be on it.
Well, I am still off it and have no plans to go back on. The only thing I might do is go and download all the photos on there so I can print them off and keep them- yes, actual hard copies of photos! So few people seem to do that these days. I miss them!
The main thing I've noticed since coming off Facebook is firstly, how little I missed it after only about 3 days and secondly, how much nicer it is to stay in contact with people. What I mean by that is that the real friends I have are messenging me through text, email or Wattsapp and we have an actual conversation. Not just a 'like' here and there as we skip through our 'newsfeed' but actual conversations that are engaging and meaningful. Friends are sending me photos they are posting on FB, as they know I won't see them, and we have a chat about them and catch up. They make a real effort and I do the same. Since I came off FB one of my friends had sent me 2 lovely cards thanking me for my support to her during a difficult time. We were always close but chat almost every night now I'm off FB.
The thing I wonder is 'do I miss seeing what 'not close' friends are doing?'. A bit, maybe. But not enough at the moment to go back on. I think because most people only put the good things they get up to on FB, it can give you a distorted view of other people's lives. With true friends you know not only of the good bits that they put on FB but you will be aware of all of the struggles and hard times they go through too as it is likely you will be supporting them through it. If all you really know about someone is what they put on FB then, maybe the view you see of their life, can be misleading.
I know FB is a great way for some people to keep in touch, and for people, not like me (!) who can go on it occasionally and enjoy it for what it is, it's great. But, as DH was saying today. What would the world be like if, for one month, the internet was just turned off. What if we all went back to the 80's for a month, not that long ago when you think about it. No social media, no internet, no Instragram or Twitter, no YouTube or email. Back to letters, phone calls, postcards(!), posted newsletters and 4 channels on the tele. No digital radio, Kindles, CD players, smart phones, mp3 players or DVD players. What would everyone do instead of looking at their phones all the time?!
I am definately going to be thinking more about the technology we let into our lives. I don't believe modern is always better and I think it's easy to get sucked in to modern life. It's not easy to stay on a more traditional path as, with everyone on social media etc, you can feel like you're left out if you're not 'staying current' or on a friends Facebook Chat Group or Forum.
So, I am going to make the effort to reach out to all my friends on FB (there arnt many!). I have 5 friends I regularly Wattsapp message and would consider very good friends. I am going to go back on FB tonight and let everyone know I'm coming off FB (in case they hadnt noticed) and give people my mobile number if they don't have it, and let them know they can message me or write to me and let me know they want to keep in touch and we can message or write snail mail. If people don't want to then that's fine, I'm happy to let things move on. If they do, great! It will hopefully be a good way to get properly back in touch with people. I feel maybe I shouldn't ask people to be the first one to make the effort to message me but I don't have everyone's contact numbers so I will need people to message me so I can contact them back.
I hope by doing this I will be able to have a more personal relationship with people In may have lost touch with apart from through Facebook. I realise I'm rambling now, I hope I haven't offended anyone with my Facebook post. It's just my thoughts. Nighty night.
|It's not going to win any awards but it was made with love and actually tasted really good :)|
|We got caught in a downpour!|
|One of the beautiful views that Dh took on a recent trip to Wales|
|Yes, I did have a little slurp or two before I remebered to take the photo!|
|The book I got out the library.|
|"Went To Dartmoor Prison Museum, very interesting"|
|At it's time of closing Shepton Prison held people given 'life' sentences.|
|Shepton was known as a 'working' prison. This meant most of the inmates when not doing educational courses worked in part of the prison doing things like packing for retail outlets.|
I have been having the most horrendous time sleeping over the last few weeks. I have no idea why but it's been getting worse. Wednesday and Thursday nights were the worse nights yet with Thursday night I think I finally got off close to 3am, with the alarm going off at 6am I felt like a zombie at work yesterday. In desperation I have ordered Paul MacKennas I Can Make You Sleep book as it had pretty good reviews online. I am doing all the usual things like not having caffeine later and we dont have a tele in our bedroom so I'm not watching tele or using my phone in bed.
Last night I was so exhausted I think I did get off about 10pm (hurrah!) , but Burt woke me up at 4am and I don't think I really slept much after that. I do feel better today though. Today I am working this morning, then we're driving to my parents for my Dad's birthday BBQ but the weather looks iffy so it might be indoors! Tomorrow we're going to see the new film Dunkirk at our local, independent Cinema. We're also doing lots of planning for our (still hopeful!) move next year.
|My A.R.P post|
|My tea station set at the back of my Post :)|
|The Cob House|
|The Nurses Station|
|My wildflowers are keeping the bees happy :)|
|More wildflowers, not sure what these are.|
|Once ready, I am trading a bag full of runner beans for a sack of potatoes with someone at work :)|
|Burt seems to be feeling better today :)|
I am working extra hours (again) this week and next week as a colleague is on holiday. I don't know how I always seem to end up doing most the cover. I think it's because others only work part time or have children so can't do extra hours. To be honest, I'd rather have the time off than the overtime money (which isn't a lot) but never mind, can't be helped.
Because of this I am out of my usual routine. It does make me appreciate my time off more than ever, even though it is then busy while I try and catch up on jobs. Sometimes I don't feel like doing much when I get in which, although I don't like, I try not to push myself if I feel I need to rest.
Today, after I finished work it was Cinnamon Trust dog walking. My lovely dogs never fail to cheer me with their appreciation of the simplist things. A leg stretch and some good sniffs makes them so happy :) When I do holiday cover I always tell work I can't cover late Wednesday afternoons so I don't let my old ladies down by having to cancel. I called in at my local leisure centre as they are doing a pilates class on Wednesday nights I'm thinking about trying. I find myself a bit stiff if the mornings and would like to tone up a bit too. Being a local authority leisure centre the prices are very reasonable too.
Once we were in dh made dinner while I roasted some veggies and made another frittata. We then had quiet time, dh did some drawing and I read. Burt was sick twice this morning so is on a bland diet. Hopefully, it's just that he ate too quickly. I have ironing to do but it can wait til tomorrow I think :)
Yesterday afternoon, after work, we drove to Salisbury to meet up with friends. We had dinner together. They brought their dog so we sat outside then went for a stroll after dinner. It was lovely, especially for Dh who has been friends with M since he was a teenager. His friend has become like an older brother or surrogate Dad and really looked out for him when he was growing up (dh hasn't seen his real Dad since he was about 11). Since they moved away from each other they don't see each other as much but still speak on the phone several times a week and meet up as often as they can. It's nice to see them together catching up and enjoying each others company so much.
We didn't get in until about 10:45pm. I have worked 8-6pm today and am feeling a bit under the weather. Dh had an omlette with spinach and quorn waiting for me when I got in which was lovely. He'd also set my pyjamas out. We've had torrential rain here all day today so I feel I can snuggle in my PJ's this evening guilt free followed by a shower and an early night. Xx
|There was the remains of an old building on the site which we used to stage some photos.|
|One of the photos of me using the building as a 'bombed out' home.|
|Here is our frugal food order. We continue to use local suppliers for meat, fruit and veg, if not harvesting our own :)|
This week is a week of lots of free stuff which can only be a good thing.
When I got to work yesterday of my colleagues gave me a dozen free eggs from her chickens, I always buy local free range eggs, never from the supermarket, but to get them from friends or brought from the end of someone's drive is always a special treat :) On Monday I got offered a sack of free potatoes from another colleague who has a load spare from her sons school that grow produce. I will give her back a load of runner beans when mine are ready.
Today another colleague gave me bunch of rhubarb from her garden as she doesn't really like it and is going on holiday and hasn't the time to stew and freeze it.
My Mum phoned to say a friend had a iron spare as she is upgrading hers and did I still want one. I said a while back if she knew of anyone getting rid of one mine was very old and seen better days so I would happily receive one no longer required.
This year we also got given a nearly new television! Ours was second hand when we got it and was quite old so we received it gratefully.
I'm hope I'm not making us sound like scroungers. I think people offer us stuff for 2 reasons. Firstly, we're always very grateful to receive anything that is offered to us which I think people like. I know I love doing good deeds or giving gifts to people I know appreciate them. And secondly, if I need something like a new iron I spread the word amongst family and friends. Often people are glad to be rid of stuff they no longer use and it's great to keep things from landfill when they are perfectly serviceable.
In return, we give our allotment produce to friends and family, regularly sort out donations for charity shops and although we don't have a lot of material things to give, we give what we can, especially our time freely. I hope our friends and family know they can always rely on us for anything if they need it too :)
I'm having a busy week. I was at a lecture for work last night and I have another one tonight. Because it is so hot today I have moved my Cinnamon Trust dog walking to tomorrow night and Friday night after work. I have also just started a 3 week correspondence course for work as well which is being done in my 'spare' time.
This means I am out of the house a lot this week and out of my usual 'routine'. I like my routine and I'm not keen on being out the house so much. I feel like I'm getting behind on jobs and not giving things like the allotment my full attention. So, as I had an hour or so from getting in from work before I have to go out again I thought I'd do one of those jobs that I don't particularly enjoy, that to anyone else it probably doesn't look like I've done a lot, but it is one of those jobs that make you 'feel' much better.
I have a lot of jobs like that. Deep cleaning jobs like cleaning out under the bed, pulling furniture out and cleaning behind it, cleaning the kitchen cupboards, fridge or freezer, cleaning the oven, filing paperwork. All these jobs are ones that anyone walking round the house wouldn't notice really whether they were done or whether they wern't, but I know whether they are or not. When I get chance to do a deep clean job it makes me feel so much better to know that it's done. When I know drawers and cupboards are tidy and our home is not just tidy on the surface, but that anyone can open a high cupboard and not be concerned that some falling masonry, shoe or book may result in a concussion, then that makes me feel good. Some people may find that silly, but I know what I mean and I think some of you will too.
Today it was deep cleaning the bathroom. I really scrubbed the bath and tiling, cleaned the tiles behind the toilet, under the sink and behind the cupboard. I scrubbed the floor by hand and wiped over the walls. It probably doesn't look massively different but I feel good knowing it's done. Dh is going to hoover for me and take the bins out while I'm out which is a help.
Now I am off to see one of my Cinnamon ladies who has asked to see me even though I am not dog walking so I'll have to go. I'm taking a snack to eat in the car park when I arrive at the lecture. Looking forward to shower, cup of tea and bed when I get in!!
|Burt recuperating on Dh's windowsill.|