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Welcome to my blog. I hope it inspires you to try something new as I share with you my crafts and a bit of chit chat.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Christmas quilt and an 'Oh Dear'

While going through my fabric stash today, I came across a lovely Christmas quilt that I started last year..... and forgot completely about. It won't take much to finish it either. I think I must have run out of fabric so put it to one side. I will get on and finish it and then post a photo here... Don't hold your breath though as it might take me a while to remember to buy the fabric.

The 'Oh Dear'......... Poor Tony was all ready to go to the match today when he discovered that he had a flat tyre. He did pump it up and manage to get over to Darlington for his lift but that is one more expense for us.. What next?

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Home from Welsh Wales

And can't wait to go back. The owner of the guest house was smashing and spent ages online looking for potential properties for us.
The people down there were absolutely lovely. Nicola,  if you are reading this, thank you for making us feel very welcome at the pub.  You really must come North and visit your partner's family. You will see that Middlesbrough really is lovely... not full of rough and swearing people  :-)  ... or at least, not any that we know. We meet up outside The Marton Hotel  (we call it the country club) every Monday and Friday at 09:40 for a walk.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Eventful day in South Wales

Well it is 7.55 and  I am sitting in bed now after a rather eventful day.  This morning we were driving down a hill and spotted a motorcyclist who had come off his bike.  We moved him to the kerbside and picked his bike off the road. Poor bloke looks to have broken his leg. We wrapped him in our quilt (home made by me). The emergency responder arrived with flashing lighs, then the police arrived with flashing lights. Then the ambulance arrived with flashing lights.  We left him in their care and went off for the day.  This afternoon we parked on the road outside the guest house while we popped in for a cuppa. When we came out we discovered that someone had driven past and smashed the wing  mirror.  This evening we were walking back from where we had parked the car when we heard a car stop and an almighty bang. The driver or passenger had thrown a brick at a landrover discovery.  We knocked on the door to let the owner know and after telling him as much as we could... which wasn't a lot... we came back to the guest house.  We aren't going to chance going out again tonight........ The hills have eyes..... :-)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Start of a new quilt

I have been meaning to make a start on another quilt for several weeks.  I have no excuse other than pure bone idleness as I have all the material I need to get on and do it. I made a start this afternoon and it looks really pretty. I plan to put a white border around each block and may alternate each patterned block with a large block of the pink gingham.... and then again I might not

Monday, 9 January 2017


I had planned to go to Wales on Wednesday....... Until a phone call reminded me that I am booked to give a talk at a WI in Redcar... ooops.... A quick call to the guest house in Wales moved my holiday back one day. Would you believe that the weather is going to be awful while we are down there. Oh well. The break will be nice.

Making paper pulp

A few years ago I did a post on making  paper pulp but have had a bit of interest recently so here once again is the amazing wonderful paper pulp recipe

A handful of used envelopes torn into small pieces
A bowl of warm water
An old food processor or blender

Soak the envelopes for an hour in the warm water.  Pop a small amount of the soaked envelopes and some of the water into the old food blender. Wizz to a pulp.... that is all there is to it.  I sometimes just wizz it up in the blender without soaking but you do get a smoother pulp if you soak it for a while first. Don't add too much paper or you risk burning out the motor in your blender.

I used mine to cover blown eggs and somewhere in this blog are photos of things I made. Here are two of my pulp covered eggs

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Blimmin eggs

I can't help blowing the darn things but now that I am a reformed character they have to go.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Early start

I really wish I could sleep for seven or more hours.This morning I was wide awake at 05:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. I got up at 05:20 and came downstairs and did a 15 minute hula hoop session. Roll on the light mornings when I will just go for a long walk. During the summer I used to get up early and litter pick the estate. The amount of litter I found was disgusting and easily filled my dustbin. It is too dark and wet at the moment to do that so I have spent a couple of hours browsing the web. I have set the alarm for 08:00 for Tony as we are off out for a walk in the local this morning. We meet up with other walkers at various points and times on the journey to the park. Then we all go for a nice stroll together. It is a very sociable walk and I have met some lovely people since starting the walk.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Yummy leftovers

I am slowly working my way shelf by shelf through the freezer. On Monday I cooked a pork balti using up the leftover pork joint. I simply sliced and fried a medium onion and a bell pepper. Then I added the pork and some gravy that was left over from Christmas. In my food cupboard I had two tins of potatoes (must have come from son when he was home from uni as I have never in my life bought tinned potatoes) I rinsed them and chopped them into small pieces and added them to the pan. Then I added a jar of 'Pataks' balti sauce and let it all simmer for an hour. We had it with chips on Monday and rice yesterday.  Very nice it was too.
..... I must point out here that I had frozen the pork and the gravy, I did not keep it in the fridge and scrape off the mould and botulism  :-)

Today we will be having grilled mackerel with salad for lunch. This evening we are out at a friends house for our final 'Christmas do' of the season. It seems like Christmas was ages ago and this will be a nice way to finish it off.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Cosying up by the fire

But not for long as we are heading off out to the carving club. We think it will be a quiet night as a few friends have rung to say that they won't be going for various reasons. In truth if we didn't give a fellow carver a lift each week we would probably stay home ourselves.  The decs are starting to come down but it will take us a few days to put them all away. Then we plan to give the house a quick lick of paint and a good tidy up ready for spring.

We had the last of the Christmas pork in a curry yesterday and today.  It has stretched a very long way and was  a really good buy.   I am planning on emptying the freezer and using up my food stores before buying anything else.  I don't want to find that I have a load of out of date food going to waste. We have enough potatoes to last us another few weeks from the large sack that we bought and then we will buy another. They keep really well in the garage as it is like an ice box in there.