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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

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What on earth is happening to our weather? One minute its sweltering,  yesterday being 23 degrees no breeze and the next minute that easterly wind is nipping at your heels and it feels like autumn.  We have had very little rain here on the Essex coast and my lawn is changing from green to a lovely shade of hay! We actually have a very fine drizzle at the moment and as long as it lasts a few hours it may actually do some good.  I've almost emptied one large water butt watering the garden  and I confess to watering the garden with the hose at the end of last week as everything was so dry.


I've been keeping busy as usual, batch cooking and making elderflower champagne.  I decided to experiment this year and use some of the bottles of cordial I made last year to start off the batch.  I added hot water to the cordial in a bucket, yeast, white wine vinegar, a small amount of sugar and lemon juice.
It was left a week and its been bottled and stored in a dark cool place. Its already got a fair amount of fizz to it. I actually think the older the batch the better it is, the sediment has settled and as long as you pour carefully you have a lovely glass of champagne. 

My budget has taken a bit of a hammering because of hubby! He has bought a third share in a Rhib, it was quite cheap but requires work. He and his two buddies have worked hard getting in sea worthy but because its parked on our front drive I have become the workshop canteen, supplying teas, coffees, rolls, scones, sandwiches and biscuits. He has offered to reimburse me but I said he can pay for a shop  that I want to do at the end of the week from Tesco.
Photo borrowed from Internet



We visited friends at the weekend and they took us to the local garden centre were I bagged a real bargain.  They had just put up a sign saying all bedding plants £1 for a tray of 10 plants. 
I bought 2 trays of Busy Lizzie which will brighten up the garden and hanging baskets, ready for us to put the house up for sale. Yes we've been thinking about it for a while and are having a valuation later this week.  Once they give us their opinion on the property and value,   we will decide whether to use an online or local estate agency. This all means living out of the freezers for the foreseeable, so shopping will just be pantry items and fresh fruit and vegetables.  Bye for now. Tx




31 comments:

  1. How exciting, Tania! Please keep us posted. That's a great deal that you got on the flowers. I water my garden with a hose, too. I mulched over the front lawn, and planted a potager garden.

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    1. The lawn dies off every year and comes back to life every autumn. I don't water it, I'm not that vain. But I do water my vegetables and fruit trees. I will keep you posted.

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  2. I never knew rhib had an H in it - learn something everyday!
    Have you decided on overseas after all?

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    1. Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat. RHIB. It has a solid hull that the inflatable tubes are attached to. No not overseas. All will be explained shortly, this is a compromise for the next 4 years.

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  3. Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat. RHIB. It has a solid hull that the inflatable tubes are attached to. No not overseas. All will be explained shortly, this is a compromise for the next 4 years.

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    1. Is a RHIB like an inshore lifeboat?

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    2. Yes the RNLI use them because they can travel quickly and get into small spaces. You can get all different size ones. Hubbies is relatively small at 5 meters.

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  4. Hi Tania,
    I have seen several out picking the elder flowers recently.
    Looks like your husband will be busy, sounds exciting times ahead, good luck with it all.

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    1. Elderflower champagne is a lovely refreshing drink. I'm hoping he brings home some lovely fish!

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    2. UK Frugal living - your blog seems to have disappeared!

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  5. I've been meaning to make some elderflower cordial but can't manage to get hold of any citric acid at the moment.
    The flowers are lovely. Perfect for brightening things up. It sounds like you have exciting adventures ahead. X

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    1. Wilko normally sell citric acid in their brewing section.

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  6. Good for you having made the decision to move. I wish we could make up our minds but at the moment it’s still just an idea for the future. Beautiful flowers-that was a real bargain.

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    1. The decision is a compromise because I don't want to go to Spain at this moment in time.

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    2. Well done-hope all goes well.

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  7. Gosh that's exciting news about the move. I have a terrible time making my mind up on that kind of thing (not that I'm looking to move but I am doing the sums to see if retiring at Christmas would be doable). Can't wait to hear the follow-up! Anna

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    1. I love retirement, it's the best job I've ever had. Once we get the valuation we will decide what sort of property to go for. I think we have the stamina for one more renovation as long as it's not a ruin.

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  8. Exciting plans ahead. Elderflower champagne sounds really summery and fresh.

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    1. Its a lovely drink and relatively easy to make.

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  9. Great bargain your plants were.
    Good luck with the house sale.

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    1. Thanks Julie. We have lots to consider but everything starts with the first step.

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  10. Lovely bargain on the plants.

    Enjoy your champagne, it sounds very interesting.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you if you decide to go ahead with the house sale after the valuation.

    God bless.

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  11. We are doing the same and moving to the Devon coast next year. So much decluttering to do as we will be downsizing. Good luck with everything xx

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    1. This move is a compromise because I don't want to live abroad yet. I still want to live by the sea and have more holidays while we are fit enough to do it.

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  12. Can't wait to hear what you have decided to do!! No elder flowers here, probably too cold for those trees/bushes. Still dealing with the shingles. 6 weeks today. Read on some UK forums that elder flower syrup was good for shingles pain Only place that had it was the health food shop-$25 for a 325ml bottle! That was enough for 6 glasses. Gave it a try, used the entire bottle and didn't do a thing for me. Oh well, had to give it a shot. Now I'm drinking apple cider vinegar with the mother. That sure gives you the shivers, but I will keep on drinking it.

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    1. Oh dear, I thought you'd be over the worst by now. How awful for you. That's very expensive elderflower syrup. I think you may have been more successful with a stuff vodka! 😂😂😂

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    2. Stiff vodka not stuff! Promise I haven't had a drink.

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    3. Definitely something better would have been better, and taste better!!

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    4. I'm as bad as you. Will give that another try. Definitely something alcoholic (I'm a white wine lover) would have been better, and taste better!! Phew!

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    5. Its bloomin predictive text, thinks it knows better than us! Hehe. X

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