Friday, 24 November 2017


Bad night for both of us, reading at 1am. I was up just after 8, needed to make sure DB had cleared up his mess at the side of his chair.

Bright but very cold day, I have the heating on its really brrr..... outside.

Cleaners came, did a really good job again, the wet room is sparkling......a lovely small as well.

The driver came to collect the sheds from the front lawn, now we have to wait for the next one to be delivered and erected in 3 weeks time.

Spent the morning experimenting with the bowl cozies yet again, trying to find an easier way to make them, no luck so far. Our friends little grand daughter arrived on Tuesday, am thinking about making a quilt, but I only have blue baby type fabric left from when I made the quilt for Denny, not sure whether to use it or not, really don't want to buy fabric.

Fish and chips as usual on Friday for supper.

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Better night again, still a bit frazzled but not so  bad.

Yesterday I made a sample bowl  cozy using 10" squares of wadding as well as fabric and 1/4" less on the darts, it certainly makes a bigger bowl cozy and takes care of the excess fabric on the inside. I managed to break a needle again.......good job I have plenty. I finished a second one this morning. I am now going to make one with the extra 1/4" on the darts and see what happens, it will be interesting........

DB is in the garden, we have had a call to say someone will be with us around 11.15, could not catch everything he said, hope its the erectors and not the chap to take the damaged shed away!! 

Supper tonight is all day breakfast.......

Someone asked me about my bladder problem, I was checked some years ago because I kept getting cystitis, they discovered that I had a nervous bladder. My bladder was sending messages to my brain when is was not full, so I was put on medication which I have continued to take........I ran out last week and it was only a day before the quick visits to the loo started again and I had to get up in the night as well. I restarted the medication on Tuesday and things are returning to normal.

Re Spag bol I will put the recipe up later.


The chaps came to demolish the shed and put up a new one, the new shed is damaged!! The did suggest they made a new back by taking both backs to pieces and making a new one, no way....I paid for a new shed and a new shed we are going to have, so we have another week to wait, and then wait again for the fitters....I could scream, once again everything is shoved all over the place. They are taking the original shed down and both will go back tomorrow.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017


A better night's sleep but I still feel whacked today, guess it is my non sleep night catching up with me.

Not done a lot today. DB finished clearing the shed and I managed to get the lawn mower into the coal shed without taking off the handle. Made bol sauce for supper.

I had watched a different tutorial for the bowl cozies yesterday, the darts were not quite so long and they has used the same size square of batting as fabric, it was quite thick to stop stitch, but turned out better, takes a slightly deeper bowl too. I have a second one half made; the light was so bad I had to give out up sewing.

DB has to visit the Dr, he has an appointment for later this afternoon, they have missed some things of his script.

I have restarted the medication for my bladder, so things should improve in a couple of days.

The shed people are due tomorrow, we have not had rain so far, so the bits to the shed should be ok. We moved the roofing felt and some wooden bits round to the back the rest of the shed is on the front grass.

Supper tonight spag bol and garlic bread.

8 months and he will soon be walking, cheeky boy!!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


What a night, no sleep at all, DB was snoring fit to bust so I went into the sewing room, dare not go to sleep then as I had to be up before 6am for delivery of the shed. It arrived at 6.30, so I am exhausted.

Had a long call with the Dr last night re the medication they could not get, went in this afternoon to pick up the package and my original medication was in the parcel. I have been without it for almost a week and the nightly visits to the loo have restarted. Hopefully they will cease now I have the medication.

Laundry almost dried on the line, its just airing off on the rads.

I did have a nap this afternoon, but as usual feel like death warmed up. DB has cancelled his appointment at the hospital re his eyes after we discovered that the work on the shed was to be carried out on Thursday afternoon and we would not be here, we need to be here to see whats going on.

Quiche, jacket spud and salad for supper.

Monday, 20 November 2017


We were a bit late getting up, the alarm went off and I went back to sleep, so felt rubbish when I did make it out of bed.

Very dull morning, so no laundry done, of course it cleared up later in the morning. Will have to put the washer on tonight....... running out of underwear.

DB has finished emptying the shed, I just have to sort the mower in the morning. The new shed should come sometime tomorrow. We are having it stood at the back of the bungalow this time, not laid on the grass.

DB priced up the paint for the shed on Saturday, £20 for 2.5L.

Not a great deal done this morning, its cleaner's week this week, so just used the dyson on the hall floor to pick up the leaves from a plant that is determined to shed its leaves everywhere.

DB went for his siesta, I read on the settee, was expecting the medication delivery so no point in me settling down for an hour. Good decision I had 2 phone calls and the medication. Have just discovered that DB's medication has been delivered and not mine, they were both ordered on the same day. Whats with that then. DB is on the phone to them now. Things like this do not do my stress levels any good.

Sausage mash and beans tonight with more of the crumble for dessert.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Relaxez Vous

Shattered today, slept ok, we had our usual Sunday breakfast in bed and lay on for a while.

OH has cleared out most of the shed, I just have to sort out the mower, so it can go on the pallet in the coal house for a couple of days, this time next week, I hope it will all be back in the shed again.

I went into the coal house to get veggies for supper, discovered that mice had been in, so all the veggies have had to come out and go in the kitchen.....had to throw quite a bit of stuff away, the blessed things can climb like monkeys if they smell food of any kind.

Veggies prepped, took some rhubarb and apple out of the freezer to make a crumble. I need to use the fruit up, some of it has been in there since 2015....time it was eaten. I also have some frozen courgette to use up. I put some soup mix in the soak. I have 2 lamb bones, so will be making scotch broth in the pressure cooker tomorrow.

Fine bright morning, shame I did not have the energy to do a load of laundry, it would have dried. I still have last weeks sheets to iron, might get round to them tomorrow.

We are both off for a siesta shortly.............

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Bingham Artisan Fair

We were up before time and away from the house by 9.20. Arrived at the venue to find a clear road, so no problem parking. Plenty of people in the hall setting up, we had done ours yesterday so were able to take things easy.

Tea was brought round before the fair opened to the public. It was a slow start, plenty of people looking but no one buying. J, who was running the fair paid me for the William Morris bag I made for her sometime ago.

This is the William Morris Bag J bought it for herself, loved the way the pattern matched so you cannot see the pocket.

The stall from the front, with the quilt covering the chairs stacked at the back of us. I used the Christmas quilt we have on the bed as a table cover, it worked well. Note the chicken tea cosy pinned on the front.

The brilliant idea, the hanging rail with wall hangings mats table runners etc on. The Project bag was bought by a lady who runs the art club

The decs under the Christmas tree.

Then friends from Leicester turned up and spent generously, tree skirt, table runner and scissor holder to hold makeup brushes, a Spanish lady bought a table runner and then came back for a Christmas stocking. After that there were fairly consistent sales until lunchtime when it quietened down, after lunch it was quiet although I still sold a few more things including a wall hanging which was going to Canada. Several of  the bowl cosies also sold. E came during the morning, she bought a small hanging for her tree. our profit at the end of the day was just under £100.00. Very pleased with that.

We packed up just before 4pm, glad to get home and a welcome sit down and drink.

All being well we will do the fair again next year.

Chicken pasta with garlic bread for supper. do not think we will need a dessert somehow.

I know I will sleep well tonight, am crackered!!

Friday, 17 November 2017


A very frosty morning, but the geraniums are still flowering, I really must get the trays washed and get the plants inside that I want to keep.

Everything packed up for tomorrow, I used the trolley to move the boxes out of the house to the car, we will have to carry them in at the other end but that will not be a problem. Have put scissors, drawing pins, safety pins, sellotape, sewing kit and the pricing gum in the boxes, have a few decs for the shelf unit I pinched from DB's chest of drawers.

We are off this afternoon to set up. More later maybe with pictures!!

It took us just over an hour to set up. DB was able to nip to the ironmongers and get what he wanted whilst I finished titivating the stall. The clothes rail was a brilliant idea all the place mats etc were hung up, easy for people to look through. Fingers crossed that we manage to sell something.

I did not take any photos, will take the camera tomorrow and try and get a picture before the fair opens.

We called at Aldi and I was able to get the cheese I wanted so 3 large packs found their way home and are now in the freezer.

Fish and chips for supper. I have taken some chicken out for tomorrow will cook some pasta and have it with garlic bread. I guess I will be tired by the time we got home.

Thursday, 16 November 2017


DD2 arrived for her visit, she asked that we went back early so we could see her new kitchen. After lunch we packed up and went into town.

Her kitchen is very nice, all sleek, no washer on show and the oven and hob built in, she was not happy to discover that the shelf unit, did not include the shelves, they had to be purchased extra. DB and I had a quiet discussion in the kitchen and decided to pay for them for her so the whole kitchen can be finished and she can put her microwave on the shelf in the built in pantry.

We went in to the hospital for DB to get his insoles and then Morrison for some bits I cannot get at Aldi. Last port of call was the town. I went to get two 2018 diaries and the stuff from Argos, DB hot footed to the bank for change for Saturday and a quick look in Yorkshire trading for some bits he wanted. He was not able to get them, so he will go to the ironmongers in Bingham on Saturday.

It was getting dark when we got home, I was glad we had left the heating on, the house was lovely and warm.

Cheese frittata and salad for supper. I did get 3 boxes of chocolate ice creams, I guess DB may have one for his dessert.

My hip is playing up, I have had a job to walk today.......need to put the feet up tomorrow.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Shed

The issues with the shed are that it has warped and therefore is not weather proof, hence they manufacturers decision to replace it. There are big gaps under the window and between the sides and the floor. The actual laths have bowed out and there is no way they are going to go back, I can get my hand up a couple of them they have bowed out so much and several others are going the same way.

Fortunately the work is being done next week, the new shed will be delivered on Tuesday. The workmen are coming Thursday and the old shed will be picked up on Friday. We need to make sure that the new shed is ok as soon as it goes up.

We plan to empty it over the weekend once the fair is done, by the following weekend everything should back to normal with a new shed in the garden, and no warping!!

Slow down day

We both slept better last night and were up just after 8am.

After breakfast I started pricing up the stuff for the fair, DB came and gave me a hand cutting up the labels, so it all needs packing away ready for Friday.

No one contacted me re a clothes rail, so I ordered one from Argos, its light weight so should be ok. I rang the gallery and asked if they could place me near an aisle so people can rifle through the rail.  I wish I still had the little shelf unit it was good for displaying things on. I need to look for the battery christmas lights and put a couple of batteries in.

DD2 is coming in the morning, DB has an appointment  for his new insoles in the afternoon so we will give her a lift back. I need to go to Morrison, Argos and then to the bank for change for a float.

We heard from the shed people they are coming next week to take down the shed and erect the new we need to empty the shed over the next few days ready for them. At least the stuff is not going to be in the way for as long as before.

I have hung washing out, but its not drying at all, will have to fetch it in and put it on the airer, it can come in the sitting room overnight.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Royal Visit Day

Terrible nights sleep and when I did I had a nightmare....horrid. The alarm went off at 7.45, I next time opened my eyes it was 8.45 so a scramble to get up, shower and breakfast.

I relaid the sitting room fire, did the sarnies and wrapped them in foil in the fridge, took out the creme brulee from the freezer and put them in the fridge to defrost.

Sat down for a cuppa, then shoved the dyson over the sitting room floor, made the bed, swished round the wash basin and cleaned the toilet...... set out the plates and cups etc on a tray in the kitchen,all ready for her ladyship to land, depending on what time they got away any time between 11.30 and 1pm.

Well, the royal visit is over, they missed the turn in Waltham and had to double back, however everything went off well, the sarnies were delicious, the only down side was the toffee on the creme brulee did not crisp, still it was ok.

They went about an hour ago on their way to Cambridge phew..... I am shattered now, SIL talks non stop, you have a job to get a word in edgeways.

Last night I printed off the price tickets for the things for the fair, will get DB to help me put them on tomorrow.

DD2 is coming on Thursday, She has an appointment in the town in the afternoon as has DB so we will give her a lift back.

I put a message on Freecycle for a clothes rail, but nothing forthcoming so I am going to order one from Argos, we will collect on Thursday as well. I also need to get a  new circuit breaker as well. The old one stopped working.

No idea what we are going to have for supper.....may be bacon.egg and tomato.

Monday, 13 November 2017


Last night an email from DB's sister, she is coming to see us on the way to Cambridge tomorrow, so first job was into town to do the shopping today instead of Thursday.

I left laundry in the machine, put it out when I got back. Then into the sewing room to finish off the stuff for the sale on Saturday.

After lunch I emptied out the crate that the stuff was in and went through sorting it out; 83 items sorted and I have just finished printing off the labels. We will go through everything on Thursday, ticket it and pack the car ready to go over Friday afternoon to set up ready for Saturday. Fingers crossed I sell some of the stuff otherwise there will be Christmas presents for ever more!!

Laundry brought in, it is almost dry, by the time I come to iron it tomorrow it will be fine.

DB has started on his family tree again, I am considering getting him membership of ancestry or some such, he keeps asking me stuff I have no idea about. I traced my family back to 16 something some time ago, I really need to bring it up to date especially now we have another great grandchild.

Cold chicken, salad and jacket spud for supper, there are strawberries in jelly left for dessert.

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Lest we forget, the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for us.......

The poppies in Flanders fields

Saturday, 11 November 2017


Really late start for me this morning, was not out of bed till 11am. DB brought me my breakfast.

We went yesterday and picked up the crates to pack the stuff in the shed away yet again........DB will ring the shed people next week and try and get a time scale, so we do not have everything packed away for too long this time. The chap who came out to look yesterday did not hesitate, new shed and base........the only redeeming feature is the fact that winter is coming on and we will not need much from the shed, although DB really wants to cut the grass, especially the new lawn that was laid, it really needs a haircut, not too vicious though.

DB has been in the garden this afternoon, I have done some more sewing, 2 more pot holders to sew the binding down on. The knitting bags keep bugging me. I need to see what I can do with it...

It was wet this morning but cleared up after lunch.

My friend gave me 2 pieces of baked gammon on Thursday we are having it for supper with jacket potato's, coleslaw and tomato and celery salad.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The photo

The Daniell Clan At Ali's 05.11.2017.

Claire, Grandad, Poppy and Zoe, Bex and Denny, Joe Karen Ruthie in Front, Jeff Jo in front,Mark, Aaron, Brandon, Edwin, Alice with me in front, Alison. Squatting down Freddie and Dominic.

What a performance getting this photo from my tablet onto my blog.


What a busy day, and its not ended well either.

The cleaners came this morning and did a really good job. 

Lunch was leek soup with HM bread.

I started to make a knitting needle bag, its a disaster, so I am going to undo it and take the zip out to use in something else.

Then the chaps came about the shed. To cut a long story short, they are going to demolish the shed and replace it, which means that we are going to have to empty it again!! To be honest I want to just go away and hide!! We now have to go and borrow the crates back again to pack the stuff in and store it, keeping it dry is going to be a real problem.

Fish and chips for supper, not sure if DB wants peas or not.

I did manage last night to recover the cursor on my laptop after a lot of huffing and puffing.....apparently the chap came whilst we were out yesterday, he usually lets me know if he is going to be calling.

I was taken before my appointment time yesterday, do not have to go back for 12 months, brilliant.

On then for lunch, chat and tea with my friend. She is suffering badly with her knee, and is also having to have injections in her eye, she has wet macular degeneration in her right eye. Her left eye is completely sightless, so she is registered blind. She does worry me living on her own. Both her boys live in Bristol.

I wanted to post pictures from Sunday on my blog, cannot get them from my tablet into my pictures on the laptop, its driving me nuts.....nothing I try seems to work aarrhhggg..............

Thursday, 9 November 2017


We were out of the house just before 10am and were at the hospital in really good time. A kind lady gave us a ticket with over an hour's parking left.

I was taken quickly. Have never seen the waiting room so empty. The alarm went off as I was sitting down, everyone disappeared for a few minutes, however the technicians were soon back, all was well with me and my next appointment is in 12 months.... hooray.

My friend was getting lunch when we got there, lovely gammon ham sandwiches and brownies. A good deal of chat and several laughs.

I sorted out playing DVD's on the bedroom TV for here before we left for home.

A cup of tea once we got home was very welcome.

We are having Fridays fish and chips for supper, will have the beef stew tomorrow.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Not a good night for me DB has  cold which means the cough is back......aarrgghhhh.....

He was dittering in the the garden this morning. I cooked beef stew for tomorrow's supper and then went through and tided up my sewing room.

After his siesta we went over to see our friends for afternoon tea and spent a pleasant hour chatting. They are off this weekend to Cambridge on one of their missions. Hoping that their daughter may have produced their 4th grandchild. Their daughter is 43 a very late first time mother.

We did not eat  until after 7 pm, beans and cheese on toast. I  finished off the pineapple for dessert.

I bought a 5m length of zipper with 10 sliders, it arrived whilst we were out. I followed a video on you tube to put the sliders on, it was driving me daft, found a much simpler way the last 8 sliders went on in 5 minutes, such an amazing  way. I now have the zip for the knitting bag, so will be starting to put it together on Friday.

Tomorrow we are out all day, I have my pacemaker check and then we are going over to see my quilting friend.

We received a message from my niece to say they had arrived home safely, they are 10 1/2 hours in front of us it's about 6 am tomorrow morning for them. I guess they will be glad to get back to the warm.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Wet Tuesday

Well at least it is now. It rained overnight but cleared up enough to put the towels on the line. They are still dampish, so they are on the rads airing off.

Messing in the sewing room this morning, finished a couple of pot holders. This afternoon I have cut out the fabric and lining for a knitting bag, I am waiting for the zip to arrive. I have sent for 5 metre length with 10 sliders. I will get several zippers for bags out of it. I have also made some tissue covers, I bought a pack of tissues from Aldi a couple of weeks ago. I want to make some more lavender bags, I'll put the tissue holders and lavender bags in a box at £1.

DB had a dizzy today, I gave him one of the travel pills, it went off in 15 minutes.

Egg, chips and beans for supper, we have some crumble to finish off.

Tomorrow we are out for afternoon tea. Thursday I have my appointment at the pacemaker clinic, we are going on to see my quilting friend. It's ages since we saw her.

My niece and her family have started their journey back to Adelaide, they left at lunchtime. It was lovely to see them all. 

Monday, 6 November 2017


After a busy day, yesterday it was a slower start to the day.

We were up just after 8am, OH spent sometime in the garden whilst I hung out a load of laundry and then did the last Monday clean.

I also made a crumble using some fruit I found in the freezer and bread, we had run out.

Library van came this afternoon, OH did not get his full siesta. We got 6 books each. Should keep us happy for a while.

Fetched the laundry in, it's airing, mostly dry, I top stitched the bowl, still not mad about them. Have switched to pan holders for a change.

Sunday supper tonight, roast pork and all the trimmings.

My lap top is still US, was hoping the computer chap might call in, no such luck. The foot I ordered for the sewing machine arrived, it was like playing the Christmas game, each envelope opened revealed another envelope!! Wrapped in a plastic bag and then 3 padded envelopes they were taking no chances.

Sunday, 5 November 2017


A late post from me today.We started the day with our usual breakfast in bed, showered and dressed. Off to the Fabric Guild.I did get what I wanted from there. On to my niece in Market Harborough to a family gathering with her sister and family who are over on holiday from Oz. They fly back this coming Thursday.

We managed to once to get the whole family together in one place.Lots of conversations going on about  memories, people we knew and catching up about births,deaths,etc.........

We had a lovely buffet lunch, then family photos before we left to come home, it was a good hours drive for us and we got back just as it was getting dark.

It was lovely to see everyone together, I doubt it will happen again.

I have photos, but my laptop is having a hissy fit so they will have to wait until it is fixed.

Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Problems with my lap top continue. Switched on this morning and the cursor is missing again.

Very wet morning, although it cleared after lunch DB went out and finished off cleaning the car. He always washes and waxes the car before the winter. Protection against the bad weather.

Nothing much done today, was going to do some more sewing, just cannot be bothered.

I have given in, tomorrow on the way to my niece's we are going to call at the fabric warehouse, we will then travel on to see her sister and family before they go back to Oz next week. The newly weds and my two daughters plus my ex will also be there, quite a house full.

Ham, salad and jacket spud for supper tonight, was going to do liver cannot be bothered.

Friday, 3 November 2017


Sorry late posting today, my cursor disappeared on my lap top, have just managed to get it back.

Up early, I did my last Friday clean, cleaner starts next week, chap came to service the boiler, everything fine. He did tell me that we have to fill the water up from time to time, the pressure was down a bit, he showed me how to do it, will keep my eye on it.

I made another couple of bowls this afternoon, not too keen on them, having trouble with the darts which makes the middle saggy. I think I need to source some different wadding for a start. Marking the wadding is also a problem.

Its been a dullish day and quite cold. Heating is on morning and evening.

Fish, chips and peas for supper.

Thursday, 2 November 2017


Picked up my neighbour and dropped her off at the Drs, then continued into town to Aldi, shopping done and then home. DB had been doing odd jobs in the garden, he had dug up and cleaned the remainder of the leek crop.

Another cloudy day, a line of laundry out, but it did not dry completely, finished it off on the rads.

Nothing  much else done, I was shattered when I got back from the shops. 3 bags full of shopping.  

Supper tonight bacon eggs, tomato and fried bread.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


A very different morning to yesterday, bright and clear, but brrrrr..... we were up in good time for the coffee morning. B made it at last and seemed to enjoy herself.

E came and claimed her bag, it did the rounds of the ladies first. I also took the bowl holder. I put it on the table and asked the ladies what they thought it was for, we got some weird answers, no one guessed what it actually was for.

The wedding photos did the rounds too.

We just had soup at lunch time, after he had his siesta DB went out to do a couple pf jobs in the garden, I made a new pattern for the darts in the bowl holder and then cut out 4 new covers.  By the time I had finished it was getting dark, so curtains drawn and lights on, turned the heat up, all ready for a cosy evening.

The red car seems to have gone for good, no sign of it today.

Sausage mash and beans for supper, E gave me a box of chocolates for turning up her husbands track suit trousers, so I guess we may indulge later.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Not a nice day, it had rained overnight and again during the day. DB was not too clever this morning so went back to bed.

Freezer audit, meal plan and shopping list done, going to Aldi on Thursday.

Not a lot done today, spaghetti with meat balls and garlic bread for supper, I found the meat balls in the freezer, just had to beef up the sauce a bit with some chopped tomato and tomato puree.

There has been a rogue car park in our car park for almost 3 weeks. The parking places in the cul de sac are for residents and residents visitors. Several of us had contacted the police, had it been dumped? They refused to do anything about it, saying that it belonged to someone living in the village, well thats ok but they do not live in our cul de sac and it should not be there. No one had been seen at the car and it had not been moved........yesterday we got the local council involved and this morning it disappeared. No one saw it go.......we wonder if we will see it parked somewhere else in the village. We have been asking the council for ages to mark the parking places, apparently they used to be some years ago, but when the car park was resurfaced the markings were not replaced.

I have finished the bowl cosy, not too happy with it, but it was an experiment anyway, the next ones will be made differently.

Its the coffee morning at the little chapel tomorrow, I am hoping that E will be there and I can hand over the bag, and see what she things about the cosies.

Monday, 30 October 2017


Brrrrr it was cold when we got up, there had been a slight frost, the grass had a film of white on it. Fortunately it was not enough to kill off the geraniums I had not brought inside.

We set the alarm this morning so we did get up at a reasonable time, I managed to do the wet room and our bedroom, having changed the bed. The bed linen is out on the line, I hope it dries, otherwise it will have to be draped over the airer.

DB did an hour in the garden.

We finished off the leek and potato soup at lunchtime, we have cold lamb for supper tonight with jacket spud and tomato and cucumber salad. We will also finish off the rhubarb crumble I made yesterday.

No sewing done today, I just have to sew round the top, turn through and top stitch the bowl cover. once its been cut out and marked actually putting it together is quite easy, just a bit fiddly.

The throw I ordered for DBs chair has arrived, I need to get him out of the chair long enough to put it on, if its ok, I am going to get one the same for the settee. Cheaper than having his chair recovered and buying a new settee!!

Its been a very cold day, I put the heat off this morning but its on again now,  both of us felt the house cold.

Sunday, 29 October 2017


Well a bit of a fail this morning, I woke up and looked at the clock 8.40, so got up and went through to get the breakfast, took it back into the bedroom and looked at DB's clock uh oh........ it was just 8am. My clock is one that is regulated by radio waves during the night, guess it did not happen last night!!

Nothing done this morning, its a bright day but brrrrrr...... I am going to have to look at the geraniums etc and bring them into the house, we have been forecast frost a couple of nights next week.

Looking at a couple of things I might tackle over the next couple of weeks, they are supposed to be able to be made in ten minutes once the bits are cut out...hmmmmmm we will see.

A couple of things happening this week, we have the boiler service on Friday, and coffee morning on Wednesday.

Lamb for supper, its marinading in red wine before slow roasting. Roast spuds and courgette, cauli and carrots to go with it.....yum yum....

Thinking about the bag, do you think £20 is too much, it was not an easy thing to do, although if I had to do another one, it would be easier if you see what I mean. There is quite a lot of hand sewing on it, as well as the time it took me to figure out how to actually do it.

Saturday, 28 October 2017


Today we were even worse at getting up, DB woke at 9.20, I was still asleep so he got up and made my breakfast, it was 11 am before I managed out of bed, so thats today mostly written off.

We have been having 2 showers a day, after having a word with DB we are going to drop the shower before we go to bed. I have noticed that I can be quite tired, but having had a shower I am wide awake, which DB says has also happened to him. The use of the alarm clock in the week would help.

Yesterday was a bit stressful. I had agreed with B to use the same cleaners she was using. I went over to see if she had sorted it out and discovered that she was very unhappy with what was going on there. Its too complicated to explain on here, but it would appear the company are loosing clients and workers at a fast rate. I rang the lady I spoke to on Thursday and asked her to Contact B with a view to going to see her and assess her requirements......she let out in conversation that she had picked up a number of clients from the other company. So....... I have said yes to her, once she has seen B I will know a bit more. I did contact a couple of people she works for and her refs are good, she is also a bit cheaper.

Supper tonight is bacon fritatta and salad for supper. I might open a tin of rice pudding, its a bit cold today.

Front of the bag

Back of the bag

Hidden pocket between the two parts of the bag.

Believe me when I say I will never make another one like this, the fabric was difficult to work with, it would have been better made in tweed, but its done. Now I need to work out how much to charge for it!!

Friday, 27 October 2017


Another bad night, DB was reading until about 1.30, he still wiggled for a while before he went to sleep, One last try tonight, or I am in the sewing room.

It was 8.30 before I woke and DB did not appear until 10.30, I took his breakfast through to him. He spent the morning in the garden.

The interview with the cleaner last night went ok, but I am not sure about her to be honest. I think I am going to go with the two girls who are setting up on their own. I will give them a try anyway. B has always been really pleased with what they have done. I did manage a skimpy Friday clean today.

Leek and spud soup made for lunch, hg leek and onions. Fish tonight, with chips and peas.

DB had a letter today for a myocardial infusion examination in the post, no way.......I have enough problems with him at it is, at 84 if his heart is not working properly tough. They have already agreed that he is not suitable for surgery anyway. The stuff they pump in takes an hour to work and is radio active.........the headache is till with us although he is better back on the 300mg dose of medication.

Load of laundry dried on the line, its been one of those nice crisp autumn days, blue sky and sunshine.

I am on the last lap with the bag my friend asked me to copy, I have put the binding on the sides, have to sew it down and bind the tops of the two section and its finished!! Will not be making another one.

Thursday, 26 October 2017


Well we are back to the bad nights it was 3am before DB finally stopped, wriggling and sniffing......and I was able to settle to sleep. We were late getting up of course, it was 9.15 before I opened my eyes.

DB was dittering in the garden, I cooked the chicken for tonight's pasta with garlic bread. We need to eat early, I have someone coming to give me a quote for cleaning this evening. In the mean time the two ladies who clean for my neighbour have offered to 'do' us one after the other, once a fortnight. They are leaving the company they worked for and starting up on their own....£14 an hour......seems reasonable to me, what do you think???  They are CRB registered. It will be wonderful not to have to push myself to do the cleaning when I am feeling wobbit.

Its been a dull cold day, glad I did not have to go out.

So chicken pasta with garlic bread for supper around 5.15 so all evidence is cleared away before our appointment.

Nothing from the honeymooners so I guess all is going well. My niece from Oz is doing the rounds of friends and family. We will see her and the family 5th November when the the honeymooners are back.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


Thankfully DB seems better today. He almost slept the clock round, he had his supper last night and was asleep again within an hour, slept right through the night. He is back on just 3 tablets now.

At last I got the bedroom cleaned. I have someone coming tomorrow to see about cleaning the bungalow, I made DB clear out a load of rubbish and also sorted all his clothes out as well, so the wardrobes are tidy.

We finished the scotch broth at lunchtime, I cooked the salmon for supper tonight, we will have it with salad and new potatoes. No dessert planned as yet.

Our local post office is closed, it will not be open for another 2 weeks, so I cancelled the order for the TV programme magazine and we nipped up to Harby this afternoon, got the magazine and drew cash at the same time. There is a rumour that the PO in the village is going to close.

Its been a sunny day, but the temperature has dropped quite a bit since lunchtime.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017


Welcome to Tuesday!!! DB upped his tablets on Sunday, I think the dose is too high. His headache dumbed down after lunch yesterday, this morning he was back in bed by 9.30 got up for his lunch, but has gone back to bed, feeling sick and dizzy, so tonight he will be dropping down to 3 tablets at night again.

Quite honestly it's driving me potty, I am having a job with not just stress, but also depression. There is no news of an earlier appointment at the hospital for him, I just cannot get past the feeling that the whole thing is too much for me to cope with.

I have the fair coming up in 3 weeks, I doubt he is going to be ok for me to leave him for most of the day, whether he will be ok to go with me is something else entirely.

The track suit trousers have gone, I sat last night and tacked the lining to the handbag, I have to cut more binding for the sides and top. Might get some more done later today, will see how I feel.

Decided to do freezer dinners again tonight, not sure if DB will be eating or not. Will have to see how he goes the afternoon. I have scotch broth on the stove just now, will see if he wants any later.

The honeymooners seem to be having a good time despite the weather ring a bit iffy. They were swimming with dolphins the other day.

Monday, 23 October 2017


Another woefully late start, it was after 9am when we woke this morning. DB was horrid this morning, he was moaning about his headache, he went out to the garden, but was soon in again. I decided not to do the Monday clean, but do it in the morning when, hopefully, I will make it out of bed before 9am.

After his siesta DB announced that his headache had dulled down again. I had marked the track suit bottoms, so cut off the excess, overcast them and then sewed the bottom up. I hope they are OK, E will be round for them in the morning.

I hung out a load of laundry this morning, it has partly dried, there is very little wind and the sky is very overcast, its on the rads to air once I put the heating on later.

I bought ham bits yesterday, they are some large bits of ham, so decided to have some for supper tonight with jacket spud and tomato and cucumber salad. No dessert unless I decide to do a chocolate mousse.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Some one is enjoying himself

I believe ice cream was involved.....


Our usual Sunday breakfast and then up, shower and off to Aldi to do some shopping, I ended up buying more than was on my list, but it should keep me going for another 2 weeks.

We carried on to DD2's her kitchen is painted and ready for the floor to go down, its another 2 weeks before the units get put in, so half her kitchen stuff is in the living room. 

Its been very windy here for the last 2 days but not a lot of rain, its bitter out side so I have lit the sitting room fire. I will fire the central heating up later.

Roast pork for supper with roast spuds, cauli, calabrese and carrots, I have put some thick sliced courgette under the pork, yummy. No dessert planned....

We collected wedding cake from DD2 and had it with our afternoon tea, It was very nice although DB was not too keen on the fruit cake layer he had.

Heard from my Oz niece, her grand daughter was awake at 4.30am this morning.......I am so glad they are not staying with us.

I got stuck into a book last night and read until after 1am, a bit dopey first thing.

Saturday, 21 October 2017


We were late waking this morning and I was even later getting up!! DB brought me my breakfast in bed. He went out into the garden, whilst I sorted out tonight supper, beef casserole and veggies. We did not finish the strawberries in jelly last night, so there is enough for tonight.

It was very sunny this morning, but a strong wind blowing, according to the forecast we are due the storm later this evening.

No sewing done, I really must buckle down and get the legs sorted on those track suit trousers.

We both had a rest after lunch, DB slept, I was reading. We spent the afternoon watching repeats of Lewis.

Life is a bit flat after last Sunday, one photograph has come through from those the photographer took.

Bex and Joe cutting their cake, unusual in black and white, but I really like it.

The holiday seems to be going well, apart from a monsoon on Thursday.

My niece and her family have arrived safe and sound. They will be catching up with friends and relatives whilst they are here. Their little Grand daughter was very good on the flight, which was a relief for them, its a long flight from Aus. We will be catching up with them in two weeks when the honeymooners get back.

Friday, 20 October 2017


Woke to bright sunshine, but it soon dulled down and began to rain, after lunch it got steadily colder.

Friday clean done, we were late waking so the morning was gone by the time I finished. I made a pot of lentil soup for lunch, with some bread and butter.

I did lay down after lunch, but did not manage to sleep, OH did, I have a pair of track suit trousers to take up, will try and get them done over the weekend. I hate turning trousers up, especially if I have to cut the extra fabric off.

Fish, chips and peas for supper tonight, will finish off the strawberries in jelly in the fridge for dessert.

I wonder how far round the world my niece is with her family, they left yesterday, although that was Friday in Oz. Guess they will land sometime tomorrow. Will be glad they have got here safely.

Thursday, 19 October 2017


and its wet.

DB wanted to go and get his ears syringed, so up early and off to the Drs. We were there about an hour. Apparently now, if you ask to see the nurse and you have not been seen by a Doctor, and referred, you have to see the Doctor first. What a waste of time, it took us at least an extra half an hour.

When we got out of the surgery it was chucking it down, so no gardening and no shed work.

I logged onto my bank account as I do every morning, to my surprise SSE have repaid me £100+ from our gas account. Why? that money will certainly be quickly used up once the central heating is on all day, they have also reduced the direct debit, how daft is that.................however its better gaining interest in my bank rather than theirs.

No idea whats for supper, last nights cheese pie and beans went down well, we will eat the left over beans on toast at lunchtime. Have just used up some of the frozen strawberries in jelly for dessert. Think I might get sausage out and do sausage with mash and veg. I can cook the sausage in the remoska and make the gravy in the pan as the sausages cook.

We are running out of milk and bread, hopefully we have enough milk to last till Sunday, we are going to DD2's to collect our wedding cake, so can call at Aldi. I might not need to shop until the first week in November then. There is still plenty of meat in the freezer. I might need a bit of fruit and salad stuff to keep me going now the garden has more or less stopped producing.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Denny and Gran dad on his travels.

Family arrived safe and sound in Mexico, Denny behaved very well on the flight, so a pleasant journey for everyone.

Its been a nasty day, very overcast and when we went out this afternoon it was wet with the horrid smirr which wets you through.

I managed to do the ironing this morning whilst DB was out in his man shed and also prepped cheese pie for supper. After DB had his siesta we went to Dove Cottage tea room for tea, scones jam and cream. A small personal celebration. I fell again for a small crystal preserve jar with a lid......oh dear I am supposed to be down sizing my crystal.

It was so cold when we got back so I lit the fire,

An evening by the fire watching TV I think.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Windy Tuesday

It was late yesterday afternoon before the wind really reached us. after lunch the sky turned a really funny colour which lasted for about half an hour. By supper time the wind was really gusting but not nearly so bad as other people had it.

This morning we have bright sun, but its windy and the wind is keeping things cooler.

DD1, DSIL and the newly weds are due to fly to Mexico this morning, I know Manchester airport was closed for most of yesterday, I hope today is better and they are able to get off. Mind you I would hesitate to take a baby on a 10 hour flight, I hope he sleeps most of the way for the other passengers sake.

I slept ok last night, but do feel very tired today, so am going to have a steady day. I need to finish off the Monday clean, only managed to change the bed and hang the laundry out yesterday. There is a pile of ironing but it will have to wait.

I had asked my neighbours cleaners to contact me but they have not done so. I will be looking elsewhere for someone to clean for me. If they cannot be bothered to ring, then I cannot be bothered to employ them!!

Photos are still coming in from the wedding, there is one from the official photographer which is very nice, I look forward to seeing the rest.

I managed to get 2 lots of washing dry on the line. So laundry is up to date.

Egg and chips for supper tonight....... strawberries have finished, so it will be the last of the tinned peaches tonight, how have the mighty fallen????

Monday, 16 October 2017


Back down to earth after yesterday's frivolity.

Just a couple more photos................

Brides Mum and Dad

Nanny with Denny Joe.

 They managed to get a little suit for him to match the pageboys. We had a bit of a laugh when the photographer wanted to take the page boys with the bride and groom, one of the little boys decided he had enough and started to pull faces, no way was he going to stand and smile. In the end despite pleas from his mother the photographer just went ahead and took the photo!! The tongue was out and the eyes crossed, can't wait to see it.

They are all off today for the Honeymoon, Nanny and Grandpa are going look after Denny.

Its a funny morning, quite breezy and we keep getting a few drops of rain. The bed linen is out on the line, the chiropodist has come, so our feet are ok to go.

DB has been out in the garden for a while sorting out a bed for the overwinter veggies to go in.

I had a bit of a scare this morning, went to pay the chiropodist and could not find my cheque book, I knew I had it last week, so it must be in the house. Found it eventually in the side pocket of my bag, even though I had looked in there a couple of times......phew, I was on the verge of ringing the bank!!

Quiche, salad and jacket spud for supper, DB has picked a few more strawberries so we will have them for dessert.

Sorry just had to add a few more pictures.....

Denny arriving at the wedding in his pirate ship

And again

The little bridesmaids with their page boy

Page boy and chief bridesmaid

The bride with her Father arriving for the wedding.

The ceremony was conducted in the gazebo in the garden decorated with flowers and black watch tartan ribbons. There were also photos of DGD's grandfather and Uncle Nick, who sadly passed away. DGD wanted them to be part of her wedding.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Today is the day

For some reason I had a good night, did not wake at all until 6.30 and then dozed off for another hour or so.

Not a nice morning, very grey, but we are not forecast rain at all today, fingers crossed.

No point getting up early, so we had our usual breakfast in bed and read for a while, eventually feet hit the floor at 10.30. Showered washed my hair and dressed in underclothes, we planned to have a snack before we set off, once I cooled down I did my sparse makeup I do not wear makeup these days, so it has to be a special occasion for me to dig it out. Dressed just before we set off, did not think the rest of the guests would appreciate DB in his old track suit and me in my undies and dressing gown.

DB said his headache was not good when he woke up but improved during the morning, He took the travel pills before we set off and, just in case, I put an extra couple in my bag.

The Bride and Groom

The bride

The Bride with her Mum and Dad.

The wedding went off ok, as I predicted the bridegroom was in tears before we started, but he made it through his vows and came out the other side. Denny came to the wedding in a pirate boat, pulled by one of the page raised a few smiles. Hr had a nasty cold and DD1 said he had not slept all night, go hopefully he will sleep tonight. They are off on Honeymoon tomorrow.

We stayed whilst they took the photos and then came home, so we were home whilst it was still light. I have to confess I was happy to get out of my wedding clothes and back into my scruffs. Dressing up seems to be a lot of effort these days.

DB was ok, he took the tablet before we left.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wedding Day minus one

What would I not give to be a fly on the wall at my daughters house today, it will be bedlam!! I hope the groom manages to control his nerves, he was bad enough proposing in front of 10 people, heaven knows what he will be like saying his vows in front of over a hundred. My mother always kept a bottle of smelling salts in her pocket on such occasions, and she had to use them more than once to rescue either a fainting bride or groom.

Its quite a sunny day, DB has finished painting the shed, he said it was quite warm outside. I was a bit late getting up this morning, so have not been outside.

Decided on shepherds pie for supper with veg. DB picked strawberries from the garden this morning, so strawberries and ice cream for dessert.

I have made 3 lavender bags, going to fill them and see what they look like, I have some pale lavender ribbon, will make some bows to sew on.

DB is going for his siesta, I will lay on the bed in the sewing room and read for a while I think.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy  all being well.

Friday, 13 October 2017


We did manage up by 8.30am this morning, DB was out putting more preservative on the shed, its almost finished, the door is going to need a second coat.

I stripped the kitchen and washed the floor, so its all speakling now.

Jan... if you send me a comment with your email in, I will obviously not publish it, I will then email you about the table centre.

Its a fine day, but the wind is getting up, we are forecast a hurricane, not looking forward to that.

I spoke to the Dr this morning, he has agreed that DB can take the anti sickness tablets with his medication with no ill effect, so he will be going with me to the wedding. We will stay for the photos and then come home. I think DB will have had enough by then.

Sundays bride and groom with their 7 month old son Denny.

I have one of the wall hangings to sew the binding on, then the box will be coming out and I will see what I have got before deciding what else to do. I will probably do some lavender bags for the £1 box with the tissue covers.

Fish and chips tonight, no dessert........

Thursday, 12 October 2017


Another late start this morning, it was after 9am. Will have to set the alarm tonight, half the morning is gone before I get my feet on the floor.

Its been a fine day, blue sky, I got a load of laundry dry on the line, its airing now.

I have given in and asked my neighbours cleaners to get in touch with me, will probably try for once a fortnight for a through clean. I can do bits in between.  Will also be looking for a gardener in the spring.

The shoes I paid for on Monday have arrived and fit ok, so thats me set for the wedding. No idea if DB is going with me to the service, since he has started with travel sickness , I doubt it. 

DB has painted the front of the shed with preservative, I have made another wall hanging, I have to sew the binding down on both of them now, will do it tonight whilst watching TV.

Ham fritatta for supper tonight, have made a salad and we will finish off the potato salad from the other night. I was going to make stovies but DB said he would like the corned beef in sandwiches for lunch, so stovies will have to wait for another week.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Well not a good start to the day, we overslept, it was 9am before my feet touched the floor.

Once we had our weetabix DB went out to the shed to shell the drying beans, we have half a kilner jar for soup or stews.

I started the last of the pot holders and have now finished them, have also cut out the bits for the two wall hangings and also have one ready for binding, so not a bad day in that respect. I just have to sew the seam in the pot holder where I turned it through and give it a final press.

DB is not happy the forecast was for rain, so he decided not to do more of the preservative on the shed, it has not rained........

Mince and dough balls for supper, have some french beans, carrot and cauliflower to go with it.

I think it was Jan who asked if I sell on the net, I don't, depending on what you actually want if you send me a private message with your email, I will see what I can do, need some idea of size colours etc. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


It has been a fine but cold day, the sun is out but not a lot of heat in it.

DB wriggled and sniffed a bit last night but eventually went to sleep, I slept ok, woke briefly just a couple of times. Still felt shattered when I got up though. I am not sure the medication is really having the effect it should.

DB spent time this morning putting preservative on the shed, I did a bit of sewing after I did the delayed Monday clean. I have done more sewing this afternoon DB went for his siesta, I decided to work on the machine. Another couple of pot holders done and also a mat for hot dishes on the table. Tomorrow I am going to start on the Christmas Tree wall hangings, just a couple, I think there is already one in the box, which is getting rather full now. We will have to empty it out and price everything up, so we are ready to go.

My niece and her family are coming over to the UK from Oz in the next couple of weeks, its 3 years since they emigrated, it will be good to see them. I think there is a get together planned for bonfire night.

Corned beef and salad for supper, I made potato salad to go with the lettuce etc.......... no dessert planned.