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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Last bargain of 2015

On New year's Eve I took my usual trip to Neath and had a good walk round, picked up a bargain or two as you have seen already. What I did not include was the very last one that I found in Tesco. I stopped on the way home to get a loaf of bread for Maggie. While I was in the shop I took a leaf from Ilona's book and looked at the RTC shelf. I was looking for something specific, cheese. I like to keep a stock of grated hard cheese in the freezer and I hit gold. 



This mature cheddar was already on a half price promotion and then it had been reduced by half again. I found 6 blocks that together weighed just a smidgen under 2 Kilo and cost me £5.43. It has been grated and frozen in  boxes, I have enough for several weeks now. I will keep my eyes peeled for Stilton next week, last year at this time I picked up enough at less than half price to last almost 6 months, I grate it and freeze in small amounts. It does not grate as well as cheddar so I pop the blocks in the freezer for half an hour first.

I have made good progress with the stars, the first section is up and looking good, it has 37 stars and I want to add something starry to the ends. I may add a single large star in the space above the loops.
The second section is under way, I have changed the shades used and added another colour for this one. Not for any particular reason, just to use up some more small balls of yarn.



There it is, too long for me to catch in one shot, it is hanging straight, I was on the bonk with the camera.

We did a 2 mile walk this morning, a bit over as we went as far as the library to check the opening times for next week.
The sun is shining and the air is warm, I had to undo my lightweight jacket on the walk and was still hot. I will be off for another walk later, there is a footpath that I want to explore, it is too far for Ben so I will hopefully clock up 5 miles to help make up for yesterday. I only need to do just over 3 miles a day but know that there will be some days when walking is impossible, either because of the weather or commitments. I am recording the miles in my diary and there will be no cheating, why would I cheat myself.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that this dry spell lasts for a few days, but even if it is just today it is welcome.
I watched Sherlock last night, I am not sure whether or not I liked it. There was great emphasis on the drug aspect and I feel it over iced the cake. I thought that the ending was good, hinting that the modern version was a drug fuelled dream.

I watched Mrs Brown,s Boys, yes it is rude at times but I found it very funny, much better than the Christmas Day showing. I don't know about you but I think that Brendan O'Carroll makes a better looking woman than he does a man.

That was the sum of my telly viewing yesterday, I had a good look through my Kaffe Fasset books and did a bit of surfing.

Ooh yes, I did the draw for the Kirstie book, Empire of Dirt, she is all yours, email me your snail mail and I will get it in the post.

Now my cup of tea is cooling rapidly and demands my full attention.

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29 comments:

  1. ooohhh how exiting! Thank you so much :D i'm very much looking forward to reading it and trying the crafts :) um...how do i email you?i hate technology haha :)
    And that is a lot of cheese! never thought of putting it in the freezer xx

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  2. also the star garland is looking amazing already :) xx

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  3. Never mind, figured it out :) xx

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    1. Well done. It is on it's way.

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  4. We liked the Sherlock, it certainly was a strange one, but so well done.

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    1. Yes, I am still mulling the ending over. I look forward to the next series.

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  5. I love the garland of stars. It's so pretty. You really do find great deals! Happy New Year!

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    1. And a Happy new Year to you, I keep my eyes open for bargains, there are many that I just walk past as I do not buy ready meals or anything that I do not use.

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  6. Love the stars - looking good.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  7. Love the garland. It looks so pretty.
    I've not watched any tv since Downton on Christmas Day. Can't find anything I wanted to watch and I must admit I do get a bit fidgety watching tv.

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    1. I can only watch for limited periods so rely on the sky box and the pause button. I have to have something in my hands to do as well.

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  8. If I want a good laugh I just turn on Mrs. Brown's Boys. As soon as I hear that first laugh at the beginning I start laughing. My husband has a hard time with the accents and some of the humour but I think the show is hilarious. The garland is looking really good, is going to go all around the room? Great buy on the cheese.

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    1. There will be a garland all round the room, but I have been playing with another pattern, so am undecided what will be on the rest of it.

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  9. Your garland looks fantastic! I do love a garland! xx

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    1. Thank you, My flibbertigibbet mind is already thinking about wreaths.

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  10. Love the garland. Did you see the Dr Who Christmas special? I can't decide if I hated it or loved it. I've got Sherlock on the DVR and will snuggle with the pups tonight and watch it.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, I am with you on the Doctor Who and feel much the same about Sherlock. It may be that my brain has had enough of telly for a while.

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  11. I only watched Mrs Browns Boys about 4 months ago. I love it and the add lobbing and production mistakes as well. I bought me eldest son the movie so I am looking forwards to that.

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    1. I saw the movie when it was released on dvd, the add libs are one of the best bits.

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  12. I really enjoyed the Sherlock - we watched it last night - but I'm not quite sure I understood the connotations that were made...is the modern Sherlock the dream or the Victorian one? Drug induced or otherwise? Whatever it is, it was certainly one of the best offerings on TV over this holiday time. I'm afraid Mrs Brown's Boys makes me shudder. I'm loving opening all your gifts - thank you so much!

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    1. I am still puzzling over Sherlock and wondering what the next series will bring. My gifts from you are well appreciated, thank you.

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  13. The garland looks amazing. I didn't really like this episode of Sherlock it was too odd for my liking. Love Mrs Browns Boys - so funny.
    Carolx

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    1. I have sat and watched far too much telly, I long for dry weather and the garden.

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  14. I've not got into Sherlock yet - we have been trying to work ourself through Bones. Love the star garland very colourful. x

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    1. I have Bones on DVD, a gift last year. I am pleased with the garland but am now reconsidering the next section.

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  15. Impressive haul of cheese, I also managed to get quite a wide range as they reduced the gift boxes of cheese to less than half price. Best wishes for the new year.

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    1. I did not look at the mixed packs, they contain cheeses that I would not use, or even worse that I do like and would scoff it down willy nilly. I wish you a good New Year also.

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