Saturday 30 September 2023
Thursday 28 September 2023
Once again I am debating whether it is worth me carrying on with my subscription of Radio Times. It's £4 a copy now and although I do enjoy reading about new programmes and doing the puzzles at the back, I don't know if I can justify spending that amount of money on a magazine each week. Four pounds might not seem that much but when you think about it being £16 a month and over £200 a year it's starts to seem a lot more.
When I am trying to save as much as I can this year by keeping the food spend to around £10 a week, while I am eating down the food stash and living on WWII rations, spending almost half of that amount on a magazine seems ridiculous.
I don't think I am going to have to think too long or too hard about this one.
Tuesday 26 September 2023
Sunday 24 September 2023
Thursday 21 September 2023
Tuesday 19 September 2023
... time to hand Finley over to Great Grandad Alan who was on feeding duty.
Finley and Mason's Dad, my grandson Liam, was there but he just had to keep going into the kitchen for business calls, so somehow he managed to miss all the photos!!
A lovely couple of hours of family time, so I thought I would pop the photos on here for posterity. 💖
Saturday 16 September 2023
My mantra for the weekend. 😊
And here for your delight and entertainment are a few of the YouTube videos that I have really enjoyed this week.
Firstly a lovely vegan couple that I've watched for quite a while now, doing another of their budget vegan food shops. They are so close to the magic 1000 subscribers at last, so if you enjoy the video please think about subscribing to the channel, it costs you nothing but does really help them
I watched Farmhouse on Boone this morning, such a relaxing way to start the day this video and a cup of coffee ... and such a beautiful house with it's lovely muted colours.
A little video from Carolyn, who is great for giving me ideas to help with rationing.
I think I'll give these ago the next time I run out of bread.
And finally from Grackle ...
Thursday 14 September 2023
... I have just received this letter.
I only contacted them on Tuesday, so this is very quick work on their part. I am now the proud owner of two £3 vouchers, I didn't do any of this for that but nevertheless I am happy to have them.
The big questions is now do I buy more beans with my vouchers?
Checking the prices of the Heinz beans and Sainsbury's own brand beans as I was a few minutes ago to get things right for this post, has thrown up that the packs of six Heinz beans are currently on offer in Sainsbury's at just £4.75 if you have a Nectar card, I'm tempted, but maybe that's their plan ... get me hooked on Heinz baked beans as I used to be many years ago. 😀
Monday 11 September 2023
I love Autumn, and no sooner than I thought it had arrived it left!!
Only the other week as the days, and especially the nights, started to cool I was dreaming about putting on my winter-weight duvet and snuggling up at night, pulling my warmer jumpers and cardigans out of storage and packing away the lighter Summer coloured t-shirts for another year. It's a good job I didn't react to my first thought isn't it.
Last week was a sweaty mess in every sense of the word. Watering plants to keep them alive was suddenly top priority, well along with trying to keep my little place cool for the dogs and Ginger to escape from the sun. How Alan managed down South wearing a shirt and suit each day at work I have no idea!
Yes, the nights are drawing in at a fast pace and the darker evenings are a balm to my soul but I need cool, lots of cool at this time of year. Thank goodness it seems to be cooling down to more Autumnal temperatures this week ... and fingers crossed it stays that way.
Now all I need to do is go to the car wash and get that Saharan dust that came down in the thundery showers the other day, washed off my car.
Friday 8 September 2023
I took the dogs to the groomers yesterday.
I don't know whether it was the uncertainty of her Dad being away for work, it being so early in the morning or her just wanting to be back on the riverbank but Mavis did not rush in the door to greet the groomers the way she usually does, indeed I had to step back out of the salon, pick her up and lift her purposefully inside.
I drove away feeling very guilty ... was she trying to tell me something?
She was much better when I went back to pick her up an hour and a half later and waited patiently while I settled the bill ... gulp!!
As soon as they got home, both dogs had their usual long drink and settled down to sleep away the stress of being bathed, partially dried and having their nails clipped.
They stayed there pretty much all day.
I think this look just about sums up this morning so beautifully.
'This is a better day Mum, thank you.'
She's always had eyes that speak to me. 💖
Thursday 7 September 2023
Then we sat on a bench watching out over the river and the traffic on the Pont Fawr Bridge.
As usual there was a lot of activity on the bridge, partly due to the road closure in one direction but also as there must have been an accident in the other direction. Emergency vehicle after emergency vehicle sped along the road towards it and then over it and across the river. With police at both sides directing the traffic, for once there wasn't the usual free-for-all of being the one to get to the top and therefore have right of way.
Tuesday 5 September 2023
Instead we drank in the blueness of the sky, the calm of the water and the beautiful boats and watched children making sandcastles with coffee cups and ice-cream tubs. Buckets and spade were available in the gift shop, but don't you just love a bit of ingenuity. 😀
Monday 4 September 2023
Mavis loves the freedom of being off the lead and is good at recall now, it only took us most of her little life to perfect the distance commands. She was never a quick learner.
Unfortunately Suky mostly has to stay on her lead now, being completely deaf means that if something catches her attention and she dashes off to have a look, we have no means of shouting her back and her short-sightedness means she loses track of us very quickly. In fact I've noticed that she now gets a sense of security from feeling one of us on the other end of her lead.
All the while Suky was glancing into the distance for that first sighting of Dad and Mavis coming back.
Then it was back into the car for the five minute drive home and to settle down in their beds for an evening of snoozing and watching Dad closely for any signs of snacks being forthcoming.
Saturday 2 September 2023
Make yourself a coffee or top up that teacup, maybe grab a biscuit or an extra slice of toast, and then sit and relax with just a few of the YouTubers that have entertained me this week.
I hope you enjoy. xx
Farmhouse on Boone is currently one of my favourite YouTube channels, she has such a nice calm way about her while she is getting on with the day to day baking and homemaking. Her beautiful home is very easy on the eye too.
I don't even knit but I love watching Rationbook Rebecca and her lovely way with words. Her showing us the latest books that she's added to her collection was just the icing on a lovely relaxing cake.
And finally ... a couple I used to watch a lot of in the past, Kirsten and Joerg. Wow, their channel has grown enormously in the past couple of years. They holiday and tour beautiful places all over the UK and take us the viewers along with them.
And you know me, I love a good cottage.
I hope you are having a good weekend, and that on this, the first weekend of September we all get some good weather.
Friday 1 September 2023
I was talking about how chilly it was at night and thinking about starting rationing!!
I went into my photo files to start a post for the first of September ... and found it empty. 😞
I need to take some photos and fill it up. Do more, go more places and take more photos. In the meantime I will leave you with the images and the links to the posts of the beginning of September over the life of this blog of mine.
Just click on the dates to be taken straight to the post in question.
There was no 1st so here's the 3rd September 2021
I told you my courgette plants were so much better last year!
This year with the rhubarb in the same place, it was as big as these courgette plants from the year we moved into this house. I told you that I cut right it right back to the ground only two weeks ago didn't I ... it is already growing again!
Again I didn't post on the 1st of the month, but here's what I wrote on the second.
Me and Suky living in the caravan and enjoying our early morning walks around the caravan park and along the river. Oh, and she did love to go for coffee and cake at the local garden centre ... her favourite walk.
It seems I did a bit of my life history on this day in 2019. 😀
At first I read this one as 'everyone loves a terrier' ... well they do but it doesn't say that. 😂
A little trip down memory lane, you don't have to read all the posts, but they are there if you would like to. I'll take some photos over the weekend so I don't have to subject you to that again.