Monday, 15 March 2021

Happy birthday to me

I bought these daffodils in the food charity last week. The flowers were all closed but by the following morning several had opened and then all had opened when I took this photo. Such cheerful little beauties!

The weather in the week beginning  March 1st had definitely turned colder. On Wednesday, it was both cold and foggy and it rained in the afternoon.  I just didn't fancy a walk. I did fancy making a cake, however, and as I didn't have enough butter or ground almonds decided to go to Aldi or Lidl to buy some. Aldi didn't have any ground almonds but Lidl did. Somehow on that little trip I managed to spend almost 25.00! I bought new PJs; 2 new pairs of socks, some drawer dividers and some green wool; as well as the things I went for. The cake, a mincemeat crumble cake, took forever to cook but I finally used up the 2 remaining jars of mincemeat I've been promising to use up for months. Both jars were dated use by August 2020  and tasted absolutely fine. Use by dates are just guides and not the law. The cake was really delicious. I caught up with blogs and before I knew it, it was time to make dinner and light the fire. There is always so much to do I never seem to have time to feel bored; although I do wonder if I didn't blog and follow other people's blogs would I have lots more time on my hands?

This was Wednesday's outfit; everything charity shopped except the boots from Sainsbury's sale and the earrings from eBay.

These check trousers by Zara are years old and very warm; top by Ashley Brookes and houndstooth check cardigan by F&F.

All jewellery charity shopped except earrings from eBay. I bought myself 3 new pairs to make up for losing 3 pairs last week. I've also asked for some earrings for my birthday...

Thursday was another bleak cold day. I went to the farm shop; Sainsbury's and Lidl and having unpacked the shopping and put it away I realised I had forgotten several items. I walked into town for the missing items and then went for an urban walk of 5.4 miles.

This was Thursday's outfit. Everything charity shopped except boots as before. Trousers by Next, shirt by Chicos; cardigan by Laura Ashley. I put a box of books out and my old cup and saucer as I'd treated myself to a new one. When I went out later to retrieve the box in case it rained overnight the whole lot was gone box included and my handwritten 'Free - help yourself' sign!

All jewellery charity shopped.

Friday was a brighter day but still cold. I went into town to QD for some bird food items; debated about going for a walk and decided against it. I had plenty to catch up on my laptop, books to read, washing to do; crochet squares to make etc.

Everything charity shopped except OTK boots bought online. Skirt by Per Una, M&s; top by Next and jacket by Country Casuals.

The above two photos are taken in selfie mode whereas the one below is not; a clearer picture but hard to pose for as you can't see yourself!

All jewellery charity shopped except earrings from Etsy. I spent Friday afternoon crocheting but feeling guilty I hadn't gone out for a walk. I made up for it on Saturday. I met up with my daughter and we took her neighbour's dog and ourselves on a 9 mile walk. Part of it was to recce a walk I'll be leading on 12th May for the Ramblers; but as it was a nice afternoon we decided to extend it. I think 9 miles walking is a first for my daughter! In the evening we finished watching the last episode of Deutschland 83; next we're looking forward to watching Deutschland 86.

I had ordered some new cushions online and got an email on Sunday morning to say they were ready for collection. It meant driving to Rushden to our nearest Asda; I decided to go on Monday as I wouldn't be home schooling and would have a free day. On Sunday, I walked 9.6 miles and did the usual housework and made dinner. I was a bit stiff and sore after two days of long walks and decided not to walk again on Monday and to have a rest.

It was a bit of a shock to the system getting up 6.45 am on Monday to get youngest grandson up and ready for school. I take him on Mondays in 'normal' time for an 8.30 start. The traffic was horrendous; it took me more than 5 minutes just to to exit my street. What a huge difference the schools going back make to the traffic; but of course it was the first day back at school since the Christmas break. 

I drove to Rushden to collect my new cushions - it was good to see somewhere different.  When I got back I made some butternut squash and sweet potato soup as well doing two loads of washing and catching up with blogs and blog comments. My crocheting is coming along nicely; I now have enough squares to make 2 rows of of a 12 row blanket. 12 x 12 =144 squares. I wonder how far I'll have got when I post this?

This was Monday's outfit. I stayed in walking leggings and top all weekend. Everything charity shopped except the boots bought online.

Trousers by Zara, top by Pepperberry and cardigan by Merc of London. I remember buying this cardigan in a Jewish charity shop in Golders Green on a birthday trip to London in 2018...

All jewellery charity shopped except the necklace from South Africa; a gift from my ex mum-in-law.

Back to the food bank on Tuesday even though it was my birthday... I was surprised to find that there were several March birthdays among my colleagues. I put away toiletries and cereals and then continued splitting up the tea bags; and unloading and putting away more boxes of teabags. I have jobs set up ready for next week as the warehouse manager won't be in. OH bought me some lovely new walking boots for my birthday; my brothers, son and ex mum-in law all gave me money. It was a beautiful day bright and sunny; I should have gone for a walk but by the time I had paid the mobile home fees online and completed the 2021 census form also online it was too late!

In the evening my daughter and her partner made dinner for us and we celebrated my birthday as befits a 67 year old - in style!  

Opening birthday cards; I was pretty flushed as you can see -  after one glass of champagne! I only had the one.

Dress and jacket by Next; both charity shopped. I've had this jacket for more than 10 years and get lots of wear out of it every year. It has a leather trim down the front and around the neck. OTK boots bought online.

Earrings and brooch bought in Donegal and made by local crafts people. Other jewellery charity shopped.

My daughter bought me a new FitBit which is a smart watch and I also received two pairs of earrings, chocolates, a bottle of Canadian Club whiskey and an animal print blouse; from my daughter, grandsons, and middle grandson's mum. How very spoiled I am! You can see one pair of my new earrings here:

They're fish shaped and attached to a circle which goes through the ear. They should be much harder to lose than the usual dangle type of earrings!  I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. All other jewellery charity shopped.

All clothes charity shopped except tights online retail. Boots by River Island, dress, no label but it has pockets! Top by John Lewis.

It was a miserable day on Wednesday; wet, windy and cold. I had to go to  town to two banks and to order some flowers for Mother's Day bouquets from my grandson's to their mum's; I spent about an hour in total walking about in town. I was glad to get home and in the warm and any thoughts of an afternoon walk disappeared. I spent quite some time setting up the new FitBit.It became extremely windy in late afternoon and evening as if a storm was brewing. I could hear it in the chimney and the windows were rattling all through the night.

Thursday started out bright and sunny but the high winds continued. I went to the farm shop, to Sainsbury's and to Lidl for the weekly shopping. After unpacking it all I added a headscarf to my outfit in preparation for an urban walk but soon after unpacking the shopping it began to rain heavily followed by several hailstorms. No walk for me! No hanging out the towels I had just washed either...

Everything found in a charity shop except the M&S boots from a Bedford FB buy and sell group and Snag tights. Dress by Oliver Bonas, spotted shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt and headscarf; all found in my Barnardo's.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I spent Thursday afternoon doing more research on Ancestry UK before making dinner for OH and middle grandson. He's back for dinner on Thursdays now they've gone back to school. Another bit of the normal weekly routine returning. 

I have been redrawing my family tree as I made some errors on my original copies; and I was also chasing up a query from 2nd or 3rd cousin of mine in Kent as to how we're related. Through our great grandparents it turns out; they were brother and sister. Spending time on Ancestry UK is like going into a time machine; hours can pass as I pore over Parish registers written in Latin in many cases. I bought middle grandson an Ancestry DNA kit for his birthday in January and he is waiting for his results to come through. I expect his ancestry will be fascinating; covering the UK, Ireland, Africa and the Caribbean. I never expected when I did mine that it would come back as anything other than 100% Irish; but I have 13% DNA from Malta and 15% from Northern and Southern Italy! I have managed to trace relatives back to great, great, great grandparents; to the early 1800s at least and haven't found the Mediterranean connection. It must be generations back and I think it will be from my father's side; my maternal grandmother's family were from Dublin and cities tend to be more cosmopolitan than the countryside.

It's been about 20 years since I had the house painted and it was badly in need of painting. I arranged with daughter's partner to do it as he is an all round Jack of Trades. He had made a list of what I needed to buy; which meant sometime soon I needed to go to the DIY store and buy stuff. I don't like DIY stores very much and put off going there. I needed to buy masonry paint, paint for windows, the front door and gate; paint for the front gable and filler; the thought of it made me yawn with boredom.  Thursday afternoon would have been the ideal time to do this chore; instead I spent a very pleasant time spending my birthday money online. I bought music, swimming shoes, 2 cross body bags; a pair of yellow boots and a pair of clogs. The footwear and bags were from Vinted. The swimming shoes were in case I'm brave enough to go for an outdoor swim in the week beginning 29th March; as that is when outdoor sports can return. I have swimming shoes at the caravan for sea swimming but none here.

I checked the forecast on Friday morning as I was determined to go for a walk. There was less chance of rain in the afternoon so I set off for 5.5 mile walk in breezy sunny conditions. I walked along the river to Great Denham and very enjoyable it was too. I wore this outfit; just substituting walking boots and socks for the long boots with the addition of a waterproof jacket. Spring blossom was everywhere.

All jewellery from charity shops except the earring which were a present from my sister in law when she was here last year; they came from South Africa. I forgot to wear a bangle.

Everything bought from a charity shop. Snake print leggings by M&S, top by Next and red stretchy top underneath from Primarni. The long suede boots were 99p from Barnardo's in Ampthill last summer. I have worn these and a pair of OTK boots this winter but not my other pair of leather OTK boots nor my two pair of long boots. I've also not used handbags much at all in the past year. I either use a fancy shopping bag when I'm running errands; a ruck sack or a cross body bag when I go out for a walk. I can see me getting rid of all my handbags; keeping just one good one; and some for the evening in the fond hope I may actually get to go out in the evening somewhere this year! I have a storage box of handbags under my bed and it would free up space...

I walked into town on Friday morning to collect a Vinted parcel from the Hermes parcel shop and went to Iceland for a couple of things I'd forgotten when I did the shopping yesterday. Don't you hate that? I do it all the time.  I picked up a spring bouquet and a couple of cyclamen plants from the food charity on my way back from town. When I got in I potted the Cyclamen up and a couple of Hyacinths into containers for the front window. I then braved the DIY shop; going to Wickes to buy the paint. Thankfully it was relatively painless!

On Friday evening we watched the final episodes of Deutschland 86. Ready to start Deutschland 89 on Saturday. Between crocheting and watching TV I haven't got much reading done this week...

My second cross body bag from Vinted arrived on Saturday morning and after breakfast I went into town again to collect the Mother's Day bouquets from my grandsons to their mums. I delivered them both in the afternoon and the daughter and I went for another walk; taking the neighbour's dog once again. When the sun came out it was lovely but we had rain, hailstones and strong winds as well. Managed 5.5 miles in total.

This is the first wearing of my birthday blouse. I think I could have added beads but by the time I took the photos it was too late. Marilyn jeans by M&S charity shopped, kimono present from my daughter and boots bought in Sainsbury's sale.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Sunday was Mother's Day. As I have no children at home there was no breakfast in bed sadly but I did get some beautiful cards from my son, daughter and middle son's mum.

My daughter made me this beautiful hamper full of some of the things I love. Flowers, plants, wine, sweets, chocolates, peanut and date butter, home made chocolate and hazelnut squares, some shower mousse and a hair mask. Completed with a beautiful heart saying 'Grandchildren loved here' - very true! How lucky am I and how blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

I got up and made a honey cake and when OH emerged we went to visit a garden centre/farm shop we'd never been to before. We bought Delphiniums, Alliums, Dianthus, Candytuft, Tomato plants and a Narcissi. OH potted all up when we got back and I got on with the housework. I made dinner as well and there wasn't time for a walk but it was a bit of a miserable day so I didn't mind.

I spied this on the way back from the garden centre. Such a sweet little cottage but just look at mummy Duck with her ducklings on the thatched roof. I always look out for the 'Thatcher's signature' on thatched roofs and this is the first time I've seen one of these.

Monday started out wet. Not the best start for getting the outside of the house painted but with perseverance the windows got sanded down...

After dropping grandson to school I did two lots of washing and then set off for a 5.5 mile walk as I didn't walk on Sunday. Everything in the outfit is from a charity shop except the red boots as before. Underneath I wore leggings so I just removed my skirt and added walking boots and socks when I went walking.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I'm still no further with the crochet squares than I was at the beginning of the post. Hopefully by the time I post again I may have done some more! 

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Coming out of Lockdown #3

On my last post I forgot to show you the lovely flowers my Valentine bought for me. 12 beautiful roses in an array of colours - and a box of chocolates, now long gone, sadly. The painting is called 'The Flower Seller' by Diego Rivera; husband of Frida Kahlo. I bought it in a Sligo charity shop in 2019; where I spotted it in the window when the shop was closed. I went back the next day with my two cousins to find a lady enquiring about it. As soon as she heard me saying I had seen it yesterday and had come back to buy it; she most kindly let me have it. I think she was a bit uncertain about it anyway. I'm sorry to say that as I loved the painting so much I don't think I would have let her have it if the situation had been reversed. She was clearly a much nicer person than me!

I wore this to the food bank on Tuesday which was where I left you on my previous post. A lovely mild day it turned out to be. Just to be on the safe side I wore my thermal leggings underneath and sturdy warm boots; I wanted to wear my deep red ones but the floor in the warehouse is made of concrete and pretty cold underfoot. The skirt was picked up in QD but is by George; stretch top by Primarni and cardigan by Joseph W - both charity shopped. Boots bought in Sainsbury's sale. I have these stretchy tops in most colours as they are very useful items for wearing under things.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I work with two other volunteers in the food bank both older than me. One had had her vaccination on Friday and the other was having hers on Friday 19th. Both the manager and the warehouse manager are in category 6 so they may  have to wait  a while. I'm hoping once we are vaccinated we can stop wearing masks in the warehouse. In the afternoon I went to collect my Vinted parcel and did a few errands in town.

On Wednesday, after a trip to the post office (thrilling!) to send a parcel to my son with some belated birthday presents in it; I set off for a long walk. I walked 9 miles across fields, paths and farm tracks and was very sad to find this:

A dead hare. The eyes, the lips and soft tissue from the mouth had already been eaten by  other animals. It was on a farm track and I wonder if it got hit by a tractor or some other farm vehicle. I love hares, they're such beautiful and slightly mysterious creatures. On a more positive note I saw and heard lots of skylarks.

My reading for February seemed to be mostly non-fiction. I've read about living on a narrow boat; a very angry book about living on the poverty line; one about things found on beaches and another about wintering - or resting and retreating; which is something a lot of us can relate to since the outbreak of this pandemic. I had a bit of a splurge on Kindle  taking advantage of the 99p offers and a lot of the books I read in February were on my Kindle. And talking of retreating I also watched with fascination a documentary on BBC4 called 'Retreat; Meditations from a Monastery'. It was following Benedictine monks in a range of monasteries. There was no commentary; just the occasional written piece of information. They cooked, gardened, carved, wove, sewed, made wax candles and honey; and went about their daily lives.  It was both incredibly interesting and soothing at the same time. The BBC were running this as part of their 'Mindfulness' project during this lockdown season. I do enjoy watching programmes without commentary. I've previously watched one about a trip down the Avon and Kennet canal waterway and another one with someone carving a chair by hand. Totally engrossing!

 I had treated myself to this lovely blazer from Vinted and wore it on Wednesday. A steal at 3.50, I thought.

Boots bought online retail; trousers by M&S and black and gold top by Mint Velvet. Both charity shopped.

All jewellery charity shopped.

The sparkles on my top matched the sparkles in my blazer. I don't have much in the way of 'gold' jewellery as I much prefer silver; I don't possess a single gold bangle or bracelet. Another thing to add to my charity shop list ready for when I can go for a good old rummage again.

Before I knew it Thursday has rolled around again. I wore this to do the Thursday shop. Everything charity shopped except the OTK boots. The skirt is by Acne Studio and was 6.00 from a charity shop in Sandy. The cardigan is by Susan Bristol and was also charity shopped.

You can see the skirt has pockets! They're really deep. I bought the necklace at an independent shop in Bedford called 'Lola and Simi' which has now closed down. The earrings, ring and bangle were charity shopped. The earrings are Indian and are green on the outside and red inside; you can see the red side here. Unfortunately, I lost one probably at the farm shop loading logs into the car. That was the third earring I'd lost since last Monday.

When I had finished the shopping and packed it away; I successfully used the pressure cooker  for the first time. It took 35 minutes to cook the oxtail; whereas the original recipe stated 3.5 hours in the oven. I did finish it off in the oven for 90 minutes and it was delicious. I'll be making more use of the pressure cooker now I'm confident in using it.  I should have gone for a walk; it was a beautiful warm day with lots of sun but by the time I'd finished everything I had to do I was too tired. In the evening we binge watched the last three episodes of 'Monster'; a Norwegian drama which was brilliant but both bizarre and surreal. OH described it as 'deliciously insane'.

OH had the day off on Friday and apart from walking 5.6 miles along the river I didn't do much at all. A lovely man came to professionally clean my oven. It looked like new again.

Everything charity shopped except jacket from Vinted so it's second hand or preloved.  It's by Nightingales which is one of those mail order catalogues which specialises in clothes for women of a certain age; you know the kind I mean; frumpy and boring.  I put their catalogue straight into the recycling bin when they send it to me! This blazer is not their usual run of the mill stuff and even my daughter admired it. Jeans by M&Co; jumper by Oasis. Red boots bought online.

Saturday was so warm it was like Spring. 15.5 degrees on the car temperature gauge when I drove back from my walk. I walked 7.4 miles and checked out a route for a walk I was supposed to lead this month;  I couldn't see that happening unless Boris surprised us with his announcement on Monday 22nd!

I did spot this a 'Netted Iris' or 'Iris Reticulata' growing in the middle of a field. It's not a wild flower as far as I know but maybe it had been seeded by a bird. My car was due it's MOT on Saturday and for once it passed with nothing needing doing. What a relief.

I went into town on Sunday to buy the middle grandson a scientific calculator. The only place I could think to go was W.H. Smith. The downstairs section where the calculators should have been was closed off to the public as part of Covid precautions. A lovely member of staff went and fetched me a couple from downstairs and I was able to buy one for middle grandson who was very pleased with it. After the trip to town I did a whites wash and dried it; did the usual housework and as OH was cooking dinner I made a pecan pie for dessert. We only have dessert on Sunday and I try to make it wherever possible. Of course, there's the usual issue of not everyone liking the same things. When she comes for dinner daughter doesn't eat dairy; everybody likes chocolate except OH; youngest grandson has nut allergies. I discovered he likes Tiramisu so that's what he had - courtesy of Lidl!

Dress by Apricot, charity shopped; Snag tights in 'Shepherds Delight' and red boots M&S; local buy and sell group.

All jewellery charity shopped except earrings; a gift from Vix at Vintage Vixen HERE. There are little bits of mustard in this dress so I wore the red necklace which has a bit of mustard in it, too. Matchy matchy! All day on Sunday I kept thinking about home-schooling starting again on Monday...

The return to home schooling went well; decimals in maths (yikes!). Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights' for English (I suggested grandson also watches the 2019 BBC TV series) SPaG was words ending in 'cial' and PSHE was about how grandson learns best. Just  one more week to go...

  Boris' announcement on Monday 22nd February saw us coming out of lockdown in a cautious and considered manner. All schools will be able to reopen from 8th March;  many will stagger the return date across that first week.  Also two people from different households can meet outside and even have a coffee on a bench! Outdoor exercise venues can reopen from 29th March and the stay at home rule will end; but people should stay local. The really crucial date for me is 12th April; the third phase of the restrictions easing. Non essential shops can open as can indoor exercise venues. I can go back to volunteering at the charity shop; go rummaging and go swimming all in the same week - yippee. Also in that same week UK staycations can take place away from home. I feel a trip somewhere coming on. By June 21st we may be back to a normal existence! No social distancing, no masks, no Covid dance everytime you pass someone on the street.

Tuesday was sunny and bright but very windy. I pulled something in my back at the foodbank stretching up to put something from a shelf. It was painful for the rest of the day so I put my feet up when I got home; caught up with Blogland and read. I also searched for somewhere to stay for a week in April and decided on Cornwall as OH had never been. Although OH had 12 weeks of furlough in the first lock down; he didn't have a holiday or break away from home and I think it's important to have a change of scenery. 

I didn't wear this to the food bank I forgot to take photos on Tuesday. This was Wednesday's outfit. Everything charity shopped. Marilyn jeans by M&S; top by Glamorous; jacket no label. Boots; local buy and sell FB group.

My back was back to normal on Wednesday and I put out a box of books for people to take first thing on Wednesday morning.  Soon after, my doorbell rang. It was our postman asking if he could take 2 of the books. He had seen the 'Free - help yourself' sign on the box but wanted to to ask first! How very polite....

If it hadn't been for lockdown I would have been leading a Rambler's walk today; I think we'll be back group walking from the end of March; when outdoor group exercise can re-start. I decided to go for a walk anyway.

All jewellery charity shopped.

My walk was just over 8 miles and was a proper ramble. I knew where I wanted to start from and then I just went where my feet led me. It was almost a disaster, as when I'd parked the car up and reached for the bag with my walking boots and socks - it wasn't there. I'd left it at home. Luckily, I always have spare footwear in my boot; usually a pair of old loafers for beach shoes and summer walking shoes. 
I changed into the summer walking shoes with no socks; however it was an exceptionally warm day for this time of the year at 16.5 degrees. It was very windy though. I do enjoy a ramble and it always spurs me on to follow paths I haven't tried before. I found several new paths, followed them and now have a new route I can use to lead a walk in the future. I can also extend it by a couple or three miles and thought I might try that this week. I spotted my first butterfly of the year - a Brimstone.

When I got up on Thursday my hyacinth had bloomed! This was Thursday's outfit. Trousers bought from Vinted and are by New Look. Top no label;  yellow blouse underneath by Tu and boots; all charity shopped.

It was the usual trip to the farm shop, Lidl, Aldi and Sainsburys. Back home unpack the shopping and put it away. Did two washes and hung one on the line as there was a bit of a breeze. My daughter dropped off some unwanted household stuff and I listed some on Freegle and put some out on the wall for people to help themselves. All the books I'd put out previously had been taken. I finished my book 'Tiger in the Smoke' by Margery Allingham; one of the old green Penguin Crime Series. Both this book and another I read the other day; 'The Franchise Affair' by Josephine Tey were on my 4th form reading list when I was at school. I finally got round to reading them almost 52 years later! There were some amazing books on that list and I still recall a lot of them. I'm on a crime reading spree at the moment so not much crocheting is getting done. We watched the first episode of the new series  of 'Unforgotten' (a UK crime series). It looks like the final series as the key character has three months before she retires. It's been a wonderful series and also introduced me to the music of Agnes Obel who sings the theme song to the the series.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Friday was a glorious day. It wasn't as warm as Wednesday but because there was no strong breeze it felt just as warm. I went for a nice long ramble of 9 miles. I tried to replicate the walk from Wednesday but went wrong somewhere.

This was taken on the return part of the journey; I don't know where this path leads (without  looking at my map) so the next time I walk this way I'll walk it and see where it takes me. This is how I build walks; by following unknown paths on a whim and getting lost. I'm not a person who gets the OS map out and plots a route then walks it...I do the walk then plot it on a map!

You can see I was in the mood for animal print on Friday. Trousers by F&F from Vinted; top by Frank Saul charity shopped. Black wool shirt by M&S present from ex mum-in-law about 15 years ago. Boots by Primarni.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I had put a wash on before I left for my walk and hung it out as the weather was so good. It wasn't quite dry but almost. Two people came to collect the items I'd put on Freegle; a rice cooker and a slow cooker. The slow cooker was too large for my daughter's family so someone else can make use of it now.  A few weeks ago when I was in Aldi doing the Thursday shop; I happened to notice they had slow cookers reduced to 1.99. I bought two; one for middle grandson's mum and the other I was going to give to youngest grandson's dad; but he said he wouldn't use it. When I told me daughter she said she would use the slow cooker which is for 4 people; and give her old one (which was for up to 8 people) away. The rice cooker I bought in a charity shop for her but she prefers to cook her rice on the stove. I had also put out some other kitchen utensils and crockery for people to take and everything went. In the evening we watched the new Finnish drama on BBC4 'The Man in Room 301'. It's looking very promising...

Saturday's outfit. Everything charity shopped.

All jewellery charity shopped.

On Saturday after a 5.7 mile walk along the river, OH and I went to B&M. I bought some plants; my first this year. 2 hellebores, 2 foxgloves and a tray of pansies. I went for a walk on Sunday too; it was another lovely day. I just did an urban walk then came back did the housework and made dinner. The Great Pottery Throwdown on TV was up to the quarter finals which means there'll only be two episodes left. We've decided to watch Deutschland 83 from Monday night based on the good things I've heard about it;  and it was Walter's Intro what sold it to OH. There are three series 83, 86 and 89 to watch so that's our viewing sorted for at least the next three weeks.

On Monday, I did my last ever (hopefully) homeschooling session with the youngest grandson. More decimals and writing summaries; sentence clauses and conjunctions. We didn't do PSHE in the afternoon but baked a Bakewell Tart instead. Grandson enjoys cooking and I have to say that my son and three grandsons have always enjoyed cooking when they were young. Both my son and eldest grandson cook regularly and even more so since the lockdowns.

This was what I wore to the food bank on Tuesday. It was a chilly day at 5 degrees and I needed this thick cardigan from Next; charity shopped from my Barnardos as were the trousers from M&S and the top by White Stuff and the scarf. It's amazing how warm a neck scarf can be and if it's cold and I'm at home I always wear one. Boots also charity shopped.

All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings from eBay.

At the foodbank I put away toiletries, put away cereals and spent the last hour splitting boxes of 80 bags of teabags into 2 x 40s. We put 40 teabags in a single person's food parcel and currently we only had boxes of 80 teabags. We still have plenty of donations coming in and we have cleared our other temporary warehouse a few miles away; as the council needed their premises back. I never cease to be amazed at peoples generosity to the foodbank. Thank you to all of you who donate.


By the time I next post I will have had my birthday. I'll be be 67 which I find hard to believe as I'm only about 20 in my head. It's when I do the occasional physical thing that reminds I'm not 20 anymore but in my 60s. Unfortunately, because our lockdown will still be in effect; I won't be able to do the usual birthday thing which is to go to London for a day out and a family get together for a meal  in a restaurant. However, I have booked a week away for OH and I so we'll be off to Cornwall in April when we can travel again. That's something to look forward to at least! 

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