Sunday, 30 November 2014

A catch up diary post

Goodness me, I've not done a proper diary post for days.

 So what's been happening here on the Simple Suffolk Smallholding?

On Wednesday the weather was awful, rain almost all day. I baked some of Cs favourite shortcakes  to put in  the freezer and a coffee sponge. I also used up the last packet of cake mix that arrived from Approved Foods in a free Lucky Box - chocolate cup cakes - oh dear not very nice. Actually of all the cake mixes I've had cheap from AF only packets of Morrisons carrot cake were good enough to even consider buying - although I never have.
C sharpened the chainsaw - the one problem with cutting scrap wood, it's sometimes very difficult to avoid hitting a nail. Then he went and baited our neighbours rat boxes.

Thursday morning was tidying up ready for the Estate agent bloke. In the afternoon C went over to our neighbours to drain the water from her watering system which is pumped from her well, while I wrote some more Christmas cards and letters.

Friday was spent chopping kindling, bringing some more scrap wood into the wood cutting shed and then cutting it up. I biked down to the library van and collected two bags of books to last us through to January. Kate-who-had-my-goats came and collected 20 bales of hay for the girls. She's got a billy goat staying with Izzy at the moment hoping for some kids in the spring. Having a Billy there is a bit of a shock for Kate who hadn't realised just how smelly they are.

Saturday morning the wind was from the east and it was one of the rare mornings when we could hear the sea from 4 miles away. It doesn't sound whoosh, whoosh, like when you are on the beach but a constant noise a bit like a central heating system. The weather/tide conditions are only right to hear it one or two days a year.
 C wanted to clean out the small chicken shed and move it to somewhere dryer, except the tractor couldn't get a grip so the shed had to stay where it was, while we wait for a hard frost or a week of drying winds.
I got on my bike and went down to the Annual Cancer Research Christmas Fair in Knodishall.  Last year all I found was the 50p Christmas decoration which I mentioned the other day as being the most viewed post on my blog - weird. Anyway, this year I found 2 small presents, a genuine old print of Great Yarmouth in a frame, some new oven gloves, and a bundle of Christmas cards - amongst them was one for a grand-daughter!.... maybe a bit of a wait before I get to use that one and I had 5 raffle tickets, I left the tickets with my phone number on but I won't hold my breath - not a lot of chance of me winning, I NEVER win in raffles! but  I did enjoy my free mulled wine and mince pie. Total spend for my morning out £4.50.
Lots of sport for C to watch on TV in the afternoon, rugby,darts and snooker. I wrote a few more cards and put the radio on in the craft room to see how Ipswich Town FC were doing. I found they had an early kick off so the match had already finished and they had won 1-0. Good news indeed and put them up to 2nd in the Championship. The town will get a  huge boost if they manage to get promoted to the Premiership, even better news later....... Norwich lost!

Sunday dawned grey and foggy, no work planned so we went down to Aldeburgh for a walk along the beach and back through the town

 The tide was very low and just  a few people about, one man fishing and a couple dog walking. More people in town as we went back  peering in the shop windows. Mostly expensive clothes shops and art galleries for the holiday cottage owners.
We drove back through Thorpness and stopped to look in the antiques and collectibles emporium. Spending for our morning out was nothing except for the bit of diesel.
A quiet afternoon planned before a busier week next week

Back Tomorrow
Sue


13 comments:

  1. wow you did well at the Christmas Fair. I am in purge mode at the moment so nothing coming in.

    I miss the sound of the sea.

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    1. It was a good morning out, absolutely crowded as always. They usually raise loads for Cancer Research

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  2. ive had some really strange cake mixes from approved , current horror is the morrisons butterscotch trifle , ive given most of them away to my daughters friend , but the trifle is proving hard to sell to them all

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    1. I've think I've got some of them - just a glorified instant whip with extras! We eat the whole lot between 2 of us!

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  3. I shouldn't laugh about Norwich losing, but I can't help it. Town have been rubbish for so long it's good to hear of Norwich having a bad day. The husband used to be a season ticket holder but didn't bother renewing after their rubbish performances.

    Bill was also in Aldeburgh this past week, he's working on a garden there one day a week. I suspect it won't be long before he tells me he's had chips for lunch!!!!

    Sounds like you've had a good and busy few days.

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    1. He might want a season ticket again next year! The difference is that they are now playing right to the end of the game instead of giving up with 15 minutes left and conceding goals in injury time.

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  4. As ever, all very interesting. We await the picture or the list of the library haul!
    I may, or may not, be technically homeless in the next few days, due to a glitch in my flat buying. Had a scary phone call at 4pm on Friday of all times! All down to delays on the part of my seller's solicitors. I'm quite laid back about it, but must admit I am worried about what to do with the cats if I have to sofa surf with my daughter in Bath. Her two cats could not cope with two interlopers, and the cattery is out for the old one, as her vaccinations are not up to date due to her being a scaredy-cat!
    Oh well, it will all work out!

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    1. Oh my goodness, as you say not what you want to hear at 4 on a Friday when half the business world have packed up for the weekend
      I'm picturing you homeless on the pavement with a sleeping bag, cardboard box and 2 cats! Perhaps on Monday morning they'll get sorted quick. Good luck with it all.

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    2. All sorted. I leave this house on Thursday, after 11 years, and stay with my daughter in Wales for a bit. Cats booked in to a nice cattery, where the woman has a secluded cabin for non-vaccinees! Hopefully not too long before I can take over the flat.

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    3. And thanks for your good luck message!

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  5. Your visit to the Christmas fair proves yet again that you don't have to spend masses to enjoy yourself, or to find some little treasures.

    jean x

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  6. Yes I to have had some dodgy mixes from approved foods, the family always say they are awful compared to my baking, I didn't realise you could freeze shortbread, I will be doing a lot more home freezing next year to save time and money, its nice just to get out and have a change of scenery sometimes, it also gives you time to think.

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  7. I wish we lived closer to a beach for walks. Having lived for nearly 9 years within 10 miles of St Andrews beach, it has made me realise that I didn't appreciate it enough when I had access to it! Now I am over an hour from good beaches and far too far to nip off for an afternoon, like I used to be able to. Beach envy! Whatever next?! I had a Morrison's ginger cake mix from AF last year and the YFG loved it, but I do agree that some of them are not good...

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