Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Advent photo 9 = 5ps for meat + the 100th book read.

All year round every 5p that comes into the house has gone in this tin, a few 10ps went in too and it has now been tipped out and counted, bagged up and taken to the bank. A Grand total of   £17.70p  towards the Christmas meat. Also in the tin was a dime, a quarter dollar and ½ a French Franc! Harumph - that means we were cheated out of 20p by people paying for things from the gate sales. I've added these coins to a whole lot of odd foreign money that we've collected over the years despite the fact we've not stepped outside our country.


Have you caught the BBC's Christmas programme trailer? I guess The Radio Times for Christmas is out any day now. I'm looking forward to Sherlock set in the 1890's, The Christmas Call the Midwife and a series that starts on Boxing Day where 25 of Dickens's characters are mixed up together- sounds curious. Oh, and the Strictly Christmas special of course - by the way, how the heck did Helen and Aljaz get into the bottom two and then chucked out.......who on earth is voting for Anton and Katie? Talking TV, I'll not be watching The Worlds Most Expensive Christmas on Channel 4 next week but have enjoyed seeing the lovely Josh Groban singing twice on different programmes, his album Awake is one of my favourites.


Ta dah! Book number 100 has been added to my separate page. It was the 16th in the Hawkenlye series by Alys Clare. These are historical crime and mystery set around an abbey in Medieval Kent on the edge of The Great forest, where there are people who are still pagan and there is always a little bit of the weird thrown in. I love them. She has also written a series set in the fens in the 11th century.

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Sue

27 comments:

  1. Those books by Alys Clare sounds good. I shall have to order a couple from the library.

    I can't help feeling that Strictly is rigged (we've said it in the past), but we still watch it. NO WAY should Helen and Aljaz go when Katie and Anton are still in.

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    1. If you start at the beginning with Fortune of the Moon it would be best, each story is separate but the characters are the same

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  2. I think that politics has slithered into strictly. I like the look of some of the trailers but do not expect to watch much over the weekend, it will go on the sky box for 'ron. I save small change and then take it over to Cardigan, the children love to count it out. Junior then loses all interest but Kaitlyn hoovers it up and stores it in her growing collection of bags, a Diva in the making? Now I am off to look for those books, both sets.

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    1. One of our daughters liked bags and purses but i can't remember which one! Look at Fantastic Fiction for the right order of the books

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  3. I succumbed and bought the Christmas TV times yesterday but it's a poor substitute for the much anticipated once a year treat that is the Radio Times which I will get as soon as I see it! But I agree there's much good stuff coming! I'm just enjoying a brew with last nights Royal Variety. My favourite Brandon Flowers has been on and now Josh Groban!!

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    1. Got the Radio Times this morning while waiting for Col at hospital, a few good things on and loads of old films of course

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  4. I have a bit f collection of foreign coins many used to turn up in the till in the shop, I keep meaning to take them to the bank as they have a charity collection thingy there for them but dont go to the bank very often so keep forgetting :-)

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    1. We've got all sorts of odd coins, new, old, obsolete, I shall keep them for any future grandchildren to play with-if we live long enough!

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  5. Christmas RT on order when it comes in. Don't bother rest of the year.
    I'll tell you who's voting for Anton ~ Anton! It's the furthest he's gone I think. Gosh, imagine if he ends up in the final!!! He might retire and then the programme won't grate so much on my nerves.
    Just leave it to Karma to deal with the Grinch and Scrooge who paid you in foreign currency.

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    1. We only get the RT at Christmas too, though I would love it all year round as there always seems to be all sorts of interesting things in it.

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    2. It does have lots of interesting reads, but quite full of inaccuracies. Also, we had it on order every week from the now closed newsagents and the local supermarket doesn't let you pre order it. I miss it a lot.

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  6. We have a change pot, too, into which we sling all our loose change (anything less than a 50p piece is loose change in our house) but now we need to cash up ... I think if everyone with a change pot sent their money to the back the royal mint wouldn't need to mint any new 1ps, 2ps, 5ps, 10ps or even 20ps for quite a while to come! We must be costing the country money by hoarding it, har, har! But lovely when you cash up and have some money 'for free' as it were!
    Not heard of that book series, must check that out, it sounds up my street!
    Yes, Anton and Katie shouldn't now be on Strictly - I think it's the sympathy vote for Anton as, until now, been landed with the someone who has two left feet. Katie certainly isn't getting the sympathy vote (do I vote? Not on your nelly!)
    I'd not heard of Josh Groban (is he Oirish?) but he was a bit better than the usual oik they have singing with dancers flinging themselves around - I'd rather have a piece by Dave Arch and his Orchestra and singers instead.
    Margaret P

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    1. Josh Groban is from the States. His album Awake from 2006 - when I first "discovered him" is brilliant but I'm not so keen on the two songs I've seen him do off his new album which is called Stages.
      I wanted to read the Norah Lofts when you suggested them before, but the only copy the library had was really old and was such teeny print I couldn't see it! There are newer editions so I might add it to my Amazon wish list which is already 3 pages long

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    2. Better than the Town House trilogy are the five books by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the Cazalet Chronicles. They are set on the Kent coast, just before, during and immediately after the 2nd World War. I absolutely love them, they really are a record of the middle decades of the 20th century, and much of what she writes comes from her own experiences. Highly recommended and far better than the TV drama serial The Cazalets of some years ago. If I had to recommend just one short series of books to anyone above all others, it would be these. The first in the series is called The Light Years. If I'd not read this already (and have all original hard backs, one I bought 2nd hand from a dealer who had slipped a letter from the author to herself, the dealer, inside it) this would be the book I'd certainly choose to have as a Christmas present. Consider ordering this from the library.
      Margaret P

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  7. I meant "sent their money to the bank, the royal mint ..." etc
    Margaret P

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  8. PS I have ordered the first in the series of novels by Alys Clare - I don't tend to read historicals that are so far back in time, but I'm willing to give it a go. I did enjoy Norah Lofts' Town House series, and they started in Medieval times and I really enjoyed them.
    Margaret P
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  9. We are leaving our money jar to next year, it's not as full as it could be and rather than have a small bonus this year, when things aren't too tight, it will be nice to have loads more next year.

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  10. I took all my foreign money old notes (I mean old!) coins etc to the airport when we were heading off on holiday and placed them in the charity box there. I don't watch Strictly regularly and even less after the John Sergeant thing but at least he had good grace to bow out leading the way for far better dancers to prove themselves, albeit a little late.

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  11. Err sorry it's me whose voting for Anton and yes it is a sympathy vote cause he's never got this far before but I did also vote for Helen every week (it's free to vote on line) and couldn't believe that she was thrown off this week the judges do manipulate the scoring and aren't at all fair xxx

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  12. I too was disappointed in the final voting on Strictly last Sunday. I don't know what the answer is really.

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  13. Those 5ps and 2ps I've got will go on Secret Santa and stocking filler presents. And a bottle of tequila for me if there is anything left over!

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  14. I bought the TV times yesterday and our taste in TV seems pretty similar. I've circled Call the Midwife and The Dickens thing as well along with The Dad's Army story. Loved that programme and still enjoy watching it. Wonder if the film will do any justice to the original series? Can't imagine watching it without seeing all the familiar faces. xx

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  15. Well done on the 5ps! We collect 5, 2 and 1p's I must take them in and get them changed up, you reminded me, thank you! xx

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  16. That's just about what my supermarket loyalty car has amassed; it should buy my Christmas Turkey. Hurrah!

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  17. Good grief...the change probably weighed as much as the meat will! Jackie x

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  18. I must get the Radio Times. It's the only one I buy all year. I agree with you about Helen in Structly. I thought she would win. I will also be watching Sherlock. How do you find time to read so many books? I read less now than I ever have.
    Jane

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  19. We had odd coins in different money boxes here too and I gathered them all up in one place last week and found we've got 5 euros in change - handy when our son goes on a school trip next year.
    Lisa x

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