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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
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 29-10-2016 at 8:24 AM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 7th Jul 17, 8:09 AM
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    ... If I'm bored, I can always flick a duster around......... ...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Shock!
    Horror!
    No!
    GP I'm sure you can find something better to do with your time!
    ONE YEAR DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 7th Jul 17, 8:47 AM
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    Be careful with that duster greying - mr cheery moved our flylady one as the photographer arrived the other day and it literally disintegrated all over the living room!
    Saved for house move: £16,000
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Jul 17, 1:50 PM
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    Dusting??What is this thing you speak of?
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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 7th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Jul 17, 8:51 PM
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    Good to see you bear
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Jul 17, 6:24 AM
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    Good Morning

    Hi beanie Hi Bear You'll both be relieved to know that I didn't get around to doing any dusting......... Although that makes me not sleep at night, for all the dust Wererabbits under the bed

    Tea last night was as slated, Fresh Corn Salad and l/o black olive pizza. I did try to post a picture, but a) it wasn't very good anyway, and b) I've obviously done something wrong, as it would only post in the mahooosive version!

    I'd highly recommend the salad - I made it with frozen sweetcorn. There aren't that many cherry tomatoes in it, as I was using up the last of the mrAl ones - which, as predicted, failed to ripen beautifully, and went all spotty, blotchy and began to shrivel But the mix of flavours is good and summery - and I know that you all know that arugala is rocket. I got mind from mrL 59p a bag. I used a small piece of red chilli, as that is all I had - it was very hot! The pizza was the last of the one made with millet flour in the base. I let it defrost naturally and didn't reheat it - just ate it at room temperature, so the base stayed as 'soft' as it was ever going to be At least we didn't waste it

    Tea this evening will be curry - definitely featuring aubergines as I got a couple of YS'd ones. They are only fit for curry, but then they were only 15p each too, so........

    We've chores to complete, items to take to the chazzer and a bit of shopping to do, so that'll keep us out of mischief for a big bit of the day.

    Can't think of owt else MS, so I'd best get on with it!

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

    Last night I was just grateful to be able to pick BG up and hug them, very tight. RIP Brave Bradley Lowery

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 9th Jul 17, 7:52 AM
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    Good Morning

    Baby Greying is clearly a consumer who knows how to get the best out of everything. Knowing that their mama & papa shelled out hard-earnt cash for their cot & mattress; they are determined to sleep on every square inch of that matress, in all 4 corners of the cot, each and every night. Which is good. Except the alarm can't cope with it, and thinks that something is wrong. And goes off. Repeatedly. Which is fine, because better safe than sorry. But you'll have to forgive me for being asleep behind my sunglasses if you see me today zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......

    Tea last night was Cambodian Aubergine curry, which made use of the 2 YS'd aubergines that I had I love this curry - it is so fragrant and light. I suppose the curry paste is a bit of a faff to make, but it does make enough for more than one curry, so the time is well spent. I served it with a new to me dhal recipe - which I found in a library book. I didn't do the tempering on this occasion, but will try it in the future. I put lime juice in my dhal too, as well as the zest, and it prinked it up lovely. I actually think this recipe is a keeper, as it is realtively simple (in it's most base form) and is quite economical on ingredients. One for speed and/or thrift - and you know how much I like those 2 qualities in my cooking There was also steamed basmati on the plate too. No pic I'm afraid. The light went weird, and the resulting pictures were not really informative of the dishes, so I shall leave it to the 'pros' who have illustrated the 2 weblinks I've added

    We've got a 'family' do this arvo, so I don't think that I need to bother about 'us tea' tonight

    We had a grand few hours out in the next town along, yesterday. Dropped off a load of stuff at the chazza - the receiving volunteers were enthusiastic and welcoming, which is why we continue to support that particular charity. Although the volunteers in the shop in Greying Town are not so welcoming...... But the drive over to the next town along ain't such a chore. We pootled about getting 'bits and bobs' (all on the list) and camped out in the library which we all love We then went for a cuppa & cake - and yes, I do realise that we are in the middle of UFM. However, we thought we'd use a church-based tea urn, and dropped lucky, as there was a coffee morning going on at a church in the town. It was only as we got inside, we realised that the coffee morning was being organised by a couple of youngsters, rasing money for a school-trip. Bravo to them for being so proactive, getting off their arrises and doing something to earn cash, rather than sitting with their hands held out. The tea/coffee was well priced - even Mr Cheery would have thought it bargainacious at 80p a mug. The cakes were scrummy and we bought a 'whole' cake as well, as i couldn't have made it for less. Quite frankly, it was the best, most satisfying 'food out' experience we've has for a VERY long time. And as it cost less than a fiver (even with chipping in a bit extra) we left with smiles on our faces

    Right, can't think of owt else MS, so best go and see what DH and BG are up to. I can hear giggles........

    Ta for popping in and reading. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 9th Jul 17, 8:39 AM
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    Ooh, I think that sort of tea and cake experience is the very essence of uber frugal month - what an absolute bargain! Mr Cheery would definitely approve

    My frugality is going out of the window with this house sale business but we have received an offer of several thousand more than we asked (!) So perhaps it will all work out in the end with a smaller mortgage than we anticipated!

    I too may be asleep behind my sunglasses today had a friend round last night and was meant to be giving her a lift home, but she quickly rang to check up on her mum - and woke me 40 minutes later as I'd fallen asleep on the sofa Luckily she's very understanding!!

    Have a good day Greying we are facing our first weekend day in lterally a couple of years when there is actually NOTHIN to do in the house I can't even remember what we used to do with such days!
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 9th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
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    Thats good news Cheery Daff

    Coffee & cake sound awesome GP
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th Jul 17, 7:25 AM
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    Good Morning

    In money saving news, I don't think I will need to eat for a week after yesterday's family 'do'

    Exercise is definitely on the cards for today - I had begun to shift the weight, but I think it's all piled back on

    I must listen to the Food Programme on R4 again - very interesting research into 'gut microbes' (soz to mention that over yer weetybix ) and their ability to prevent/ameliorate disease. It's probably symptomatic of any inter-generation gathering, but it was crystal clear yesterday that it is paramount that both DH and I look after our health.....

    I haven't drawn up my menu-plan for this week. I think I heard on the radio that it is going to be 'cooler' this week - but whether that is 'the end of summer' cooler, or just cooler in comparison to last week, is the nuance that I missed! I do however, need another budget-concious week spending-wise this week, otherwise the money won't last the month.

    BG got gifted yet more hand-me-down toys and things yesterday, so the toybox is refreshed. I think it's very kind, but my rellies keep on telling me that they're 'glad to have the clear out'

    Right, can't think of owt else MS, so best clear off outta here and practice mindful spending and clutter reduction

    TTFN, Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Jul 17, 9:44 AM
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    Have a good week GP & friends
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
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    Good Evening

    I don't know if I have much to report in MS terms at the moment.

    I did stick to my 'notional' theme of 'soup on a Tuesday' with ingredients for Bean Soup finding themselves in my fridge and freezer I did improvise a bit with the veg, using a courgette and green beans that I had been gifted by the gardening parental, using a sweet potato from the YS'd M&$ ones and using haricot beans out of the freezer, in place of the cannellini beans in the recipe, but apart from that........ I didn't make scones or flatbreads to go with, as it usually is quite a robust soup. Tonight's version was no exception. Good job it is pelting with rain outside and it proved real summer fodder........

    011 by Greying Pilgrim, on Flickr

    I'm trying to be mindful with my purchases still; fresh fruit and nuts being the only food purchases of the day We had fish, chips and mushy peas last night, a) because the weather was pants enough to have the oven on, and b) I ran out of energy and inspiration. Thank goodness it was all sat there in the freezer/storecupboard really.......

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    people who are kind and happy, despite going through the mire themselves

    that it didn't matter I got soaked whilst out and about (BG stayed dry )

    that i was able to submit my meter readings in one go - usually takes a protracted 'chat' with an advisor to get them registered

    Ta for popping in, reading and joining in. Hopefully I'll have summat more interesting to report, next time.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 11th Jul 17, 9:49 PM
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    All sounding rather splendiferous on here. Waves to all. And dusting, surely not. Loving the gratitude as always GP.

    XOXO
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 12th Jul 17, 9:07 AM
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    Good Morning

    Bit of a late duck in from me this morn, but we've breakfasted, showered, clothed, prepped snap, delivered bestest birthday wishes to a special friend of BG's, and even found time to drink a cup of coffee and make some avocado toast with the last of the organick avocados I won't be buying any more of those for a while, the same batch is still in the grocers, and I had to compost one this morning, as it had quietly gone dark brown inside 33p wasted Not too sure if I could have caught it before it went - it seemed pretty firm up to yesterday.

    I've library books to return today - in time, so no fines I need to pick up the TV guide (I forgot yesterday, in my 'rush' to get out of the torrential rain.....) and one or two bits and pieces for the storecupboard. I've not decided what is for 'us tea' yet, as I was pondering what the weather was actually going to do. Looks as though we are set fair for the day. Still have no more clue what I'm gonna make mind.....

    I've slipped momentum with my THT challenge, but will re-visit today. I've still achieved quite a bit, but I think we're beginning to encounter the tasks that are going to necessitate disruption to the household, so that is possibly why I've slowed down.

    I noticed that tofu (cold-ron-foods brand) in mrW had increased in price by 52p, the other day. 52p!!!! In one fell swoop! Which means that mrA and mrM (currently on special offer) are the cheapest sources at present. It also means that my reasons to darken the doors of our local mrW are decreasing all the time...... I did have a little chuckle to myself, however, as our local branch have now a dedicated RTC section - although they don't call it anything as 'pedestrian' as that - theirs is a 'specially priced items' area. It doesn't seem to be making much difference, as stuff still inna shifting........

    Right, best shift a tail-feather and get on with stuff, rather than nattering about it!

    Ta for popping in, appreciated. As ever.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 14th Jul 17, 9:20 AM
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    Good Morning

    Friday again. Gosh. Time is whizzing. I'm already half way through my THT

    Tea last night was a 'made up' dish, a summer version of my winter 'morrocan stew'. So instead of pumpkin/sweet potato, I used courgette. Thankfully the weather played ball, and it was just the weather for stew. It was a mix of veg, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, courgettes, tinned tomatoes, veg stock and ras-el-hanout spice (which I made up from my whole spices). Served with brown basmati (fancied that over cous cous or bulghar), and broccoli. Picture;

    007 by Greying Pilgrim, on Flickr

    Tea tonight will hopefully be pizza (black olive, most likely) and possibly oven chips.

    I forgot to mention, I finally got around to getting Bernadine Lawrence's book - Feed your family for £5 a day - out of the library recently. I don't think that I have ever read it before - partly put off by having to pay 60p - or whatever the charge is/was - to get hold of it. Seemed to go against the grain of a budget cookbook somewhat. Whilst I did only discover 1 recipe that I want to try out myself, I was struck by how 'good' the book was as a starter cookbook for a first-time householder, a student, or someone that wanted to start to learn to cook from scratch. In 'poncy' cookery books, you never get recipes for basic pastry, crumble or basic bread. This book has everything you could need (maybe it is a bit light - understandably - for special dietary needs), as well as frugal/budgetary hints and tips. All contained in one book. I was well impressed. I was more impressed with that than I was with the 're-print' of the Caroline Conran & Susan Campbell 'Poor Cook' from the 1970's. Some of the recipes seemed familiar, so I don't know if my mother ever-tried any of them, but I don't think it has stood the test of time well. Whilst I aplaud recipes for offal, or game I just didn't really think that we need to have recipes that cook cabbage soup for 2.5 hours anymore...... Totally willing to accept that my opinion is wrong, and it is pivotal to the taste & texture of the dish, but I still ain't gonna be trying it out, anytime soon........

    I was saddened to see a virtually unopened copy of Jack Monroe's 'A Girl Called Jack' in a chazza. If the copies weren't untouched in our local libraries, I would have bought it and donated it to the library services. Folk are missing out on some good, low-priced nosh! Still, you can only lead horses to water......

    I've got to trundle over to mrA today to pick up something for BG and only they stock it locally. still, I'll grab some exercise too.

    Actually, I best start shifting a tail-feather, time-is-a-ticking, and I've not achieved overly much this morn.

    Ta for popping by. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 14th Jul 17, 8:18 PM
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    I made soup today. Potato, courgette and turnip soup. It was yum.


    That is all. As you were.

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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 14th Jul 17, 8:20 PM
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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 14th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
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    Smilie is so impressed he's fainted

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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 14th Jul 17, 10:12 PM
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    I made soup today. Potato, courgette and turnip soup. It was yum.


    That is all. As you were.
    Originally posted by Upsidedown Bear

    That, my darling, is super-fab.

    I've some $h1t going down in RL, so please forgive my absence.

    But HM soup making, with YUM results.....

    X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 14th Jul 17, 10:34 PM
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    I hope that the nasty fan hitting stuff is resolved to your satisfaction asap.
    X
    MM
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