Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Sunday, 3 January 2016

New Year ...

Bye, bye Christmas tree you served us well.  

A restful Christmas and understated New Year, just how I like it, was what the doctor ordered. 

The decorations are packed away for another year, and the tea lights lit to bring the festivities to a close.

I may have mentioned before that I'm not one for New Year resolutions, believing change can be made at any point in the year.

My major and extremely successful declutter in September went under the radar.  Budgeting is under control, savings earmarked for essential purchases and long term goals.  No spending on Winter clothing assisted by cash gifts, a wonderfully fluffy white bathrobe and the warmest track pants.  So I'm pretty much set up for 2016. 

The food budget is the last bastion, introduced last year, I can't believe I just said that, I'm so ashamed.  

No inessential purchases already in place and now a real tight food budget should be enough to be getting along with.

Wish me luck.

Here's to a happy, productive 2016.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Half-term fun ...

A very enjoyable half term break spent at Center Parcs, but really glad to be back eating a healthier homemade diet.  If you can't go 'off piste' on holiday when can you?  Pumpkins were carved, bikes and ponies were ridden and for the more adventurous amongst us, lots of fun in the pool.  The screams from the waterrides were somewhat reminiscent of childbirth.  

Hope you all had a wonderful break.

Now it's back to work and straight on towards lots of fun at Christmas.


Thursday, 8 October 2015

A reminder to myself ...

... during moments of weakness!


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Patchwork pie ...

Sometimes this is how we roll.  Perfection takes a little longer.

The temperature dial for my oven also fell off.

I am sure the pie will taste good whatever the disasters that befall it.

Have a lovely weekend xxx