Monday, 31 March 2008
We had quite a productive day yesterday, but it did seem to fly by. We got out the front and weeded the border. The miniature fruit trees and blackberry bushes we put in have started to bud. Also managed to clear the pots out in the back garden and hubby mowed the lawn. We then did a bit of decorating in the dining room. He put on a new plug socket and rubbed the skirting down and I painted the coving. Still loads to do in there yet, but can't wait till its finished. Popped over mum and dads, and in laws as well, so busy day.
Saturday, 29 March 2008
I had another bash at making lemon curd today. This time it set quite quickly and is a lot thicker than the last batch, it tastes great too.
Friday, 28 March 2008
I've just discovered Etsy via blogging and it's great. Basically people put their handmade items up for sale on there, it's quite good. I found a lady in Yorkshire who makes the most amazing jumpers from recycled materials. They all have pixie hoods, which I love. Trouble is with postage will cost about £100, which i don't have at the moment sigh. I don't buy clothes very often, as trying them on depresses me and I come back feeling fatter than when i went. But this particular jumper was great. Worth slimming into if it didn't fit.
This is a pic of Woody with his Easter duck, it was only 99p and it quacks! He likes it anyway. He's just emptied the contents of his toy box all over the lounge floor. We have a pheasant, a frog, a puppy, and big fluffy ball, two tennis balls and his duck!
Think I might get in the kitchen in a minute and make a Victoria sponge and maybe some coconut macaroons. Got to cook hubby some dinner tonight, but I'm out with the girls for a meal as its T's birthday. But I might put a little bottle of wine in my handbag to save a few quid. :o)
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
I'm also sticking to my plan of not buying lots of books, popped into the Library today and borrowed "Celtic Wisdom" by Vivianne Crowley and "The real witches garden" by Kate West, I'll let you know if they're any good or not.
Monday, 24 March 2008
I,m having fun playing with different settings on the camera since I've started blogging and took these two close ups of a primrose and Wood Anemones. Very seasonal pics methinks.
I think this stick is a bit too big, but Woody and his dad seem to be having fun with it anyway. Really feeling the urge today just to up sticks and move to the country. If only life was that simple. :o( To cheer myself up when we got home I put on my old tape of "its not easy being green" if I can't live in the country I'll watch people who are.
As part of our greener lifestyle I've ordered a kitchen caddy from Wiggly Wigglers (wigglywigglers.co.uk) for all the compostable scraps. I do try to put as much in the compost as possible, but when its persisting with rain it does sometimes end up in the bin. But no more! We're definitely on a mission that Dick Strawbridge would be proud of.
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Whilst eating our pudding tonight, we started to watch 'My life with animals' with Simon King. What an amazing programme, I haven't enjoyed a programme like that for a long time. I didn't realise quite how much this man has accomplished in his 30 year career. I only really new him from watching Spring watch. But he was a child actor, and predominantly a wildlife cameraman for most of his life before he began wildlife presenting. I struggled eating my pudding through some of the programme, as in places it was really sad and I'm such a blubber when it comes to animals. If you saw it, it was the bit the lion cub couldn't keep up with its mum and died, and the bit where the meercat got bitten by a puff adder. Anyway if you didn't see it, keep a look out for a repeat as it was fantastic. Its the last 'Larkrise to Candleford' tonight so I'm off now to watch it with a glass of wine.
Saturday, 22 March 2008
I also made Easter nests, which didn't last very long once hubby discovered them. I have to admit that i did eat the left over mini eggs. : . )
Friday, 21 March 2008
Ostara takes its name after the Germanic goddess Eostre/Ostara, who was traditionally honored in the month of April with festivals to celebrate fertility, renewal and re-birth. It was from Eostre that the Christian celebration of Easter evolved, and indeed the naming of the hormone Eostrogen, essential to womans fertility. The goddess Ostara has the shoulders and head of a hare.
I wish all my friends a Happy Ostara/Easter.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
My Goddess Necklace. I wear this most days, but now and then swap with my Chalice Well Pendant.
My Wedding ring, that I had made. I wanted something different, and this was very LOTR inspired.
Nightfall by Norman Parker. I bought this with birthday money I had last year. It hangs on my bedroom wall. So I can wake up to Glastonbury each day.
Monday, 17 March 2008
Looking forward to Ostara weekend, hopefully we can get some more decorating done, that's if hubby isn't playing down the shed on his landrover. Apparently we're waiting for a diesel pump to be delivered this week that he's bought on e-bay.
Happy St Patricks Day!
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Had a trip to B&Q today to get bits for decorating our dining room. It's getting there now, that's the trouble when you have a handyman husband, everyone else wants a bit of him. We had a load of vouchers from our wedding last year that we've been spending on decorating, which is great as it doesn't feel like we're actually spending money. Got radiator cover and shelves, paint, sockets and switches. I can't wait to be in there making it just how i want it. Saw a great table on e-bay last night but hubby said it's too soon to be getting that yet. That told me then!
Been busy baking again today, made a Victoria sponge cake and coconut muffins, lovely.
Thank you for the party mum, my birthday was such fun, I know my friends will all come back when I have another one.
The cake you baked was special, I never would have thought mum, that a no-egg, no-milk, no-butter, chocolate-free, fat-free, sugar-free, date and pumpkin cake, would taste just like a bought one.
Pink icing made from Beetroot-coloured Tofu on the top, and beeswax smokeless candles, that you made at a workshop.
I'm glad you made the fairy bread, from organic, yeast free rye, and sprinkled it with poppy seeds, sesame and sunflower... to fortify.
The chickpea dip, falafal balls, the celery sticks with hummus, and what about the babaganouse, that was real adventurous.
Mum, i do appreciate all the hot food you prepared, from non-genetic-engineered soy, it shows you really care.
Like the not-dogs and not-sausage rolls, with not tomato sauce, and i loved the home-grown veggie pizza with soy cheese of course.
I'm forgetting the most fun part was the games we got to play, they took you ages to prepare, but they really made the day.
Like bob for locally-grown organic apples. bought from a neighbour down the street, and pin the tail on the dog (that had it cut off in a laboratory experiment) was really neat.
Sight-impaired person's bluff and the free range egg and spoon race, musical chairs played to Tony O'Connor and my favourite...tug of peace.
Pass the parcel wrapped with unbleached recycled paper, grown on the west side of a hill by a tree released from its vertical home to serve humanity by a group of land care volunteers who formed a circle around the tree, meditated and chanted for four days before placing it gently, back onto the earth from which it had first sprung as a sapling and from where its mother and father had gone on before to serve as recycled toilet paper and toothpicks respectively.
And instead of taking their prizes, mum, my friends and I agree that we'd donate to a charity for children who're in need.
And I'm glad you said 'no presents' , i really have so much, just you and dad as parents is birthday present enough.
My friends went home exhausted from all the fun they'd had. With their little calico bags full of gelatin-free sweets you made.
So thank you for the party mum, my birthday was such fun, i know I'll always remember it, the day that i turned ONE!
Saturday, 15 March 2008
I've also got some bread in the bread maker and about to finish my sweet mama squash soup, made with, yes you guessed it, home made chicken stock.
Friday, 14 March 2008
The link works this end, but if it's not working for you go into you tube and type in Free Hugs!
Sante Potatoes Parsnips Cauliflower
Carrots Celeriac Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Onions Sweet Mama Squash Jerusalem Artichokes (free)
Leeks Green Cabbage
Any Recipe ideas would be most appreciated. Sometimes I haven't got a clue what to do with it all. I would love to get hubby and myself eating less meat and more veg, saying that I'm not a vegetarian so recipes containing meat are still welcome.
Last nights dinner was lasagne yummy. I froze the two remaining portions for a meal in the week. This is so handy as i work three evenings and one day a week, so when i get home at 8.15 i can just reheat something.
It's still raining here, so the mission for today is to get a load of housework and washing done. I'm so addicted to blogging at the moment that my house is getting neglected. xx
Thursday, 13 March 2008
I'm now a member of the Stonewylde forum, so look out for Pixiedust. I've already spotted Somerset Seasons and Solstice Dreamer on there. I finished Solstice at Stonewylde yesterday, it was fantastic. I found myself shouting at the pages (like they can here me). We need book four, what am I going to do now? If you haven't already read the Stonewylde series, go out and buy it, you won't regret it, and your helping Kit to be able to publish the next two books. As Kit Say's ''five, always five''.
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
All the local dogs quite often jump in here on their walks (I don't let the little man it upsets his tummy) not to mention all the local wildlife, and further down stream the aquatic life. I got home and contacted the E A, and forwarded the photo's to them. They were quite concerned and said they would send the local pollution team down there today to take water samples. The Environment man seems to think someone has emptied a chemical toilet into the stream. They are keeping me posted
This is the storm damaged willow.
- Get the weekly food bill down to £50 or less, there are only two of us and the animals and we waste far too much. First I need to make a shopping list and stick to it, and start planning meals, cooking more in one go and freezing it. (Already have an organic box)
- Don't buy anything unless it is an absolute necessity. My one weakness is books, but as i keep telling myself, that's what library's were invented for.
- Get planting, we don't have much space, but i can get on and get the basil and lettuce growing in the conservatory, with the pea's and beans to follow later on, and might have a go at courgettes or squashes in pots.
- Buy in bulk
If i can get the household outgoings down, I can find myself a job that I want to do, rather than something I can't stand. I want to do something that counts, instead of just muddling through. Any money saving ideas and green living tips would be welcome. I'll stop ranting now.
Monday, 10 March 2008
Horace Mann, Lost, Two Golden Hours
And zig zag away here and there, in the yard. And the shingles, if loose, start to fly, And the waste-basket papers left outside the door, make a bee-line, then shoot for the sky!
Mrs. Biddy, the hen, tries again and again To visit her usual places
In her casual way, but the wind, on its way, commands, and she right about faces.
The cat curls up, near where the pup is asleep back under the porch, near the wall,
For outside where things act so crazy today, There's no chance to slumber at all.
The March winds are just one big boisterous show. With lions and clowns in the ring
And when the shows over we turn to behold the first blooming flowers of Spring!
Sunday, 9 March 2008
I was really looking forward to today, as hubby and I were heading off to the farmers market. I haven't been for ages and was looking forward to getting some lemon curd and strawberry jam. We woke about 9.15 this morning with the sun streaming in through the window, it looked like it was going to be a nice day. The universe though had other plans. On stepping outside the front door this morning to take the dog for his walk we noticed that the drains were blocked in the drive. Had to wait until next door had risen before hubby knocked on the door to see if theirs were blocked too, and yep they were, blooming marvelous, probably the main sewer then. Phoned the water company, who on this occasion were quite helpful and said they'd send someone out right away (on previous experience with our drainage system and the water company this hasn't been the case) The man with the van is in the main road and is trying to unblock it now. It is the main sewer, which in some ways is a relief as it won't cost us anything. Fingers crossed it gets fixed today, before the stormy weather begins, we don't wont sewage coming up the toilet!
The dog is also under the weather today. He has a rather delicate tummy and is feeling down in the dumps, he's off his food and just wants to sit quietly. I hope he perks up and doesn't need to go to the vets as last time he was ill he had campila bacta and it cost over £400 in vets bills.
Saturday, 8 March 2008
We've lived in our house now for about 9.5 years, and like a typical town in the south, you don't know or see your neighbours. My friend lives across the road and the couple that live under her have been in our close for about 3 years now, and I've never really spoke to them, until recently. C's been coming in the shop and invited my friend and I over for a drink last night, my friend was feeling ill though and left after half and hour, but I stayed and chatted to C and her friend for hours, we had so much in common and it felt like I'd known them for years. I didn't get home till 12.30 but had a lovely evening and made some new friends. I've got a bit of a sore head this morning but nothing a few good cups of tea won't sort out. We don't seem to make the effort with people these days and it's such a shame. I think we're all caught up in our own lives to see what's right in front of our noses.
Friday, 7 March 2008
In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks.
But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. The most important thing you should know about real witches is this. Listen very carefully. Never forget what is coming next.
REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary woman. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBS.
That is why they are so hard to catch.
Roald Dahl, The Witches