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Hello all,how are you all doing today.?

Firstly a big hello to my new follower MR.Homemaker.

Thankfully we have had no major rain today..and the sun made an appearance earlier..such a welcome sight.
We had storms yesterday but to be honest after a few rumbles it stopped but the rain didn't.All this rain is good for the allotments and our new grass seed and hedges we have put in,it also appears to be very good for the weeds..o well weeding and tidying up will keep us occupied for a while.

The girls and i went for our 6 monthly dental check up..all good as i knew the girls would be..me i don't need anything yet..but no doubt sooner or later i will. But this time it was just the price of my check up.

Over the last week i have emptied drawers in my back freezer to make some room for the produce from the allotments..coz once it starts it is slightly overwhelming and i really don't want to lose any of it.I have invested in some silver foil dishes in different shapes and sizes so i can prepare pies,crumbles and stewed fruits in the freezer..easier than bags at times..and i have stocked up on bags for the green beans,carrots,cabbages,peas and also for gooseberries and soft fruits which i flash freeze then bag up so if a handful is required then thats all i get.
I got out all my jam jars and gave them the once over..any cracked ones got recycled and all the others have been sorted into boxes and stored on shelves out the way for now.Every time hubby goes shopping he buys an extra bag of sugar..i have 4 now so thats a start.

My hubby cut the ivy that is just outside our back door..it had seriously got overgrown to the stage that the path there was in constant shade..and the paths all had that green algae on it..so i threw Soda Crystals on it,left it for a bit then poured some hot water on it and brushed it and bingo i have nice clean and algae free paths again..we had to rinse the sludge it made but it looks really good.

We have been doing crafts week this week and just having a laugh really..the girls have some huge marbles and spent time trying to flick them into a tube..such a simple thing but caused so much hilarity for them.
They were given some huge sheets of card by my brother earlier this year..so they have been doing some serious colouring and drawing on them..iris can't carry them down stairs they are that big,so she slides the card down. Fern made Iris a den out of chairs and blankets and they had a tea party inside..its so nice to see them actually play together properly. The board games have been out and not one falling out.

I have been baking and sorting the freezers out..i want my big chest freezer for meat and home cooked stuff and the others for veg and fruit..i have to wear my gloves to do it.
I have moved some of my house plants around.the Umbrella plant looked a little sad so i moved him nearer the window..they don't like direct sun so he is on the table which gets sun in the morning. My Fern is doing really well on the mantel piece in the living room..i put him outside to get some fresh rain and it seems to have done it the world of good. All the other plants are doing really well with new growth coming through and the little baby spider plants are settled now in compost and are growing nicely.

I sorted through my book cases and made room by putting a few on Ebay..i have lots of watchers lol.

I can now walk into the spare room without having to squeeze past a mountain of boxes and bags..i have plans for that room..i found some white linen in a bag and also a vast amount of curtain lining..these have been aired and put away in the top airing cupboard for now until i need them. Just doing that made a huge hole in the mountain..now its just lots of boxes that need to be recycled and some baby stuff that is going to some one when they are ready to pick it up..once that is gone hopefully all that will be left is big wicker basket with lid,toy chest and chest of drawers.

We have been slowly cutting down our grocery bill over the last few weeks as well..having my pantry stocked and the yellow sticker meat has been a god send..no one has gone hungry .We shop now at Lidl's all the time..there is the occasional visit to Home Bargains and B&M for extras but thats probably every few months now.Cooking from scratch has now become the norm and i am finding that what i do cook from scratch gets eaten with relish and more often than not i am asked for more. We have left overs once a week and usually at lunch time the next day.

I finally finished hubby's scarf.its long and a grey colour which he likes..so hopefully that will keep his neck warm later this year..now i want to have a go at a blanket.

O here is what i did with the painted letters..

Look ok in the girls room.
O and the noisy neighbours have been gloriously quiet..but we know once the sun comes out they will be out again.
So thats quick catch up on what we have been doing here.What have you been doing?


  1. Wow I love the soda crystals tip. I am fed up with looking at the algae on my side path and did not want to get the pressure washer out as it uses soooooo much water. Thank you

    1. Your welcome..i get a good work out scrubbing it all off..


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