The garden in July

The garden in July

I took a few pictures of the garden this week. It’s been looking really good this year. I usually buy a basil plant and put it in a large pot, it lasts all summer. I’ve tried keeping one in the house over winter, but they really don’t like it and...
Progress on the loft and on the blog

Progress on the loft and on the blog

Thrifty Lesley It’s ages since I’ve done just a catch up post, so I thought I’d do one today. This has partly been triggered by some blogmin I’ve been doing. I’ve been blogging for over 6 years now, but haven’t really been doing all...
Good books that I’ve been reading

Good books that I’ve been reading

I haven’t done a review of good books I’ve read and am reading for ages, so I thought I’d do a few today. I have read many other books, these are just some of the more recent ones. The Tattooist of Auschwitz I belong to 2 book clubs. One with the U3A...
A reverse advent for 2017

A reverse advent for 2017

Chocolate or no chocolate Last year I took part in a reverse advent where instead of having a chocolate every day, I gave away items on freecycle or to local charity shops for each day of advent. Well, to be strictly truthful, I try and avoid chocolate as it gives me...
Progress at last!

Progress at last!

The Loft For the last 18 months, we have been trying to get planning permission to convert our loft space. We don’t want anything complicated or too expensive, just a bedroom each end and a bathroom, and the stairs, in the middle. For all the fuss that’s...
Time for a catch up

Time for a catch up

We’ve had a few recipes, so maybe time for a catch up. As you know, I went to a bloggers event recently. I belong to the UK Money Bloggers and what an inspiring bunch of people they are. I have a long list of things to do now! I am currently learning how to do...
A day at the SHOMOS

A day at the SHOMOS

Last Saturday, (ye gods, a week already!) Mike and I went to the 3rd annual Show Me The Money Annual awards, the SHOMOS. It’s a group of UK Money Bloggers UK Money Bloggers is a community of people who write online about money and personal finance – from frugal...
Changing silk flowers to suit the season

Changing silk flowers to suit the season

I’ve blogged before about silk flowers, showing what I chose for both a spring and summer arrangement. I like to keep a large arrangement in my kitchen to brighten up the place. I have a base arrangement of plain green leaves in a ‘glass’ vase, and...
What we did in York while we were away

What we did in York while we were away

On our way up to Rothbury, and back down again, we stayed in York for a few days. What a beautiful city, and so full of history, starting way back in 75AD with the Romans. On the day we arrived, we walked for miles around the city, investigating The Shambles, amongst...