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Freebie And Bargain Of The Week

This covers a couple of things from last week too. My parents came to visit and along with my smallest niece, they brought a pile of stuff for me. Something not pictured was a packet pasta meal, I used to love them when I was a teenager and my mum thought I'd like one for my lunch. I hadn't eaten one for over 20 years but I confess I quite enjoyed it! I also pinched a packet of pom bear style crisps from my niece. 

I received a pile of magazines as always

And a stalk of the nicest sprouts I've ever had

Dan's mum watches a lot of tv so we thought a Now TV box might be good for her as it would offer her channels she doesn't currently have available to her. A work colleague of Dan's has a pile of old boxes as he buys a new box for the offers they have - a £15 box might have a month of the movie channels in with the price, for example. So we've borrowed one.

I've been lucky at the charity shop too. Along with dozens of compliments about the Victorian window (wh…

On Any Given Sunday

Yesterday morning on social media I described the day as "Happy 'be amazing then lose to a 92nd minute penalty' day"* (for those who don't know, a football match is 90 minutes long). We went to watch Burnley v Arsenal, and here's how it went. We'd heard it was going to be a bit chilly, as there had been a smattering of snow the day before, so I wrapped up. 

Thermal vest and leggings, jumper, fully lined skirt, extra socks, hat, mittens and a scarf, plus a big coat obviously.

A wet, misty drive found us in the town, parking is free on Sundays so we treated ourselves to a spot on the car park - and did our good deed by telling some away fans to save their money. Time for a spot of lunch, hot from the flask.

Into town, everyone loves the police horses, they get lots of mints! 

Time for a treat, almond milk chai for me and coconut milk hot chocolate for Dan from the wonderful Little Barista.

How cute are the cups! Now off to the match.

A sign of the times, the club…


Dan is 40 next year, and much as I would love to treat him to all manner of things I don't have the funds, so I am keeping an eye out at the charity shop plus I'm making a few token gifts, one of which I'm plating with today. 

I can't draw. At all. But I really wanted to attempt a fabric collage picture of the house, we keep seeing them about the place, luckily I do have a picture of our style of house in a book, I also have baking paper, so I could trace it!

This is the very basic shape, with no additional stitching, we'll see how it goes!

The Legacy Of Poor Decision Making

Four years ago I made the error of sticking the wooden cutlery drawer insert thing into the drawer with some sticky pads. I think I knew it was a mistake when I did it, but I did it anyway, it may have been on the same day I hit the kickboard into place because it was wonky. Looking back at the post about these incidents it turns out I did know the sticky pad thing was a bad idea. 

Fast forward to today, inspired by something I read online (yes, I know, I should have left well alone) I decided today was the day to tackle the drawer. It turns out that pound shop sticky pads are very good quality and do not lose their adhesive qualities over time. Still stuck fast. So I thought to myself I could swap some of the kitchen drawers around, use a different cutlery organiser and all would be well. As it turns out not very many of my kitchen drawers are the same size, I swapped the only drawer that would fit only to discover, it didn't fit - 

wonky bonky. 

Back to square one. Well, it would b…

A Day At The Beach

Well, a quarter of an hour at the beach.

It was not really very cold, just a bit cold, but the wind hit us as soon as we crossed the dunes. My niece refused to put her coat on and we were stared at by dog walkers for allowing a 2 year old to build sandcastles protected only by a hoodie. We splashed in a puddle on the way home then had jelly. 

It was nice to spend time on the sand, and everywhere looked beautiful. 


Other than a trip to the football on Saturday we were at home this weekend, and it was a lazy productive time, if that's a thing. 

Dan filled up the green bin, ready for collection this week, we took stuff to the tip and the charity shop, tidied the understairs cupboard, which was not nearly as scary as we thought, and generally had a putter around sorting things out - just what I wanted to do before I start to get stressed about that December event I'd rather just avoid. Maybe stressed isn't the word, frustrated is more the word, I can't stand to feel obliged to do things and we have to spend time with people who are all about tradition. Enough said about that, I'm not going to mention it again. 

One thing I struggle with is my breakfast, I can't cope with anything milky like cereal or porridge first thing, and having nothing for me to eat is a concern to Dan, so we seem to constantly on the hunt for something for me. Yesterday I was sick of thinking about it (f…

Freebie and Bargain Of The Week

This week we used more supermarket vouchers, some for bonus points on things we had on the shopping list anyway, such as laundry liquid, and another £3 off £20 these vouchers arrived at the right time as I needed things like rabbit litter, laundry liquid and other non-food items. When we use this final voucher we'll receive another £2.50 voucher to spend at our leisure. All in all this month we will have spent £100 at the supermarket (give or take), received £15 off our shopping and will have another £12.50 in vouchers, that's not too bad at all. 
The main bonus this week is from our internet provider. We were out of contract so Dan phoned to hear what they had to offer, after not too much negotiation we are paying £1 more per month than before, a fair bit less than the original offer, plus we now have super-fast broadband, which is great as we use internet tv now, and we have a few other bits and bobs to do with calls, not all that relevant but it's good to know should we …

In The Window

After no small amount of blood, sweat, tears and tantrums we have the basic set up for our Victorian window display. My fellow colleague Bee, who won "Volunteer of the Year" last year for our charity for being all round amazing, saved my facon by loaning me a dress she had made. People are falling over themselves to swoon at it!

Look at that dress! Isn't it amazing!

It took about an hour, a saw, hammer, staples, a bra, and half a roll of parcel tape just to fix the head onto the model, never mind the countless pins, staples, padded coat hangers and various other things needed to put everything together. It was absolutely hilarious (probably the only time I've laughed during this whole thing!). I think I'll arrange to be on holiday this time next year though!

Sneak Peek

After being more than a little stressed about it I had an idea about how to get started with the Victorian themed window, so I headed to the charity shop this morning to do the groundwork. The volunteer working today was someone I know has been involved with big windows like this before, so we had a chat about it and she offered to loan me a dress she made for a do she attended a few years ago. What a relief, that's the big show stopper we needed. 

My middle of the night idea for the other models (we're having three) was to use the large rolls of fabric we have for sale at the moment to fashion a skirt and use some other things I knew were in the shop plus some things I had a home to create a full outfit. 

The only slight negative about the day was when a manager visiting from another shop made a comment that I shouldn't be hacking all the stock to pieces just for a window. I politely pointed out to her that all items were bought and paid for and I had, in fact, owned them …

Upgrading In The Kitchen

Our kitchen is well past best, but it's going to be a fair old while before we get a new one. I think even the bathroom is going to be second priority (if we can find someone to do the job) as the boiler is playing up again, I had a very cold shower today!

Anyway, and ignoring all the arguments that if we didn't spend money on frippery we'd be able to afford these things more quickly, we headed off to TK Maxx for a look around. We don't buy things from there all that often as I generally can't face all the poking about, but today we crossed a few things off our shopping list. 

Sleepy juice. I am not a great sleeper, never have been but the combination of Tisserand Sweet Dreams oil and sea sounds helps a lot. I paid £4.99 for these two roll ons, at the chemist I pay around £4 for just one, so very happy. I have no idea whether aromatherapy actually works, but I do associate this fragrance with being sleepy so it's the same thing really. 

Earlier in the day we had d…