Monday, 15 December 2014

Thrifty Boots .. Boot Boy!

 Hello there ...
Well its been a day of assessing the footwear situation .. in readiness for the bad weather..
By that I mean Hubby P has managed to wear out all his work boots .. they all had some hole or other in them!

We got them all out and .. and the ones deemed useful and sturdy.. Hubby P then gave a good polish  ..
just look what a good job he has made of my pink boots ..
I shall feel rather festive wearing them!

So ... what to do .. good leather boots are so expensive.

Luckily .. the other week we had a clearance and one box was full of outdoor/walking stuff...
including some good old fashioned walking boots.

What a find ... two pairs in Hubby P's size .. and one pair in my size.
Hardly worn at all .. still that 'new leather' stiffness to them.
I think someone had bought all the gear .. all good intentions of a new hobby .. 
but didn't really get into it .. for whatever reason.

I always keep a good stock of polish and whatnot ... any bits and pieces .. 
shoe laces etc .. that I come across .. you never know what you are going to need. 
Hubby P gave his 'new' boots a good old Dubbing .. to waterproof them.

 They must have sat in the cupboard a good whiley .. they are fairly vintage .. nowadays walking boots are more kind nylon-y.
But they will do us for roughing it at work and around the garden.

People may turn their nose up at wearing 'secondhand' shoes ... but I bet the Charity Shops do a roaring trade in shoes .. good ones are so expensive.
At least our feet will be warm and dry this winter ... and I for one am grateful for anything passed my way.

Thank you for all your comments on the mushrooms.

I made a big pan of soup .. Chicken and Mushroom .... I had just a handful of cooked chicken left from tea .. so we had soup for lunch .. and very nice it was too. 
There is some left for me to take to work tomorrow in my soup flask.

And something a bit exotic for me ... this was Pam's (My New Life In Wales) idea .. 
Mushrooms, can of chickpeas, bit of onion, cumin and curry powder mixed with some oil and roasted .. I added a bit of red pepper ...
I must say it was lip smacking good ... really tasty.
As you can see I did a bit of plain rice ... I had used hot curry powder .. 
so it had a kick and the rice toned it down a bit .. and a dollop of sweet chili sauce .. lovely.
And some left .. nice cold I thought with a few fresh tomatoes .. yum.

Plus two big bags of mushrooms in the freezer for another day.

That's me for today .. not really exciting .. but we live a quiet life ...
and March To Our Own Drum .. as they say.

Take care xx bye for now x