Tuesday, 24 May 2016


First of all, well done to Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund, Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene for all coming through the first round of the French Open (a bit of a close call there Andy). Laura Robson and Johanna Konta have yet to play later today.

We are decorating the dining room, the last room to be done for quite a while we hope. It is a room with 4 entrances into it so gets very grubby. Also, although the Farrow and Ball paint that is currently on the walls is lovely, it isn't easy to wipe clean.

We have gone for Dulux Mineral Mist, which isn't quite the shade we wanted but the closest to it. The colour needs to blend in with the furniture we already have but as this is the last room to be fully decorated, it will have new curtains and carpet.

The previous curtains are going to a family member so will not be wasted. The carpet may go into the attic for insulation on its floor, if we can lift it up there.

The current carpet has been down quite a few years now and is getting flat with some interesting whorls appearing in it which DB tells me, is very hard to hoover over as it is similar to driving a car over speed bumps. Hard on the wrists!

Chosing a carpet was a right pain as blue is not an in colour at the moment, same with the curtains, which we still haven't found. Herewith the sample of carpet with the old and new paint, new paint on the left:
Below is the wall which normally houses a huge mirror to help throw light into the room, edges currently painted.
It isn't getting any easier as we age, both of us were aching like mad after the first day. Two walls have had two coats of paint and furniture temporarily put back. The last two walls should have both coats finished by tomorrow. Then we start again with the skirting boards.

We went to Reed's in Downham Market to look at curtains and found just the right pair but not with eyelets. They wanted between £59 and £75 to change them from gathered pleated tops to eyelets, we decided against it so are looking again. 

Onwards and upwards.

Monday, 23 May 2016


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Back to the doctors last Friday to change beta-blockers. The first lot were fine but made me very tired. The second kind made me less tired but caused other kinds of 'common' problems. I am now trying the first lot again but taking them at night rather than first thing in the morning. We shall see how that goes. So far so good but it usually takes about 2 weeks for any unwanted side effects to kick in:(

The front garden, with the combination of rain and sunshine is leaping into action. The difference each week is amazing. This was last Friday:

This is today:
It is difficult to see the iris and other small flouwered plants in bloom but with the eye, they are very apparent.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Jolly Gumdrops

We found these in Lidl today, 79p a tin and bought 2 tins, one of which has gone into the winter food box:
We haven't eaten these for years but quite like them. If you haven't tried them, they have a lightly scented flavour, in the same way that mango sometimes has but their taste and texture is unique.

We also came across these in Mr. T's, Nestle gluten free chocolate rice. They also do gf cornflakes, and gf honey cornflakes. Up until now, not wanting to pay the price for specialised cereals (and not needing too as we are not Coeliacs) we have been having other cereal which has barley malt extract.

We weren't happy doing that, so finding these, at a good price for a good amount, we decided to try them and will let you know.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.