In the Canaries

Edna and I arrived at around 7pm and was collected by her daughter Donna who bought us to the flat we are staying at.
It’s a very nice ground floor flat with a covered and an open veranda. Lots of nice outdoor sun space and the covered one is for me.

After one day I started to feel stranded, I just hate to use taxis to go wherever I want to go. Not only that but when I tried to order a taxi they didn’t understand me, so we had to phone Donna and get her to order the taxi, which made me feel even more stranded.

I rented a car for 3 days, so we could go shopping, eating, casinoing and sightseeing when we wanted to, without bothering anyone else.

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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.

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.

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This is NOT the way to feed your cat!

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Sadly I missed the shots when Coco was trying to help.

First she ate as if there was no tomorrow.

Then she played with her food, naughty, naughty;
the dry-food went everywhere, but what a delightful game!
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My lovely old Tassimo has now moved to a new home

tassimo 1I have been trying since Christmas to sell this coffee machine for only £15 but totally in vain.

First I tried on Gumtree – absolutely no response.

Second I also placed a post on eBay – the same – no takers!

So yesterday I got fed up seeing it on the windowsill and posted it for free on Streetlife, and this morning it has finally departed from my house and sight.

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.

My poorly old fridge is just a lamp

Day before yesterday I noticed that my fridge wasn’t performing as it should, but I didn’t think more about it.
Then yesterday – where I was rather busy – I finally got home at 18:00 I was reminded by the fridge that it was only a light switch without any cooling power; as the butter was soft when I picked it up from the fridge. Oh what tedious problems!
After having slept on the thoughts: shall I get it mended or replaced? I determined after having spoken to my “white ware” mender that it properly wasn’t worth mending as the poor thin was between 8 and 10 years old; and as he couldn’t replace mine before Wednesday next week I had to look somewhere else; not Currys but I went to John Lewis; that is I checked online and found the fridge larder I wanted but couldn’t work their website for next day delivery.
After the U3A computer group session and running Vernon back home, I went shopping at JL and within 5 minutes my fridge was purchased and it will be delivered tomorrow afternoon; not only will they bring the new one but they will also dispose of my old one.
Then I went to the library for my 2 sessions of ITbuddy’ing.

Detergent for ‘hand wash only’

I am always in two minds what detergent to use to wash ‘hand wash only’ cloth. In Denmark I would purchase a package of soap flakes and dissolve a handful in warm water to wash the item; but time has moved on and I am not in Denmark, and I don’t know if soap flakes are available in UK. I found out they are in all supermarkets.
But anyway; I came across this handy, always available tip of using shampoo instead of the soap flakes. I tried it on one of my scarfs. It was easy and it worked.