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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
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    Tales from The Shire
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    • 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
    Tales from The Shire 19th Jul 17 at 10:11 AM
    Tales from the Shire


    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
    J R R Tolkein


    After many happy years in the Garden of England we have started a new adventure in The Shire. Although still reeling from the stress and upheaval of the house move, we can see the potential for a wonderful home and life here. It's going to be amazing!

    There is much to do and, as with any great journey, company is much appreciated. So I hope my forum friends will join me on the road.

    A new chapter (and diary) has begun.


    Fortune x

    For those who are interested in how we got to be here, my previous diaries can be found at:

    Two Pennies Left - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4068401
    The New Adventures of Fortune - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5605109
    Last edited by Fortune Smiles; 04-05-2018 at 8:46 PM.
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 25th Oct 18, 8:39 PM
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    Fortune Smiles
    So glad that you had a lovely day
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Thanks Beanie - it helped to recharge the batteries

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 25th Oct 18, 9:33 PM
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    Spendy Wendy
    I've been a Spendy Wendy today but all to plan.

    My neighbours gifted me a rhubarb crown so I spent the morning clearing and mulching a bed for it in the veg garden. I also harvested the last of the apples. Some are destined for chutney which I'll give as Christmas presents to the neighbours.

    My DC and her husband are coming to stay with us for Christmas and we've decided to have Christmas Lunch out so we can all relax and nobody (me) has to spend the day in the kitchen. I booked the restaurant today and paid the deposit. DC wants to go and see the new Nutcracker film so I booked the tickets for that too at our little independent cinema.

    Two cases of wine arrived today courtesy of Mr F's Av10$ points. That should see us through the festive season.

    Our local garden centre launched their Christmas showroom today so we went along to take advantage of a free glass of prosecco each and 15% off. We were hoping to find a new Christmas tree but theirs were very expensive and I think we can do better at JL. We did pick up some half price garlands though, two cast iron poppies for the garden Mr F took a fancy to and two small house plants to put into the pots which have stood empty on my living room windowsill since we moved in We had a 5 voucher to use in addition to the discount so did quite well on cost. Our old Christmas tree will be put to good use in the annex when we get a new one

    Lodger friend may be exchanging contracts on her house sale tomorrow. She has also had an offer accepted on a new home and, if all goes well, may complete on that house before Christmas I am secretly hoping she'll be with us until end January so we can recover from Christmas spends We've decided to try A1rb&b when lodger friend leaves. We'll have to do a little decorating and get a couples of bits of furniture but it shouldn't take long to get started. Budgets might be a bit squeaky until then though

    The new thermostat is doing a great job so at least we're saving some money on heating bills

    Happy Thursday everyone.

    Fortune x
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 25th Oct 18, 9:45 PM
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    All sounding good
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 12 lbs **

    "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***
    Out of debt, out of danger. MFW 2018. No 144
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 26th Oct 18, 8:05 PM
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    Easily pleased
    I carved the pumpkin this morning If I'm going to pay 4 for a pumpkin it's going to sit outside the house as long as possible. It may still be there at Christmas

    Did some number crunching to manage the impact of lodger friend going. We'll be fine but will have to be a bit careful over Christmas if she leaves by end of December.

    Lunch today was Mushroom, Leek, Camembert & Gnocchi Tray Bake. Supper was sausages in apple gravy with roasted carrots and mashed potato. My new blender has a special attachment for mashing so I tried that out - fantastic! It's my new favourite thing! I'm easily pleased. Even better, there was a cash back offer on the blender and the manufacturer has contacted me today to say it's on its way

    The bullocks next door have pushed the fence over again. Mr F went out with his new fence post basher toy and made some repairs but we really must get on with replacing the whole thing. I've contacted the farmer to make arrangements and he's promised to call back tomorrow.

    Our hot water is still running cold intermittently Good job the plumber's got to come back anyway.

    Its the weekend peeps - enjoy!

    Fortune x
    Last edited by Fortune Smiles; 26-10-2018 at 8:10 PM.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 26th Oct 18, 8:15 PM
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    Have a happy weekend
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 12 lbs **

    "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***
    Out of debt, out of danger. MFW 2018. No 144
    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 27th Oct 18, 11:59 AM
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    All sounding so positive and lovely fortune

    Are you able to post a link to your blender please? I've been through 2 recently and both have gone back for a refund as they broke within a few months. Am making do at the moment but I use it so much a replacement would be useful. TIA.
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 27th Oct 18, 6:10 PM
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    [QUOTE=Fortune Smiles;74968519]I carved the pumpkin this morning If I'm going to pay 4 for a pumpkin it's going to sit outside the house as long as possible. It may still be there at Christmas
    /QUOTE]
    You do make me laugh Fortune.
    Have a nice weekend
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 27th Oct 18, 7:32 PM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Have a happy weekend
    Originally posted by beanielou
    You too Beanie

    All sounding so positive and lovely fortune

    Are you able to post a link to your blender please? I've been through 2 recently and both have gone back for a refund as they broke within a few months. Am making do at the moment but I use it so much a replacement would be useful. TIA.
    Originally posted by PurpleFairy26
    This is the blender Purp. I've kept my old one because it came with a chopping attachment and that still works. The new one doesn't have a chopper but the masher more than makes up for that It's not the cheapest but I think having a metal foot makes it more hardwearing.

    [QUOTE=doingitanyway;74971601]
    I carved the pumpkin this morning If I'm going to pay 4 for a pumpkin it's going to sit outside the house as long as possible. It may still be there at Christmas
    /QUOTE]
    You do make me laugh Fortune.
    Have a nice weekend
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    You too DIA.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 27th Oct 18, 8:26 PM
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    Grafting
    Mr F and I did some hard graft in the garden this morning. Mr F moved a huge pile of wood leftover from the barn refurb out of site. There's a lot more to move but we've made a start. I'm trying to make sure the view from the cottage is clear for when we start A1rB&B. I dug over three beds in the vegetable garden and mulched one with some of the huge poo pile behind the barn. It's a long walk with a wheelbarrow from the poo pile to the vegetable garden so I ran out of steam after the one bed. I'll sort the other two out tomorrow. Mr F also strimmed and mowed the lawn and I pruned a huge bay tree. There's still a lot to do but we're already much further forward than we were this time last year.

    Neighbour farmer rang. He's moving the bullocks on soon so will come over when they're gone to sort the fence out. We'd agreed that we would buy the fence posts and he would do the work. We need 66 fence posts Good job they don't cost much.

    We bought some oak and maple logs from a local guy last year and he 'phoned today to say he'd sorted out another 11 bags if we wanted them. 60 and he has a couple of bags of offcuts he'll throw in for that price. It's a good price for hard wood and it burns well so Mr F is going over to pick up tomorrow.

    I spoke to my travelling cousin yesterday and it looks as though she might be able to come up for Christmas too I'm so excited about spending the day with some of my family. Because we usually reserve the time for Mr F's boys we haven't spent Christmas Day with my family for 9 years

    We're thinking of having a get together with the neighbours on the Saturday before Christmas. Just mulled wine and mince pies to keep the costs and time commitment down.

    We had leftover sausage and mash for lunch today and a baked potato with beans and cheese for supper. I didn't have any energy left for cooking

    Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.

    Fortune x
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 27th Oct 18, 9:22 PM
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    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    OH made that Gnocchi recipe for our meatless Monday dinner a few weeks ago - it's just lovely! Lasted 3 meals for the two of us - very filling!
    2 YEARS DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
    (With heartfelt thanks to those who have gone before us & their indubitable generosity.)
    Working hard to keep all the balls in the air and juggle the budget!
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 29th Oct 18, 4:41 PM
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    OH made that Gnocchi recipe for our meatless Monday dinner a few weeks ago - it's just lovely! Lasted 3 meals for the two of us - very filling!
    Originally posted by rtandon27
    I think my portions may be supersized RT! Ours only lasted for 2 meals but I think I need to double up on the gnocchi next time.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 29th Oct 18, 5:05 PM
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    Take a break
    It's been a busy couple of days so I'm just taking a five minute break before getting the supper on.

    The two vegetable beds did get a mulch yesterday but Mr F dug over another big one after I'd finished which will have to wait for another day. Mr F got his big boy chainsaw out in the afternoon and cut down a couple of the laurels in our courtyard. They've self seeded and have taken over. We have some pretty small trees in the courtyard but they are being crowded out. I'd had enough by lunch time so spent the afternoon doing my writing course homework.

    It's pay day today so I have shuffled money. I've made six Bay sales so have added that cash into the pot. The rest of the day has been spent getting the house ready for visitors as the boys are coming for Bonfire Night.

    There has been a small spend today. As you know, I can never get wellies to fit my skinny feet properly but it helps if I wear them with ski socks. Mine went to sock heaven this weekend. After twelve years I've finally worn the heels through Good ski socks are expensive but I managed to find two pairs on the Bay today for 13.75 including the postage. That's about half price so I'm pleased with that.

    Meals have all been from this week's meal plan:

    Lunch yesterday: Warm Broccoli, Stilton & Pear Salad
    Supper yesterday: Cheesy Leek & Bacon Pasta
    Lunch today: Versatile Veg Soup made with onions, sulky carrots, butternut squash and potatoes
    Planned supper today: Leek & Dolcelatte Risotto.

    This evening I need to plan meals for the coming week and finalise arrangements for the weekend.

    Hope your week's off to a good start guys.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 31st Oct 18, 7:45 PM
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    Whizzing
    Time seems to be whizzing by

    I've organised everyone for the weekend and sorted out catering. I managed to get everything we need for only a couple of pounds over my usual weekly grocery budget Just need to get the house in order now

    The Bay sales have left the house, either courtesy of Mr Postman or via collection. I've sought out a few further items to list next.

    Lodger friend is busy packing up her house ready for completion on the sale. She asked me if I wanted to take a look at some paintings she was taking to the charity shop in case they'd suit the Cottage. They do Lots of peaceful countryside scenes in antique style frames. Perfect.

    I went to two writing groups yesterday, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. They don't usually fall on the same day and I wanted to go to both because my course homework this week is to get feedback on a story and edit accordingly. Total costs - one hot chocolate and one orange juice.

    Mr F went to buy the fence posts today for keeping bullocks out We hadn't realised the cost we'd seen on line didn't include VAT so the bill was quite a lot higher than we were expecting It can't be left so we'll have to bite the bullet. We also did some research and got a better idea of gate costs. I think we'll be looking at early next year before we can get that done. Especially because Mr F went to the local brewery today to pick up beer for the weekend and came back with two cases instead of the requested one It's a slippery slope

    We had the last of the veg soup for lunch today and Goan Prawn & Coconut Curry for supper.

    It's the last night for my extravagant pumpkin. I've put a tealight in it religiously every night. Determine to get my money's worth

    Happy Halloween!

    Fortune x
    Last edited by Fortune Smiles; 31-10-2018 at 7:48 PM.
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 8th Nov 18, 8:19 AM
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    Life is a work of art, if you don't like what you see paint it over
    All is well with the Fortunate household:
    • Our Bonfire Night went well and we kept within budget
    • FDawg spent a night in the kennels and coped well
    • I have started the Christmas commission and the client and I are pleased with it so far. I am so enjoying it that I think I might start taking general commissions again
    • I've drafted a story for my course homework. Just need to finesse it now
    • I'm on top of the housework
    • Came in a little under budget on the grocery shop this week but I didn't buy flowers as I'm going to try some flowering plants instead which might work out cheaper.

    Lodger friend has completed her house sale. She has been at the boyfriends all week settling the cats in and sorting her stuff which she is storing there.

    I'm going to try to get Mr F and I into a yoga class tonight. I ran around the top field with FDawg yesterday, just a little, but the hip injury flared up straight away. I'm hoping yoga will improve my strength and alignment and I might be able to start running again in a little while.

    Must call the plumber too. He's coming tomorrow to do the outstanding repair and the office were supposed to call to let me know the cost.

    Mr F is marching at the Cenotaph in London this weekend so I have some time to myself. If the weather's good I shall do some more gardening. If not, I shall work on my stories and paintings.

    Hope everyone's having a great week.

    Fortune x
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    • the cross rabbit
    • By the cross rabbit 8th Nov 18, 2:58 PM
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    Hi Fortune, flowering plants are the way to go. I bought some geraniums plants for the house at the start of summer and they are still producing masses of flowers. I think they cost me 6 for 3.
    CRx
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 8th Nov 18, 7:52 PM
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    Hi Fortune, flowering plants are the way to go. I bought some geraniums plants for the house at the start of summer and they are still producing masses of flowers. I think they cost me 6 for 3.
    CRx
    Originally posted by the cross rabbit
    Geraniums are so pretty - I bet they look gorgeous.

    Fortune x
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 8th Nov 18, 8:38 PM
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    All sounding good here, Fortune (except the flaring hip!).
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 8th Nov 18, 9:09 PM
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    All to plan
    Another day goes to plan

    I did some more work on the commission this morning. Good job I have a day light lamp - it's all a bit grey outside at the moment, and set to get greyer tomorrow I hear

    I had to call the plumber to find out the cost of tomorrow's repair. It's about what I expected so that's good.

    The rest of the day has been spent drinking champagne and wearing diamonds. Or possibly, ironing

    Lunch was guacomole on toasted mediterranean bread with grilled tomatoes and fried eggs and supper was pasta with bacon, chilli and tomato sauce. Using up leftovers from the weekend

    Stay dry and warm folks

    Fortune x
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    • brizzlegirl
    • By brizzlegirl 8th Nov 18, 9:09 PM
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    Great to catch up and see how well you’re doing. Love it..well done FS Sorry about the hip, am sure Pilates and yoga will help.

    X
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 13th Nov 18, 8:44 AM
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    The rest of the day has been spent drinking champagne and wearing diamonds. Or possibly, ironing
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    An image of you ironing wearing a diamond tiara, iron in one hand champagne in the other
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