Warning – Regular Stamps Expires in January 2023

After 31st January 2023, regular stamps without a barcode* will no longer be valid and may result in a penalty fee.

Luckily the expiry date is after Christmas, so send a couple more cards or You can either use up these stamps before this deadline or swap them for the new barcoded ones.

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After January 31st 2023, stamps with the Queen’s head and ‘1st’ or ‘2nd’ class written on them (as well as first-class large letter and second-class large letter stamps. International tariff stamps and all ‘make-up-value stamps’) will no longer be usable, meaning to use them, you will have to pay a surcharge.

The only exception is ‘special’ commemorative stamps, such as the Doctor Who collection, as these will continue to work until after January 31st 2023.

Royal Mail will let you ‘swap out’ any stamps that are due to expire for free. You will be able to exchange current stamps for barcoded ones for free under Royal Mail’s new ‘Swap Out’ scheme, which opened on March 31st 2022 and will run until March 31st 2023.

This will be via a ‘Swap Out’ form on the Royal Mail website. And You’ll then have to post the no longer valid stamps back.

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Daytrip to Clacton-on-Sea

I went on a daytrip to Clacton-on Sea with my friend Hillary. The trip was organised by Stantonbury Parish Council – There were 4 coaches laid on. It was a fantastic day out the sun was beaming the whole day. We left Milton Keynes at 8:15am and arrived in Clacton by 11:30.

Meet up with Kath, who took us along the coast and parked up. She and Hillary walked along the coast and although I had the walker with me, I just parked myself by the beach, to wait for them to come back. I did though go and dip my legs in the sea, it was lovely and I regretted not bringing a costume.

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After they came back, we went to a little caff on the beach and had a drink. Then we ventured up the embankment. I had chosen a salmon (five S-lines to the top) type walkway. It was LONG trip. But at least at the top we went to a restaurant and had some lovely lunch.

We had to be back in Clacton by 5 pm, but we had enough time to swing via Frinton for Hillary to see where Kath had moved to. Kath dropped us off at the Pier in Clacton just before 5pm. And we were home by 8:30.

Thank you, Stantonbury Parish Council, for a lovely day.

Just a little detour

I was on my way home from Colchester via the A14, and the overhead warning said that the A14 was closed between Junction 37 and 39. When i got near Junction 40 I could already see the tailback not far from the sliproad exit J40, so I just turned of and followed the flow of trafic until it went onto the A11. I pulled in on a parking place and checked Google Maps on my mobile, and found a nearly straight jurney to J37. As you can see just a little d-tour of 15.6 Miles.

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My FIG Jungle (#1)

I forgot to take a picture of my fig jungle,
but I did take one after I had cut a hole, and some pictures at a later state.

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I still can’t quite see my windows

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Look I do have Windows, but it will take a day to cut the debris.
And I have only trimmed half of my fig jungle.
I still needs to trim what’s in picture no.1 and no.3
If the weather is good tomorrow I will finish the trimming
and display the result in my next blog.

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Interesting handwritten facts

I was doing a little de-cluttering and came across a diary belonging to my mother and while looking through the book I noticed that I actually could read her writing. I have always said that I couldn’t read her handwriting but … while reading I noticed some of my own handwriting at the desk and I think this is why I can read my mothers handwriting.

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My writing is to the right – talk about growing to become a mirror of your parents.

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2018 – what a troublesome year!

I am slightly fed up with 2018. I am wondering what more this year can throw at me.First there was the water damage that forced me and my cat out of my house for one month while the building recovery firm made my house liveable again. While we were in exil, I decided to pop over to Denmark for a short week.

When Coco and I came back home, I had to find someone to do my garden. The lady I found (temporarily only) came with me – to check the flat – in Spain. It had become a dump! Grrrr.
We spend the whole week cleaning the flat for the next lodgers.
I manage to organise that the flat got painted from top to bottom, incl. the outside balcony rails and fixing this and that that had been left and not fixed; like the air-con that had never been serviced.

When I got home I wrote a “Dear John” letter to the keyholder and sacked him.
Luckily, I had another key-holder lined up.
I will meet her in October when I am returning to Spain to finish refurbishing the flat (new sofa, armchair, dishwasher …).

And the saga goes on and on, but I wont bore you any further.

A novel way to shop

I was introduced to this app while in Denmark. ‘TooGoodToGo’ and it’s absolutely brill.

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My friend Whita bought from the local supermarket’s baker, via her app, a goody-bag for 25.-DKr (approx £2.50)

5 breads, 4 tea cakes, 1 winerbrøds stang (a danish pastry 45cm long) the value of all of that would cost roughly 200.-DKr.

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A Zebras’ Question

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A Zebra dies and arrives at the Pearly Gates… As he enters, he asks St. Peter, ‘I have a question that’s haunted me all of my days on earth.

Am I white with black stripes, or am I black with white stripes?’

St. Peter said, ‘That’s a question only God can answer.’

So, the zebra went off in search of God.

When he found Him, the zebra asked, ‘God, please – I must know Am I white with black stripes, or am I black with white stripes?’

God simply replied ‘You are what you are.’

The zebra returned to see St. Peter once more, who asked him, ‘Well, did God straighten out your query for you?’

The zebra looked puzzled… ‘No sir, God simply said ‘You are what you are.”

St. Peter smiled and said to the zebra, ‘Well then, there you are. You are white with black stripes…’

The zebra asked St. Peter, ‘How do you know that for certain?’

‘Because,’ said St. Peter, ‘If you were black with white stripes, God would have said, ‘You is what you is..’

 

WARNING: If you laugh at this, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Rev Wright and Obama will be comin after yo white ass!!!

Goodbye traveling Trunk

As of today, I am no longer the owner of this vintage traveling trunk.

I sold it to my Handyman who came this morning to do a lot of work; but we decided to wait with most of the items on my list until after DJH has finished their work. He did though make the ceiling in my downstairs cupboard good; and between us we managed to remove the air went pipe bend from that cupboard. I feel tempted to use it as a flower pot holder in the garden.