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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
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    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes
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    • 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes 27th Oct 16 at 9:11 AM
    Hello

    I think that the time may be right to start a new diary. So much has changed since I started my 2nd diary, which can be found HERE and we're a whole lifetime away from my first diary, which can be found HERE

    Whilst my first 2 diaries concentrated on living a simple life, concentrating on debt-avoidance for my (then) DP and I, we had a 'bit' of a tumultuous 2015, which meant that my DP became my DH and we 'Two' became 3, with the safe arrival of Baby Greying

    Our focus has changed dramatically. Far from contemplating 'downsizing' (a bit of a misnomer in terms of our house, honestly, I've been in bigger 'flats'! ) and somehow achieving early retirement; we now have a future focus that needs us to be super fit and active for as long as we can be. Also, as older first time parents, we are both committed to try to be in Baby Greying's life for as long as possible, without being a burden. Because whilst being older does have some distinct advantages when applied to parenting, there is no denying there's a downside too..............

    Also, the economic climate is changing once again. Blame it on whatever you like, but there is always some reason why prices of x, y or z rise. There is always a reason why, when you find a way to combat inflation; someone comes along and changes the rules of the game. A good example of this is our wood burner. When we had it installed, we had access to a goodly amount of free wood, we both had the time and energy to process it and we could live with parts of the house being cold. Forward 10 years; more people have stoves - and are all chasing that 'free' wood, 'purchased' logs are now very expensive around here and we've no time to stack nor chop wood. It's become easier, and 'as expensive' to flick the on switch for the central heating....... a cleaner in-house option, that can keep the whole house a manageable temperature and Baby Greying at a safe and comfortable temperature.

    Now it does matter if our hair-brained money saving wheezes make our teeth fall out or our toes freeze orf, because it impacts on our ability to look after Baby Greying in the now and in the future. Our health and well-being is a priority - but still not at any price. We want to have it all,;but with only a modest budget available, we're gonna have to get creative. I rarely shop in the 'big 4' supermercados. We purchase some things from mrL, some from mrAl. A smattering from mrW, mrT and m&$ (bananas mostly), with h0me bargins and h3ron f00ds being the sources of our regular shopping. We also have access to a food co-operative and I occasionally get to go to the next city along to get bulk purchases of pulses and spices.

    Our focus now (that we've got over the shock of Baby Greying ) is to move on from Greying Towers. The long and short of it boils down to it not being the right environment for us to bring up a child here. There are nicer places. We need to find them. So a move is on the cards. However, some renovation of the towers is necessary, and whilst funding has always been an issue; now we have the added upheaval of trying to do work around a baby. Not impossible, but not ideal. It's also still proving impossible to find reliable tradespeople. We're looking for a plumber, again

    The one thing that I've come to recognise with age is that there is always 'good stuff' in every life. Even when you're really going through the mill. There are good people, who say or do good things to help you. There are the wonders of nature to take in at every turn. There is humour everywhere, even if you have to look under a few rocks to find it. It is important to be thankful, even on the dark days. And I try to do that - and find writing it down, in my online diary a good exercise in stopping. And thinking.

    We like food at Greying Towers. I write about it alot. I take pictures of me tea. We're vegetarian (at present) and so vegetables feature. Alot. When it's gifted HG produce, it's even better

    So, do you fancy climbing aboard for the new adventure. Taking some time out to Fall apart in my backyard with Me, DH and BG?

    Greying X
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 16th Mar 17, 2:15 PM
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    Pah to electrical and other things going kaput Most inconvenient. And not really something you can tackle yourself (I'm fortunate that Mr cheery does have some experience in such matters and is willing to do small things but it's not something I'd ever go near else I'd probably look like this )

    Laughing at the thought of pb sandwiches in your house I bet you'll pull out some fantabulous meal that will have the rest of us drooling with envy

    I, on the other hand, will probably just recreate the porridge I had for breakfast currently at the tail end of tonsilitis and throat feels like it's full of razor blades so eating anyhing other than lolly ices isn't really that appealing...
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 16th Mar 17, 3:39 PM
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    Good afternoon

    beanie your vibes worked, thanks love! The retailer was very, very accommodating and I think has sorted me out with something far better than I had plumped for originally, and it didn't cost me any extra. If it all works out (not had chance to try it yet), I shall certainly be dropping a line of thank you and huzzah for good service to the HO bods

    EH - the only thing is, if our electrician will do the work - given my luck with trades, that can't be a foregone conclusion - is that we know he charges fairly. Which doesn't mean it'll be cheap, but neither will we be ripped off.

    joeyjimbles - I remember Nigella doing that to gnocchi too! And funnily enough was wondering what to do with the second packet - not to get 'rid', and they are perfectly fine boiled, but it's nice to have options, isn't it?

    Cheery - pah to illness! Had I got more room in the freezer, I would make you a range of 'smoothie' based lollies with mangoes, pineapple, coconut, avocadoes - all the nice things to taste without inflaming your throat further. I agree with you entirely about DIY to a 'point'. DH would change a fuse in a consumer unit, but wouldn't attempt to change a fuse board - even though the electrical bits & bobs shop was willing to sell him one Better to know your limitations i think Besides, I'm sure if we ever rent out/sell this house, we'd have to prove that the consumer unit was safe/fitted by a certified person anyhow. Might as well bite the bullet now.

    i've still not decided what to have fer us tea.

    Today has been a funny day. In one way I've made great strides, but it took time to sort out, and in other ways, I've achieved nowt. Baby Greying is currently fighting taking a nap. They had about 20 minutes earlier where they literally zonked out (on the floor), but I think they need a bit longer. Will try lying them down. see if they take the hint Then i'll think about tea

    Ta for popping in and chatting with me. Appreciated

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Mar 17, 4:34 PM
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    Great news
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 17th Mar 17, 9:25 AM
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    Good Morning

    Sorry for no pic of me tea last night. PB was, surprise, surprise, playing silly b's again - same this morning - and judging by the angry responses on the website blog, it ain't just me encountering problems.......

    Anyway, we had a falafel (hm) salad bowl with brown rice, speciality (?) broccoli from mrL PoTW (69p) and tahini, miso, citrus dressing. sunflower, pumpkin, nigella and sesame seeds with chopped walnuts scattered over. And a mAgnuM icey cream for dessert

    Tonight's tea will not be pizza (sorry rtandon!), because I've made (tastes better made 1 day in advance), a vegetarian guiness stew. Which I hope to serve with buttery mash (will lamorma co-operate?) and maybe some cabbage if I can find summat fairly priced

    I've a ton of tidying up to do - things have really slipped this week, what with one thing and another

    I've got to write a note to a pal, get a photocopy done and maybe some pictures printed.

    So better get my tail-feathers-a-shifting!

    Ta for popping in and for your ongoing encouragement. Appreciated

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 17th Mar 17, 10:10 PM
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    ...I've a ton of tidying up to do - things have really slipped this week, what with one thing and another ...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 18th Mar 17, 3:59 PM
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    Hang out the bunting!......
    Nope, t'ain't someone's centenary, but PB has deigned to allow me to upload a pic of Thursday night's tea

    So, without further ado - here it is;



    Tea last night was the veggie guiness stew, with mash (quite nice, very 'dry' - no matter how much butter/milk you added) and green beans, as I couldn't find a cabbage at the right price point. No pic, as we were racing round like loons trying to do chores, look after baby, feed ourselves etc etc.

    Tea tonight will be fush, chups and mushy peas so that we can watch the rugger

    We've been out today, we went to a local market town, dropped off some stuff at a chazza, picked up some bits and bobs at the local whole foods shop (resisted beluga lentils on this occasion!) and I finally got round to investing the £10 that I found on a pavement a few weeks ago on some UHT milk for the foodbank. mrS still sell cartons that have screw lids, which I think is helpful and so they get my money, rather than the shops that sell the product slightly cheaper, but in cartons that won't close. Because there were 2 of us and we were near the car park, I bulk bought 3x 6packs, and I'll take cartons round to the FB each week in 'carryable' numbers. Not quite as generous as previously, but what we can afford to give at the moment - in terms of energy and time.

    We then went to a local spot and hooked up with a relatively new friend, drank coffee, ate cake and generally had a nice time. We were going to fit in a walk, but the weather changed, so we ate our sangers and hm 'sausage' rolls at a nice spot. And then came on home again

    Right, there is a cup of tea with my name on it somewhere abouts. Best go and track it down.

    Ta for popping in. Appreciated. Greatly

    Greying X
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 18th Mar 17, 4:06 PM
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    mmmm - looks lush as always - scrolled back to read the description!

    How do you cook your falafels GP? Are they baked, pan-fried, deep-fried? I've never managed to get them to stay intact & cooked through unless I make them tiny - the size of a pound coin - always very envious of lush large intact falafels!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 18th Mar 17, 4:17 PM
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    How do you cook your falafels GP?
    Originally posted by rtandon27
    Ay up rtandon! Yes, I always pan fry mine - and always from frozen (same with any type of burger I make). I've only ever tried deep frying falafel once (I don't 'do' deep fat frying, too scared!), and mine fell to pieces the minute they went in the oil, so I've just fried them ever since.

    They sometimes go very brown on the outside, and are only just warm enough in the centre, but I'd rather that than setting myself or the kitchen on fire
    PS - Sorry about the size of the picture everyone - i HAVE tried to edit it, but it seems like PB is still playing sily B's and even though it says the file is shrunk, it clearly isn't!

    Greying X
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 19th Mar 17, 6:39 AM
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    Oh GP - you are a woman of many culinary talents - I now have falafel envy knowing that those were pan- fried!

    (and pic is normal size on both my laptop screen and phone)

    Happy Sunday!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 19th Mar 17, 9:04 AM
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    Good Morning

    Thanks rtandon - I reloaded the pic, and resized it, and it hadn't reset immediately. However, I see that it has now - thank goodness, I know how irritaiting oversized pics can be for people's enjoyment of threads on MSE.

    Gosh, where did yesterday go? We enjoyed ourselves, but it was a blur.

    Well played Ireland in the rugger - thoroughly deserved win. You took the game to England and, quite frankly, owned it - bravo! I gave up watching the France v Wales game - it was excruciating. Scrums have just become a farce.

    DH let me have a lie-in this morning, for which I'm very grateful, but usually once I'm awake, I don't get back to sleep easily, and it's not been restorative. But I greatly, greatly appreciate the gesture - and it's enough of a mum's day pressie for me No need for some marketing persons idea of what I 'should' receive

    Chores, chores, chores as long as our arms on the agenda today. And I've no idea about tea - possibly curry as I've the aubergines to utilise. We should sneak in a visit to the parentals too...... no wonder days fly

    Right, I've come to the end of my coffee, so best go and tag in for DH - and look after darling BG (no hardship ), and I'll attempt to update my household accounts at the same time

    Thanks for popping by and joining in. Appreciated.

    Greying X
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    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 19th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
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    Have a good day Greying Always good to hear what you've been up to. Feel like I've been hibernating this week but I'm going to be inspired by your tasty food and make something other than pizza to eat today
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    • Verbatim
    • By Verbatim 19th Mar 17, 4:53 PM
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    Isn't it Mothering Sunday next Sunday?
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 19th Mar 17, 5:02 PM
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    Isn't it Mothering Sunday next Sunday?
    Originally posted by Verbatim
    Yes, it is - sorry, I'm so tired, I don't know my ar$3 from my elbow at the minute. Can't think why I thought it was this Sunday - all the high profile tat in the shops probably Wonder what DH can conjour up for next week then?

    Greying X
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 19th Mar 17, 7:56 PM
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    Good Evening

    Arrgh, who sapped my energy? Why am i so bushed?

    Irony of irony - I've had pizza for tea Not even freshly made pizza, it was a couple of slices outta the freezer DH will have his when he's finished putting BG to bed (this usually takes some time, and then some more time as DH very often falls asleep too........ )

    I've written a very important (to me) 'personal' letter this afternoon. And I've sorted out some pics, you'll never guess of whom....... to send to a good and supportive friend. So they are both ready to post tomorrow, although I'll have to check that the pictures won't exceed the normal post rate, and get the envelope checked for 'thickness' & weight etc.

    I have benefitted from generous support from female friends just recently, and for that I remain utterly, utterly grateful. I'm not, by nature, a 'bloke-basher' - I think chaps get things wrong, I think gals get things wrong - it's not about gender. But I do think, that when it works, the 'sisterhood' is a powerful thing. And I hope very much that a chap could say that the 'brotherhood' is equally supportive. But I've never quite felt the depth of support from blokes that I have from my gal pals. Even DH, who is wonderful, kind, supportive and I think, quite a feminist at heart, doesn't always 'get' what is irking me, where as a gal pal will immediately and without hesitation, say. 'OMG - I know just what you mean.......'

    One of my favourite bloggers is back blogging I really thought that she had given up for good. But it appears that she misses the carthartic nature of her blog and has made 3 tentative return posts, so fingers crossed that she finds her mojo and keeps writing.

    I have sorted out my household accounts. I'm up-to-date, but £9 out on my 'non-food' budget - ie the book says I should have X, but the envelope only has Y in it. Not too sure what has gone wrong there, and can't think of one purchase that has put it out of kilter. It'll be me that has forgotten something, but I can't imagine what. We - in common with everyone else - have had raised water bills and council tax bills. Whilst the amounts 'notionally' are small(ish), their combined impact - with things such as rising petrol prices, rising prices of some foodstuffs (or lack of bargains?) means that wage-increases (for which we were actually very grateful) have been nullified. Which is a shame.

    It would be nice to just get ahead for once.

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    My husband

    My Friends

    My 'Family'


    Ta for reading. Appreciated.

    Greying X
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    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 20th Mar 17, 8:45 PM
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    Good Evening

    NSD today, as we only ventured out to the post box to post one letter. The weather couldn't decide if it was going to do 'pants' or 'spring-like for the equinox'. A day of 2 halves, definitely.

    Tea this evening used up the 2 YS'd aubergines from m&$, and I made Cambodian Aubergine curry (http://ao.com/life/food-drink/far-east-eats-cambodian-aubergine-curry/). I used lemon, rather than lime, but had everything else in to make the curry from scratch Picture here;



    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    every day that I get to spend with Baby Greying

    the NHS

    A long overdue coffee date with a mum chum


    Ta for popping in, reading and joining in. Appreciated.

    Greying X
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    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 20th Mar 17, 8:57 PM
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    Looks tasty Thanks for sharing your tea, as always xx

    I made curry last night Was inspired by some coriander in @ldi - don't usually buy fresh herbs but I've never been able to grow coriander and I LOVE it and we never have it, and it was only 69p, and I'd have happily spent more on a mars bar, and I have no idea why I'm even trying to justify spending 69p to you

    Anyway, made a lovely curry based on Jack Monroe's vegetable masala (but with so many substitutions it was barely recognisable) and a green bean side dish with some cumin and black pepper seeds (I'd been clearing out the spice cupboard... I brought both with me when I moved in properly in 2007...). Most tasty, and I also treated us to a tiny 49p (I think) tub of mango chutney, and some pre-cooked poppadums from HB. Wouldn't normally do that, but it was the sort of day we'd normally look at each other and decide to get a takeaway so I me spending a grand total of about £3 extra was a bargain

    Anyway, the point to my story (finally) was that I cooked the darn curry, served it up, and we'd got half way through eating it... before I remembered the coriander...
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    • Verbatim
    • By Verbatim 20th Mar 17, 11:33 PM
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    Oh Cheery. That sounds so typical of me. I can't laugh out loud as I'm in bed and don't want to alarm my dh but I'm chuckling silently.
    So what will you cook to use the coriander?
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 21st Mar 17, 7:55 AM
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    Good Morning

    Ha ha Cheery - how many times have I done that with ingredients that I have specifically bought?! There is the equivalent mrL version of that coriander in my dish - 69p too. Cheapest price outside of mrT's that sell it in bunches, although way dearer than asian supermarkets Can't wait til nearer summer and to stock up on 4 bunches for £1. Coriander is quite hard to grow - it bolts easily. But you do have the advantage of getting the roots, where the real flavour is - although if you've heavy soil, they're difficult to get lovely and clean for culinary purposes.

    I forsee alot of carrot and coriander soup in your lunch future

    We're having soup for tea tonight - butterbean and thyme if I remember to pick up another tin of butter beans in HB. I'll try and do some sort of flat bread accompaniment too.

    TV guide day. And DH has been tasked with picking up some bits from mrAl. I shouldn't have tried to claim a NSD yesterday - whilst I spent nothing, DH did pick up bits (several of them unnecessary ) from mrL. So we did spend on food items.

    Right, best shift a tail feather. I've managed a shower, getting dressed and a coffee, but no breakfast. Shame on me!

    Ta for popping by. Appreciated.

    Greying X
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 21st Mar 17, 11:08 AM
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    Yes another one who's done that many, many times Cheery!

    Greying - you've reminded me of the T's bunched coriander now - might need to get some of that soonest! While our "home" T's doesn't do them, my "work" one does - and very nice they are too - I thought one of the ethnic supermarkets down the road had a better bargain at 2 bunches for £1 but they didn't stay fresh anything like as long.

    Seeing your falafel pics reminded me too - we had the Jack Monroe carrot & kidney bean burger mix (only with parsnip instead of carrot!) at the weekend and whenever I make that I shape it into essentially falafels too - a really nice twist on a theme.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 21st Mar 17, 4:04 PM
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    EH I love making different shape or size burgers/sliders or 'ba11s'. Very easy to do, but makes things seem a little different somehow.

    Well, i'm just back from an impromptu lunch with someone who I admire greatly. We had a good auld chin-wag, 2 hours flew. Baby Greying behaved impeccably and seemed to enjoy themselves as much as we did Mind, I ate more than I normally do, so I'm not so sure I need tea now Probably change my mind by 6 o'clock though

    I bought lunch for us both and some flowers for my friend, but this is no-quibble spending. I don't go out/eat out alot, so when I do, I like to not have to think about the cost of things. And luckily I don't live around the corner from the ritz....

    i picked up 3 avocados (not huge, but haas I think) for £1 from the overpriced on somethings greengrocers. So will incorporate them into the mealplan later in the week. It said 'ripe', but I'm not overly sure that they are instantly eatable......

    I didn't get the TV guide, but got everything else on my list - a lady in M&$ very kindly insisted that i go before her in the queue, which was most kind and appreciated.

    Walking back, i lost myself for 5 minutes (BG was asleep) watching 2 little long-tailed t1ts in a tree - they are such industrious little birds - don't stay still and tweet to each other the entire time. Beautiful markings on them too. Free entertainment - what's not to love?

    Right, play time with BG and then before you know it, it will be tea time and DH will be home

    Ta for popping in. Very, very much appreciated.

    Greying X
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