Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Making 'bones' for Ruby

Ruby, being raw fed, needs quite a variety in her diet. The tubes of meat and minced bone she predominently has, have offal incorporated into them. However, sometimes, we go for slightly cheaper packets which don't.

However, the difference in price is about 35p per tube and the extra's I might add, are less than this.

Two weeks ago, I bought some liver and kidney (kidney is hardly ever in commercial ones) for us, but chavelled up 3/4 for her and froze them into bone shapes. This gave us 15 offal bones for about 70p.

When we use the cheaper tubes, she has one of these added plus occasionally, a vegetable/fruit based one. The vegetable/fruit based ones give her a bit more to eat but with less calories. She is one hungry girl at times but would be huge if we gave in to her!

Today, I made up, one of the above mentioned batches, consisting of:

3 large carrots, 2 handfuls of spinach, a few blueberries, a few raspberries, two tablespoons of flax, pumpkin and sunflower ground seeds, plus two spoonfuls of yoghurt whey:
 In the bone mould, ready to freeze. These probably work out at 15 for £1.00.
Once frozen, they are tipped into a bag, ready for use. Here is one of each for comparison - kidney on the left, fruit and vegone on the right:
They weigh about 25g - 30g each.

The last lot of vegetable only ones I made, consisted of carrot, green cabbage, kale and spinach.

When I mention this to people, they think we are giving her "too many treats" and that she is "spoilt". What they don't realise is, these are essential nutriments for her. She needs them to have a rounded diet. She is not being spoilt.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


I do like watching a machine at work!

We needed a new dog tag for little miss. Last time, a human operated the machine. This time, a machine did the work. Insert cassette, type what you want, leave it to happily laser etch on the information.

I reckon it took no more than 5 minutes but was very enjoyable to watch all the same.

One of the programmes we enjoy watching is how it’s made. Never ceases to amaze us.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Congrats and bread ...

First of all, congratulations to Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares for winning their first ATP title of this year. May you have many more.

Needing to bake bread, I decided to double up my mixture to make one loaf of bread and 8 baps. 10% was rye flour, 40% brown and 40% white flours. A 1/4 cup each of pumpkin and sunflower seeds was also added.

I wanted to make some baps as we all enjoyed the ones I had made for the festive period. Once cooled, I shall freeze half the loaf after slicing and freeze the baps in two's for future use. Here they are, fresh from the oven:

Friday, 11 January 2019

Well done Andy....

It was painful to watch, but Andy Murray has finally made the heartbreaking but correct decision to finish playing tennis. Boy, will I miss him!

He hopes to try and carry on for another few months but I feel this is it really. Physical health has to come above everything else. Like he says, the pain is too much, he can't play how he wants to play, is no longer enjoying training or playing because of the pain.

I think anyone waiting for a hip or knee replacement would agree with him on that one.

Hopefully, once he stops playing, he can get a full hip replacement or an operation that would alleviate the worst of the pain.

Thanks Andy. You have fought hard, but sometimes, our bodies let us down and we just have to accept that. It is a shame your daughters won't get to see you play but at least you will have lots of videos and memories to share with them.

When the time comes, look forwards, not backwards and enjoy the next chapter of your life!

Thursday, 10 January 2019


We actually had a bit of blue sky and sunshine in between showers of rain. Today is grey, dismal and cold which seems to be the norm for nowadays.

If all the doom and gloom merchants prove correct, we will be having bad weather later on in the season. That, along with the blasted Brexit, will really improve the nation’s mood!

I am ashamed at the shenanigans going on in parliament at the moment. I don’t know how many times they need to be told this is the only deal, but still they keep demanding more. Each faction demanding what they need and nobody, it seems, willing to work together for the sake of the country as a whole.

Surely, all the nay sayers must have realised that the EU would make an example of us daring to leave and make the exit as hard as possible.

No, we should not vote again otherwise it would set a precedent for all future voting. What, don’t like the result of a general election, well let’s vote again then. Absolute madness lies there.

Me, I am keeping calm and carrying on as best as I can. Yes, I am doing a Brexit food box. As savings accounts mature shortly, yes, I will reinvest them ASAP before interest rates collapse further. Yes, I am still tying into new fixed utilities deals for the same reason.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Wellies ...

I had a shortish walk in my new cherry coloured wellies today. It was nice to just walk without having to worry where I put my feet! I wouldn’t want to use them for long walks but certainly, short walks around here or going on the beach and just into the sea with Ruby, will be so much better.

DB has also bought some navy town and country ones. He has been using his for a few days now and says the same.

DS and DDiL have been trying to get us both to buy some, now I understand why.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Came across this the other day....

on the internet, thought you might enjoy some useful and interesting tips. You might want to mute it though as I found the music very irritating: tips.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Greyed out....

I don’t know about you, but I am getting fed up now of low grey clouds and dismal days. We have had little sustained sunshine in this part of the country and I am in need of some!

Weather forecasts seem to be indicating a change in the weather to colder days mid month, we shall see. I am going to make stew for tea, just feel the need for some comfort food.

Friday, 4 January 2019

No justification.....

I needed to top up stock cubes. Over Christmas, the ones we use were reduced from £1.70 to £1.00. As is life we forgot to buy any except pork which have somehow been lost:(

Going to the supermarket, they were now £1.72, no way was I paying that price.

We have been out today and called in at another supermarket. They were £1.50 each or any 2 packets for £2.00. I bought 10 packets, some for our spare cupboard and the rest for my Brexit box. Buying them there saved us £7.50!

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Darn it....

We eventually, 'finished' our Christmas jugsaw:
Only to find this:
One piece missing!

Luckily it is a Gibson puzzle and they help out in situations like this. We have to send them 5 pieces, answer a few questions, keep the box and they send us a new packet of pieces.

Each of their puzzles are individually cut so they can't send us a replacement for the missing piece.

So, when the new bag of pieces come, we shall have the pleasure of doing it again!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019


I was standing in the conservatory when I heard the sound of geese flying over. In Norfolk, we have huge flocks of these arrive, predominently Canada geese. My camera just couldn't do the numbers justice, especially as it was getting dark:

The sky was filled, in all directions with geese flying from south east to north west, literally hundreds upon hundreds of them. Neither of us have ever seen that many flying over in the whole time we have lived here. Arriving, departing, we don't know. Maybe they know something we don't!!!

It was quite humbling to watch them.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Dangerous Debris...

First of all Happy New Year to all my readers!

The dangerous debris I am referring to are the remnants of fireworks from the celebrations last night.

We stayed up until 12:45 until we were sure the fireworks had all finished. There were a large number of really big bangs.

Ruby went out for her pre-bed ablutions, and came back in, carrying the white plastic ring. DB removed it and also came in with the stick from the driveway.

This morning, before letting her out, we checked the gravel and found two bits of cardboard tubing and large thick shards of shiny and very sharp, purple plastic. Presumably these were the outer casings of said large fireworks.

As we went around our part of the village, more shards, in blue and green could be seen, littering both the paths and roads:
Neither of us remember seeings these sort of shards before. Maybe we have become more vigilent with having Ruby.