Wednesday 30 June 2010

De-cluttering 2...........

Days 5 - 6- 7- 8 and 9 of Felicity's Challenge!
Yes! it has taken that long for the conservatory-cum-lean-to to be sorted.

This is the last of the stuff to be sorted that was taken into the garden!

Most of it has gone back into the conservatory-cum-lean-to but it has gone back a a lot tidier, and it all needs sorting again but there is room to move and room to dry washing when I buy a new dryer to hang washing on, I do have a tumble dryer but you can't put everything in that!

The back seat of the car was put down and the rubbish is ready to be taken to the recycling centre. I have to say most of it is mine!

Had to take the gazebo down because we are supposed to have heavy rain over the next few days, I wouldn't mind but I haven't actually sat in it yet! Mind you we couldn't have stood the gazebo in the conservatory-cum-lean-to last week there wouldn't have been any room!
I wouldn't have said it was a pleasure doing was a pleasure to have taken a car load of rubbish to the recycling centre and we are determined to take more soon! Oh! and the stuff in the photographs in the last post is still THERE!!!!

Friday 25 June 2010


Day 4 of Felicity's Challenge.
As I have said before we have been in our house twenty years! When you move as you leave the old house you throw a lot of things away - don't you? Well I did, but you wouldn't think so the amount of clutter that has been collected. inherited, or the boys haven't taken with them when they moved out over the last twenty years has quadrupled! It doesn't help with my hobbies, needlework, patchwork, knitting and crochet, and of course the fact that I work in a craft shop! Yes I am guilty too! But, Alex' hobby is much bigger, but it could be worse motorbikes/cars etc, and it is as bad, he collects and restores vintage valve radios! We bought the house because it had a well I won't say conservatory, but a well lit sunny lean-to, I thought oh goodie I can grow plants and sit in here when it isn't too hot.............WRONG! From day one it was filled with boxes, of junk, rubbish and if we didn't want it in the house and couldn't be bothered taking it to the shed or charity shop or the recycling centre there it sat until the sun either faded it or rotted it! Well I have now decided enough is enough it is my turn to have the conservatory-cum-lean-to! So..................
...........yesterday after cutting the grass and after watching the local weather forecast, of which was said it would be nice for a while, and as it has rained for the last three summers, it was time to christen the new garden awning which was bought three summers ago and hasn't been out of its box since!
This afternoon, I half emptied the conservatory-cum-lean-to into it. Alex always claimed most of it was mine.........mmmmmmmmm!

I don't think so....................................! Lets hope I can get it sorted before the weather changes! And also have space to dry the washing in the winter and grow seeds in the spring..................
Sometimes I get Alex to read the blog before publishing, he asked if he had the right to reply.........this is what he put!
(I must sneek in a little observation about selective photography here, just to the right of the second photo and to the left of the bottom one are six large plastic tubs full of this that and the other belonging to you know who!!!) Alex.

Thursday 24 June 2010

Day 3

Whenever I was asked what cake I would like from the cake shop as a child, I always replied Custard Tart please......... They are quite easy to make too, although I have never attempted to make individual ones but I make large ones!

half packet bought Shortcrust/Sweet pastry pastry
(I use JusRol all the time!)
2 large eggs
freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 pint milk
2 oz sugar
Roll out the pastry and line the lid of a casserole dish or a flan tin.
Whisk the eggs with the sugar.
Warm the milk and pour it in a continuous stream on to the eggs, whisking all the time.
Pour into the pastry case and sprinkle the top with grated nutmeg.
Bake in the centre of the oven at
220 degreesC, 425 degreesF, Gas mark 7
for 10 minutes
then reduce the heat to
180 degrees C, 350 degrees F, Gas mark 4,
bake for a further 20 – 25 minutes until the custard is set.
Eat warm or cold.

Wednesday 23 June 2010

Day 2

Planted one single Tomato plant in the hanging basket.
Just thought I would try one, they are suppose to be
grown in hanging baskets!

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and ................

Yesterday was Alex and my Thirtieth Wedding anniversary.

Today to celebrate we went for lunch in a local pub.

The lunch cost the grand total of 50 pence!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a raffle prize of a

'Meal for Two - total £25'

We chose to have the meal today because..............

............tomorrow it will be Alex 63rd birthday!


AND..........................back in January I joined Fi at Marmalade Rose with the '20 Minuters' I have crafted nearly every afternoon when I come in from work, not so much at weekends though, thats when we shop and I do the weeks ironing.........I plan on continuing to do so because I need crafts for a craft table in November, I do crochet and knit in the evening otherwise I end up going to sleep with boredom! Fi really inspired me and I hope to have many things for the two day fair. I also joined Simone at Linden Grove with her Friday Cake Bake. I make mine on a Sunday though when I have more time. I haven't made cakes for a few weeks now because I just cannot get motivated, but I will again! Monday I decided to join in with Felicity of Joshy & Belle with her 365 project. I thought this will just keep me motivated that little bit more too as there are a lot of other things I want and need to do. I really enjoy blogging, because I have met lots of lovely friends who inspire me and motivate me.

Day 1 - made a dolls dress.


Just a reminder about Saturday's post otherwise it could end up in the great bedroom in the sky!

Saturday 19 June 2010


We have three pieces of vintage bedroom furniture to dispose of
Dressing Table
(mirror is OK)

Shelf & Drawer

(double size)
if anybody is interested in it
or would like more details,
please contact me

Sunday 13 June 2010

All Kinds of Everyything!

Charity shop finds yesterday
Ice Cream anyone?

I thought these were quite pretty
The charity shop finds includes the
red cloth they are displayed on
it is a very large tablecloth!

Another embroidery for me to do!

First time since the bird feeder was put in the garden
that we have seen Blue Tits, it does make a change from
Wood Pigeons, Magpies, Blackbirds........and Squirrels!

We had homemade Salmon Fish Cakes for lunch
not sure that they should look like that!
They tasted lovely I have to say
And made these for afternoon tea to go with
out special Earl Grey Tea
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Saturday 5 June 2010

I got there in the end.........

.........or in and out of the charity shops!
Today I got to go to Totnes!
We had a really wonderful morning.
As you see mostly bought lots of pretty dresses for Caitlin

Bought some delicious
Earl Grey Tea

also stayed for Toasted Tea Cake
and coffee (alex) and tea (me)
at Greys
went into and met the lovely owner
and took my black shoes for repair at
If you go here you will find a few more pictures of Totnes