Tuesday, 19 September 2017


  1.  2-tone trim phones
  2. windjammers
  3. frost on the inside of window
  4. warming the day's clothes on the clothes horse in front of the fire
  5. running downstairs in the freezing cold to get dressed in front of the fire
  6. my friend's roll on
  7. vests - I used to hide mine
  8. the noise and sight of the now old-fashioned dentist's drill
  9. putting rags in my hair to make ringlets
  10. perms - what a heavy head!
  11. white kinky boots
  12. pink calamine lotion for my chicken pox spots - yuk

  13. childhood ailments - chicken pox, scarlet fever, German measles - I didn't get measles or mumps
  14. my friend's liberty bodice - what a lot of buttons to do up
  15. plastic sandals
  16. bubbly swimsuits which always smelt of the sea
  17. playing in the rough sea with a car tyre - no adult around
  18. Lucky bags - what a rip off for 3d
  19. knicker bocker glories - another rip off
  20. aniseed balls
  21. liquorice wheels
  22. butterscotch and liquorice gums
  23. skipping
  24. handstands against the school wall - had to tuck my dress into my knickers
  25. Brownie cameras which only took 8 pictures

The list could go on and on.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Repurposing a jumper

Take one 'too small' jumper which belonged to DD.

and one cushion pad,

Sew up the neck, the armholes and the bottom with the pad inside ...

and voila - a cushion with two pockets which can hold remotes easily.

Small things!


PS Dani, I'll write about pruning in another post.

Friday, 15 September 2017

"Time for bed", said Zebedee

About half of the greenhouse has been put to bed with the taking out of the 2 cucumber plants and all but one of the tomatoes. The grapevine is 'staying up a bit longer' as it has a few more bunches on it that I shall eat this and next week. In the middle of the window is the newly planted vine which I will train up and along next year.

Most of the leaves will now just fall off of their own accord and I shall prune back the branches in about a month. 

Some of the grapes on the bunches are turning bad so I must pull those out and just eat the good ones.

The corn has gone to bed already with the cobs being picked and the plants put in the council compost. The husks will be taken off and the corn cobs frozen. We will eat some this weekend ...

... boiled up and then drizzled with butter. :)

It's not quite time for the runner beans to go to bed as they are late cropping and are still my main vegetable each day.

The beet root will be tackled tomorrow and will probably give up and go to bed with a bit of persuasion.

The leeks are the campers and will rest outside for the winter.

I've picked quite a few patty pan and will definitely grow them again next year, I think, even though they take up rather a lot of room and only yield little tiny morsels.

The spinach is still wide awake and will only go to bed when I've eaten it!

Oh courgette, your eyes are closing. Only another grill with cheese and tomato and then you will finally rest.

Now pear, I've already eaten one of you and one has dropped off into the strawberry patch and run away. Please don't drop off until you're a little softer and I can eat you for afters.

Keep bright and cheerful, apples, your bedtime isn't until October.

Strawberries, you are going to need a haircut before you go to bed. NO argument!

Little outdoor grapes, it seems a shame to eat you before you've had a decent half year's sleep. I'll just prune you a little before it gets cold. Then you can rest.

Night, sleep tight, to half the garden. See you in the springtime.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Play Room

In preparation for the decorating of the upstairs - which is a long way off yet - I decided to sort out the play room which had been a dumping ground for various bits and pieces from downstairs. There's a large roll of new carpet underlay in here that is destined for the front bedroom when that's been painted so I had to work around this. The sorting took all afternoon because this room houses craft stuff and 'things' I want to keep at the moment. Here's a local newspaper pull out from 2003 which lays out future plans for Blackpool. We don't look a bit like the front cover yet. Obviously this dream is not likely to become a reality at the moment.

Here's a picture drawn by DD when she was 3. I think its a self portrait.

DS drew his dad who is obviously very fierce indeed.

Another of DD's efforts from later years showing the family cat.

I don't know why I keep patterns. I have 3 sewing machines but do not seem to have time or inclination to use them. I love looking at old patterns though.

I have a storage cube of cross stitch patterns, silks and threads which I should really get round to sewing. Time, again, is needed as well as the desire to complete everything. I think I gave up cross stitch when I couldn't focus properly.

Oh dear - I shouldn't have emptied the storage unit. Just how much craft stuff do I need for card making? Ribbons, embellishments, sticky things, old and interesting toys, puzzles, games - the list goes on. 

It's not getting any easier or clearer.

I'm having a 'right good time'.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Fashion following or leading

It's getting colder so the summer frocks have been taken out of the wardrobe and put away to make way for my 'Autumn Wardrobe'. I've been watching too many Ewe Toob videos talking about capsule wardrobes and basic essentials! Apparently I should have things that will mix and match, ones that will dress up or down and flat, medium and high shoes. (Forget the high ones - I totter enough as it is.) So here is my first 'basic' for Autumn. It's a denim skirt from, guess where? The CS of course but being a person who is vertically challenged, (I like the word 'petite' better), a large part has to be cut off so I don't look a complete dumpling. 

Careful cutting and then I turn up the hem by hand - much more therapeutic than hauling out the sewing machine.

The finished result will be paired with black or brown boots and a *Tee  or blouse. I may *layer at the top with both!

Wad der yer think?

*(note the fashion jargon)

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A place for everything

It may not last but at the moment I'm trying to have a place for everything. Here's the new cupboard in the kitchen which houses tea and coffee stuff.

Teapot collection is in here as well as milk jugs, packs of tea and jars of coffee. Previously we had stainless steel shelves.

There's a place for all the plates on the shelves under the cupboards ...

and places for other items on the shelf or on hooks. Only the kettle is on the work surface at this end of the kitchen.

Other utensils are still hung on the rail above the cooker. The bright green thingamajig holds recycling paper and cans. 

In the family room there is a place for my glasses for watching the TV ...

and a basket on the table for things that go out to the garage.

The chairs hold blankets at the moment but they are not a permanent fixture. Can you see the place for the cat?

She loves her heated cat bed. Soon be turning chilly.


Monday, 21 August 2017

"Well at least I assume you can get into your bed?!"

So commented Jill from Land of the Big Sky.

"Just," says me.


Saturday, 19 August 2017


I'm still sharing the kitchen with the decorating stuff and will be for some time yet. The dining room has been painted but that is now housing the furniture from the family room. The family room has been painted but that is now having the floor varnished. It's taken a week already of sanding, sanding again and sanding again. Only today did we get the first coat of varnish on.

Kitchen is still in action but not yet completely ready.There's decorating and floor paraphernalia on the floor and work surfaces.

Here I am trying to make a cake amidst it all. The grapes are from the greenhouse. Still wading my way through them.

I have a new kitchen cupboard which has replaced some shelves, which is now home to tea and coffee.

It's replaced the shelves on the left of the picture below. The other shelves have come down as well as the plant which had grown itself onto the ceiling and around the cooker. All the kitchen pans etc have been washed and are stored upstairs for the moment until the time comes to 'dress' up the kitchen.

There is still more to do but the family room must be completed first. After that the dining room will then house the lounge furniture. It's all go here! DH has promised himself a week off soon.


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Wrong place

There's plenty of items in the wrong place in this house at the moment due to decorating most of the rooms downstairs. These vases are from different areas in the house. Normally they would blend in with different rooms. Here they look like an odd bunch - art deco, 30s, country and wierd.

The flower is dying in the vase in the fireplace - no time to clear it away yet. Various objects abandoned on the floor.

The light shades from the back room are hopefully safe on the chair in the lounge. An odd lamp is dumped on the floor.

The dining room side board is in the lounge along with crisps from the kitchen and placemats from the dining room. The throw is over the sideboard to stop the cat from scratching its surface.

Tea things roam around the kitchen as we are awaiting a wall cupboard to arrive.

Dining chairs are stacked on the dining table and kitchen and office chairs keep them company. The watering cans have a roll in sealing the parquet floor. The floor is in the process of being sanded and most surfaces have a layer of sawdust on them.

The bathroom cupboard contents are on the floor in a bedroom (the bathroom will be decorated at some stage).

Sideboard contents are scattered about the floor.

Dresser, kitchen and dining room contents are on the landing.

Dresser and the contents of the other sideboard are in another bedroom. The other sideboard is in the process of being waxed.

Can I find anything? Well I've just about got the hang of where everything is living at the moment and I've managed to bulk bake some rhubarb crumble and a loaf today along with a roast beef dinner and a bit of weeding in the garden. DH is still sanding the parquet floor!