Friday, 24 March 2017



I would like to share a response to yesterdays post with you. It highlights what we all go through and why I'm finding it ever more important to put a little distance between myself and the modern world sometimes. Even if it is just one day a week.

I love technology. How everything seems to now be just at your fingertips. Not sure about something, look it up on the net - the how to's, dyi and video tutorials are amazing. You woulnd't believe some of the stuff you can find on the net. If you can think it up, the chances are, there is something on the net about it. And unlike many people, I don't think it's jeopardised my communication with friends and family. In fact, I now speak to people again I haven't seen for years, who I grew up with, who live on the other side of the world, who I would have lost complete contact with if it wasn't for the net. And opportunities have opened up. But like you said, there is a downside to all of this. And one of the major ones of all this instant information, I believe, is people's unrealistic expectations. They think people can be as instantaneous. Send an email, and they want a response pronto - if they don't get one in 10 minutes, they're on the phone asking why no one's rung them yet or responded yet. They forget that even though there is all this wonderful technology to help make life easier, it is still just people at the other end of it all, and they can only respond at human speed and unlike the web, they aren't awake 24/7. It is a vicious circle - all this wonderful technology I love so much has brought made my life easier in so many ways, but has also doubled the amount of things I need to do!!

This so true. The problem we have been facing since the industrial revolution has been the increase in work load that is now expected. I have no desire to return to the days where washing took all day to get through but as machines have made the tasks easier and quicker, instead of enjoying the free time it has opened up we fill it with another task.

 Instead of doing one task and doing it well. We now do multiple tasks, often at the same time and don't achieve the pleasure of a job well done. No wonder we are exhausted at the end of the day. 

The sad thing about all of this is the simple fact that at the end of the day when you go home instead of solely focusing on your family and relaxation, the world still wants to intrude. 

We are at the beck and call of everyone and this also includes work. 

How often is the phone call late at night work related. How many times when you go on holiday do you still get work emails. 

I also love technology, this blog  wouldn't be achievable with out it, but I sometimes just want to turn the world off and enjoy the sunshine. That's why I try to turn everything off on the weekend and give myself some time out.

Have a great day

Thursday, 23 March 2017


happy children playing - stock vector

One of the reasons I decided to slow down and live an easier life is to see if over time I can be self sufficient enough that I no longer have to rely on shops and technology for all our needs. The amount of additives, colourings and preservatives in food ( all which have numbers...Read chemicals ) is growing all the time.

When I was growing up there were very few kids with allergies. Now asthma, food allergies, skin irritations and obesity is part of the norm. We didn't have all the processed food that is around today. Yes we ate was made from scratch by Mum. Yes we ate fried food but again it was made at home. Toasted sandwiches and fry ups on Sundays. Often meat and 3 veg was the main meal. Not the healthiest of diets you say, no but there was no junk food, only fish and chips as a treat once in a while. Yet we didn't get ill. We didn't have reactions. It was basic but clean honest food. We ate , we played and slept well.

Milk came in a bottle with cream on top. Homogenised only. Again no problems. Very few people were lactose intolerant. Everything was full fat, full cream. Yet we weren't overweight. 

We only watched TV after dinner, we were too busy doing other things. We helped around the house. Played in the streets and talked to each over. A Saturday night often found the family at the kitchen table with all our friends playing cards.

No one was lonely, no one was bored. Life was busy and happy.

Was it a bed of roses. No not always but sometimes I have to wonder how much of ourselves have we lost by becoming so enchanted with the fast paced world with its fascinating technology that consumes our time every day.

Enjoy your day 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


There's no doubt about it. A menu plan takes the hassle out of what your going to eat every night. If your anything like me though it all becomes too hard when I'm deciding what to eat and which night and all the ingredients I need.

i personally have a few meals that I like to cook over a 4 week period. They use a lot of the same ingredients which means I'm not buying fancy stuff that only gets used once or twice and then goes in the bin.

Weekly Menu
When I shop for meats it's the same nearly every fortnight depending what's on special. My vegies don't really change that much depending on if it's winter or summer. I find that I don't have a lot of wastage because it's all food that I eat and I change what I do with the food to keep it interesting enough that I don't feel like I'm eating the same meals week in week out.

One thing I really don't like is complicated menu planning.  Breakfast and lunch is a hit and miss affair in this house so I cant see the point in planning anything for those meals. Dinner is the only one that I want to worry about.

Each Sunday night I check out what meat is left in the freezer, scribble it down, decide what nights I want for these meats ( I like to rotate my nights....chicken, meat, fish ) then decide what meals I'm going to make with them. It doesn't take long and I can tart the meals up into something different each week while still buying the same meat. Less thinking for me.

Eg. Chicken over 4 weeks
  • Roast Chicken
  • Chicken Stir fry ( pulled apart from left over roast the week before
  • Devilled Chicken Marylands
  • Honey and Mustard  Chicken Marylands
I have a Menu planner on my pantry door in an A4 frame with glass on it. I write a short version of the meal for each night on it with a whiteboard marker and I'm done. It wipes off with paper towel easily.

The best bit is that it reminds me to actually get the meat out the freezer the night before haha.

Here is a PDF that you can download and print off that I've used from the Orchard Girls website that I found. Weekly Meal Planner


Monday, 20 March 2017


If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavours to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

There will be many times when your choice of lifestyle will cause some raised eyebrows. 

It could be friends or family members. At the end of the day it is your life to live. 

Whether it's downsizing your home, becoming more self reliant, trying new experiences. What ever the obstacles you can over come them. 

For those that can't or won't understand your plans for the future just stop telling them about it and get into living it. 

Share your excitement and dreams with those that are like minded.

Just remember  IT'S YOUR LIFE...GO LIVE IT


Friday, 17 March 2017


Well another week has come and gone. Isn't time flying at the moment.

Must admit I'm loving the warmer weather that we're having.

Have to remember to get back into the habit of slip, slop slapping.

For our over seas visitors that aren't familiar with the saying this is what we do in summer.

In short it stands for :-

Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. 

I'm working Saturday but then I intend to spend most of my time in the garden. There is so much to do.

Whatever you've got planned for the weekend take care and relax. Enjoy every moment.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.


Thursday, 16 March 2017


A throw rug for winter
One of the greatest pleasures in life is being able to look some one in the eye and say " Thank you. Yes I made that "

The part that I love is also that they are one of a kind. I can make my knitting any colour I want. Any shape and pattern I want. Instead of being frustrated with what's in fashion and only getting them,  I can match my decor no matter what.

Even better is that they last a lot longer too. I've got jumpers that are still going strong ten years later. I find the shop ones come apart at the seams and loose their warmth after a while.

And don't forget you don't have to make just jumpers. There are rugs, cushion covers and dish clothes to name a few. The world is your oyster.

Start simple with basic stitches, plain and purl then move on to cables later when your confidence grows. If you never learn any other stitch these three will give you all the variation you will ever need.

Here are some free learn to knit and crochet sites.

Have a great day tomorrow 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Two years ago with the birth of Ollie ( grandson number one ) I changed the spare bedroom into a nursery. I was really pleased with how it turned out.

From this

To This

Now we have Bohdi (grandson number 2) I have changed things up again. I have added a single bed as Ollie is now in a BIG BOYS BED. I still need to do the decals on Ollies side of the room but it's getting there. 

To This



The bed has a trundle so I'm all ready for when Bohdi 
transitions over. Will just need to change the decals again lol.

Have a great day


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