Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Make up mania

A link came into my Facebook feed yesterday from a money website telling me that the average woman spends over £42,000 in her lifetime on cosmetics........goodness me!  I'd like to know who's spending my allocation because I am certainly not.......

I have no powder, no lipstick bar a pearlised lip balm, no concealer, or eyeshadow at all.  I do have moisturiser from Lidl which I use at night as it has no SPF in it, and another one from Johnson&Johnson which does have SPF15, and I use that one in the daytime.

I did have a lovely Boots one with "soothing mallow" which I bought with the last points I had accumulated. Unfortunately, the YFG confessed that she had dropped it with the lid off and some had spilled on the floor - and she scooped it up and put it back - eugh!

My "beauty routine" in its most recent incarnation was inspired by Frugal Queen ages ago when she shared hers.  In the morning, I put some cheap Boots cold cream on my face and then remove it with a hot flannel - which cleans and exfoliates at the same time.  After gently drying, the morning moisturiser is applied and I'm done.

The evening is slightly different in that I use a blackhead-removing cleanser on a cotton pad and then the evening moisturiser. There aren't really any blackheads around these days but my sister is neurotic about inspecting my face for them Every Time she sees me, so I do get a little paranoid about that :(

Occasionally my eyes get a little definition with an eye liner that I have had for years, and I sharpen it now and again but it is still fine.  And I don't get any eye infections.  Mascara - well, the EFG bought me a new one for Christmas so that comes out now and again.  The only "make up" I use daily is the lip balm!

I guess that makes me quite low maintenance - and not expensive. You can see why I don't spend my average allocation according to that article now!  And as for my hair - well, shampoo and conditioner are from the own-brand ranges of which ever supermarket or discounter I am in when I remember that we are running out - and I have just used the last box of dye that I bought in Boots several years ago when I was given a gift card and dye was on special offer so I bought six boxes with the card.  They have stopped selling that particular kind now of own brand dye so I shall be needing to find a replacement in about six months time......plenty of time!

Monday, 20 April 2015

A good weekend

This weekend has been good - absolutely no responsibilities at all - so I was able to spend lots of time in the garden and pottering about at home.  I didn't watch hardly any actual tv although I did watch Vera last night whilst I was finishing off the ironing.

The remnants of my chook-keeping paraphernalia were taken up the road to my friend who has 380 chickens - yes, 380!!  She can use the leftover pellets, bedding and red mite treatment - and the best part of it is that I shall get free eggs for a couple of weeks as an exchange: perfect barter!  She is also going to take the big old chook house that the FH made years ago, but she will need to sort out some help to come and take it apart.....that might not happen this week.  She has been really helpful to me whilst I have been a henkeeper here and so I am glad to let her have what I don't need any longer.  I made a quick sponge with some of her eggs when I got back, and it is delicious.

I finished another OCC hat whilst I watched a film with the YFG yesterday afternoon.  I want to knit something different for a change so I shall have to have a look through my patterns......perhaps I might get back to the Alpinia cardigan that I was knitting ages ago.  It needs to be finished off.

The YFG and I had a quick potter around Lidl on Saturday afternoon as she needed ham for school sandwiches and we were running short of a few other necessities - I do like Lidl.  I shall have to get a meal plan organised today.  Hope you have a good week - I'll be popping round a few blogs when I have a tea break later on xx

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Busy in the garden this weekend

A round up of Fenland photos from yesterday. 

The last four eggs from our chooks. At the rate that the YFG is eating omelettes, they'll all be gone today!  I shall have to start buying them from my friend who has lots and lots of chooks...

This was the chicken run area which we tore down last summer, and it has Finally been laid to lawn with seed this week.  UJ has done the bulk of the work but I am tasked with remembering to water it twice a day unless it rains.  Remembered every day so far!

Raspberries are flourishing - and sending up new shoots everywhere very enthusiastically.

No idea what these are but the EFG grew them from seed last spring and they have survived the winter and are showing us their gorgeous blooms again!

We all think this looks like a heap of antlers but actually it is the heap of all the old lavender bushes that I have dug up. UJ will bring some loppers this week so that we can cut them up a little more to be able to take them to the skip in bags.

Courgette seedlings just popping through - love courgettes!

I also started to take down the other chicken runs yesterday but it is a big job.  I took the "before" photos of the runs and will wait until the "after" photos are ready before I reveal the change - that will be some time away!

Really hoping for another good day weather-wise today so that I can continue to potter in the garden - I feel so much brighter and better for being able to spend time outside.  Fresh air and gardening are good for the soul.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Aberdeen in Spring

The EFG went for a walk yesterday with some of her friends and she sent me some lovely shots of the scenery this morning.

Almost makes me wish I could pop up there for the day!

I am so glad that she has found some countryside to enjoy as I was a little worried that she would spend all her time in the city and forget what colour green was!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Operation Downsize continues

I downsized our house's population as the EFG left again to back to uni in Aberdeen.........but she'll be back soon so that doesn't really count.

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Operation Downsize has continued today with the last of the lavender bushes being pulled up, and the rehoming of all of the chickens.  Beryl was just the start.  Her parent flock of Gold Partridge Orpingtons has been found a loving home in a nearby town with a friend of my sister, who has had chickens before but had been down to her last three or four and was happy to take on some new ones.  They left this afternoon and then my friend from church came this evening to take the last ones: five black hybrid ladies and five Brown Sussex ladies will tomorrow be enjoying a big grassy field at the other end of the village - they will think that they are in heaven!

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We are now chicken-less.  I don't think that I will always be chook-free but I think that our chicken keeping is on hold for a while now.  I shall miss them in the garden and my cups of tea in the sunshine will be quieter and less entertaining without being able to watch their interactions and antics.  I shall definitely look for more GPOs when I resume chicken keeping, even if it is in my dotage!

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And the next stage begins - I have a huge strip of land to redevelop now and to make it look like garden again......this may take some time.  If the sun is co-operative tomorrow, I shall take some "before" photos which I hope to be able to compare with some "after" shots later in the year, if all goes to plan.  The garden has to look the part when we come to put the house on the market, whether that is later this year or next.  Next, probably!

The cheapest way to redevelop the land will be for me to do the work.  However, I think we are going to need a rotavator and I don't have one, so I may need to get some help in.  I need some work doing on the fencing as well, so I have thought about asking several people to quote for the job as one thing.  I'm going to start on the tidying work tomorrow anyway and see how I get on.

The EFG was back in her room just after midnight last night - I stayed awake to wait for a text to be sure she was home safely.  I just about had my eyes propped open with matchsticks, but I managed it!

Hope you have a great weekend - see you tomorrow xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Begging your pardon...

please may I be excused?

You'll have noticed that I have not been here quite as much just lately.  Sorry about that!

Sometimes, there's just TOO much going on in real life that there isn't time to tell you all about it.

I've been digging up old lavender bushes, knitting hats, watching films and generally enjoying the EFG's company whilst she's been here, visiting with my Dad and MB and UJ this afternoon, helping UJ plant potatoes and sow grass seed.......doing some work on the phones and spending two and a half hours at a school meeting this morning also got in the way a little...

The EFG is back to Aberdeen tomorrow - she leaves here in the afternoon and will arrive back at her hall just before midnight - she'll be e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d!  On the other hand, I might get more sleep when she's gone as she had us watching a Hugh Jackman film last night called Prisoners - I thought it was a nice murder mystery and it turned about to be verging on the horror genre and then I had a nightmare about being abducted!

I'm really hoping to get back into a more regular routine next week - just for the rest!

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine - it has been glorious here today x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Catching up

Well, it may have been pouring when I got up on Saturday morning but by lunchtime, the skies were blue and the wind was whistling the clouds across the sky pretty quickly.  The weekend passed by too quickly but we enjoyed it!

We did some of this:

(old photo - motorhome in the background is long gone!)

and this

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as well as some of this

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and I even found time to put my feet up in the verandah, in the sun, with one of these

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(image from amazon.co.uk)

Today the weather has been better in that it has been a lot less windy than it was at the weekend, and we have had our "last" day of the holidays.  The YFG is back at school tomorrow, and then we have only three sleeps until the EFG is off.  The FH's cousins came over to see us this afternoon, and we had a lovely chatter over a cuppa.  We have also had to go to town today to the optician for the EFG to sort out her glasses.

The YFG has spent every spare minute today finishing her Textiles GCSE coursework to hand it in tomorrow - not that she's a bit last minute, or anything!!

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