Living the simple life

I am Goth by nature, a carer by choice and a crafter by habit. living the Old Style way, spending less and making what I can myself. I follow Money Saving Expert and NYK forum avidly and am working to be debt free.

I shop wisely as every penny counts, my stock cupboard is my solution to any problem.

My home is full of craft stuff and I love making things for my grandson Michael and grand- daughter Bethany who are the reason I get up everyday. My kids are the best in the world and I thank them for being there for me and John

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Back home and getting set for winter.

I consider myself lucky that I have never been abroad - strange thought - no, because people seem to fall in love with places and I would not be able to go back on my budget. So I fell in love with the North East of England!
This was our main destination Beamish Musuem. We booked a bargain motel deal, packed our lunch and nibbles and headed North. Only minor glitch with hubbys health on the way and we were soon settled in our room.

We had a drive round the first evening to see where the museum was, picked up a fish and a portion of chips between us and settled down for the night. Of course I had pen and paper with me plus a bag of yarn and a hook so plenty to do while hubby played patience, read or snoozed.

Next day we went straight to Beamish as it opened at 10 am and Hubs slept late. Had our breakfast from what we had brought with us and planned to eat out there. We certainly were not disappointed- first thing the ticket is valid for a year and we only paid for Hubby as I was pushing his chair. Secondly the transport staff were very kind and not once did they give us that 'Oh no we have to trundle this bloke back on the wheelchair lift and bugger about again' Thirdly we had a yummy O/S lunch of mince pie, mushy peas, swede and little roast potatoes, that set us up for the rest of the day. The main thing, though, was the whole Beamish experience, we stepped back in time but much of the stuff was still in use in our lifetime, it was living history to us in the true sense of the word.

The whole of the North east is populated by people who are generous of spirit, who dont ignore wheelchairs and actually help when I get me wheels stuck, open doors and kindly move out of the way.
We revisited the Angel as I lost my photo's of her from our last visit. I find it quite the most moving thing to see, mind you I also love wind turbines so it may just be me!

The next day we nipped into Durham for a good breakfast then  went to a railway museum, did a detour through the Yorkshire dales rather than use the motorway and stopped in some lovely places including a chocolate factory and a little town called Richmond, which was lovely. We drove along side the Pennine way and was pleased and suprised to find public toilets everywhere - Britain take note, it is possible to have clean public toilets open for use right through the day, even till 6pm or possibly later. Manchester Tameside and Cheshire city councils its possible to have public toilets that are actually open and not up for sale or locked permanently !!!!


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Just passing by

I really must get myself blogging more often, its lack of inspiration mostly, though I do get ideas when I am no where near the lappy.

Had a near tragedy last night, my sewing machine went clunk and stopped working. It is many years old and cost me £10 plus a Jean Greenhowe Victorian knitted doll so I havent done too badly out of it. I decided there was nothing to lose in taking it apart so set to with my trusty WD40. I cleaned all the interior gubbins and left it till this morning to make a decision. I am very happy to report it now works again !!!! Am in the midst of making a quilt, however it looks patchwork but is really printed fabric. I bought a Tesco quilt cover for £1.50  and a valance for the same thinking I would make myself a pretty double quilt cover from them but it was begging   to be quilted. Just have to do the edging  and its done.

Here is one of my many makes this month, its a gift for a dear friend and really took no time at all. However I have decided I have to be careful how much knitting I do as my arthur-itis doesnt like it at all. So small projects only. I have been churning out my Christmas charity makes and am all but finished for this year. I say that and suddenly see something that catches my eye...Pinterest...and have to start making again.

Have been very careful with our pennies this last month or so and John and I have decided to have another break in Newcastle. We have to grab every opportunity as we both can see he wont be fit to travel for much longer. So this week am using up the contents of the freezers so that when I get back I can start preparing for Christmas before meat gets too expensive. That way I can organise and pre-cook meals and pack the freezers properly.

We are going to Beamish museum which is the main focus of the trip and I am really looking forward to seeing the place. Bonus is I get in free as Johns carer so just £17.50 which is an awful lot to me so hope you get a lot for your money.