Tuesday, 24 August 2010

I can smell autumn...

I can, you may think me crazy but it's nearly here. There are fruits and berries in the trees and bushes and although the trees are not turning their wonderful golden colours just yet, I'm quite sure they are not so green. Summer is fading, it's nearly here I tell you...



This years summer has been unusual in as far as, we had no rain for least two months, the grass in the front garden almost turned to straw and it's only been these last few weeks with the occasional rain shower that have allowed it to recover. There have been hot days followed by cool cloudy days. Then again, this is an English summer so what did I expect. And now the days are rapidly becoming more unsettled and overcast. No doubt we will have a last burst of heat before it fizzles away for good, but It's changing, the relay baton of summer to autumn is being passed.


And I, for one am so excited. I LOVE autumn.


I want to squirrel away my supplies for the impending bad weather, when you don't want to face the rain and the cold and dare I say it, SNOW....


This years fruit and berries have been good but the council thought it best to prune heavily the bushes and trees around the park in early July, hence alot of fruit did not grow and alot of the things that were growing were cut down. Silly council.....









There is probably one more picking time before the rest of the blackberries are all gone.





This is my pantry, a few years ago we turned the store room onto a pantry/laundry/if it's lost or don't know where to put it, this is the room it will be in room.


It does need a tidy up and there is likely more on the shelves now than when I took these pictures. Even on shopping day this is what we have on the shelves, and then shopping comes.

I only buy what we will eat and rotate what is here, so the oldest products get eaten first.







I think we could last a couple of weeks without going to the shops and if someone (ie: Me) got ill and couldn't get out to the shops, we would not starve..






In here I only store dried goods or tinned. Things that have been opened or are perishable once opened are in the kitchen cupboards or fridge.





Last year, with the dreadful snow that we had, the country ground to a halt and deliveries to shops and supermarkets were impossible. Salt was in short supply as were milk and bread. This year, over the last few months I have bought salt each week with my shopping and now have more than the council had last winter.

I have dried milk, flour, yeast, tinned meat, vegetables, potatoes, fruit and pet food and litter, not to mention toilet rolls and medical supplies.

I learnt from last years problems that we needed salt and to stock up while we can, to effectively "make hay while the sun shines" and you can never be too prepared. It's not just for our own benefit though, should someone need something and we have some, it's nice to be able to help if we can.

And I'm not done yet, there is still jam to make (don't worry Auntie Hazel, it won't be long now, I promise) and the jar for winter gas money to be added to each week. Hot water bottles to be bought and yet more socks and gloves to be found or bought (the boys lost theirs).

I love autumn and winter, I love to squirrel away things for a time of need, to prepare my family for what lies ahead, it doesn't even have to be bad weather ahead, it could be financial hardship that causes difficulties.

But I know if my little family have a roof over their heads and food in their tummys, a warm snuggly bed and all the love in the world then it can snow up to the roof tops. (although, strictly speaking that would not be good, because all the wild animals would die, but you get the idea!!)



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It's such a hard life being a kitten...

It really is, I can't imagine how they cope, what with all that TV watching....





And if it isn't just Florrie watching TV,



Then it's Charlie too..


It must be soooo tiring to watch TV all the time..





So I'm sure they deserve a well earned nap....


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Monday, 23 August 2010

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...

Oh I do like to be beside the sea, as we stroll along the prom without me knickers on, singing Nelly, put your belly, next to mine.... (thanks to my Dad I know very few of the real words).

But as you can guess we went to the seaside, Great Yarmouth to be exact. We have no transport so we went on a coach trip. We were up bright and early and met the coach in town at 8:30 am.

We stopped at Hitchin and then Letchworth for a few more fellow travellers and we were off on our way..


On our arrival in Great Yarmouth the children ran on ahead and before you knew it they were lost. Or hiding.....



On the beach is a visitors centre and the only reason for this photo is because of the name "Scroby Sands" that's not even a word is it?.....




We travelled light and expected only to paddle in the water with our shoes and socks off, and so we didn't take any towels or swimming costumes, as the idea was to, just paddle. As you can see we only needed to roll up the trouser legs and go in the water up to your ankles, "Jim to your ankles !!" someone please tell him....!!



They had fun throwing pebbles into the sea.



As you can tell, Jim was hard of hearing and was totally soaked, but he loved it all the same.
Unfortunately, while walking along the beach we came across the sad sight of a beached whale, We kept it's skin wet by throwing water at it then we rolled it back into the sea and it happily swam away...



We then went onto the pier where all the amusements are and after ice-creams and candy floss we went on the rides. You can't go to the seaside and not have one of these pictures taken.


Katie really enjoyed herself.....


Katie and Jim went on the swings, which took forever, whilst Charlotte and Sam went on ahead to the next ride.



Sam and Jim went on the "slide of death"...



And nearly died of too much fun....

Soooooo much money was spent trying to get this Peppa Pig doll that I'd estimate it to be at least a months pocket money for Katie... and it was so close too....



"Noooooooooo!!!"





Still, all was not lost we still had the Carousel to go on, The reason Katie is wearing my cardigan is because she also thought it a good idea to go in the sea with trousers on and so walked around for the rest of the day with wet legs and sand in her pants..




On the dodgems they travelled at the speed of light, Katie was too small to be in a car by herself so she was in with Jim and Charlotte shared with Sam.




We all had a lovely day, it's not often we see the sea, this was a real treat for us to be able to go to the seaside for the day. I think Mum and Kevin were worn out by the end of the day. On the coach home there were another family who travelled from Letchworth who asked the driver to play a CD that they had brought with them, it was Irish folk music/Johnny Cash/something I've never heard before. Thankfully we got off before them but only after enduring two hours of this, what can only be loosely described as music. Still we had a lovely time..





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