Giving sugarless September a try

sugarI am not sure if I will succeed at this but I am going to give it a try.  Reducing my sugar intake in September.


Taken from the website the challenge is to live without refined sugar for the 30 days of September.  To get the details you need to visit the website.

I wont be posting pictures but the inspiration is there for those of you who want to give it a go.  I will just concentrate on reducing the sugar.  No doubt it will be really difficult to do as I do enjoy sweet things.

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The difficult part is the fact that sugar is contained in so many items that you wouldn’t think had sugar in them.  You need to check the ingredients on the packaging.

You can find a list of unrefined sweeteners here.


Progress at Patterson Park

Work is slowly progrssing on the new playground in Patterson Park.

logsClimbing logs waiting placement.

footings for walkway Footings for the walkway ready for the decking.

bearers  ready for the decking


some decking laidSome of the decking has been laid but obviously still quite a bit to do. The picture above is the bottom left hand corner of the plan.

plan of parkThe park is due to be finished in October.  I hope so.

Olives are now ready to eat.

We can’t believe how delicious our olives are.  If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that we bottled some of our home grown olives back in early June.  If you are new to the blog you can check how I bottled them here.

Well  we decided it was about time to give them a try and so we followed the instructions of draining the olives and then replacing the pickling solution with water and leaving for 24 hours.  I then put a little olive oil with chopped rosemary and lemon zest onto the olives, left them for a little while then proceeded to taste them.  Wow!  They are absolutely delicious.

olivesYou can see where we slit the olives as part of the pickling process.  I’m thinking maybe next time I will try to pit the olives before pickling that way we won’t have the slits it the olives.  Purely aesthetic!



Gone girl is one that you just have to read

This is one thought provoking book.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The front cover states “Thriller of the year.”  Well it certainly kept me guessing throughout.   It also left me questioning what each person in a relationship really thinks, and do they act just how their partner expects them to act or are the truly being themselves.  I don’t want to give away anything about the book so I will just give the blurb from the cover and leave you to find out for yourself.

I bought this book quite some time ago but have only just read it as I have been reading historical fiction as my main genre.

From the book cover:

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne find himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears.  The police suspect Nick.  Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him.  He swears it isn’t true.  A police examination of his computer shows strange searches.  He says they weren’t made by him.  And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.  So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

If you haven’t read this book you really must. You can find some short reviews at Litlovers.

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Gone Girl has been made into a movie starring Ben Affleck but I suggest you read the book rather than see the movie.


These boots are made for walking


I have just finished making a pair of bootees.  The pattern is from Bonita Patterns which you can find at this website. I have a niece called Bonita so it was a nice link for the bootees for our future grandchild.

I saw the bootees on my younger daughter’s Pinterest board

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and thought I would give them a try with some of the wool that I have in the stash I am trying to diminish.  The wool is from my elder daughter who was decluttering when she moved house. The wool is Koigu Painters Palette. They have a website here.

The wool I used has beautiful autumnal tonings whereas the wool on the Pinterest picture is bright.  After making this pair I think I will now make a pair in bright colours.

It was a bit of a trial making the first bootee as I haven’t done crocodile stitch before and had difficulties working it out.  Eventually I resorted to Ravelry to get some help there.

I found a video and followed that. I had forgotten that I could have looked on Youtube and found instructions there too.  Once I knew how to do the stitch the written instructions were really quite clear it was just that I didn’t know how to interpret them!

I finished the first bootee only to discover that in my delight at being able to do the crocodile stitch I had misread the other instructions and the flap for the buttons was at the wrong end.

wrong booteeThe crocodile scales should be on the flap and the blank part underneath.  This bootee is not the same wool as the finished pair.  When I discovered my mistake I started again with a different lot of wool. The top picture in this post is a bit washed out in colour so the following pictures are a more realistic portrayal of the actual colour of the bootees.


Nothing quite like vinyl

At long last we have been able to listen to our vinyl records again.  My husband purchased a USB turntable and I was able to install it on our sound system !  The exclamation mark is because that is a feat that needs to be applauded.  Neither of us is technically minded and to succeed in doing this link up was cause for celebration.

We can now listen to the records that we didn’t later buy CDs of.  Here are just some of the vinyl we have been listening to after many years of being without.