Tuesday 31 May 2022
Monday 30 May 2022
Someone asked me to explain the 'Rewards' system for the Ration Challenge and how it actually relates to refugees.
Basically, and to copy from this page of my Toolkit booklet:
' Refugees are resourceful, resilient and hard-working people. But to protect local jobs, many countries (including Jordan) deny or tightly limit work rights for refugees. This means they need to find other ways to provide for their families.
Through the Ration Challenge, you are supporting livelihoods programmes in Jordan and Lebanon, which help provide a small income for refugees so they can add other food items to their basic rations.
You won’t have time to set up your own small business or grow a garden from scratch during the Ration Challenge, but you can earn extra ingredients to add to your rations by working hard at your fundraising. Hit the following fundraising goals, help more people, and earn these much-needed rewards. '
In exactly one week ...with your amazing help ... I have just earned all the rewards that are available. This means that alongside my basic ration box I now have all the rewards listed above.
My Rewards, and my choices for the ones I can choose are:
My Spice - Cumin
My team-mates spice choices are:
Paprika, Turmeric, Pepper, Onion Powder and Cinnamon
1 Garlic Clove
I don't drink tea - so no tea.
I gave away my milk allowance to a team-mate who is struggling to raise money.
My 170g of Vegetable will be Spring Onion.
My 120g of Protein will be Peanut Butter
400g Tinned Tomatoes
and lastly, the reward that came through today
My 330ml drink: I may choose a coffee or it might be a smoothie or it could be wine!!
All these can be brought into the meal plan for the Challenge week to go alongside the contents of the Ration Box and the rice, flour and oil that we have to provide for ourselves (to keep postage costs down).
Finally, the email that arrived an hour ago -
Saturday 28 May 2022
Wednesday 25 May 2022
With our little narrowboat holiday fast approaching I decided to order the dogs a life-jacket each. Now I'm sure Mavis would swim and stay afloat long enough to get to the canal bank and give us time to rescue her, but Suky would sink like a lead balloon!!
They were literally in the air like this for 10 seconds but we did have to check the fixings were working properly and that they were comfortable if we had to hoick them out of the water in an emergency ... and of course being a Blogger I had to get a photo. 😉
In Ration Challenge news ... late last night I was sent this to pass on to you and all the lovely folk that have donated to my Fundraising page, it was on an email telling me that I had gone over the threshold that earns me a tin of tomatoes.
But much more importantly it means that between us we have now provided enough money to feed more than FOUR refugees for A WHOLE YEAR. I eat rations for one week and we can do this ... we are a great team.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 💖
Our total currently stands at £734.
You can visit my Fundraising Page by clicking on the Ration Challenge photo at the top of the right-hand side bar.
Tuesday 24 May 2022
Monday 23 May 2022
I don't know where to begin, I have to simply say from the bottom of my heart ... THANK YOU 💖
I only signed up for this years Ration Challenge on Saturday afternoon and already with your support I have reached the amazing sponsorship total of £397. This means we have already raised more than enough money to supply ration boxes to two refugees for A WHOLE YEAR!!
And once again this is how I am looking at my fundraising. Although the money is spent in many ways to help refugees from all over the world ... this year including Ukrainian refugees ... if I focus on the food side of things it really keeps it on my mind how many people it's possible to help.
£166 = A Years Food for One Refugee
£332 = 2
£498 = 3
£664 = 4
£830 = 5
£996 = 6
You get the picture, and it's these figures that I have in my head every time I get an email like this one -
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Saturday 21 May 2022
I've only gone and done it again ... I've just signed up for this years Ration Challenge.
I missed out on last years because of health issues but I should be fine for this year and I'm determined to do it. Hopefully I'll be able to bring into play all the things I learnt from my last two goes at it. This year the official week is from 19th until the 25th June although it is possible to do it at any time if those dates don't work out for you.
THIS ... explains how it all works so much better than I could.
My fundraising page is HERE,
The idea of fundraising early is so that you can 'earn' food rewards for passing various levels. So I am mentioning it here and on my Facebook page in the hope that I might be able to earn myself a vegetable, or even a tin of tomatoes. Up to now I have a spice, a single clove of garlic and salt to add to the basic rations. 😀
Both times between us we managed to raise an amazing amount of money. The first year we raised £780.90 and then in 2020 we went all out and managed a magnificent £1,650.00.
I will try not to be begging for money every day during the Challenge as I do realise what tough times we are living in, but it would be brilliant if anyone can spare a pound or two. You really do not need to donate the large amounts that appear on the donations page you can choose to donate from as low as one pound and with gift aid even that would be raised to £1.25 if you are a UK tax payer.
Now all I have to do is to decide whether I post all about my exploits on this blog or instead go over to my Challenging Myself blog and use that again.
So much to think about.
If you fancy a go yourself ... and it is for a really good cause ... copy and paste this to take you to the signing up page.
Let me know if you do sign up and I'll be straight over to sponsor you. It's a cause that is very close to my heart.
Friday 20 May 2022
Thank you for all the comments yesterday.
It would seem that we are all on the same wavelength, I thought we would be, but it was nice to hear from so many of you and some new commenters and gather in all our opinions. I typed onions there at first instead of opinions and made myself literally laugh out loud ... and of course spell check did nothing as onions are a word. So gather in your onions to your hearts content. 😄
I seem to be having two Fridays this week as I was convinced it was Friday all day yesterday, not that I'm complaining ... I have always loved That Friday Feeling.
My only question to you today is - What are you looking forward to over the weekend?
If the weather plays fair I intend to pot on some tomato plants, have a tidy up of the paths and sleeper edges and then set Alan free with our new pressure washer to clean up the patio area which has lots of unsightly green bits. Then we may even go out for a coffee and a slice of cake and take the doggies with us. They love the social side of it as much as we like the cake.
Thursday 19 May 2022
Wednesday 18 May 2022
We are both finding it so hard to get back into the swing of day to day life. A mixture of feeling pretty yuk and not being able to go out much means that all routines are completely out of the window. So what do you do when you just cannot get out of 'holiday mode' ... why you book another holiday of course 😀😄
We have just had ten days in the Spanish sunshine, we have a five day Warner Leisure Hotel holiday booked for September, so what could I choose that is completely different to fill a gap in the middle?
I'm sure you can guess by the photo at the top of this post that I chose a narrow boat holiday, and one that is extremely close to home. There is definite method to my madness as Alan is currently still debating about whether he wants to buy a narrow boat to renovate as a bit of a hobby and it seemed a good idea to 'try before we buy' and combining this with a luxury no-lock, cruising the cut, mini holiday seemed an even better idea.
We had to go for one of the larger of the four boats on offer by the Duck Island Boat Company which is a small company close to home in the local marina, as they are the only ones that you can take your four legged friends onboard with you ... but this should be no hardship at all. With the potential for a bedroom and a bathroom each we can spread out to our hearts content in the 56ft long boat. Of course booking so last minute meant that we had to take the dates that were available, which luckily fell just right for us. It's going to be a total luxury sort of narrowboat holiday, something that we really do need to keep in mind if Alan is buying an old boat to do up. I doubt his will have proper flushing toilets and two en-suites!!
So we have something exciting to look forward to in July ... now what on earth can we do in June?
Oh, and if anyone would like 15% off a White Stuff order I have a link you can use.
Monday 16 May 2022
We didn't stray very far from the hotel at all, we just had a couple of short walks and sits on the beach watching the day cool down, and just a few hours one day in Port Alcudia people watching from a pavement café, and watching all the preparations for the Iron Man Competition that was taking place on the Saturday. We actually got to see the runners going past our hotel in the 27 degree heat on the day of the competition ... madness!!
We both topped up our tans, Alan more so than me as he is a real sun worshipper and he also had a few dips in the hotel pool, although judging by his gasps the water was cool enough to put a lot of folk off going in at all. But over the course of the week as the temperatures rose more and more people started risking a dip and swimming a few lengths.
Friday 13 May 2022
Torn between two worlds!!
I love this photo of my kitchen when it had almost been completed, the empty spaces, the clean lines, the promise of what could be.