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Friday, 29 March 2013

Good Friday


Good evening and I hope you have all had a lovely Good Friday and have had your hot cross buns - I am just about to have some.

Today I went into town ostensibly to stock up on some new undies and I paid a trip to M & S thinking I would be able to get a fitting whilst I was in town today, and as I had to make an appointment and the first available one was tomorrow I have another trip into town tomorrow as a result so no shopping but at least I will be able to get on with the same after the fitting.  It has been a little while since the last one and I have lost a little weight since then so it will be a job well done and then I can have fun choosing some new undies.

I also paid a visit to the pound shop and have managed to get some replacement insoles for a couple of pairs of shoes for £1 a pack, some shoe laces (the laces bust on my ankle boots the other day), and a couple of hair clips- I have long hair but I tend to have it done up in a twist especially for work as with me wearing glasses, using headphones, and a works key to contend with strung round my neck I would end up in a right old knot if I did not have it swept up out of the way. I sometimes wear it down with side clips at the weekend.

I have also had a good look around some of the clothes shops there are some lovely items in but some of them are extremely expensive.  

I also paid a quick trip into a couple of charity shops and managed to get a new cross stitch book for a couple of pounds called Cross Stitch Angels and it really has some lovely patterns in for a future date (too much to do before start anything new).

Catch up later

Pattypan


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Rhubarb and Custard Ice Cream

I don't know about you but Rhubarb and Custard I really like.  Especially in the form of the retro sweets which seem to have made a massive comeback or did they ever really go away.  Rhubarb and Custard something which as a Kid I absolutely hated but in older life my tastes have changed. 

Rhubarb and Custard a blast from the past tart/sweet sweeties that used to be much in demand and which are still available today.  Indeed Marks and Spencers have a Rhubarb and Custard fizzy drink available to buy.

But here is an idiots guide to home made ice cream the cheats way

1 very large carton of cream
1 large carton of custard
Stewed rhubarb

Mix altogether and either pop into a plastic box and freeze for 2 hours and then take out and break up with a fork  (you will need to do a couple of times and the ice cream should be in the deep freeze for about 6 hours or pop into an ice cream machine and let it do its stuff

Serve with stewed rhubarb or in bowls on its own with a little cream or some rhubarb syrup.

Now if that does not satisfy a craving I do not know what will and its quick and simple to prepare just have to wait in between.  Now who says they cannot cook.

Pattypan

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Morning

Its quiet here this morning the normal perambulations through everyday life are taking place, you kind of go on automatic pilot to get through all the things i.e.getting up, feeding  Missy the cats,  letting Demetri  and Squeak out ((Mollie is stilll confined to barracks) out,  Getting OHs pack up together, getting OH off to work, then I can start concentrating on myself having my breakfast  and a cup of tea and just being able to sit for a few moments and regain my composure and pull my thoughts together before finally getting ready for work and walking in.  That walk in gives me serious me time a time to contemplate and plan and get the furniture sorted in my head.  Trouble is these days there is an awful lot jangling around.  Well Nil Desperandum and all that jazz I have to go and face today the present and whatever is awaiting me at work.

Catch up soon

Pattypan


xx

Monday, 25 March 2013

Monday evening

Evening everyone, just sat down.  Did not get in until 6:00 pm had to walk this evening but then that will not do me any harm; just feel a bit shattered as it has been an extremely busy day at work. Having some quality time with Molly at the moment she is sat on the settee with me as close as she can get.  Just me and her - she tends to behave herself better when she is just with me although we have moments but less growling.  We have had home made fish and chips with mushy peas for tea this evening, with a couple of pieces of bread and butter and a home made strawberry milk shake/smoothie which has gone down very nicely.  We needed a nice hot meal as it is so bitter outside.  Most of the snow has gone - just a sniffle compared to the rest of the country.  We are very lucky.

Right am off to potter

Catch you later

Pattypan

x
Good morning ust a quick pop in before I disappear and I hope everyone of you had a reasonable weekend  and to those who haven't had quite as good a time [hugs].

It will not be long before I will start wending my way to work - a short week this week which means hopefully I will be able to do a lot of sorting round here over the weekend as we get Friday and Monday off although I will be on my own for much of Easter as OH has to work.  Never mind some you win some you lose.

I also notice that I have a new follower today fabriquefantastique  a big welcome to you make yourself comfortable (there's quite a bit of burbling by me going way back and I hope you find something of use and ladies and gents please make her welcome.

Right must dash will try and pop by later on

Take care until later

Pattypan

x


Sunday, 24 March 2013

Lovely Day

Well we have had lots and lots of snow and it has been bitter all day long.  However although messy and difficult to get about in and pretty to look at we have come off quite well considering further up Noorth.  Even up the road towards Baston the snow had drifted quite badly although was not deep.  Made me remember the ritual of the snow fences that used to be put up on the main road through to Lincoln all the way along because of the openness of the fields and the fact we were going uphill from the fens.  It was an essential ritual that kept the main roadway and thoroughfare as clear as possible so that you did not get cut off and snowed in.  Pity they still do not do this as it does help.  Sometimes the old and trusted ways are the best.

Its been a lovely day today we tootled off and collected my mum and then met up with my brother and his family at the pub/hotel for a Sunday lunch.  It seemed quite appropriate actually as the meal was "the family Christmas meal" that should have occurred earlier in the year but for one reason or another was put off.  It was lovely to be all together again and to see my nephews boy have they changed and I am extremely proud of the pair of them.  The eldest C is nearly at the end of his first year at University the youngest A has just taken mocks  and done really well  (He is at grammar school where they take the GCSEs  a year earlier than at secondary school).   Time Flies.  It was also lovely to catch up with my mum, my sister in law the boys and my brother.  

On the way home from a lovely leisurely lunch we had Roast Beef everyone of us (a carvery) with lots of veggies and gravy followed by a pudding which went down well and was reasonably priced.  We should do more of it but what of shift patterns for OH and the fact my brother and wife both work as well as myself sometimes arranging a time can be a tad difficult.

On the way back home mum needed a few bits from a local Supermarket and so we popped in there and got her what she needed and then popped back for a cup of tea; sorted out a computer programme for her had a cup of tea and then came away and have spent the rest of the afternoon quietly.  All the animals are in - the wind is bitter outside Mollie is cat napping on the top of the Sofa - Missy is with her Dad and Squeak is fast asleep with Demetri upstairs.  So everyone is in the warm and tucked up.  It has been a thoroughly pleasant day and I have really enjoyed it.  I count myself doubly blessed in having such a loving family.

OH has to work over Easter so I will be on my own for the best part but I do have plenty to be getting on with.  I think I am only out once this week so I am hoping to be able to get a right wriggle on so that I get some time to do some crafting later on in the week.

Right am going to put my feet up and watch the new series of Foyles War.

Catch you soon

Pattypan

xxx

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Treasure

Well I popped to the Charity shop this morning and the items I had spotted last week had as I suspected already gone.  (I am working on the principle that if there is not much spare cash to hand if I leave something I would quite like and then go back and it is still there then I was meant to have it).  Some you win and some you lose.  However for the princely sum of £7.50 today I have managed to bag a brand new water carafe decorated by hand  with painted flowers which cost me £3.  I quite frequently wake up at night needing a sip of water so this will do very nicely.  On closer inspection it would appear to be a Laura Ashley water carafe and glass and it still has its price tag on the base for £18.00.  So I think I did very well.




I also managed to pick up four green ramekins for 80 pence for the four.  They are that lovely Spring green which I really love and they are from Cargo.  Yet again they appear to be hardly used.


The final item is a set of four white porcelain fluted flan dishes (individual ones the size that Marks and Spencer sell their individual flans at) for £1.50 for the four.



 I had already managed to find a larger porcelain one for £1.50 the other week (although this one is patterned from Marks and Spencer).  All useful bits and bobs when engaging in home baking.



I have also managed to pick up a metal enamelled gift basket (empty)  which will be a useful container either for my hair brushes or in which to do a silk flower display for the windowsill.



So I am really pleased with my finds today and whats more they will be extremely useful

Oh and here are a couple of photographs of the posy vase I managed to find the other day and also the linen and lace tablecloth





So I did not do too badly

Catch you all later on

Pattypan

xx


Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Garden is calling

It really is and needs some serious attention.  What with having workmen in etc I do have a major overhaul but it has not been warm enough yet.

My real passion though is growing stuff from scratch and  I really am also desperate to get some seeds going I do not have room in the house but yesterday I did succumb and bought a big pot of Parsley and two Rosemary Bushes (from Waitrose) the bushes will get planted into the garden and possibly the Parsley will be split and transplanted on.  In the past I have bought Chive Plants and planted them straight into the herb garden.  They are also supposed to be a good companion plant to for carrots deterring the carrot root fly.  I love chives especially with eggs.

I also have some Lemon Grass which I am also hoping to grow on as per this article here  http://purplefoodie.com/grow-your-own-lemongrass/#.UUrBe1dWU50

I am also hopeful of picking up some seeds tomorrow and I am looking for some Tayberry bushes and I quite fancy a Fig or two as well.  Will have to see what they have available when I go browsing tomorrow.

However in the interim I have come across this site http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/ which talks of growing plants from scraps which to me makes sense.  This website also looks very interesting http://citygirlfarming.com/Gardening/GrowingFoodFromKitchenScraps.html.

Right must disappear hopefully will catch up with you later on.

Take care

Pattypan

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

What a difference a day makes

What a difference a day makes 24 little hours as in the words of the song.  Yesterday was sunshine this morning it is very cold we have rain and snow mixed together and its bitter.  Think I will have a few more layers on for walking to work this morning.  Molly is playing jump and chase with her shadow and is muttering to herself - quite funny to hear her voice really especially after she was so quiet when she first came.  Funny little thing  she wants the company of the others and then does something to upset them like hissing at them for no reason whatsoever. However she has developed this habit of hiding when it comes for me to go to work  - like children they learn fast and I then end up wasting precious time because she wants to play hide and seek. Missy is on her favoured spot on the back of the settee hugging the radiator - she does not have as much fur as the rest of them and always feels the cold.  I know I am very blessed with the animals I have but sometimes their behaviour is far worse than children.  Like children also if you commit to them it is for life (well it is in this household).  That's what happens when they get their paws firmly round your heart.  Unconditional love what a wonderful thing there should be more of it.

Right upwards and onwards

Catch you soon

Pattypan

xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Always End the Day on a Positive Thought


Every day holds new magic


It is a bright sunny morning so far here in Peterborough although there is a thick ryhmed up frost which chills the air but the sun has come out to play and cheers the heart and the cockles of our sole.  I will be walking into work soon and will enjoy the time to simply be and mull over thoughts that have been buzzing through my mind like will o the wisps, with me frantically trying to hang on to certain elements before they completely slip my conscious. A time to ground oneself down and put things into perspective for the day a time to give thanks that for another day at least I am alive to smell the roses.

I hope you have a day where you can simply be and take pleasure in whatever comes your way.

Catch up soon

Pattypan

xx

With

Monday, 18 March 2013

Saturday and Sunday round up

Sorry I am late in filing this post I have been somewhat distracted this weekend and not getting as much as I would like to have achieved done, but I am home most of this week I have a couple of outings but not out nearly every night as I have been.. So I do apologise for the tense as most of it was drafted yesterday.

Its been a busy day today and it has been lovely to be at home after all my outings this week and in past weeks.  I have been primarily shopping - food shopping although I did go to the Charity shop and rescued two white porcelain angels and a sweet pea arrangement in a glass vase, a cream linen and lace tablecloth and some pink, blue and pale blue velvet ribbon that I picked up a card of each for 20pence a card (and there is a lot of ribbon on each card) and a pretty floral scarf.  There were lots of other lovely bits and bobs there too but that will do for this week; although I could have bagged a couple of bargains - if they are still there come pay day I will be snaffling them up but at the moment the fingers are firmly in the pockets and not in my purse.

I also paid a visit to the veg shop bought grapes, strawberries, blueberries, (I still have some plums)  pears, a net of onions, peppers, bananas, beetroot, vine tomatoes, grapefruit, lemons.  I also bought myself some daffodils and some sweetly scented freesia and old fashioned flower but most beautifully scented and they look lovely in their vases just simply arranged.  Gives you hope of things yet to come and cheers the mood.  I have worked out that colour lifts my mood and I react instinctively to colour and also to wonderful scents and oils keeps me calm keeps me chilled.

Sunday

It has been a quiet day  here today its not been a particularly pleasant day I woke up stiff.  It did not help that I fell quite heavily and badly at the beginning of the week badly bruising my knee cap and ricking my back.  Yesterday I was feeling better than I had but today I have woken up stiff and have been struggling a little but it will pass - have got to keep moving.    I have been busy around pottering doing the washing getting things ready for work this week.  I have also been doing a lot of research in readiness for future posts.  Lots of ideas mulling over in my mind but still to be committed to paper.  When I am in the mood to let the words flow I will sit at it preparing several posts at once  committing words to paper  - I am much better at the written word than the spoken as people tend to misinterpret what I am trying to say -  and then jump in (sometimes getting huffy) but as I say it is still bubbling at the moment.  I have ideas for organising myself better than I have been so far

We have had a roast chicken for tea tonight (it was supposed to be roast pork - the meat was still frozen so that will be cooked up one night during the week and any left will be used for pack ups with home made apple sauce (sarnies predominantly) but if there is any pork left over might use it in a stir fry.

The chicken was served with roast potatoes, boiled new potatoes, carrot and swede crush, peas, steamed kale, green beans and cauliflower with lashings of gravy.  It went down very nicely.  However I have cooked extra potatoes to make bubble and squeak (they are just boiled but will pass then through either a ricer or make rosti or something similar. I have also done extra with the salad potatoes as they can be used up in salads either for pack up or for tea during the week.  I thought if I cooked the extra it would save me time and give me more choice of what I actually cooked in the week potato wise.  Equally OH will have the legs with salad for his pack up there will still be bits of chicken left over on the carcass and then the carcass to boil up for stock  for soup, and gravy.  I also quite fancy preparing some potatoes boulangere later in the week for whiuch I need the stock so not bad really from a small chicken   We do not do bad food wise generally and I do enjoy shopping for ingredients, browsing the shelves seeing what is available looking out new recipes in which to use the item.  Any product I buy has to earn its keep

We haven't had a pudding for tea tonight but we have had a home made strawberry smoothie each made from cold milk, natural yoghurt and strawberries which was rather refreshing and made a nice change even OH enjoyed.

I shall probably make some more smoothies during the week as I have more strawberries plums, and blueberries to use up but equally they could well end up in a pudding somewhere down the line.

Update on Molly

Mollie is settling in nicely and has got her paws well and truly placed on my heart.  However to complicate matters she has come into season.  Demetri who is a Tom has quite frankly been driving everyone up the wall.  The cats are segregated but that does not stop him whimpering, yowling and whispering sweet nothings at the front room door.  You can imagine the conversation going something along the lines of "Please let me in I only want to talk to you - its not fair you being in my comfy warm lounge and me being left out here." etc etc.  We have told Molz that he only wants his wicked way; but female that she is she has been talking back.  Molz is headed for the vets and unbeknownst to Demetri so is he.  I normally have them done but because we were not sure that he would be staying  he has somehow got overloooked.  The other reason is that he is driving the neighbours whappy as well  - he has not been this bad before; we are hoping that he will put on a bit of weight and also stop coming in battered to death  - he does not seem to win many cat fights.  And generally Molz and Squeak are getting on well  although Missy because of being clonked has now gone on the defensive so we are having to do further work with her.  Molz at least is coming to her name; she has found her voice, loves being comfy and warm and loves her grub.  So not too bad it is still early days. 

Right have to get on

Catch up soon

Pattypan

x

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Rhubarb Muffins

And I have my eye on these too.  I love muffins and regularly make a batch although they usually tend to be apple and ginger or apple and cinnamon or blueberry, but there are many other flavours that you can utilise.  I am also ever keen to try and use seasonal fruits and vegetables and in-betweenies in every day eating and just not for popping stuff up in the pantry.  So I have a plan where I can to buy the seasonal fruit or vegetable in bulk at hopefully a cheaper price and then bulk process; even if  I end up doing a couple of bulk batches that way round we are going to have items available on the menu which will help vary the palate.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 large muffins

310ml brown sugar
125ml oil
1 egg
250ml buttermilk or 250ml milk with 1 tablespoon lemon due or half yogurt and milk
Vanilla pod
625ml plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
375ml rhubarb diced
1 tsp cinnamon
80ml sugar
15ml butter or margarine softened

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/400 degrees F/Gas Mark 6
  2. Cream together the brown sugar and the oil and then add the egg.
  3. Heat the buttermilk with the vanilla pod for 5 minutes to infuse and then remove from the heat.  Discard the pod case and allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl combined the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix well with the buttermilk mixture then stir in the rhubarb.  Fill a greased muffin pan tray two-thirds full. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon sugar and butter or margarine and sprinkle over the muffins.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden.
Enjoy.

I enjoyed these so much I intend to put a couple of batches of these down into the new freezer too.  I| also thought I would do some Strawberry and Rhubarb (and maybe some custard - I have an idea I am going to play with here.

Catch you soon

Pattypan

xx

Rhubarb, Apple and Orange Turnovers

I have managed to get a couple of bundles of rhubarb at a very reduced price so come Saturday I am going to make a batch of these little morsels  Its worth making a couple of batches of these and storing them in the freezer to drag out and cook when you have an unexpected guest arrives.  Alternatively if you keep frozen puff pastry in the freezer you can make these from scratch to serve on the day.

Ingredients:

7oz/200g of Bramley apples (or 1 medium Bramley apple) peeled cored and cut into chunks
12oz/350g rhubarb cut into 1 inch pieces
2oz caster sugar plus 1 teaspoon for sprinkling
zest and juice of 1/2 a small Orange or clementine or mandarin
1 package/375g  of ready made rolled puff pastry
Little plain flour for rolling out
1 egg beaten

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C/350degrees F/ Gas Mark 4.
  2. Put the apple and the rhubarb into a baking dish with the sugar and the orange juice and zest.  Give it a good stir and bake for about 30 minutes or until soft, stirring half way through.  Strain off the juice into a jug and leave the remaining fruit to cool.   Turn the oven up to 220 degrees C/425 degrees F/Gas Mark 7.
  3. On a floured surface roll out the pastry to make a slightly larger square - about 15 inches (37.5cm).  Using a saucer as a template cut out 5 circles about 6 inches (15cm) diameter.  Then stack the trimmed pastry and roll out and cut another circle of the same size. { I have a mould into which I then put the pastry circle into which when the filling is popped in you then draw together and it seals and crimps the pastry edges.}
  4. Spoon the fruit into one half of each circle and brush the edges with beaten egg.  Fold over the pastry and press firmly together to seal.  Brush with beaten egg and snip the pastry tops to let the steam out.  Sprinkle with a teaspoon of caster sugar and bake on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown (sometimes takes longer sometimes shorter depending on your own individual oven).
  5. Serve with home made vanilla ice cream (or ginger ice cream) with a little of the reserved juice.  
  6. If there is still some juice left after making these pop into a tumbler and add some lemonade to make a refreshing drink.
 Eat and enjoy

Pattypan

xx

Monday, 11 March 2013

Sprinkling

It started snowing at my mother's in Deeping last night whilst we were with her to take her mother's day present and card.  We left at 7.35 by which time the snow had settled it was perishing and when we got in the car was minus 2.  We arrived home in Peterborough some 15 minutes later and no snow.  Just as we got out of the car it started.  Not heavy just a sprinkling and the wind was blowing a hooley as it is now.  It has been a very cold night.

This morning the rooftops are covered in a medium sprinkling of snow but the sun is out - the wind is still blowing and it is still mega freezing. I have to walk to work so I am going to make sure that I am nice and toasty before I leave the house.

This week is going to be another busy one; I am out for a Reiki share tomorrow evening, Wednesday I am sitting in circle and Thursday I have a reiki treatment.  So I have a lot to do tonight as the next time I will be in the house and able to get on will be Friday.  But hey it makes life interesting and keeps the little grey cells going.

Right have to get ready will try and pop in where I can.

Catch you soon

Pattypan

x

Friday, 8 March 2013

Mizzly Day

It was a busy week this week I have had a couple of nights out this week.  Wednesday evening it was the Fellowship where the Trainees gave a demonstration of medium ship.  Which I took part in and also gave Reiki as well.  Last night I had a private Reiki appointment  which went well and it has been a really busy week at work.  I am growing my nails so that I can tidy my nails up and occasionally wear some nail varnish.  The nails are growing and I am gradually getting used to having longer nails again going tap tap tap on the keyboard feels very strange.   Today I have been stiff but then again it has been damp mizzly and foggy day here in Peterborough and despite me being wrapped up in a thick jumper I have not really been very warm all day.  Hot water bottle tonight again I think.  I get a little down when it is like this.  I did have a very nice lunch with my friend today though

Tomorrow I am on a workshop which I am quite looking forward to I mentioned it here:



I have not managed to do much on my crotchet blanket this week although I had worked a complete strip the week before.  Will keep at it as though I am still  little way off completing it I am inching ever nearer.  One of the reasons have not got much craftwork done is because I have been keeping a little kitten entertained.  She is slowly settling in and is a little sweetheart although on occasion quite feisty.  She loves her grub and likes to sprawl.  She is starting to come to the name Molly and usually makes a beeline for me when I come in of an evening.

I will leave you with a couple of photos





Catch up soon

Pattypan

xx

Monday, 4 March 2013

Steaming the Veg

In this day and age it makes sense to keep a lid on the fuel costs wherever possible and one of the ways I do that is by using a steamer.  I have a three tier steamer small size x 2, (stainless steel)  a massive one bought from a Department type store in Bude a few years ago brought out for high days and holidays and when I am feeding a lot of people (also stainless steel). I also have two electric steamers, one oval and ideal for cooking fish the other round and nice and deep so ideal for cooking puddings. If I was feeding a family of four on a daily basis I would have the electric steamers on the go during the week as well.  When I cook a lot of veg at the weekend I use the electric steamer but just use one of the smaller ones during the week.  Why steam my veggies; because for me it retains more of the vitamins and nutrients that we need in our diet and because you can get the veg just done like you prefer it to be done. al dente in the middle or well cooked.   I also use my electric steamer to make home made caramel custard as a treat of a weekend, like most things they are not difficult to do just need to take your time and get to know your recipe.

I would just mention in passing that Wilkinsons have an offer on a small three tier stainless steel steamer this week for £10.  Either that or look in Argos as they usually have a deal on as well.

Right am going to get ready for tomorrow.  I have lunch boxes to prepare.

Catch you all tomorrow

Pattypan

xx

And I didn't waste a bit

We had a very nice tea last night a Roast leg of lamb,  studded with garlic and a couple of sprigs of fresh Rosemary, roast potatoes, roast sweet potato, roast parsnip, steamed cauliflower, steamed broccoli, carrots, peas, and new potatoes and it went down very well indeed.  We had a scuttle full each and I had done plenty of veggies so we have also had  a repeat performance this evening.  I did add some Colcannon though to add a bit of bulk and substance as well as flavour to the meal and very nice it was too.  The best bit is we have had a very quick tea it only took 30 minutes for the potatoes to do.  I still have some Colcannon left and still plenty of lamb so it looks as though it will be cold cuts to finish up a very tasty piece of lamb u either that or served with chips. Its not often that we have lamb these days and it was a real treat and so I am not wasting a bit.  You can always pad some left over meat out with the addition of some Colcannon, or Bubble and Squeak, Yorkshire puddings, stuffings, some chutney or relish, pickled beetroot.    So I didn't waste a bit and I am feeling quite chuffed with myself.

Update on Molly; erhm there have been one or two incidents i.e. when she has gone flying at Squeak who is a very placid cat - Molly actually flew at Squeak who was looking at her non-plussed.  Missy and her seemed to be getting on well our little Jack Russell is a very affectionate little dog and she loves cats so she gets quite excited and perhaps a little over friendly a little bit of tail wagging and fussing up - no malice or harm in her at all.  Molly on Missy entereing the room flew at her whalloped her one and drew blood.  It would seem that she is going to have to be acclimatised to both cats and dogs.  Demetri has not seen her yet he knows something is adrift but hasn't quite worked out what. I am hoping to keep it like that for the time being.  Molly is for the best part coming to me when I call and is very affectionate with me apart from when I wagged the finger at her for nipping me last night.  Seems to want me for herself a lot of the time.  Bit of time and patience is required, but then I remember Demetri drew blood with Missy too.  We will have to see what happens but I think it is going to be two steps forward one step back scenario until we get her used to us.  She is asleep on the rug by my feet again.  She would appear to be very fond of food.  

Here are a couple of more photographs of our newest resident; butter would not melt and all of that, but then I would not want her any other way.





Right have things to do a cat to fuss (any excuse) and the rest of the animals to get in.

Catch up soon

Pattypan

x

Don't You Just Love Mondays








Don't you just love Mondays  the alarm going off after not having the alarm set all weekend is a bit of a shock to the system

although on the plus side we seem to have brighter skies this morning which really after the cold and wet is a real tonic for the soul.

Hopefully catch you all later on

Patty[an

xx

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Looking for the Good in Everything




Remember your cup is half full not half empty and there is always something good to find

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Busy Saturday

Well my energy seems to have returned a little bit and today we have sunshine  - yay and it always warms the cockles of your heart.  I have been out and about today rising early for me and initially making a foray to the charity shop where I have bought a lovely decorated tea pot stand £1 (It has a picture of the Ironbridge Shropshire on it)  and 4 green cut glass trifle bowls which will go with a set of four I already have for £2.00.  Just little bits, which will go very nicely with what I already have.  I love Pale green cut glass it looks so pretty on the table and I have been collecting pieces here and there for a little while, as the dinner service I have is also green and I have been buying to add to it as I like the table to look nice when I am entertaining.



From there I went to the veggie shop and topped up on fruit and vegetables we have cabbage, parsnip, swede leeks cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, carrots, spring onions, new potatoes, melon, lychees figs blueberries bananas apples plums,  tomatoes, peppers, red onions, So quite a bit to be going on with. I did not get change out of £20 so I am going to attempt to grow some veggies in the garden as well to try and cut the cost of things generally.

About a fortnight ago I fell in love with a little long haired tabby cat who I bumped into with my friend and neighbour Libby she was just gorgeous  - we hadn't seen this little one before and she was very fussy.  Not long after we realised that two Polish families who were house sharing had left and the house vacated.  That was a fortnight ago.  Since then she has been on the street coming up to me if she saw me and wanting a fuss.  I only found out today for sure that she was abandoned, but during the week I have been feeding her at night as she seemed so desperate and was sleeping in the porches of houses further up the street but each time she saw me she came to me and let me cuddle her and fuss her.  Each time I fed her she was ravenous and cleared the lot She wouldn't move very far from the house where she had lived showing a loyalty to her owners and her home that just does not seem to have been reciprocated.  I had already made my  mind up to make further enquiries as she had a collar on and  today and I ascertained from my friends at the veg shop that they had been feeding her in the morning and that no one was claiming her or had come forward to her and she had been desperately seeking food warmth and attention all week.  That decided me there and I decided to take her in, knowing that my OH may not be very happy but she needed a home and I knew that despite some initial reluctance he would not see an animal without a home, so she has come home with me.  Molly has since then spent the best part of the day with me in the warm - she has met Missy and Squeak and there has been a bit of hissing and growling at Missy from her (we do not think she is used to dogs let alone cats) and Squeak and her have touched noses, but its still early days.  Demetri is segregated off at the moment as we suspect that she will have to see the vet so he will get introduced later on when it is safer but that is going to have to wait until pay day next month.  Paul the son of my friend at the veg shop has been calling her Molly all week and I think that name suits her so that is what I will call her.  After hiding behind the settee for most of the afternoon she has now come out and is fast asleep on the fireside rug near my feet.  She has found the tray and knows how to use it and has been fed three or four smallish meals during the day including chicken.  She will not be going out until she has acclimatised herself to her new home and got used to the other residents.  Introductions will be done gradually and slowly and I use talcum powder so that they all smell the same as with cats its more a territorial situation than anything else and it will be managed sensibly and kindly they all have a place in my heart and my home wherever that may be.  What I cannot get my head around though is that people can just abandon animals and leave them to fend for themselves  in this bitter weather we have been having this week. No time is a good time but they stand more chance in the summer months.   If they could not take her with them they should have arranged either to put her in a shelter or find a new home for her. My friends at the veg shop leave food out for the cats and there is a shelter and blanket for them to creep into at least three probably four cats use the shelter regularly, but Molly was frightened of the road and would not go over, food that was so close and yet so far.  I think she is gorgeous,  very nice loving nature; there is not much weight on her and we think she is probably about 8 months old. There are a couple of photographs below.




Will see if I can get some better ones in the next few days

I hope you have all had a good day

Catch up soon

Pattypan

xx

Meet the Moggies

  • Merlin (approx 18 months)
  • Squeak (approx 2 years)
  • Poppy (approx 16 years)
  • Tyson (approx 17 years)
  • Tinky (official name Clover approx 18 years)