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Bargain Food

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The shop I am working in is reducing its food stocks to sell other things so today I managed to get a few bargains.  2 boxes cheerios @ £1 each and 3 boxes readybrek 50p each.  These will be eaten by the men in the house.  I got 5 tins of black cherry filling that I use when I make my cheesecakes for 50p a tin and 2 odd tins chopped tomatoes for 25p each.
Its handy to have a couple of jars of curry sauce in for a quick meal for OH as I cook curry from scratch usually but at 50p a jar I couldn't go wrong.  Beans are reduced to 20p so I picked up 5 tins and I will get more but they were too heavy to carry as I was without a car.
I got a few freezer bargains too.  The potatoes were 90p and I can eat them on Slimming World.  I got 2 bags chicken @ £1 each and the frozen vegetables were 50p each.  OH also got 3 packets of Nice biscuits at 25p each and 4 instant whip mixes for £1. There are a lot of other reduced items in the shop but they are not really things we would normally eat and I …

Precious Times

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I have brought my Grand-daughter home on her very first plane ride.  She was very excited and amazed to be above the clouds and definately looking forward to doing it again.   We did lots of fun things like going to the local strawberry farm, I have lost count of how many lovely punnets of them we have eaten We made a lovely flan. We went swimming a few times and afterwards met up with the men to go eat cream cakes in my favourite tearoom, did a car treasure hunt in the pouring rain which came down so torrential that it flooded the village and I haven't seen it like that in the 10 years I have lived there.
We had a lovely barbecue at my friends and my Grand-daughter went into the hot tub with trepidation but loved it. I let her control when we had the bubbles and we both slept well that night. We watched my friends doing a raft race, I was the reserve, and they won by miles.
Go girls! There was walking in the hills with her Grandad and a trip to collect sea glass at the beach with her Un…

Catch Up July

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Dragonfly photo's taken yesterday.
Its been a busy few weeks working and planning to have our Grand- daughter to visit but as the saying goes .... the best laid plans went awry! My car had developed a problem with the engine light coming on but no faults showing when a diagnostic done so it has been at the garage on and off for 6 weeks now whilst they are still trying to find out whats wrong.  Numerous parts have been replaced and it has cost a fortune too but we are at the stage that I am now not being charged for the labour costs as they are determined to find the problem.  This mean't that my plans to drive south went out of the window and I had to make alternative plans last minute for going.  As everyone knows, when its the school summer holidays, the prices rise dramatically too.  I was so stressed out, worried in case I let my Grand-daughter down and couldn't go.
The view from the train window through the Cairngorms. Thankfully after a bit of effort on the internet, I m…

Messing about on the River

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We found a great place to launch our kajaks from with a little shingle beach.
Plenty of room to park vehicles too.  Thats our kajak on top of the roof rack.
Wait for us!  
Catching you up now.
Action shot!  We have just negotiated our way over some little rapids.  We got a bit stuck on some rocks but we are on our way again!
Enjoying a little chat with our friend Maggie as we paddle along.
The water was quite shallow in places and I saw salmon leaping and herons fishing.
Yoo Hoo!  Waving to Wendy and Phil as we past by an island.
Elizabeth and Maggie stopping to natter.
The end is in sight but what a lovely way to spend the evening.  Think my arms will ache a bit tomorrow though.
Terri X

Frugal Things I've Done This Week

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1.  There was some whole milk gone out of date in the shop I work in so it was being thrown away.  I rescued 3 pints and made a lovely rice pudding for our dinner.  I always save a bowl to go cold and have it next day for breakfast too.       TOTAL SAVING - £1.202.  We haven't been having the hot weather like they are having in England but we have had a couple of dry days so all washing done and dried on the line and clotheshorse.  Everything washed on an eco setting and the quick wash setting for 19mins brought my rug up lovely and clean.
3.  Our internet signal has always been rubbish, most of the time we are lucky to get 2 mb but we have always had to pay for a service we don't receive.  I decided to shop around as our monthly bill seems to be creeping up and for a while now its been rumoured we were getting broadband fibre to the village, indeed the roads have been dug up numerous times. On checking BT they say we can order fibre now and are offering £65 back for taking up t…

Is it just me?

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My little washing up brush sits in my cutlery drainer but shes so cute just smiling at me that I just can't bring myself to use her as a brush and ruin her hairstyle!   Does anyone else have something they brought for practical purposes but can't bring themselves to use?
Terri X

Amazing Log Cabin

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If you have followed my blog since I began writing when we lived in our small croft house in the hills, you might remember that I posted about this amazing wood cabin we came upon one day.
It was just luck that it was mentioned whilst we were out with a group of friends and one piped up and said she knew the cabin and she looked after it for the owners who live in South Africa!  Well we were all stunned by this and bombarded her with questiions about the interior.
As you can see from these photo's, its in a beautiful location.   Our friend told the owners of our interest and they kindly offerred to let us all use their home to hold our bookclub get together!  How amazing is that, to let total strangers into their home whilst they were not there.
Well we had a lovely evening, its an incredible house built with these huge trees shipped all the way from Canada.  Inside you could just smell the wood, lovely.
The few interior pics didn't turn out brilliantly as there was so much light i…