Sunday 16 August 2020

Sunday again

These weeks are going so fast as are the days. Both man and dog are snoozing off breakfast and I thought I'd take the opportunity to peek into blogland. It's thankfully, noticeably cooler today. One of my real life chums gave me the top tip of filling a hot water bottle with cold water  then sticking it in the freezer. Pop the frozen bottle in its cover, or wrap in a towel....and take it to bed! I've had two brilliant nights of sleep without the uncomfortable overheating feeling of previous nights. Bliss!
I've more dog bags under construction and am just really enjoying the freedom of the time to sew. The HG is off work now until I go back and we will be going to stay in the NE with Miss 26 next week for a few days. I am determined he is also going to put up the magnetic fly screen he's been promising for quite some time now! I'd do it myself but cannot due to the constraints of the building near the back door. It needs a bit of jiggery pokery.  My dog is hilarious with her sock fetish! She is often seen with a stolen pair of socks in her mouth - her favourite ones tend to be my hand knitted ones or the HG expensive wool ones!

Yesterday we were mostly in the garden, we had our first BBQ of the year for tea. And those are 4 of the bags so far! I might go do a bit more before we take Madam out for her Sunday walkies. Because it's cooler, there's no urgency to do it first thing. Hence the relaxed atmosphere of my lounge

Lots of love from 
Rachel * at one with the world* Radiostar xxx

Saturday 15 August 2020

Reverted back to legacy

I still cannot comfortably put photos on and the like. So switched back just to get a post on. Here are the pictures that should have been on my last post. My hibiscus shrubs are glorious BUT sadly something is finding them tasty and there are lots of buds that drop off so easily, particularly the purple one.

The rhapsody in blue blooms were accidentally snipped off by yours truly. Please note my elegant glassware haha anyhoo, you'd really think the Rose would be a bright pink given the bud, but it had opened the very next day already a shade darker - and this beauty fades to al out a slate blue before the petals drop off and it's scent, especially in hot sun is divine. Like sweeties. Not floral really at all. 


6am walkies

Absolutely loved making this Janet Clare bag. 

You would not believe the trauma from posting these photos! I'm going to video it! It jumps about like a flipping frog and I'm far too hot and sweaty and narky to cope!  It's been epically hot and thundery here the last few days! 

This week I've been walking Bluebell first thing daily,  pottering about pleasing myself. Not sure what the weekend holdout The the HG is off for the final two weeks of the holidays before back to school. 

Until then, keeping cool with frozen hot water bottles and a fan! Being peri menopausal isn't helping when the hot flushes arrive, usually at 2am! 
You know last week I told you I'd forgotten the pan of rhubarb? Well this week I forgot about the pan of butternut squash, carrot and swede  I was boiling in veg stock for the topping of my cottage pie! I sc aped off what. Could and actually I quite liked the background smokey aroma flavour. Four days of epic efforts to clean that pan.all sparkly and clean again! I wonder what I'll forget about this week?! 

Lots of love from 
Rachel *it's my age* Radiostar xxx 

Friday 14 August 2020

Decided like the many.... keep trying with this new version of blogger. 
It's been a warm weekend, but think we got away with it pretty lightly up North. Bluebell was walked pre 7am on both days - Saturday my feet got wet through in the dewy grass so wellies were deployed today. We had the whole field to ourselves both mornings which was brilliant as I'd had such a realistic nightmare about the field and Bluebell getting stolen by some men in a big blue van. It was horrible and I woke with a pounding heart. It took me aaaaages to get back to sleep and when I just nodded off - my bladder woke me! 

I started a new little bag which which hold my current knitting projects.

 I made some scotch pancakes and they just taste like the shop bought ones!

 I harvested the rhubarb that's gone mad of late with all the warm wet weather. It's been stewed  - it boiled over so much it flooded down the front of the cooker - where was I? In the garden pruning a bit here and there totally forgetting I'd put it on! Oops! Luckily the HG caught it ( and cleaned it up! ) No one wanted a big meal today which was a good thing for two reasons. 1. I could not be arsed with a big meal and 2. I'd not done my shopping either from the shop or the freezer. The HG had poached eggs on toast followed by rhubarb crumble, Mr 23 had scrambled eggs on toast followed by one of my pancakes, a chopped banana and ice cream - he hates rhubarb. I just had the crumble! I'd had the pancakes fro brunch with streaky bacon with maple syrup on the top - Recipe was on ITV page John Torode and Lisa Faulkner - I'd seen it on their programme last weekend. Only their recipe said makes 10 - must have been plate sized - I made approx 47 smaller ones instead! Reminding myself instantly that I hate making pancakes/dropped scone/crumpet type things that have to be watched and flipped. Much prefer to shove summat in the oven! 
I've cut the grass today. Thanking goodness that I did because poor Bluebell had a runny poo and it would have been even more yakky trying to get it cleaned up off long grass! 
I have been driven to distraction  by BITES. Something found my left leg
eg rather tasty in the night and they keep itching like mad on and off and have HUGE red rings around them. I was applying the  bite and sting cream to no avail - looked at the date - best before 2017 ffs! I took a Benedryl anti histamine and that has settled them down a bit. 

Right I was supposed to be coming on the laptop to do an online shopping order. Can you remind me I need salad cream, eggs and erm...oh flipping heck there was something else out the store cupboard that I cannot recall now. I will have to go down and look. 

Supposed to be thunderstorms tomorrow - I hope not - I am not fond of them. My plan is ( unless I wake to torrential rain ) to do my daily mile and a bit with Bluebell 6ish then I have a lot of sewing shenanigans to get up to whilst B sleeps off her breakfast. 
I was going to write something else and I forgot what that was now. ummmmm 

Nope it's gone, bugger it.

Lots of love 
Rachel *forgetful* Radiostar xxx

Thursday 6 August 2020

Reverted....for now

Am here, though why Blogger keeps changing is beyond me. firstly they got fried of the frankly brilliant app, then google photos which was so easy to use was finished and now they bring in a new version that I will get use do to I suppose but I prefer to hinge to stay as they are! Are you all set for the 40 degree heat on its way from the Sahara? I'm not going to lie, I'll be a hot Whiney sweaty mare about it! I do have a post in drafts but switching between interfaces has rendered it gobbledegook. Even. More so than usual. So hoping you are all well. I'm off to meet two friends in a socially distanced meet up at an actual pub. The table is booked and I am hoping it's not going to be too busy on a Thursday afternoon. The daughter, her beau and Freddie have left this morning after a lovely few days here. They were supposed to be camping in the Lakes but rain stopped play. Off to find my make up bag and apply a smudge of mascara a must find my best mask too Made with expensive fabric, and have discovered that typing on this old blogger is jumpy, Maybe it's a sign Stop blogging hahahaha Lots of love from Rachel *never will I ever quit my blog* Radiostar x

REVERT REVERT REVERT -do not like change. Cannot work new blogger. Cannot find old one to revert back to.