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Showing posts from June, 2018

June On My Spoon

I keep forgetting to snap food as I'm fitting everything in between World Cup 2018 matches, but here are a few things we've been eating recently. 

I don't think I've shared this before, spiced squash soup with a lovely pitta made by Dan. 

Obligatory noodles, can't remember how this was flavoured as it was a while ago, but I used the Tofoo brand tofu as it was on special offer, very nice, no pressing required.

Roast sweet potatoes with assorted veg and seeds, I can't quite remember what's in the pepper. Oooh, I think it might be some Linda McCartney meatball-style balls squished up and mixed with tomato sauce. If that's what it is then they were tasty, but a bit too meaty for me. 

This looks less interesting than it was as I kept everything separate. Roast veg and avocado with a packet of tomato and basil quinoa we picked up for 50p from Jack Fulton (discount frozen food shop) when we were in Colne. This was dried, not frozen, a nice quick meal. Things in th…


Lightness is something I've been aiming for over the past few years, and without wanting to start throwing around terms that wouldn't look out of place on a motivational placard, it appears I'm meandering in the right direction.

Over the last little while we've been addressing all those micro-irritants that we've been living with for as long as we can remember, or more likely not remember because they've been there for so long. Deciding to stop growing veg was a huge step towards lightness, Dan hated it and I wasn't motivated knowing I had to do everything myself, we decided to do something different and now we go into the garden every day. I have even (after 8 attempts) embraced Instagram, mainly so I can take pictures of the garden every day now we have some flowers. 

The top stress creating thing in the house was, of course, the bathroom, there was so much tweaking that we still haven't decorated, but the main work is done and it feels so much better. …


I have tried on many occasions to make bread and it is just beyond me, still I live in hope that eventually something good will happen. 

That day was not today. 

I really wanted focaccia, so I watched a video, which made it seem fairly simple and went to it. There are no photos, i went in the bin after the hanging around for an hour hoping it will rise period, although I knew a long time before that that it wasn't going to work out. It all seems to go wrong somewhere between mixing everything together and tipping it out to knead it (I am not doing no knead bread, I can't be doing with having things hanging around overnight). I followed the instructions to the letter, and yet things just didn't seem mixed, so even after the kneading part there was nothing silky or easy to work about the leaden ball on the worktop. 

I think I know what the issue is, I just want to be able to do it, I don't want to do it. It seems ridiculous that I can't make something so simple, so I go…

Happy Mundane

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped forEpicurus 
I saw an updated version of this ancient quote on Instagram the other day. I usually ignore motivational quotes, I'm not easily motivated, but I liked this one. Initially I thought about it in terms of the bathroom and how, other than it looking a bit better, we're not actually that much better off in terms of a functioning room. But then I thought about it again, and it's done, so I don't really have to think about it much, which is certainly better than a kick in the face.
As I wandered around the house I started thinking about all the things that made me fall in love with it in the first place, and for the first time ever I really appreciated the kitchen. Our kitchen is not a beautiful room, everything in it is really cheap and a bit on the crumbly side, but it feels great, somehow it's not an unpleasant place to be, and a…

Freebie And Bargain Of The Week

A couple of things made their way home with me this week. Firstly some books picked up on our trip to Colne on Saturday. A copy of The Highway Code, 50p. hospice shop

A couple of Ladybird books to add to Dan's childhood collection, 90p each also from the hospice shop.

I splashed out £2 on a stretchy comfy tunic thing, I just liked the design

A black jacket as I didn't have one, this looks great on.

Finally a small table, I plan to use it in the garden, the tray part come away so it should be nice and east to transport the drinks! Another couple of quid, turns out it's a Habitat Oken table and is still available to buy new. 

A pretty good week.


House beautification continues, this weekend we got some small but significant projects finished. We started off the weekend with a trip to East Lancs for some home and garden inspiration, we came back with a car full of it!

I did a little primp of the porch while Dan hung the pictures we had framed at Easter. My woodblock print looks gorgeous clad in yellow aluminium. 

The main focus of the weekend was to get on with what we are rather grandly calling the courtyard, really it's a bit of paving behind the garage that tends to be filled with junk. Now it's our new eating area, it's not finished yet, but the planters are filled and we are just after a few things to make it more pretty. Our garden isn't large, so we don't want any wasted space. 

Dan really wanted grasses, so we chose some that will eventually screen the compost bins to the left, then picked up a couple of small acers to section it off a little more. It's not the cheapest project we've ever done, …

Hero Product - Hooks

It didn't take all that long to sort out the stuff from the drawer yesterday, I also found another drawer stashed with things so I emptied that too. Then I found a drawer in the kitchen that didn't need to hold what it was holding, so something good came from looking for the batteries. Plus I did a bit of yoga.
Despite the huge list of jobs we still have to do I am a bit in love with the house at the moment, I think the sunshine helps. I am particularly happy with how easy it is to use at the moment, and hooks play a big part in this. We don't have much floor space, so using the height available is very important, my pantry has to work very hard, as it doesn't just hold food. Recently we added some heavy duty hooks to make things better. 

The pantry is also quite narrow (72cm at the widest point) so keeping things off the floor is a bonus. On two hooks I can store the paper recycling (on the right) and my cleaning bucket. On the left are my shopping bags and the tools fo…

Junk In My Trunk

And everywhere else. 

Although I'm quite slim I am exceptionally unfit and a bit flabby. I had been making a few changes to the way I do things after someone I work with basically told me I have a fat bum. I do have a fat bum, in fact I mentioned it recently, but it's not big enough to require the size of dress she held up. So, I am starting very gently, mainly on my exercise bike, but also using the Wii Fit, I like the hula-hooping. I decided to use the Wii today as I'm waiting in for a parcel and didn't want to miss it by being upstairs on the bike when they turned up. 

The batteries on the controller were running low, so I set off to look for some more. I found batteries, I also found some other items that Dan had put away. This is not husband shaming, as I take some responsibility for what I found. I'm well known for being messy and disorganised, Dan likes things to be put away. However, even though it might take me a (long) while, when things are dealt with they…

Those Annoying Antisocial People

We had people staying at the house for the whole weekend, two nights, I did not manage very well. I was found at one point hiding in the pantry with my fingers in my ears to block out the never ending noise. 

We went out for a meal on Sunday. I may have said before that I'm not good in a restaurant situation, I just don't like any kind of formality and so after a while the few social skills I possess flew out of the window, I had to take myself off to stand outside for a while to get through it, I can't do long lingering relaxed meals, and I can't see why anyone would, they are exhausting - I can't be the only person over the moon that street food is so big these days. 

My brother and his girlfriend organise a BBQ once a year at a park near their house, it was mentioned a couple of times this weekend and I changed the subject. We went last year and it was both really boring and very stressful at the same time. I know it's just me as everyone else seemed to be hav…

Off The Wall

My parents invited themselves to stay at the weekend, which was surprising but fine, we then found out that they were going to see Alfie Boe in concert so their motives became clear. We gave them a lift to the venue, told them to behave themselves, then went for a walk to kill some time before collecting them. 

We headed off to see the very new sea defence at Rossall, just north of Blackpool, it's far more pretty than a trip to see a wall might sound! The bridges and art work have been designed by Stephen Broadbent, other works include River Of Life in the centre of Warrington which came about after the 1993 bombing in the town. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral has the Sheppard Memorial, there's Tudor Square in Sheffield, and Propellers of the City is a fairly recent addition to the streets of Sunderland. Here, the art continues to tell the story of The Sea Swallow that I've mentioned before herehere and here.

Land-side of the sea wall is a park and grassed area which has been…