Well his sparkly clean new one put mine to shame so the other day I set too giving it the biggest clean of it's life up to now.
Tuesday 30 August 2022
Sunday 28 August 2022
Another favourite ready made food for me are these garlic Kyivs from M&S. I picked up a few M&S delights on our way home from Llandudno but these were the last things from that little haul to be eaten.
I'm trying to get back to more fresh fully prepared at home foods but a little treat like this, and a simple meal helps keep me on track.
I only realised the other day that I just hadn't been out and done a proper supermarket shop for quite a while. So when our local church Foodbank put out an emergency appeal on Facebook for food on Friday I suggested to Alan that we both go and do some shopping for them instead.
It was quite liberating going around Aldi and filling one of the big trolleys knowing that when we got home we wouldn't have to put anything away. We packed it all into carrier bags and took it straight around to the foodbank, luckily we timed it just right and someone was there to help us carry it straight to the storage room at the back of the hall.
I'm not going to say how much we spent but we were both pleasantly surprised at what we managed to get for our money, buying four of each thing that the Foodbank had appealed for and extras that we thought would be useful, as well as some things that would just be treats for children.
While we were at the hall dropping off the food, we asked the lovely guy that was helping us if the foodbank trolley in Aldi was theirs, and found out that yes it was. So from now on we have decided that we will be putting things in every week rather than the more sporadic way we have been doing it recently.
Afterwards we treated ourselves to a toasted teacake and a bacon roll with a cup of coffee at Booth's to replenish our energy after the big shop ... well it is a Bank Holiday Weekend here in the UK.
Friday 26 August 2022
Anyway I have to stop waffling and sounding like Victor Meldrew and get back to my neatening up of my own blog ... or maybe should I pay someone to do it for me?
Maybe it's something for me to think about once again. What better way to keep food and fuel costs down than to go back to rationing, and non-wartime rationing is a lot safer than wartime rationing.
Something for me to think about for sure. Is anyone else thinking of something like this or similar for the near future?
Wednesday 24 August 2022
But also good, very, very good.
I mean books, they are good things aren't they ... almost on a par with having two tons of pasta in your cupboard. 😉 It means Winter will be all cosy indoors, cuddled up with blankets, perhaps even a hot water bottle, far too much coffee and the ability to close the door on the rest of the world for a bit.
Perhaps I need to stock up on coffee ....
Tuesday 23 August 2022
It was a good lunch. The pie was one of the Dahl Pies that I got from the Artisan Market at Glasson Dock a couple of weekends ago and posted about HERE and it was very tasty.
Then this morning I had to go out to get the dogs some chicken, Suky has had to eat chicken with her usual dried dog food since she had an upset stomach the other week, so it seemed only fair that Mavis and Ginger got some too ... now they are all addicted and we are too soft to stop buying it!!
Well anyway ... that went off on a waffle didn't it ... I took my little four item shopping list with me. Good girl I'm all prepared I thought to myself, I'll be back in ten minutes. One hour and two full shopping bags later I was home ... with food that I didn't really need, but some of which might prove useful if wheat prices really do shoot up as they are predicted to.
I went to put the newly bought Fusilli and Spaghetti in the pasta basket in the bottom cupboard and found that I already had ...
... rather a lot of pasta in one form or another!!
The new purchases are the ones stood in the basket bought from Aldi because it's very rare that our Aldi has any wholewheat pasta of any kind, so when I saw it I pounced. All the rest were already in my cupboard, and I honestly did not realise that I had so much.
I put the basket back into the cupboard and then I remembered the jars on the shelves ... so I have even more. It's a good job I am an absolute pasta addict. 😎
Sunday 21 August 2022
'Is he coming back with some food yet Mum?'
Of course any good café or restaurant that welcomes dogs has the obligatory treats jar, and they had a marrow bone and a gravy bone each, along with a nice drink of cold water.
Friday 19 August 2022
The next morning it was dull but dry, so after a lovely cooked Welsh breakfast at the hotel we headed back past our old place and on to Betws y Coed, somewhere we used to take the dogs regularly for walks in the woods and for a coffee for us. We had coffee this time, along with flapjacks and then headed for home ...
The views going up and coming down were well worth the ride up, but as the fine drizzle started we hopped on a tram back down, picked up a bit of fresh food shopping from M&S and then hit the road for home.
The dogs and Ginger were pleased to see us but had had an equally refreshing holiday in the safe and very capable hands of Jason and Tash, who had a little holiday in our house themselves.
While we went to the seaside for our holiday they were having a holiday away from the seaside for theirs, as they live in the busy bustling seaside town of Blackpool. I think they enjoyed small town life for a few days with not as many visitors and holidaymakers, and Jason really enjoyed the Thursday market with the large and varied book stall. I really have no idea where his obsession with books comes from 😉
So a nice little break for everyone, but it's nice to be back and even better to realise that we have made the right move. There are no pangs at leaving our old life in the country, here I think for now we have the best of both worlds ... and there's not many that can say that.
Monday 15 August 2022
This months VeganKind Lifestyle Box is proving to be very tasty ... well perhaps not the bubble-bath, I'd rather soak in that than eat it ... but everything else is. I signed up for this monthly treat again briefly as I had an offer for one free box and decided to treat myself to an additional couple of months as well. I'll just cancel it when I start to get fed up with the contents.
I don't need to put another order in with them just yet as I still have quite a bit of my last order left and enough packets of my crisps to keep me happy for a while, but I do check out the online supermarket regularly as they are always getting new lines in. I also still have a code that gets you £10 off an order of £40 or over if you're interested.
In other less tasty but much more exciting news, we are off on a mid-week break to Llandudno tomorrow. It will be lovely to visit our old stomping ground for a couple of days but this time enjoying it as tourists, and no doubt playing a bit of 'spot the differences' as we have already noticed online that a few things have changed. We will also be calling back to our old home Isfryn to see the new owners, and stopping by our flat in Llandudno Junction to see the tenant and make sure that everything is okay there for him.
At home Suky, Mavis and Ginger are looking forward to Very Special House-sitters while we are away this time, as Uncle Jason and Aunty Tash are going to spoil them rotten for three days in our absence.
I'll back to show you some photos of what we get up to while we are there.
Saturday 13 August 2022
In fact I've noticed that my plants are doing better than usual as I am recycling all my grey-water onto the garden and all of a sudden the planters with my Lavender and trees in and the herbs in my tin bath at the front door have really shot up and bushed out, and the Courgettes in this photo have almost doubled in size over night. It's made me feel a little guilty as obviously I have not been giving them enough water before.
Only me would have healthier plants during a drought!!
Thursday 11 August 2022
When I found an opened pack of the Rosemary and Onion ones in the freezer with three left in it I thought I might as well just cook them all, even though I knew that two sausages on a bun are plenty enough for me for a simple lunch.
This morning while I drank my first coffee of the day I watched and listened to former blogging buddy of mine and now YouTuber Jane (AKA Frugal Queen) on her YouTube channel.
This latest video was really interesting and as she listed all the 'Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips' I mentally crossed them all off my list saying 'yep, I do that' over and over. But this sort of thing is really needed at the moment for all the people who are suddenly realising that if they don't start saving money soon the sh*t really will hit the fan.
She has a really good channel, with her viewer and subscriber numbers rising rapidly as people are discovering it, and if you haven't been over there for a watch of her tips and tricks, meals of the week and cooking demonstrations you really should give it a try.
Anyway ... what would YOU do with one sausage?
Tuesday 9 August 2022
Somehow I ended up looking at my blogging statistics yesterday and it was quite fascinating. I don't do it too often as it's too much like the day job but this was interesting and not work ... hence enjoyable!!
At exactly 2.52pm there were 27 people reading yesterday's post and one person typing a comment on it, 198 people reading other posts ... the oldest post of which at that time was one back in September 2020 ... hands up if this was you. 😀
The nearest reader to me was just outside Lancaster, and while my geography is not brilliant, one of the furthest away was in Russia. We had 28 countries being represented one of which for some reason was described as 'Unknown country' ... which made me think of a little desert island somewhere with a palm tree in it's centre.
There's not a huge amount of difference, but what makes me really pleased is that I am now getting to the stage of only having things that I truly do need and use. The few things that I got rid of went straight into the recycling bins. (Not the bottle though, I reuse them for as long as I can for car journeys, so that was filled from the tap and popped into the fridge.)
Note to self - take the euros to the Post Office and get them changed back to spendable money!!
(Or go on holiday to where I can spend them 😃)
Sunday 7 August 2022
Splitting them into half for each of us meant this is what we got.
Was it worth growing them?
Yes, is the resounding answer. They didn't take much watering with all the rain we've had recently, they were tucked away out of sight of either of our houses just in front of the shed and most importantly of all ... they taste delicious.
So much so that I am just about to put in some more potatoes that should be ready in time for Christmas. This time I have got some posh new potato buckets to grow them in courtesy of a special offer from the gardening magazine that I posted about HERE.
I've been missing from my blog for a couple of days as I have been busy Olio-ing.
Sharing things that I no longer want with people who do want them or who can make use of them in any way that they choose. I started with a bag of food that I just knew I would never get around to eating, and then because you can also give away non-food items I carried on by giving away all the things that I have been sorting out from my kitchen cupboards.
I even had a good sort through of my stationery stash and gave lots of notebooks, pens and pencils to a young single Mum with two boys that needed some for now to keep them occupied during the school holidays and some more for going back to school with.
I still have other things listed and it's a good feeling to know that items I no longer need are going to a really good home. And of course it immediately gives me more space in my small home instead of having items that I've recently sorted out just sitting around.
Have you ever used Olio?