Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Wedding - the food edition and the rest of the month!

 Well, it’s taken me soooo long to get to write and post this! 

I need to track back some dates!

Sunday 3rd April - arrived at posh hotel in the Lakes with best friends.. Sunny morning. Wedding ready. Travelled in my slippers....

TBC hahahahs

There’s an update too on my side blog! 

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Wedding guesting

 A few weeks ago, I went to the hen weekend of a lovely girl. I first met her when she was in her final placement as a student teacher at my school and then she started her NQT year with us. I’ve seen literally hundreds of students through our school and I’ve made really good lifelong friends with four of them. Miss S being the 4th. Today, at last, she will become Mrs N. 

I say at last, because she has five gorgeous friends who were all due to marry over two years and they were all bridesmaids for each other. Her wedding was due to be the third. Then the pandemic arrived and so did the cancellations of the weddings. Luckily her venue would let her postpone etc. She’s really excited and she is marrying her childhood sweetheart and it will be a day of joy and celebration. 

I am going with my same two best friends I went to the Hen with and due to the budget, it’s no partners, so the HG is staying home with Bluebell and Mr 24 ( turns Mr 25 this month ). It’s in a swanky hotel in The Lakes and I am staying over. Sadly, the HG is at work Monday else he could have come and watched TV in the expensive OMG is it expensive room.  I am looking forward to people watching, mingling, the Wedding breakfast, the Wedding night do hot buffet, the dancing and the getting my pjs on and lying in a freshly made not by me bed bit. There’s a pool, hot tub and lots of Spa facilities to take advantage of if time. Well breakfast is booked for 9.30am tomorrow so maybe an early swim. 

I have had a very stressful and full on half term at work so am really looking forward to today and tomorrow. I’ve stocked the fridge and cupboards though I did forget to buy porridge. So the boys will not starve whilst I am away haha. 

Last weekend was so warm, Bluebell had a lovely swim in the river. This weekend - far too freezing for such nonsense. She had a run in the park yesterday instead. She may be out visiting her Grandma later today. 

I watched the Scottish Grand National yesterday. If we ever put the telly on and there’s racing on, the sound of it always sparks fond childhood memories of my lovely Uncle Ernie. He was always studying the form. Anyway I will always pick a horse and bet an imaginary £100 pounds on it to win! No rhyme or reason to my choices…it’s either the silks are pretty, the horse is pretty or I like it’s name, yesterday It was the name, which I’ve forgot already, Cool mist or something, alas, it didn’t win, taking my imaginary £100 with it! That’s why I don’t bet for real apart from maybe a sweepstake at work. I do have mixed feelings about racing. I don’t understand why they have to whip the horses so if they love doing what they were bred to do and at the point of whipping, they certainly look as if they are going as fast as they can already. I feel certain if someone whipped me, I’d buck them off and run away. 

We went to The Races once at Haydock, paid for by the firm the HG does most of his work for. We were in the posh bit, where we had an amazing three course meal. Betting service at the table - we did use real money - a budget of £10 each and we could go out on the balcony to watch the race. The atmosphere was buzzing, I can see why people love it. The thunder of the hooves and the crescendos from the crowd are fabulous! I think I won and then lost my total tenner but the HG came away with a whopping £13. 

Right, going to paint my nails now and start the slow application of the poly filla to my face. Getting picked up at 10.45 - the Wedding isn’t  until 12.30 but we are worried about potential traffic delays and we want to get there early for maximum time together. 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *going to be poshed up today * Radiostar  xxx

Friday, 25 March 2022

Great news! Sad news!

 Why oh why is there always a Yin to the Yang???( Thanks Mr G for the image )

First the Yang….( there’s 4 )

Madame Bluebell will be on her own once again 

I will have to ( my choice ) make TWO packed lunches again

I may have to dust off the iron 

Our neighbours may have to bear the brunt of the HG online ordering habits 

Because the Yin to all of these Yangs is 

Mr 24 starts a new job on Monday!! 

He’s a man of few words but I know his starting salary is more than he was on n his previous job, there’s scope for gaining extra qualifications, he’s interested in it, it’s local so he stays home a bit longer saving up for house deposit etc. if he doesn’t like it, he has other options- he’s also passed round 1 of police application and had his third and final interview with BAE systems which has a September 2022 start. 

So all is moving in a positive way! Including me - I will have to walk Bluebell myself a bit more!!! This may help me out with my other blog hahaha 

One week to get through at work. We will be off to the North East to visit Miss 27 on my two weeks off. I’ll be pottering in the garden. I’ve a wedding to go to. There’s a possibility of a cheeky couple nights away with my best friends too. I’ve got some lovely gifts coming for Mother’s Day on Sunday and I hope they all like them! Decided to go for something to keep and be lovely rather than flaars which die ! 

Right , best get me wriggle on 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *cleaned the bathroom and put the aching on before work* Radiostar xxx

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Spring Cleaning

 Well, thanks to a chest infection, the only Spring Cleaning I’m fit for is that I’ve managed to delete 1000s of photos and emails off my phone! Decluttering hahaha you all know I’m a hoarder at heart. 

I’ve made porridge - which Bluebell now expects on a Sunday morning. I had mine with some frozen blueberries. I dropped one on the kitchen floor and stood on it ffs so my slippers and rug are now in the wash. It’s gorgeous and sunny and it makes me annoyed that I feel too poorly to embrace it fully. There is a bloody cold chill wind though and it’s a bit parky in the shade. I’ve pegged out. Done some jigsaw. Had a shower and got back in bed! Not sure what I’m doing for tea. I’ve a piece of flat brisket in. It’s much better flat than rolled. I’ve a chicken in and some sausages. 

We decided on beef - but the piece the butcher gave me was HUGE so I’ve halved it and it’s n the oven it’s gone with the beautiful stock and some onions and carrots. It’ll be lovely tonight with yorkshires and roasties. 

The HG and I took Bluebell to the shore yesterday and it was absolutely GORGEOUS. Quite busy but it’s so vast you are not on top of each other. Might stroll her down the canal later. My blue hyacinths are out in the garden and some teeny daffs and there’s so many green leaves appearing of the tulips and bluebells that I long to see them! I might go clear one bag full of debris out the border but I might not. 

I did - there was 12 minutes left on the washer and I took a bag out and did 12 minutes. It set me off coughing but I felt good for doing it! 

Not much difference but I know I’ve been at it! 

This cough is horrid. It’s not Covid. I just seem to do nothing but complain and be ill lately. 

I’m going to relax a bit now with the knitting needles. The HG is out with Bluebell as I just didn’t feel up to it. 

Have a lovely Sunday all. 

Lots of love from Rachel *what are you having for tea?* Radiostar xx

Monday, 14 March 2022

Le Weekend.

 Le Weekend  - French for bloody hell those two days went fast. It was mild and sunny for some of it. I went outside and fettled in the garden- I’ve still much debris to shift and I had a go at the bunny bush. It’s bigger than Bluebell now. She was sent in in disgrace because she was playing the I found a stone Mum and I’m going to sit behind you and crunch it in my teeth and then pretend I’ve not got one by stopping when you turn around. Bloody dogs. 

I’ve had quite a lovely one as it goes as usual. The only thing is I’m in a bit of insomnia mode. It’ll pass. It’s just so annoying. Also with the hair cut, one’s bags under one’s eyes are more noticeable! On Saturday night, The HG and I looked for something good to watch. We’ve a few Veras inc new ones stacked up, plus a few dramas that have been on TV lately. Anyway I flicked thru the various channels we have and settled on Chicago Fire. It’s pilot was in 2012. Well, it was just right, like baby bear’s porridge so we’ve watched it well into the first season! We are loving it! 

Things we’ve noticed. 

1. The chief has a very deep whispery voice and he’s often just watching and knowing all the things. He also is permanently holding his collar, whispering things in to it. Or it could be his radio. 

2. Bloody hell, you didn’t get this on London’s Burning. There’s trucks and 3 different sections of staff and a voice comes out of the sky saying what’s happened and where they need to go, This  always always always happens as they are about to eat/ having a deep and meaningful moment. 

3. Everyone is beautiful. Or quirky/loveable

4. Everyone is at it. 

5. All of them have a back story, like a real baaaack story with issues.

6. All of them are really really good at staring into the distance moodily. 

7. All of them are exceptional at making every damn thing look tough, they do it with a furrowed brow and a tough grimace to show us how tough they are/it is- even like, putting a ladder up a wall. 

8. It’s a wonder there are any buildings left in Chicago the rate they get burned down. 

9. They enjoy jolly good japes with each other. 

10. They never EVER take the easy route -for example. They rushed to a sink hole in the road situation and there was a screaming lady with claustrophobia ( natch ) down said sink hole. Tough, gorgeous looking one ( with bad shoulder so on illegal prescription drugs ) shouts toughly to the others bring me a board. Now reader, I would have thrown down a hose , told her to hold on and reel it in, or pop one of my lovely long ladders down it and told her to climb up. No. The crew brought him two little boards to shore up the sides. Not enough. He says, toughly, with narrowed eyes. Hurry. 

So next thing, two of the older quirky/loveable firecrew go and simply chop a lady’s garden fence down and use that. 

Get back to the hole. Screaming woman now can’t breath and is up to her knees in soil, trapped. 

5 minutes of close ups of narrowed eyes, gritted jaw clenching efforts with hydraulic wot nots and gubbins and then two firemen jump down and save her by attaching ropes to her and risk internal injury to her/possible ripping her apart at the waist as they yank her out of the soil as the stolen fence panels begin to collapse.  Lieutenant Badarm, generally has to hold somebody from falling with his bad arm. I sit there thinking,  well no way could I do that with my bad shoulder! 

Anyway, they seem to go round the houses to get the job done! 

I’m not sure how many episodes there are but it’s great! 

Sat here with a cup of green tea, I’ve made the HG his packed lunch ( egg butties today ) and quickly putting this post out.  Bluebell is squeaking at me to give her her breakfast but she’s 12 minutes early! Not til 7 O’clock madam. 

Yesterday I made a tuna and sweetcorn flan as I’ve been fancying one for a while. I washed the kitchen rugs and pegged them out. I put the online shopping away - I’ve fully stocked the cupboards fridges and freezers buying a few extra things that will keep so try and avoid higher prices - only a few basics.  Not panic buying, clearing shelves level.  I’ve sugar, cereal, tinned goods and one extra packet of loo roll! 

Need to get some porridge and tuna in my next shop. Down the the last tin I noticed after making the flan. 

Sunday tea was delicious- it was a roast chicken dinner, with stuffing, gravy, roast potatoes, mashed root veg, broad beans, cabbage and yorkshires. Pudding was profiteroles but I was strong and with narrowed eyes and a grimace,  I didn’t have any! 

I’m off to put the recipe for my flan on my other blog now - think the link is in the side bar somewhere if you are interested and then get ready for work! 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *have a good Monday* Radiostar xxx

Saturday, 12 March 2022

5 inches

 That's how much hair I've had chopped off this morning at 8am!

Here's Bluebell in the car after her walk in the park with the HG as I was enjoying having my hair washed for me. It's the only part of her that was presentable!! 

 I'd not been to the hairdressers since covid began so two years had passed! I was beginning to look like Cousin It off the Addam's Family!  

I do like my hair long for a while. I put it in plaits a lot but with my good shoulder rapidly catching up to my dodgy shoulder a low side ponytail is about as much as I can manage. Anyway

I'm now sat - neck cold with a short swishy bob!It is now shorter - up to the double chin level!!  Like I normally go for. 

Covid has struck at the door of two of my favourite bloggy friends. Get Well Soon all inflicted at No 38 and Joy xx 

My day now must begin with Wordle - 5 letters, worgle - 6 letters, quordle - wordle x 4, nerdle - calculations and now there's OCTORDLE!! 8 wordles at once - it's becoming a full time job! 

Sue in Suffolk - inspired by your blog post a few weeks back,  I downloaded a new audible book 

War Diary: The Diary of Mike Rogers

Three things struck me about this book, no four. 
1. Definitely would be better to read it as it's read by a grown man and as it's written by a 13 year old boy, it doesn't sound right.
2. It's fascinating and  BUT
3. Not long after I started listening to this the Russians started their war on Ukraine and it made me uneasy listening to it. It's quite odd, the feeling it gave me. 

4, I've just forgotten what point 4 was. Anyway I've paused the book for now and am going to find something else to listen to! 

Speaking of the war because that is what it is - I am actively avoiding the news really. And as soon as the newscasters start what iffing and questioning - I turn it off. I am becoming more frightened that everything he is doing, he is doing it is to bring about the start of WW3.

I want to thank everyone who commented on my last post and I chuckled at Suzanne who said to me that if she didn't know I worked in a school, shed think I was in the SAS! Oh the image of me in the SAS indeed! 

Today I am going to now go sort the washing, make a small quiche and heat up some leftover stew for lunch. 

We are so very very lucky to be able to have Blogland to write about all the things we do and we are even luckier to be able to read them. 

Lots of love from

Rachel * swishy hair* Radiostar xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Pancake Day

 Just a quick post before I go stand in front of the cooker for what will seem like an eternity! Of all mum Mum jobs, making pancakes ranks on the worst jobs list! 


And that's all I had to say about that! 

It's now Tuesday, one week later.

The war in Ukraine is worse. I can't bear to watch the news. I've donated warm clothes and money to pay for it's passage at the local pub. I've donated to the Red Cross. I feel so helpless. 

It's been a week at work and then some. Nurture has been very difficult and challenging but today we had a proper laugh out loud moment. Thank you g oo gley image search for the photo

One little nurture being struggles with speech and communication but is now more brave with their voice and speaking in 4 word sentences. 

They have a jacket potato with cheese every single day without fail for lunch. Every day I ask what did you choose for lunch?

aaa eee n sheeee is the habit formed answer.

so today I got them saying juh juh juh jump jump jack jack 


JACK SHIT potato

What did you choose for your lunch?


It gave me and my work chum a right old chuckle - obviously not in front of the cherub! It's up there with the 5 year old telling us this week ( just prior to exclusion ) 

I'm NOT going to that FUCKING mat!!!! 

Reader - they did indeed go to that fucking mat and they stayed there for the allotted 5 minutes and once in control of themselves, said that they said a bad word. Not sure if that was before or after I got booted in the face or my workchum got badly bitten! 

Anyway a little post from me.

Lots of love from 

Rachel *I prefer beans with my Jack Shit* Radiostar xx

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Just stunning

 No other words to say to describe this latest shot of Freddie taken at North Seaburn beach yesterday by Miss 27. 

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Live from my coffee table

 For a while I've been meaning to show and tell my new house plants bought when we took the HG Mum out for a posh cake and coffee at a lovely garden centre cafe on the coast. I spied the twins as I'm calling them and thought of my lovely bloggy chum for 100 years John at first and then my Mum and my 70s childhood and being the marketing man's dream I was persuaded by the advertising slogan - 'air cleanser' ( laughing at myself now, honestly! )

It was because the reading of John's blog was fairly fresh in my mind and his post which you will find HERE thus gave me some happy childhood memories. 

And then, for two reasons I decided to post my coffee table as it is to show you the twins. 

Reason 1. I'm sat fully reclined, very comfy, laptop on cushion on lap and frankly cannot be arsed to move

Reason 2. I would have been moving to get the eye pleasing social media shot, ie shoving all the crap out of the way and again, I cannot frankly be arsed to move. 

My house is fairly roomy, but if there's a flat surface. it get's stuff dumped on it. I seem to go about moving stuff and being able to admire the lovely wood but the minute my back is turned there's something else there!!

So let me talk you through the messy coffee table. Admittedly most of it is mine. Some of it should be there. Most of it not! 

Its a shot from above for my seat on the sofa - my coffee being closest to me. If the clutter is making your teeth itch then zero apologies from me! Zero interest in minimalism here. Marie Whatserface can bugger off with her  Kondoick sparking joy get rid of it ways! She doesn't spark joy in me so ..... hahahaha 

So what have we got?

A. My plants. The fern thing, somehow, inexplicably I have managed to keep alive for a few years now. Admittedly it has been as bad as one last solitary leaf remaining. Fortunately it is ok with severe neglect. I am trying though and have put in a drip feed bottle thingy in the soil. I am a bit famous for plants coming to my house to die! I killed off a perfectly healthy Bonsai tree in a matter of months! The twins are little spider plants - real name on John's blog! 

B. My lovely lantern that I have had for about 20 years now. It has some battery operated LEDs in it at the minute, but I do sometimes put a real tea light in it. It was bought from one of my favourite shops ever that used to be in town in the late 80s early 90s- it was called Internationale I think and it was FULL of nick nacks for the home and bits and bobs. A bit like TK Maxx Home bit - but cheaper! 

C. Knitting wool and beginnings of a hat. There are two ribs there because it was from when my Ma in law who has mixed dementia was here, I got her knitting again. It was a step by step thing. I told her how many to cast on - it took a while and she counted it over and over but then she was quite happy k1p1 away for the afternoon.  The fluffy white wool is called snowflake and its a right bugger to knit with. I'd decided to do the hat in it. I did the first two rows then had to make tea - I passed it over to Ma who said she would carry on for me - when I cam e back - it was like when I tried 1678 times to teach my daughter to knit! Dropped stiitches, knots, twists! So that's when I got the chunky grey wool out and we both did the same so she could look at mine and see she was doing it right! I've not moved it because I like seeing it there. It's on top of the patterns,

D. Is my small pouch of knitting stuff - it mainly holds my knit pro wire needles. Best things I ever tried. I've a few wires and lots of interchangeable ends covering most of the knitting sizes I need. There's the little key for changing the wires, stitch holders, sewing needles - the eagle eyed of you will maybe spy some new packs of needles and holders - I am spoilt by the HG. There's a pen, tape measure, also the broken end off an ariel off a tape deck machine we no longer have! My notebook for following a pattern is there too. 

E. Looks funny at this angle but it's one of the house phones

F. Rubbish from something Mr 24 bought - maybe a charging wire or something. I will remove that when I get up! 

G. My early morning black coffee in a Sainsrobber's mug from years ago on one of the glittery mosaic coasters also over 20 years old that normally is only out at Christmas. Its there because I missed putting it away and I like it. 

H. One of the TV remotes that should be in the holder next to the TV

I. One of my Christmas presents from Mr 24. A Woodwick cafe latte candle. It's one of those that crackles. It's on the coffee table because I moved it from it's home on the fireplace at the weekend because we had a roaring fire going and I didn't want it to get too hot and melt. I've not started lighting it yet. 

J. The play station control because Mr 24 has brought his Playstation down as he pays for Disney+ and that's what we view it through. Again - should be next to the telly! 

K. Pile of newest books in the house with the TV remote on the top where I will have dumped it last night before going to bed, instead of in the holder not two footsteps away next to the telly with the rest! 
The books are 
Slimming world's fast and free - recipe book  then it's 
A present to myself from some of my Christmas money - it popped up on Instagram and I fell in love with it. 
Two books as a present from the HG. We have so many books we could open a book shop. Not tried any of the recipes yet but a flick through has me salivating. 

And that's about it. If you spy anything I've not explained then please ask. What's on YOUR coffee table/ equivalent right now? Tell the truth or show me yours ! oooeeerrrr

Lots of love from
Rachel * will remove the remotes and rubbish now but the rest stays and I will update my other blog later* Radiostar xxx

Saturday, 19 February 2022


 It's been a bit 'weathery' hasn't it! You know it's bit 'weathery' when the puddles in the garden have strong currents! 

I've just commented on someone's blog about my 122 year old roof bearing up through it all and hoping there's a few years left in it yet!

INEXPLICABLY I am just about to hit publish and then go and clean the bathroom AND THEN walk Madam B. It is chucking it down, a little bit sleety too, she will be filthy. We will both need a shower! 

The HG fell off the top of his ladder on Wednesday and hurt his knee, hands and shin. It's very swollen and painful but he's ok and it could have been so so so much worse. He is having a day of rest today after he has pottered about a bit and pushed my new dishwasher into it's hole. Our old one was nearly 20! It had been repaired a couple of times, but the plastic was getting so brittle that I swore badly every time I loaded it - because the cutlery would fall through! It also would only wash on a feeble wash. I Know, these are First World Problems. 

The new one is silver, very energy efficient and the cutlery tray slides out flat at the top rather than be a rack on the bottom. The top rack also can be raised or lowered to accommodate different height things. I will leave all of that to the butler! Also the novelty of it means that I will not have to load it for weeks because the HG will be in his element! ( Also I will have to NOT LOOK because he loads it WRONG ) 

I hope everyone inspired to make  the Campfire Stew enjoys it. Mine is based on the Pinch of Nom but adapted to whatever I have in. I always always soak my ham overnight too. The other thing is that sometimes I lift the gammon out at the end to shred before popping it back in - especially if it's been tied. This time Id taken the string off before cooking it and it was in big pieces in the slow cooker where Id sliced into it to remove as much fat as I could. I use slow cooker liners too which could get split during the shredding so there's that to consider. The MAIN reason I use the liners - and I do always wash them and use them more than once is that I found in my old slow cooker which is identical to what I have now, is that all the foods tasted a little samey even though there were lots of different meals cooked in there! Also they are really good for slow cooking two different meals at once! 

It is now snowing heavily but as it has been raining it's not sticking. I think I will get Bluebell's coat on her too! 

Can't believe it's been 10 years since I was on the Uni trail with Miss 27 even though the maths adds up hahaha. 

I absolutely loved Aberystwyth Uni. I'd still go today! 

Right putting off getting dressed etc! But am going to get sorted as it's 11am already! Looking forward to my tea - Campfire Stew hahaha I bloody love it! 

Lots of love from

Rachel *will need a woolly hat on today* Radiostar xxx

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Brain scrambling!

 The very lovely Poppy Patchwork blogged about it the other day -

and I confess to being the same. Not that there is anything wrong, which is what the word confess implies! 

I love word games - being brought up in the 70s and spending a lot of time with my Mum and Nanna.( Dad was with us but usually working or fishing! )  I would watch them as a child wondering who would win. They would play scrabble till the death time came for us or them to go home. Once I was finally allowed to play - they went for the juggler  hahahaha I do mean the jugular but that image made me laugh, as if we had our very own court jester at home! - fresh meat! Actually what happened was they'd help me find the best words on my little church pew letter holder, until I was robust enough to fly solo - too much dithering however, had them leaning over with a 'let's see what you have'. Hangman played on paper at first then oh how I loved my MB Games version of it. 

The 1970's = perfectly fine to sell a game meant for children with a creepy man and a hangman's noose on it!! 

My Mum and Nanna did crosswords - a monthly Puzzler magazine where I was allowed to do the word search, the spot the difference and the silhouette colouring in. My Nanna had the biggest red dictionary. It lived in the sideboard and was only brought out in the absolute last chance of not getting a word. It had bible thin paper and was very well used. When countdown arrived on TV they'd get their notebooks out and play along! My beloved Nanna would have LOVED Lingo that's on ITV right now. 

So when word ladders as I called them back in the day arrived on my phone in the form of 

Wordle - of course I played it! My Mum doesn't have the internet but I might let her have a go when I call in to see her in the morning before Dudley is due! I am proud to say I have 100% success rate

I also do worgle - same as wordle but with 6 letters

quordle - a form of hell where you can not escape ( 100%  so far hahahahah ) this was yesterday's puzzle -  I managed it with 0 chances left! It comes up with little phrases! Skin of teeth was yesterday's! Do you know what I learned last year that has revolutionised my life? Well it's a little exaggeration but the snipping tool - so if I am on my laptop and I have not transferred my photos for the blog onto my phone but I have posted them elsewhere online - I can go find them and use the snipping tool! It's like Print screen but better! I never even knew it existed. But now I do , hence my quordle pic! 

and Nerdle - same hellish feeling but with numbers - I do it for the challenge but it is a chore rather than pleasure! 

Girdle - something else my beloved Nanna used to try and foist upon me - her 18 hour one was her prized possession - she was teeny weeny and 7 stone wet through - why she needed an 18 hour girdle is beyond me! We call them magic knickers now! ( Just checking you are still reading )

There's once called absurdle which I thought was about Geography but I think I was wrong - its a word game but very annoying as the rules state 

"This is an adversarial version of Josh Wardle's excellent Wordle.

"Adversarial" means that Absurdle is actively trying to avoid giving you the answer. With each guess, Absurdle reveals as little information as possible, changing the secret word if need be. (Well, sort of: here is a detailed explanation.)

Other than that, the rules are the same as Wordle's, except you have unlimited guesses. You'll need them! The best possible score in Absurdle is 4 guesses."


So I had a couple of goes - SNIP with my guesses typed in

Absurdle 7/∞

⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ASTER

⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ LIVID

⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ COUGH

⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 FUNNY

⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 BUZZY

⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 JUMPY

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 PUPPY

Worldle - one about maps and geography - no thanks! I dropped Geography as soon as it was possible! 

 one called sweardle where the rules made me laugh my head off! 

Anyway, my sister and I do these 4 every morning and I have been sharing them on facebook etc but I think I might stop that as it is annoying of me hahaha 

I really do not need any more forms of procrastination at all. I meant to share a photo yesterday of my cooked smokey gammon stew but forgot so here it is! Looks very much like the uncooked one, just a bit darker. 

Warning - if you do make it ( and thanks to all the comments on my last post ) make sure you’ve plenty of freezer room and containers because it really does make LOADS! 
I like it on its own, in a jacket, with rice or pasta, with veg, with salad, in pastry - the list is endlessish! 

Hopefully you will allescape unscathed by the incoming storm. I plan on doing very little today betond an online shop, some knitting in front of the TV and something in my craft room - don't know yet - I may make a teeny outfit for a polar bear! And if I get bored - I've a jigsaw and some books to occupy myself with! ( * I never ever get bored - this is because I was allowed to have unstructured, unoccupied by my parents time where I had to just 'be'. Children these days are so highly entertained and stimulated from the minute they wake up til they go to bed they cannot just 'be'. It explains a lot of unwanted behaviour in my line of work! Oops hadn't meant to get my soap box out! 

lots of love from 

Rachel *needs a cup of tea now* Radiostar xxx

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Making My favourite-a recipe

 Here is how I make one of the tastiest slow cooker dishes I make and it’s based on a Pinch of Nom recipe for Campfire Stew. The reason I love it so much is that it’s cheap and makes LOADS. And it looks like Spagbol in the freezer but when you defrost it and you realise what it is, the spark of joy is IMMENSE hahaha so 


Piece gammon, soaked in cold water 24 hours- all visible fat removed

Tin baked beans 

Tin any other beans 

Tin chopped tomatoes

2 tblspns tomato purée 

I had half a tin of  amazing chicken stock left so added

that but you don’t have to add stock

Half a bag frozen peppers if no fresh available

Couple carrots, onions and celery chopped

1tspn of cumin, coriander, smoked sweet paprika, 1/2 tspn cajun spice - it’s my fave 

Some chilli flakes, black pepper, Worcester sauce one garlic 

Put it all in the slow cooker, switch it on and forget about it for the day. 

Once cooked, shred the gammon with two forks and add some fresh peppers if you want. 

Freezes well. Makes so much! 

Oh I chopped some mushrooms and added them. Be perfect as a veggie dish - I’d add some more beans/veg and use a vegetable stock. 

I have started a new jigsaw and tomorrow will spend some time in the craft room. The weather sounds filthy outside and I’m hoping to sleep through. 

Made some bread rolls or baps or buns today because the men were having burgers for tea. I had salad. 

Did a slow rise. Excellent crumb and result. I had one. The rest are for them! 
 Right off to make a brew and watch The Bay 

Lots of love from 
Rachel *getting a new dishwasher* Radiostar xx

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Valentine’s Day Stretch

 The stretch comes from the weekend whereby I extended my lovely weekend luxury by a day! Friday was HALF TERM day and I wasn’t working the after school club because I was going on my first ever hen weekend. I’ve been on a few Hen nights back when I was younger and before I had the children and don’t really understand the need for whole holidays! 

My friend and I discussed this and decided on our personal perfect pre wedding girly thing! Afternoon tea- just me and her hahahah see further on! 

Anyhooooo, the bride to be  is so lovely and due to covid had to postpone her wedding. The Hen party have been in secret talks for two years now!! Originally it was a planned posh weekend in York, in the Summer. Large guest house with hot tub, river cruise, pamper afternoon, cocktails, posh meal etc 

So we all paid in a deposit and then sent a little bit more when asked, like a hen do savings club! Sadly that was all cancelled but we didn’t worry. Her lovely bridesmaids then sorted out something else that was postponed and finally the weekend in the Lakes was planned. 

We stayed in Grizedale Lodge 

which was in the middle of nowhere. A lovely chocolate box house with loads of spooky rooms and corridors! It was cold, daughter and creaky! It did NOT look like the photo weather wise because it was absolutely chucking it down all weekend. I wasn’t surprised, it’s always wet in the North West!  It did don’t spoil a thing either! When we all arrived Friday there was a huge platter of food ready and the most amount of bottles of Prosecco I’ve ever seen! 

Do you know what they did which I thought GENIUS and I’ve never ever thought of it before? Instead of plates and bowls that would need clearing away and washed up, they simply lined the table with foil. Then they just laid all the lovely food out so attractively. There were 17 of us altogether and it did look like a plague of locusts had been afterwards! But the genius thing was, after we checked for cutlery and removed the one bowl that held the salad, we just had to wrap it all up and throw it away! Easy cleaning!! -There was no recycling bins to be seen else we would have used a food bin etc but for ease - genius! 
The kitchen door was just to the side of the huge dresser and well. 
I followed my friend INTO the kitchen, she PUSHED the door ahead of me. There was a bolt on the inside.a few more girls came into the kitchen.  
Then leaving the kitchen, I had to reach up and use the bolt to PULL the door open towards me so I could leave. 
I admit I was thinking, stupid old house, no door handle on, ridiculous. 
Imagine how daft I felt when my friend and I were exiting the kitchen later and she just PUSHED it open from the kitchen side!!! Readers, it was a SWING door! I hadn’t even been drinking. We laughed and laughed and laughed!! Honestly I should get out more! More laughs came from the Mr & Mrs type game ( the couple are childhood sweethearts ), the make a wedding dress out of toilet roll game, the table ping pong and just the general chatter. There was a good mix of girls. The bride and her maids are late 20s to 30s, me and my two friends were from when she trained to be a teacher at our school - that makes 3 student teachers out of the 100s I’ve seen at work that I’ve kept a proper friendship going with. There were some friends from her next school and current school. Her Mum, mum in law to be, aunties and cousins. Everyone just got along. 
My friend and I shared this lovely room! 

The itinery as planned,

 but unfortunately the boat was cancelled due to the weather. So we asked the minibus to come an hour later and we all had a lovely leisurely  morning, got ready, took loads of photos and set off into Bowness. The ride was windy, and full of deep flooded road puddles! I was glad to get off into some fresh air! Myself and two friends spent the free hour we had before cocktails, charity shop and art gallery browsing and then went for a bowl of chips and a cup of tea in Bryson’s tea rooms above their bakery. 
Then it was cocktail making. It was brilliant. The two young instructors were funny, friendly and helpful. We made a pornstar martini each, two hens at a time behind the bar. 

They gave us a shot of Prosecco to sip to cleanse the palate before drinking the sweet, creamy cocktail. It was lovely. The other cocktail we made was sunset on the shore or something! It turned out orange and blue. I enjoyed that too! I do like a cocktail. 
Then the bride made us all a little teeny mini Guinnesses which was a coffee flavoured liqueur with some Baileys on top. We then had photos and as we were leaving to our next destination, a stag party came in and the groom was wearing a beautiful bridal gown and his big burly bridesmaids were a dream in peach satin! They were from Newcastle and very funny! 
We then went to the Lakeside bar Boaters for pizza. I had a vegetarian pizza that was delicious then my friend’s hubby came and collected us and took us back to the house whilst the others carried on dancing. Normally I would have stayed out to see the live band but since Covid I get very very fatigued and I’d had enough. We got back to the house, rolled our eyes at the mess the young ones had left, got into our pjs, did a quick ten minute tidy round, lit the fire and had a good catch up with a cup of tea and a face mask! 
The rest of the hens came back by 11.30 and everyone was in bed at a respectable hour! 
The next morning I made poached eggs for my friends and we sat at the table and felt like we were still on holiday. ( Apologies
To those who have seen these photos on my other blog ) 

One by one the party left and with trepidation due to the horrendous weather, so did we. Fortunately the roads were not too treacherous and there were
Only two omg how deep
Is that puddle in the road moments. 
I got home. Was fussed to distraction by Bluebell and I gave her the charity shop teddy I’d got

 and then the HG and I nipped to Sainsrobbers for spuds and a few bits and then to see his Mum. I helped her have a shower and washed and dried her hair. He hoovered through  and tidied up then me and his mum stripped and changed her bed. Once home I put a chicken into roast and we had it with mash ( though I just had boiled ) carrots and cavelo nero cabbage. The gravy was just the best I’d made in a long time. 
I went to bed early and woke up on Monday glorious in the fact I did not have to go to work! 
I had a super lazy morning and caught up with the 6 Nations rugby, masked singer - I fast forward through  most of it but I do love to hear the singers - and Dancing on ice - again, fast forward a lot. Torville and Dean are amazing if you think about it - mid 60s and still can do a routine! No spoilers but I did feel sorry for the ones that went as I felt the none pro skater had shown real improvement! Laughing at me as an armchair expert! 
Then I went and got posher  up again then my friend came and picked me up. Back to the Lakes I went! 
I went to a gorgeous 4 star hotel called Lindeth Howe. We were going for afternoon tea. The best one we have had yet. We always say that. We have decided we are going to sample the Lake’s Afternoon Teas like others do Wainwrights’s walks hahahaha get a tick list going. 
We HAD planned to return to the last place we went to, but my friend is a florist and had just booked a Wedding at Lindeth Howe and wanted to go scope it out. Gorgeous quirky place. I wouldn’t say the toilets were 4star though. Very disappointing compared to the rest of it! 

The Afternoon Tea itself was DELICIOUS and my favourite thing was the buttery Viennese whirl, closely followed by the pistachio batternburg. We washed it down with gallons of Earl grey tea. I particularly like the fact that we were not rushed out and we had a good three hours of nattering and nibbling! 

I got home. I made the HG real chips in the deep fat fryer to go with the left over chicken and gravy for tea. Well it was Valentine’s  Day haha we don’t bother with that - but he did buy me a present of some Lakeland Plastics sponges! I’ve needed some new ones for ages! 

I went to bed early and woke up early today! 

I got up, made his packed lunch and sat with Bluebell a while. It was raining first thing and apparently it’s the best day today before two storms hit us Thursday Friday. I’ve hoovertooled all of the upstairs and down the stairs and the hallway. The washer is sorted and I’m soaking a ham ready to make a Pinch of Nom Campfire stew overnight in the slow cooker. I’m just watching The GB women at curling before I go get the hoover and do down here. Then I’m going to take Bluebell to the park and will no doubt need to shower her when we get back. 

The sun is shining so I must crack on! 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *still full of cake from yesterday* Radiostar xxx

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Friday 4th Feb

 Bit tricky to say without your front teeth and seeing as three of my regular cherubs are 5 and 6 years old, no one has a front tooth to help them form an eff ! 

Tooth wobbling should be an Olympic Sport. Those of you who do not work in a school are missing out on 30 plus eager cherubs with eager mouths being thrust towards you complete with eager fingers wiggling and waggling, telling you to look, but it sounds like 

Uck! Uuuuck!  Then you have to feign excitement and interest whilst trying not to retch as your stomach turns over! I HATE seeing wobbly teeth - especially the ones that are handing on by a thread! You also have to hide your mirth at the poor wee souls whose teeth are not ready to be lost, as they frantically waggle their fingers in their mouths, desperate for a hint of a wobble! 

We have special little envelopes in school for the ones that come out mid phonics lesson! 

What a week. Full time Nurture plus supporting over lunch means I’m home 1-2 for lunch which means I have one hour in the afternoon to do ALL the other things which this week has included a session of Lego therapy, chatting to children who are having a time of it and trying to robustly fill in a referral form for such things that we know are happening yet almost certainly know it’ll be rejected!!! 

So am now on the sofa giggling at Would I lie to you. And trying to get blog posts sorted. 

A few photos to share. 

Wore my new perfume - Christmas present from Miss 27. I don't normally wear scent but it was pleasant to be complemented on smelling nice! 
Succumbed to the trend - we called them word ladders back in the day.

Tricksy little 500 piece on the board.

It's now 11.45am on Sunday morning and I think I have finally sorted my newest other blog to summat like. 


Facts for today
1. Up at 5
2. Washing - 1 load dark so far
3. Bluebell been showered after walkies with Dad included Paddlies in Park Puddles
4. Roast Gammon for tea
5. Still devastated about Wales losing to Ireland but will cope.
6. Will clean bathroom later.
7. Cup of coffee time. 

Lots of love from 

Rachel * might do a few rows of knitting before doing anything else* Radiostar xxx

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

First of Feb.

 Here I am in the semi darkness of the lounge, with the sound of the ticking clock and the deep breathing of Bluebell at my side. Why she insists on balancing on the chair arm, squeezed on my right hand side when there is the full length of the sofa to the left is beyond me! We got up at 5.17am. Covid has left me so tired that I'm in bed super early but then having been an early bird, am awake super early. It's hard to believe that in a few weeks it'll be light enough to walk her and get the washing out etc at this time. I absolutely HATE dark mornings. I'm not overly fond of the dark nights but at least it's still daylight as I leave work. Having said that, I am lovely and cosy sat here with a blanket on, its just a shame I will have to move soon to start the day before work. I was convinced I had caught nits from a cherub. In all my working life this has yet to happen, but with combing through like mad and then having my hands constantly investigating I look like Kate Bush this morning - but not in a good way ( if I really looked like her I'd be delighted! )

So I am saving the pound a day thing this year and was chuffed to see I can open another separate savings account online so when I have published this I will go start it with £31 for January. This is new to me so it will be a bonus in December - it is a savings pot for Christmas. 

Hahahahaha if you could have seen me just now. Bluebell gets very worried if we sneeze - she has done since she was a puppy, when younger and  we sneezed she would launch herself at us from where ever she was. Now she will still come investigate and try and give us mouth to mouth whilst smothering us and cutting off the air supply at the same time! I just sneezed twice and she was full body weight across my chest - wet nose on mine and laptop went flying!! We have to stroke her and tell her we are alright before she gets down! Nurse Bluebell went to the Nurse Ratchett school of medicine I think! 

Right I have other blog news if you are interested. I wont be actively promoting either really. On the kidney one there is good news and once I remember how I did that, I will be creating a foodie blog to keep track of the 153rd attempt and getting the weight off and keeping it off. Le Sigh. Three years after my target brag I am getting fatter but what's really good is that I am nowhere near where I started that time at my heaviest - anyway I will not bore myself with that here. I just have to think up a suitable name and find the button I need to press to get that started! 

A bit of unwanted news to record. Mr 24 was made redundant ( what a horrid phrase that is ) as the firm he worked for succumbed to Covid and went under. He had worked for them since leaving school. It was only a small family firm and he has run it for them really ( not his fault it went under mind ) all the way since lockdown.  I told him the world is his oyster now ( what I really meant he can have a 5 mile radius for his oyster and no more -  mum worrying hahahah ) and he can do anything he wants. He could go to uni if he felt like it, he could change career etc. They will give him an amazing reference. The wife half of the owners, who adored him, is helping him with his CV and application for for BAE systems. Her own sons work there and she knows the right things to write because of that. So fingers crossed it all goes to plan. I'm worrying already because it will mean a stint on the M6 to get there. He's not got a car ....yet...and hasn't needed to drive so will be getting him some refreshers including motorway driving. He has mentioned the RAF police. He did almost make it through the Air Traffic Control application at 18 so he might try again. It's so hard for anyone job hunting for a decent career start I think. 

Miss 27 is going for promotion so good for her.  He beau went for promotion last year and got it so they are doing alright. 

Right, it is 6.30am I'm going to make the packed lunches and set the washer off before my shower.

It's now almost 8.30am and I have just done the first post 

it's here....Trying to be less fat! Ive published it but it has a few errors and I need to tweak what it looks like but if you ignore the terrible grammar you will get the jist! 


lots of love from

Rachel *Must get a wriggle On* Radiostar xxx

Friday, 28 January 2022

Cheese at fourpence

 The comments on the last post have me smiling! 

We usually say the phrase in annoyance about having to wait for something. Eg 

Arranging to meet someone who didn’t turn up 

You’d tell your friends he left me standing there like cheese at fourpence! 

Now I’m only guessing that cheese at 4 pence was the rank cheese that nobody wanted to buy, but equally as it’s an obviously old tight Northern saying, the 4p cheese could have been too expensive to be bought and was forever in the fridge on sale! 

Someone commented their version was tripe at fourpence ! 

Who knows. I love the way our English language has different dialects and sayings. 

Love from 

Rachel * The Tax Return has been submitted and paid smug face* Radiostar xxx

Ps finished the gorgeous jigsaw too! 

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Post Covidness - the early days

 I returned to work part time last Thursday Friday and was glad of the reduced hours. This week has been back to my normal hours and roles and I am exhausted. I am surprised to find myself very out of breath! Walking and talking and just general moving about. My mouth is very sore with ulcers and last night I felt cold, headachey and covidey!! 

Now as I write this I am tired but am OK. Looking forward to the weekend. The working environment has been extremely challenging for myself and colleagues this week. So much so, the lottery winning email that arrived on Wednesday morning was very welcome. However, as it was only for £4.10 I am having to get back to reality and do what I can at work for those that matter. Those that don't can jolly well eff off and when they get there, they can eff the eff off a little bit further. Me and my friend are winning our millions a few quid at a time. 

If my mysterious benefactor is reading this - early retirement would be sooo lovely if you could just step forward!!! 

It's the annual 

How Much Procrastination Can Rachel Do Games 

because its the TAX Return on the 31st. Rachel is a gold medallist at this - ( hello new blog post! ) 

The income part was very quick to do - these are April 2020 - April 2021 books. Income - shite bugger all thanks Covid! However the HG and his trusty ipad and his incessant amazon habit have meant the outgoings column is LONG each month! To be fair - he is mostly replacing tools that are years old and we did benefit a little from the SEISS scheme or whatever it was called. Although not so much because the income profit figures were very down compared to his work mate thanks to effing cancer. 

What a moaning witch I am! 

Sooze - I am nowty!! When I saw your blog post saying you were steaming - I thought you were going to be telling us about getting drunk!!! 

Another phrase I trotted out today had my work chum saying what???

"I was standing there like cheese at fourpence."

She hadn't heard of it before. My beloved Nanna used to say it. I say it! Anyone else heard of it/ use it? My Nanna was originally born and bred in Yorkshire so maybe she brought it with her! 

Right, Stop distracting me from my work, the books need doing! 

Lots of love from

Rachel * Slave to HMRC* Radiostar xxx 

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Today’s news - Covid Free!

 Well I was officially released ( the wording is hilarious ) at Midnight on the 15th . First thing on the 15th in the morning I’d tested postive. Anyway 

It’s now Tuesday and I’ve proposed to my boss that I will go back Thursday and Friday just for a few hours then I can see how I am and I’ve the weekend to recover. She’s agreed and I do feel good about the plan. 

The HG has gone back to work today - his day 7 as he tested negative yesterday and today and Mr 24 has remained  negative throughout. 

I ventured out for a little stroll with Bluebell on Sunday afternoon. She ran her little legs off. I was barely out for 30 minutes and was exhausted! I took her yesterday for about 35 minutes and it was truly lovely to be outside in the fresh air but the effort left me breathless and tired! 

Honestly, I sit down these days and close my eye and when I open them, an hour - two hours have gone! 

Oooo I was a nowty mare as well yesterday.  We have a new fancy pants boiler - that’s operated by technology and because that wasn’t pairing up, despite me following the trouble shooting steps online - and being told that the live chat help wasn’t available etc I ended up ringing. Someone with not an English accent answered, spoke too fast, repeated my postcode back to me but it sounded like he said R not L so when I corrected him, he snapped that he HAD said L THEN he said wait a minute and cut the call. I had a little steam coming out of my ears. So I called back. Hmmmm. Different person, still very unclear, definitely English was not his first language. But I persevered. We have three stupid technology thingies. So he asked me for the 6 digit number on the hub. I was downstairs, trying to look for it. After a few minutes, I learned that the box in my hand off the wall was the thermostat and the hub was plugged into the router. I had to ask him to wait as I crawled upstairs, now out of breath and nowty, read the numbers ( hard because my glasses were downstairs and my covid eye as I call it, is providing me with very blurred vision ) to him. He then said - the hub is working and it’s got a green light. I said yes. It is the box on the wall next to the boiler that has the orange light. Ohhhh he says, that’s the receiver. Can you tell me what the issue is? 

Me - speaking. loudly. And. Clearly. Told. Him. Again. That. Despite. Going. Through. The. TROUBLESHOOTING. That. The. Light. Remains. Amber. And. I. Cannot. Get. The. Heating. To. Come. On.I said that it was stressing me out! 

He then asked me to hold on, someone else joined the line what email address I’d set it up on. Also where had we got it from and when. 

I patiently gave him the info. He then said here’s what we will do 


I BLOODY KNEW WHAT THEY WOULD DO, much like when the TV goes off or anything, he made me do all the steps I’d done sixteen times previous!!! 


Instead of, on step one like it said on the online help page that when you press x button wait until the light flashes orange 

He said to press x button and wait for 10 seconds for light to go pink 

Next minute - thermostat in hand starts working, I’ve got heating, though I won’t get the 40 minutes of my life back nor the £££ it probably cost me to talk to India 

Happy days. 

With renewed warmth I was able to peel and crinkle cut some Cyprus potatoes to cook in the actifry. I almost crinkle cutted the end of my finger off! 

It did eventually stop throbbing enough for me to make a start on one of the jigsaws my sister dropped
off for me. 

It’s gorgeous. Have only done the edges so far but will have another go later on. 
So that’s it for now! Thank you for all of your comments on my Covid posts! They were really appreciated. 
I’m going back to signing off how I used to because I miss it hahaha 
Lots of love from 
Rachel *almost better now* Radiostar xxx