Friday, 11 November 2016

That Was (Most of) The Week That Was

 The thing about living in town in an all mains gas/electric bungalow is that for the first time since 1979  we have no alternative self reliant heating or cooking.
Anyway, with dire warnings of a cold winter and possible problems with electricity supply (something to do with no spare capacity from power stations), I suggested we go and get the gas ring from the beach hut. Now we have the gas cooker out in the caravan and the gas ring indoors, I don't feel so vulnerable, but I will be so glad to get back to the country where we will have a wood-burner and hopefully, eventually, a propane-gas range cooker.

There had been some high tides in Felixstowe near the hut,by the looks of the stones washed up onto the prom and a strange phenomenon............. loads of oyster shells washed into the corners by each wooden groyne.

The weather on Wednesday was awful - rain all day. We didn't get out for a walk at all. I just made a card for the wedding next month, read and then started writing my Penny Pinching News letter which is due to go to friends for January 1st . A very lazy day.

 It was Col's blood test on Thursday morning (platelets are up a bit again thank heavens) and then in the afternoon we got out for a 2½ walk - up to Asda and back and no sitting down halfway. Definitely the furthest he has walked since he started feeling poorly a year ago.

Today he is off out for Brunch with ex work colleagues and I haven't got much that has to be done so will get on with finishing the tapestry glasses case or reading.

I've actually abandoned quite a few books recently, yesterday  the new Ann Cleeves, Shetland series - Cold Earth. I've been spoiled by the TV series and the books are completely different. "The 12.30 From Croydon"  is another of the British Library Crime Classics but the story is told from the point of view of the murderer -hate that! "Antidote to venom" was another the same. A friend had told me about a crime series set in Canada by Louise Penny but I couldn't get into the first of these "Still Life" so that went back unread. I wanted to read "A Woman's Place" by Ruth Adam but had several other books at home I preferred first so it went back but it's still on the shelves at Broomhill so I may borrow it again.

 This is the latest photo of our grandson Jacob which daughter has sent, now 5 months old this is his first time on a (rather too big for him) swing. What a difference from the poorly little fella back in July. Can't wait to get down to Surrey soon to see him properly.




Thank you for comments, I shall mention nothing about the country across the pond and just say welcome to another follower.


Spending up-date in Low/No Spend November
Milk, veg and other bits from Aldi, bread and bits from Asda and fruit from the greengrocers £16.50
That book 50p
Pack of 4 gas cartridge thingys for the beach hut gas ring. £8
Boiler repairs £80 Aaaaaagh!  ( That's rather spoiled the low spend plan)

£299 +£105 = £404

Back when something exciting/interesting/noteworthy happens
Sue



36 comments:

  1. Good news about Col ~ recuperation takes time and cannot be rushed.
    Miserable news about the boiler, but without that in the picture you are doing well there.

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    1. We had heating but no hot water so it needed fixing especially with the place up for sale

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  2. Awwww that is fabulous news about Cols' platelet count being up.
    I don't know if it's just me Sue but I can't see the photo of Jacob.
    Have a lovely relaxing day-x-

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    1. Had this problem before, because it's copied over from email rather than downloaded from file. Will try to find another way of putting it on the blog.

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    2. Hari ini saya ingin mengunkapkan tentang perjalanan hidup saya,karna masalah ekonomi saya selalu dililit hutang bahkan perusahaan yang dulunya saya pernah bagun kini semuanya akan disitah oleh pihak bank,saya sudah berusaha kesana kemari untuk mencari uang agar perusahaan saya tidak jadi disitah oleh pihak bank dan akhirnya saya nekat untuk mendatangi paranormal yang terkenal bahkan saya pernah mengikuti penggandaan uang dimaskanjeng dan itupun juga tidak ada hasil yang memuaskan dan saya hampir putus asa,,akhirnya ketidak segajaan saya mendengar cerita orang orang bahwa ada paranormal yang terkenal bisa mengeluarkan uang ghaib atau sejenisnya pesugihan putih yang namanya Mbah Rawa Gumpala,,,akhirnya saya mencoba menhubungi beliau dan alhamdulillah dengan senan hati beliau mau membantu saya untuk mengeluarkan pesugihan uang ghaibnya sebesar 10 M saya sangat bersyukur dan berterimakasih banyak kepada Mbah Rawa Gumpala berkat bantuannya semua masalah saya bisa teratasi dan semua hutang2 saya juga sudah pada lunas semua,,bagi anda yang ingin seperti saya dan ingin dibabtu sama Mbah silahkan hubungi 085 316 106 111 saya sengaja menulis pesan ini dan mempostin di semua tempat agar anda semua tau kalau ada paranormal yang bisah dipercaya dan bisa diandalkan,bagi teman teman yang menemukan situs ini tolong disebar luaskan agar orang orang juga bisa tau klau ada dukun sakti yg bisa membantuh mengatasi semua masalah anda1.untuk lebih lengkapnya buka saja blok Mbah karna didalam bloknya semuanya sudah dijelaskan PESUGIHAN DANA GHAIB TANPA TUMBAL

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  3. must admit we fished out the camping gas ring the other day , just to make a cuppa while the builders had the power off

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  4. I've always worried about not have another cooking source and have liked a back up. We have a camping stove. We've needed it too! Our power used to go off quite a lot. And I've always got loads of candles in. I remember doing my homework by candle light in 1973! I wonder how todays' youngsters will get on without their technology if the power goes off?

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    1. I was working in a big old drafty library in 1973 and when the power was off it was freezing.We worked wearing our coats,in the gloom, no chance of the library closing! And it was before computers took over from tickets

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  5. Awww what a sweet sweet little boy x great news about Col X and Thank you Mrs for all your support and advice on my other little blog. It really is appreciated xxx

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    1. No probs, in our family we seem to have covered all eventualities!

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  6. Sue, I live "across the pond" and in the past few days I have thought of your strength and positive attitude as you confronted Col's illness, your move and everything else. So instead of sulking (or worse), I am trying to live one day at a time with determination. You are my inspiration. Onward.

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    1. Goodness, what a lovely thing to say. Thank you

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  7. Beautiful pictures of your grandbaby. Good news about Col!

    Mum says it's been rainy and cold. Makes her want to stay indoors!

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    1. Wednesday was just AWFUL, we don't often get days with rain all day and chilly with it. Today is blue sky, cold but lovely.

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  8. Great news about Col.
    Being a self-reliant sort of person it must be getting to you not having that alternative heating/cooking source, but the gas ring sounds good.

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    1. We can't wait to get back to the country,a wood burner and chance for self reliance again, but having to be very patient and wait for the lady to move in her own time.

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  9. Good news about Col and the picture of Jacob would melt your heart. We have an almost full propane cannister in the van andhope this will do as back up along with the torch that takes the drill batteries which of course are always charged! Hope you get to see Jacob soon.

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  10. I am thrilled to hear about Col. You are blessed with a beautiful Grandson, he is adorable.

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  11. Excellent progress!

    Would love to have a wood burner, the efficient ones can get heat out of a single log for ages.

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  12. Greetings from across the pond. I can't be insulted about anything anyone says about our election, because I didn't like or trust either candidate. (I did vote for whom I considered the lesser of two evils). We will be fine, and the rest of the world will be fine--we are gonna make this work. When the Brits had the Brexit vote, there was at first a lot of moaning. Now, I sense in your country (and I certainly feel this way) that you will make it work, too. It's going to take awhile to get everything straightened out for all of us, but it's going to be OK for both of us.

    Best wishes to America's longtime ally. We have forgiven you for burning the White House in the War of 1812.

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    1. I hope I haven't insulted anyone in the USA.

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    2. I doubt it. Most of us didn't like the choices.

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  13. What a lovely photo of Jacob, I can just imagine him chuckling away. Col seems to be heading in the right direction in all areas which is excellent news. xx

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  14. Lovely photo of Jacob. He is sure growing.

    God bless.

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  15. So happy to hear that things are going well with you and for Col's recovery. Wish we had some of your coolers temps here in California. It's been really warm this past week. I'm excited for our new president elect. Lots of us were tired of having progressive ideas forced upon us. I'm sure we will be fine. My best to you dear one, Pat :)

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  16. No I didn't like the choices for president either here in country across the pond. We changed our plans and stayed home instead of going into the city where there's been protesters and riots. We watched the Blazers play on tv. Life moves on and will be glad when it calms down here in Oregon and across the country. Thankful Colin is getting stronger. Have a good weekend! God bless us all!!

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  17. glad Col's blood test went well. Yes, Wednesday was certainly a grey and rainy old day. I loved it though, I can't lie!

    Fabulous photo of Jacob. And of the oyster shells.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

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  18. Really pleased that cols blood test went well and such a beautiful photo of your grandson xxx

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  19. Such good news re Col and a delightful happy photo of our darling grandson!
    Margaret P

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  20. I am the opposite with Ann Cleeves's Shetland. I prefer the books to the TV version. Mostly cause the bloke Douglas H always acts the same way in whatever programme it is and he MUMMBLES. Mind you VERA is the opposite - TV is better than the books. Lovely picture of J!

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  21. I think exactly like you. Oil costs more but I really like the feeling that I know we are ok, as I have already paid for it. Same as all the wood we have in. I hate it when the TV spoils books for me.

    Glad Cols platelets are on the rise.

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  22. For some reason your blog had dropped off my list, dont know why, was starting to think you had vanished, lovely to see the little one enjoying his swing

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  23. Really pleased to hear Col's health is still improving!
    Isn't it lovely to see Jacob developing a double chin? After his problems early on, he's starting to 'chub up' beautifully!

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  24. Greetings from across the pond. Many of us find ourselves in a state of deep grief over the election. Each day I set one foot in front of the other and commit myself to doing the next right thing. I look for solace in nature, reading and the kindness of friends and strangers. Even though I haven't commented in the past I enjoy your blog and send up good wishes for you and your family. Regarding Louise Penny books...yes, her first book in the series is a bust, but you they do improve. There is a long wait for copies at our library. As for me, most of my reading these days is British books from the mid-20th century. They seem to calm my bruised spirit post-election. Kind regards,

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