Quiet after Christmas

Welcome to 2017! Happy New Year!

Last year was a very busy work year for us, and then after the last recommended posting date to US, it really slowed down. Slowly we began to have time when we weren’t working! And each day has become more and more laid back. We are still working, working on the website, I’ve quoted on a few jobs, and we’re discussing plans for the year, but we are now able to chill a little.

Today I feel like I have more time to do other things, and I have kept myself very busy. At 7am this morning I started making Lemon Curd, then I made a large pan of Chilli (some for tea, some for the freezer), then a Lentil & Carrot Soup (for the freezer), and some Cheese & Spinach Sauce (for the freezer – will be used in a lasagne or Tart, mixed with some mashed potato for pasties, or calzone), and then I made a Lemon Meringue Pie, and some Mince Pies. I’ve done lots of cleaning, and clearing, and sorting in the kitchen too, I have an urge to Spring clean!

I’ve used up lots of veggies out of the fridge, now to work out what I can do with a bag of Sprouts, Bubble & Squeek is the most obvious, but I used all of the potatoes in the soup!! And as I am on a ‘use it up’ mission, I don’t want to buy anything so I can use something else up!!

In my clearing up, I have counted more that 30kg of sugar, none of it white, but a interesting selection of light and dark soft, and light and dark muscovado, some preserving sugar, and demerara. Then there is flour around 40kg of it – white flour, brown flour, bread flour, chapatti flour, malted flour, plain flour, SR flour, Emmer Flour, Spelt Flour etc. Guess that will be my next challenge, to use some of that up!!


I am here, working away!

It’s been a busy summer of Festivals, Fairs, Reenactments, etc. With little time to slow down before the Christmas orders started in October.
I’ve got a new work website,  and lots more items on sale than previously.
It has now got much colder, with beautiful frosts most mornings.
I am now starting to wonder if I will be hit by TN (Neuralgia) again this year. I’ve had discomfort in my ear since september, I keep threatening to see the Dr. but I feel I don’t want to waste his time! But this week, the twinges have started in my face, I have no tooth pain. But twinges in my ear, jaw, and under my eye. I need to keep warm, and really hope I don’t have another winter of TN 😦 Although previously it was believed that it was caused by abcesses, there never seemed to be any abcesses when the pain started, so who knows.
Anyway, check out our new website, there are some great Christmas gift ideas!

Relaxing day?


I haven’t been here for ages, how are you all?

I’m trying to have a bit of a chill day today, we have been very busy with work since the Christmas rush began, and other than 4 quiet days in the middle of January, things have been go-go-go.
Yesterday, was one of those days, nothing seemed to go right, nothing major happened, but you know those days when everything seems to go against you. Silly things really, I couldn’t get an envelope to print, not sure why, it just wouldn’t have it, so the envelope was written by hand! I tried to sort out sending a parcel, filled in all the details online, hit pay, and got an error, entered it all again, then the internet timed out, 3rd time lucky. I took parcels to the post office, one bag had torn, so sellotaped it up, and then I said a parcel was going to USA, but that one was Canada, so the Post Office person had to cancel the transaction and redo it. There were other things as well, silly, clumsy things, but I won’t bore you with them, let’s just say – One of those days.

I’m tired, I can’t sleep properly, my head won’t switch off. Sometimes I am excited about things, or worried about my sons, daughter, and step daughter, but recently I am fed up with not sleeping. Today, it’s another one of those days! Lack of sleep, so I planned to have a lie in, the boys were all out, 2 at work, one stayed over at a friends, so nothing to disturb be. Except the youngest texting at 7am, I had just managed to get back to sleep after my partner and eldest going off to work at 6.30. So dispite laying in bed for another 2hours fighting to try to sleep, I couldn’t.

Today, I have choked on a cup of tea, and spat it all over the laptop! I decided that I would have a relaxing bath, then the youngest, who I was supposed to collect at 3pm, decided he wanted to come home early, we had a series of Text going back and forwards, with me saying I didn’t have transport, he wanted me to collect his girlfriend too. He is at his friends 8 miles away, his girlfriend lives 8 miles in the other direction, and I don’t have any transport until later in the afternoon. But sometimes, no matter how many times you try to explain, they think you can work miracles. Then, I dropped my phone in the bath, so much for a relaxing bath!! It’s quiet now, as phone is in pieces and in a bowl of rice!

I now sit, tired, exhausted, and can almost see the funny side of things. But know that this afternoon, I need to be in 4 places at the same time, collecting Will 8 miles away in a south west direction, a meeting 10 miles away in a west direction, at home for a parcel delivery, and collecting his girlfriend 8miles away in a north east direction

Maybe tonight I will sleep, I can only hope, as I do every night, and maybe tomorrow will be less complicated and more relaxing!


I have just done a work post over on our work page about Christmas, there are things that I nearly posted, but thought it was better to keep those comments for my personal blog!

So, Christmas! The crowds are starting to build in the City, shops filling up with shoppers, gifts being bought, but how many of these items are actually wanted? How many are bought and given, through obligation, without too much thought. How much money is being spent on poor quality items, plastic, trends and must haves? Children these days (gosh I sound like my Mum!) confuse needs, and always want! Adults must have the latest iphone, and fashions. How many 3 for 2 gifts do you buy, just because you are obliged to give someone something? How many of these things are needed? useful? or even appreciated?

If I am going to give a gift, what is more important is that what I am giving, I am giving with love, with thought, and imparting some of my energy. At the one extreme that would be thinking about someone, having an idea of something that they would appreciate, and hand crafting the item. Now, I don’t, and many of us won’t, have time, or the skills to make something from scratch. But alternatively, take a step back, and think carefully about the person that you are buying for, choose something suitable, and know that it will be appreciated.

I am fond of giving items that are personal, or capture or invoke memories, or things that can be treasured, or useful things.



Tooth Problems

It’s been a while now since I posted about my tooth, the TN went away following root canal treatment, but I still had underlying pain, and couldn’t eat properly, as I couldn’t chew on that side of my mouth. So, yesterday I had the tooth pulled out. It feels weird, it feels uncomfortable, but even though I now have a different pain, the painful swelling on the roof of my mouth has gone, and a strange pressure feeling in that side of my face has gone, I did not notice the pressure feeling when the tooth was in, but now it has gone I am relieved of it. Another couple of days, and hopefully I will be painfree in my tooth, palette and face! **HAPPY** now!

Having a clear out of Craft Materials

I used to do lots of crafting in my spare time, but now I just don’t have the time to do it. I have boxes and boxes of materials and supplies, whatever project I fancied doing, whether it be Embroidery, Knitting, Cross Stitch, Crochet, etc. I had the ‘stuff’ to do it with. I am now having a clear out, because I just haven’t got the time to do it, and my eyesight isn’t as good as it was.
If there is something that you are looking for please give me a shout, I will be listing items on our Etsy shop when I have the time.

In the garden

Today we have planted out the Squash and Courgettes.

We have potted on some Tomatoes, planted the Runner Beans into loo roll tubes, and sowed Spring Onions into a trough.

The potatoes are growing well, as is the wonderfully coloured Rainbow Chard. The Beetroot has come through, but a little sparse, so we have planted some more seed in the gaps.

We have uncovered the Gooseberry, trimming away the long grass growing around it to reveal a plant covered in mini gooseberries, won’t be long before we can have a crumble or fool.

The Apple trees and Greengage are in full bloom. But the plum trees are yet to flower.

Next jobs include trimming back the nettles that are growing behind the greenhouse, and hopefully we will find the Redcurrant and Blackcurrant bushes that have been hidden by them. And very soon we will need to dig another bed for the runners. We have a pond, to plant!! Not entirely sure where to place it, away from the trees, close to the plot, but not in the way. The grass really needs cutting too, as it’s been around 2 weeks, and we need to get some foundation in the Hive so we can give some Honey Bees a home!

It’s been a busy week trying to juggle work, and caring for Mum. Today we really needed a bit of time off.