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by Stef
31 Dec 2013, 10:22
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Time to study the seed catalogues
Replies: 15
Views: 3442

Re: Time to study the seed catalogues

Oooooooooooooooh! Me me me.... must go back through the seed packets and start planning properly!

Less planted, more care taken. That's my motto for this year - that and keep my diary properly :-D
by Stef
31 Dec 2013, 09:41
Forum: Fitness and Health
Topic: How damaging has Xmas been to you?
Replies: 17
Views: 6008

Re: How damaging has Xmas been to you?

About 3 or 4 lbs here too. So I am fairly happy with myself. We have another few days of different eating, a four bird roast and trimmings, so just a Sunday roast really, nothing frightening there. I think we have very little left, some pud, pannettone and we have just realised we bought some packet...
by Stef
31 Dec 2013, 09:36
Forum: Books, TV and the Media
Topic: Stephen King at his best..........
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Stephen King at his best..........

Thanks, I shall make an effort to acquire it, maybe with my new library card (my first Frugality for 2014).

I didn't know he had a son, let alone that he writes! Joe Hill is on the list :-D
by Stef
29 Dec 2013, 09:08
Forum: Fitness and Health
Topic: Has anyone a SAD Lamp ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2615

Re: Has anyone a SAD Lamp ?

I'll check with my GP - I am anaemic and there is a link to low vitamin D levels. I suspect he'll want to take another armful of blood, it's been a couple of years since the last one!
by Stef
28 Dec 2013, 15:09
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Best tip of 2013 for 2014?
Replies: 38
Views: 9831

Re: Best tip of 2013 for 2014?

I'm stretching Frugal Feb throughout the year. I will save more than we spend, I will, I will.

So I am reading back through the Frugal Diaries and taking notes :-D

1. White board by freezer: what went in?

But I suspect I'll do as Perchy does and freeze my fingers once a month :?
by Stef
22 Dec 2013, 10:47
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Puff Pastry
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Puff Pastry

That reminds me... I must add puff pastry to my list :-D

3 years in a freezer? I am surprised it came out of its packaging! Best bury it with full military honours {cry}
by Stef
22 Dec 2013, 10:45
Forum: Books, TV and the Media
Topic: Strictly come dancing 27.9.13
Replies: 147
Views: 25406

Re: Strictly come dancing 27.9.13

As I may have said before, as long as The Grin didn't win I would be happy. But the stand out bit for me was watching Artem just dance. He let himself show off in that show dance, he looked so smooth. I haven't enjoyed dance on telly since I was totally entranced by Gene Kelly in An American in Pari...
by Stef
20 Dec 2013, 16:11
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Help. Dont let me
Replies: 7
Views: 1397

Re: Help. Dont let me

OK. Remember to post your start and finish time.

I'll set my alarm and make a point of posting like a maniac until you notice me
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by Stef
17 Dec 2013, 19:33
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Gas and Electric tariffs
Replies: 23
Views: 7906

Re: Gas and Electric tariffs

Insult to injury and salt to a wound..... they have just corrected themselves.... not £52 but £55 per month! But when I divide their estimate of our yearly usage, based on actual readings, I get £46 per month!!! Mmmmm! What will I spend the refund on? I shall make a point of asking for it, but will ...
by Stef
17 Dec 2013, 19:08
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Christmas frugality ??
Replies: 66
Views: 20536

Re: Christmas frugality ??

Good info Mo. You are right, tins only! But I have an in I have run a couple of baking classes with some single dads and will be giving them the cakes. If I am lucky and get an overnight borrow of a catering unit I'll invite them to do the making too! I have my eye on next Monday..... I think I can ...
by Stef
15 Dec 2013, 16:37
Forum: Books, TV and the Media
Topic: Fearn Britton meets Ken Dodd
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Fearn Britton meets Ken Dodd

Well, there was that tax thing! I have to admit some bias here as his brother, Bill, used to deliver my Nana's coal and later we got to tease friends in Cambridgeshire about the reality of the Jam Butty Mines. After all, we could prove Knotty Ash is a real place..... I think Steven Twigg (West Derby...
by Stef
15 Dec 2013, 13:25
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Gas and Electric tariffs
Replies: 23
Views: 7906

Re: Gas and Electric tariffs

Yes! Our electricity went from £30 to £52... just the 2 of us and the heating is oil fired. So I have no idea how they worked that one out... I will be meter reading regularly and we will be thinking about it all the time now!
by Stef
15 Dec 2013, 09:51
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Christmas frugality ??
Replies: 66
Views: 20536

Re: Christmas frugality ??

Oh! My not so near neighbour has just delivered a box of cupboard stuff. They are off to France, Spain and Australia for a couple of months, visiting their kids. I hadn't realised that they haven't seen one of them for about 5 years and have grandchild to meet. He takes stuff from my garden gate stu...
by Stef
14 Dec 2013, 13:50
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Christmas frugality ??
Replies: 66
Views: 20536

Re: Christmas frugality ??

Crikey, they're really nice. Even I may have picked them up.... but may not have had the heart to post them! Add to that the whole idea of supporting a cottage industry and such a tradition and you must feel all warm. I did lie by the way! We also bought a little jar of Tewkesbury mustard, made abou...
by Stef
14 Dec 2013, 13:03
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Christmas frugality ??
Replies: 66
Views: 20536

Re: Christmas frugality ??

Well that was good. We splurged, I tell ya! We splurged. 3 jars we bought.... tutti frutti jam, great, apricotty but nicer, lemon and lime curd and a spiced plum relish. Very nice. Then to the cookshop and we got both knife and sharpener, saw a few more things but resisted, after all the kitchen is ...