Saturday, 26 July 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Preparing for lots of things...children flying the nest leave an empty place in the heart...but for now I have just too much to do and plan for...could Winter's End be just around the corner?
Sitting outside...not wanting to go in, the weather has been so lovely, but I hear rumbles of thunder, the insects are annoying, the lure to be outside though is just too great at the moment.
The weight is coming off...slowly...too many celebrations...but I can live with that.
Would love to show you what I've been up to...but it's hard to show plots and plans from inside your head, but hopefully changes are near...big changes...changes I've longed and dreamed about for a full quarter of a century.
More rumbles...closer now, but I'm sitting tight...just.
A hot dog...lazing on the front porch...softly snoring...bliss.
Washing drying on the line...heavenly...though full on crispy towels I could live without!
So plots and plans...one hundred years has nearly gone by since the start of WW1.
75 years from WW2.
I intend to follow the WW2 rationing as it happened throught the war...only 75 years later...growing our own will become vitally important. Petrol will be on ration...I'm not giving up that totally and cycling...our road is too dangerous and I work odd shifts...but journeys will have to be planned and deemed necessary for anything other than work.
More rumbles...maybe I will retreat!!
Thursday, 3 July 2014
In my case for self sufficincy. I always have longed to be reasonably self sufficient, and I know that it's not practical, or possible especially at the moment..but one day who knows...
But what a truly wonderful feeling it would bring...not needing to go and buy anything...I know I was brought up on a romanticised The Good Life programme and hooray for it too, the reality would...well it doesn't bear thinking about even...but a girl can dream...thank goodness!!
Dreaming aside though, the hedgerows around my home are promising a bumper harvest of berries this year...so hopefully I'll put my kitchen knowledge and practical skills to good use later in the summer and on into autumn. Thankfully the June drop wasn't too dramatic this year from our fruit trees at any rate, so each apple and pear will be a tasty addition to the pantry.
And thet's it for today really...I'm home, but have been hard at the mound of paperwork...looks like I need a lock in too, so no pictures taken today...no time spent gazing at the flowers, just hard graft sat to the table. A brief respite just now for an early lunch of tinned salmon and salad...yum, so ta ta for now.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
A day off today...first a trip to fat club...another lb off...making 13 so far! Next a look around some homey type shops with a friend, and of course syn laden refreshments. Next the dreaded blood tests, followed by a visit to a sister in law who had an op last week, and finally home for some housework and cooking. After tea...maybe...just maybe I'll finally get to do some paperwork. Well maybe.
But for now, it's cup of tea time in the garden...who knows how long the fine weather will hold, so three linefulls of washing done today, albeit to varying degrees of cardboard stiffness, but hey, no more fabric softener...times are hard...isn't there a war looming possibly?!!
Talking of which...planning and more planning, I know roughly now what was rationed and by how much, but I still need to do more research on the value of points goods. These would change constantly, and I've been given the name of someone who works for the Imperial War Museum...lucky woman she'll be with me badgering her!! I've also spoken to some lovely older ladies from a nearby village who well remember what rationing was like to live through. I've promised to go back for more chat soon.
Polytunnel update...see for yourself...
Full to the brim...lovely.