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

Friday, 23 May 2014

Warm days when blessings abound

Seems little man is learning to love books. His daddy and I have a sneaky feeling he has been able to read for about a year now and slowly but surely he is revealing this to us all. I think, however, that Terry Pratchett may be heavy going at 4 ! My Mum often tells anyone who will listen that by the age of 5 I was checking stock and ordering fresh supplies over the phone from our little corner shop and I do have a mental image of doing it.



Just spent a week in Lincolnshire again. I grasp every break we manage with both hands as everyone may be the lst Hubby is well enough for. I always try and meet up with this little fella for a chat when we are over there - he lives at the seal rescue centre with his little family and is such charming company, listens to every word I say.

This is Shaun, my darling bear, who was a little over excited and actually fell off the dashboard. He always goes away with us and enjoys the scenery.

Everything is coming on fast thanks to the sunshine and am really enjoying vertical gardening. The horizontal land is so riddled with slugs and snails that it can only be used for certain crops, mainly fruit, so the pods are working very well. I intend to extend this system more this year as I have another frame but the frame is from the old rabbit run and is backed with wire mesh, so I intend to use zip ties to fasten the milk pods on and they can be situated more artistically and better for the plants. So far I have tiny tomatoes, alpine strawberries and baby leeks in the pods.

Lets hope the weather warms up again soon so I can  pot on the contents of the greenhouse and re-fill it with the next crops.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

A quick look at my Mothers day - belated pics!

These are the sweet pea pots off my son Gareth he knows I love tin ware.
Growing well almost ready to go outside when the weather improves.
This is off my Darling Daughter - perfect!