Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Getting accustomed to a different sort of summer

Moving from the smallholding and campsite to a bungalow in town is taking some getting used to now that summer is here.

 From May to October every year for 23 years I was busy with gardening, growing for sale, young livestock, poultry keeping and selling eggs and looking after the visitors. Suddenly that's all gone and I find that after hospital visiting and normal housework I don't want to spend all the rest of my time reading or cross stitching. I need to have a bit more variety of things to do.
So a  jigsaw puzzle came home from the charity shop with me yesterday
It says it's complete and was only £1 and looks nice and summery. Although it does have some weird shaped pieces and bits with straight edges that aren't really the outside edge. Hmmm maybe a tad annoying.

I've actually been considering if I should volunteer in a charity shop, but I keep getting put off. For instance yesterday there were six of them helping in the Hospice shop but I had to wait for quite a while listening to 3 of the ladies having a debate about what type of hangers men's trousers should now be hung on! Had it been 'officially' changed or was it just their shop manager, how long had it been different and why had nobody told them?
 Aaaaaaagh couldn't be doing with all that.

 Anyway I really need to be at home to take care of Col  at the moment and he is home again - Hooray. Col's brother was taking their dad to hospital for an appointment yesterday afternoon and then up to visit Col but in the meantime they said Col could come home before teatime so Andrew brought him home and delivered me 4lb of strawberries - very handy. I shall be jam making today.

Welcome to  new followers -  Phil in Australia, (who had a blog called house of simple but now has a new blog  called Mr Homemaker), Hippymamax6, Joolz and Christine. Thank you for reading.

Back in a day or two
Sue

40 comments:

  1. Yay - Col's home - good news! Strawberry jam - my favourite (with scones and clotted cream, naturally).

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    1. Scones are a must..........I may go and make some!

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  2. Hi Sue I have just read your posts from when I was away, sorry Col has been having lots of problems, but glad he is home again now.
    I was thinking it must be very difficult for you to adjust to your new life, but just think when Col is well again you can find something to do together x

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    1. Looking forward to your holiday pics.
      We have a long list of places to visit once Col is well again

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  3. Glad Col is home and enjoy those strawbs.

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  4. I volunteer at the CS in order to play at 'shop'. I get out of the house and see people in the real world and of course have a Car Boot style fix each week. I can style the shelves, windows and sort the books, chat to customers, try out new ways of increasing sales and straighten hangars on rails when no customers are in. It's fun but draining on the purse if I spot something I'd like!
    Good to hear that Col's home - enjoy.
    I've also had visits from some new readers - I wonder if they hopped over from yours.
    Take care.
    xx

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    1. The place I would really like to volunteer at is the Oxfam Bookshop in town - I think I would enjoy that! It might prove to be very expensive :-)

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    2. They wouldn't need any customers Sue, you would buy everything!

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  5. having less to do is a blessing while Col is ill. When he is better tho' I bet you will go stir crazy!. I have friends who no longer volunteer at Charity shops because of the in-store politics. I see to remember Mary Portas attempting to re-vamp some charity shops, which proved to be challenging for the same reason.
    Gillx

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    1. We shall be off in the caravan as soon as he is well - That's when we will come and visit you!!

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  6. Fabulous that Col is home again. Day at a time hey.

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    1. Yes it's been 3 weeks with just 3 days at home in the middle, he is glad to be somewhere quieter too

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  7. I was a charity shop manager for twelve years and it was a physically demanding job but the most difficult part was dealing with the negativity of some volunteers and trying to control the type of shop floor activity that you experienced as managers we had to follow lots of shop policies and although it sounds petty the right hangers were one of them , If you could see how some things were hung if volunteers were left to there own devises it would explain itself lol , once somebody had put an elasticated waist skirt on a hanger that was to small and it sprung off on the shop floor and hit a customer sound funny but it wasn't at the time , You need to be thick skinned , If in the future you decide to have a go ask the manager when she is short staffed and then you will probably be on your own with the customers and i am sure you will enjoy it , The problem is with some shops they let volunteers work together on a few days when they could be spread out better hence then no issues like you have experienced xxx

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    1. I thought 6 people all at once seemed a lot for a small shop! I might try the Oxfam bookshop later - that could be fun

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  8. Special delivery- strawberries and a husband. I bet he's glad to be home, always makes you feel better when you're home.

    Jean

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    1. Yes. its lovely to have company again, hope he can stay longer than 3 days this time!

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  9. Fantastic to hear that Col is home.....and he came with strawberries too.
    It's years since I did a jigsaw. I used to do them all the time and we even have one of King Arthur and the knights of the round table which I glued to a board and had framed for hubby. Too big for this house though so it's tucked away in a cupboard-x-

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    1. I loved them as a child, then a few years ago started doing one each Christmas. This summer one might be very frustrating with odd shaped bits, I think I prefer them jigsaw shaped

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  10. Glad to hear that Col is home from the hospital. Must be so frustrating for him. Your life now sounds very sedate compared to what it used to be! Enjoy your jam making, I have some berries waiting to be made into jam as well. -Jenn

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  11. Brilliant news that Col is at home, all that and strawberry jam to boot. I have thought about CS volunteering but have had similar experiences with staff ripping another worker to shreds, so no thanks. I spent the first 6 months of retirement working out how to stop boredom stepping in. Now 3 years on I would quite like an afternoon of it. Not really I love my new life and am usually busy.

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  12. I'm very happy to read that Col is back home. It must be lovely to have him around. You were always so busy with the small holding during the summer months I'm not surprised you feel a little lost as to what to do with yourself now. I hope you enjoy doing your jigsaw. I haven't done a proper grown up one in years. X

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  13. Glad Col got home for a bit. I imagine you are feeling so lost without your regular routine. I hope that your jigsaw keeps you amused. I've just changed your blog heading on my blog feed btw.

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  14. Glad to hear that Col is home :-)

    As another ex-charity shop manager (Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Scope and two shops for one Hospice)and being a volunteer at Cancer Research UK I understand only too well the volunteer shenanigans of every description. If you do want to volunteer ask the manager which day she/he needs help. The Oxfam bookshop would be wonderful for you with your knowledge and vast collection of books .... but could proved very expensive!!

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  15. So glad Col is home and hope it is for longer this time. Have you thought about other volunteer work? With your experience there must be loads of people would be glad to have you. My son used to volunteer at the museum and also the council run pet's corner in the park. Also what about the talking newspaper for the blind. Just a thought.

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  16. Glad to hear that Col is home for a while. Give him our love.
    Is there a hospice where you could volunteer? When I retired from teaching I manned the reception desk at the local hospice (in Wolverhampton) a few afternoons a week. I absolutely loved the work.

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  17. Hubby or strawberries...hubby or strawberries...hey no you've got both now! So good to hear Col is home, and home for now is where you're needed. Little things count and make a big difference. Happy jigsawing...looks a lovely picture. X

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  18. 4 pounds of strawberries sounds more than even I could stick away in one sitting with some double cream

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  19. How wonderful that your hubby is home again.

    Enjoy the puzzle and the strawberries.

    God bless.

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  20. I asked about volunteering at the Scrapstore in Hull, I used to do it in Scunthorpe and quite enjoyed it. However, Hull is a lot bigger and the volunteers are on a rota. I would have to commit to being there at a pre arranged time to fit in with everyone else, which wouldn't suit me. I prefer making up my own volunteering arrangements, eg, offering to help when I think something needs doing, at a time to suit myself. That's why litter picking works well with me.

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  21. Glad Col is home. Just a thought if you have some time on your hands - might you like to do a Suffolk blogger meet up? Maybe we could get Sadie along? All welcome over here in Hadleigh, but I'm more than happy to come to Ipswich if you'd rather be closer to home / at home right now.

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  22. Charity Shops make up, I think, for the proliferation of estate agents, betting shops, fast food placs, Costa Coffee (and others of that nature) and, in this part of the world, summer tat shops (we're a seaside resort) but I appreciate what I think of as tat is someone else's little souvenir and another person's income to put away for the bleak winter months in a holiday town.
    Glad Col is home again, and that jigsaw is so pretty. Rather too many puddy tats for my liking (and that from one who used to be cat mad!) but I love the view through the window of yet another cottage. It reminds me of the paintings of Stephen Darbyshire, whose greetings cards I used to collect (because I couldn't afford an original) painting.
    Margaret P

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  23. Glad to hear that Col is back home with you. Hope he's feeling as well as can be expected.

    I like to potter from one thing to another whether it's sewing, reading, knitting or a jigsaw. Adds a bit of variety to the day :)

    Laughing at the conversation in the charity shop. I don't think I'd be able to work in one myself. The local ones I've been into are run by lovely, well meaning ladies, but it's obvious they've never worked under pressure or really had to make a decision in their life lol. xx

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  24. I'm SO glad to hear Col is home! It must be quite a change being in town rather than out in the country. Laughed at the conversation heard in the charity shop. Perhaps there is somewhere else in town you can volunteer when things settle down with Col.

    Take Care

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  25. so glad Col is home, hurrah!

    Hanger Gate would put me off too! ;o)
    Did you enjoy the weather yesterday??!! xx

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  26. Strawberries.. yum. I wondered what I would do when I gave up teaching at 64, but I can honestly say I love every day. I have more time for sewing, I love patchwork and quilting. But then I do have a husband while my friend same age as me, 73, is dreading it and still works part time. She does the birthday cards etc in 3 Tesco stores and when she isn't working is lonely. Nice to read your Col is home..and hope the sun is shining for you.

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  27. You're lucky to have picked that jigsaw up for £1-00, especially as it has straight edges where straight edges don't go! I also think there are a perfect number of cats in it!!!
    We buy Wentworth wooden jigsaws, they have straight edges in the centre, and 'whimsies' which are shaped pieces, chair, dinosaur, plane, bicycle etc, it makes them challenging to say the least!
    Glad to hear Col's home again, it must be driving him to distraction being stuck in hospital so often.
    My name 'Col' is Colette by the way!

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  28. when you're ready to do volunteering I'd recommend contacting your local Age Uk and see if they operate the visitor scheme in your area. I visit an elderly lady one afternoon a week, stop for a couple of hours, have a natter, cup of tea and I usually take a cake in for us. I get to hear local history as well which is lovely. Much more immediate and of more practical use than lots of other volunteering jobs. I'd def recommend it.

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  29. Glad to hear that Col is home again and he's doing well.

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