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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.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 8th Feb 18, 6:13 PM
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    Sniggering at the beetroot tainted sample in a suitably mature fashion

    We have a mid range rustling hobbes kettle and it is frankly dangerous and always has been as it shoots hot water over your hands and the worktop when you pour. Hate it but too mean to replace till it stops working.
    Originally posted by redofromstart
    In defence of Rustling Hobbes, I have one of their kettles, sent free to review, a black plastic one, and it's fine.
    The same model is available in white. Reviews vary, but mine's excellent.

    Excerpt from my Amazon review:
    The big plus point about the kettle for me is its no-splash spout. When cooking I often fill a kettle to its maximum fill level to quickly have boiling water for pasta, stock etc. Pouring a full kettle can be tricky as the water often splashes and dribbles, which can be dangerous. I poured out a full kettle twice in to the sink and there was no splashing.
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 8th Feb 18, 7:27 PM
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    Not sure of our current brand of kettle, but it is clear glass and the base shines a wonderful blue light when it is switched on. Tis a joy to behold, and I hope it lasts us aaaaaaaages.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Feb 18, 7:36 PM
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    Good Evening

    mcculloch - it sounds like we use our kettles in a similar fashion. And for all the faults with the A$da cheapy £12.50/£9 on offer ones, I must say that pouring is certainly not one of them, as I too can pour a full kettle into a saucepan for pasta/stock/soup etc and know that it will pour in, just as easily as pouring a full/half full or minimum fill kettle of water straight into a tea cup - it's pretty accurate. The thing I dislike about modern kettles - this one isn't too bad, is that they boil so ferociously - I hate that they 'jump' about as the water sloshes inside. I used to be nervous about it before, but it certainly concerns me with a mobile small in the house. I am apt to knock the kettle switch off at the point where the water is plenty hot enough for anything we need - including tea making.

    redo - I agree, that kettle sounds dangerous. And can see that I would think the same, as I had spent a serious (to me) amount of cash, but I would also consider cutting my losses for the sake of safety........... And thank you for sniggering at the beetroot matter - I sniggered too, but then I didn't have to explain to a bemused nurse...........

    We attended the appt. I think that BG managed to divert people's attention from the various prods and pokes that they had coming in their direction, and most people responded really positively to a little personage engaging with them. We did give BG a bath on returning home though, and various toys will have to have a good scrub, as they seemed to touch every surface, as did BG..... hope we don't pick up anything nasty............................ And I hope that we didn't pass anything on to anyone else, although I'm reasonably sure that we're well past the contagious stage, and just at the 'I wish this blessed cold would b00ger orf' stage...... Pretty sure BG feels the same

    Tea has been munched Oh, it was the right thing to make - we've not had anything like that in such a long time, it was a really nice change. Proper comfort food I suppose, but nice once in a while. I served the last of the sprouts, shredded and the last of the (frozen) green beans (from mrAl - definitely sold on them, and will buy them again). As I had the oven on, I whipped up a quick apple crumble. And I'll make some custard for DH as he's been such a brave soldier today..........

    Apart from the hospital parking fee We've not spent any money today

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    pleasant, kind and knowledgeable NHS staff - admin and medical

    the kindness of strangers towards BG

    an 'all clear'


    Ta everso for popping in, and joining in the debate. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 8th Feb 18, 7:48 PM
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    Greying hope BG is germ free soon. I have had contact with the NHS this week and am eternally grateful .Good to hear Mr G is all clear.

    I have an ASDA kettle and am more than happy with it.

    Have a good nights sleep tonight , ready for your adventures tomorrow whatever they maybe .
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    • Eager_Elephant
    • By Eager_Elephant 8th Feb 18, 8:09 PM
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    I've been thinking alot about plastics recycling and have thought about ditching buying yoghurt in pots and making my own. The only problem is with that is that UHT milk is the easiest choice to make yogurt with, and very often comes in tetra-paks, which contain plastic and aren't widely recycled (I don't think). I've already considered ditching buying passata in tetra-paks, and using tinned tomatoes (recyclable packaging), or buying bottled passata when I do actually need it (again, readily recyclable). But bottled passata is dearer, so I would have to up my game with, do I actually need it? Not easy is it?
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Sorry to be late to comment but was rather pre-occupied yesterday.

    In my area of Suffolk up until 2 years ago tetra-paks could only be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre aka tip but then our local authority announced they would accept it in our recycling bins so definitely worth checking as some accepted items on the recycling list have subsequently been removed and others added.
    I was most grateful of the change as I dont drink cows milk and all the milks I do drink come in tetra-paks so I used to throw quite a bit away.

    Glad you and BG are feeling much better - DH and I have whooping cough and this cough is seriously annoying me, we've not had it 100 days yet so it will be while before it goes.
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    • ZTD
    • By ZTD 8th Feb 18, 8:25 PM
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    I agree beanie - brand nor cost seems to have any bearing on whether a kettle pours or not. Which kinda defeats the object to me. I often wonder if designers of 'things' ever actually use them.
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    They don't design things to be used. They design them to sell. If you want them to work, don't rely on the designer - caveat emptor.

    And as for all clothes - baby or adult - being designed by 6ft tall, long-armed, pencil thin hipsters.........
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    IIRC, the last time people in this country were measured to see what proportions they were, it was the 1950s and the world was a different place.

    OTOH, most things come from china now, and chinese people (especially if born during Mao's Great Leap Forward) will have about as much meat on them as a supermarket pasty.

    My dh sounds almost as dangerous as your kettle, redo! He doesn't even notice that he's poured water everywhere...
    Originally posted by apple muncher
    Unless you have bare electrical cables everywhere, why would he?

    mcculloch - it sounds like we use our kettles in a similar fashion. And for all the faults with the A$da cheapy £12.50/£9 on offer ones,
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Wow, you buy expensive cheapy kettles...

    I must say that pouring is certainly not one of them, as I too can pour a full kettle into a saucepan for pasta/stock/soup etc and know that it will pour in, just as easily as pouring a full/half full or minimum fill kettle of water straight into a tea cup - it's pretty accurate.
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    My cheapy, cheapy kettle is also a decent pourer, but its filling is a bit sub-standard.

    The thing I dislike about modern kettles - this one isn't too bad, is that they boil so ferociously - I hate that they 'jump' about as the water sloshes inside. I used to be nervous about it before, but it certainly concerns me with a mobile small in the house. I am apt to knock the kettle switch off at the point where the water is plenty hot enough for anything we need - including tea making.
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Put something inside which will act as a locus for bubble formation - chemists call them Boiling Stones Just about anything inert will do, so long as it has a few raggedy edges.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Feb 18, 8:32 PM
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    Ay up E_E - I knew I'd read someone had adult whooping cough on the boards - one of my late night/early morning stints a few weeks ago. It's you! Oh, poor thing. Having had all the vaccines in pregnancy and then for BG I realise that it is a big deal to have it, if the NHS goes to such pains to help you avoid it/ameliorate it.

    And it reinforces my point about the fact that I've only had a 'bad' cold. I've not had 'flu, or whooping cough, and I've felt rough and tired, so tired, so realise how debilitating these conditions are. And of course, with BG we're on tenderhooks, listening for a 'whoop' in a cough, or a stridor.

    Yes, we can take our tetra paks to the recycling centre (tip ), but I'm sort of a bit dubious about whether tp's are actually recycled - because of the mixed fibre construction. If they are, bravo, but I'm not sure about where the..... 'machine' is that does the recycling, whether we have one here. Or whether they just become 'sorted' rubbish.....I wish I didn't have to use them in the first place. Although thinking about it, the only other type of container I have seen UHT milk in, is...... a plastic bottle.......

    Thanks for popping in, I realise that you've many things to look after at the moment.

    Greying X
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Feb 18, 8:38 PM
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    Put something inside which will act as a locus for bubble formation - chemists call them Boiling Stones Just about anything inert will do, so long as it has a few raggedy edges.
    Originally posted by ZTD
    Wow, I learn new things every day. Ta.

    Greying X
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    • Eager_Elephant
    • By Eager_Elephant 9th Feb 18, 7:10 AM
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    Ay up E_E - I knew I'd read someone had adult whooping cough on the boards - one of my late night/early morning stints a few weeks ago. It's you! Oh, poor thing. Having had all the vaccines in pregnancy and then for BG I realise that it is a big deal to have it, if the NHS goes to such pains to help you avoid it/ameliorate it.

    And it reinforces my point about the fact that I've only had a 'bad' cold. I've not had 'flu, or whooping cough, and I've felt rough and tired, so tired, so realise how debilitating these conditions are. And of course, with BG we're on tenderhooks, listening for a 'whoop' in a cough, or a stridor.

    Yes, we can take our tetra paks to the recycling centre (tip ), but I'm sort of a bit dubious about whether tp's are actually recycled - because of the mixed fibre construction. If they are, bravo, but I'm not sure about where the..... 'machine' is that does the recycling, whether we have one here. Or whether they just become 'sorted' rubbish.....I wish I didn't have to use them in the first place. Although thinking about it, the only other type of container I have seen UHT milk in, is...... a plastic bottle.......

    Thanks for popping in, I realise that you've many things to look after at the moment.

    Greying X
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    The first thing everyone has said to me and DH is 'weren't you vaccinated as children?'. The answer was 'yes but the vaccine wears off and you are at risk again'.
    I think nowadays with less children being vaccinated and also people coming from other countries who don't vaccinate against whooping cough it is becoming more common in the UK again.

    I believe we will have an immunity for a while now but I need to do some research and I think DH and I will pay privately and have a vaccination sooner rather than later as he works in a medium risk environment (independent school with pupils from abroad although ironically the little boy he caught it from is from the UK and appears not to have been vaccinated) and I don't want us to catch it again.

    Just found the tetra-pak website, www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/index.asp has some interesting info and I just checked the recycling map and it confirms that in my area you can recycle at home so is clearly up to date.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 9th Feb 18, 9:09 AM
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    Good Morning

    The first thing everyone has said to me and DH is 'weren't you vaccinated as children?'. The answer was 'yes but the vaccine wears off and you are at risk again'.
    Originally posted by Eager_Elephant
    E_E - I'm not sure it takes 'that long' to wear off, either. Because I remember reading, or being told, that the vaccine (specifically for BG), wasn't to protect them from ever catching WC per se, but if they did catch it, it could make it less severe, and less likely to cause complications. I'll have a read of the TP site - I'd like to think things are recycled, but I really do think that more and more stuff will be landfilled/burnt for energy, in light of increasing problems with being unable to 'kick the can down the road' - specifically to other countries.

    Another good night's sleep all round

    Today's plans........ Right, um. First thing will be to determine what to have for tea, as yet again I have not pressed/marinated the tofu, ready to do the recipe I was going to try.

    Not too sure that any exercise will occur outside today, the weather looks a bit pants.

    I think we're ok for *stuff*, so I don't think we need to spend anything today.

    Think that's probably all the stuff I've got to witter on about, so best vamoose.

    Greying X
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    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 9th Feb 18, 9:18 AM
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    Have a lovely day

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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 9th Feb 18, 9:36 AM
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    Have a lovely day

    x
    Originally posted by WannabeFree
    Thanks Sweetie - backatcha

    Greying X
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 9th Feb 18, 10:04 AM
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    Sniggering at the beetroot tainted sample in a suitably mature fashion

    We have a mid range rustling hobbes kettle and it is frankly dangerous and always has been as it shoots hot water over your hands and the worktop when you pour. Hate it but too mean to replace till it stops working.
    Originally posted by redofromstart
    Given the issues you have with your hands I think you should seriously consider investing in a boiling water tap. One of my friends with a similar tendency to drop stuff has one and it has reduced her rate of burn injury considerably...
    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 9th Feb 18, 11:01 AM
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    Given the issues you have with your hands I think you should seriously consider investing in a boiling water tap. One of my friends with a similar tendency to drop stuff has one and it has reduced her rate of burn injury considerably...
    Originally posted by greenbee
    Thanks Greenbee but we have those at aggressively modern current workplace and I don't like them. There would also be a cat issue if madam could turn them on and off as she would spend all day doing so and wetting herself laughing.

    mculloch I had a look at that one on MrA, in the Q&As there is someone with the same problem as mine so I think its like teapots, pure luck if you get one that dribbles or not.

    GP, we are having my favourite carrot biryani as I haven't got bored of it yet.
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    • By beanielou 9th Feb 18, 3:51 PM
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 9th Feb 18, 4:34 PM
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    Hello GP & friends - wondering if anyone else was forced to change their password today?

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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 9th Feb 18, 4:45 PM
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    Hello GP & friends - wondering if anyone else was forced to change their password today?

    (Exceedingly difficult on a mobile with autotype!)
    Originally posted by rtandon27
    Yes, sounds like everyone was - couldnt remember mine
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    • By rtandon27 9th Feb 18, 5:34 PM
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    So relieved to know it was not just me!

    ..but really...

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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 9th Feb 18, 5:52 PM
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    Hello GP & friends - wondering if anyone else was forced to change their password today?

    (Exceedingly difficult on a mobile with autotype!)
    Originally posted by rtandon27
    I was told that it was because it was 1565 (or some such number) days since I'd last done it. Random!!!
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    • carolbee
    • By carolbee 9th Feb 18, 6:33 PM
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    I had to change mine too
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