Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bates the foster cat has a new home!!!


Today Bates has gone to his very own home. The day Bates came into our care was the day I did my first blog and he was my first ever picture on here. 

A lovely couple came to meet him to day and the Lady "C" fell in love with him straight away, that's how it should be shouldn't it. I liked the couple straight away and I knew this little poppet would be going to a good home.



I think he has put a little weight on since he came in.

This is how I will remember you Bates, always sitting in the sun watching the chooks. I must admit I have shed a tear to see him go but I'm off to pick a stray up at 3pm so I must get the pen cleaned out before I go.

Congratulations Bates and all our love goes with you and thanks to the lovely family who found you  x

PiC x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Plum jam and neighbour wars




Well my lovelies this morning was so miserable I thought I'd warm the kitchen up by making some jam. I'd picked my plums the other day and de stoned them last night. 

This is the first time using my £3 jam pan..........I was so excited........sad I know!

I must say it was so much easier having a spout to pour it in rather than using a ladle, how have I managed so long without one.



This was what we managed to get from the plums, the rest of the plums that need picking will be frozen for smoothies.

As usual a small jar will go to my next door as a small thank you for us continually storing stuff in her garage even though I keep meaning to get it out. One jar will go to Collin the estate handy man as he keeps asking for another jar of my Raspberry jam but hubby wants to keep the remaining jars we have as it's his favourite. 


There's always a little bit left over isn't there, I may make some bread and the kids can have fresh bread and jam after their tea but we do have someone coming to look at one of the foster cats so I will see if I get time.

Thrifty shift fatty news

I've not weighed myself this week at all. I've been really, really good so I don't want to get down hearted. I've now been off the coffee for nine days and finally the headaches and leg pains are getting better so hopefully I'm at the end of my withdrawal. I really don't want to go through that again thank you very much.

So as promise John (hope your OK) I'm off cheese this week, infact I'm off dairy all together as it really doesn't agree with me at all, I will see how I survive the cheese cravings.

As a veggie I have been really careful with my protein intake and I'm still eating eggs but hopefully I will feel a little healthier soon.

I've not had any painkillers for three days!!!

Neighbour wars



As you know I live at the end of a shared drive way and next door and her next door neighbour had an argument over the access to the drive way as they keep blocking the drive so she can't get to work. 

There has been many arguments over this drive since the neighbour at the front moved in as she does not understand popping back in to the house for 10 minutes and blocking the drive does drive people nuts.

The neighbour has told next door (lovely neighbour) that if she can't get out she should learn to drive, well I know it's naughty to laugh but as I was sat in my car waiting to get off the drive I watched her reverse then drive forward straight into the bush you see on the left and even when she hit it she carried on driving.

The house on the left of the picture has nearly been reversed into numerous times and SHE is saying who can and can't drive.

Hubby and I felt sorry for the lady when she first moved in and hubby helped her out on numerous occasions but because we are friends with next door we have taken the brunt of many arguments. 


Anyway are you ready??????????


This is the damage she has done to her car because SHE can't drive properly.

I hate having disputes with anyone but we do not speak to her anymore due to the months of arguments she has caused. I'm not saying this brought a smile to my face as Karma is a bitch but I was very close ;)

PiC x


Monday, 25 August 2014

Name that disease if you please, Lottie update and a plum trade


It's been a while since I gave a lottie update because of my GENUINE excuse of being laid up. I was devastated to see how high the weeds had got and the hedge of Blackberries (which were cut back only a few months ago)  have grown back with a vengeance, so  much so they're nearly bringing the fence down. 

We potted up some leeks ages ago and I just haven't got round to planting them and as I couldn't bend down for long little Tom came to give a hand so armed with a stick and some baby leeks he worked like a Trojan until he ran out of room. It spurred him on to tell him when he was finished we were going home, I swear I saw smoke coming from his arms after that ;) 

Child labour at it's best! Hubby did a little bit of digging for me to while I picked all the fruit and veg. I think I got the best deal.


Under this lot of weeds are some lovely spuds which we are slowly digging up.


The Plum tree has so much fruit on it the branches are hanging to the floor. We had some blended when we got home and had a lovely, healthy banana and plum smoothie which was yum. Some will be turned into jam and some will be de pipped and frozen for some more smoothies.




My rescued apple tree seems to be a Pear tree, a diseased one at that..........any answers?


This is the fan tree which was covered in blackberries until DH cut them back.


Ummm, Yuk!




On the plus side I traded a bag of plums for two jars of homemade honey which is just lush. Thanks Sharon.

Money making Monday

This has gone out of the window due to illness but it has made me realise how it is really important to have a bit of cash behind you for emergencies. I was really panicking about the school trip money and although it got cancelled and the cash we raised is sat waiting for next years bigger and more expensive trip things could have been different, I could have been ill with no money and an trip payment which would have been overdue. 

So my lovelies what have you traded lately?

PiC x


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Hair of the dog!


Just a quick one, I thought I'd show you what it's like having a MEDIUM haired German Shepherd. My heart goes out to the people with long haired dogs.

As I'm sat here typing I can see rolls of Arizona tumbleweed passing my feet and I only hoovered an hour ago!!!



It looks like DH does all the work doesn't it? lol


I did do half, I swear!


Strudel will let you faff for about 10 minutes then she's had enough.


We could stuff mattresses as a side income couldn't we?

Do you have Arizona tumbleweed in your house?

PiC x