Start of 2018 New Years Bank Holiday

2018-01-02 14.49.38After collecting an online order, I went to my favourite Chinese restaurant Mii&U and had a big bowl of Korean Soup.
When paying I asked if I could take a fortune cookie – Picked a red one; but it was attached to a green one so I got two.
When I opened the red one there was two cookies inside; so now I’ve got three.

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Produce from my Garden

My Gardening Friend came today, not only did she cut the lawn, she also harvested the rest of my radishes, one of the giant garlics and all my Spanish onions. There were only 4 radishes left and sadly they had become woody.

Here is some pictures of my baby garlic

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Plus this tray of Spanish sweet onions (I’ve already eaten 3 yum yum)

170607 My onions

 

Dinner and Poker School Evening

I have just had a great dinner/poker school evening with 2 friends. We were supposed to be 5 but one couple couldn’t make it.

Tonight’s menu was my signature dish of chicken legs and onions (cooked in a Dutch oven) with cauliflower-broccoli cheese (not yet published), potato wedges, my raw carrot salad and a nice bottle of Merlot; followed by freshly made decaf coffee.

It was obviously my turn to win; at the end I had 3½ times the starting chips. The last two times we were playing I was in the red.

Going to the dogs

Last night was girls night out. It all started because I got a text from Towcester Racecourse offering me:
a free race card, a free £2 bet and a free pint of Carling Beer.
Four of us went to the dogs at Towcester Racecourse and it was fun not only because of the races but its also fun to win.
As one can imagine the place was packed, it was after all Friday evening; and what a lovely ending to the week it was.
There was 14 races on the card; but we left after race 13, so that we could get away from the course without too much hassle.

Hilary wasn’t going to place any bets but I squeezed a runner out of her for nearly every race.
I kept account and took the stake from her winnings and at the end of the evening she was £8.75 up;
not bad for not opening your purse once!  That in its own way was fun.
Twice her choice beat mine by the tip of a nose, grrrr; but I am not elaborating on my £30 plus winnings.
Sadly Tracey and Christine didn’t fare as well, but they still had a great evening out.

My Cousin Susan


160809 Susan Pass 80 2aI went to see my eldest cousin, 4 days after her 80th birthday. She is still living in Chesham and she enjoys walking her’s and her neighbour’s dog every day weather permitted, she walks down to Chesham 1-2 miles and her neighbour then picks them up in his car.

She has a lovely old bungalow with a split level garden. I don’t think she drives any more although she said she does.

But when she said she had to borrow a car from Rodger I said I would bring some lunch over to her.

We had chicken and salad. We ate in the garden as the weather was sunny and warm. The leftovers should keep Susan happy for a couple of meals.

After lunch we went for a drive, up past Rodger’s, into the Chiltern Hills and back.

It was a very nice day and I wish Susan all the best.

I sold my 2 seater sofa bed today

I put it up on Gumtree and it didn’t take 5 minutes to sell; except my friend Dave warned me that payment should be cash on collection only.
The buyer that was really pushy, only wanted to pay using PayPal; Dave pointed out the danger of using PayPal to me. What is to stop the buyer collecting the goods and the ask PayPal to refund the payment insisting that the goods was not as described. This could result in: no sofa bed and no money!
So I told the customer cash only on collection; and guess what; he was no longer interested.
I had though had 2 more queries about the sofa bed, so I phoned one of them and they were delighted. They came this morning – mother and daughter – hmmm with the weight and awkward size of the sofa, hmmm.
Dave had said that he would come over because he didn’t like me dealing on my own with total strangers coming into my house. Fair point! So he came over and ended helping them. We also ended taking the bed out of the sofa, to enable them to move it and that made it so easy; but the mother had to come back for the bed.
My study looks so empty and huge without the sofa bed.
Coco, my cat, can’t jump up on my workspace anymore, so I had to put a chair close to the worktop for her to use as a ladder.