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On the Sofa: Bills, Thermals & Tea!

Today I am having a bit of a re-jig in the kitchen in an attempt to lower one of my bills to spare a bit of money for the heating bill. I’ve also broken my ‘no-spend year’ promise to myself…..because of the cold. Happily, I have a gorgeous gift to warm me up!

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: An Urgent Job!

We’re about to have a sudden drop in temperature…. a drop of more than 10 degrees….so I am galvanised to get on with a job that has been outstanding for the last few very wet weeks….it has become an urgent job for food security! I need to hack into the straw bale and get spreading it. It starts out a cold day……but the sun shone beautifully and warmed me up enough to make the time in the garden a joy.

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On the Sofa; Embracing winter, Christmas lights, Parcels & stamps.

As the temperature drops, both outside and inside this year (!) I am trying to embrace the cosy, happy aspects of winter: the turning on of our community Christmas tree lights and street lights, the joy of mulled wine drunk whilst singing with friends, the glee of receiving parcels….and sending them……..and the importance of a good quilt! Join me on the sofa with your quilt for a cosy chat and a mug of something warm. Oh……and I forgot to mention……..the baubles on our community tree are second hand………they were originally part of a display on Regent Street……hahaha, we’ve gone posh this year!

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On the Sofa: Lavender, Shackleton & Sharing.

I’m processing this summer’s Lavender………it’s a lovely job….but it takes an age so as I do a bit today I’m having a chat. My thoughts are ranging from the fuel situation and hopes for another great British engineer; leadership and Shackleton; and our need, right now, to care for and support each other…….doing whatever we can to help those around us who are struggling. The Neil Oliver link: