Tuesday, 21 January 2020

First Jumble Sale of the Year

The first jumble sale of the year was well advertised - which caused problems as it was in a tiny village hall on some very narrow roads. Everywhere was completely jammed up and I ended up having to reverse quite a long way because someone coming the other way couldn't!
I thought about giving up and going home because by the time I'd gone backwards, turned round and found a space to park a long way up the road, the queue to get in was about 50 people.
But I stayed and everyone eventually squashed in and I fought to get to the tables of bric-a-brac and  then the book table and after all that..............I spent just £1 on 3 things

Never had an apple corer and slicer, so thought I'd try one. The 12 tiny nail varnishes will be for Christmas for the eldest of the 4 children in the lane. I always get them a little something and pretend that Santa delivered them to the wrong address - although the eldest two are way past believing!
And the book - Suffolk Author and Suffolk Illustrator - a book for children - curious to see what it was.

Next jumble sale in 2 weeks time I think...........a waste of time and money? probably, but they get me out of the house on a Saturday until the car boot season at Needham Market starts in March - a month later than usual...............I'm getting with-drawl symptoms!(And they are  finishing at the end of October instead of early December - very sad news for me)

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Monday, 20 January 2020

Very Small Library Book Haul

Thank you to everyone for comments on Saturday, I had every intention of replying but with the log shifting and then getting into a book the days just went.
The flat mouse story throws up lots of questions but I'm assuming Polly had left it there and it was already dead before I sat down!
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Just three books collected from the library van this month, which is probably a Good Thing as I've got several left from Decembers collection as well as all the books I had for Christmas.

The 3 books are another Venetian crime story by  Donna Leon ; 'This Golden Fleece' by Esther Rutter which is subtitled 'A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History' (think I spotted this on Ang's blog and thought it looked interesting) and  'Walking the Tides, Seasonal Rhythms and Traditional Lore in Natural Craft' by Nigel Pearson a bloke who lives in Suffolk.

I still have five left to read here from December/November. Books read have been added to the separate pages either 2019 or 2020.
A few went back un-read namely the British Library Crime Classic titled 'The Christmas Egg' ; The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen and surprisingly 'Darkness on the Fens' by Joy Ellis and 'Sorry for the Dead' by Nicola Upson. The first two I couldn't get into and the last two were just so much like all their others that I couldn't be bothered.

Since library day I started reading The Frayed Atlantic Edge, which is the story of an historian and nature writer  and his journey down the Atlantic coasts of Scotland, Ireland, bits of Wales and Cornwall by kayak. I stuck with him through the Shetlands and Orkneys and part of Scotland but then gave up - an interesting story of the people of the past who lived and worked on the rugged coastline - but a bit "samey".

The Medieval Christmas might go on my wish list as it's got lots of fascinating bits in which I'd like to re-read and keep, just hope the price comes down. If not I'll re-order it from the library next Autumn and hope they still have it in stock.

Hopefully I can make a start on reading some of my own books this month after I've read the library crime books.

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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Over the Halfway Hump

January always seems such a long month, I think because it almost seems to start straight after Christmas, so it's good to be over the hump and running toward February.

Here's some more bits of my week up the end of the lane.

Last Saturday I went to look at my nearest farmers market. It's in a village hall about 10 miles away on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
 The stalls included someone with beef, pheasants and venison;  honey and candles; Pakenham Mill flour; and a family who, like me and Col, were in at the beginning of the Suffolk Smallholders Society, they are still going strong with their Gloucester Old Spot pork and jams and chutneys. I hadn't seen G for about 10 years so of course she didn't know about Colin. There was also a market gardener with a stall outside. I bought some lovely fresh purple sprouting broccoli - so delicious - it lasted me for 3 meals.

Drove all the way to the swimming pool one morning only to to find it closed due to a power surge which had damaged lots of the electrical circuits, they said it should be all sorted for next week.......think I'll ring and check before setting out.

When I go to the library van I park in a pub car-park -  at lunchtime, so this month I decided to go in and have a carvery roast lunch - very delicious it was too - and a treat not to have to wash up after a cooked meal.

Spent several minutes mid-week trying to catch a mouse that kept appearing and disappearing in the living room, Polly cat was no help, she just stood there looking behind the log basket long after the mouse had gone under the armchair. Next day I got up from the settee and found I'd been sitting on a dead mouse!  😲 How?.......................  It was very flat!

This week I've been grateful for
  • Being prepared for the electric going off
  • Plenty to read
  • More wood for the wood burner = More years here.

The weather forecast is more hopeful for the weekend - colder but dry and bright at last. Everyone I know is so fed up with all the  wet days we've been having. Perhaps I'll be able to start getting the newly cut logs into a heap and visit a Jumble Sale too.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are planning
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