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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Virago Modern Classics

I've been reading my own books again, this time one of my growing collection of Virago Modern Classics with their bottle green covers.


  Virago are like Persephone, publishing books that have been forgotten - usually by women authors and I'm picking up any that sound good  whenever I spot them in charity shops..........which isn't often.
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Ruth Adam published a few fiction books and A Woman's Place 1910 -1975.which is a History of Women's lives in the 20th century and has been re-printed by Persephone

Virago re-printed I'm Not Complaining, her 1938 semi-autobiographical novel in 1984. It is set in the grim 1930s depression in industrial Nottinghamshire.
Madge Grigson is a primary school teacher in the poorest part of town. With her colleagues she battles with the problems of the time, nits, malnutrition, a caretaker damaged by the Great War, large families and grinding poverty. When all teachers were spinsters and poorly paid and sharing houses with other teachers was the norm.
An interesting story but also useful for finding out more about at the social history of the period. I read and enjoyed it and looked on Amazon to find her other novels but the one I was interested in - A House in the Country is £50! Perhaps Persephone or Virago will reprint it.


Many thanks for comments about strawberry vodka, Christmas hampers and the cross stitch cards.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Strawberry Vodka Plus other things

Another item for the Christmas hampers has been sorted.

Earlier this year I put some strawberries from Col's brother  into a kilner jar with a small bottle of Vodka and stood them in a dark cupboard.
Now the vodka is beautifully pink and has been strained into these bottles. The bottles are one of the few things actually bought specially for the hampers this year. They do look good and just need labels. No idea of the taste as I can't drink alcohol but the colour is lovely.


I found a comment from Pat asking about the hampers. I started making Christmas gift hampers for my sister and husband and Col's sister and husband just a few years ago when I needed to cut down on spending.Before that I'd given some home made chutney with a gift voucher of some sort  but the amount I could afford looked a bit mean. But a hamper full of goodies always looks good and it spreads the cost out too. One of my big dislikes of Christmas is wasting money on something not needed or wanted and edibles are always acceptable.

This is what 2016's hamper looked like, there was some Fair-trade drinking chocolate with mini marshmallows, home made truffles, Dundee cake, marmalades, cranberry chutney,  and some chocolate spoons to stir into the drinking chocolate.
 In 2015 there was a bottle of red wine (which we had been given and couldn't drink due to medication) and spices for making mulled wine. Then chutneys, spiced nuts, jam and marmalade and Dundee cake.

This years makes have been mentioned which has rather spoiled the surprise for my sister  who reads sometimes (sorry L!), but luckily Col's sister doesn't read the blog.

And the Other Things........................Remember the Christmas cross stitch I rescued and put into cards? Well Col took them into the Macmillan Cancer Support and Information center at the hospital and they said Yes they could sell them so that's good. They offer help, information and support to anyone with cancer and cups of tea too!

Thank you all for comments and welcome to a new follower number 226, not sure who you are but hello.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

2 Hours in Ipswich

Last week Col dropped me off in the town centre when he went for his regular blood test and clinic appointment at the hospital. I had a couple of hours with not many places I had to go which gave me time to trawl the charity shops. I've not found anything I wanted in any charity shops anywhere for months (August was the last charity shop finds post) so it was quite a surprise to pick up 3 things.























Another little kilner jar, this one will be for the herb and spice shelf it was one whole £.
The pack on the right is something I've never before seen in a charity shop or boot-sale. It's a Replica Pack of paper memorabilia  from WWII. I've seen them at museum shops and always wondered what sort of things they had in them, never bought one as they are £6.95 new.The company (Sweet and Nostalgic) produce all sorts of packs from The Blitz and Home Front to Childhood of the 60's. I think they are really a teaching resource? Anyway this one was all about The Navy and the war at sea and it was £1.
After opening and reading all the bits I'm glad I've never paid full price for a set.

The book on the left was rather a punt because I have been trying to collect  this series of books of historical crime for years and years. Written by this prolific author back in the 90's, they are quite hard to come by. At one time I had a list in my bag of the titles I hadn't got but of course it  isn't in my bag now. There were 3 of the series in the charity shop and I recognised the other two covers but wasn't sure about this one, but at 99p I thought I'd risk it and Great Joy it was one I didn't have. I've now got 8 out of 11, when I've got all 11 I'll start reading them.

Then I had to hang around waiting  for Col to pick me up for half an hour as it got gradually darker and colder as he'd got held up in traffic between the hospital and town. I was glad to get home. I used to love a couple of hours in town to rootle around in charity shops but must be getting old.


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Monday, 20 November 2017

Victorian Christmas Fayre?

The local primary school were holding what was advertised as a Victorian Christmas Fayre at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum. That sounds worth a look I said.

So we walked down our footpath and across the field and down another footpath and up a little lane until we get to the railway museum entrance.

There were lots of craft stalls and a tombola and rides on the train of course but where the Victorian bit was I have no idea...............just  two ladies in long dresses. That didn't matter as it was a lovely sunny afternoon for a walk. Col bought some draw tickets so there is always the faint chance that we could win a hamper but as we are never lucky it's a bit unlikely!


We spoke to some of our neighbours who live in the house opposite the end of the lane, they had also walked down our footpath "looks like you've got plenty of wood!" they said and they also introduced us to another lady who lives just along the road a bit who we hadn't met yet.

Then we got on the train for a lift part of the way home!






When they raise enough money to extend the track it will take us even closer to home.


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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Ginger in Syrup

 I've done a half measure trial run of this recipe just to see how it turned out.



 It's from this book, which is one of my favourite books for good ideas


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The end result looks exactly like a jar of bought ginger in syrup,  so I'm going to do some more for the Christmas hampers for our two sisters and their husbands.

Hello and welcome to a new follower and thank you for comments especially from new readers.



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Friday, 17 November 2017

Owls

Once upon a time I collected owls, mainly pottery or glass. I only have a couple left now and this is one that was given to me by the Cub Scouts in Bacton, where I was Akela , when we moved away to Knodishall.



















But now we have real owls instead........... they've been seen and heard and I spotted this owl pellet just inside the wood shed.
















 If you don't know about owl pellets, I found THIS for you to read

Going by this chart, it's a small Barn Owl pellet





I dissected the pellet and in among the fur I found a skull and lots of tiny bones - fascinating.

 There's even a chart on line so you can work out what the bones are







Our neighbours said they found another pellet down the end of the footpath under the owl box, their two girls and visiting friends were amazed to find all the tiny bones in it.

Thank you for all the comments on the wood.........I hope 41 trees plus those already down at the end of the meadow are enough to make a wood.


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Woodland is Planted

With the arrival of 10 bare-rooted Silver Birch and Col getting them planted the Birthday Wood is finished.
















 We now need to live here for 10 more years to see them grow, but if we can't stay then we'll have to visit and walk the footpath through it. And in 30 years time when we are no longer around and our children are as old as us now and grandchildren grown up too, they'll be able to walk through the fully grown trees and remember who planted it.

Who said having a Public Footpath through the property was a problem? In this case it's a blessing.


Thank you to all the family
















who came to Col's 60th Birthday party in March and gave some money towards the woodland. There was a little money left and we have bought 3 more apple trees for the orchard.

 




















I always say thank you for comments but yesterday's post was so boring (seriously boring!) there was only 1 comment(at time of doing this post)
So thank you Cheryl


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

For the Hampers

I added another thing to the hampers yesterday when I used a tin of this

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which I bought from approved food for 99p earlier this year. It doesn't look much when you open the tin but tastes like a smooth strawberry jam when made. Ideal for filling a cake or jam sponge pudding.
I'd only ever seen  the tins for sale in Lakeland and had never tried it before, but they couldn't have been very popular as they no longer stock them.

I think that makes 7 items made for the hampers so far, plus a couple of bought things, so almost sorted.

Thank you for comments yesterday.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Me and the Poppet

Forgive me but I couldn't resist sharing

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Col took this the other day when we were in Leiston looking after Florence for a hour or so. She's a right little poser, loves having her photo taken but the lovely thing was when we arrived she pointed at me (she does a lot of pointing!) and said "Nanna".
Who knew having grandchildren would be so much fun!

 What is Not fun is that they've put Col's date to go in for the donor stem cell  transplant back by a week -  early December now rather than the end of this month - and we have to go to Addenbrookes to have Lung Function test which he's already had in Ipswich. Grrrrrr! He'll almost definitely be stuck in Addenbrookes for Christmas.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

I Saw The Flying Scotsman.................

......................................but only got photos of the carriages!

I popped down to Needham Market for the Saturday car boot sale and then planned to go into the little town to the big Hospice charity shop.
But when I got round the corner and under the railway bridge there seemed to be an awful lot of traffic and  people all stood looking at the railway line.
Then I remembered Col saw on Facebook that the Flying Scotsman was passing through, so I squeezed into a parking space and joined in with all the people with cameras.
It was gone in a flash and all I got was the carriages!

The engine is in there somewhere - you can see the smoke!















and then I went home! Without bothering to go to the charity shop as the roads were still jammed up.

It was a morning for trains because a  bit later we spent a while sorting out a smaller railway













I've collected a huge box of brio and brio type railway from car boot sales and the lot above is what will go down to Jacob (and his Daddy!) for his  Christmas present. It's just a  simple layout  with a tunnel, engine shed and hump-backed bridge as he's not yet 2 years old. We can send more complicated bits like viaducts down later. There is still plenty left here for when grandchildren visit and I'll keep an eye out for any more I see going cheap.

Our Son and DIL are visiting the Surrey family soon so will take everything down for us before Christmas.

I don't know what the weather was like where you were yesterday afternoon, but here by golly it was wet, cold and very, very windy! We hunkered down, read, watched some rugby, some tennis and watched some of one of our favourite DVDs. We rarely watch a DVD and only possess  a few, but haven't looked at this one for a couple of years. The weather was so dire  I even had an extra frothy coffee! Then Strictly Come Dancing  of course - are you enjoying it this year? can't say I'm that impressed with any of the celebs. The thing that cheers me is Elaine's weekly STRICTLY POST  and looking online on Sunday morning to see the strictly spoiler about who was knocked out, which saves the suspense of the Sunday night programme.

A Wartime Winter and Summer [DVD]




Thank you for the ideas for using the lovely cross stitch cards. I'll find somewhere to donate them where they will be used.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Cross Stitch Rescue

From a car boot sale a couple of weeks ago I bought a big envelope full of  beautifully neat cross stitch pictures. The seller was one of those house clearance bods with boxes full of all sorts. I paid £2 for the lot and when I got home and had a proper look in the envelope I found 17 little pictures - mostly Christmassy -  right ready for putting in cards.


















I've got plenty of card blanks so did some straight away - those on the right  -  and just need to iron the rest and get them mounted.

But then what?
Can I really pass them off as my own? There's hours and hours (and Hours) of work there and I wouldn't ever choose to stitch penguins and polar bears they are not 'me'.

So I thought I'd donate them to a charity but............ most of the chain charity shops sell their own Christmas cards anyway and I'm not sure these would be put out for sale.

So I'm still puzzling over what to do with them, maybe the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre at the hospital could sell them for fundraising - I shall ask but they might not be allowed to.

I'll let you know.

And thank you for most of the comments yesterday! 

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Friday, 10 November 2017

"In Time For Christmas"?

Are you ordering a new sofa or dining table now so that it can be delivered "In time for Christmas"?
No? neither am I!
So who does? someone must, otherwise they wouldn't use that as a tag line for their ads. Christmas is the most expensive time of year for most people but there must be folk who are adding to their debt by buying a sofa on credit.
Ho Hum.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

WI

On Monday night I drove through the dark and cold to the other WI, the one  where we used to live before we moved to Knodishall, it was my second time as a visitor.
The speaker, Geoff Evans (who in his day job is a racehorse stud owner in Newmarket) had come to talk about Alaska, but actually it was about his 4 week holiday in Alaska in 2004 which, he told us with some pride, had cost him and his wife £13,000!
His photos of this incredible holiday started with arrival at Anchorage, then the small planes they flew on to get to the cabins and trekking areas.
The main purpose of going to the area they visited is to see the bears and the photos he had taken were stunning. They have guides with rifles to accompany them while walking through the paths and then across a river on a special bridge which has iron gates at each end providing a safe area. During the summer the bears spend a lot of their time by the river catching the salmon which are on their way back up river and this is where he got the best photos of bears and their cubs. Brown bears are solitary creatures but tolerate each other to  mate and fish at this time of year. Females have a delayed pregnancy so they are pregnant through the winter and give birth while in hibernation then don't take the cubs out until late spring.
Males are HUGE and he had one photo that showed a big male and the battle scars from fights. When they stand on hind legs for a better view across the river they can be 10 foot tall.
I found THIS ONLINE if you want to read more about the bears of the Kodiak archipelago.
photo of brown bear and cub from Google


He also gives talks about Iceland, Borneo and Racehorses among other subjects so if I'm going to be going to 2 WI's next year seems I'm bound to be listening to his bad jokes again sometime!

Thank you for all the comments about the Job List yesterday

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

So Far...........

We got the keys on 22nd of Feb and moved in on 1st March, since then we have
  • Had hall,landing,stairs,two bedrooms and dining room painted
  • Painted Kitchen and Living room
  • Had LPG gas connected to house and cooker installed
  • Replaced old brittle curtain tracks with new or curtain poles in 3 rooms
  • Got some bookshelves and shelved  books 
  • Sold lots of books via Ziffit
  • Had septic tank emptied
  • Pressure washed the patio to make it safe for winter
  • Put down a concrete base and had new heating oil storage tank installed to comply with current regulations
  • Had a water meter installed
  • Had oil tank filled
  • Had Chimney swept
  • Had boiler serviced and then repaired
  • Had the lane re-surfaced
  • Got some Ash trees and branches cut down and logs split to provide wood for wood burner 2017/18 
  • Had garage re-roofed and strengthened
  • Planted 21 trees (so far) to make a new mini- wood
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  • Planted an Apricot tree in orchard and Fig tree by patio
  • Planted 2 Gooseberry bushes, rhubarb crowns and Asparagus
  • Treated the greenhouse with wood preserver
  • Set up 4 more water-butts to collect water from garage
  • Planted a vegetable garden and harvested produce 
  • Took down old wooden pergola
  • Used wood from pergola to make new beds for strawberries and raspberries
  • Planted strawberries
  • Kept hedges cut and footpath clear
  • Fixed 3 interior doors so that they shut properly
  • Replaced the downstairs toilet
  • Fixed new flushing unit for upstairs loo
  • Made chutney and relish, marmalade and jam
  • Had willows and poplars taken down from back of workshop
  • Cut them up ready for splitting for burning 2019/20
  • Had Ash branches cut down that were overhanging orchard and removed Ash from boundary to stop it falling on neighbours house. 
  • Cleared cut and stacked  them ready for cutting and splitting for burning 2018/19Image may contain: food and outdoor


No wonder the savings have taken such a big hit and when I say we, actually most of this work was Col, thank heavens he was well enough.

Still to do
  • Sort out what/how/when we can join with neighbours to get a new water pipe laid down the lane
  • Decide what to do about old random shower in bedroom and too large ridiculous bath in bathroom and if we actually need an en-suite or not
  • Have new kitchen to replace 30 year old broken units starting first with sink unit and tap 
  • Get the outside of the house painted
Just a few jobs done then! and  "not a lot" left to do .....Ha!

We like to keep busy.

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Small Cousins Meet Again

Our eldest daughter, our son-in-law and gorgeous grandson Jacob were up from Surrey for a visit before Colin vanishes off into hospital later this month. So of course we got everyone together for Sunday lunch.Our family of 5 has grown with partners and grandchildren to 10, and 11 next April, we can still fit round the dining table - just about.
We see granddaughter Florence most weeks but hadn't seen Jacob since July, how  he had grown up! now running and saying loads of words and understanding many more, a cheeking monkey who can be forgiven anything when he grins.

As usual we were so busy watching them play that we forgot to get decent photos.



 It didn't take long for the two of them to have all the toys out and over the floor but it took us a lot longer to clear everything away again on Monday morning!

It will be the New Year before we see our little fella again but we shall see Florence this week when we babysit for A. She's doing a 6 week  back exercise course to strengthen her lower back which has seized up after lifting Florence around for a year. She says the rest of the people doing the class are all over 60! It sounds like something I need to do too!

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Delia's Mincemeat

It's mincemeat time, ingredients are ready and Delia's book is ready so off we go.
The recipe is below and on the separate recipe page. I made ¾ of the amount this year and forgot to buy blanched almonds so added a little extra mixed peel instead.

DELIA SMITHS' MINCEMEAT RECIPE
1lb cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped small.
8oz Shredded suet - I always use Vegetarian Suet
12oz Raisins - chopped
8oz Sultanas
8oz Currants
8oz Chopped candied peel
12oz Soft dark Brown Sugar
Grated zest and juice of 2 Oranges
Grated zest and juice of 2 Lemons
2oz whole almonds, cut into slivers ( or flaked)
4 teaspoons mixed ground spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Grated Nutmeg
6 Tablespoons Brandy

Mix everything together  EXCEPT the brandy  in a large ovenproof bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and leave for 12 hours or overnight.
Next day cover the bowl loosely with foil and put in a cool oven Gas ¼, 225F (120C). For 3 hours.
The reason for this is to melt the suet so it coats all the fruit with fat, sealing in the juices and this will stop the apple fermenting which can be a problem.
Remove the bowl from the oven and it will be swimming with fat - don't worry.
As it cools, stir from time to time. When it is completely cold stir in the brandy.
Pack in clean dry jars and seal.
Keep it in a cool dark cupboard and it will keep for a year


Unwrapped 3 of our stored cooking apples and found 1 completely rotten and two with brown spots so had to unwrap another couple before getting enough for the recipe, they are really poor, no point storing any next year, better to put them in the freezer. I'll have to remember to make mincemeat much earlier in the year while the apples are still good.


Hello and Hello and Hello to three new followers, hope you enjoy reading. Thanks to everyone for all the interesting comments about the USAAF Museum sites. So many of the old airfields have museums of some sort, all run by volunteers.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

When the USAAF came to Suffolk

All over Suffolk there are remains of wartime airfields. Some were RAF but after 1943 many were manned by young air-men from the States. On some airfields nothing much remains except perhaps a bit of runway used by a farmer for hard-standing or a few buildings perhaps used for storage or hidden among woodland.

Not far from where we live now was Horham Airfield known as Station 119 where the USAAF 95th Bomb Group were stationed between June 1943 and August 1945. 4 Squadrons and up to 2,000 men would have been living and working in this rural area close to the town of Eye. Now two bits of the old airbase have been turned into museums and last Sunday, on their last opening day of the year, we went to have a look.
















The Hospital Museum is a small privately run enterprise, while the Red Feather Club Museum on the right is a much bigger organisation.

This is what the hospital would have looked like in 1944


 An ambulance and old tools and equipment in the garage
 The emergency surgery room is a bit basic
Lots of old kitchen bits and bobs

Many airmen and their families had donated things to the museum. This case had papers and memorabilia from a James Irwin


Then we drove half a mile down the road to the buildings that housed the social club, bar and dance hall where the guys would have relaxed in their downtime
Not many photos from here as it was very busy. It was the final day of the season and they had their AGM happening later and many people were there in 1940's dress, the bar was doing a roaring trade.

The Huge model below shows the airfield and it's surroundings as they were. It was difficult to photograph, I needed to be 3 foot taller!

but you can see the hospital site in the foreground and the runways criss-crossing in the background. The accommodation areas  were spaced all around the edges of the airfield - one is on the bottom right corner and the Red Feather Club buildings are among those centre right. It's amazing how quickly these airfields were built, going from farmland to airfield in just a few months.


The rain absolutely chucked down when we left so we hurried home to light the wood-burner and warm up with a cuppa.
An interesting couple of hours on a grey Sunday afternoon.


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Friday, 3 November 2017

The Really Big Charity Booksale

On the last Saturday in October we usually pop down to the edge of Colchester for the Big NSPCC secondhand book sale. We started going years ago when we were selling secondhand farming and country books at Country shows  and it was difficult to stop going when we stopped selling!
There is always a long queue well before the 9.30 start and I've queued in rain, sun and one year it was sleety snow, this year it was dry but blinkin' cold.
Here's the queue, shivering

And here's everyone rummaging and this is what I came home with................... Some lovely Christmas books, I'm collecting them for the future for the Grandchildren

 And some for me and Col, I spent too much as usual but it's for a good cause (that's my excuse anyway!) and didn't find anything I was actually searching for
 There's an old Derek Tangye there and Doreen Tovey's Donkey Work. Another Mary Wesley and a couple of Virago. Picked up Meadowland to read after reading  Running with Hares last month. "View From the Corner Shop" is to add to my WWII collection. Also above is a book of postcards featuring the Royal Mail Stamps that showed aerial views of the UK coastline, I'll pop that in with some other small things I'm collecting for my friend for Christmas.

Another book I bought, not in the photo, is a massive tome called "England In Particular", a book I borrowed from the library sometime last year, but it's not a book to be read straight through, definitely a reference book to keep.......  "A Celebration of the commonplace, the local, the vernacular and the distinctive." From Abbeys to Zig-Zag Paths, an A-Z of all things English.

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I think you may well find me quoting from this on all sorts of subjects!

 I picked up the book on the bottom of the heap........The Dolls House by Rumer Godden because the illustrations are by Tasha Tudor but flicking through it reminded me of something? Then I remembered a childrens TV programme Pinny's House? Looked it up...Pinny's House was an Oliver Postgate and Peter Firman animation, but according to one web page it was from a book called Tottie's House By Rumer Godden. Then another web page mentions a TV animation called Tottie . So  were there two TV animations about tiny dolls in a dolls's house? Seems there were. Rumer Godden's book was reprinted later with the name changed to Tottie to match the programme and Pinny's House was completely different, not taken from the book at all.



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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Frugal-in-October?

Here's my usual look back to see what, if any, frugal things were done last month. I noted a few.................................


Bought myself a longer length lightweight jacket, after putting it off for 3 years. Found one on sale at £25 reduced from £60. Now I can ditch my short old-lady navy fleece! It won't be chucked but put away to use for working outside ready for when my current working-outside jacket falls apart.

Reading free books from library

Took  flask and packed lunch or flask and a snack every time we went out so we weren't tempted to buy anything

Col made tree protection for the new trees from things that were here already.

Found toys for Grandchildren at car-boot sales.

Cut up pallets to make wood for kindling also picked up lots of twigs

Free heat using wood, so boiler still only on for hot water

Col took two doors off and planed them down so they closed properly.

Baked cakes and bread

Sorted through books again and sent a box full to Ziffit = £22

Picked all pears and put into freezer

Eating own apples all month

Lettuce from greenhouse and leeks and beetroot from the garden, Also beetroot from Col's brother's garden. Own peppers and mange-tout from the freezer.

Card-making from stash

Un-blocked drains ourselves.

£3 cheap veg seeds from car-boot sale

Couple of small Christmas presents from car boot sales

Sold 3 things on Ebay which sounds fine except that two of them were things we shouldn't have bought in the first place!




But
Had to go to the dentist due to a chipped filling. Went locally as a new patient instead of driving to Ipswich and he told me two other fillings that I'd had done in Ipswich hadn't been smoothed down, and one had a ledge that was catching food and impossible to floss correctly. Had to go private as even the dentists I went to in Ipswich have stopped doing NHS. Driving 3 miles instead of 16 miles makes sense to me.

Had to pay for trees to be cut down (but it's provided fuel for winter 2019/20)

Had to buy Col more PJs ready for when he is in Addenbrookes

Colin had to buy a new battery and charger cable for his laptop.

*****
 Thought I'd use the November photo for a change of header for the month and  I forgot to say that our neighbours girls didn't come round on Halloween so I can eat the Freddos all myself! and thank you to everyone for comments on yesterdays post.


Found this Online HERE.......A Freddo will be 38p by 2030, but I'll either be long gone by then
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or have no teeth to eat with! Luckily they were 6 for £1 at Tescos


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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November Days



 November, the Ninth month of the old Roman Calender. The Anglo-Saxons called November Blodomonath, which means Blood month, it was the month when surplus animals were slaughtered and salted down for the winter.

From around the 8th Century the Catholic church declared November1st  as All Saints' Day commemorating the Saints and Martyrs of the Christian Faith who didn't have their own days also known as All Hallows Day (Hallow meaning Holy, Saintly or to respect greatly, in old English) hence 31st October being Hallows'eve which turned into Halloween.

November 2nd is All Souls' Day when prayers were said for souls in purgatory. These 3 days in the  calendar are the Christian version of the ancient Celtic Feast of the dead or Samhain (From sunset on the 31st to sunset on the 1st) which marked the end of the harvest season and the division of the year between the lighter half of summer and the dark of winter. They believed the veil between this world and the other-world became porous allowing the spirits of the dead to pass through.



 If there's ice in November to bear a duck
the rest of the winter just mud and muck.

That's one of the well known weather sayings for November and there are several more in my books of weather lore, many linked to St Martin's Day on the 11th.

If on Martinmass it is fair and cold then winter will not last long

Wind North-west at Martinmass there is a severe winter to come

If the wind is in the south-east at Martinmass it will remain there until after Christmas

and then for St Clements Day on the 23rd
St Clement gives the winter


So many sayings, can any be true?

From Sara Coleridge's months of the year poem

Dull November brings the blast
                                                       Then the leaves are whirling fast


Which reminds me............... While looking through one book I found the paragraph that I couldn't find last month ........................ The order in which trees shed their leaves....................

 "It should be in this order...........walnut, sycamore, horse chestnut, lime, ash; then elm: then beech and oak; then apple and lastly young beeches and pollarded oaks, which may retain their withered leaves until they are pushed off by new growth in spring"

Then of course there are the dreary lines from the beginning and end of  the poem by Thomas Hood

No sun, no moon,
no morn, no noon,
no dawn, no dusk,
no proper time of day
No sky - no earthly view,
No distance looking blue.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member,
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
NOVEMBER



Thank you for comments yesterday, the bats and ceramic pumpkin from the mantle-piece will be put away tomorrow leaving just the autumn decorations until the end of the month.
I was interested to read all the various blog posts and comments about Halloween, like Christmas it seems to stir up lots of love/hate reaction. If you ignore the commercialism part, both Halloween and Christmas have been around for a lot longer than us and probably still will be long after we've gone. I can see no point in getting overwrought about either.



Back in a jiffy
Sue