Friday, 25 January 2013

More Snow

Just when I thought it was all over and had a more manageable day walking to work today (Most of the snow and the compacted ice had disappeared apart from in the car park at work) where most of us have managed to slip on during the course of the week.  I poked my head out the door to see if I could see the moon and found more snow falling thick and fast there is already a medium coating of snow after only a couple of hours.  Oh well its wellie boot weather again.  They have a lovely grip on the snow but boy even with socks on my tootsies are going blue.   Fortunately I do not have to walk to work tomorrow but I do have to be up early as the boiler is due its annual service tomorrow  and the chap who comes to do it is due around 10:00 am.  I have a big pile of ironing to do so might keep myself occupied with that whilst he comes to sort things out.

I am off to a fair tomorrow evening where I will be doing some Reiki so it looks as though it is going to be a busy day.  OH is at home this weekend for a change.  Hopefully be able to catch up sometime during the course of tomorrow.

Take care



Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Morning peace and quiet

That quiet period after OH goes to work he leaves early.  I then have the menagerie to feed, let animals out and feed the birds.  Then its time for me for a little while at least whilst I get myself a nice hot cup of tea (Missy joins me) and then I gradually come too in readiness for the new day.  I am not really a morning person I tend to be more of an owl but I do welcome the time on my own to compose myself and get things in perspective for the new day.

I can hear the blackbird calling he has located the food and is kicking up a right chattering.  Becuase of the cats I use the lower roof over the bathroon to feed the birds as it is safer for them and the back garden is full of snow and no place for them to feed from.  We do not see many sparrows these days I tend to get Magpies, pigeons, crows blackbirds but rarely see the smaller birds although I have feeders out for them.  I have also left some warm water out as well.

Will not be long before I have to trudge my way in  to work.; although we do not appear to have had any more snow it is extremely chilly out there.  When Geoff walked Missy this morning he said the car temperature gauge was registering minus 5.   no sign of the foxes this morning but apparently he went over on the ice a bit of an ouch moment there me thinks. Yesterday I walked in my weklies with two pairs of socks and then changed into my fur lined boots when I got to work.  Boy were my feet cold in the wellies; but the wellies have a better grip on them.

I can now hear the occasional car go by it sounds as if the road is clearer than it was.  Yesterday when I went into town it was like a ghost town with hardly anyone about.

Right am off to get my porridge and get myself together for work.

Hopefully catch up with you later on.

Love and light



Monday, 21 January 2013

Monday Night Catch Up

Lets start with yesterday; I had another lay in and then started with the housework and pottering in the kitchen tidying, washing, drying getting clothes ready for work; watching a little tv here and there and cooking tea.  We had roast chicken last night with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and then mixed roast vegetables (red onion, sweet potato, squash, roast potato and parsnip) and it went down very well too with this cold weather we are having and the snow.  I then had home made Tarte Tatin for pudding and it all went down very well.  We had a late tea due to my potterings, and morning of the new day soon comes round.  The snow always makes everything so quiet.  I was awake at 6 am but did not officially rise until 7 am when I was greeted by Squeak trying to move in on me and missing sitting on me.  After the animals were fed I nipped out to put some bird seed and some bread out for the birds on the lower roof as they certainly would not have found anything to eat in the garden.  There was a bit of a caffuffle going on so I assume they found it.  We have to do what we can to help the wildlife.

OH walked Missy she always gets a long walk in a morning and they came upon two foxes together who puffed themselves up and headed straight for Missy.  She thought they were playing OH not so sure so he saw them off scooped her up and bought her back home.  One never knows after all foxes are lovely looking creatures but after all they are wild creatures and they kill just for the sake of it.

The snow had fallen even thicker than it had last night and it always muffles any outside sound and it is always eerily quiet when we have snow.

It was  heavy work trudging through the snow and slippery but I got there in the end.  I should have been out this evening at my friend'shome but she lives in the middle of nowhere in Lincolnshire and the roads were not clear so it was put off until the weather gets a little better.

We have had the remains of yesterdays Sunday lunch for tea tonight and I have prepared a stew for Wednesday's nights tea.  Tomorrow night we have soup, and then chicken and chips.  So that it as quick tea sorted for tomorrow night and I have to sort my bedroom tomorrow night so a busy day ahead and evening.

Right upwards and onwards have to get ready for tomorrow

Take care keep safe and keep warm

Catch you soon



Sunday, 20 January 2013

Snow Sunday in Pictures

We have had snow all day with hardly any let up gentle constant snow.  Demetri does not like it at all and has a hissy fit - he wants out he just does not do snow.

We will have to see what tomorrow brings

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Saturday Update

Its been a busy pottery day here today; cold and freezing it started with me having my lay in and I did not rise until 11 am I was out for the count probably due to all that walking yesterday. I have felt drained most of the day so it has been a very quiet day. It was then feeding time for the animals and letting out Demetri was in a hurry as usual so I let him out he then for the next 5 minutes continued to voice his displeasure at the snow he just doesn't like it one little bit.  Sqeak doesn't mind it and tends to go scatty as does Missy who really loves it.  I also popped some bread and wild bird seed out for the local birds.

I then paid a visit to the veg shop and stocked up on fresh veggies, sweet potatoes,  swede,carrots, squash, parsnips, broccoli, cabbage, red onions, cauliflower, leeks, apples, pears, oranges, cooking apples,  and 6kg Seville Oranges to be processed into Seville Orange Marmalade and Vin D'Orange respectively for the Pantry shelf, and I have ordered some more as I have some other recipes I want to have a go at.  The rest of the veggies though will make for good eating in the days to come especially with the weather being so cold.  I still have a few vegetables left over from the other week so I am going to make a batch of home made veggie soup to help ward off some of this bad weather. I will freeze some of it as well so that we do not get too bored with it.

I have also stocked up on some tinned goods.  I have always kept an extensive supply of tinned goods in with varying ingredients as they help pad out a meal or form the basis of a meal in the long term.  I have managed to get Heinz tomato, chicken, scotch broth soups on offer  and also marrowfat peas, and mushy peas as well as a couple of tins of cannellini beans which I use in soups and stews to help pad the food out a bit more.  I have also stacked up on Branston Baked Beans and also the  cup a soups and Heinz soup sachets for OH.  I still have to stock up on chick peas and tinned tomatoes and Tuna.  There are other bits I need to but these are the main ones at the moment.

I also popped into the charity shop and came away with a medium sized decorated Pannetone tin and some faux pears for the fruit bowl and a  pretty necklace.  Will pop some photos up later. 

I have also been doing a little knitting and some crotchet.  Have to keep busy.

We had a lovely hot tea tonight toad in the hole with carrots, broccoli cabbage and mashed potatoes and onion gravy.  Went down a treat especially as it is perishing out tonight.  

I am hoping to get a little baking done at some point tomorrow and have roast chicken for Sunday dinner with all the trimmings.

We have not had snow today but it has been well slippy and icy - we had a lot of snow last night, although the forecast is not good for tomorrow. 

Please keep safe and warm wherever you may be.

Catch you soon.



Breach Orange Vodka

I have been and bought some Seville Oranges today and I intend to have a few more when they restock I took the last of a box today.  However marmalade is in store for this batch and also the Vin D'Orange that I have written about previously.

However I have been browsing  and have come across this new recipe  to me and which I intend to have a go at shortly.  My argument is if you have a recipe and keep it safely you are creating your own Treasury of Recipes.  This recipe  is from a book called Pru's New Country Kitchen by Pru Coats.  Its something slightly different to do with Seville Oranges.  I just need to get the Vodka at the right price.  I might also freeze the Seville Oranges whole so I can make this later on in the year.

4 Seville Oranges
4 lemons
4 pints vodka
1 1/2lb cane sugar

Peel the oranges and lemons very thinly taking care not to leave any pith on the zest. Place the zest into a 4 pint jar.  Add the sugar and the vodka and cork tightly.  Leave for at least three months in a dark cupboard, shaking occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Strain and pour into clean bottles. 

Never tried it before but I do love orange flavoured liqueurs (I have made Orange Brandy before and that is equally nice) so I am looking forward to making this one.

Catch you later on



Friday, 18 January 2013

Evening Peeps

Oh what a busy week in an out like a fiddlers elbow - have been here there and everywhere.

Tonight I have been to the works Christmas party together with a live band and lovely food.  Bit noisy but then again it always is with a live band.  However getting to the party was another matter all together.

OH was not available to take me so I arranged to come home get washed and changed and then would go back to the pub where the private party was to be for 6:30 pm.  I booked a taxi just after lunch to come and fetch me at work for 5:30 pm they took the booking and I also made a further booking for 18.10 pm to go back to the venue. I was out dead on the dot  - it was snowing prolifically (yes we have plenty of the white stuff) No taxi - so I rang back and was told they hadn't got anyone to cover - so I asked about the later one and he was umming and arghing about that as well (so they would have just left me standing there waiting in the cold).  So I cancelled them and walked home. I got in half an hour later walking through deep snow had ten minutes at home, got washed and changed and then straight out again.  Managed to fuss the pooch and get Demetri in (he had been out all day he does not like the white stuff) and he nipped in pretty smartish.  I have to say that now I am a little more than cream crackered and I think I will be having a lay in tomorrow morning.

No doubt we will have loads more snow overnight - the sky looks full of it -  it will be slippy as well as it is freezing and underneath the snow is wet snow it will be more like a skating rink.

Take care wherever you are and keep safe and warm.

Catch up soon am off to get some shuteye



Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Thought for the Day

I have come to the conclusion that its very easy to moan about things - words come cheap they roll off the tongue.  But to listen and/or do something about it takes a lot more gumption.  I like that word that also rolls off the tongue!   A good old fashioned word the sort that my grandparents used to use.  Instead of letting situations get you down don't get mad get even and try digging yourself out of the mire and/or a situation.  Take control instead of just accepting things as is.  In reality this  can take a lot of time but if you split it down into bite sized chunks you can eventually get the better of things.  So it might take several attacks but its not necessarily unreachable just needs concerted effort.

We are in reality sometimes the author of our own misfortunes without realising it.  If we are having a bad day we don't always think straight its easy to moan about something - heck I am guilty of this but I am trying to watch my step.  Why, well moaning dips your mood and lets negativity in.   Equally when you are positive about something it attracts more positivity into our lives.

 When I get down I try and think from the perspective  that my  glass is half full rather than the glass being half empty. I also try and look for good things that have happened that day - they might be mundane and boring rather being the excitement that you crave. Doing something for someone that makes them feel good about themselves and takes them away from their own situation just for a little while is probably one of the most precious gifts you can give to someone; as you are giving something of yourself with unconditional love which in turn  unleashes further positivity and really does give you a buzz.   Now that you cannot bottle but making other people happy now that shows pure intent.

So in the words of the song "Dont worry be happy".

Hope your days are full of love and light

Catch you soon I am off to warm my tootsies up they are freezing.



So instead of bemoaning the fact that this or that has happened give thanks for all those blessings already available to you and appreciate what you really do have on an every day basis

Monday, 14 January 2013

Some photographs of today

I woke to snow this morning  -there was certainly plenty in our back garden, but by the time I left for work a lot of the initial first snow had melted well in the street at least although the dustbins had a 3 inch top hat.  I left a good 10 minutes earlier to go to work and the going was slippery and rough; a couple of times I nearly ended up skiing on my bum and ended up getting into work at my normal time.  However the roads had been well salted and were clear, the underpass was clear but the connecting pavements had not seen any salt at all.  It has snowed most of the day and even when I went out at lunch in the middle of a snowstorm I jokingly said to the girls to send out the St Bernard with its barrel of brandy if I did not return.  It snowed most of the afternoon and has been dreadfully cold and freezing.  |It is going to be difficult and slippy tomorrow as it is bitter out there at the moment.  I left bread out for the birds this morning I shall do the same again in the morning.   Fortunately I was given a lift home tonight by my friend.

By the time I got in Demetri had managed to escape again and the house was cold as he can escape but cannot fasten windows back up  I think an electrical tie is going round the latch to stop him getting out and making the house cold.  He can go out the back door like the others.  He did not take long to come in though.  I was supposed to have been out tonight to a meeting but because of the snow it has been put on hold pending better weather.

Here are some photographs of my walk to work this morning.  One thing about the snow is that it does make the trees look fantastic with their sugar icing coating.

At lunch the snow storm when I walked into town via the underpass I think you can just about make out the snow falling
We have had a lot more snow since then and it had topped up everywhere.  More snow is forecast overnight so we will have to see what tomorrow brings.

Keep safe, keep warm wherever you may be and don't forget to feed the birds

Take care



Obituary in the London Times

Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Dead Brilliant !!Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense
,who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will
be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: 
    - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; 
    - Why the early bird gets the worm; 
    - Life isn't always fair; 
    - And maybe it was my fault. 
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are
in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from
school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding
an unruly student, only worsened his condition. 
 Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing
the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
 He declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not
inform parents when a 
    student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. 
 Common Sense lost the will to 
 live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received
 better treatment than their victims. 
  Common Sense took a beating 
  when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home
   and the burglar could sue you for assault. 
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed
to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. 
    Common Sense was preceded in death,
    -by his parents, Truth and Trust,
    -by his wife, Discretion,
    -by his daughter, Responsibility,
    -and by his son, Reason. 
    He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers; 
    - I Know My Rights 
    - I Want It Now 
    - Someone Else Is To Blame 
    - I'm A Victim
    - Pay me for Doing Nothing 
    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. 
    If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority
    and do nothing.

Common Sense  - now that really is needed!


We have snow and quite a bit of it.  I thought we would have as it warmed up before I went to bed wasn't so cold.  I have woken to a winter wonderland and ghostly trees all spray dusted with snow.  It looks as though we have had a good inch.  I have just had my porridge which has warmed me up and given me some fuel to tackle the walk to work.  I now just have to locate my boots.  Will be leaving slightly earlier just to make sure that I get there in one piece.  The cats were let out Demetri disappeared over the fence 15 minutes later he wanted in and rid of the snow please.  Squeak took a look and then decided better of it and beat a retreat inside.   I have left some bread out for the birds (I put it on the bathroom roof as is it lower and safer for the birds to get at and cat free).  I will see if I can get some photographs on my phone on the way to work to download later on.  It is cold out (well I was only wrapped in my PJs and fleece dressing gown) so  am going to wrap up well.  I am so pleased I got my Aran jumpers sorted yesterday and aired overnight.

Right am going to get ready for the walk in; hopefully will catch up with everyone later on.

Have a good day



Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday Evening Catch up

Boy hasn't it been cold today.  Too blooming cold.  I have had a lazy weekend for me I have not done very much apart from crotchet, some washing, and I cooked tonight's tea.  So it has been quite a relaxed day.  For the best part I have closed myself in the front room and kept this room warm.  Even Missy has abandoned her master in the computer room and is sat on the back of the setee hogging the radiator.  She like me does not like the cold.

 It is when we have weather like this that I wished I had a log fire/log burner here.  I was having this coversation with my mother earlier on and she asked if we would put one in here; but it will not happen here due to it being a rented property, it is an old house (over 150 years old) and where the landlord has not kept the maintenance up everything has been done on the cheap and nasty and I think there could well be hidden problems and I do not think the landlord would countenance it in any event.  So the log fire/open fire will have to go on the wishlist  for the dream house that has not yet materialised.  If it is your own house and there are problems then you put them right as you go along no matter how much it costs.

For this evening's dinner I have not done a roast like I normally do but a chicken stir fry padded out with carrots, leek, cauliflower, broccoli, some crystallised ginger, chilli sauce and a sweet and sour sauce served with white basmati rice cooked in the microwave. A change but still very tasty.

Whilst preparing dinner I had quite a bad attack with the Raynauds syndrome with both my hands and my feet.  losing the circulation and my hands going puce then purple and slowly the circulation comes back again.  It is painful at the time of the attack but soon passes.   This is one of the reasons why I have to keep warm.  Can't you tell its winter.  The Aran jumpers and the thick socks are coming out for my walk to work tomorrow.  I am supposed to be out tomorrow evening weather permitting.  I think it will depend on whether we get the snow.

At least it is cosy here in the front room.

Right am going to do a little more crotchet and then get my clothes ready for work tomorrow and get my hair washed and dried before going up the stairs to Bedfordshire (Hottie Bottie is coming up tonight as well).

Catch up soon but please keep safe and warm




No not doing time but porridge for Breakfast the one meal of a day that we should all have no matter what.  And what better way to start a cold autumn or winter morning than a bowl of steaming porridge, something that does not do you any harm, but is good solid food which keeps you going until lunch time.  You can add jam or fruit to this hot little number to vary the changes.  I am on about buying the porridge oats loose in a bag (at a cheaper price) I get mine from the Coop  currently £1.25 for 1kg (but you may be able to source them cheaper and all power to your elbow and your purse if you do) as they are cheaper than the well known Brand and because I make Flapjacks on a regular basis it is something that I always tend to have in the house anyway.  An ingredient that does double duty or more in my store cupboard is more than welcome and worth keeping in as it has earned its place.  Its also a very healthy ingredient although if you have a gluten intolerance this ingredient as it stands may not be for you.

On cold mornings it gives a nice hot start (fuel for the boiler should we say) and you can always add a side dish of stewed fruits say apple with cinnamon,  blueberries or mixed fruits warmed through, or jam, or syrup.

Serves approximately 2 servings

Standard porridge on the cooker top: (Not the Scottish way)

Measure out 75g of porridge oats into a medium sized saucepan and add 560ml of milk, water or  a combination of milk and water and mix the contents then bring to the boil stirring continuously.  Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 3 minutes stirring occasionally.  Serve immediately plain as is (I often add a sprinkling of sugar or serve with fruit, syrup or jam.  I sometimes add a little extra milk to the top as well.

Standard porridge in the microwave

Using the exact measurements weigh out the porridge oats and add them to a microwaveable bowl, add milk, water or a combination of both and mix well.

Cook for the following times stopping to stir half way through

Microwave 650B cook for 4 - 4 1/2 minutes stop and stir cook for a further 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Stand  1/2 minute before serving

Microwave 860B cook for 3 - 3 1/2 minutes stop and stir cook for a further 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.  Stand 1/2 minute before serving

A cheap way to have a good filling breakfast especially in cold bracing weather.  Not enough to eat you can always finish it off with a couple of slices of toast spread with jam, or honey or have a pot of home made yogurt or bought yogurt.

And remember you can use the porridge oats in flapjacks, muesli bars, home made muesli, treacle tarts, bread, cookies so they more than earn their keep essential when you either have a large family to feed or simply want to live well and eat well.


Morning Mazaawatti Time

Morning everyone boy was it a cold un last night. So much so I cooked we had cod, home made chips and mushy peas followed by treacle sponge and custard.  Warmed us up a bit on a very cold evening

This morning have woken up to what looks like frozen roof tops (this morning it is cold but slightly warmer than last night) but on closer inspection it looks like a very light sprinkling of snow, hardly perceptible and OH confirmed that whilst he was out with Missy that it had indeed been snowing very light tiny flakes but still sno.  As a result I have had a look at the weather forecast today we may or may not get snow showers today but tomorrow looks as though it is definitely on the agenda. Oh well in for a penny in for a pound after all it is still winter.  Needless to say that the animals are all in cozy and warm.  A certain Demetri had managed to let himself out overnight he is now snuggled down on the settee

So far a laid back weekend, a gentle pace where I have been concentrating on my needle crafts, still no end to do, still no finished items but hey it will happen.  Lots of good solid work done though, many more weeks to come but at least I feel as though I am starting to deal with things. and moving stagnant/stopped situations forward by focusing and doing bite sized achievable chunks of things rather than overwhelming myself with what I do actually have to do.   I have been predominantly doing  crotchet, concentrating on one of my many blankets that I have on the go.  In reality it will probably be the end of the year before  this particular blanket is finished as I am budgeting on the wool at so much a month as well.  Its a cream aran wool blanket that is just worked in rows of double crotchet and then topped off with a satin padded binding.  Well that is the idea.  Its a large super king blanket which always take a time to work   It is easier doing crotchet during the week.  My intention is to try and do a couple of big blankets a year as I am always extremely conscious of trying to keep warm and snug and besides I love home made crotchet  snuggly blankets/throws as well as knitted ones.  I should have a nice stack of snugglies once I have all the current crotchet blankets and knitted rugs out of the way.  The other reason I do lots of crotchet is that it keeps my hands going.  I  will have a show and tell when I get a project out of the way.  I  suspect the way things are going I will end up with a couple of projects concluded at around the same time.  I have also promised my mum I will make a couple of lap throws for her to pass on to some relatives but they will not take much working when I start to work them come pay day.

However I intend to tackle some of the cross stitch items as well.  The two rose cross stitch projects I showed earlier in anticipation of getting on with these items I have been and had the cross stitch charts blown up so that I can see what I am doing more easily and then get these two pretty projects out of the way.  So I am getting organised as I really do mean business where the UFOs are concerned and I am keen to maximise the time that I do have available to me.

Right its cold enough for a Mazawatti coffee.  I am going to get the cafeteire on the go and then add a tot of rum to the finished article. We always used to have this when we went to my Nan's.  Happy days and the rum really does warm the cockles of your heart.

Right upwards and onwards will try and pop back later on.



Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Good morning

I no longer see the moon when I get up in the morning hanging on to say good morning to those early risers.  Slowly hardly perceptibly the light is returning ever so gradually.  This morning I did not want to get up neither did Squeak - no way Jose was she getting up comfy and sprawled it was only when her food packet was rattled that she came charging down the stairs and straight into her dish.Demetri has gone over the fences will probably be out most of the day (unless he pays a surprise return visit)  Whilst it is fine he stays out for ages but if its wet or rough he is in like a shot.

Right its time to wend my way and get ready for work. I am out to a Reiki Share this evening which I am looking forward to. If I can pop by later on I will do.

Hope you have a good day (I could quite easily return back to bed and sleep for England - but as that is not allowed) upwards and onwards.



Cranberry and Apple Jelly/Cranberry Curd

Well I got 9 jars of the Cranberry and Apple Jelly to add to this year's Put Down.  Not bad from 1.5 kg of apples and 1 kg of Cranberries and It has made an extremely clear red jelly which I am well chuffed with. That is approximately 9 months worth of jelly (1 jar per month) and a couple of months without any unless I come across any more cranberries in my travels including frozen ones with which to make another batch.  I have a few cranberries left over and intend to make a small quantity of Cranberry Curd.  I have never had it before so it is worth a try. Can always be used to fill cakes or pastries.  Will post photos later on.

That reminds me will have to start the Put Down List for 2013.

Later in the week I have orange and apple jelly to make.

Catch you later



Sunday, 6 January 2013

UFOs (Unfinished Objects)

I have dragged a couple of projects out of the cupboard in readiness to start them again and get them out of the way.

Here are the projects with where I am up to so far and when I finish them I will pop up another post showing the completed items.  I hope to get these done in the next month or so and if I get them done any further all the better because that means I will be able to go on to the next couple of UFOs.  There are a lot of lovely items I have part started and its time to get them finished, completed and in use or if not in use put up ready.

I love flowers and roses in particular and both of these projects feature roses.

The first is a little green pot with an embroidered lid -  the image you see is a cardboard impression of what the pot should look like and I have only done a few stitches so far and have to work out where I am up to from the chart.  The pot itself is a lovely sage green.

The second project is a Rose Floral Spray picture which I am a bit further along with.

It would be lovely to have these two pretty projects out of the way - I have had them for sometime.

Do you have any UFOs and do you intend to get them into the CWIP (Current Work in Progress) pile.  My oldest project is over 30 years old which is a Sampler.  It is part worked but I would love to get to that cleared  eventually there is some serious work to do on that so it will probably be one of the last ones to get worked.  I will have to see how things go.

Blog Anniversary 6 January 2013

I nearly forgot but my blog will officially be four years old on the 6 January 2009 this being  the date I really started to post regular articles from.  I do not know where the time has gone but in the process I have managed to have 086482 hits according to the meter absolutely amazing as I had never had a blog before and it has been very much a learn as you go process  May I thank you all for your support during this time and to the friendship I have found along the way.  It is a wonderful thing the Internet is when it is used properly.

Thank you all for being part of it in the past, in the present and I hope in the future.

Love and light




We woke to thick fog, swirling and draping everything in sight; making everything ethereal and not of this world.  It has been a grey day generally since then even though the fog has cleared the sun has not found us today and it has felt damp and indeed the paths and roads are wet and greasy.  It has been a quiet day and we are having a later tea; minted lamb chops, mashed potato, peas, brussels, carrots cauliflower and broccoli with roast taties and parsnips.   I cook the chops in a little water (for the gravy and add some extra mint jelly to the water, and some white pepper and put under a hood of foil so that the chops cook gently at Gas mark 4 half way through cooking I take the foil lid off and then let the chops brown.  I haven't cooked for a few days and the veggies needed using up and on a Sunday normally speaking we do have more veggies than during the rest of the week.  I also cook more than I need as it is nearly always used up either with a duplicate meal the following day if it is a roast but otherwise into bubble and squeak cakes or popped into a soup.  That is being followed by a mixed fruit coulis, meringues and cream.  Bit naughty but I fancied a pud of some sort.   I have also prepared the cauliflower and the Broccoli for the freezer; finished off the cranberry and apple jelly although had a bit of  a panic earlier on as could not find the pan for my kitchen scales OH had hidden them and I needed them for weighing out the sugar.  (will report back later on once this has all cooled down and time permitting).

 I am out tomorrow night and also on Tuesday night but then it will be back into the kitchen come Wednesday to do some more work so if I am able to pop on in the meantime I will do

Hope everyone is keeping well

Catch you soon



Saturday, 5 January 2013

Saturday catch up

Well the best laid plans of mice and men - I overslept!  Never mind.

I have been to the charity shop and bought another mans shirt to put into my stash for the quilt that I am going to make and which I am currently collating the fabrics for.  This shirt is a pale lilac which will go well with the stripey fabric, purple and pink fabric I already have in my stash in readiness for the quilt.   I am enjoying the process and am itching to get on, but everything will happen  in its time and place.  It will happen when the timing is right  in any event I do not wish to rush the process as this is a learning curve for me. However I understand it is an integral part of patchwork of thinking carefully about the fabrics to be used and also as to the placing of them.  It will be a very simple quilt to start with, will not have cost me as much as buying new fabric and is re-purposing something i.e. the fabric and using it for something useful rather than sad and discarded.  We have to make things work for us.  Unfortunately we seem to have to pay a lot more at our Charity Shops specifically in town for shirts with the Oxfam shop charging £5 upwards and the British Heart Foundation similar prices. I only paid £2.50 for the one I got today which is probably still pricy compared to what a lot of you will pay; but in the greater scheme of things still works out reasonable.  Approximately a metre of fabric recovered from a shirt for £2.50

I am itching to get to play with my crafting and am going to try and plan crafting days into the coming year so that I can with the use of my sewing machine and overlocker create cushion covers, make my quilt, make some bags, make items for Christmas presents.  I have decided I am going to try and make as many of my own presents this year as well as digging deep to finish UFOs.  I am considering, patchwork, beading, cross stitch, needlepoint, felt crafts, knitting and crotchet crafts for this purpose.  I am also going to get my mum to teach me how to cable and to knit some socks.  This is not going to be easy as I am not a natural at knitting.  One of the reasons for this is that I have seen some very nice throws that cost a lot of money to actually buy and I tend to have a couple of pick up put down long term projects on the go at anyone time.  They are mostly in cable patterns and it would be nice to increase my skill base and create something practical but lovely at the same time.  I am keen to be able to make blankets (from crotchet or knitting)  and patchwork throws (when I have mastered the skill) on a yearly basis to keep us warm and to make the house as

Also found  was this sweet little sauce boat and stand (It matches one I already have so this makes a lovely pair for the dining table) in readiness for the formal table for next Christmas.

I have also found this lovely little cut glass jug which will be lovely for serving cream or using as a little flower vase for pretty spring flowers.

I have also found this brass plate/candle holder which has come a little too late for Christmas this year but will be ideal for next year.  A lovely brass advent plate.  I shall squirrel this up with the rest of the decorations.

Talking of Decorations it is Twelth Night tomorrow and tradition dictates that all the Christmas decorations should be down for fear of bad luck.  What few little decorations I did have up are now taken down and re-packed into their packaging.

Two pottery rabbits also caught my eye and came home with me  they are highly decorated but I love them.

Finally I also managed to pick up two brand New Whittard mugs in a lovely midnight glazed blue which I am very chuffed with.  So not a bad haul all for under £10.00.

I have also been to the veg shop and topped up with carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cooking apples and some eating apples and six red grapefruit. The cooking apples are for the cranberry and apple jelly (currently in the jelly bag) an apple pie or Tarte Tatin and some chutney.   I have also got a couple of bags of cheap apples to make some apple pop.  The cauliflower and broccoli are going to be blanched and frozen and popped into the freezer so that we can get veggies quickly during the week.  The grapefruit will go towards grapefruit curd and mixed peel.

The veg shop didn't have Seville Oranges today but think they may have them next week.  So that is the Vin D'orange and marmalade making are on hold for another week or so.  However I do have a bottle of vodka in readiness for this.

They did not have any forced rhubarb either; so will have to keep a look out for this elsewhere.

I intend to make another batch of Minestrone Soup to use up some of the veggies left over from the Christmas period which makes a tasty substantial meal in itself, can be used for pack-ups or used as a started to a main meal.  There is always something very comforting about soup especially on a grey January day.

We have had a lovely tea tonight; home made chips, fried chicken, fried onions, bread and butter and some fried onions all washed down with a bottle of Crabbies.  I do not think I am going to take much rocking tonight.

 The Cranberry and Apple Jelly has been started and will be concluded tomorrow evening.  I stocked up on sugar  today as well as we were getting a little low and bearing in mind the projects to be undertaken.  Hopefully I will be able to get a wriggle on tomorrow being as I overslept today.

Hope you have all had a good day wherever you may have been.

Take care and catch up soon



Friday, 4 January 2013

Friday catch up

Well that's the first few days back to work out the way - next week is going to seem a long old week as I have the first full week since the November back at work.  

After my earlier post which was predominantly drafted on Wednesday evening today just got better and better;  the sun came out and really cheered everyone up at work we were even having a laugh and joke.There was a stunning sunset as well; I do love beautiful pictures and the colourings were so vibrant with the sun set tonight it is very uplifting.  Surprising what a bit of sunshine does. 

 I have also got some evenings out to look forward to in the next few weeks and I do like to go out especially when it involves being with really good friends; friends where you don't have to explain yourself who love you just as you are warts n all friends as I call them.  

I have a discussion group to go to on Monday which will be the first get together for the New Year

On Tuesday I have a Reiki share evening which I am very much looking forward to. I like going out and about.

 I think the fog has lifted  this time I am certainly feeling a bit brighter and of course I am home now in the warmth.  The animals have all crashed out lovely bunch and the love they give is so unconditional.  Nothing better.

 I have a lot to do this weekend although I shall pace myself and only do what I need to do. I am also hoping to have a bit of play with some of my craft stuff and I also intend popping to the Charity shop to have a browse.  Still after shirts and I want to see how the Manageress of the Charity shop is as she had surgery just before Christmas.  She is a lovely lady, so much so the children from the local Junior School all made cards for her because she had helped in sourcing some costumes for their Christmas panto.  I was there when they dropped them off to her and it was so lovely.  The innocence of children.

I was going to have a lay in tomorrow but I think I am going to get up usual time and then have a lay in on Sunday morning as I want to do some housework and get what decorations I did have out put away.  One of them is a wooden tree (from M & S) and I am going to take a template of it and pass it on to my friend's husband so see if he can make use of it for one of their boot fairs prior to Christmas later on in the year.  His hobby is wood turning which goes very well with her needlework and between them they have created some lovely things.

On my walk home this evening I was only thinking that I had not heard from the hospital with a review appointment and when I got in there was an envelope waiting for me with an appointment at the end of February.  I also need to make an appointment to see the chap at the hospital for some replacement insoles as well.  Must pop that in my to do list for next week.  I have a nice pocket diary that is slowly getting filled up which was a pressie and I have also bought a new big page a day diary for my household records so to all intents and purposes I have the tools now to get organised now I have ust got to do it.

Am off to snuggle and get warm despite having the heating on my feet are frozen.   Me thinks the hot water bottle is coming out.

Catch up soon



A Welcome, Animals and the January blues

Welcome to Jay of My Family and Other Cricketers 

Make yourself comfortable grab that mug of tea and have a good mosey round I hope you find something that takes your interest.

Its dark here in Peterborough; the moon was still in the sky when I let Demetri out for his morning wander into the darkness and stillness prevalent at this time of year.  He was a little unsure this morning preferring to hog my company before finally deciding that he wanted out.  Whether he comes back again before I leave the building will be another matter but he will be out all day otherwise.  Yesterday he came home and spent the day asleep with the others before I left.

I had just got the door shut and was making tea for myself and our dog Missy (Jack Russell) [she loves a cup of tea in the morning] when Squeak started squawking she wanted out also.  All of my animals past and present have always been extremely vocal and all have come to the whistle.  The neighbour laughs his head off when I start whistling them as you get animals coming from all directions well at least we did as at one time I had five cats and Missy.  Squeak usually comes when whistled; Demetri comes in if he hears or wants to snuggle .  Missy gets walked early and OH does not like walking her in the dark at this time of year but she gets a good run each day and is in a good routine.

I am a little off colour not firing on all pistons at the moment and I absolutely hate it.  Its as though another personality overshadows me completely; a totally alien personality to my normal demeanour which I find terrible to cope with. Irritatingly to a lot of people I am normally very happy go lucky and tend to be very positive but when like this I tend to go quiet and go into myself which I am not sure is always a good thing either.  Perhaps I am over analysing.   As Churchill called it "the black dog".  I tend to keep to myself when I am like this as I do not wish to inflict what I am experiencing on anyone else and I tend to "snap" when in this kind of mood so apologies all round  - I just don't like it when I am like this.  Its annoying and fortunately does not happen very often and is often a reaction to constant pain, constant wet or people just getting me down.  My partner is bipolar and sometimes things get a bit difficult there as well.

I tend to feel vulnerable too and not worthy enough or good enough when going through these episodes.  I am very lucky in the greater scheme of things, my problems are fleeting compared to a lot of other people and  are put into perspective by others problems and although irritating to me are not a terrible problem a pain in the bum yes. One thing I do do is slow up a little when I am like this and try and be kinder and gentler to myself so if I need a sit down I take it etc.   I thought in an effort to try and break this cycle if I tried to talk about it a little (something I am not too good at either) it might help try and break this vicious cycle which really does get me down).  I can go many months without an episode and  I know I am not the only one.  Do you get the January blues and what self-help strategies do you employ to overcome them.  I would love to hear how you cope and what mechanisms you employ.  One thing that women do is talk - they try and overcome problems they are experiencing by talking and by learning from other peoples experience; talking in itself is a release mechanism.

Right must dash will try and catch up later.

Have a good day and if things are not so good  take time to breathe and be gentle on yourself.  Tomorrow will be another day a fresh page to fill.

Catch up later



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)