Friday, 9 February 2018

Freebie And Bargain of the Week

Not much has been free or cheap so far this year. We have already bought a new-to-us car, had a new boiler fitted and we're halfway through having the bathroom done. They were all needs really, the old car was old and costing us a fortune in repairs, the boiler was 20 years old and the pump was on the way out and the bathroom was leaking and generally in need to something doing to it. 

But there are still a few things to lighten the load.

I bought a dress from the charity shop, all dresses are currently £2.99 so I was happy to snap up this White Stuff tunic. It's a bit more slouchy than I'd usually go for, but a nice comfy, cosy, easy to wear dress is just what I'm after at the moment. I don't tend to wear blue either, but I really like the texture of this one. It'll look great along with something orange!


Dan received his birthday parcel from our friend Em this week, as always it was packed full of German delicacies, including some biscuits she'd made herself - her first attempt at vegan baking. Our already full pantry is now bursting at the seams with the cookies, chocolate, sweet and savoury spreads, bread and falafel mixes, sauces, and sweets she sent over. 




No shopping required for a while!

There was also a small package for me tucked inside the box, some beautiful packets of needles, and some buttons, just lovely. 

The front


the back


I can never resist a goat!


When I was unpacking it the bathroom bloke commented that his mates would only just about buy him a pint let alone send a basket of goodies for his birthday. We are very lucky indeed. 

18 comments:

  1. Lovely dress, I prefer wearing a jumper dress and some thick tights to leggings and trousers any day.

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    1. Me too, I have some slouchy trousers for gardening/ general round the house mucky days, and one pair of jeans that I don't wear very often. I wear a dress or skirt pretty much every day.

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  2. I would totally wear that tunic over orange or a gold/yellow. It is good to see another understairs larder. It is amazing how much can be stashed in there.

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    1. It's one of the reasons I liked this house so much, the kitchen itself isn't all that big so the extra storage tucked into otherwise wasted space is fantastic. I'm always surprised when people ask me if I plan to remove it at some point.

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  3. Wow, you are certainly blessed, what a lovely gift.

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  4. I like the dress-the color is so nice to get through the dreary days.

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    1. It's great for this time of year, cosy but not too dull.

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  5. I loved nosying in your pantry! The Hornsea pottery sugar and tea caddy took me down memory lane for a second. The illustrations on the box are darling and I'd be tempted to frame it. It reminds me of Lucy Mabel Attwell or the Hummer figurines my Ma in law collects.

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    1. I love posts featuring kitchen cupboards and pantries! The tea and sugar pots came from Dan's Grandma's house when it was cleared last year, they're really useful.

      Great idea about the illustrations, they'd be great in the spare room.

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  6. That's a lovely tunic dress and at a great price. It looks really comfortable. X

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    1. It's so cosy. I've only tried it on though, the water has been off so much this week laundry has been restricted to essentials only.

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  7. I noticed your Hornsea pottery too - I think I have the matching jug in my loft from my mums. When we get our pantry done I will be able to bring the stuff down from the loft and use it.
    The dress is similar to one I got in the Sainsbury's sale to wear over my stretchy cord leggins - similar colour too - they are so easy to wear for around the house.

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    1. It's so nice to use these things, I know there can be a temptation to not do so for fear of breakages, but I'd rather run that risk but get the pleasure of using the items.

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  8. A lot of big spends but hopefully they will all save you money in the future. Love the colour of the dress and your pantry is great - wish there was room for such a thing in our house. I think Dan's gift of food from Germany is very exciting. The needle packet and buttons are gorgeous. Do you collect sewing items? xx

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    1. I try not to collect anything, but I am always excited by packaging!

      The pantry really is a great thing, no idea where I'd keep things otherwise. The stairs have a turn half way so it means we have a small storage area on the other side, in the living area, too.

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  9. A lovely dress. I love the colour and one can't beat the price.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks Jackie. The Manager puts on some great offers these days so it's worth keeping an eye out for things on my wishlist.

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