Monday, 21 March 2016

Boating at last

I made the most of the weather yesterday and planted the Dutch Iris bulbs. I need to buy 2 more pots for the freesia and begonias.
We also took some flowers to the cemetery, said 'hello' to Tom then had a walk around to see how old the gravestones were. Something Thomas and myself find interesting, Mark and Amy not so much. He particularly liked the ones with poppies on dotted here and there, showing the resting place of soldiers.
Today, I've finally managed to get out and go boating with Mark and Ken. This lake is in a park in Bury and here's our little tug chugging along nicely.
I had a go and managed to ram a bright orange buoy much to the amusement of the menfolk, who then proceeded to give me chapter and verse on the mechanics of steering. Yawn!
After 5 minutes of nodding politely, a little bit like a News of the World reporter, I made my excuses and left. I decided I'd have a walk around the lake. I actually went round 3 times which was a grand total of 1500 steps. I might possibly go again, just to do the walking. 
This afternoon I made a start on the holiday preps. I printed some paperwork we need to take with us and put a load of holiday clothes in the washing machine. I probably won't pack until Monday. I know we have everything we need somewhere in the house, it's just a case of gathering it all up in one place to be put in the cases.

I was just about to start making chili when Amy walked in from school and asked if she could do it. I happily handed the kitchen over to the other woman of the house and left her to it. A mighty fine job she did as well. 
I have lots to do again before my next update on Thursday. There's a show at Thomas' school, a foot appointment and a hair appointment for me, the barbers for Thomas, a meal out with friends, Bury, shopping, bulbs to plant, and anything else that crops up in between now and then.

I'll be very glad when I'm on that plane next week. 

xxx




15 comments:

  1. Ha, boys and their toys! You did well, had I had a go I'd have probably sunk it. I'm not good with any kind of vehicle, even model ones.

    Ooh, that chili looks so good, I could scoff the lot. Made a massive error today and weighed myself. Man alive I had a shock. The only reason I did it was because this week I'm giving the Potato Cleanse diet thing a try, so I thought I should get a note of my real life actual weight at the start. Urgh. Wish I hadn't bothered now. I've retired to my bed now, to get over the distress!

    Not long until you will be baking in the sunshine. Sounds like you are nicely prepped for it already :O) x

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    1. I've never heard of that diet so I've had a quick look. Is that all you can eat while you're on it, just potatoes?

      I've just been to Sainsburys and bought myself some rose lemonade tea (that's ok) and a box of champagne truffles (not OK at all). Mind you it might not be healthy on the waistline but it's a lot healthier on the wallet than F&M haha.

      I hope it works for you. There's nothing worse than putting effort in and it making no difference, I know how that feels :( maybe there's a champagne truffle diet out there somewhere just for me, I'm off to search :) xx

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    2. yes, pretty much. Spuds make up your main foods, so one Vegan lady ate chips three times a day and lost about half a stone. I had chips twice yesterday (home made, baked in the oven with a lot of chilli flakes), and boiled spuds. Oh yes, and a couple of sweet potatoes. I've also included hard boiled eggs so I don't lose my Vitamin B12. You can have salad too, but that's it. Some of the results on YouTube have been amazing, but it's not something I want to do long term. That said, if after a week I notice a bit of a difference, I may well continue. But we'll see. I'm not one for faddy diets, I love food too much, but it's worth a try.
      :O)

      rose lemonade tea sounds divine. We'll just skim over the champ truffles! Are you enjoy the rose pouchong? I've decided that it's also a good diet aid, when I need something sweet I'm going to have a cup. Genius! :O) xx

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    3. I used to do loads of faddy diets when I was in my 20's and when I look back at photos I've no idea why, I was a size 10/12 and if I weighed 9.5 stones it was as much. Funny how we see ourselves isn't it. I clearly remember the banana and milk one which I happily followed, then there was the cabbage soup one, who hasn't tried that haha.

      I think the sort of thing you're trying is fine for a kick start, you'll have to let me know how it goes. My problem is clearly lack of exercise. As I was saying to Rachel the 3 laps round the lake only came in at 1500 steps. Time for the treadmill she says again...... xx

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  2. All systems go for the countdown to the holiday - bring on the sunshine!

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    1. It's funny isn't it. When I worked I'd count down the weeks until I went. Now I don't even count down the days. I am really looking forward to going though. The warmer weather and a break from the daily routine will be lovely. xx

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  3. I would not be standing around driving a toy boat on a lake - but my son and HG would! Menfolk are clearly bonkers!! I was supposed to start walking round the block after tea of an evening this week to increase my step count but I was so tired, I was in bed at 8.30pm
    Woke at 3 for an epic wee, then realised I'd man flu symptoms. It's 4.55 now n I thought I'd visit everyone in Blogland!
    Love iris - the colours are just right for my garden!
    I quite fancy that Turkish delight tea! You'll have to post me a tea bag to try!! I've some Twinings Cherry Bakewell - quite yummy and have nagged to stop me reaching for the Mr Kipling so far!! I shuddered on Thomas' behalf as I know how much he can't stand the hair cut palava!
    Isn't it great having your tea made for you! She'll be fine in grown up world - she can feed herself and others! A skill for life! X

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    1. Morning Rachel, are you feeling any better? Have you dragged yourself into work or really succumbed to the man flu and snuggled back down under the covers.

      We're funny creatures aren't we. The boating is definitely a man thing but Mark would be equally bored if I took him to a knitting convention haha. They do speed boat racing in summer when the nights are longer and I know I'd enjoy that. I like a bit of crash bang wallop.

      I was a bit taken aback at how far 1500 steps actually is. I'd have to walk round the lake 20 times to do my daily 10,000 and although I never seem to be still getting up and down I now know for a fact I don't walk anywhere near that on a day. Time for the treadmill to be switched on me thinks.

      E-mail me your address over and I'll pop some rose pouchong and rose lemonade in the post for you to try. xx

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    2. Ooo will do! Am on a bit of a thing right now! And flavoured teas are hitting my spot so to speak!!

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  4. I must get better at planting, having bought numerous packs of tulip and daff bulbs (from Sarah Raven no less!) which are still sitting in the shed. Not even sure if they'll be okay to plant for next Spring. Love it when someone else make dinner though it doesn't happen often enough here for my liking. The Boy made brioche at the weekend (another two day effort) but as usual I couldn't eat it. Enjoy all the holiday packing. And don't even think about all the laun....... no, I'm not going to say it.

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    1. I'm a bit like that. I buy packets of seeds and never get around to doing anything with them.

      It's surprising how much of a treat somebody else making a meal is when you do it all the time. I love brioche, your boy must have the patience of a saint to bake something that takes 2 days. Have you got him on Hot Cross Bun duty this weekend?

      I really don't like packing and even worse is packing to come home and thinking about all the laun..... no, I'm not saying it either lol xx

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  5. Well done on all those steps. I think I'd have done that just to avoid the boating. :-) I wish I had someone that would take over the cooking occasionally. The chilli looks very tasty indeed. X

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    1. Haha, I'm not keen on exercise as you might have gathered, but walking was slightly better than just standing there just watching the boats. I'll go again though, just to do the steps. The chilli was very nice. I'm going to try and get her to cook one meal a week. She's pretty good at basics like spag bol, lasagne etc. so there's no reason why she can't. xx

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  6. Boating sounds like huge fun though I think I'd have to be wrapped up very warm. You've got a good one there with your daughter willing to cook your evening meal, how lovely xx

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    1. It was a bit chilly which was another reason why I walked around the lake. It would be nice in summer though to just sit on a bench with a book while they did their thing. I might ask Amy if she wants to cook once a week, we'd both benefit from that :) xx

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