Thursday, 31 January 2008

Homemade Soup

We try as much as possible to buy some organic food. This does present its challenges as we live on the outside of a city and there is very little Farming community in the area, we have to travel to get to the farm shops. This is not too bad when you are perhaps going once a month and stocking up the freezer but it is not possible to go weekly to get fresh foods. We overcome this by growing our own over the summer months and then having to buy from the ghastly supermarkets. The organic food in the supermarkets it not only over priced it still comes in huge amounts of packaging and is not always the best quality. gggrrrr anyhow yesterday I bought a mixed bag of veggies, picked some leeks from the garden and this is what I came up with.

Roasting the vegetables
Organic Homemade Roasted Vegetable Soup.
YUMMY !!!!!!!

30 Days :: Day Thirteen

Freshly picked from my own veggie plot in the back garden. Doesnt come any fresher than this.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Spread the Love

I have received another award from Jane
Thank you.

I have been tagged.

I have been tagged by Levin at I wannabe Crafty so here are the rules.
link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog, share seven random and/or weird things about yourself, tag seven random people at the end of your post and link to them, let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok so here are seven randon things about me.

1 * I am the third daughter to be born in our house. I have two older sisters and one younger,
this always ensured that there was someone to play with at our house when I was a child.
I am now lucky as an adult as I appreciate these friendships and bonds that I have made as
I now have Best Friends who are actually my sisters.

2* When my younger sister was born I was 6. I spent every night asleep on the floor under her
cot and wouldnt leave her alone. I was obsesssed with "The Baby", I guess I always knew I
wanted to be a Mother above all.

3* "I was thinking" these words are feared above all others by my Husband when I speak them.
It is usually followed by some wacky idea that I have had and will usually cost him greatly
not always financially but it could be decorating or something equally obscure.

4* When i was about five I put my kitten into the tumble dryer as it came into the house wet.
It lived to tell the tale!!!!

5* I am passionate about History. All kinds of History, but I do like to look at how people
lived during a particular time. I guess that my favorite periods would be either the 1900's
or round about the 1940's.

6* I am trying to complete a Family tree. I am following the line of my Maternal Grandmother as I was brought up with her living with us and it seemed more interesting to learn about the people I grew up listening to tales about. I have actually got as far back as the early 1800's. It has been made easier as i have lots and lots of information thatmy Gran kept such as birth certificates and newspaper cuttings.

7* I admit that I probably suffer from some kind of OCD with germs, however if you worked with young children and saw where they put their hands and then try to get hold of your hand you would neve leave the house without a bottle of antibac gel. Honestly, these are the joys of working with beautiful little people.


30 Days:: Day Twelve

Cup of Tea with Cath

30 Days :: Day Eleven

At the Allotment. It belongs to my Father in Law (pictured) but I decided that a I am his only Daughter in Law surely I can share in the goodies until I get my own.

30 Days :: Day Ten

Too much of this going on at the moment for my liking.

Monday, 21 January 2008

30 Days :: Day Nine

How exciting, eh? I bet you can hardly contain your excitement, I know I cant. LOL. I have made a promise to myself that I will make more effort. Hehe
My house is so dark at this time of the year and is not helped by the fact that I have it decorated in very dark colours. I didnt realise quite how dark it was until I started taking more pictures of the house and without the flash some of them are impossible to make out. I currently have half of a wall painted in the kitchen and it promises (HA!!) to make it a little lighter.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

I have been busy crafting these last few days but cant show any pictures as they are a gift and I am sure that the soon to be owner may have a peek at the blog. I am picking up new crafting skills but this is a very S-L-O-W process I am afraid. I would love to be very competent at sewing, knitting and crochet (I cant pick up crochet at all) but I find it extremely frustrating when my plans dont quite go as I had wanted. I have a drawer upstairs that is full of patterns for me to sew and a book full of knitting patterns but have no idea how to get started.
I am hoping that in a couple of weeks my Mother will have lots of time to come and give me afew sewing lessons (OK did you get the hint) and in payment for her time I promise her lots of kisses and cuddles from two of her grandchildren. What better payment could you ask for???? There are some things that money just cant buy!!!

I have also been trying to take pictures of the everyday happening at our house but my goodness I think that my life may be boring ! When I am thinking about what I can take a picture of I am really struggling as I sometimes think about why would anyone want to see such everyday things. Things like ironing, washing ,cleaning and the list goes on and on. It may be the time of year as we seem to spend much more time outdoors during the warmer months, but when it is so cold and miserable outside I feel very reluctant to actually be out.

COULD MAKE MORE EFFORT... Sounds like an old school report.!!!!

30 Days :: Day Eight

Relaxing with a good book at bedtime. The candle was a gift at Christmas and gives a lovely smell to the room, perfect for a good nights sleep.

30 Days :: Day Seven

Time to colour in, this is beloved Sammy in the background.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

30 Days :: Day Six

Ok so this is two pictures but I thought I would show the before and after shot. I didnt dare show you the mess I had put on the floor or the sewing stuff all over the living room floor.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

30 Days :: Day Five

I seem to spend too much time sat looking at this.

30 Days :: Day Four

This was only half the mess (please excuse the unfinished decorating!!)

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Sad Day

We had a sad day over the weekend when our poor little rabbit passed away. I have never seen my poor daughter look so sad, she had gone out to feed her and found that she had died. So we have had tears and sad faces all weekend.
Our Son, came into the kitchen to find out what had happened and when we told him that Lilly had died he just turned around and said that "Nothing lives forever apart from GOD". It is not that he doesnt care, far from it but he is so practical and down to earth. He did decide later on that she was probably hopping arund in Heaven eating GODS herb garden as this is what she did to mine. Out of the mouths of babes!!!!!

You Make My day Award

I have received an award!!!! The lovely Jane sent me this today, thank you very much this has certainly made my day to get this. The rules are that I should forward the award to another ten blogs. I am not sure if I know that many but here goes anyway.

Jane , My Cozy Home, Posy, The Shabbee Chick, Warm Woollen Mittens , In search of a Simple Life , Lucy Locket-Pocket ,well that is seven.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

30 Days

I have decided to join in with a 30 day of Everything challenge. I will be posting one picture per day for the next 30 days which shows the "Everyday" things which happen around here. Perhaps you would like to join in, if you want more information please have a look here;

Friday, 4 January 2008

Friday 4th

The end of the week, normally I would be full of joy in the knowledge that we have the weekend. However this means that I must return to work on monday. I shouldnt really complain as I only work 13 hours a week spread over 4 days so it is not exactly much but working in a school with children age 5 and 6 is enough to "DRIVE YOU MAD"... mmmmmwwwaaaahhhhh !!!

I am still doing well on the no impulse buying, yesterday I had to get a couple of things for the children to go back to school and we did have lunch out but I dont really think that this counts as I had planned to take them out for lunch when the schools broke up but as we have all been unwell over the holidays we were unable to get there until yesterday. It is ineresting however as I would have normally bought a magazine without thinking about it (and probably paid £3.50 for it) but I didnt even miss not buying it and know that it is money saved and less paper products been used by us.

News on the Motorbike is that it has been recovered by the police but it is completely trashed and will probably be wrtitten off by the insurance company. They have smashed the ignition open and pulled out loads of wires to try and start it, the police think that they were disturbed and so pushed the bike down a steep hill itnto a woodland area below where it smashed into bits when it hit the trees. I really dont want to write on here what I think of these people as it is not nice, but I am sure you can guess. We not only enjoy using the bike but it is also an essential mode of transport for my poor hubby as he uses it for work which allows me the car to get to work and do the school runs. There is no way i can get to work and drop the children off at two different schools on time without it, so I am not sure what we will do when the schools go back nest week. These idiots dont care about such trivial things though do they? We are going to have a look at it over the weekend, should be ineresting.PAH !!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

No impulse buying

Check out this link

There are 12 different challenges for the forthcoming year and the first one for January is NO IMPULSE BUYING. Simple enough? I dont know but I can be awful for going to the shop for one thing and coming back with a bag full. On another site I post on there was a challenge last year not to buy anything new for a whole year. There were guidelines which covered essential items such as food and underwear and other stuff but generally you couldnt buy anything new for the whole year. This is not something that I could do, however I thought that if I could start of small and not buying anything on impulse for one month then this may well snowball into other habits been broken and not only saving money but saving the planet along the way. Check out the link and see what you think.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Happy New year

Just wishing all old friends and new a very Happy New Year.

GOD Bless


Well another year has ended and a new one comes to greet us. What plans have you for 2008?. I dont really like the idea of New Years resolutions but I do think that there may be changes happening in this household. Nothing too exciting but small changes that will effect the way we choose to live and the impact that we will be having on the world around us. As many people will know we have tried to reduce our impact on this world recently and we intend to take this further and educate our children (perhaps we will learn things from them) that we have to look after our planet as it is the only one we have and the choices that we make during our lives will not only effect us but our families for generations to come.

What did we do in 2007?

* planted our own (small) vegetable patch in the garden
* Received the kind pressie of a composter (yet to be set up and working)
* Used soapnuts (not sure on this one but will have to try again I think)
* Gas fire gone, nasty thing never to be used again
* Energy efficient bulbs installed when old one has blown
* Heavy curtains as the dor to stop you from being blown off the chair by the draught

Err I am sure that there are more things but that is all that I can think of for now. I do have more ideas but will introduce them to the family as and when to lessen the blow ( If it were up to me the TV would be OUT, but alas that idea didnt go down very well..LOL)
I think that rather than going out and making HUGE changes all in one go it is better to take little steps, afew at a time and make new routines for the family as you are more likely to stick with them. Things that are certainly on the plan fr 2008 are,

* Installation of a water but
* Hopefully we will get an allotment so we can expand the home grown veggies
* We have found a wonderful supplier of local meats from a farm shop, although we will have to
go and collect, it has to be better than the supermarkets.
* Veg bag delivered weekly ( we have done this before but need to set it back up again)

Oh I am sure that there will be more. I think that I will have to keep a record of what I am doing otherwise I am sure to forget. Do you want to join me in this? Go on, I could use all the encouragement I can get.