Monday, 18 May 2009

Best before but cheaper after!

I recently made an order to Approved foods, a company which sells food approaching it's best before date. The saving can be incredible - all the above for £20 plus delivery of £5.25
I haven't found anything bad yet, the tins of oats (50p each) are just the right size for when I make up a batch of muesli, The dates (£2.50) are delicious and yes that is a box of 3kg (I am going to be busy baking for a while!) The most expensive things overall are the dental sticks for Penny as I order quite a few (60p for a packet of 3- I ordered 10) and break them into halves for her. The orange juice (3 bottles of £1) is lovely and we are fast using that up! Haven't tried the spicy tomato ketchup yet.

I know more and more folk are looking at buying this way, it is a cheap way to fill up the shelves, what do you think? Worth the savings or a step too far? It does of course keep the stuff out of the landfill!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Through the woods to the sea - blowing the cobwebs away!

Just back from a week away in Wales and I feel so much better for it. We took some photos so you can join us on mine and Penny's favourite walk through the woods to the coast:-

Our favourite walk in Wales starts with the path that travels through the woods.

Past the bluebells - I love this time of year!

coming out of the woods now and towards the sea!

Nearly there!

we have to scramble over these rocks to get there, a bit tricky for Penny and I

Hooray the sea! It was a bit cold for a paddle!

Penny loved the sea!

Our reward after all that exercise was one of Thelmas lovely welsh cakes and a huge mug of tea at the cafe on top of the cliff! The sheep kept us company! The coastline in the distance is Somerset!

Friday, 1 May 2009

The cats turn

I just love this! Reminds me of a couple of cats who used to own us! To make up for the dog poems this is one for all the owners of cats who own us!


Hamlet's Cat's Soliloquy
by William Shakespeare's Cat

To go outside, and there perchance to stay
Or to remain within: that is the question:
Whether 'tis better for a cat to suffer
The cuffs and buffets of inclement weather
That Nature rains on those who roam abroad,
Or take a nap upon a scrap of carpet,
And so by dozing melt the solid hours
That clog the clock's bright gears with sullen time
And stall the dinner bell.

To sit, to stare
Outdoors, and by a stare to seem to state
A wish to venture forth without delay,
Then when the portal's opened up, to stand
As if transfixed by doubt.

To prowl; to sleep;
To choose not knowing when we may once more
Our readmittance gain: aye, there's the hairball;
For if a paw were shaped to turn a knob,
Or work a lock or slip a window-catch,
And going out and coming in were made
As simple as the breaking of a bowl,
What cat would bear the household's petty plagues,
The cook's well-practiced kicks, the butler's broom,
The infant's careless pokes, the tickled ears,
The trampled tail, and all the daily shocks
That fur is heir to, when, of his own free will,
He might his exodus or entrance make
With a mere mitten?

Who would spaniels fear,
Or strays trespassing from a neighbor's yard,
But that the dread of our unheeded cries
And scratches at a barricaded door
No claw can open up, dispels our nerve
And makes us rather bear our humans' faults
Than run away to unguessed miseries?

Thus caution doth make house cats of us all;
And thus the bristling hair of resolution
Is softened up with the pale brush of thought,
And since our choices hinge on weighty things,
We pause upon the threshold of decision.

From the book: Poetry for Cats:
The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse
by Henry Beard

I may not be able to post for a few day as I am off to visit family. Hopefully when I do get back to you I can post about the super bargains I have found at welsh car boot sales and charity shops! We are also about to celebrate, today, 33 years of marriage!!!!!