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A postcard from…..Dorset (part 3). Boats and quiet time.

Another day out and about in Swanage…..this time towards the old harbour area and Peveril Point…..with boats, yachts, the life boat and one of my favourite quiet spots. And a few more thoughts on the possibility of living here. To make a donation to our wonderful RNLI click here:

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Beyond Frugal: Have I got enough food?

On this year’s hottest day I’m doing a stock-take of my food; both stored (frozen and in the cupboard) and fresh to come from the garden. I’ve grown a little less this year so I want to see where I’m at and see if I have enough to get me through to next Spring.

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On the Sofa: Camping, Countryside & Dorset Trip.

Today I’m all about camping, the countryside and planning my trip to Dorset. A letter I received prompted memories of camping and running wild in the woods….it coincided with watching a series of programmes about the British landscape and its influence on artists, writers and composers… all seems rather perfect in my run up to planning a trip back to Dorset…..and possibly a bit of house hunting…..

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On the Sofa: A spanner, a moan and a book.

Today I needed to find my spanner……which sparked memories of the game of Rattlebag. Spanner located, yay, in readiness for fixing the new bath taps which have just arrived……and then I have a bit of a moan about a recent customer service experience – grr! Plus a book review and it’s an absolute corker.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: At last!

At last! It’s time to harvest some tomatoes…..a moment I dream of for 10 months each year! My first fresh tomato since last October. But, first, I need to give the plants some care…bearing in mind how much longer they will have before the weather changes for the worse and the warm sunny days disappear. I’m also chatting about blight and how to spot it…….and the pros and cons of ‘Gardener’s Delight’ (the only variety I’m growing this year). Also, cucumber seed saving.