Monday, 31 July 2017


We spent an hour and a half  waiting in the surgery this morning, I wanted DB to get his ears checked out in case he had an infection but they were clear. However as I suspected I have a urine infection, the third this year, time to get it investigated I think!! 

We met our neighbour in the surgery, when she got home she came over with some quilting stuff she had, it is the beginners favourite, hexagons made out of old duvet covers. There are quite a lot of pieces already prepped, I might think about making them into  guess what????? A bag............ I sat for an hour this afternoon and unpicked some that had been sewn together.

Made an appointment to get my hair cut next week, its getting long again, time for a couple of inches off the bottom.

We have had a couple of sharp showers, as usual the sun is shining now its too late to put laundry out.

No Monday clean done, will have to do it tomorrow, test out the new mop and deck brush.

Supper tonight cooked gammon, tomato and cucumber salad and jacket spuds, I have diced up a couple of nectarines, will put them in a meringue case with some cream for dessert.

Sunday, 30 July 2017


Sunny morning, up after our usual lie in, showered and dressed. We are on a semi jolly to day.

Its DD2's annual tea party, half way between mine and DB's birthday. We are going to a local garden open on the way, I will also nip into Boyes and see if I can get either a new mop or a deck brush for the wet room floor.

Fridays effort with the carpet seems to have worked, there are a couple of places I might have another go at when I do the Monday clean, but all in all it was successful.

Soup and toast for lunch, no supper, DD always puts on a good spread.

We enjoyed the open garden this afternoon, it was a pity there was a downpour of rain which lasted about 20 minutes, but it freshened the garden. Afraid my purse strings got loosened a bit.

Love the colour of this penstamon.

Fabulous colour hollyhock.

Lots of tropical plants, really lush planting.

We went on into town where I got a deck brush and also a new mop. Then on to DD2's for tea.

DD1, ex husband, granddaughter and great grand son joined us, delightful tea as always.

Denny - Joe with his auntie Alice.

Saturday, 29 July 2017


Bad night last night, reading at 3.00am so late getting up.

It was a fine morning but kept clouding over, DB off to play bowls after his bacon sarnie and siesta. I made a pot of leek and potato soup for tomorrow.

I decided to finish the bag........

This is it finished, Not keen on making another one, I had to undo it twice before I got the lining right and my machine was not happy sewing some of the thickness, but its done. I hope its ok, the strap seems a bit long to me, I will alter it if I have to, fingers crossed its ok.

Settled on the settee to read after I finished the bag, jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw for my supper, DB will get his at the bowls club.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Once upon a Friday......

I put laundry in the washer last night, relieved to see the sun shining when I got up, so a quick trip into the garden to hang it out.

Decided it was time I tried to get rid of the evidence of DB not using the tray when bringing the night time mugs back to the kitchen, so vanish spray......scrub and leave, as far as I can see its done the job, have to wait a while longer before I put the dyson over it, then we will know. If it works I might use the stuff on the arms of the settee which are looking a bit grubby. I could wash the cover, but its huge and heavy when wet, you have to put it back on whilst slightly damp and stretch it, my hands protest.

DB with his first outdoor cucumber, its the first time we have grown them outdoors, typical I bought a cucumber yesterday!! I see cucumber and tomato salad on the menu!!

Forecast was for rain at lunchtime, the sky got very dark, the laundry was dry so it it came, just as it started to spot with rain, it has not lasted, but the laundry is folded ready to put away.

Stock taken out of the freezer, I have a scabby leek in the veg draw, will make leek and potato soup in the morning. We are going to DD2's for tea on Sunday; will have a bowl of soup and bread at lunch time. There is a garden open in the town, so will call in there on the way to DD2's, I also want to call at Wilkinson and get a new mop, parking is free in the town on Sunday.

No sewing yesterday, could not be bothered, so sat and watched videos on You Tube instead. Will not be doing any this afternoon either, it can wait till DB is bowling tomorrow. I want to finish it before the coffee morning at the little chapel. on Wednesday, I know E will be there and I can pass it on to her.

Fish chips and peas for supper tonight. No soft fruit so no idea what we might have for dessert if anything.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Another day at the Supermarket

We slept in a bit this morning, so we were a bit later setting off, a grey morning........plenty of cars in the car park, but the shop never seems overcrowded. Just a couple of things we could not get, will have to try Lidl or Morrison for them.

Shop came in just under my £60 limit, so thats fine, once home, all put away.

It was sunny as we drove along but by lunchtime the grey clouds were overhead again, DB says we are due rain for the rest of the day. He nipped to the bowls club to see if he has been picked to play on Saturday.

Cooked beef and vegetable casserole yesterday so will heat it up tonight with new spuds from the garden, green beans and cauliflower. Possibly ice cream for dessert.

Might spend a while this afternoon in the sewing room finishing off the bag.....see how I feel after lunch.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


A wet morning, I did put the towels in the washer and they are on the line now, the weather improved after lunch.

Freezer audit done, menu and shopping list sorted, we are off to Aldi tomorrow.

DB walked down to the post office in the rain to draw some cash and get his TV choice, the TV is dire again next week, looks like we will be watching recorded programmes.

I did a bit more at the bag this afternoon.......because its an across the body bag I have to make it up differently to the way I usually make the bags, not looking forward to it. May tackle it over the weekend.

I heard from my friend in Florida, she hand her husband went back to Nashau to see friends, she fell in the hotel room and has a broken hip, its been pinned and she says it quite painful.

Bacon, egg, tomato and fried bread for supper.

The sun is out and its blowing quite well, so the towels should be dry.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


It started off very dull and grey again, quite cold too, we both had hot water bottles when we went to bed last night. It must have been cold, the heating came on this morning, the thermostat was turned down to 10, but the timer was still on, it woke me creaking.

The sky finally turned blue late this afternoon.

DB out in the garden this morning, despite him checking we have another courgette which thinks its a marrow........., more beans in and also some blackcurrants, I have put a container of mixed fruit in the freezer. Made a creme caramel for dessert.

Cooked the sauce for spag bol for supper.

I cannot get away from bags, I found a large piece of fabric and have just cut out the over body bag, again the fabric frays like crazy so its all been overlocked, I have the over body strap made and have lined the pocket, might finish it tomorrow.

Need to do the menu plan and freezer audit tomorrow, DB needs to go to the PO for some cash and we will go to Aldi on Thursday. DB is bowling tomorrow afternoon, but not a match, just the social bowling they do every other Wednesday.

Monday, 24 July 2017

What happened to the sun?

I could not believe it when I woke up, it was so dark, I thought it was winter. The sky has been very grey all morning, however it has not rained as yet.

Bed changed and sheets etc on the line, its almost dry, so need to keep an eye out for it starting to rain.

Monday clean done. I am crackered so will be reading this afternoon. My mop is going to have to be retired, bits keep coming off it, there will be nothing left soon, I will have to source a new one. Its the non slip surface in the bathroom that's the problem. If I could, I would scrub it, but once I get down on my knees I have difficulty getting up again.

DH has retired to bed with a dizzy, his vertigo rearing its head again, he did his exercises but it did not go off, so to bed he went. I hope we are not ramping up to another month like last August, when he was again in hospital for almost the whole month. Not a happy thought.

Sunday, 23 July 2017


Yesterday it was rain, sun rain, today its started off sunny, but black clouds are gathering, I think we may be in for one of the forecasted showers.

We had our usual Sunday breakfast, eventually managed out of bed just after 9am. DB has been in the garden, resiting bean poles etc that the wind had blown about, the beans were listing badly to one side. He then went on to finish the weeding in the herbaceous bed. I need to take a couple of photos so I know what needs a severe haircut in the spring, I also need to move a couple of plants.

No plans to do anything. I did lay out some patches for an ordered bag, but there is not enough contrast so I need to cut up some more fabric. I have been through the fabric I kept and I have a couple of bits, one will make the strap with some squares to go into the bag and the other piece will cut into 5" squares. Must go through and see what lining fabric I can find. I do use poly cotton sometimes for bag lining, I think I have some in the PC crate, will have a look later. Deffo not doing any sewing today!!

Supper is prepared, I sliced the gammon joint cooked yesterday, enough ham for 2 suppers and 2 lots of sandwiches for £2.99, not bad. I also cooked 2 pears that were taking their time to ripen, they are in the fridge we will have them for dessert with some ice cream.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Its raining!!

We had rain overnight, I forgot to fetch the kitchen mat in last night, so it was soaking this morning.

I had a load of washing in, when the weather cleared it went out on the line and dried. the at also dried and is now back down on the floor. DB complained he had cold feet this morning when he came through to put the coffee on.

DB was out staking up tomato's and the beans, the wind had loosened the bean sticks, he then went on to do some more weeding.

I cooked the gammon joint and used the liquor to make lentil soup which we had for lunch, there is enough left for tomorrow. Strange eating soup with the the shining, but it soon changed and is now hissing down again.

I made another zipper bag, thats it for now, I am going to look at stuffed Christmas trees and also a couple of tree wall hangings.

Supper tonight, quiche, salad from the garden and jacket spuds.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Gosh its windy

Sunny but very windy, the trees are going every which way.

Friday clean done, I managed to wash the kitchen floor at last, pleased about that.

I went round to the craft group and took the three bags, I also gave E her bag, she was delighted with it. Measured the lady who wants a messenger type bag, I think I have figured out how to make it......

After lunch I started to make this......

Back on zipper bags again, it took me ages to remember how to do them and put the lining in!!

DB was out in the garden this morning cutting the grass, he has also started on the weeds in the herbaceous border again. The white lilies in the pot have started to come out, the others had died off so a new lily in the house for a week or so.

Fish, chips and peas for supper. DB forgot his yogurt at lunchtime so he will have that for dessert. I am trying to keep off too many desserts, so will sit and watch him eat his yogurt!!

Thursday, 20 July 2017


The last bag I am making for a bit, time to go onto other stuff.

Such a pretty pattern on the fabric.

Terrible night again last night, after 4am before I managed to get off. DB brought my breakfast in bed, I managed out of bed by 10am.

It rained overnight and for most of the morning, but not the torrents they have had elsewhere, I doubt it will have even wet the top surface. It has cleared and we have blue skies and a breeze again.

DB spent the morning clearing out old paper work, the files were bulging with rubbish, it has all been shredded and is now in the bin for the recycle people next week.

B's daughter is going to Birmingham airport later today, she has booked into the airport hotel, her flight leaves at 6.30am tomorrow, she will be home in Spain by mid day. That will just leave K here for another 2 weeks.

Nothing much going on, its very quiet here, even the farm traffic seems to have stopped for now.

I have one last library book to read, so guess I had better get on with it, being able to use borrowbox is great I can pick books to read in between library books.

Sausage, mash and beans for supper tonight.......a few raspberries to use up, will pull some more rhubarb at the weekend, another week and the picking season will be over, time for the plants to conserve their energy for next year. We are picking courgettes and climbing beans just nor, the french beans are just starting to develop, might be enough for Sunday now we have had some rain.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Cooler Day

but still a bit on the muggy side. The sun is threatening to break through, it could be very hot after lunch, then we are forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms........we need the rain, I can do without the thunder thank you!!

Not a good night, DB could not settle, he was too hot, although the bedroom was cool. We were drinking tea at 2am.

He has been out in the garden, the big bag of chippings has been emptied, we are going to use it to store stuff in when we empty the shed next month.

Some financial moving about done, I am trying to get things so I do not have to go into our overdraft at the beginning of each month, not easy as most of the bills come out on the first. Thankfully our account has a fee free O/D which is a great help at times.

I put the fabric I cannot use on freecycle yesterday, it has been collected this morning by a school teacher, so the huge bag has disappeared from the hall. I have a stack I need to find a home for though. I did start another bag yesterday, some pretty silk curtain fabric, will just make a smallish bag, no outer pocket but several inside.

We are off to the dump with the old TV, after DB has his siesta, will then call and see P in Bottesford, I have some new spuds and climbing beans for her from the garden.

DB is getting to grips with the new TV, he could not understand that he no longer has to switch the sat box on, the TV comes up on its own, the box just needs setting if we want to record a programme to watch later.

Bread made yesterday so cheese and pickle sandwiches for lunch. I have done the veg for tonight, chicken and bacon pot pies.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Another nice day, thankfully not as hot as it was yesterday I think 27c was the highest recorded today.

A quick flash round the wet room and toilet and shoved the dyson over the carpets, could not be bothered to do much else. Towels in the washer, dried on the line, there has been a breeze all day.

I slept much better last night, I was very tired.

DB and I moved the sentry box, but have decided its not in the right place, so it will be getting moved again round the side of the house. It mucks up my nursery bed, but I can move that over the other side of the garden to where the hedge has been cut back.

I sorted through the fabric I was gifted, there is a lot that I cannot use, so I will pass it on to a craft group or some such. Another bag is in production, this time made out of silk curtain fabric.......

Tomorrow we are going to take the old TV to the tip and call on our friend in Bottesford on the way back. I expect DB will be in the garden in the morning.

Bacon fritatta and salad for supper, we ate the cake from yesterday for afternoon tea. I had coffee and walnut, DB chocolate, very nice.

Monday, 17 July 2017

A Day to say Goodbye

A lousy nights sleep, it was 3.30 the last time I looked at the clock, will be crackered later.

Its a lovely sunny morning, there is a slight breeze. I put a load in the washer last night, its dancing on the line, it should dry.

We just had cereal at breakfast time, I am going to make bacon sandwiches a bit later, it will be 2.30 at least by the time we get back from Grantham. DB has moved the car out onto the road from the cul de sac so there is room in the car park for extra cars. At least its a nice sunny day..........I am still in a bit of a quandary about what to will be resolved shortly.

Up date.....

Eventually grey trousers and a white top were decided on.....It has been a glorious day for a funeral, the sun is blisteringly hot, the crematorium was quite cool, but when we came out the heat hit us. A funeral service is never a happy time but the sun made it a bit better.

A lovely service, our local pastor gave a lovely talk, his message was one of love love between P & B and the love P had for his children. The chapel was full and there was a guard of honour from his pals in the REME social group that he and B belonged to.

The reception at the little chapel was excellent, lots of food including a superb strawberry trifle, scones and cream and three different types of cake, victoria sponge, chocolate cake and coffee cake.

We came home with a doggie bag each, we will not need any supper tonight, might just have one of the cupcakes each later.

B's daughter is here until Thursday, she flies back early Friday morning, K is here until 3rd August, so he will be with his Mum, once he flies back to South Africa it will be time for the neighbours to take up the slack.

Tomorrow is another day.............

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sultry Sunday

After a lot of discussion we eventually decided to buy a new TV. I ordered a cheapie from Argos and we went in and collected it this morning. It was really an expense I could have done without.

Called to see DD2 she and DGD were busy in the front garden, I cannot believe how different it looks, they have cut the hedge right back and DGD took a spade to the grass and has uncovered crazy paving which has been covered by grass for years. We had a cup of tea and cake and then came home.

DN wanted to clean the car for tomorrow, neither of us were hungry so he went for his siesta whilst I decided to struggle and set up the TV...... put the feet on.....put in the aerial and sat box connections, switched on...boom, boom boom it set itself up, so watching the men's final.....DB has just had a cup of tea and a cherry bakewell tart, he is now washing the car.

Roast pork for supper, we will have it a bit earlier as we did not have lunch, probably around 4.30.

Tomorrow is not going to be an easy day............

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Murky Day

Its a misty, murky day, very grey and quite a breeze, there was rain in the air earlier.

Late up this morning, I threw the duster and Dyson round the sitting room and kitchen floor, thats it for now. I will wash the floor next week, will have to do the Monday clean tomorrow, we will be out for most of Monday.

DB is bowling this afternoon, so about to go for his siesta, I have cut up the remains of the chenille fabric, enough to make a long narrow bag, need to over lock that and the lining. Might get is done on the other hand might not.

The countryside around us is changing, the oil seed rape has long been harvested, silage seems to be the main thing now. Corn is starting to ripen so that will be the next thing. Fields are being ploughed ready for winter wheat.

Two of our neighbours have now got pots of flowers at the front door, so the gardens are looking nice, afraid our front grass is not looking so good, it has been scarified within and inch of its life, so now we need to sow new grass seed and use cotton to stop the birds for having a good feed. The the grass of the other side will have to be done as well. 

I am undecided what to do with the piece in front of the hedge we had cut out, I am not sure if much will grow, the roots of the hedge take a lot of moisture and goodness out of the soil and its very compacted. I might lay weed suppressant down and use bark chippings on it, then stand pots on, need to think about it a bit more.

DB is concerned if our neighbour takes the laurel right out people can see into the back garden from her front.......a piece of trellis might be needed. Will have to wait and see what happens. I know she was getting someone to come and look at it.

DB gets his high tea at the bowls tonight so jacket spud, cheese and coleslaw for me.

The last tapestry bag, there was a small square of fabric left, its in the bin!! This bag is not as long as the others but slightly wider does not have the full length pockets inside, I ran out of lining fabric too.

Oh woe is me!! I went to watch the TV and it appears to have gone to the  TV graveyard in the sky. Tried everything I know....nothing. changed the fuse, nothing, checked the plug, nothing.....looks like we are needing a new TV....what to do with the old one????

DB is going to have to sit and read tonight.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Visiting Day

Not a good night for me, DB decided to go to the toilet at 4.30am, it was after 7am when I fell asleep, so we were late getting up. It was not a problem, we had plans for the day.

We left via the surgery and I went to Bon Marche to change the top I bought, it was the wrong size, a card for our neighbour and DB got grass seed, we then travelled on to Desford and my quilting friends.

We were treated to HM scones, raspberry jam and whipped cream, two scones each.....did not need anything else after that, we were stuffed. It was good to see my friend, despite problems with her sight she does very well, just now she is knitting toys, keeps her fingers busy. I took her some flowers and some bits of felt which I know she will use.  The two bags were greatly admired although I got told off for not charging enough for them.

Left around 3pm to travel home, heavy traffic on the A46 all the way to the turn off. Just volume of traffic and huge lorries racing to get back to base for the weekend.

The morning started grey and windy, its now sunny with a stiffish breeze, still cool though, hot water bottles in the bed again last night.

Tonight supper fish and chips, there is some pineapple left which we will have for dessert, that will finish it off.


Having finally managed to get a Sympathy card I liked, I took it over to B, I had not been since the evening of the day P passed away, I did not want to intrude on what is really a family time. B was pleased to see me, I did explain why I had not been over. Her son from South Africa has been with her since Monday afternoon and the daughter arrived from Spain at lunch time, I guess A will be over tomorrow so the scene is set for the funeral on Monday. We will miss P, he was a real gentleman of the old school.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday Shopping Day

Yesterday started cloudy and developed into a really nice evening. This morning also started cloudy, the sun broke through briefly, but the sky has greyed and the weather station says rain... we shall see.

It was so cold last night I actually put hot water bottles in the bed.... the temperature has dropped more than 10 degrees...brrrr.... we are not used to the cold.

Into Lidl, DB went down to Wilkinson to get a new measuring tape to replace the one he broke. I went into Lidl, managed to stay in my budget by about 75p!!

The lilies in the front garden are out, two stems are in a vase in the sitting room, I love the scent, by the time they go over the ones in the back will be in flower.

Another of the chenille bags cut out, I have to overlock the lining on this one, have run out of the fabric I used to line the other bag, there is enough for more small bag I think, I need to measure it and see of there is enough for the bag and handles. Just one mat to sew the binding down on, will get it done today.

weel the second bag is done without as much cussing as went on with the first one. This one is smaller, more the shape of a bucket bag. I have put the dyson over the sewing room floor, have to empty it, its more sewing, apart from hand sewing till saturday if then. We are out tomorrow.

Its keeps coming over very black, but up to present we have not had rain, I wish it would get it over with, we could do with some more gentle rain, not the slashing sort they have had in other places.

Pizza and green salad for supper tonight........

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Not a good night last night, guess DB was dreaming, he was wriggling all round the bed, woke me at 4.30am, it was after 7am when I got off again, so late getting up.

It had stopped raining and the sun was valiantly trying to shine, so the towels went in the washer and out on the line.

DB was putting preservative on the sentry box before we move it into its new position, I seemed to spend the morning not doing much.

After lunch I decided to finish this.

Another bag done, I have enough of this fabric left to do another much smaller bag, need to measure it and see just how much I have left. Its not easy to sew!! It has to be overlocked around all the edges to prevent large lumps of it falling off. The sewing room floor is a mess, despite me clearing up most of the mess on Monday.

After his siesta DB went into the garden, he picked 2 raspberries and 2lbs of climbing beans. Our neighbour had a lettuce and some more rhubarb, she had a friend with her, she also got a lettuce.

Ham salad tonight, have a few potato's left from yesterday so we will have them with the salad. I picked some lollo rosso leaves for the salad.

At lunch time DB had no yogurt left, so I stoned and quartered two nectarines and also sliced some of the pineapple I got last week, it is lovely and ripe, a few grapes and instant fruit salad....yummy.

I now need to go and clear up the mess from the sewing room floor before it gets spread across the rest of the house. Will sew the binding down on another mat later.............

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


It started to rain last night, steadily, it was still damp when we got up. Very misty but dry just now.

DB has not been able to get out into the garden, the ground is too wet.

I have spent the morning doing the ironing and then switched to sewing another bag which caused me problems, the main fabric is chenille, which frays like the devil. Why someone would have a settee covered in the stuff beats me. I have enough of the fabric to make another bag if I feel like it. right now I am quite ambivalent.

Not much going on here, B's son arrived yesterday from South Africa, so she has someone with her, its a week today since P passed away.

E came round yesterday, her group want me to make some more of the bags, will have to have a sort through the fabric bag and see what I can find. One lady wants one that goes across her body, need to think about that.

Mince and mash for supper tonight, we have just enough raspberries to have for dessert.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Busy Monday

Up, not quite with the lark, but stripped the bed and sheets etc in the washer, hung out and dry, waiting ironing, maybe tomorrow.

I got DB to help me turn the mattress, we took off the electric blanket, its in the cupboard till next winter. Also took off the mattress topper, shoved it in the washer and its on the line, hopefully it will dry, it will have to go back on the bed tomorrow.

Whilst I had everything off the bed I used the hand held Dyson to hoover the mattress, very little came off it, so guess the topper had 'collected' everything.

I steam cleaned the wet room and toilet floor, so extra Monday clean done.

Phone call from our neighbour asking us to attend the funeral next Monday, her son from South Africa is due to arrive this afternoon, so he will be here for 3 weeks, time to sort through some of the things that need sorting. I know P was a hoarder.......

Managed to sew the binding down on another 2 mats, just one to go tomorrow.

It was quite warm and sunny this morning, but there is a change coming, the breeze has got up and its cooler. We had a few spots of rain earlier, but it did not come to anything.

DB spent the morning scarifying the front lawn and cutting it. We need to get some feed and weed for it then sow some new lawn seed on the bald patches. He has his annual MOT this afternoon at the Drs.

The lavatera in the back has gone mad.......I will have to cut it back a bit, the washing on the line catches on it.

Chicken and salad for supper tonight, stewed rhubarb for dessert with some left over cream.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Happy 100th Birthday to Holwell Bowling Club

We were late getting up, I cooked bacon, egg, tomato and fried bread for breakfast. 

As we have to be at the bowls by 1.30 DB is doing his usual, I want to go to get a parking space etc, if he is not careful he will be going by himself!!

We will have a small snack in a little while and then he can get himself ready, perhaps peace will reign!!

Its a sunny morning, there is a breeze which is keeping the temperature down a bit.....hope its not too hot this afternoon, DB does not tolerate the heat too well these days, neither do I.

Update to follow later................

Back from the celebrations...... as I suspected we were there far too early, I sat reading for 3/4hr before anyone else turned up.

It was hot, there was a breeze which helped to keep the temperature down a bit.

High tea was excellent, ham, salmon, quiche, pasta salad, coleslaw and warm potato's. Fresh fruit salad and cream, cheese and biscuits, tea and coffee then birthday cake.

The speeches went on a bit, but we were home just before 7pm, the sun still blasting down, opened all the doors and windows to try and get some cool air through the place.

DB out to the garden to pick raspberries..........

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Another scorcher

According to the forecast we are due another scorching day today. I am glad DB is not bowling this afternoon. I am hoping it will be a bit cooler tomorrow when we go to DB's old bowls club for their 100th birthday celebrations. Its sunny but just now there is a breeze which is very pleasant.

I decided to cook the chicken this morning whilst the kitchen is in the shade,as we are out for high tea/supper tomorrow we are having our Sunday supper tonight.

More pictures of the garden, the veg garden this time, it looks like we may have a boiling of beans later in the week, two small courgettes have already found their way into the fridge. We like them raw in salad.

This is a cucumber, we have never grown them outside before.

We should be ok for tomato's too.

Plenty of flowers on the climbing beans.

These are drying beans, I have just used up the ones from the last time we grew them 2 years ago, these are from seed we saved.

The Braeburn apple tree, not sure if there will be another drop or not. It is actually a patio tree, but we planted it in the ground so it gets the sun to ripen the fruit.

The sweetcorn are just starting to shoot up, they are always slow to get going but then grown alarmingly fast.

I have booked 5 nights in a B & B in Cornwall, we both wanted to go to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, so we are off next May. Travel to just outside Bristol and stay overnight. Down to St Martins near Looe for 5 nights, then back via an overnight stop at Bristol again. We could do the journey in the day, but personally I just do not want to push it. We can always stop off somewhere for a visit if we want to.

Pulled more rhubarb, its cooked and cooled, as is the chicken, veg all prepped just have to cook it.

I have cut out the body for another bag, just now I am doing my 'one s day' sewing the binding down on a table mat. May not get one done tomorrow, depends how tired I am when we get back from the bowls.

It has not turned out as hot as I thought it would, just pleasant, a nice breeze wafting through the house.


Friday, 7 July 2017


Gosh it was mega hot again yesterday, phew its much cooler so far this morning, I have all the back windows and door open there is a bit of a breeze. I opened the bedroom and sitting room windows first thing, but once the sun gained strength closed them and drew the curtains.

I was awake early and could not get back to sleep, so read until DB woke up.

The chaps from the council are due anytime this morning, hummmm..........

P got back into her flat ok, the locksmith turned up about 2.30, it took him 2 1/2 hours to get into the flat and put a new lock on. Apparently the first lock had not been put in correctly which was the cause of the problem, so 3 things have gone wrong in P's first week in her new home, lets hope thats the end of it. I have to say the manager of the flats was exceptional, he was due to attend a meeting, but cancelled, he should have gone off duty at 3pm but did not go until he was sure P was back in her flat and everything was ok. He deserves a medal, in this day and age it is wonderful to find someone with such commitment to his residents.

The shed chappies were here for over an hour. Decision has been made. The expert says the JK we had is dead, we have to remove the old shed and all the gubbins underneath and then the ground will be treated to ensure that the knotweed is dormant under the new shed. We can then have the shed put up and the old shed taken away. It needs to be done in a month earlier that I expected, however I think it will be ok.

It was sunny till lunch time, then it clouded over, we have not had any rain but its much cooler.

B rang this morning to let us know the arrangements for P's cremation, its a week on Monday 17th July at 1pm at Grantham, there is to be a funeral tea afterwards at the little chapel round the corner.

I have finished putting the binding on the mats, I now have to sew it down by hand, not a job I enjoy, I will try and make myself do a mat a day. Its not so bad now we have the lighter nights, I do not mind sewing whilst watching the TV.

Fish, chips and peas for supper, we have enough raspberries for dessert.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Haircut and shopping

DB went off to get his hair trimmed this morning, I was just setting out to pick him up when he walked round the corner!! We set off for Bottesford to collect P. We were a bit early, but she was ready, off we went to Aldi.

Not too bad a shop not as expensive as I thought, and I was very restrained, they had some fabulous clematis for £5.50, they were all pink and purple so I did not buy one!!! I wanted a white one.....

Back with P to put her shopping away, she could not get her front door undone, and when I tried the lock fell through onto the floor inside....luckily the complex manager, who had been going to a meeting, was still there, he phoned for the locksmith, but it was going to be mid afternoon before he arrived. Aware of the fact that we had milk, butter cream etc in the boot, we left her in the capable hands of the manager and came home. She was quite happy to be left and we said we will ring later today and make sure she is back in the flat ok.

Its turned very warm again, 70c in the shade, I have the front windows and the back door open to try and get a through draught....

Its too hot to sew, I am going to read on the settee in the cool..........

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Bright morning it was 67c when we got up, and as the sun moved round it became quite warm. A bit muggy later on as there was very little breeze.

Round to the chapel for coffee, two lots of visitors came so it was a big group, plenty of chatter going on. I took 20 sticks of rhubarb, it all went, J came round to deliver some crates for us to store stuff from the shed, so I gave her some more rhubarb and a lettuce from the garden.

I caved in last night and went over to see my neighbour, she was quite tearful when I went in, but after talking generally for an hour or so she was calmer when I left. Funeral details later, although all has been arranged some time ago. It will be at Grantham Crematorium. Her younger son is with her just now, her elder son is trying to sort out a flight from South Africa and will stay with his Mum when he gets here.

Sewed the binding on 3 more mats, just one more to do, then I have to sit and hand sew the binding down, not my favourite job, but it will get done.

Saw E briefly, she was going out, I gave her the tapestry bag I made, she had an nice letter from the bride and groom she gave the ring pillow to, it has a lovely picture of the bride and groom on the front with their little girl.

Salmon and salad for supper. I cooked the salmon in lemon juice, its in the fridge along with a green salad, potato salad and some coleslaw. There is a bit of the crumble left so that will be dessert.

No gardening for DB, he is bowling this afternoon, the social bowls meeting they have once a fortnight. Tomorrow we are going shopping and taking P and Friday we have our meeting with the council chaps about the shed.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Its a cloudy morning, but still quite warm, yesterday the sun broke through in the late afternoon and it was a very pleasant evening. There is a breeze which is keeping it coolish.

Our neighbour across the road passed away last night, he had another fall and knocked himself out,  B is back home, the hospice asked her to stay for the night, she
 wants to spend the day on her own, so we are respecting that, I will go over and see her tomorrow. It is sad, however I can only feel it is a blessing.........

DB had a bit of a funny turn yesterday, he said he felt he was getting palpitations and a dizzy, he did his eye exercises and the dizziness went off. I asked him to take things steady this morning, but he had to go out and mow the back lawn......he wonders why he gets no sympathy!!

I need to trim the mountain mats and bind them, no idea whats going to be next, I have to go through the things I have and see what else I could make. I do want to make a couple of bags.....I may use some of the squares of curtain fabric in the bags

Tomorrow is the coffee morning at the little chapel, I will pull some rhubarb and take, its going mad. I did give some to a neighbour this morning. I still have apples and rhubarb in the freezer from last year, I am going to have to do some puddings for a few weeks to use it up before we start storing this years produce.

Claire came round this afternoon with her loppers, the laurel hedge has been cut right back to the fence, we have gained about 2 foot of garden. Lots of rubbish in bags now for the green bin.

Laurel cut back, at least 2ft of garden to fill with plants.

Day Lily in full bloom

The hollyhock is just starting to come up

Any one for rhubarb, I will pull some more tomorrow to take round to the coffee morning.

Drying beans

Start of the climbing beans, better use up the veg in the veg drawer.

I managed to get one of the mats almost bound, then Claire knocked on the door, so I went out to assist clearing up the laurel. Well worth the £10 it cost me.

Monday, 3 July 2017


Towels in the washer and out on the line, showers have been forecast for later, so hopefully they will dry before then.

DB is tootling out in the garden, the birds have eaten the white currants, so he is not happy, I did tell him to net them, but of course he didn't. He has been growing stuff long enough to know.

Monday clean done, I do find cleaning the wet room floor a chore, because we have hard water we get yellow deposits developing which you have to scrub to get off, The floor has a non slip surface so its bobbly which does not help. I really need to source a new mop that will scrub the marks off, will have to have a look round and see what I can find.

I have one part of the cushion cover to finish quilting, its not as good as I would like, its ages since I did any machine quilting and it shows, even though I do a warm up first. I am hoping to get it finished today. I phoned P. this morning and arranged to pick her up on Thursday morning to go to Aldi, so I will give it to her then. I did think about doing table mats to match, but do not want to put myself under pressure, so will think about doing them for Christmas instead. By that time she may well have managed to get the extra furniture she needs that is still at her nieces house.

School is out, the village is quiet, its the children's bible group this week, the marquee is up on the village green with the bouncy castle etc in it.

The farms are starting harvesting again after the rain. the roadsides in the village are scattered with wild flowers, there is quite a large group of lupins in one part, they have self seeded over the years. We are starting to harvest courgette and lettuce, the rhubarb has gone daft, I will pull a load and take it to the chapel coffee morning on Wednesday. Some will go in the freezer. I still have apples in there from last year and also some gooseberries and blackberries. I will have to start making desserts again to use them up before we start harvesting again. DB is picking quite a few raspberries, hopefully we will be able to make some raspberry jam as well.

The cushion is finished, It took me ages to sort out how to sew the thing down, eventually I remembered, not really keen on the buttons but the best I can do at short notice. It actually looks better with the cushion pad in.

Sunday, 2 July 2017


We had our usual breakfast in bed, the front door bell went, but no one there. ?power all the clocks only for it to go off twice again. Rang up to see what was going on, problems with a high tension cable, switched to another supply. About an hour later it went again, have we been switched back? 

Laundry washed and on the line, its sunny, but keeps clouding over, there is a breeze which hopefully will dry the laundry fairly quickly.

Bacon sarnies for lunch. DB is going for his rest and then shower and change for his bowls, so I have the afternoon to myself. I am hoping to finish quilting the cushion cover. Its ages since I did any machine quilting, its a bit like when I first started, big and small stitches, it was called country quilting!! will take me a while to get back to regular stitches. I do warm up on scrap fabric. I think I also need to find the silicone spray, the wadding is not moving easily across the bed of the machine, not sure If I have any furniture polish......I no longer use it, just a damp duster and then buff up. I will try wiping the bad of the machine with a damp cloth first, see if that makes a difference.

More raspberries picked this morning, I am going to freeze some might get enough for some jam.

Freezer audit done and menu list filled in, shopping list started, do not need much meat this month, we are out a couple of Sundays so no roast.

Have just heard that my niece and her family are coming over from Oz for 3 weeks in late August, it would be good to catch up with them.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Its July!!

The day started off rather dull, no rain, but this afternoon the cloud cleared and now we have bright sunshine. I am cross I did not put laundry in, it would have dried.

DB did a bit in the garden, picked more raspberries which we will have for dessert. I might even get to freeze a few for jam.

Our bedside clock decided to do a woopsie, when I woke it said 10. 20, it was 8. idea what happened there.

Ished quilting the last table mat and have woven in all the ends

I used the embroidery stitches on the machine and just quilted down the joins, hence me having to darn in the ends.

I have used different stitches on the  mats. I now have to trim and bind them.

P said yesterday she was getting a second easy chair, so I decided to make her a cushion, I have a spare inner in the cupboard. I had to clean out the machine, the fluff from the tapestry bag was horrendous. I have also changed the needle. I decided the needle had done sterling work sewing through all those layers. It is at the quilting stage, have done some of it, but decided it was time I packed in for today. I picked colours that go with her room. I will post a picture when its finished.

Supper tonight, chicken with apricots in brandy, no veg we are having rice, rasps and ice cream for dessert, DB is not here for supper tomorrow night, he gets his at the bowls club.

Bread made, the house smells lovely, just baked bread, makes my tummy rumble, I have to force myself not to go and cut off the crust and slather it with butter.

Need to do a freezer aduit and sort out the shopping list for next week. I know we still have some mince and sausages left, but thats about it. A big shop needed.

Forecast is for a fine day tomorrow, so laundry in the washer, will put it on overnight so I can get it out early in the morning, hopefully it will dry. If its fine Monday I will do the towels.