Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Read properly!

First of all, welcome to Faith Archer And Jillh via Bloglovin.

Pinch Punch, its the 1st of the month, blimey, where did June go? Far too hot for me chief. I wasn't too hot last night and eventually got chilly so found it difficult getting to sleep.

I made us a cheese and onion pie yesterday and by 08:30 had finished. I couldn't for the life of me, fathom out why all the onions wouldn't fit it!

After it came out the oven, then the tin, I divided it into 6 portions and the interior felt odd. On reading the recipe again, it turns out I should have cooked the onions first - doh:)

Luckily for us, we don't mind raw or even partially cooked onions, so it will still be enjoyed with salad over the next few days.

I would like to say you are never too old to learn from mistakes but will I ever get to the stage where I stop making them?

Our war diary for Year V has been updated, hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


At the beginning of the year, I boldly stated that we would attempt to get rid of 1000 items from our house, either by donating, selling or throwing away (after recycling!).

We hardly did anything at the beginning of the year:

January = 36
February = 10
March = 3
April = 0
May = 0
June = 119

As you can see, April and May were desert months where other things were happening, family needs, bad backs etc. You just cannot move in an attic with a bad back!

However, most of June DB brought things down from the attic, for us both to decide on what to do with them. Just when he got started his back became painful again. Thank goodness for Chiropractic treatment yesterday!

I am being particularly brave in getting rid of most craft items as well as all the items from my BA and MA courses that we just don't want. Where they can be recycled they will be, sold if they can be, after that - binned!

We are not going to reach 1000 by the end of the year but if we get even 1/3rd or 1/2 of that figure, it will be good. Less stuff is always good:)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Pride cometh...

Before more hard work!

There we were, pleased with ourselves on how quickly and healthily, we had managed to stack our logs. Then I read on line on how alder needs a longer drying time. As you can imagine, we wished we had read it before stacking!

Anyhow, we spent a good part of yesterday, un-stacking and re-stacking the logs to separate out the alder as much as possible. The odd one or two got missed as you can see below (Alder, on the right, turns more and more orange as the oxygen gets to it:
There was also a load of logs in the garage that were too fat for our burner and they needed splitting using the log splitter (a very good buy!). One or two also needed cutting in half afterwards as they were too long as well.

Eventually, it was all finished and we now have 3 and 3/4's of the main log store filled up ready to dry out over the summer. The logs which are hidden behind the hessian trellis on the left, are from last year and are already dry and ready to use:
DB after lunch, spent a little time sorting out the kindling store, making a lot more room. We just need to top up the pine cone box (one or two carrier bags should do it) and that side of our winter preparations are under way.

We are careful using the logs, not lighting the wood burner until 4pm usually. If not, we would probably need 3 cubic metres of wood. We would just about be able to store the extra but if it comes too it, will do so as it would warm us up more and cheaper than using oil.