Friday, 30 August 2013

Retrospective August Menu Plan

I didn't write a menu plan for August beforehand due to hot weather and the not-holiday but here's a list of what we had without the plan - 

1. biriyani
2. baked beans and wedges *yum*
3. pizza

4. fry up
5. biriyani (it was so nice on Thursday) and falafel
6. harissa spiced sausage pasta
7. white bean chilli w. bulghur
8. plaki with roast potatoes
9. out
10. leftover picnic

11 stiry fry w noodles
12 out
13 out
14 out
15 out
16 falafel sandwich w leftover picnic
17 baked beans and wedges *mmmm*

18 out
19 enchiladas
20 jacket potatoes w roast veg and spinach grill
21 sandwiches
22 nothing!
23 no idea, must have been a classic
24 bottom of the fridge surprise. 

25 yucky pie
26 pasta
27 tagine
28 lentil soup
29 nut roast, pepper sauce, veg
30 stirfry
31 chickpea curry

What we can learn from this is that we didn't eat particularly well without the plan! Ah well, we're still here. 

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Good Mundane

If you like insights into a very ordinary person's life, you have come to the right place.

Had a little look at Facebook this morning and there was good, even great, news! The Caravan Gallery is back, back for the SAS Music and Arts Festival (7th - 14th September). Hooray! Better still the evening before funtivities begin is the book launch. We knew the book was coming and now here we are, days away from seeing it. I can't wait! All manner of Lytham St Anne's based treats in print form.

This week I did a zero cost makeover on a soon-to-be-dumped horrible grey Billy bookcase to make a living-in-the-house different shade of grey Billy bookcase. Now we don't have to double stack our books on the shelves upstairs and I don't have to leave my stuff strewn all over the coffee table when I don't want to put it away. Hooray! Big grey bunny believes it to be a ladder though in slightly less positive news so until a Lego solution is built there's a laundry basket providing scant protection. Dan's bread book has been an early casualty.

In advance of my shopping trip (if that's not an overly grand way to describe it) I am now down to 46 items of clothing. Spurred on by Linda's comment yesterday I got rid of a denim skirt - I wear it but only because it's there. I also got rid of a grey dress, not so pleased about this because I love it but I discovered a hole. On the plus side I need a grey doorstop for the bedroom so I can use the fabric for that. I also enhanced my wardrobe by about 6 items through the simple act of ironing. I ironed clothing for one full hour yesterday and what do you know, things I was over looking are now wearable. It's a miracle. 

We have a new five year financial plan. Hooray! We moved the mortgage earlier this year and it's fixed for 5 years. Our freedom fund savings are coming together faster than initially planned so that will be done in less than the three years we'd anticipated. So that frees up a couple of years to continue to save to replace the crumbly kitchen and ok-not-great bathroom. Sounds good to me. We've also made a perhaps rash decision about the living room. We took the carpet up a long time ago due to chewing by a big grey bunny and her sidekick, the plan being to replace it with a nice wood floor. But, you know, it's not going to happen, we don't have the cash and it's never going to be top priority. So we're going to fit another carpet and have a ridiculous arrangement of bunny protective devices in every corner, hope for the best and see how it goes. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

September Menu Plan

Hooray, September, start of lovely food time. Summer is not the most exciting food time to me, I'm not really a salad person and so much of summer food is meat or cheese based it's can be a bit of a strain to think of exciting stuff to eat when it's warm and you are a lazy person. A pet hate of mine is when I look online for vegetarian summer recipes and the top ten are all puddings. Hmmm.

But if it offends you then I'm giving out the warning, it's in here. Conveniently September 1st is a Sunday. For ease of brain power we're going back to having curry on Fridays. 

1. nut roast with veg and tons of potatoes
2. italian bean casserole
3. dhal stuffed peppers
4. stirfry
5. lentil potato layer bake
6. curry
7. bean burgers w. wedges

8. roast
9. garlic and butterbean stew
10 risotto
11 chilli
12 l/o
13 curry
14 pizza

15 chicken and mushroom pie (not chicken, probably butterbeans, maybe chestnuts but it must have that chicken and mushroom pie vibe apparently).
16 enchiladas
17 ratatouille
18 jambalaya or l/o
19 lentil bol
20 curry
21 singapore noodles

22 roast
23 out
24 biriyani
25 creamy pasta with herb crumb topping not really creamy, but not tomatoey
26 thanksgiving pot pie
27 curry
28 bean burgers

29 pasta bake
30 shepherdess pie

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


It really does feel like summer is drawing to an end and we keep having fresh thoughts and ideas for the future, what to stop, what to start and what to continue (yes, I know I sound like a corporate team bonding session).

One thing that has really stood out for me is the amount of constraints we put upon ourselves. In the past it was important for us to rationale think things so we didn't feel deprived when we couldn't do things. Now these rules don't apply in quite the same way. This isn't just about clothes but clothing is a good example.

We are constrained by things like money - we only have a certain amount and that won't move, we're constrained by the fact I won't buy silk or leather, that won't move. But I don't have to constrain myself (as I usually do) by thinking I won't buy something just because of where it's from or how much costs, I can be open minded about it. 

8 or 9 years ago I started sorting our house out, it was a tip. I kept all manner of junk and didn't stop buying. It took an age to clear stuff out and now I am always kind of happy when I talk about only owning 48 items of clothing. Thing is, it's not a good thing these days. We do more and no, it doesn't matter what I wear as long as my body is covered up. But it's nice to think I'm wearing something that suits the occasion so I look and feel like I'm making an effort just in the same way that I want to wear the right clothes if I'm off tramping up a hill. 

We have constraints but some are more important than others. We discussed the next five years, assuming things stay the same, it seems to make sense. A lot of it is just plodding along - the savings are the savings, the costs are the costs give or take. Forcing ourselves to be extra frugal stay in a cave collecting lint is not where we are. We've done that and now we want to live a bit. We've missed big games and nights out, we've not shared the happiness of a wedding or a big birthday celebration, we've gone without and all that stuff. It was when it was a necessity. Now it would just be doing it for the sake of it and no amount of being mortgage free or having an extra hundred quid in the bank trumps spending time with folk and "creating memories" because we won't be here forever, people go and not necessarily when they should. The phrase "you never know what's around the corner" is not all about preparing for the future, it's about being here now too.  

So the question remains, where do I get clothes that won't make me look like a child, a slapper or a cushion cover (if I have to choose I'll go for slapper).

Friday, 23 August 2013

First Week Back

My first week back has not gone well. I am so tired I can hardly wake up, I keep telling Dan it must be Lyme Disease or something exotic but he claims it's more to do with getting up early after a week of lounging. I was super excited to be back as I had so many plans but now I am just jumping for joy (or the sleepy equivalent) because it's a long weekend off. 

In an attempt to jump start myself I have done some stuff, I often find it does the trick. I ventured into the garden and removed some of the many weeds and discovered that the Astilbe I thought had died is indeed doing well and is flowering. Everything has grown a lot and birds make a right old racket when you're in the garden and they want to be.

I can see the bottom of both of the laundry baskets, everywhere is scarily tidy despite the fact that Big Grey Bunny insists on digging in her litter tray. I have even dug out the beast, my sofa quilt. I love it but I just can't get it finished, it's a battle and this time I may win. I made a curtain to stop the howling wind from behind the washing machine (there's a huge gap ). I mopped the floor, that's a big deal the mop is usually only for fending off the Big Grey Bunny. This morning I did some exercises. And we only spent £10.55 on groceries and some of that was on crisps and there's still money in the bank. that's not bad for someone who has sleepwalked through the week. 

I did chuck a pan of quinoa away on Wednesday, it went very wrong. Smelled amazing but taste wise, noooooo. But that meant we did eat some houmous that might have gone west otherwise. Better than a kick in the face. Had a conversation about the pros and cons of buying wrapping paper and cards in the sale. It wasn't meant to be a pros and cons, I brought cons into it.

Ten star jumps for the Bank Holiday. We're going to something called an Art Gallery tomorrow and something is happening on Sunday but I can't remember what that is, can't have been my idea. Happy times!

Thursday, 22 August 2013



where am I? in the kitchen

what's the sky like? grey

what am I wearing? mini dress, owl socks

what's motivating me? post not-holiday house rescue


where am I? in the spare room cupboard

what's the sky like? still grey

what am I wearing? as 9am

what's motivating me? cushions and getting a bit of colour into the bedroom, post not-holiday the monochrome isn't as exciting.


where am I? back in the kitchen

what's the sky like? more grey

what am I wearing? as 9am

what's motivating me? a very dubious looking evening meal, sleep, being propped up with sugar, funny bunnies.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


When I was having a break I had a lot of very good ideas about how I was going to do things when I was back to it. It is now Tuesday and I can see the resolutions running away and into the sea. But I am having more good ideas, the laundry is nearly done and we had a no-spend day, that must count for something.

Monday, 19 August 2013

One More Thing

I'd almost forgotten. We had a break from social media too, Dan was better at that than I was. I felt the need soak up the Warrington v Widnes excitement on Thursday so I got involved with that and afterwards it was a slippery slope. 

Something we learned was when you don't use technology for a while it can be so frustrating! The largest amount of stress was when we put the laptop or phone on to try to find something. We would almost certainly have been better off without all of it other than the untappd app which lead us to a great real ale pub in Liverpool (The Dispensary on Renshaw St, looks a bit... you know, but it's great and everyone is very kind). 

Not- Holiday Lessons

a not very good photo of  the spoils

We learned many things on the not-holiday. We learned all about the dangers of the brown tailed moth on Spurn Point which was probably the most important and scary thing but we learned lots of other things too - 

The things we did well - 

The budget, we had £150 for petrol and £500 for everything else. That's a lot for a week, there's £21.95 left. What we learned is that we need an emergency fund even when on not-holiday. Day one we spent £25 on a new headlight bulb and a fix on a tyre slow puncture. Day six we spent £42 on socks and underwear. 

The vast majority of the cash was spent on food and drink. No surprises there and it was well worth it. We took a picnic to Spurn, Bowes Museum and somewhere else I can't remember and that worked really well. We ate out in Glasgow, Clitheroe and Liverpool and that was the right choice. The most expensive day out was Glasgow, the cheapest was a soggy but brilliant afternoon in Arnside. 

What's certain and what's flexible. We had non-negotiable places to visit like Glasgow, Bowes and Spurn but other than that we just had a list of 10 or so places we might fancy going to. In the end we had a change of plan and decided to go to Liverpool yesterday even though it wasn't on the list and it was the right choice. We went to the Museum of Liverpool and it was brilliant, well worth the admission which was free! For me it was a perfect balance of the big stuff and the mundane without being over the top about how much people love the city. It also felt like a shared space for everyone, more than anywhere else I've been, it was more than just a museum as people were using it as they wanted, the museum wasn't forcing anything onto the user. 

Extra bonus was that The Caravan Gallery had been there earlier in the year so there was an exhibition of their stuff. I love them, they came to Lytham St Annes last year and the whole set up was great. I love their work in small places but to see what they found in a bigger city was hilarious and beautiful. Extra extra bonus was that it was Sea Shanty Sunday so we got to have a sing and dance too. Can't be better.

Make it a break. Last year I didn't feel like it was a holiday as I still had to do all my normal stuff. This year Dan did all the washing up, swept the floor and cleaned out the buns. It was brilliant and I thank him very much for my break from routine. 

The flask. I loved the flask!

Lessons learned - 

Prepare for the right things. Even though we knew we wouldn't be eating at home all that much we still over bought food. It meant we had to force ourselves to eat a stirfry, we chucked half a melon, some posh juice and some potatoes away and probably ate over-filled sandwiches a few times. Lesson learned is that when there's all the stuff in the world to be treated to when you're out it's not necessary to have it at home too. The benefit of all the eating out and not eating the stuff we'd prepared is that the freezer is full so I can ease my way back to normality with lots of home made ready meals.

All we really needed to have in was that stuff we always do - things for breakfast, lots and lots of tea and an emergency tin of baked beans. 

Research and buying in advance. Getting the train tickets for Glasgow in advance was a great thing - even the train conductor commented on how good a deal it was. Going to a big place like Glasgow with no knowledge at all wasn't quite as great. We got off to a rocky start but once we found Mono and stuffed ourselves with lovely grub we were fine. Tip: if a vegetarian place looks shut it probably isn't. I also spent probably a bit too much on zines about the Bacup Coconut Dancers and Preston Bus Station but I didn't want to resist. What we learned was that we want to visit again but we'll have a different strategy to get around. 

The Art Pass. We're on the fence about this. We only used it once, for the Bowes Museum so it hasn't paid for itself yet. We know it will throughout the year but to pay for it with holiday cash was maybe not the best choice. I think it will be a great investment though during the Autumn and Winter. 

Clothing. I own 48 items of clothing and it wasn't really enough. Some of those clothes are winter clothes and coats so not really appropriate for August. I ran out of things to wear. There are a few unworn tops as well as the winter stuff but I don't own enough bottoms so I'm adding a couple of pairs of leggings and one or two pairs of trousers to my shopping list. I now have lots of socks. 

Leaving Liverpool yesterday we took a small detour through Tuebrook (aka we took the wrong route) and can you believe it we ended up in Widnes, can't stay away from the place. But we ended up having that holiday conversation where you question where you live. Would it be better to live elsewhere and have other amenities closer? The answer is no, during our holiday we could have seen loads of free things where we live including an air show and the 1940's weekend, plus we can walk to the beach, there's a theatre nearby, we can get the train to exciting places, we have a great local pub, it's very very quiet and our sugarlump of a house is a wonderful place indeed. The one downside of the Fylde is that it is not a place to eat out if you're a vegetarian, but we only eat out on not-holiday so who cares?

Extra extra bonus good news it's a bank holiday next weekend! Let's do it all again!

Friday, 16 August 2013


I wouldn't ordinarily interrupt a not-holiday but something happened. I haven't mentioned Widnes for a wee while, it's because we've been terrible. We did our best to miss the game last night but there we were, ready when kick off arrived.

We were what is known in the trade as "shellaced" by Hull FC away. It was a disgrace. We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last Sunday at home to Castleford (we were 10 points up with 15 to play). Thankfully Dan and I decided not to attend as it had the potential to ruin our time off so we went to Arnside instead. We got soaked but at least we were happy.

Last night was the return leg of the Derby, away at Warrington. Somehow, some way we will never really understand over the Easter weekend Widnes beat Warrington at home, what a day that was. Happy as larapin all the way home. After some heavy defeats and shipping points like water no-one was all that confident about last night. Warrington had the chance to go top of the table with a win and we were on the slide. Add to that former bad boyfriend Gareth Hock and the delightful hooker Jon Clarke were both out for Widnes. 

If anyone is still here you may have guessed we won. And we won the hard way. Hooker Grant Gore was called up for his first start with Clarke being out and the poor lad fractured his kneecap in the first half. Not great. Then just before half time loose forward Hep Cahill was sent off for Widnes after an unpleasant (but accidental imo) high shot on Brett Hodgson the very talented and popular (in our house) Warrington full back. But we were still in it with the score at 6-4 at half time. 

The second half of away games is not often a happy hunting ground for Widnes, thankfully in the wet conditions Warrington decided they wanted to keep turning the ball over and we made the most of it. Patty Ah Van scored to put us ahead for the first time then a fantastic break and pass by Rhys Hanbury gave the ever wonderful Joe Mellor the opportunity to put a great kick though to Jack Owens for his second try of the night. What a try! I think we'll all be talking about that for years to come. No Widnes (or any other sports fan) ever takes anything for granted and right up until the final hooter we couldn't be sure the points were safe and that we would indeed do the double over the Wire. But we did and with 12 men and I believe we were the first team this season to keep Warrington below double figures, final score 6 - 16. Well done Widnes and a speedy recovery to Hodgson and Grant Gore. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Peace and Quiet

That's what I am looking forward to, just 9 hours to go until we have 10 days of fun and that trip to Spurn Point we've been waiting 11 years to take. No screens, no alarms, no shops, no rushing. Just relaxing (even though the time is broken up by two Widnes games, but we're only going to one to save our sanity). See you soon. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Thingbabies and the Wrapping Paper Curse

I dislike thingbabies. Those little things that you need to have in order to facilitate the big thing that you really want. They are the bedfellow of the wrapping paper curse - those things you buy in order to be prepared/ grab a bargain but in fact clutter up your house and do everything they can to get on your nerves. Unless they're for quilting in which case the thingbabies are almost as good as the quilt.

Yesterday it was tin foil. We do not, as a rule, buy foil. I just don't need it, I won't wash it and reuse it and I don't want to buy something just to chuck it away. But Dan bought a reduced haggis and to cook the haggis it needed to be wrapped in foil. So he bought some and ate the haggis. Fine.

Not fine because now there's 87% of a roll of foil in the kitchen. We don't have a huge kitchen and it's set up the way I want it (within the constraints of the kitchen provided). So to have a roll of foil to house is very very annoying. I spent 20 minutes trying to find a way to squeeze the foil into one of the kitchen drawers. Rearranging the drawers would have meant meant rearranging 3 cupboards too. STOP THE MADNESS! 

I then had a brainwave - stick it in the pantry on that shelf I never use because it's too high up where things like flasks and emergency pineapple juice live. Good idea. So I did. But it was on my mind all night so I got up this morning and rearranged all the cupboards and the pantry too, to the point of actually decanting all the dried stuff into the glass jars I won but can never be bothered to use like the jaunty ladies do. This would not have happened if I didn't have a to do list as long as my arm. Procrastination may steal time but it did allow me to look at all my tablecloths. 

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Food and Drink

So after yesterday I was feeling on the fence about some of the things we said we'd do about the not-holiday. Last year I didn't feel like it was a holiday as there was still a ton of housework for me to do - like washing up. I dislike washing up a lot. So this year we agreed to buy some ready made salads from M&S - you know those small but quite nice looking ones with beans and things. We said we'd get a tray of veg for roasting and a few other things like that. 

I thought about it yesterday and came to the conclusion that just because we have a budget for it doesn't mean it's a good idea. 

So Dan is taking Friday off work and that's going to be our prep day - cut the grass, clean the car, change the sheets and all that stuff, we don't need to pack but we do need to get ready. We're adding to that domestic bliss list - prepare some food. So we're going to get into the kitchen and wash and chop salad, roast some veg, make salad dressing and that kind of thing. I know it's what everyone else already does but I thought it was what I didn't want to do. But it just seems insane that I'd go out and buy a quinoa salad when I have quinoa at home, or I'd buy a tray of roasting veg for a couple of quid just to avoid washing up the roasting tin. 

I feel better about that now, it didn't sit well with me even when I thought it was a good idea. I'm sure it was nothing to do with reading a lot of voluntary simplicity blogs yesterday :-)

Flask update - I found another flask that doesn't smell at all, I'd forgotten Dan's mum gave it to us a wee while ago when she was having a sort out. The main news is - the other two flasks are fragrance free and fresh as a daisy! The main bit of the work was done by putting some bicarb into the bottom of the flask topping up with hot water and putting the lid on. The fizzy froth brought out all manner of horrible looking bits and most of the smell disappeared. Hooray!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Happy Thrift

Train voucher update - Dan contacted the company to tell them the voucher wasn't included in the letter and they're sending another out today. A two minute chat, very impressive customer service. It can also be used on any train so that's even better.


We're really fortunate at the minute that we don't have to scrimp and save. Well, we need to save but we are not currently worrying where the next meal will come from or whether we'll have enough money for bills. This year we have burned our way through a lot of money though and so I find myself on this beautiful, rainy morning thinking about making some savings around the house and looking to spend less rather than just make the cash do more. Of course that means deciding to do more, some of my more will be very small. 

First thing is water. I'm not a huge fan of the flask, we have two and despite trying to keep one for water and one for hot drinks they both stink of coffee. Last year we went for a tramp around Grizedale, got to the top of the hill, sat down for a drink and had to drink cold coffee flavoured water. Not good. I've soaked them, washed them and they still smell of coffee. It's the snozzle spouty bit, yuck. So it is hard for me to want to give the flask another go but in the spirit of not buying bottled water I've done the hot water and bicarb thing and now everything is soaking in hot water and soda crystals. If that doesn't work then they're gone. It's not just the smell though, it's the clinking and clunking in the car. I know that makes me sound like a brat (I know I am one) but it gets on my pip no end. But I am trying and that must count for something. Of course I have just thought of a solution for that - I have a shopping bag with an insert for bottles, I've just tried it out and it fits into my rucksack so clunky flask problem solved! One of the flask seals has disappeared but if I use that one for water and it's kept upright in the rucksack it should be ok. 

Second is electricity, I used to do a unitwatch every week in our old house, but here it's a pain to get to the meter so I don't do it. I don't need to check to know that having my laptop and the tv on at the same time is a waste of energy. So it's one or the other now, I already know I'm not concentrating on either thing fully if I'm trying to do two things. 

Third is kitchen and bunny waste. We still haven't built the compost bin. We're in this weird situation where we have the wood to build it with and we could do it but as Father said he'd do it then it would turn into a big thing if he came over and we'd already done it. I realise all my excuses are ridiculous but these are my reasons! When we have the compost bin we'll cut down on lots of waste, bin bags etc. It's more the bunny stuff than kitchen stuff as we don't chuck that much away - I don't peel if I don't have to. But the buns generate a lot of mess between the litter tray, fluff and the shredded cardboard, having a nice bed-turned-into-composter will be great. 

Teeny tiny tweaks, who knows if they are meaningful.

Free Passes

Dan contacted the train company after his not much fun train and bus slog to Nottingham the other week. On Friday a letter plopped onto the doormat from them. There was a nice letter of apology and an explanation of the length of delay he had and the travel voucher that covered that level of delay. That's a good thing. Only there was no voucher included. All sorted out with a simple phone call but it caused more eye rolling than necessary. 

We decided to do something on the spur of the moment on Saturday so we went out then decided to hop onto the train to visit a couple of bars in the next town. Our station office was closed, no conductor on the train and no station office at the other end, so nowhere to pay! Not wanting to push our luck we walked the 4 miles home so we felt a bit better about the unplanned freebie. 

A while ago we talked about getting a pass to get us into various museums in Lancashire, we decided against it and have bought a National Art Pass instead. It's not a cheap purchase at £60 for the two of us but I think we'll get full value from it, especially as Bowes Museum is part of the deal and we were prepared to spend about nine quid each to go there next week. The app that goes along with it is very useful and simple to navigate, it lists everything that's free or reduced price with the pass but also all the things that are free for everyone. 

After a fairly decadent weekend and spending out on the pass I feel I need to do a bit of work to make parts of next week a bit more cheap and cheerful. Glasgow will be fairly expensive as we plan to eat out there, but other than that I am aiming for the other days to cost no more than £10 each (not including getting there). Should be fun to see if we can do that and if we can't there is money in the budget for a small amount of splurging. It's all cheaper than a hotel room for a week. 

For the next few days I'll be getting the house not-holiday ready, I'm armed with a tickling stick and some metal polish. Ready, set, go!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Judged At The Supermarket (plus bargains)

The perils of buying junk food, this never happens when we buy our usual cook from scratch stuff. 

We went to the supermarket last night and did very well for bargains - things that were on our shopping list anyway so no waste. What did we get? 3 packs of cauldron sausages for the price of one, socked away in the freezer, we don't eat them very often but they were a total bargain and good for a not-holiday fry up, reduced salad, mushrooms, potato cakes (Dan's secret treat spread with marmite), root beer, cereal bars and some other stuff that's in the freezer so I can't remember what it is. 

Anyway, Dan wanted some nut cutlets for a change/ a bit of retro joy so we picked up a pack. When we got to the checkout the assistant started a running commentary on our shopping! She looked at the almond milk as though it was an alien baby then when she scanned the nut cutlets and declared "I wouldn't fancy eating them, is it some kind of vegetarian thing?". Erm, ok, the good news is that you don't have to eat them, there is no law about it. 

I didn't really know what to say so I just said "oh, they're a bit like fancy stuffing, very filling" and other bland things like that. She said "they're alright for the money aren't they though". So not only does my food look disgusting I'm also a cheapskate. Two cheeky comments for the price of one! They do look disgusting and I am a cheapskate I don't need people to point it out :-)

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Hunt For Coconut Ice Cream

We went to Frederick's in Chorley yesterday for a payday ice cream treat. This teeny, yummy venue is about 25 miles away so it is a trek. Found a parking space, ran through the rain to the shop and had a look at the menu outside. 

No coconut.

I know they do coconut but there was none to be had. So I got my nutty cone with cinder toffee and hazelnut swirl, Dan went for a honeycomb cone with honeycomb and stracciatella. Then Dan spotted a poster suggesting that if a particular flavour wasn't out in the fridge we should ask *tap nose and look a bit shifty* so he did. The bloke behind the counter didn't think so but ventured off into the back to have a look in the big freezer. "We only have a tub to take away" he said upon his return. Tub beats cone doesn't it so after parting with possibly too much money I am the proud owner of a tub of coconut icecream. Hooray! (yes, that plant does look unhealthy doesn't it!)