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

Monday, 25 August 2014

Summer success's

Every year my little garden produces more and more food as I become more organised and accepting of what will not grow in the ground. This year I lost a big bed full of shallots to critters - they waited till they were nice and big then decimated them.

This years biggest success is tomatoes, I have them everywhere - in the greenhouse, vertical pods and random pots. I have had a handful a day and there are many more to come before I pack up for the winter.
Very proud of my heirloom tomatoes as I was running out of seed having lost every plant for the last 2 years.
They just look so beautiful and eccentric.
Here is my little Kuri squash and there are a few more to mature on the plant.
My little apple tree is groaning under the weight of fruit and this is only its second year. It cost me £8 on offer from D B Browns so am very happy with it.
My patio weed clearance is going well, have lmost done the first half ready to plant creeping thyme if the weather warms up a little. Next I need to clear the path down to the shed and greenhouse to make life easier this winter then next year will clear the other half. I have rescued 2 buckets of soil the worms have made under the weeds and tipped them in the raised bed which has sunk a little the last few years.

All in all a productive time which has lifted my spirits no end and saved me a fortune in the gym!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Now known as Lady Jayne


It was my birthday on Wednesday - 55!!! cannot believe how time has flown. It says 22 in my knickers and thats what Im sticking to.

Hubby has just given up helping run the cricket league due to horrendous amount of work along with timewasting e mails asking stupid questions. All he was doing was sleeping and working on the laptop. We had a spare room full of trophys that he had built from parts thus saving the league £600 and during on of our discussions regarding his decision I stated I was always runner up - cricket came first. So on my birthday he presented me with a trophy which says 'no longer a runner up now a winner' - dont know who was more choked up him or me.

I had a lovely day, lunch with Mum, trip to Hobbycraft - which Mum loved. Then we went to see Jenni and Michael. She presented me with a certificate to say I am now Lady Jayne Egan! and a huge bar of chocolate.

Mum gave me gladioli's, Jen gave me chrysanth's, I bought myself roses(the day before) and then Gareth and Carrie turned up with lilies - I ran out of vases in the end! but I dont mind its wonderful.

Couldnt have had a better day.