Friday, 6 November 2015

Thoughts on town life and the 6th £1 money saver tip

It took an age to get to Ipswich hospital yesterday evening during what is the Ipswich version of rush hour      (slow crawl through lots of traffic lights) and in pouring rain. Col was told what he knew already - that he has to have  cameras in various places to check things out! Hopefully within the next 2 weeks.
 On our equally slow drive out of town, probably because of a huge  firework etc display at Kesgrave High School, we were considering what a good idea it would be to live at this end of Ipswich, so handy for the hospital, buses down into the town centre all the time, a 10 minute cycle route through to a small  library and  shopping precinct including a charity shop and a bit further onto the big Tesco and the new Poundland. Col has his old boss living in this area and I've got a cousin here too. We could have a beach hut in Felixstowe and pop down on sunny days, it would only take 20 minutes.

Could we live on the edge of town?  All sounds quite appealing on an hours wet drive home!

Thinking I could get the Kenco de-caf refill packs at the big Tesco and get them price matched with the Asda special offer we called in - Ha! No, there's a catch, you have to buy 10 different  items before the price match thing kicks in. We didn't know this until we got to the checkout, so the coffee went back on the shelf. Also popped into to Poundland, so last nights spending - Xmas food gifts £3, Store cupboard food £7.45, Fridge £4, Fresh fish £2.20. Hospital Car park £2

Low spend/ No(?) spend November so far Food £49.12, other £29.24
I avoided the Christmas decorations and all the yellow ticket RTC items that we didn't really need.

The 6th money saver tip from 2013 was - Have a look round industrial estates to see what is being thrown out. We've been getting old pallets for burning for years and the 1000 litre IBC tanks to refurbish and sell and the strangest find ever was bundles of broom handles being chucked. They came in handy for all sorts of things and then we cleared the rest out at one of the car boot sales we did in the spring.

Many thanks for all the good wishes yesterday, I'll not be going on about his health problems too much I hope!

Back Tomorrow
Sue

43 comments:

  1. It has its advantages living on the edge of a town ,Especially with hospital appointments but with us we still have an hours drive to go to the hospital that specialises in my husbands health problems as the local hospital is not very good at all , Hope the results of his tests are quickly treated xxx

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    1. Ipswich Hospital serves the whole of East Suffolk and seems quite good - as hospitals go.
      Thank you for the good wishes

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  2. I hope a the test get done soon and then with results and treatments you can get on with planning your futures accordingly, there is a lot to consider I dont think I could move back to the edge of town unless I was in a detached house with a very large garden not being overllooked by anyone and not on a busy road

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    1. We were thinking of moving to the middle of nowhere but with the number of trips to hospital he has had in the last 2 years that may be a silly idea.

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  3. At least Col is in the system now and being seen by the appropriate people. I hate it when you go backwards and forwards to the doctor who won't refer you to an expert. Our 'best man' has bowel cancer in his family and continually went to the doctors for 18 months saying I think I've got what my father died of etc. Doctor dismissed it telling him bowel cancer isn't hereditary. Where did he do his training, Mars expect! Eventually he told the doctor he wasn't moving from the surgery until he was referred and yes he does have bowel cancer. He has had the op and undergoing Chemo. I hope he names and shames the doctor. Don't take anything laying down make sure you fight Col's corner and get the treatment needed. Good tips by the way.

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    1. I think more things are related to genes than lifestyle. Cols heart problems are definitely hereditary

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  4. Best wishes for the tests and a good outcome

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  5. I often have similar thoughts on moving closer to facilities. We live in central Oxfordshire and yet it takes forever to get anywhere without a car (husband uses the one car we have for work). I often think that in a way you can live a more environmentally life if you live in a town, as you can walk/cycle/get the bus/train much more. But I'd hate the streetlights (I love the dark at night) and the noise of traffic.

    Thanks for the tip about looking round industrial sites! Next time we go to the one where our son works (he's a joiner and gets us free wood) I'll be getting out of the car and wandering round! Can't believe you get those tanks for free!

    As others have said, I hope the tests go OK and that the outcome is good.

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    1. We had to pay £10 each for the tanks but sold them for £30. Yes, traffic and streetlights would take some getting used to

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  6. I moved to a larger village (2750 people) when I retired so I could have easy access to doctors, shops and other services. I would love to have stayed in a small village but the thought of maybe having to move again if I became even more decrepit was not appealing. I miss my tiny community (275 people) but the reality is that here I am safer and even when I can no longer drive I will still be OK.

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    1. It's difficult knowing what to do for the best

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  7. Although we are planning to move out into the country, we know this will not be practical when we are even older than we are and accept that we will move back into civilisation when driving becomes a problem. I have visions of an apartment overlooking the sea so that even if I can't get out I can see the sea. It is horses for courses as they say. Wishing Col best wishes for a speedy diagnosis.

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    1. A sea view would be wonderful but there would have to be boats or something to look at - not like our grey empty North Sea here - . Thank you for the good wishes

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  8. Heck....I have never thought of looking around industrial estates. What a fabulous tip.

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    1. Some places are glad to give things away because otherwise they have to pay to have it taken away.

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  9. Hello, I enjoy your blog very much. My husband and I were in the USAF and stationed at Bentwaters in 1985-1987. In fact we were married there in 85. We lived in Statford St. Andrews and have very fond memories of our time there.
    Hope the tests have a good outcome.
    Laurie

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    1. Hello and welcome and thank you for reading my ramblings. We moved here in 1992 just as the USAF were finishing so only had the pleasure of the fast planes flying over for a while! Everywhere is much busier than back then. The people in Stratford are Still campaigning for a bypass around the horrible bend on the main road.

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  10. Am keeping my fingers crossed for Col Sue.

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  11. Sending good thoughts your way and hoping that all the tests have good outcomes.

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  12. I didn't know that about having to buy ten items before the price matching kicks in, they keep that quiet, don't they? Hope Col gets all his tests sorted out soon, it's a worrying time, I know, but once they're all done, hopefully you can get on with your plans again. I live in a small town on the outskirts of a large city and I have to say that it's so good for having facilities close at hand. It would be even nicer if the coast was close by, that would be lovely having a beach hut in Felixstowe.

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    1. At least 10 all different, I got a leaflet off the boy on checkout with all the exemptions - there are quite a few.

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  13. We moved from a (noisy we discovered once we lived there) small country town to a suburb. We have been lucky enough to choose a quiet street. Various specialists are still across the city. But we can WALK to the shops, library, beach - instead of a 4 hour round trip to the specialist or supermarket.

    Choose carefully and you may be surprisingly happy!

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    1. After 23 years out in the country it sounds quite nice to be able to walk to things all around or cycle regularly on proper cycle paths

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    2. Yes, think long and hard, there's a lot to be said for having easier access to facilities and services. Especially as we get older....

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  14. I take it an 1000 litre tank isn't something you can just pick up one handed and sling in the boot

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    1. Not quite! its about a metre square and on a pallet

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  15. An hour is a long way for sure to get to the doc or hospital. Hope he is better soon. Take care.

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    1. Yes, it's no fun going backwards and forwards

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  16. Well done in Poundland! My HG calls it 'Tenpoundland' BC that's my minimum spend everytime lol X

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    1. If we were nearer I thing I would get more there, you have to be careful on prices compared to other places but lots of good bargains

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  17. Hope your husband's health test results come in soon and he get whatever treatment he needs. Health matters loom large as we get older, don't they? I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery in October; scheduled for chemotherapy in December (had to postpone twice because the incision site is infected and I'm on antibiotics for that). Best wishes to you both as you consider what's best to do.

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    1. I do hope you get chemo soon and it sorts everything out. We have so much cancer in both his and my families - we hope that's not what he has wrong especially as he is only 58

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  18. I would find it difficult to move back to town, although a wee mews house in S Ken still appeals.

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    1. Edge of Ipswich is not quite as busy as edge of London!!

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  19. "On the edge of town" can mean so many things can't it? I have always advocated thinking about not being too remote as one gets older. As I said on someone's post (can't remember who!) this week. being remote and quiet can also mean being lonely and feeling trapped as the years take their toll.
    As David has had so many serious health probs over the years I have rarely thought either of us immortal and know the future will mean that one of us will be left some day ! God that's maudlin isn't it .. I'll shut up !
    Didn't know about the 10 item thing.. cheat!
    Gill

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    1. The villages have bumped into the town on the edge of Ipswich we are thinking about but there is still a golf course in between. It could be quite a handy place to live and I wouldn't feel so housebound after dark in winter - I shall have to find that post i did about the Truth about Country Living

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  20. I am pleased that I made the decision to move from a hamlet into a decent sized village. We have just about everything within 15 minutes amble, Swansea and Neath are 15 minutes away and buses run hourly, one stop is right outside my house. If I need to a few years down the line I would move to Morriston, on the edge of Swansea, it feels and looks like a small market town and is home to a good hospital and a plethora of shops and services.

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  21. I hope that the tests will be done soon and that all will be resolved. xx

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  22. Kesgrave area has occasionally caught my eye as we've been on our way into Ipswich from yours... but each time I've decided it's neither one thing or another. As we live on the outskirts of Manchester we enjoy the best of both worlds in a way, amazing pennine countryside in sight and walking distance, or megatropolis facilities and entertainment in a 11minute train ride. With a crap reputation for social and climate reasons the house prices are much more affordable. If we were to leave Oldham I'd want either a city pad, or Rural peace and seclusion, nothing in between! Oldham may be your dream location (so long as you don't mind rain- no hosepipe bans here!) as you place is a bit of a dream location of ours.
    Love to Colin and hope the NHS live up to their finest in their treatment of him and his complications x

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  23. Sending best wishes for Col's tests. All the trips and procedures cannot be fun. Hope it goes well.
    When we moved to Suffolk, we ended up deciding on a market town rather than the middle of nowhere. We can still see the fields, but I was really keen to have most facilities within walking distance (library, parks, shops, schools, doctor, dentist, optician, swimming pool). Still a drive to a hospital or supermarkets beyond Morrisons & the Co-op, but has worked well so far.

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