Friday, 2 October 2015

Favourite (at the Moment) on Friday

Now is he my favourite because he was my very first one?

Or perhaps it was because my dad gave him to me.

It may be because I feel he shouldn't be 'de-cluttered' because he has sentimental value …

… or because I'm sorry that I was sick all over him when I was 3 and he had to be washed in the washing machine - oh the guilt!

Is he my favourite because he may be 'worth a bit now' even though his squeak has gone and he's rather moth-eaten? I did save an Ebay write-up about a similar panda.

Here is a wonderful looking Panda teddy bear, made by Chiltern and dates from the 1950's. He is a charming looking bear and comes in great condition. His coat is made from black and white mohair, which has signs of play wear, but to be expected with such a nice bear. There is obvious wear on his belly, around his Growler. His eyes are made from amber and black glass. His nose and mouth have been typically stitched into the Chiltern Shield. His head is filled with wood wool, while his body is filled with sub. He has a great working tilt growler in his belly. He also has a small tail too. He is unjointed but can sit and stand easily. He sadly no longer bears his label, but the is no mistaking his origins. He measures 38cm / 15in. He is a charming bear and he needs a new home?

My panda's head seems to be stuffed with straw and his body with kapok. I don't know what 'sub' is and he can't stand up. 

He's quite old now, doesn't need a new home and he's staying with me because - 

he's my favourite bear.

At the moment!

Thank you for your thoughts on favourite things. I've added some of them to my list of Favourites on Friday.

1. teddy
2. mug and/or cup
3. drinking glass
4. pen, pencil or writing or drawing implement
5. plate for meals
6. shoes and/or clothing (Mac and Janet)
7. hobby
8. place (Rachelradiostar)
9. self-indulgent treat (johnnyjumpsup)

This takes us up to the end of November and then perhaps I'll have another list!


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Chop, chop, chopping

Tidying up the garden continues apace but there are still some plants that are not for the chop and flowers that are blooming away in the late summer sun.

The pak choi and fennel are producing now and I thin out or snip little bits to add to stir fries, concocctions and casseroles.

Now I don't know what this is as the label was blown away and it came from one of those packets of seeds that had been hanging around for years and it was about time the seeds were planted or thrown away. I am presuming that it's edible as the seeds were from the vegetable seed box. Anyway I've been chopping leaves off and eating them and I'm still here!

This lot of sweet peas from my 99p pot are still flowering away but the plant is for the chop next week.

The poppies seem to flower all year round.

I'm slowly chopping my way through the front garden borders and hope fully the beds will be put to bed before severe weather sets in.

Favourite Teddy Day tomorrow. 


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Just thought

… I'd do a mini series of posts on the topic of 

My Favourite at the Moment.

They will go in this order. Do join in if you wish.

1. teddy
2. mug and/or cup
3. drinking glass
4. pen, pencil or writing or drawing implement
5. plate for meals
6. shoes
7. hobby

The inspiration has come from Mac and Janet's posts about her teddies, which reminded me of my first ted which came to bed with me for many years. I then began thinking of other favourites of mine and why they are my favourite. I know my favourites change every so often as in the case of the mug I choose for drinks and the hobby I'm into at the moment and I wondered if others have the same feelings about a certain plate they want to eat off all the time or certain shoes that they want to wear all the time.

So I shall start a Friday Favourite (at the moment) post on …

Friday, of course!

I wonder if you have a favourite day. Mine's Saturday …

at the moment!


PS - any other ideas for favourites?
PPS - A very warm welcome to my new followers.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Car Booty

Only one more week left of the big CB sale this year. Here's today's booty.

12 rather large Christmas bows. I think each bow must be made of a full roll of ribbon. One bow has the price tag of £4.99. I paid £2 for all of them.

Next were some knitting needles, straight and circular plus 3 crochet hooks and a ball of wool. The wool was 50p and the needles and hooks were £2.

Following the Christmas theme I spotted a Country Living mag for 20p, Christmas cards for 20p and more ribbon - all 5 for a pound.

It looks like I'm getting prepared for next year too as I couldn't resist these Easter cutters for 50p.

It was all smiles this morning and the sun shone.

I've also managed to weed and cut down in the front garden, clean the brass and wash down the front door and outside downstairs window sills along with the front step.

It says in my diary

'Day of Rest' so I'm off to sit in the sun room and read my mag. Hope you've had a good weekend.


Saturday, 26 September 2015


I'm sorry but in the Dorset Apple Cake recipe I printed 280g Golden Syrup instead of 280 g Golden Caster Sugar. Thanks, Julie, for pointing that out. I have corrected the mistake. I hope no-one's had a spoilt cake because of it.



Wednesday, 23 September 2015


The sun is lower down in the sky now but there are still shadows to be seen when there are not too many clouds.

No heating on yet but it's getting cooler. The back garden has been tidied some more with the sweet peas pulled out. There are not many more runner beans to be seen so they'll will be on their way soon. I'll just save a few seed. The courgettes have slowed down thank goodness and the fennel (had the seed, so had to plant) is looking beautiful.

I'm still in my flip flops and short sleeves in the house but I've a heavier duvet on the bed.

Happy Autumn!


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

All is safely gathered in

Well the corn and the potatoes are anyway. We've eaten quite a bit of corn in the last few weeks but because the weather is a little cooler we harvested the remnants and I've put them in the freezer.

The one's that have not reached maturity are sill going in the freezer as 'baby corn' to eek out casseroles and concoctions.

I did keep 3 out, 2 for DH and me and one for a friend for his tea today.

The seed potatoes for this little lot came from another friend. Aren't we lucky!

Look at this giant and that's DH's hand.

Baked potato for tea.