Saturday, 16 January 2016

A sprinkle of snow

Goodness me, we had a cold start to the day today. Although the thermometer on the outside of the kitchen window said 2 degrees C it felt chillier because the weather has been so mild so far this winter. I put a bit of washing out and then we had a sprinkling of snow, luckily it only lasted 10 minutes before the sun came back.
Hardly enough snow to see
I had thought about a bike ride to Leiston to see if the EACH charity shop has opened yet, but staying in seemed a much nicer idea and two fires lit early to warm the house and hot soup for lunch soon had us nice and warm.

Today's packing was two boxes of books because the removal company have supplied special  boxes that are much smaller, I can get started on all the books I know we won't need between now and moving. I'm sorting out a big pile for Col to read when he has all the days in hospital being pumped full of chemicals. Talking about books I've finished another book in the historical crime series by Maureen Ash. That's three read one after the other. I think they are a good read and wonder why they weren't published here but all six are published by Berkley Crime, New York. Thank heavens it's library van day next Friday, there are a big pile for both of us awaiting collection, in my pile are several new books by favourite authors.

When I went to Tesco during the week I was pleased to see they had their broccoli/calabrese heads back at 49p each after they went up to 69p over Christmas, it's one of my favourite veg and so versatile. We had about a quarter as small sprigs in a mixed stir fry, a half for dinner tonight as part of a salmon,broccoli  and pasta bake and there is still some left to use as a veg accompaniment for Monday dinner.

Thank you to everyone who commented yesterday and welcome to Laurie M and Tracy G who are new in the followers pictures.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

24 comments:

  1. We have had an indoor day too. The snow here in Hamilton is falling gently but oersistently and is now quite thick. Very cold so the heating is on all day. Catriona

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  2. Hi.. I just stopped by from The Weaver of Grass blog and enjoyed your writing. The book series you are reading looks very interesting. Good luck with your move and you husband's treatment.

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  3. It has been bitter here, wasnt too bad this morning I just been to pick some Kale for dinner and my fingers are frozen I think you did right about the bike ride best to stay in the warm, will you still use the library van after your move or is there a bricks and mortar one you can call in :-)

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    1. A proper library less than a mile away, part of the same library system so still free ordering

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  4. No snow here, thank goodness, although it is pretty cold. Just been told our library is safe for next year, but no guarantees after that....they're trying to get people to come up with ideas to save it, such as someone else sharing the building. I know lots of people have eReaders nowadays (I've got one but prefer a real book), but you can't beat an actual book I don't think.

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    1. Suffolk libraries are funded by the council but rum by a Community interest group which is a partnership between council, charity, voluntary etc. Works well in Suffolk, local people get a say in opening hours etc and apart from the mobiles coming once in 4 weeks instead of 2 weeks most libraries have better opening hours than they did before

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  5. Hope your husband is feeling well after his first treatment. Expect him to feel very fatigued a couple of days after the treatment - at least, that's how it's been with me. Best wishes to you both as you continue with all your endeavors.

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    1. he was really tired before the chemo started so no change yet!

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  6. Sounds too cold for a bike ride.
    Smaller boxes are better for books, you will not hurt your back.
    Must look up the Maureen Ash books.

    Hope the Col is feeling better after the treatment.
    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I've enjoyed the Maureen Ash, hope you can find them

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  7. Broccoli here in Manitoba, Canada is $4.99/lb. The present temperature is -24C with the windchill it is -40C. We have only a couple of feet of snow. I prefer this over what you have as the wetter climate always makes it seem so much colder. Best to you on your move and Col on his treatments.

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  8. I used to love packing up and moving but am happy to stay put now. I do not envy your book packing. It is all too easy to open old favourites for a quick look and then find that half an hour has slithered away.

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  9. I spent the morning up ladders at church, cleaning and repairing bird boxes. It's a gorgeous rural spot and views from up the ladder were lovely, but it was bitter! Walk along the canal with friends and our 3 in the afternoon was similarly picturesque but cold (Calder Valley, recently flooded so pretty muddy under the layer of ice). I always love the feeling of coming in after a stomp out in the cold, that first brew tastes better than anything!

    I've signed up to Audible (amazon subsidiary) to get cheap (& free) audiobooks. Great for keeping the kids quiet in the car, but would possibly suit Colin when he's hooked up? An old friend of mine was a chemo nurse and she used to say headphones and story cds kept lots of people distracted. I run Audible from my smart phone, so it's dead handy... and you can listen with your eyes closed!!!

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    1. We'll see how he gets on with a book but that might be an idea

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    2. Even cheaper you can borrow audio and ebook downloads from the library. http://suffolklibraries.lib.overdrive.com/CB86771B-57F7-434A-A528-E80563B1745D/10/50/en/Default.htm

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  10. no snow here :o( Sad about it because Violet is desperate for a bit of snow. She's hoping school will be closed (fat chance, they never close because of weather), and wants to build a snowman.

    Cold though. So I'm quite happy to stay home and drink tea, read, and sew. But need to get out for a few bits today :O)

    Your salmon, pasta and broccoli sounds good. What time should I come round? ;o) x

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    1. We could still get a cold spell in Feb so tell Violet not to give up hope yet!

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  11. Snow, ice and freezing fog here Sue, with a pale, watery sun trying to break through and failing miserably. Large beef casserole for lunch and a big fire.

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    1. Freezing fog is THE worst thing, hope you can keep warm

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  12. we had snow in Lancashire a few inches, but melted a day later, now its wet and cold again. I must get some books out i love to read ...brrrrrrrr x

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