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Old 28-09-2012, 3:14 PM
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I never stick the heating on until after Halloween, but I'll admit I'm finding it rather chilly lately. Think it's the dampness with all the rain. Am getting all our spare blankets washed and dried this week, and stored away in the hot press.

Fired up the gas boiler for an hour last night to make sure that it was working properly, then checked all the radiators were working. Once they all got warm I turned all of them completely off except for the one in the living room and the little one in the main bedroom. When we have the heating on then, we won't be paying for the extra rooms (and hall) being heated.

If I have a few spare quid next week I'll get our Winter overcoats done at the laundrette as they're a bit stuffy smelling after months in storage.
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Old 28-09-2012, 3:16 PM
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Forgive me...I forget who told me to put a fleece under a sheet and over the mattress(I think it was Ginnyknit and Monnagran)Anyhow, it has worked wonders keeping me warm(and with the thermal socks...)

I also read that Shegar found in Primark a kind of cushion that has a kind of pocket that you can put a Hot Water Bottle in and then when you sit you can slip your feet into the pocket.

Well my sewing is a bit rubbish but if I learna whip stsitch maybe I could do something my friend in the States has done and it's a bit like this cushion but could work in a bed...and perhaps a HWB could be used in the pocket of the blanket in a similar way to the cushion...

I'll quote from a comment she left on my blog...in case you want to give it a go...

"Actually, this particular project is fine for folks who don't do much sewing. You can use a yarn or tapestry needly which is big and yarn which is much easier to work with. I just used a whip stitch which is the easiest one.

I also made one for my brother who gets horrible ache in his legs when the weather is cold or damp.

I took two fleeces and sewed them end to end, then flipped one end up to make a pocket and sewed up the pocket-sides. He sticks his feet into the pocket and the backside of it keeps his calves warm, the front then goes over his legs so it keeps him warm when he watches TV. So easy and cheap and it works really well.

Lots of things you can do with fleece. "
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Old 28-09-2012, 3:42 PM
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I don't know if this is the best place for a reminder, but please everyone bear in mind that fleece is VERY flammable, especially as we start wrapping ourselves up with it around extra heaters, candles, cookers etc.

For those not familiar, cotton and natural fibres will catch fire and burn up/off you. Fleece is a kind of plastic, it melts and sticks to you as it burns.

I now want to cheer everyone up by saying you can buy big bags of wheat in supermarkets and ethnic stores, and sew up your own microwaveable wheat bag
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Old 28-09-2012, 4:20 PM
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I don't know if this is the best place for a reminder, but please everyone bear in mind that fleece is VERY flammable, especially as we start wrapping ourselves up with it around extra heaters, candles, cookers etc.

For those not familiar, cotton and natural fibres will catch fire and burn up/off you. Fleece is a kind of plastic, it melts and sticks to you as it burns.

I now want to cheer everyone up by saying you can buy big bags of wheat in supermarkets and ethnic stores, and sew up your own microwaveable wheat bag
Helen, a point well made and you can never have too many reminders...as it happened my fleece had an attached card saying it was flammable.

Luckily or unluckily I have no naked flames around me and it's because I am trying to avoid using the CH that I need them as a way to keep warm otherwise I would happily use the CH again, I wish that I could. As I have said before when I use it so little it is annoying that I have to part with cash because of the standing charges...
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Old 28-09-2012, 4:27 PM
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VAL - would you be able to make the sleeves of your DDs coat longer by making cuffs from fur/velvet fabric and making a snuggly collar to match, don't know if she would wear it with those additions but if the actual coat still fits comfortably it might save a little cash.

We've not had the woodstove lit yet this year but had it swept back in May so it's all ready to go. We have spent the summer making paper logs for lighting it and a friend donated us a bootfull of nice thick wood offcuts the other day. DH has cut them up into the right size pieces and they should give a month's fires when we need them. We don't run the central heating any more unless it is really bitterly cold first thing in the morning and we try not to light the stove until mid afternoon, have learned to wrap up and keep active to stay warm. Cheers Lyn.
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Old 28-09-2012, 4:56 PM
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Hehe, that's always what I tell myself and I have been using the electric blanket fro 5 days now
I live alone, it's not like I have anyone to be turned off by my PJs.... I think I just like being naked too much....
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:05 PM
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VAL - would you be able to make the sleeves of your DDs coat longer by making cuffs from fur/velvet fabric and making a snuggly collar to match, don't know if she would wear it with those additions but if the actual coat still fits comfortably it might save a little cash.
I have done that sort of alteration in the past to school jackets where I've cut down a school fleece to make cuffs and a welt round the bottom. it worked out very well because the colour was the same maroon. But this 3-in-1 is unalterable in that way, lots of zips and plackets and stuff like that. Anyway, it was a gift and she got two winters out of it, can't complain!


One thing I did buy for DD that others might find useful for older girls to wear under school trousers. Tesco has long black over the knee socks for women at two pairs for £3.50. DD may be only not-quite-11 but she's got size 5 feet and her legs are as long as mine so these long socks are perfect for under school trousers. Yes she could wear wooly tights but her school trousers are synthetic and I feel that two layers of sweaty synthetics plus knickers round the crotch area is just asking for thrush or a UTI, even if the knickers are cotton. These socks remind me of the long wool stockings Victorian schoolgirls wore and DD loves them. Extra layer anyway.
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:09 PM
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I live alone, it's not like I have anyone to be turned off by my PJs.... I think I just like being naked too much....
Haha, that made me giggle. Do you by any chance have a allinonesie? I do and my husband isn't a fan
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:11 PM
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We put the garden furniture away this afternoon in the shed. It came out pretty late this year, think it was late June time due to all the bad weather we had. It is unikely that we will use it again this year so we have stashed it away. I also took allot of the summer plants out from the pots, with the intention at some point of putting pansies in them in the next week or so.

I went into town this morning and popped into Primark, but they did not have the fleece cosy socks out out - very disappointed in that! Although I did go to Wilkinsons and picked up fat balls and peanuts for the birds. Also got some of the freezer bags from there as well.

I will confess our heating has been on this ast week and the flannelette sheets are on the bed, which has made all the difference.
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:12 PM
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It's not just smaller DDs that covet over the knee socks VAL - mine was drooling in M & S the other day as they have some woolen ones with a fairisle design and a plain pair too in a pack that my eldest really,really wanted and she's 34! Lyn x.
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:29 PM
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Although I did go to Wilkinsons and picked up fat balls and peanuts for the birds. Also got some of the freezer bags from there as well.
I bought three kilos of suet and the same of cheap dried fruit in my last Approved Food order for about £7. I was astounded at how much bird food cost me last year, this year I'm going to try to stick to suitable kitchen scraps and make things like fat balls myself. I've also grown two dozen large headed sunflowers for seed, the original seedlings came from dropped seeds round the bird feeders so they were free. So they should give me five kilos or so of seeds. I'll get peanuts after Halloween, my Tesco were selling off the type in shells off for 20p a kilo last year. I'll have seeds from the pumpkins too, windfall apples, some birds like bacon rinds and crackling strips from roasts, (hang these out of the way of rats), rendered fat can also go in fat balls and of course you can use small amounts of soaked stale bread and toast crusts. Someone also told me birds like crushed up cat crunchies though I've not checked that with the RSPCB site yet. If so I'll use the crumbs from the bottom of the cat crunchie boxes, same as I do with the Weetabix, Fruit & Fibre and muesli boxes.

Any other suggestions for cheap or free bird foods?
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:30 PM
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I live alone, it's not like I have anyone to be turned off by my PJs.... I think I just like being naked too much....
Well until I became alone I wore light clothing or little when going to bed as the house was lovely and warm, now I have to watch what I spend and I see it getting worse as my income is low(needing state help)and though they say working is always going to be better than claiming(they'd say that even if you were better off by 50p) as you have only one wage coming in(usually the minimum wage)or as work is difficult to get and many have to take part time, many of us are struggling whatever our circumstances. I don't see it getting any better.

The point is because the house is now cold, often freezing and I avoid using the CH I have gone other way...it's all brush cotton PJ's and bedsocks. Fleece blankets, HWB, Dressing gowns, layered clothing. Woolen hats and gloves(fingerless and/fingers)Not forgetting thermal underwear and if needs be electric blankets.

I hate the change but there is nothing I can do about it. Of course some items mentioned are meant for outdoor use but if it gets really cold in here, I'll wear them indoors. I had an auntie of 98 still in her home and she used to wear a thick full length coat and a hat indoors.
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Old 28-09-2012, 5:50 PM
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well off to get my winter bear paw boots re soled next time i have cash, the cobbler reccons he can put a better sole on them, annoying cos i only got em last year but was told once the bottom coating wears off they just are soft and wear lots
, also thanks to freegle i got a microfiber mattress which is so much warmer than the old coil one, which was an unexpected bonus as i was after a mattress topper to save the old one. my mum down south says she is in tea shirsts still, i can't belive its so cold up north already.
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Tried my new boots today. Got them in the summer for £20 after an mse tip off. We went to feed the ducks. Feet warm and dry, very comfy. Much nicer than wellies. Also had my showerproof jacket, and the kiddies were so pleased as we played out in the rain, and I didn't stress about getting wet.

Was lovely to get home and put warm dry things on though...
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I did not used to bother with flu jabs but with a medical condition and kidney problems they say I should and being alone and no one to care for me, it's not good to get really ill with something like that so hope to get my flu jab on Monday.
Thanks for jogging my memory! .... must keep an eye out as my workplace usually offers them (but limited places) - similar to you, have one of those pesky medical conditions that makes the immune system not function properly and also a singleton which makes being ill (esp walking the dog!) a nightmare.

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I don't know if this is the best place for a reminder, but please everyone bear in mind that fleece is VERY flammable, especially as we start wrapping ourselves up with it around extra heaters, candles, cookers etc.
So true, there have been a spate of fires nearbly this week (unfortunately with some fatalities) which has made me even more paranoid about having any naked flame in the house.

Sadly one of my neighbours died in a house fire last year and, after that, I'm afraid all the candles have been put away (even more paranoid with 3 pets in the house) - luckily I managed to get several of the camping lanterns from £land & several pop up LED lights that are supposed to be for your patio but give out fantastic light at £stretcher (also £1) and now rely on batteries.
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Ok, time to face the fact that Autumn is well and truly here. We've had wind and rain for a few days solid this week, and it's been decidedly grotty. So, I've putting the two storage heaters on downstairs at their lowest setting, just to take the edge off each day. It's working, so far, and when we're feeling extra chilly, it's fluffy slipper boots and big cardigan time

Preparations done:
- Front door thermal curtain hung (I wish it wasn't so stiff though)
- Sausage draught excluders put at front and back door
- Door attachable draught excluders for kitchen and bathroom ordered
- Tealights and candles all gathered to one place
- Door-shutting routine in place
- PJs washed and ready to go (can't sleep in bottoms though)
- Bed socks washed and in regular use already
- Hot water bottle in regular use
- Gather together all scarves/gloves/wooly hats/ear muffs so they're easy to grab on the way out
- Fleeces out on the sofa and bed
- Rearranged the furniture in the lounge to make it feel cosier

Things to do:
- Gather bits together for two winter car kits (some items already in the house, others to top up)
- Buy a second hot water bottle (for OH)
- Wash fluffy dressing gowns
- Final tidy up in the garden (pruning bushes, removing spent veg plants, cut grass)
- Switch over to the winter duvet
- Wash and put on the bedspread for optional extra layers
- Defrost the freezer to make room for more batch cooked meals
- Put together small emergency power cut kit
- Give my car a check over (oil, tyres, water)

No major expense here, thankfully, mostly just bits and pieces I need to get off my butt and do I would like to find OH some waterproof/winter boots, as he really doesn't have anything like it. Maybe as a Christmas present (eek, not looking forward to Christmas this year tbh).
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Well - the painter arrived & the windows are now done , hoping that should last them for around 5 years as it wasn't cheap (goodness knows why they put wood windows in, the houses aren't that old!). However, they really should've been done last year but put it off so had parts of the frames with no paint left & was really worried about them rotting (neighbours opposite have a huge hole right through their kitchen window so that would be even more expensive to sort!).

Heading tape also arrived today so will be tackling the fleece linings for the patio doors this weekend (prob Sunday as tomorrow looks like it might be nice) - can't wait to get the sewing machine up and working now I have the new (old) table to put it on

I also have a spare single duvet so may make a fleece poke to stick it in for my knees in the winter evenings too!

Outside Rainy my garden chairs haven't even been outside this year they're still up on the rafters of the garage (do have a couple of plastic ones that have been out tho').

Also need to find a cover for my bike as the one for the table is currently on it.... and a poncho so I can stick it in my pocket if it's a nice day and I'm out walking the dog (you've no idea how often I end up getting soaked!).
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Tried my new boots today. Got them in the summer for £20 after an mse tip off. We went to feed the ducks. Feet warm and dry, very comfy. Much nicer than wellies.
I have a pair of these...actually a friend had bought them, decided after a couple of wears that she couldn't get them on and off easily (very swollen ankles) and as she knew we had the same sized feet she offered them to me. And yes, very nice indeed, very cosy.
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Thanks for the new thread

Last night we had slugs in our hallway So I dug the salt out to put on the step after evicting the slugs outside. That would be the salt I've had sat on top of my kitchen cabinets since we had that really bad winter where the country ground to a halt! Was that 2010/11 or 2009/10?

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Starting to wonder if life will stop throwing poo things at me and let me pay off my debts?
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Once they all got warm I turned all of them completely off except for the one in the living room and the little one in the main bedroom. When we have the heating on then, we won't be paying for the extra rooms (and hall) being heated.
I need to find out how to turn radiators off! Though there is only one I would want off, which is in the spare room.

It's still relatively warm here (S Wales) so heating not been on yet, and spent most of today in just a t-shirt (and jeans!) . I have been away for 3 nights and did wonder whether the house would be cold when I got home but it was fine.

It's my first whole winter here (moved in Jan) so not 100% sure on how the house is in winter. But it's only a small 2 bed mid terrace house so hoping it will fair well. I always have a fleecey blanket over me on the sofa, summer or winter!

I have got down some thicker curtains from the loft for my bedroom as I only have voile ones at moment. So will need to get some curtain rings from £shop to put them up this weekend. Winter duvet is in airing cupboard but probably won't go on til Nov, I don't like being too warm in bed!

I have lots of warm winter clothes already due to my work - youth worker/teacher/outdoor pursuits etc. But my walking boots broke this week so need to look for new ones.

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