Monday, 26 June 2017

Wash Bag From Trousers

If you read my post the othet day you may have seen that I made dh a pair of shorts from an old pair of trousers that he didnt wear much anymore. With the lower part of the trouser I made him a large wash bag.
I am not the best at crafty bits but I do my best! I wanted it to have a waterproof lining and I found an old laundry bag I never used and I cut that up. It had a floral design, not very masculine! But it does the job and you cant see it anyway. The drawstring that was already at the end of the trousers forms a natural tie. Dh was very pleased with it anyway and it only took about an hour to do :)
The finished product!

Showing the lining-so pretty! ;)

The drawstring was already attached to the 'trouser bottom' 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday In Pictures

I harvested a lot of allotment produce
Including over 1kg of blackcurrants

I made dh a healthy snack of houmous and veggies.

Blackcurrants washed and ready to
Go in the freezer.

We visited Bookbarn which is basically a warehouse full of £1 books. I love womens novels from the 30's, 40's and 50's and got a few, one of which I have been reading this afternoon and it's really good:)
Bookbarn has a cafe, we were there for so long we had a cup of tea and some lunch. I had poached egg :)

I did my Cinnamon Trust dog walking. It's much cooler now and all my dogs enjoyed their walks

Right, I better go. I have just had a call from an elderly friend that her cat has come in with a wound and she needs help cleaning it and seeing if it needs the vet. Its 8pm and I still have to sew up a pocket on Dh's rucksack and make his washbag! Note to self-dont leave everything til the last minute!! He needs it done for tomorrow! 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday In Pictures

I got up not as early as I would have liked to hear the unfamiliar sound of cars driving through rain going past. I was quite pleased though as my allotment was parched. I was working 8-12 and then the weekend was our own, here is what we got up to.

Homemade Muesli for DH with Organic Yoghurt. Gluten and Grain Free with
Home Grown Blackcurrants
I asked for a plain coverless cushion for my birthday so I can crochet my own cover to go on it.
It will be done in the style of the WW2 ARP colours and design  and I will have it to go on my
chair on my ARP re-enactment awning.
DH loves wargaming. Here is one of the models he
was painting this afternoon. The model is about 2.5 inches high
and the detail is amazing. They take hours to complete.
Burt was annoyed I bothered him to take this photo......
Sorry B ......kinda ;)

I'm now just off to make a cu of tea for us before Quiet Hour starts, then an early night I think. Allotmenting and all sorts of fun tomorrow.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Why I Quit Facebook

You might have noticed I've been posting more recently. The reason for this is because I have been spending a bit of time reflecting on what I want out of life and how I want to be spending my time. Life feels like it goes by so fast and I don't want to spend any of it 'zoned out', which is certainly easy to do after a 10-12 hour work day. I do feel sometimes it is easy to get caught up in just plodding along, and I don't want that. I love life, I feel it is a gift and I don't want to waste any of it.

In light of that I have been and will continue to make changes, some small, some hopefully will be bigger, changes to make sure my life is how I want it: full of joyful experiences, helping others and really having a life full of texture and warmth. Does that make sense? I'm not saying I didn't before, I'm saying I feel more conscious now that I want to be more mindful of what I'm doing and how I am spending my time.

I've become very aware of what I watch on television. I am guilty of just 'having it on' in the background, anything really. Now, I try and make sure I watch historical programs or something I really want to watch and then turn it off the rest of the time. I try not to watch anything I've seen before unlesss I really enjoyed ot the first time. I now listen to a lot of audio books instead. I find them much less distracting but still enjoyable for when I want a bit of company. I enjoy Bill Bryson and Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend.

Coming back to my blog title, recently I also quit Facebook. I didn't have loads of friends, I only have people on their I actually know. I only got it to keep up to date with my sister who lives in Oz, however as she is now on Wattsapp I can keep in touch that way. I find it is so easy to just check FB and before I know it I'm scrolling looking at things, at videos I would never have looked at if they haven't been 'there'. Some people put up political views or rants on FB which I dont think is really necessary. I always think Facebook should be for fun and keeping in touch but it seems that it is used as platforms for all sorts of other things now. That is why I deactivated my account, maybe not forever, but it is certainly the right decision for me now. My 'real' friends can keep in touch by letter, text or phone and other people probably won't even notice I'm gone.

In light of that, I have been reading more blogs and would like to update my blogroll on my side bar. If you read or write a great blog you think I might enjoy, please post it below so I can have a look. Thanks for reading this, aby comments or thoughts much appreciated.  Xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Car Trouble

What a long day yesterday ended up being. I usually finish work at 2pm on Wednesdays but as I am covering a colleagues absence I worked til 6pm. On leaving work the car felt and sounded really bad so I quickly pulled in the garage by my work, got out and realised one of my new tyres was flat as a pancake!

I phoned the breakdown company. It took me ages to get through and was then told it would be 2-3 hours before they could get out to me!! It was baking hot and I was already pretty tired. I phoned dh, we share a car so he was unable to get to me but he phoned me back a short time later to say that our lovely, lovely neighbour D was going to give him a lift to me and help change the tyre (we've never done it before). Luckily I had a good book and I had the doors of the car open to try and stay cool.

The cavalry arrived before too long and D followed us home once the tyre was changed to make sure we got home ok with the spare on. Dh took the car to the mechanic today and it turned out one of the tyres hadn't been put on correctly.... the seal or something, I'm not too sure, so it was all ok in the end but it was certainly a long and tiring day!!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Last Day Of The Heatwave

It's 30 degrees again today. Dh and I were feeling a bit stressed this morning. We have continual problems with our neighbours and 2 in particular cause us considerable grief with inconsiderate and sometimes rude behaviour. This morning there was a problem again, another reason why we hope to move next year. We'll know more next week but it's exciting to think we might have the opportunity for a fresh start.

Our car scraped through its MOT yesterday with some new tyres and a bit of love, so now we must buckle down and get some more money in savings. I know moving isn't cheap. We have some cosmetic work to do on the house as well before we do.

It's going to be cooler tomorrow and into the weekend so I am going to move my Cinnamon Trust dog walks to the weekend. It's far too hot to be taking them out today.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shorts From Trousers

Another hot one today! I got up really early and opened all the windows (we can't have them open overnight because of mosquitos). It was lovely, crisp and fresh. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat and read for a bit, then I had a shower and made yoghurt and fruit including home grown blackcurrants for dh and I.

I worked 8-6. We were very busy which was fine as it made the day go nice and quickly. I like to be productive. When I got in from work we had salad and crackers for dinner, nice and simple, then went for a walk up the lane. Its nice to have a walk with dh after a full day. It gives us chance to catch up and we always have a good chat when we walk. It was starting to cool off so it was refreshing to get out and about.

When we got in we did our hour of quiet time. Well... I did my hour of quiet time and turned an old pair of dh's trousers into shorts for him. I have plans to turn the leftover trouser bits into a travel wash bag for him. But poor dh hasn't been sleeping well with the heat. He layed on the floor in the lounge to do some writing and after about 20 minutes has fallen fast asleep pen still in hand! Poor chap, I'm trying not to laugh as next to him is a cup of tea that has gone cold that has the words 'Living The Dream' printed on it! I will have to wake him soon as he cannot be comfortable!

It is nice sitting though. The back door is open next to me, B is sitting out enjoying thr freshness and bird watching and everything feels very still. It's very calming.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Allotmenting And Working Hard

As I write this Burt is perched behind me on the computer stool.It used to be a computer chair, one of those black office chairs but it was so old the back fell off!! So now it's a computer stool ;) My blog has a bit of a new look, I thought I'd jazz it up a bit :)

It has been so hot today. One of my colleagues fell off her bike and broke her arm so I am doing extra shifts and covering some of her hours. Today I was working 1pm-8pm. I had to pick DH up from the train station at 10:45pm last night.The train station is about 45 mins from home so we were quite late home, so I slept in until about 7:30am then got up, made a cup of coffee then cycled to the allotment. I spent most the time picking blackcurrants. I harvested 3 tupperwares of blackcurrants (approx 1kg), some beetroot, spring onions and a few peas. On my way home I dropped some beetroot and blackcurrants of to my lovely neighbour, I froze the rest of the currants. I blitz them with frozen banana to make a kind of fruity ice cream, add them frozen to muesli and porridge, or stew with rhubarb. For lunch we had omlette with stir fried beetroot, peas and spring onions. It was delicious. 

DH and I are possibly planning a major life change including moving. This is both exciting and scary. To help us keep focused, as well as calm and grounded, for the last couple of weeks we have tried to spend an hour in the evenings with no technology on (except lights), no phones, no computers, no tv or radio. We just sit and write, do crafts, read or DH does drawing. This has been immensely helpful to us and we will continue to do this for as long as we feel it is beneficial, when I get in at a reasonable time from work. 

I am waiting for DH to get in now so I am going to make a cup of tea and do some reading. I have just cooked some salad potatoes to make potato salad for tomorrow so will cool them off them get them in the fridge before bed.


Spring Onions


Current embroidery project which is of Owls and was a Christmas Present from my Uncle

Thursday, 18 May 2017

An Early Start

Burt woke me up at 4:20am today because he was hungry! I sometimes thinks it's best we don't have children as my immediate response was to get up and feed him, it's easier to give him his own way, anything for an easy life! ;) But then I couldn't get back to sleep. At 5am I got up.

Today is the first good day we've had all week. It's been near constant rain all week, although my allotment was probably grateful! I will try and get down their later this morning.

I had a bit of a tidy up. I've had a stew in the slow cooker all night and it smells delicious :) Dh is having a lot of medical tests at the moment and one of the things he is being tested for is Celiac disease, to do that he's been told he needs to eat some wheat or gluten every day for 2 weeks. He is not looking forward to this as we have been avoiding it for a while now. To make it hopefully more bearable as he doesn't want to eat wheat bread, this morning I have made him a batch of crackers that he can have every day. He's still asleep and doesn't know yet, I think he'll be pleased. Plus, if I'm getting rid of all my flour etc I may as well use it up! Also it's much more frugal and not processed which is an added bonus.
I started the day with a glass of Homemade Kefir which was delicious. Burt has now gone back to bed! Dh is still asleep and I am enjoying the peace and stillness of the early morning :)

I always knowit's going to be a nice day when mist lays over the Orchard in the morning :)
Homemade crackers. I also did a version with sunflower seeds.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

An Update

So much has happen since my last post. I hope you are all well. We visited my Sister in Australia in April. She lives out there with her family and this was the second time we have been out. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed our well earned break.

However, we have both had some health concerns which is especially worrying to me as, as a sufferer of anxiety, I am a bit of a hyperchondriac, and the internet only makes things worse, which I have been glued to for weeks now. I feel like I'm going from one worry to another at the moment, which then makes me worry life is passing me by as I'm just spending it worrying!!

On the plus side I am trying to stay busy (hence the blogging!), we have the first of our Re-enacting shows coming up and I have finished my first display which I will be using this year so I am excited about that. 

When we got back fron Oz we found our allotment had gone mad with weeds while we were away so we've been catching up with that. Dh has been a trooper helping me at the allotment, as it's my hobby really.

I have been doing a lot of cooking as well as dietary research, so we have been spending more than usual on quality ingredients which I don't mind too much as I never feel money is wasted on nice food and we never have takeaways or anything like that which I know can be very expensive. At the moment I am making kefir in the kitchen, which is a fermented milk drink. I hope to be able to help heal us through our diet. For me, it also helps me feel like I'm doing something productive to help us too which is good. 

I will leave you with some pictures of our holiday.

Thanks for reading. Xx

This was a green juice and raw berry cheesecake and caramel slice- healthy! .....kinda ;)

One afternoon my sister, my nieces and I made afternoon tea from scratch, we then all dressed up and had a lovely tea :)

X x X 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Are You A Morning Or An Evening Person?

Hello :) I love the mornings. I am definately a morning person. In the evenings I am just not as productive. If I have worked 10 hours and dont get in til about 6:30pm, by the time I have made dinner I am already pretty tired. If I finish at 2pm I make the most of the afternoon but  am still winding down by the evening. The cold, wet and dark mornings of winter do make it harder to get out of my cosy, warm nest though! As I start work at 8am I need to get up early if I want to get things done. Some mornings are more productive than others. I try and listen to my body. If it really wants more sleep, I let it, I feel I must need it. Another thing I do to make sure I get up at a reasonable time is to have a large glass of water before bed. The call of nature in the morning helps me to get out of bed too!

This morning was a good morning. I got up about 5:30am, made a coffee then had a potter putting away a few bits left out from last night. I put Classic Fm on. I either listen to Classic Fm in the morning or just have it quiet. I made my lunch of tuna pitta with fruit and nuts. I juiced a load of carrots, shared the juice with Dh and I am keeping the pulp to make crackers this afternoon. I cleaned the kitchen, made Dh an omlette, and got ready for work. I did want to do the ironing but alas time got the better of me. I will do that tonight.

Now the weather is getting better and the mornings lighter I look forward to having more productive mornings :)

Monday, 13 March 2017


Hello. It was sunny today!!! Although it was overcast by the time I left work it was still dry. I took the opportunity and went straight to the allotment. It's been a few weeks since i got down due to the constant rain. I worked hard weeding and raking the beds. I planted spring onions and beetroot. To my surprise some rhubarb was ready for picking. One of my rhubarb plants goes mad from early spring to late autumn. I have no idea why: I don't water or feed it, I just leave it to do its own thing and it thrives year after year. I also harvested a couple of leeks. Not many left now.

When I got in I washed and chopped the rhubarb and have started marinating it in cinnamon, ginger and honey ready to bake it when dh comes in to have with custard.
To go with dinner I washed and chopped the leeks and saut├ęd it with fresh oregano from the windowsill and green beans :)

I'm quickly sitting and having a coffee then I need to catch up on my weekend jobs as we were away.

Looking forward to sitting down with a good book later :)

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Our Weekend

We've had a hectic week. Our car died and we decided not to fix it as it had an undiagnosed problem and as it was so old it wasn't worth the money to start  'trying' parts to see if it could start up again so we sold it for scrap. However, as we were due to go to my parents at the weekend we needed a new one pronto. As we're off to oz to visit my sister soon our funds are seriously depleted. But Dh saved the day by finding a local second hand car for a reasonable price that will tie us over for a bit so we made it to my parents on Saturday. 

To save money, and because it's nicer if I have the time, I handmade my mums birthday and mothers day cards from scrap card, lentils, linseeds and sunflower seeds. The birthday one especially I was pretty pleased with! 

Last night we went to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform a night called Heroes and Legends which played alsorts of fantastic film music with the highlights for me being Harry Potter (outstanding live performance), magnificant 7, Raiders of the lost arc and a brilliant piece called summon the heroes, which was a piece written by John Williams for the 1996 Olympics. It was very moving music.

My Dad and Dh are currently in the garage finishing the table top to my desk for my re-enacting awning. My Dad is going to make it foldable so it is easy to fit in the car. They have also donated an old lamp to us we can put in the lounge as the other one burnt out and had to be retired.

We were hoping to waterproof our tent this weekend but alas it is raining (again) so we will have to leave it at the moment.

My Mum showed me some photos of my Grandpa during the war which I will share with you in another post.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

  1. The workforce working hard. I made the tea!

Monday, 6 March 2017

I'm Having A Mid-Life Crises

Hello, at the grand old age of 33 I am having a wobble. Over the last few weeks I have been very busy. An elderly friend of mine's cat was extremely ill and I ended up going over every day for about 7 weeks to medicate him, usually followed by a cup of tea and a chat, as well as lots of stuff going on at weekends, my Cinnamon Trust dog walking, work has been mad and a bit stressful (moral seems quite low), Dh has had a difficult time at work too and, to be honest, everything has got a bit ...well....I felt a bit wrung out. Life feels a bit stagnant. The weather doesn't help I think.

I suffer from anxiety and have done for about 15 years and at the moment it is the passage of time that troubles me. Is this normal? Life seems so fleeting and I don't really feel like I'm doing very much. You never know what's round the corner.
Dh and I had a heart to heart at the weekend as I was very upset and I feel I need to make some changes and although it's only the third day I am feeling much more positive already.

 At the weekend apart from working I read books I got from the library, we watched Wartime Farm together while dh did some of his wargaming hobby, I finished crocheting a snood for my sister and we cooked a lot from scratch. We discussed money and the sort of work/life/money balance we want. I made a terracotta pot heater and at the moment I am making carrot and sunflower crackers. Tonight I am watching Life Below Zero, another of my favourite programmes

Things are starting to feel a bit more of how I think life should be feeling, although it's only early days. I am going to blog more and be more open about my life. I look forward to you joining me.

Sunflower and carrot crackers