Milann’s mutterings through retirement

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  • EssexHebridean
    EssexHebridean Posts: 21,482 Forumite
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    Great work with all your vehicle cleaning milann - as you say that's a good saving made over just taking it to the local place to get it done isn't it. I usually take ours to the jetwash as we've not got water at the front of the house - when we were in the flat bizarrely it was easier as we had an outside tap fitted on the wall outside the kitchen and could run the hose from there. 
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  • milann
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    I’m not sure where the last week or so has gone.
    We had a lovely if wet time in Bristol. We hadn’t realised when we booked but there was a light festival on. We spent a couple of evenings wandering around viewing the lights. It was really lovely as it’s often dark and gloomy In January and February. We visited a relative in Bath and sorted out details of our visit in March. Much time was spent sitting in various eating and drinking establishments whilst we people watched the folk walking along the river as we sheltered from the rain. We stopped at the Swedish furniture shop on our way home for a cheap bacon butty 😂😂😂😂😂£130 later I’m now the proud owner of a new set of pans and various other items I didn’t even know I wanted until I saw them. In my defence m’lord I’ve been looking for new pans for a while - since I watched the film about the non stick surfaces on pans 😳😳 I’ve had to rearrange my cupboard as one of the pans is enormous. I wouldn’t mind ds has a branch of the shop a 2 minute drive from his house so it’s not as if we don’t get chance to visit. We had a slight glitch in the van as the water wouldn’t run…..we could hear the pump working but nothing was coming through  the pipes. Dh did some research and had a bit of a fiddle but nothing. He was a bit reluctant to do much more whilst were away and it was a good site with everything we needed. He expected to have to get a new pump. Once we got home he investigated further and it was just some sort of air lock. We’d expected to have to get a new pump so £100+ saved 👍
    I’m off to pick Dd and the gks from the train station in 10 minutes so it’ll be another busy week in Milannland. 
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  • Sun_Addict
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    Sounds like you had a good time. A film about non stick pans doesn’t sound very exciting 🤣🤣 My pans are stainless steel, I’ve had them for years and they still look brand new. 
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    My sister & I both got engaged to our partners the same year & for an engagement gift, my Mum bought us both a set of a decent brand of stainless steel pans. She & Dad had recently bought a set & liked them so much, they thought they'd spread the pan love. Well, over 23 years later, our set still looks as good as new. And I've had the same steel wok for 41 years! I do like new cookware, but I don't think I am going to be replacing pans for a good while yet, based on their longevity to date!
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    Enjoy seeing family  :)
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    milann said:
    I’m not sure where the last week or so has gone.
    We had a lovely if wet time in Bristol. We hadn’t realised when we booked but there was a light festival on. We spent a couple of evenings wandering around viewing the lights. It was really lovely as it’s often dark and gloomy In January and February. We visited a relative in Bath and sorted out details of our visit in March. Much time was spent sitting in various eating and drinking establishments whilst we people watched the folk walking along the river as we sheltered from the rain. We stopped at the Swedish furniture shop on our way home for a cheap bacon butty 😂😂😂😂😂£130 later I’m now the proud owner of a new set of pans and various other items I didn’t even know I wanted until I saw them. In my defence m’lord I’ve been looking for new pans for a while - since I watched the film about the non stick surfaces on pans 😳😳 I’ve had to rearrange my cupboard as one of the pans is enormous. I wouldn’t mind ds has a branch of the shop a 2 minute drive from his house so it’s not as if we don’t get chance to visit. We had a slight glitch in the van as the water wouldn’t run…..we could hear the pump working but nothing was coming through  the pipes. Dh did some research and had a bit of a fiddle but nothing. He was a bit reluctant to do much more whilst were away and it was a good site with everything we needed. He expected to have to get a new pump. Once we got home he investigated further and it was just some sort of air lock. We’d expected to have to get a new pump so £100+ saved 👍
    I’m off to pick Dd and the gks from the train station in 10 minutes so it’ll be another busy week in Milannland. 
    Glad you had a nice time while you were away 😊I don't use non stick pans either. I bought a couple of stainless steel pans from the Swedish store last year and love the. I could do with another of the smallest ones because I only use that one when I'm on my own. I'm going to ours soon to buy another one and some glass storage boxes to put food in the freezer. I have plastic takeaway containers at the moment but don't like putting them in the microwave. The Swedish store do glass ones with a silicone lid so I'm going to try some of those and they should last a lifetime unless I smash one 😀 I also use enamel trays for roasting and baking because they can be scrubbed with a scoured without being scratched .

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  • milann
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    It was actually a very good film about the flaky bits coming away from the tefl@n pans and the health effects it had on folk. Certainly food for thought…..can’t remember what it was called though. Ds replaced his pans as soon as he saw it. I have had my old set well over 20 years so they don’t owe me anything. There is actually very little wrong with the bigger pans but the 2 smaller pans were  getting worse for wear. I do still have a big pan that I bought in our old house and we’ve lived here 40 years 😱 It has a copper bottom and still comes up like new with a bit of lemon juice and salt 👍 I’ve made a batch of chicken, veg and lentil soup in it today - very tasty it was too.
    Great fun has been had this afternoon….the gks made themselves at home quickly and we enjoyed tossing pancakes. They have requested baking and trip out to a local park tomorrow so that should be good too. Thursday and Friday we will be doing something with ds and Dh too as they’re both off work. Will probably be a visit to a museum in town as I don’t think the weather is great.
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  • EssexHebridean
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    I sadly had to change woks when we moved as my much loved old one is too "round bottomed" to work on the induction hob - it starts out OK but as soon as it gets hot the base bows out slightly and it stops making contact. Mine wasn't quite as old as Foxgloves one, but not that far behind! 

    have a lovely time with the GKs Milann! 
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  • milann
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    Today has flown by again. We made a very belated birthday cake for ds…..a Jamie recipe which has home made lemon curd and raspberry sauce. It’s quite labour intensive as cakes go but definitely worth the effort. It took myself and the girls part of yesterday we finished it off this morning. Ds was very pleased….as were the gks with our efforts. Half has already been frozen for a later date as it’s quite a substantial cake. I have a jar and a half of delicious lemon curd in the fridge too 😁
    Dd and ds have gone out to the big city tonight so I’ve enjoyed having the girls to myself as Dh has gone out too. They chose what they wanted for tea and watched a daft kids film but it was lovely. We’re heading over to ds house in the  morning where dd stayed last night. We’re heading to see my brother which is only a junction away from Dh house then to the science museum in town followed by a Chinese at ds house. Everyone is heading home early on Saturday. It goes so quickly when they’re here. It’ll seem so quiet next week.
    I haven’t actually spent that much money as I resisted buying clothes for them yesterday in M@rris@ns. I did treat us to a drink and cake in the park yesterday but that has been all I’ve spent which is quite unusual when they visit.
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  • WinterWarrior
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    It sounds like such a lovely time. I’m side eyeing my non stick pans now!
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