Thursday, 31 August 2017

Can I

Much head scratching and pencil chewing has been happening here at Little Winter these past few days

The budget has been revisited

Several times

Yule/Christmas and birthdays had been unintentionally missed off completely


After pondering


Much sighing

Eldest and myself realised that actually I had miscalculated my fuel spend

Making the monthly figure a weekly one

Saving grace!

Oh and the Yule/Christmas budget this year £150

Including fresh tree


This is the year with no tiddlies in our immediate family to worry about that consumerism gets a huge bashing

So what am I cutting out

Crap basically

Plastic tat

Chemical laden food

Stuff bought on a whim

Love will be unlimited

Warm fires to sit by unlimited

Good wholesome food unlimited

Fun games and laughter will also be plentiful

I am well aware that I shall need to wear blinkers and ear mufflers from November onwards

Take no notice of the spending fairies pleas for me to part with my hard earned money

And gifts, yes there will be gifts

We have decided with the children that we will each provide for everyone else gift's' to the value of £5

These will be placed in their 'stocking'

I shall probably be in charge of hubby's £5's as well

Hopefully we will have fun guessing who gave what!

I do not intend to disappoint my offspring and have cunning plans forming

I have a decent supply of materials

And a sewing machine

We have charity shops that sell some good quality old curtains and bed covers sometimes

So girlies could reasonably expect a lovingly crafted shopping bag

Maybe an apron

Men...hum...a little more difficult

Aah...gloves...knitted gloves

Homemade crackers

With snap if I can find any in my stash

A chocolate for the gift

If Autumns' chill winds can hold off maybe I could keep picking the runnerbeans for longer and have enough to make chutney for gifting

They didn't produce beans until late in the season this year so I'm keen to use each one

Blackberries appear plentiful this year

So cordial might reasonably feature as a gift

Fun doesn't have to equate to a big spend thankfully

Our money will still be getting spent though

But hopefully on things like a mortgage and emergency fund

Oh and we have a new addition to our family

A three legged cat

He's 'retired' from the home I work at

He's choosing to live upstairs at the moment due to him not being used to dogs

He comes with issues

He's a feisty old man

But has had a past not many of his ilk have had to endure so we're forgiving him

So welcome to your new home Micky

And please no more biting when I stroke you

Or grabbing of ankles

You owe me a new pair of tights!

I really need to be downstairs and attending to the dreaded VAT which will probably swallow my entire day today

Blessings J. x


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Back on Home Soil

The last week has found us gadding about all over the place

First we travelled to Sonshines' place for a few days

Where we did lots of this

Yes it's gone

It was sooo good

The venue 'Cobwebs' in Abbots Bromley

Just imagine

Lime and pistachio

Heaven on a plate

See...happy people!

Then on Monday we trained ourselves up to Edinburgh

On Tuesday it was my birthday

A big one!

We dressed up in the Georgian house in Charlotte Square

I'd decided not to take a scrap of makeup with me for the whole holiday as I couldn't be bothered

I regretted this decision!

Of course there was more of this to be done

Then as dusk fell we headed up the Royal Mile to the Castle and watched the Royal Military Tattoo



What a way to spend a birthday

Anyway on Thursday we returned to Sonshines'

And yesterday we headed home though via Newbury for buying a machine purposes

The whole journey took 12 1/2 hours

This morning my back has officially said enough and I'm a hobbling so how much of the work I'd hope to get done will actually get done I don't know

Anyway I hope this finds you all well and happy people

Blessings J. x


Friday, 11 August 2017

The Rainy Season

Previously known to us as Summer

Frankly I'm getting rather fed up with it now

Some dry days would be most welcome


Today I actually have a day off

Though sadly have another funeral to attend


Yesterday I did manage to weed most of the area around the patio


We have been bringing in our meagre Harvest...


Runner beans

The first tomato

And as it's the school holidays eldest has been a frequent visitor

Of course you're never too old to lick out the bowl!

Sonshine came home on Tuesday

And his girlfriend arrived yesterday

A houseful!


So I must away to my duties

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I Can Remember...

...a long time ago

each Christmas Morning

Dad's boss

'The Lady'

The farm owner

Would return from church bearing gifts for my parents

For Dad an envelope


For Mum

Maybe some new sheets

Or a table cloth


And always a huge most beautiful box of chocolates

So unlike what we see today

Sometimes the box had raised decorations

Usually a lovely ribbon bow


And inside the box

A wondrous array of shiny treats

We only ever had one at a time

And you learnt to savour the taste

After all were gone the box would be used

To store old photos

Or greetings cards


Never discarded


So now when I see mile high stacks of plastic tubs

Containing less and less sickly sweet blobs

Well I long for the return of the beautiful chocolate box

And the shiny goodness within

Nothing I've seen in recent years compares with those beautiful examples in my memory

Blessings J. x


Friday, 4 August 2017

Nature Friendly

This blog has been sat patiently waiting for me to add pictures which I have yet to take

Work has been hi jacking the majority of my waking hours

In fact some of my sleeping hours too

I really hope soon things will calm down drastically

Anyway this is what I had written


I honestly don't know how long we will live at Little Winter but am determined whilst we are here the garden will be a haven for wildlife

Ummm....apart from the flying ants the other afternoon

Sorry ants

We have left a huge tree stump in situ

Upon the stump sits an old birdtable top

Now grown over with ivy

And surrounding this is an area left wild

An old clay pipe rests nearby

Stone walls stand at the base of some of our perimeter hedging

Bird feeders are visited regularly

There are two large fir trees, and a small one that after nesting is over we want to remove

But hopefully in their place will be a small orchard area

I have a large round tub without holes

Heidi was supposed to use it as a paddling pool

But doesn't

So maybe we could utilise this and dig it in as a pond liner

With stones placed in it so that wildlife can get in and out at their will

Some oxygenating plants

Then I'm sure Heidi will love to wallow in it!

Plans and hard work and a body full of aching muscles

I should also like a few raised beds for vegetables and soft fruit

Hubby is not a tidy gardener

And our harvest this year is modest to say the least

I feel that raised beds would help

A gooseberry bush that we found in an overgrown bed last year has not fruited at all this season

This needs to be moved

But I am not able to do everything at once

And hubby and his muscle power are kept busy at work this time of year

We have had several days of constant rain

At times I could almost have done with some lighting on

I hope that soon the weather Goddess will see fit to shine some golden goodness upon us

Much as I love Autumn

I would like a little more Summer before she appears

Blessings J. x