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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' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 25th Mar 18, 8:56 PM
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    Good Evening

    Thanks for all your lovely posts.

    All hale, hearty and happy here at the Towers

    Been a lot on, is all - all itty-bitty stuff, nowt major. Just getting my brain-cell pulled in all sorts of directions at the mo. And actually, far from money-saving, we've been money-spending, or putting things in train to spend money, so............

    We're all out of grocery money. I've not been writing it down this month - and whilst it's not gone to pot really as a result, I know I've bought things with grocery money that strictly should have been 'leisure' spending, but you have the money in your purse at the time.......I've been ordering things off the worldwide wunder-web, but someone helped me with that - and I just paid them for the ordered goods - so at least there will be no unpleasant credit card bills associated with those purchases.

    We've had a mix of meals. Some have worked....... we had black olive pizza and oven chips on Friday. Thursday was 'best ever tofu burgers' with brown rice, steamed brocolli and beetroot/apple salad and a chipotle chilli yoghurt mayo drizzle. The 'burgers' were OK. I suppose I'm not trying to recreate a 'meat' taste - so whilst I found the taste interesting - and the recipe relatively straightforward - I'm not sure it is the best way (for me) to prepare tofu. I think I like citrus marinades better. BUT, having said that, I'd make it again - I would probably use marmite OR soy sauce - both made it a wee bit salty.......... I suppose it won't be my 'goto' marinade for tofu. But good enough. I think we had black-eye bean chilli with rice on Wednesday and Tuesday was a fudge - and we definitely didn't have soup! We had cardboard box fish, oven chips and mushy peas tonight, because we............ WENT OUT TODAY We took advantage of the good weather forecast and the remainder of our NT membership and had day out in the sunshine Complete with a garden to run around in, a play area to play in and a lovely sunny spot to munch our picnic lunch in

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    sunshine

    a family day out

    simple pleasures to reconnect with what matters


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 26th Mar 18, 7:14 AM
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    Good Morning

    Monday morning, up and at 'em........ sorta, kinda...................

    I've a few errands to run today. Tea will be from 'what we have' so I've that to nail down. And mischief - well, we'll try to keep outta that

    Have a great day.

    Ta for popping by.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 26th Mar 18, 8:14 AM
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    A little bit of mischief won't do any harm

    Thought you'd said you'd had fudge for tea there for a second - mmmm, fudge
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    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 26th Mar 18, 10:08 AM
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    Sounds like a lovely day out Glad all is well and happy

    Have a lovely day today, I'm with you on the nicer weather

    x
    “Once you hit rock bottom, that's where you perfectly stand; That's your chance of restarting, but restarting the right way.”
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 26th Mar 18, 8:46 PM
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    Have a great week Grayling & friends
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    • Silver Queen
    • By Silver Queen 26th Mar 18, 10:58 PM
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    I thought you had fudge for tea too and got a tad excited
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 27th Mar 18, 12:05 AM
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    Thirded. I was really intrigued as to what savoury fudge might be, for a few seconds.
    I like the texture of fudge, I cannot think of how to recreate that in a savoury way, though.
    I had an unusual no meat Monday tea today. Quorn meatballs with spinach and lentil daal as the sauce. It worked a lot better than I expected. Really tasty and not a tomato in sight, just for a change.
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 1st Apr 18, 9:45 PM
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    Happy Easter GP!

    Hope the Bunny stopped by to visit babyGP today!

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 1st Apr 18, 11:21 PM
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    Mcculloch - Norwegian brown cheese has a texture oddly reminiscent of fudge...

    Hope all good at Greying Towers
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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 2nd Apr 18, 7:15 AM
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    Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    Morning Greying, I thought of you yesterday. I’m in Portugal at the moment and met up with a girlfriend who has set up an artisan style business selling home smoked garlic and chillies, black garlic (takes a month to make) and a rub to use on meat or vegetables. It was so lovely to see how she’s set it up -everything is grown at home (except salt ) and her husband has built the smoker.

    Wonderful to see such creativity, talent and enthusiasm delivering beautiful products. She’s also set up a supper club and can show her products off first hand in her cooking.

    What an absolute joy and with such simple products.

    Hope you’ve all had a good Easter.

    Best wishes Tilly xx
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 2nd Apr 18, 10:23 AM
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    Good Morning

    Oooh, this thread has gone all pan-european

    Cheery - is it the brown cheese that Pippi likes, and that TRG brings back from Norway sometimes?

    Tilly - thank you for dropping in. How's the weather with you? Better than blighty, I hope I like the idea of a supper club to shop-window your own produce. Indeed, what talented, creative friends you have

    The Easter Bunny did indeed visit the towers BG's face was apparently a picture when they saw their little clutch of chocolate indulgences We enjoyed a wonderful family day out - making the most of the spiffing sunshine - at one of my most favouritist places on earth. We're busy indoctrinating encouraging BG to feel the same way about it I had baked a cake, so we had elevenses for once , spent a couple of hours enjoying ourselves and taking pictures and then went to a nice spot, overlooking a lake, to eat our picnic lunch.

    All in all, a grand day out. Although it is interesting that the place is somewhere that I have been going for well over 40 years - and for more than 20 with DH. In that time, we always parked at a spot that was a ways off the main drag, but was free. There used to be a seasonal car parking charge on the main drag - which has now changed to an all year round charge - and frankly, it's quite steep. Needless to say, where we park has gone from being 'empty', to being full. There are MSE'rs all over the place

    DH has been busy with DIY projects and has made progress We got rid of some things that I had been keeping for when I eventually get the garden of my dreams/my own. But as that is getting a dimmer and dimmer prospect, we sent the items to the scrapyard, and got £30 for our recycling trouble. Not too bad, as we 'wombled' them all in the first place, as they were being chucked away.

    This week is just going to be a blur - I have my suspicions that April is going to be like that Alot of change, alot of new things on the agenda.

    Foodwise, we've been doing ok. We had Cardboard box fish, oven chips and mushy peas for tea last night, as we'd been out and about. We had HM curry massaman butternut squash, lentil dhal and rice on Saturday night. I made the massaman paste myself, but didn't bother with the snap peas/honey/almonds. I thought the bay leaves a bit overpowering (and I like bay!), but it was an OK curry, and I would make it again - if not perhaps to that exact recipe.

    Right, best get on.

    Ta for popping in and chatting about what is going on in your corner of the world. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 2nd Apr 18, 10:58 AM
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    Glad you had a lovely eastery day out and that you have a favourite place in the whole world I'm sure BG will have lots of lovely happy memories there

    Hooray for progress Sorry you had to get rid of some things you were saving But they will appear again in the world when you do need them. Hope you get your garden eventually xx
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    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 2nd Apr 18, 11:04 AM
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    in need of direction
    if not perhaps to that exact recipe.

    Was I the only one who laughed at that comment?
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 2nd Apr 18, 2:37 PM
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    if not perhaps to that exact recipe.

    Was I the only one who laughed at that comment?
    Originally posted by in need of direction
    I do talk mangled up rubbish, don't I? It's not like I normally follow recipes to the letter anyway. But I won't buy chi-chi ingredients, neither - and I'm afraid I regard sugar snap peas as chi-chi on our available budget (if you like sugar snaps, that is fair enough, I'm not denegrating your choice). But massaman curry is a nice curry - and I like the idea of a butternut squash version (already have a potato version), so that is kinda what I meant - retain the concept, but not slavishly follow that particular example..........

    Greying X
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    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 8th Apr 18, 12:23 PM
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    Morning GP - checking in that all is well with you!?!

    xxx

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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Apr 18, 8:26 PM
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    Hope all is well in your world GP
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    • Silver Queen
    • By Silver Queen 16th Apr 18, 5:32 PM
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    Hope everything is good with you GP.
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    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 16th Apr 18, 5:58 PM
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    Another stopping in leaving well wishes

    x
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    • UncannyScot
    • By UncannyScot 16th Apr 18, 6:08 PM
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    Hey GP, hoping all is well with you and yours'
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Apr 18, 7:03 PM
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    Saw you on another thread.
    Hope all is well
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