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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'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 5th May 18, 1:15 PM
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    ...Other than that, life is pretty sweet...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Happy to hear that BG!

    Pizza on a Friday...
    Curry on a Saturday...

    Old habits die hard! (teasing)

    We've been doing the asparagus/mushroom/egg/toast meal on a Monday for weeks now - OH hasn't even noticed meatless Mondays have crept into our existence! - and he does 95% of the cooking now. Whatever shall we do when the delayed asparagus season is over?
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th May 18, 6:53 PM
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    Enjoy your weekend
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 5th May 18, 8:19 PM
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    Good Evening

    Hope that the weather is being kind to you, wherever you are....

    I have done various chores today - not, sadly, including gathering together the chazzer stuff. But I did catch most of the rugger match that was going on a Twickers today So there is a silver lining

    I have made cake (orange fruit cake) and 'sausage' rolls, just in case we go adventurising........

    Tea was as slated - the dhal was from the freezer, the rice what was left in the jar (must remember to re-fill), and the sweet potato jalfrezi featured potatoes from HB and peppers (wonky included - *rollseyessmiley*) from mrAl. There is a bit of jalfrezi curry left over Some jalfrezi spice and some onion/garlic/ginger paste Head start on another curry plate, for another time

    BG has kept up their sleeping marathon/eating marathon routine. They also convinced their papa that they were 'big' and could drink from a beaker, un-aided...... they could not...... sogginess ensued.........

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    friends including us in their fun

    DH's hard work for his little family

    sporting fixtures freely shared to viewer
    s

    Ta for popping by. 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
    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 6th May 18, 3:46 PM
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    Hope you have a lovely day and that you've got the same lovely weather we have

    x
    “Once you hit rock bottom, that's where you perfectly stand; That's your chance of restarting, but restarting the right way.”
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 6th May 18, 4:47 PM
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    Hope you have a lovely day and that you've got the same lovely weather we have

    x
    Originally posted by WannabeFree
    Yes thank you love, we have had a lovely day thus far, and are enjoying wall-to-wall sunshine too

    We went out and about for a pootle this morning, in order to try to avoid the crowds and to not be out and about in the midday sun. We enjoyed ourselves, but wouldn't have wanted to be out any later, than we were. A sandwich, veggie-sausage roll and a lump of cake were enjoyed in a peaceful, shady spot (over the wall/road was heaving.... isn't it odd how that happens?), we got fresh air, views and exercise. Can't ask for anymore than that

    Tea this evening will be fish, chips and mushy peas. Because I'm being lazy And can't be harrised to make owt from scratch We won't be going out tomorrow - despite the predicted nice weather, as the roads will quickly become busy, so I'll make sure I make summat from scratch tomorrow for tea instead

    I picked up a couple of bits whilst out and about - although I left 4 apples - YS'd to £2 in m&$, because....... well, just because.... I got some red onions from mrL for 35p, some cherry toms (350g) for 59p and some salad tomatoes for 62p. The tommies will need a bit of time to ripen, but I thought I would get them for future meals.

    Right, I've a baby to bath, cardboard fish boxes to open and a tin opener to find...... 'tis all go at the Towers

    Ta for popping by and wishing us well. Appreciated. Always

    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
    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 7th May 18, 4:35 PM
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    Sounds like a lovely day all round

    x
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 7th May 18, 8:57 PM
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    ...Tea this evening will be fish, chips and mushy peas. Because I'm being lazy ...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Nowt wrong with being lazy! Food was had & mama had a bit of a rest! Bellies were filled & the meal was balanced!

    Today I 'let' OH make the dinner & it was a right man meal - not a green veg in sight! - Several kinds of root veg & one was a bit orange, but that was as much colour as we had alongside the non-veg bit! We're not hungry & most of the remnants of the veg drawer used up!

    We scored today at Marks&Spensives with a huge bunch of celery for 50p - twice the size of the one we usually buy from MrS for 60p small things make me happy I see mirepoix in our future...
    1 YEAR & 8 MONTHS DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
    (With heartfelt thanks to those who have gone before us & their indubitable generosity.)
    STILL - Juggling the pots to keep in the black! - NOT an easy task!
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th May 18, 8:20 AM
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    Good Morning

    rtandon a good bargain! Apropos of nowt, I've noticed how 'short' cucumbers have become just lately. MrL had them on special last week, but they were so short, they weren't worth more than 35p or whatever they were 'on offer' for

    I've a letter to a chum to post today - DH looked after BG yesterday, and I was able to write it uninterrupted, without someone saying, 'mama, I write' every few moments

    Tea last night wasn't very inventive, but it did taste nice. It was pasta, with black olives, red pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, mini-mozarellas, chopped cherry tomatoes and various bits of herbage and seasoning. I minced the olives, sun-dried tomatoes and peppers up finely. Very ordinary, but very nice.

    Not sure what is for tea tonight.

    I could have a nsd today, as I don't think that there is anything that we desparately need.

    Right, can't thing of owt else to report - definitely not on a vibe, so best vamoose.

    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
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th May 18, 2:10 PM
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    So I did end up spending money today. We're very low on toothpaste, so I got some more and picked up a few other bits and pieces whilst my purse was open. As much as anything, if you see an item in HB you have to get it - they seem to be hit & miss with their stocking these days - even of their more 'regular' items. At least they had our favourite idared apples in for a £1 a bag
    I had the third avocado of 4 from the mrAl pack. So far, so very good, they have been ripe and lovely to eat Hope I'm not going to jinx things by saying that they represent excellent value for money thus far.

    BG is having a snooze. Wish I could too - feeling a bit frazzled.

    Right, best get on with tidying up. Does anyone else get fed up with having to keep every type of coat, hat, waterproof, sun bonnet, knitted tam-o-shanter, gloves, crampons and pick axes, out and available, in order to be able make shopping trips taking into account the vagries of the British weather! We've no where to sit - there is *stuff* everywhere!

    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 8th May 18, 6:52 PM
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    Good Evening

    We ended up having mish-mash for tea I made a salad out of tinned new potatoes, chopped up (salad) tomatoes and an oil, garlic and lemon juice dressing - it's from Arto Der Haroutunian recipe - for which there is no link on the net unfortunately I did my usual beetroot, apple and toasted seed salad - which is a Happy Pear recipe and I steamed some quinoa. I got a couple of pieces of HM vegetable and mozarella bake out of the freezer, which was leftover from when chums were over a couple of weeks ago, defrosted them and warmed them through. Filling, diverse and quite a cheap meal

    Baby Greying continues to amaze and amuse us. I'm always fascinated to see them play with 'everyday' objects over their toys and they have a gift of making people smile. We were 'people watching' today, and BG was absent-mindedly waving, and it was nice to see previously frowning/distracted adults notice, and smile. Some of them even waved back Free exchange of joy, all round. We were also very lucky that it was nice and sunny whilst we were out. Sunshine makes everything seem more jolly. BG also took great delight in posting a letter to our chum, and in helping me put items on the conveyor belt in shops, before we paid for them

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    free fun

    achieving some tidying

    a frugal, filling tea


    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
    • MatyMoo
    • By MatyMoo 8th May 18, 7:57 PM
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    I love to see little ones waving and always wave back - I spent many happy hours as a child waving out the back window of the car on the long journey from east Anglia to Aberdeen, it was lovely when people waved back so I see it as repaying the favour!
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 8th May 18, 8:30 PM
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    I waved at a train driver as I went over a footbridge the other day - and got a big grin and a wave back. It really cheered me up too!
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 8th May 18, 9:12 PM
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    I always wave if I see a small child waving too All very cheerful Glad BG is bringing joy to the world

    We had some friends here over the weekend with their two small children. Me and their mum were plotting and scheming while dad entertained the little'uns. They all played very nicely for several hours bless em, and just when the were starting to get ready to go home, the farmer appeared on his little quad bike thing He'd just popped round for a natter and went again fairly swiftly once he realised we had visitors, but not before giving small boy a ride on the 'tractor' Old farmer was smiling, small boy was thrilled (he'd been playing with his toy tractors all day), all most jolly indeed

    Small pleasures
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 9th May 18, 7:50 PM
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    Good Evening

    Ha, love all your stories of waving children/waving to children. Cheery your 'tractor' tale reminds me of when i go and visit my friend who lives out in the deepest, darkest, countrysideshire. Her kitchen window overlooks a field that is home to a various array of animals - both farm and wild, and each time I have been the farmer has been to check/feed or round up the animals that he is responsible for on his quad bike. He is quite 'advanced in his years', but always rides 'side-saddle' as his hips are completely shot and it is the only way he can sit comfortably. Has me in stitches every time I see it

    Today has gone by in a whoosh but has been good

    I picked up some bits from mrAl whilst out and about. I bought some more of the ripen at home avocados - their price is now £1.56 - not on offer. Today's were hass avos again, but produce of Peru. I hope they are as good as the ones I bought last week, as all 4 of those were good - I had the last one on toast this morning for breakfast Their Quinoa is also on special offer at £1.09 - I think it is usually £1.29, I bought a bag of the 'tricolour'. I also got some easy peel mandarin/clementine oranges - which, for once, were 85p on the SEl and 85p when they went through the till I can't remember all that is in the S6 from tomorrow - think salad 'bits', but they are doing the 500g vac packs of beetroot for 49p. NOT their lowest price, and not a huge saving, but if the beetroot are good, then it will be worth getting some. I have been using the HB vac packs, and there is always a tough bit that you have to discard with each beet in the pack with them - adds up to quite a bit of wastage!

    Tea this evening was lentil and red kidney bean chilli with rice. I blended up a red onion, a l/o shallot, a red and yellow pepper (from my 'wonky' bag from MrAl), and 2 bendy carrots out of the fridge. I then added passata and some garlic and fried it all off in olive oil. Added; cumin, smoked paprika, chilli, chipotle chilli flakes, a speck of ground cloves, salt and pepper, oregano and thyme and cooked down. Added in some cooked (puy-like) lentils and a drained tin of kidney beans and let it cook out. Steamed some rice to go with. Just right for the weather, which has returned to grey and cold(er) There is a splodge of chilli left over to bedeck a baked tattie or something for lunch one day

    The baby has been bathed, a (long) story read, everyone's fed, the washing up done and both parents remain sane(ish) A good day

    Today I am grateful for these three things;

    a 'free' kit-kat - although I had to 'share'

    that I learnt/was taught to read
    - and that I can pass that skill on

    for an early morning toddle to the post-box in the sunshine - jus' mumma & baby, in sunshine, to a backing track of birdsong

    Ta for popping in and joining in the conversation. Appreciated. Greatly.

    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 10th May 18, 8:12 PM
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    Good Evening

    Mmmm, have been surrounded by loveliness and kindness today

    Should I ever. And I mean ever. Give anyone, reading here, the impression that I don't count my blessings - every one - then hey. Feel free to call me out on it - I mean that.

    I know that I have moaned on here about various 'aspects' of life going a bit awry. And they have. And 'people' sometimes are........ *****... BUT, I hope, I feverently HOPE, that i 'call' the 'good stuff' many, many. many more times than I moan about the bad.

    Today was jam-packed full o' good stuff

    i have had folk contacting me by virtually every type of media today - although we clearly didn't trouble the postie But that means no bills, either

    We got to pootle about and I managed to pick up something for BG that was on special offer in mrT. It is one of these 'revolving' offers, that you just have to jump on at the time, and then look out for the next offer - before you have used up the 3forthepriceof2 that you got on offer......... I have learnt the hard way that paying 'proper' price is just plain daft and money down the drain So now I have got a bit savvy, and I only pay the bare minimum (and for anyone that knows anything about kiddie 'stuff', you will know that that is enough........)

    Tea was a sorta salad bowl. We had steamed buckwheat (bit too claggy ), salad leaves (mrAl bagged), cherry tomatoes in dressing (balsamic/EVOO/S&P), sliced cucumber and grilled halloumi. I made a dressing to go with from; red pesto, EVOO, lemon juice and zest, splodge of honey, S&P. I have to say, purely by accident, the dressing was just the right balance of savoury/sweet/piquant - and went very nice with the grilled halloumi.

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    new opportunities
    - take 'em

    a car to pootle about in

    learning
    - for 'family' Greying. Thank you to our 'teachers'

    Ta for popping by. I feel the need to warn rtandon that is it unlikely that we will be having pizza and wedges for us tea tomorrow I've summat a bit more 'chi-chi' in mind........

    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
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 10th May 18, 8:16 PM
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    Looking forward to chi-chi
    1 YEAR & 8 MONTHS DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
    (With heartfelt thanks to those who have gone before us & their indubitable generosity.)
    STILL - Juggling the pots to keep in the black! - NOT an easy task!
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th May 18, 8:18 PM
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    Looking forward to chi-chi
    Originally posted by rtandon27

    Oh lawks - I've built meself up too much now, haven't i?????

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

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th May 18, 8:25 PM
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    Just to be clear - you NEVER come across as not being grateful. You're one of the people who makes me look at the positives in my life, because you are always seeking them out, whatever life throws at you.

    Have you found a way of making buckwheat interesting? Like you, I tend to find it claggy, and less interesting than I feel it should be. I do like it uncooked...
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th May 18, 8:29 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim

    Have you found a way of making buckwheat interesting? Like you, I tend to find it claggy, and less interesting than I feel it should be. I do like it uncooked...
    Originally posted by greenbee
    Eh? do tell.......... you eat the hard little kernel things, uncooked???? Am intrigued.......

    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
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th May 18, 8:42 PM
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    I realise that's not normal. Only kashi rather than the raw stuff...
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