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A postcard from…..Dorset (part 2). Swanage Old Town (& a new home?).

Today I’m out and about taking my sister to some of our favourite places in Swanage Old Town. As I leave these special spots my path leads me to a ground floor flat I have had my eye on for a while……a possible new home?

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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.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Calendula, Gratitude & Quiet.

Oh dear! A three week absence from the garden is not ideal at this time of year. I feel a little overwhelmed and, frankly, despondent……so there’s only one thing for it…..get stuck in to the harvests and the work again and be grateful for what I have! Apologies for the low volume towards the end……it was so quiet in the garden I didn’t want to disturb the peace.