Tuesday, 6 February 2018

So much ...

In the bin:-

1. cat food pouches
2. plastic wrap off the chicken
3. plastic bags off the veg.
4. edge of the plastic from the stuffing
5. butter wrapper
6. cake liner
7. cat treaty wrapper
8. foil that wrapped the beef that had been saved from a previous meal
9. grotty bits of left over cat food
10. grotty bits from the sink drainer
11. floor bits from sweeping the kitchen floor
12. plaster dust and bits from sweeping the newly plastered under stairs loo
13. 'sucked' bones from the chicken dinner
14. 'window' from an envelope (the paper was recycled)

I don't think that's all but it's all I can remember at the moment. The bin under the sink is nearly full.

So much for ...

zero waste.

I have a long way to go.


PS  - the bin liner was a recycled plastic bag but than now ends up in landfill.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Counting out rhymes

Dip, dip, dip,
My blue ship,
Sailing on the water
Like a cup and saucer.
Dip, dip, dip,
You are IT!

(An alternative last line is - 
You are not IT! - this depends on the counter and the person he wants in or out.)

'Eeny, meeny, miny moe' was another counting out rhyme but I will stop there as the version I did in the playground would be frowned upon today. There are more up to date versions recited.

One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.

(Everyone held out their fists to be counted in this rhyme. The fist where the counter landed on the word 'more' was then put behind the child's back and the rhyme started again and repeated until the last fist was left. That person was 'on'.)

I can't remember any more so I'll make one up a couple of my own to be chanted rhythmically.

Four, three, two,
One's enough.
If I land on you - 
Clear off!

I'm looking for the one 
Who starts the game.
I might land on you or 
What's his name.
If I pass by you
Then in you stay.
If I stop on you

Didn't mean it.    :)

Whistle's gone, playtime over.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Still playing

Yes, we did play elastics but didn't have any songs to go with it. I still remember the moves. If you look up 'elastics skipping' on Ytube there's plenty to see. 'Launch pad elastics' even have some songs to sing to the skipping.

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, inside, outside, puppy dog tails.

 Single rope skipping with a group had quite a few songs.

House to let,
Apply within,
When I go out,
Mrs. ____ comes in.

Then there was a reciting of the alphabet and when your initial was called you jumped into the rope.

Do you remember -

All in together girls,
Jolly fine weather girls,
When it's your birthday please jump in.

All the months were then chanted.

All in together girls,
Jolly fine weather girls,
When it's your birthday please jump out.

All the months were chanted again.

Salt was ordinary skipping with a little jump between skips and pepper was fast skipping with a jump on each turn of the rope.

We even did what we called 'French Skipping' where 2 ropes were turned.

Hand clapping rhymes were good.

I am a pretty little Dutch girl,
As pretty as can be, be, be,
And all the boys in my backyard
Go crazy over me, me, me.
My boyfriend's name is Fatty.
He comes from Cinuratti, (??????)
With 10 black toes and a pimple on his nose
And this is what he said to me,
"I L-O-V-E love you,
I K-I- double S kiss you,
In the D-A-R. in the D-A-R
In the D-A-R K-K.

I'll finish with a 'rude' poem my dad taught me.

Chin, Chin, Chinaman bought a penny doll.
He washed it and dressed it and called it Pretty Poll.
He sent for the doctor but the doctor didn't come
Because it had a pimple on its bum, bum, bum.


PS - A very big thank you to Angela and Rachel for explaining some of the games in the last post.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Playground games

Here are 2 circle game songs we used to play when I was at junior school - age 7 - 11years. I can find in and out the dusty bluebells on Ytube but not 'We are 3 Jolly Fishermen'.

In and out the dusty bluebells,
In and out the dusty bluebells,
In and out the dusty bluebells,
Who shall be my partner.

Tipperty, tapperty on my shoulder,
Tipperty, tapperty on my shoulder,
Tipperty, tapperty on my shoulder
You shall be my partner.

We are 3 jolly fishermen,
We are 3 jolly fishermen,
We are 3 jolly fishermen
Just come home from sea.

We cast our nets in twosies,
We cast our nets in twosies,
We cast our nets in twosies,
Jolly old fish are we.

Oh, the big ship sails through the Alley, alley, oh,
The Alley, alley, oh,
The Alley, alley, oh.
Oh, the big ship sails through the Alley, alley, oh
On the last day of September.


Alley, alley, oh,
Alley, alley, oh
The big ship sails away.
Oh, the big ship sails through the Alley, alley, oh
On the last day of September.

The Captain said it will never, never do,
Never, never do,
Never, never do.
Oh the Captain said it will never, never do
On the last day of September.


The big ship sank to the bottom of the sea etc.


We all dip our heads in the bright blue sea etc.

We also had rhymes for juggling with 2 balls either in the air or against a wall.

Nebuchadnezzar, the King of the Jews
Bought his wife a pair of shoes.
When the shoes began to wear
Nebuchadnezzar, began to swear.
When the swear began to stop
Nebuchadnezzar, bought a shop.
When the shop began to sell
Nebuchadnezzar, bought a bell.
When the bell began to ring
Nebuchadnezzar, began to sing -
Doh, re, mi, fah, soh, la, tee, doh!

What a lot of songs we used to sing for our games. I've yet to start on the skipping and clapping ones!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Thinking out loud

I would definitely have more space in my cupboards if I didn't have multiples of the same thing ...

eg magazines
types of clothing
craft items
toilet rolls
crocheted blankets
duvet covers
pillow cases

... to name but a few!

As part of my de-cluttering I am ridding myself of books and some of the first to go are those of Charles Dickens. We saved a full set on one of our forays to the tip (DH knows how to treat a girl!) and they have decorated shelves ever since. I have read a few and intended to read every single one. Now we have decorated it is time to cull and I can read the stories I haven't read yet online - and the print would be a lot larger.
So, off to the CS go the books and I've already made a start reading CD's books in order online. Now there's more space made.

The trouble is - I want to fill it!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

A bus jolly

After a brisk walk to Liddle-iddle this morning to spend £20 and claim a free olive oil, I decided to have a bus jolly this afternoon. The sun was shining but there was a cold wind but I was sitting on the top deck with the bright sun making it warm and cosy. I took some pics of the varied scenery on the journey - some places interesting, some run down. 

Heading south along the Golden Mile the Big Wheel can be seen in the distance. Some Illuminations are up all year spanning the road.

Most of the smaller tourist attractions are closed over the winter.

Madame Tussaud's remains open.

We turned off the promenade and headed inland a little. The shops here are quite rundown and many empty and in need of repair.

Back up to the prom now and here is one of our 3 piers.

In the distance now the Big One at the Pleasure Beach can clearly be seen. The sun was in my eyes most of the way.

There's the Mirror Ball.

Past the archway and straight ahead is St. Anne's. The new tram sheds are on the right and I'm sure I took a picture of a tram but it doesn't seem to be here.

The built up promenade now gives way to sand dunes and today sand has blown all over the road.

Heading into the town the area becomes more built up.

Past the park and ...

I alighted on the main street. Here the buildings are more well kept and the architecture is more attractive to the eye.

Still bright sunshine and still a biting wind.

After a quick walk up and down the main street I caught a bus back home. Exercise done for the day and time to get a roast on for tea.


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Cupboard love

Thank goodness for cupboards that store and hide. What fun pulling out 'stuff', sorting out, deciding what goes and what stays and finding long, lost items.

The cupboard was a large one just off a bedroom and the stuff was mainly - 

music paraphernalia,
folding tables,
quilting items,
flower press,

and, of course - 

cuddly toys.

It all came out and everything, bar the cuddly toys and 2 bags for the CS, was put back neatly. I even made a list as to what went where. 

That's my job done for the day. More sorting tomorrow.