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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 29th Jan 18, 8:49 PM
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    Mummytogirls - taking the scenic route
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    • 29th Jan 18, 8:49 PM
    Mummytogirls - taking the scenic route 29th Jan 18 at 8:49 PM
    Evening Diary,

    Well there seems to be so many diaries being deleted at the moment I have decided to start a new one to try and preserve my history on here.

    My first diary can be found here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2311479&page=265

    So I started in March 2010 and it hasn't always been an easy route but weve managed to pay off quite a bit of our debt and we stand at 6069.37 today. We probably could have paid the debt off my now but we are enjoying our life (taking the scenic route) with our two girls (now aged 11 and 9). They are growing up too fast before my eyes, wish time would slow down a bit.

    So feel free to join my ramblings... usually about my MSE ways, what I eat and the all important pegging out in the summer .

    Mummytogirls xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 8th Apr 18, 8:50 PM
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    Hi Redo,

    Thanks for your post.

    So our back is south facing and gets the sun for most of the day. We have a decent space which is mostly lawned with a small patio area. I just have about 6 pots on the patio and then 3 hanging baskets on the fence. Most of my flowers on the patio end up being eaten by the slugs! I have tried with a clematis up shed but it seems to have died off. I am quite good at growing strawberries and cucumbers in pots .
    I like to have the plants contained so don't have any borders or anything.

    The front is very shaded and doesnt get the sun until really late into the afternoon. This is all flagged with a few pots and 1 hanging basket. These plants don't get eaten.

    Thank you for you help in advance xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 8th Apr 18, 8:51 PM
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    I will also add that our garden slopes down slightly and at the bottom its currently a mud pit with all the bad weather. We live in a new build and they are notorious for the drainage under the grass not being good and this is definitely the case for ours xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 8th Apr 18, 8:57 PM
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    Forgot to say that for the first time this year the heating didn't come on tonight as the house must have been at temperature. I love this! Cant wait to turn the heating off!! xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 8th Apr 18, 9:00 PM
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    I had a new build years ago and know exactly what you mean, the end of mine your feet sank in when it rained. I had a clematis on every fence panel, and a passion flower with its feet in the wet, but growing up the full sun back of next doors garage which worked really well. If you want to try climbers again then Morrisons have them very cheaply (1.76 I think) and Aldi are due to have some in shortly. Honeysuckles are robust and hard to kill, but try and pick a scented one.

    How about lavenders in the pots on the patio? They are 3 for 5 reasonably sized ones in B&M and they would expand to fill your pots nicely. You have to give them a hair cut once a year but low maintenance otherwise. Slugs don't seem to touch them here, and they attract lots of lovely bees.

    Put your tomatoes and strawberries in the baskets? Fuschias might be an idea. They come back year after year, and Morrisons have them in for 1 each at the minute.

    HTH
    • Sun Addict
    • By Sun Addict 8th Apr 18, 9:02 PM
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    My heating went off too MTG - thought it was on the blink Yay to warmer days.
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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 8th Apr 18, 9:08 PM
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    Ohhh thats brilliant advice Redo, will take a photo of this post and then I've got it with me to refer back to when I'm out and about. Re the lavender I've actually got one round the front and never thought to put one in the back too.

    Never thought about baskets for fruit and veg either xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 8th Apr 18, 10:17 PM
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    Lavender and fuscia in pots, now there's an idea...
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Apr 18, 10:19 PM
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    I love lavander in pots
    Reminds me of Provence
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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 9th Apr 18, 11:03 AM
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    Morning Diary,

    Such a lovely bright and sunny day today . Ive pegged out as you might have expected! Whilst I was out in the garden I ventured down to my clematis and was surprised to see its not dead and has little buds forming on it which I think can only be a good sign! Need to get into the shed and see if my daffs have come out which I reckon they definitely will have by now!

    We have rearranged our catch up we were having as the little one isn't well. Will see them later in the week.

    Really going to try my best for today to be NSD5 of 10 but I'm feeling itchy to spend . To be fair the girls will probably just play out today and I've got some work I could be doing. I really want to go out and buy plants now!

    Think thats all, hope all ok xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 9th Apr 18, 11:44 AM
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    Hurrah, clematis usually recovers if you plant it deep enough.
    • louby40
    • By louby40 9th Apr 18, 11:56 AM
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    Loving that my heating has been more off than on too! Lovely day here too.
    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 9th Apr 18, 2:10 PM
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    Afternoon Diary,

    Ive got over the spending urge now! We went out for a walk and for a quick trip to the park which was lovely. Cant believe how nice it is today. So I've been down to the shed and brought out my daffodils. Ive also pulled off some of the dead leaves from the strawberries and they seem to be coming back nicely too.

    Redo, as we were coming back from the park I noticed one our neighbours clematis looks a bit twiggy at the moment, it amazes me how different it will look in a couple of months.

    Louby, I don't think the heating will click on today either

    Ive got such a sore throat today, feels like I've got something stuck in the front of it! I feel ok though so will go to the gym as normal.

    Food:
    Breakfast - porridge with nutella, banana and seeds
    Lunch - cheese on toast
    Tea - BBQ chicken with roast potatoes, carrots and broccoli
    Gym - spinning

    Think thats all xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 9th Apr 18, 8:59 PM
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    Well done on not spending MTG. It's lovely when you see signs of Spring growth isn't it .

    I hope your sore throat gets better.
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
    Debt in July 2017 = 58,766 DEBT FREE 31 OCTOBER 2017
    NEW GOALS - Build an Emergency Fund & Loss of Income Fund. Then save up for repairs to the house.
    Emergency Fund 1 = 281.59/Emergency Fund 2 = 41.81/Loss of Income Fund 0
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    • By pennywisepoundstupid 10th Apr 18, 7:29 AM
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    Well done on not giving in to your spending urge, i'm taking my grandma to a garden centre on Friday, not sure how i'm going to resist not spending anything I would really love a blueberry bush, must not spend, must not spend.
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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 10th Apr 18, 1:02 PM
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    Afternoon diary,

    Well its looking like NSD6 of 10 today. Feeling good with that so far considering were only 1/3 of the way through the month. We have had a lazy morning here (theres been quite a lot of this these holidays!) but weve got lots on this afternoon. Dentist for the girls, DD's dance lesson and then swimming lesson.

    Ive also mopped downstairs as the floor always feels gritty when the kids have been playing out and I can't stand it! Will have a quick swish round the house before we leave and then it will stay tidy for today.
    Its raining here today, after such a lovely day yesterday too I'm not impressed! So I've got one load in the drier and then another load about to go in shortly.

    Food:
    Breakfast - porridge with nutella and banana
    Lunch - cheese omelette, strawberries and rocky biscuit
    Tea - pasta bake and garlic bread

    Think thats about all. Hope all ok xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 11th Apr 18, 4:46 PM
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    Evening Diary,

    Weve had a lovely day today. Was meeting up with a friend and she text this morning inviting us to their house as the weather was just too bad for the park. The fog hasnt lifted at all in about 2 days here, its really bad. Kids had a great time catching up and we enjoyed a catch up over a cuppa too.

    SSD today 4.60 in the coop on milk and some yellow stickered kievs reduced to 2.40! Ive stuck them straight into the freezer and will do for a tea next week.

    DDs having pasta for tea and then they have football and dancing. DH has taken something to have at work as otherwise it would be after 8 he would be eating and I will have a cheese and onion crisp bake with some beans leftover from lunch.

    We have a busy day tomorrow as DD2 has to be at the dentist before 9 and its the other end of town. Getting up in the morning will be fun .

    Think thats about all! Hope all ok x
    Mummytogirls x

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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 12th Apr 18, 12:40 PM
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    Morning Diary,

    Weve had an early start this morning with DD's dental appointment. Getting up was surprisingly easy and could have had a bit more of a lie in but hey ho! All good and she has been signed off from their service now (its only been 18 months of trekking to different surgeries !).
    After we called at home b@rgains for chinese curry sauce, dental floss and crisps - 2.77 spent. Then 50 in Mr Al's on the weeks shop. Since realised there is the tiniest bit of soy sauce left in the cupboard which we need for tomorrows tea so will need to go out and get some . Cant believe DH bothered to put it back. Will probably end up back at Mr Al's!

    Just had lunch and done a couple of surveys and now waiting to go and meet a couple of their friends at the local ice cream and coffee shop.

    Its still foggy here and pretty chilly too. The heating has been clicking back on which I'm not surprised at. Apparently its going to brighten up next week... just as were back at work.

    Food:
    Breakfast - usual
    Lunch - cheese on toast
    Tea - garlic chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and peas
    Gym - spinning

    Think thats about all for now xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 12th Apr 18, 9:20 PM
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    Glad you got DD's teeth sorted. I hope your weather improves soon,
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
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    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 13th Apr 18, 10:31 AM
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    Morning Diary,

    Last day of the holidays booooooo! Weather... were on day 4 of fog , makes it feel so cold and damp.
    We haven't got many plans for today... I need to apologise to DH about the soy sauce as we have another bottle in the back of the cupboard which I bought when he wrote it on the board sorry DH!
    I think today will be NSD7 of 10 as we have no plans to really go anywhere or buy anything.
    The girls are awaiting a delivery of some things for science day at school so they're more than happy to stay in waiting for them... I hope they come today now or else I won't hear the end of it .

    Need to get the house ship shape and then I can chill over the weekend.

    Takeaway chinese chicken curry for tea. Its one of my faves so looking forward to that .

    Thank you HHOD, its a huge relief re the dentist!

    Happy Friday all xx
    Mummytogirls x

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    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 13th Apr 18, 7:01 PM
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