Thursday, 11 October 2012

That Wet Stuff Again ... Pie Weather..

Hello there ....
Yes .. we've got that Wet Stuff again .... its not stopped all day..

 Every thing in the garden is looking soggy and bedraggled...

...lots of colour but looking damp and dreary.

Its so easy to feel dreary yourself if you are not careful ...
there is a lot of cold winter ahead of us ... can't start to feel dreary so soon.

I need to keep busy and feel I am doing something useful... something to help stock up the larder or 'put by' for tough times .... I do believe they are putting up the cost of power gas/electricity ...  Oh joy! 

 Anyway the oven was on low warming up some of last nights Lamb Hotpot ... for today's lunch .... so I made a couple of sweet pies.
Simple fillings of jam (for Richard) and some of the Mincemeat I made the other day (it is yummy)...
..a simple warming treat with a dollop of custard.

We had a simple dinner of boiled eggs and toast (dippy eggs and soldiers).
 I am trying to cut back on the amount of meat we eat ...after all we  don't need meat everyday ... although Hubby P does does enjoy it and has a fright if I try to introduce him to a chick pea.

Even Percy the pigeon was looking a bit fed up today .... he tends to hang around the garden when Hubby P is out and about.

 Here he is having a chat with Hubby P ... you can just see him on top of the bird house.

I stayed inside out of the wet... thinking of what useful thing I could do to prepare... to stock up... I thought the best thing would be to try and make a few pennies.
I had spent all my paypal 'savings' on a Approved Food order last week .. so I need to replenish funds.

So I set about listing a few bits and bobs on ebay .... its been a wonderful thing for me ... I don't ever get huge prices for things ... I just list little bits ... but it all adds up 'many a mickle makes a muckle' all that.
There must be lots of ways of earning extra money ... and every little helps ... after all you wouldn't walk past a 50p coin in the street and not pick it up ... every little helps.
In the dim and distant past ... even pre Hubby P ... not quite the stone age .. but a while ago...I was on my own with two small children.
Money was very tight .... I did ironing for people, cleaning, baking, sewing, delivering leaflets, selling crafts, babysitting, and even a stint at making/packing Christmas cards ... they sent us the wrong ones to pack ....full of glitter ...
My friend and I had a kind of conveyor belt system going with the children helping .... gosh .. there was glitter everywhere ...we were finding it months later.
The things we did for a few extra pounds ... every little helped.

There was no ebay then ... I could put a card up in the Newsagents window ..'Such and such For Sale' but I remember being a little afraid of having strange people come to the house ...being on my own.... tis indeed a different world nowadays.

So .... every little helps ... what is it you do to make a few extra pounds.... what can we all do .... any ideas?




  1. Your pies look delicious - a great cheer up on such a wet day:-)

  2. Pies look yummy! I do pet care for extra money- dogs, cats, horses, sheep, chickens....

  3. I have just discovered your blog - was drawn to the name as my friend comes from Anglesey - love it. Your pies look absolutely yummy ... dollop of custard ... can just imagine just sinking my teeth in ...
    Good extra money winner has to be e-bay as you don't have to go out and can do in your jammy's.

  4. I love that first photo, the garden and your pretty window look charming.
    I would suggest exam invigilating. Its only for the weeks of the year when exams take place and you can more or less work the days that suit. I did it for about 3 years.

  5. Your pies look delicious! And the view outside your window is very pretty.

    I have occasional sales 1-2 times a year with friends to make extra money. But I'm also going to check out e-Bay.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Ooo send us a pie, your pie dishes are lovely, my granny used to have some like that. It's glorious sunshine up here but v.windy !!
    Twiggy x

  7. Love those pie!
    I do a bit of personal shopping for an elderly and housebound lady, every Friday afternoon. This makes me £10 the hour, cash in hand. Most Fridays I spend 3 hours with her, making a shopping list, walking her little dog and doing her food shopping for her. As you say, every little bit helps!

  8. Congratulations on your new look; it's much brighter and reflects your garden and kitchen. The photograph of the geranium on the kitchen window is redolent of so many kitchen windowsills over so many years.

  9. Thankyou so much for all your comments .. its nice to know you are 'out there'.
    Can anyone tell me how I can reply to your comments individually ... I see .. for instance Frugal Queen does this on her blog .. I've been trying/looking again but cant see how its done

  10. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. It is a tad boring just now because I have been at a number of fairs and am 'previewing' and following up requests. My usual posts are more rural and less commercial.


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