Sunday, 28 April 2019

Busy as a Bee

Well it has been a frantic day starting with me getting up and starting on the garden clearing round the shed so that we could get in to put some boxes from the Unit away.  I still have a lot to do but at least have made a start.

If the weather is kinder tomorrow I may go into the garden for a while and start on sorting out the mess that it currently is.  The herb garden should not take too long to do, but it is the titivating projects that may take more  time in the long run.  I picked up four Rosemary plants which had been reduced last week together with two large Chive plants which I am going to split into four plants.  I also have some herbs such as mint which have survived last year  I shall look out for more reductions during the week.  

I am after sage plants as well.  Will need to go to the nursery to see if I can find what I am after.  I also have tubs and hanging baskets to sort out.  I have some Nepeta and also trailing ivy so that is a start.

I am after some aubretia for some tubs in the herb garden as well,  I have passion fruit and clematis to pot up too and my fig trees need repotting.

I shall look out for a Wisteria as well this year as well.

We have been down to the Unit again and have spent most of the day there.  Still not completed despite being on the case all day.  Hopefully one more weekend will see it sorted.  In the meantime I have an awful lot of sorting out to do.

I have a piece of roast beef in the oven for tonight's tea.  So am looking forward to that as I am quite hungry. I am serving it with the usual suspects.

Weather has turned chilly again.  We have had grey skies and showers all day but fortunately it has just been light which I am pleased about in one sense 

To tell the truth I am absolutely shattered but still have lots to do.  

No peace for the wicked.

I shall probably go down to the river sometime this week to harvest some nettles for wine, cordial and beer as well as for making pesto and also home made pasta and hopefully dry some of the leaves for nettle tea.

Tomorrow will be a sorting out day as I am home.  As I have said hopefully the weather will be kinder tomorrow.

In the meantime I shall close today with some of the other items I found last night.

The first time we went to Southwold to stay Geoff bought me this tea service from a local charity shop.  It consists of a very large cake plate/sandwich patter and appears to be pretty  purple pansies which I absolutely love.  I believe it is a foreign make and I would really like to add to this set if I can in due course as I really do love it.

 I also found six more of the Victorian ground glass storage jars.  These are designated for cake decorations.

Some  hand embroidered/machine embroidered pictures which I am quite fond of.

These lovely grey pearlised cake knives came from my grandparents.  I believe my Great Grandparents (my Grandad's parents) bought them these as part of their wedding present.

These are what remain of the coral coloured ones.

My cheese dome made by the Boscastle pottery.  This is a favourite piece.

An Owl string holder.

A Duck egg holder.

A Chicken egg plate.  Told you had a thing about chickens.

My Nan's tea service.  It is a favourite of mine.  It was a wedding present from her parents.  I cannot see a stamp on it but it is very pretty and it appears to be a good quality china.

A fruit jug (I collect jugs).

A jug and bowl for the bedroom.

 I really love this green flower jug.  It reminds me of Malachite.

Another tea set.

 And finally a jug for serving custard.

Catch you soon.



Saturday, 27 April 2019

A few finds

I have been busy again today shifting boxes from the Unit and have brought the boxes home.  We have another day of shifting tomorrow and then hopefully everything will be back here ready for me to go through and sort out.  I thought I would share the contents of one of the boxes I have bought home today with things I have found at car boot sales, charity shops etc.  As I mentioned before I have themes  for a lot of my rooms for the dream house.  I quite like different pieces and I am particularly fond of this cat.  I assume it is a toast rack but it could be something else.  In any event it is very decorative.  It does need a little touch up of paint though.  It is how I bought it.

I also found this mini egg hutch painted with chickens on a blue background.  

There is also a small cupboard with wire mesh in the front and this has chicken reliefs on it.  I only paid £1 for this and I don't think I paid more than £2.50 for some of the other items.  I sort of have a chicken/farmhouse style for the kitchen.

I also have some pine Goose bookends for some of my cookery books for the kitchen also.

The vintage ship in a bottle is for the bathroom seashell collection.

The home sweet home plaque also appealed. 

Some lovely stuff anyway.  Will share some more another day.

It has been horrible and windy and cold here today and we have popped the heating on as the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.  Not sure which way but the house is always noticeably colder when it is windy like today than on other days.

I have also found a few  more needlework kits and charts I had forgotten about, plus lots of vintage linen which is in due course going to be recycled into useful items for the house.  I love vintage items they have a charm all of their own.  Many of the pieces I have are embroidered but I also have a lot of whitework items also.

Right coffee break over must get on as another busy day tomorrow.

Catch you soon.



Friday, 26 April 2019

Bitza Macaroni Cheese

Sometimes  the best kind of cooking is when you throw a load of ingredients together and think ooh what am I doing here but in fact the mixture ends up turning out very tasty and spot on.  That is what happened to me last night.  I had not decided what to have for tea. Indeed, for me was completely indecisive.  Usually it is on the go before he gets in.  However last night I just waited for inspiration to hit me and it did.

I spotted a bag of Macaroni lurking on my recently sorted out dresser.  Well that was a starter for one.  I then looked in the fridge and saw that I had a plethora of veggies.  I sorted out cauliflower, broccoli, kale and some old cheese that was best used up in a sauce,  and three rashers of bacon.Btza of this and that.

Boiled the pasta and instead of cooking the veggies in a separate pan I popped segregated tiny florets of broccoli and cauliflower and kale into the boiling water and cooked the veggies at the same time until ready.    I then drained the pasta and veg, and made a cheese sauce using the roux method adding in the old cheeses until it was nice and thick.  I like a good coating cheese sauce.

I then found a large dish and mixed the pasta into it.  I then fried some bacon until nice and crisp and added this cut into tiny segments to the mix yet again stirring it all up.  Then I finally added the cheese sauce and cooked for 40 minutes until it was just starting to colour on top.

I served it with a light salad and it went down very nicely and was quite tasty.  Pasta is one of those things OH is not supposed to have but he had a little and some other bits and bobs as well.  Needless to say we were stuffed afterwards.  Shall definitely make this again.

I used 250g of macaroni.  A handful of each veggie until it looked right by eye and there was a nice variation of ingredients.  I tend to be a chuck it all in the pot kind of person and then work things from there.  It works out for a cheap meal and is useful for using up ingredients and not wasting them.

Right had better get a wriggle on.  Things to do today.

Catch you soon.



Wednesday, 24 April 2019


I have been concentrating on tidying my bedroom a bit.  Quite a lit of rubbish has gone out.  Still lots to do though.  Managed to find my pine blanket chest which like a lot of my things has a history and a memory.  As far as I know the chest belonged to family friends and was being chucked out.  My dad rescued it and used it for keeping his photography equipment in. When mum passed I became the proud owner.  It is something that was on the wish list.  It also gives me happy memories of my mum and dad. The chest was empty and so I have stashed some quilts and blankets in it which has freed up some more space elsewhere.  It really needs a good stripping down and sanding and then I think either waxing or oiling
  I am thinking that the oil will do more good at the moment.  However we will see.  I might change my mind before then.

I have also found another bsg of cotton shirts.  I will try and strip those down in ghe next few days and then they can be put with the other stripped down fabric in readiness for doing some patchwork.

I have also found a bag of mixed wool.  Will have a look at that tomorrow.

Have also got into my small walk in wardrobe.  A lot of clothes in there with hardly any wear.  They r now too big for me so I shall probably send to my cousin.  I am too tired to sort them now but will probably sort them in the morning so that I can get the rest of my clothes on the rails and out the way.

Right had better get a wriggle on.  Catch u tomorrow.



Tuesday, 23 April 2019


After a few days out and about and hardly being at home at all tomorrow and Thursday I am at home, to hopefully get on with a little more work.  There is still lots to do but in reality it has been lovely to be going out and about and I have really enjoyed myself.  It has made a nice change.

I have had a lovely day with my friend L today and as usual we have been talking nineteen to the dozen and putting the world to rights, as well as a little eating and shopping in between.  

We ended up getting some bits and bobs in M & S and they have the new season's strawberries in - British ones and they are divine.  We had ours served simply with double cream and a sprinkling of sugar.  They went down very nicely after a scratch tea of egg, bacon, fried tomatoes and mushrooms served with bread and butter.  It has all gone down very nicely.

OH on his way home called in for Missy and I and we again went to Ferry Meadows for Missy's evening walk.  It was a lovely finish to the day being out in the fresh air.  The swans, ducks and a pair of pretty Grebes were out in  force.

Things are going to be busy for the rest of the week.  We are going to have to go to the tip again at the weekend and we have lots of other stuff to do besides, so if I go quiet it is more down to me being busy than not wishing to blog.  Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get things out of the way with despite wanting to do other things or be elsewhere.

I am hoping that the weather is good tomorrow - I have not seen the weather forecast but I would quite like to get out into the herb border and get that tidied up quite a bit and some of the plants already in the garden re-sited or replanted.    I also want to get some seeds set but the growing houses and their covers need sorting out first.

As I say, I have a lot to do over the next few days but I am hoping at some point that I will be able to get back to my patchwork and other crafting.  I am in dire need of a "crafty day".

To add to that I also want to do some cooking.  I also want to make some soft cheese and also some soda bread as well as do a little cake baking.  Have all the ingredients in just need the time to actually play.  

Right upwards and onwards.

Catch you soon.



Monday, 22 April 2019

What a lovely weekend

It has been with such lovely weather and I am feeling very blessed that I have had such a lovely and good weekend.

Yesterday we were invited to lunch by friends.  We had a lovely lunch of pork and roasties and it was delicious.

OH when I first met him (via these friends L and E - it was a blind date) was a very good shot at competition level and indeed was listed.  However over time he did not go so much and only got rid of his guns after we had been burgled whilst G was asleep upstairs and indeed G let him out of the house.

E is still involved in competition shooting and so yesterday G went out with him to help him on a particular speciality.  In the meantime I spent a lovely time in the garden with Linda in the sunshine.   We had a lovely lunch and all of us were talking the hind legs off a donkey!  Lovely day.

After we came back we walked Missy.   For the past few evenings we have changed our venue to Ferry Meadows.  It has made a nice change for an evening walk.

Below are some photos of this evening's walk.

The bridge in the photo above is known as Milton Ferry and indeed the children congregate around here when it is hot to cool down in the river.  It does get busy with boats going up and down.  This is about a couple of miles from where we live on the outskirts of the City.  We are very lucky to have such good leisure facilities on the doorstep as it were.

I am out again for a while tomorrow and if the weather is good when I come home I intend to set about the herb bed.

Right my roast lamb awaits me.

Hope you have all had a good Easter and for those where it has not been good I wish you a better day tomorrow.

Catch you soon.



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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)