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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Middlemarch read a long review

Wow, that was a long slog of a book wasnt it.  It just kept on going.  Action?  There wasnt much I felt.  Again as I have felt with most of the classics that we have read so far, they seem to ramble on for far too long.  I much prefered North and South, which was also a snap shot of life, albeit in 2 different places.

At first Doreathea really bored the heck out of me, in real life, if I had met her she would have naffed me off.  Towards the end she does pick up a bit, but not enough for me to really like her as a character.  5 weeks into her marriage to a man 3 times her age, she realises her mistake.  If she was in the book Divergent she would have been Erudite faction.  Being that she feels superior to all the other females and looks down on them, you would have thought that she would have taken the educated guess that a man of 45, was not going to change much and that his way of working would be quite ingrained.  

Lydgate the new comer, is a doctor with new ideas.  He also makes a bad marriage to a pretty girl, who it would seem he slipped into marrying as he gave her too much attention, being the era it was, he had no real other option as he wanted his fever clinic in the Middlemarch hospital and was in too deep to change that.  I have to wonder if Rosalie from the Twilight books could be a little based on Rosamund in this book.  Lydgate himself dies at the young age of 50 (I will have to check that in awhile). 

Fred Vincy and Mary's marriage seems to be the most rock steady along with Celia (Doreathea's sister) who marries Sir James Chettam, who previously wanted to marry Doreathea.

All in all, everyone else seems to rave about this book and love it.  At 900 pages I wont be reading it again to see if I can change my own mind.  Far too long, too many characters for me.  I feel that I need a police detection board with string all over it to show who is who to keep up.  

Scores on the doors 2/10  very dissapointing.  Clearly I am not educated enough to see what others do.

Next book is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.  Happy reading

Friday, 21 April 2017

I'm a bit behind this morning...

I am a bit behind this morning.  Please bear with me, Marta is off to the vets to be spayed.  I am a little all over the place with nerves.  Come back later for the Middlemarch book review.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Gold prices are at a 5 month high, The more Trump goes on a rant, the higher it seems to get.  I am glad I dumped all currencies, gold being high means uncertainty.  Politics seems to be fueling it. 

General voting for 2017 will be tense, but the ones I will be following VERY closely are - South Korea 9th May, Iran May 19th, UK 8th June, France twice in June, Norway 11th September, 23rd September New Zealand, August one to watch with interest Angola, due to their exports, Germany 24th September, October 22nd Argentina.

A very uncertain year.  Batten the hatches it could get wild!  My pension is going to take a battering.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Is this the best course? Let this be the final say!

As long time readers will know, I am not overly political on my blog.  I dont really feel this is the best platform.  That aside, this is my blog and I want it on here, for my own memory.

The Prime Minister has called a snap general election.  8th June 2017, we need to go to the polls again.  And then I want all of the unelected parties, to pull together, move forward together.

I am hopeful, we need a strong person to lead us.  Lets hope everyone puts aside their own agenda.  This is a vote for Britain, not an individual.  Brexit has already been set in motion, we need the best out come.

Please make sure you are registered to vote.  Check right now, we dont want it again where people couldnt register because they left it too late.  I feel this is really important.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter!

I hope you like the above youtube, its a clip from one of my favourite films.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Middle April, not Middlemarch

How are you?  I am still going strong with Middlemarch, but I have had to add in a little Harry Potter.  I cant help it.  Every year, I read all the Harry Potters, the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and The Divergent series.  (As I sit here, I am a little cold and have on my dressing gown, {Gryffindor robes} to be exact).

Do you have plans for the weekend?  I am not sure what we are doing yet,  lets hope there is an adventure in there somewhere.  Reading about them isnt enough some times!

Have a fab weekend!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Dr Strange DVD

Whilst in Cornwall the other week, we watch the DVD of {Dr Strange}.  *hmm, puft*  Where shall I start.

I liked the CGI and the more sci fi parts.  Him being an up his own bum, neurosurgeon got on my nerves.  But what really ticked me off?  Holy moly, his accent.  Benedict Cumberbatch, plays Dr Strange and a lot like Dr House, played by Hugh Laurie (another Brit), I can not stand their fake American accent.  It really grates on me and I cant get past it.  I think they must of had the same voice coach, who should never be used ever again.

For the voice alone I can only give this film a 3/10.  If it had been a different actor, say {Alexander Dreymon}.  Then it would have been a 10!  LOL  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Something I never thought I would keep saying

Not my dog...
Something I never thougth I would keep saying over and over again?

"If you dont want a bath, dont roll in poop!"


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Lets have have some good news


After yesterdays attack in St Petersburg, Russia, again I am very said that someone has attacked civillians.  Because of this, I am looking for good things to share with you, below are some links.  

{This amazing man} is spreading the love with gardens and bees.

Who would you give your {last rolo} to?

{Bimini Love is 15}.  Imagine what she will be capable of when she is 30.

Music is a balm to the soul.  Anyone who has been in contact with someone with dementia, knows that any 'old time' songs and hymns bring them to life.  My gran may not have remembered what she ate 10 minutes ago, but if Songs of Praise was on she would sing her heart out, {Neighbours} she would sing and sway to the theme tune.  And when God Save the Queen came on, she would stand, sing as loud as possible and drag anyone to their feet who dared to stay seated.  Its great to see a sliver of them coming out.  {I love this}.

Beaming love to all.  Hope you are well.

Monday, 3 April 2017

The White Stuff

Picture from Google
*Stands up*

Hello, my name is Sol and I am addicted to sugar.  As I type this I am on day two of trying to beat my addiction. I have a raging head ache, I am dying for a ginger nut biscuit and I feel altogether RANCID.  

I have been painting and painting and glossing and then I lost my mind last night and got the chalk paint out that I have been trying to ignore as much as possible.  I have painted a pine bed frame that we had when we first set up house, it is rather yellow/orange and the room is Swedish White.  When I look at it, it has a touch of grey in it I think.  I was going to paint it white.  Posh Boy said no.  Too much white, leave it pine.  *Shudder*.  

I had visions of the finished article looking something like {Gillian's makeover}.  I have too many runs and dribbles for it to be as good.  As I have said my craft skills are low.  

In a fit of craziness or a brain f@rt moment, I deciced that last night at 7pm was the best time to do this.  Yep -completely lost it there.  As our new carpets are arriving at any moment, to be installed by the carpet fitters.  I have no clue what time, I will just wait in.  Passing the hall, trying really hard not to make a cup of tea and add 10 sugars and feel better.

I have used {Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey}.  I have gone through less than half a tin on a double bed, which I think is really good. I will let Posh Boy wax it.  Lol he will love that job.  

Eric, bless him, is so desperate to be near you, that even though he hates the vacuum cleaner, he followed me all around the house.  Vacuum inhaling the last of the plaster bits I had bladed (I dont know if thats a word, its long handled scrapper thingy with a really sharp blade on the end...), off of the floor.  He was shuddering and shaking and then was promptly sick all over the place.  Marta gleefully running through it.  All of this at 6.30am.  urgh...

I feel kind of weird about this house now.  It is a really good house now, it will really be a good family home for who ever buys it.  It has nearly broken me, but at the same time we have really put a lot of ourselves into it and I am proud of it.  

I dont know, rambling here a bit.  I am desperate for something sweet.  My friend said, not to even eat apples, until I am better.  Urgh.  Rough, I feel rough I tell you.  My throat is also sore from all the paint stink.  

This sugar thing, is really going to limit my food.  I already drink hardly any alcohol, the wind must be blowing in the right direction, all the stars aligned and the moon blue.  I havent eaten meat for a few years now.  And I am dairy intollerant.  Apart from eating eggs I am practically vegan.  Now, no sugar?  I am only doing this until I get to a place where I dont only want to eat, biscuits or sweet things all day from the moment I wake up.  I live on white food and need to sort that out.  My food intake since we havent had a veggie garden is disgusting.  I can eat a whole tube of ginger nut biscuits and not think anything of it.  And then look for some sweets.  Maybe some jelly tots for dessert.  Did you know jelly tots are vegan?

I also have some of {this stuff}, which is liquid gold!  The hot chocolate I make with this is DIVINE.  Yum, I want it now.  hmmm. Made with coconut milk and a touch of almond milk.  Oh yes, with waffles.  *drools like Homer Simpson*.  It is vegan friendly and doesnt use palm oil.  Winner in my books.  Give it a try.

I need to go.  I am craving food real bad.  Another glass of water is needed I think.

Sol, Out.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017



 I saw {this} on a blog I came across, I am going to try and do something like this, although my crafting skills are really low.  I may have to just use envelopes we already have.  I am thinking that this is a really good way of keeping to a budget on our date nights.  I am also loving a lot of the makes on that blog and am looking forward to trying some of the other things that I have seen.  People are so generous with their ideas and taking pictures for instructions.  Bloggers are pretty cool arent they.

If you are taking part in the read along, keep going!  I know it is a really long read, I have managed 200 pages so far.  Phew, only what feels like another billion more to go!  

Thursday, 23 March 2017

I Love London

I dont have many words today.  The attack in London yesterday, is too awful to think about just now.

Here are some of the pictures from my latest trip to London and some from previous times.

Lastly I give you Eros and beam you all love.

Sol xxx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thoughts on The Handmaid's Tale

***Get yourself a drink, this is a long one***

Having read this in the late 90's at school, I was a little worried that it wouldnt be how I remembered it.  A lot of the parents said that they did not think that this was a book that teenagers should read.  This made it all the more compelling to read at the time.  I had completely forgotten the ending and have a false memory of it all.  That being that they escaped together, Offred, Nick and the baby.  This book could be where my love of dystopian writing comes from.

It was meaty wasnt it.  I find {Margaret Atwood} extremely easy to read, with good pace and very visual writing.  

Although this book is, I feel mostly about oppression, there is constant hope,  hope for her daughter, hope for Luke, hope that freedom will come. 

As the ending indicates, Gilead, is the product of men, garnered from many cultures.  A grasp at holding on and increasing the population.  I find it very interesting where it says that the Commanders are probably sterile from a biological weapon that was destined to be dusted on India and put into caviar destined for Russia.  Gene splicing with the mumps virus.

What I also wonder about, is why they didnt just keep all of the Handmaids in one place and send them out when the ceremony was to take place.  To keep them 'pure'.  Maybe this happened in the next generation, where as it said, they would not know the difference and would be less resistance due to them not having been in the -before world-.  

Having read a few reviews on many other blogs, many said they found it distasteful and horrific.  Maybe I have read so many dystopian books that I no longer have this knee jerk reaction.  Maybe I am younger, or read a lot more Young Adult fiction and have a (slight) prepper mentality.  Much of their horror could be from the reality that some of these things that they are being forced into, in what  in the book was the USA, are actually happening in the world.  And the thought of it, being in a first world country, is such an awful thing that we are being repelled by it.  

In the book it makes comparrisons to the red dresses being in a concentration camp in WW2.  Clothes being an outward show of rank and place.  It is dominance, it is power, it is superiority.  Which within the last 100 years, this show of, for want of a better word is class, has all but been wiped out.  No longer do many wear suits to the office, although I prefer to wear skirts or dresses, I have friends who only own jeans and trousers and maybe one skirt they have for interviews.  The thought of being told what to wear, let alone it being a dress, with a shroud around the face to stop not only people seeing you, but you being able to see the outside world completely, is oppressive, agressive.  

"Our biggest mistate was teaching them to read.  We wont be doing that again".

Not being allowed to read.  Heck, I would start an uprising myself over that one.  To be able to read, well, if you can read, you can teach yourself most things.  This repression is to me the worst.  That thought is sickening, that women werent allowed to read.  In how many countries does this still happen?  Where females are still thought of as LESS than a male?  Not worth educating.  Its how they keep them in check, controlled, helpless and reliant on men.

Women could not accept this now.  It would be horrendous.  The brain washing that happens in the red centre, is the only way that they could quiet, dominate and repress the womens spirit.  At the end, it states that the red centre, where the women are taught to be handmaids, it is called the Rachel and Leah Re-education centre.  The name being derived from the bible, a quick refresher for anyone not familiar with it, being that Jacobs chosen wife, Rachel, was barren, and his other wife Leah was not.  The handmaids being some quasi 2nd wife, polygamy for the 3 years they are in that household.  

Control even extends to the name of the handmaid being changed to the name of their assigned Commander.  Offred.  The Commanders name is Fred.  Could this be, where in some cultures, when a woman becomes a mother, she is refered to as the babies mother.  For instance, the baby is called Ali.  The lady is then called Umm Ali.  Your identity is gone.  To some this might be a trophy to show motherhood, to others it could be the obliteration of self, uniqueness.

The name female road, the smuggling of the people, has a historical base from slaves escaping the USA and being smuggled from safe house to safe house, across the border to Canada to be free.  The underground rail road saved many in this manner, the safe houses being religious households such as Quakers, helped people to Canada and to Mexico.  The Resistance, to the oppression, and infliction on both men and women.  Men not being allowed to marry unless they have rank.  Even the name Econowives, the name makes me think less, that those wives are worth less than others.  Makes your top lip curl back doesnt it.  

Where the Commanders have taken from different cultures for their society, they have done this for what they think is for 'the greater good'.  Closed the borders, retreated into their new world.  Where it would appear that the rest of the world is carrying on as they were before.  Other than the gene splicing, what else happened?  They talk of cleaning up toxic waste.  Was there a nuclear attack?  Chemical spills?  The use of insectides, herbicides and other chemicals entering the food chain, rendering the masses of the population sterile.  This is not referenced clearly as to if there was one catastrophic incident that brought it all about.  You are left to speculate.  Was it like Chernobyl?  Or like the reactors in Japan being breached by an earthquake?  As I have said above, what makes this a compelling read and a touch scary it is because what causes them to begin this regime could be anything.  A Islamic terriorist attack, chemical weapons, war.  They are all hinted at.  This book was published in 1985, and although isolated to different parts of the world many of these things have happened.

Yes, all in all a very complelling read.  If you liked the films {The Village}, {The Hunger Games}, {1984}, you will like this book.  

No alien invasion, dystopian writing here.  No. This is a keep you awake at night. what if read....

8/10 I have read it twice this month.  

The next read along book is Middlemarch by George Eliot (Anne Evans).

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

This Months Book

Hello, how are you?

Six days till the end of this months book.  I am looking forward to other peoples views on this book.  Its a meaty one isnt it.

As the next book is number 6, how do you feel about nominating 2 books you would like to add to the end of this years list.  Not that I am getting ahead of myself, I just know that books are quite expensive and this will give people the chance to look out for them in shops or download them.  I would prefer the suggestions to be classics, with a few more contemporary books that you think we shouldnt miss out on.  What are your thoughts?  

Have a think about it and come back to it over the next month.  I will prompt us all later on.

Monday, 13 March 2017


How was your weekend?  The sun is shining today. the dogs are running in and out of the garden or just sunbathing on the step.

I am inside, looking at our budget.  Sounds sad right?  Well not really.  By being on top of it all, I know what is possible and I feel this will stop any disappointment when we start to look at houses.

We are on track to have the house on the market next month.  That in itself is a little scary.  We originally thought we would move to Cornwall to retire.  After a few really hard life lessons last year we are now of the opinion, do it.  DO IT NOW!  We are stepping off the wheel and going our own way.  Very much Cornwall or bust.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you are probably fed up with reading about it.  Come back later in the week, it will probably be about books! lol  Ha Life is funny right?  I have just started to unpack the boxes of books, only for them to be packed back up, hopefully soon when we sell.  I am also going through them again to see what I can get rid of.  I have a weird attachment to some of my books and cant seem to donate them.  I will try.

The budget has been bolstered lately.  The decorator that was to do the dangerous painting, ie the stairs, landing and the floor in the hall down stairs, cried off.  Saying he could fit us in again in a few months time.  I want to be moved really soon.  Posh Boy laid the oak flooring himself after watching youtube.  I have been painting like crazy.  This was a huge saving, even with buying a ladder that is for stairways, and a choppy electric saw thingy.  Cant think of the name of that...  

I then decided enough was enough.  Marched into the garage, took pictures of my bicycle that had a bent front fork and the bicycle I was given by an amazing neighbour at our old house.  Follwing the car crash, I can no longer ride a bike.  Its upsetting as I love  loved riding my bike, but the body cant do it.  On to Gumtree.  

I put the advert on there I think Wednesday, on Thursday, a lovely older couple who have just retired to the area arrived.  Not only bought one bike, but both of them.  AND bought some of the hydrangea plants I have been nurturing from cuttings.  Apparently in the local garden centre they are £8 a pot.  

Also on Gumtree I advertised my beginners archery bow.  Selling it with all the limbs.  I have moved this probably 8 times?  WHY?  The neighbours here, were very intrigued when they first saw our nets down the drive and thought Posh Boy was a keen cricketer!  Lol  Not the  archery range that it is!  The lady who bought it sent me some flowers, as she was so pleased with her new bow.  That really makes me smile.  More money for the kitty.

Posh Boy has sold a few items as well.

We have made more than enough money for the storage/lodgings of the caravan, which I am so happy about.  We have saved enough by being under budget on the main renovation of taking the roof off and putting it all back on higher with enough space for 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  My old boss cant believe we came in under budget.  And then under budget again for the downstairs.  The spreadsheet is screaming I have had such a tight grip on it.  It does mean we will have a larger renovation budget for the next house.  Which will really help us.

Mortgage free is the goal.  If we dont quite make it, we will be pretty damn close.  Mortgage free means freedom.  Its got to be worth aiming for.  Am I right?

You have to have a dream.

I pose you this one question for this week and the future, what is your real dream? You dont have to tell me about it.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Stunning pictures

The above picture is a home, it could be a smallholding or a small sheep farm.  Not a bothy, but absolutely stunning.  Scotland is magnificent.  Even when shrouded in mist and rain.

{Look at these real bothies}.  Absolutely stunning.

"Oh Scotland, you slay me!"

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Even though...

Even though we are hoping to move, I saw some really cheap raspberry canes called {Heritage}, which fruit in August/September.  AND some blueberry plants (I wont call them bushes they are little more than a stick right now), these are called {Patriot}.  I bought 3 of each, they were 20p each.  Twenty whole pennies each!!!  I made sure each plant had some leaves on it, as I have fallen for this before where I plant a stick and nothing happens, nothing grows and I say to myself, maybe it was damaged in the shop and I need to give it another year.  Then I am faithfully watering a stick for 2 years.  lol 

I also bought a wiegela called {Bristol Ruby}, I like this plant and already have 2 other wiegelas.  The 2 I already own, seem to attrach a lot of bees, which I will want to promote in our next garden.  You guessed it, this was also 20p.

My last plant I didnt know what it was, but it looked nice on the box, It is called {Lonicera Tatarica}, this will hopefully flower in May/June.  I have now found out that it is a honeysuckle.  I hope it has a good scent that will also bring pollinators into the garden,  This plant really does look like 2 sticks right now, it was worth the chance of spending the 20p.  Honeysuckle is poisonous to dogs, I have placed it in the greenhouse and this will be in an area where the dogs wont be allowed at the new house.  Marta has taken to digging to China, they will therefore be 2 areas both dogs arent allowed.  The veg garden and the BBQ area.  I hope to use the honeysuckle as am arbour cover in the BBQ area.  This is all pie in the sky as I have no idea how big our garden will be!  lol  this is a lot of ifs and whens.

Looking forward to pints of raspberries like I did in the above picture!  yum.

I am pleased to have found the {Victoria (Australian) Agriculture} web pages.  It seems to be easy to use and is really detailed.  I havent found such a good website for vegetables and fruit before.  It could become my go to, for my veggies, as I find some other websites hard to navigate.

Have a good day!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Again! The Handmaid's Tale.

Phew, I have read it.  I am going to read it again straight away!

That is going to be me!

I was recently given a paperback copy of Bleak House, as I said to one of the ladies at work that I loved reading Dickens in December.  Looking forward to it!

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Music for Wednesday

Hello good morning!  Hope you are well.  After spending most of yesterday, after getting home from work dancing in the kitchen with the dogs, or looking at some youtubes.  I thought some more music was in order...

More 90's.  Enjoy!

p.s. pinch, punch, first of the month, pass it on, no return.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Why dont we have these features in UK homes?

I love this house.  I am unsure of what the ground floor room is for?  Maybe an elderly relative or for when you retire?  I love the toilet and the way the kitchen/diner has a view right through to the sitting room, but there is a wall to stop guests from seeing the dishes and in my case, when I need to disguise that food hasnt turned out how I like.

I love the tap on the kitchen sink.  We now have one that extends and has 2 spray options, but I like how this one is long enough to go around the whole sink and looks more controlable.  On the stove area there is a special fish cooking drawer?!! wow.

And a new to me idea, no tumble dryer but the bathroom turns into a drying room?  Again, it rains in this country a lot, why dont we have this?  Although I do think a bath that reheats your bath water maybe a little like a lobster being cooked in a pot and I think that is a step too far for me...  But being able to swill the bathroom floor down like when washing down a dairy, there are drains built into the floor.  Genius.  No need for a mop bucket, this should also be in a kitchen and porch area.

Did you see that they have strict laws to stop your neighbours house from blocking your light.  We should have this here.  (Before some one spouts the right to light, good luck with trying to fight that in court.  People are now able to build with out planning permission, as they can build within permitted development.  Although in some cases they need the neighbours go ahead, their roof pitch or angle of the roof could still cut out your light.  Again, this could be a costly bill to go to court for.  you need big deep pockets.  Your neighbour can build a single storey extension with a height of up to 3 metres to the apex, your window will be lower than this...)

A tap in the drive to attach a hose to wash the car or water plants!  Fabulous. now if it was connected to under ground tanks that collect rain water that would be amazing.  Can you see I am gathering ideas for our next house???  lol  

Hows it going?  We were OK through storm Doris, just a half hour of the power being off, storm Ewan gave us some more high winds.  It is quite cold out, and now from being warmer than Greece last week, we are going to be colder than Moscow...!!!  And they say there is no such thing as global warning.  Other than these storms we seem to be having, I actually remember it raining more when I was a kid.  Not as heavy as we are having it now.  But I do defo remember always going to school with an umbrella, maybe not a coat but the umbrellas was always in my bag.  I know I live in a different county away from the sea now, but am I dreaming this up that it rained more often?  Am I just remembering drizzle?  

What gadgets do you think every house should have?  Just incase we have to build a house...

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Awning up

This is our caravan.  Eldis broadway 470/2

We had a quick practice at putting the awning up.  I didnt want to get to the camp site and try and do this with people looking at us, whilst we attempted it.  And more importantly that putting me off.  I needed to know we could do it and that all of the pieces are there.  

There is a tear that has been repaired and a few pin holes in the awning.  We will need to address this.  Rather make do and mend.  If we decide caravaning is for us, we may in the future, get a full length awning.  Although this one is perfectly good enough in size as we wont be sleeping it in (the sleeping section is in there, we just wont add it), we will probably use it to put our camping table and chairs.  These 2 items we have used every year when camping, they work really well for us and we see no need to change this.

New blind pulls have replaced the old broken and cracked ones, this makes it look a lot more tidy.  All of the fly screens are in good condition, even the door fly screen is whole and not torn anywhere.  We have seen a lot of caravans where there arent fly screens at all or are poor quality and broken.  All of the blinds work. (These are all really good points for us as we werent looking for a caravan to fix up, we need it for a few holidays and for us to stay in when viewing houses in Cornwall.)

The curtains are faded, we could change these, but I am holding this back for if we want to carry on after this summer.  I do hope we love it, but we have to be realistic that we may not like it.  Hence the caravan was quite cheap and only a small one.  Heck if the new house we buy, doesnt have room for an office, this may have to go into the garden for this purpose.  When the idiot builders were here doing the kitchen, it was used as an office and it worked really well!  It would be cheaper than a home office cabin in the garden!!! 

Now we just need to name it!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Caravan bits and pieces

the wheels fallen off!

Life is a bit odd right now.  Am not sure if I am coming or going.  Anyways, on to the caravan.

We didnt move the caravan at the weekend.  Posh Boy wants new carpet, so it is to stay on the drive for a few more weeks whilst we sort it out.  The one above is quite close to ours.  The door behind the wheel at the back.  

We also havent put the the awning up.  That will be a laugh for the neighbours I am sure.

I bought some saucepans for the caravan in Tesco, reduced to £13.  {Circulon}, is the make, I was amazed when I saw the price of them on Amazon.  I got a real bargain there didnt I!

The fail was I also bought {these Bodum mugs}, for £5 in the same Tesco.  They have to go back and get a refund, if they have a hot drink in them. the glass of the mug which is only single skin, touches your finger when you pick it up by the handle.  These are going back today. Dangerous.

We already have a kettle, one for the electric and one if we need to use the gas burner.  Why the 2?  Well we arent having much in the caravan and I would rather if we have an electric hook up, use the electric, than the gas stove.  I am not sure I will use the gas stove much as it kind of weirds me out that I might not turn it off properly and we will be sleeping in the same area.  

We were quite lucky when we bought this caravan, they left it containing most things.  The electric hook up cables, the waste water containers, a sack truck if you need to get water, a gas bottle, the step to get in.  All things we would of had to buy if we had bought it from a dealer.

I am really quite pleased with it.  I am booked in on a training weekend, to make sure I am OK, incase I have to tow it.  Which will probably be never, but I need to be prepared, just incase.  We will see how we get on with it and then later if we really enjoy it, we will bring forward buying a motor home.  Which we werent going to do till we retired.  After last year I say, sod that, do it whilst we can.  

The house is shaping up slowly.  Unfortunately for us, our mortgage is at an end, so today we had a surveyor around to value the house for the mortgage company.  We are remortgaging as we may not sell as quickly as we would like.  And we can always move it with us if we find THE FOREVER HOUSE, that is that little bit more than we have equity in the house....  Ha ha as if the forever home really exists.... lol  I make myself laugh.

Tell me somewhere good to visit in Cornwall that isnt Eden, or the Lost Gardens of Heligan... I am writing my Cornish bucket list of places to see.

What plans do you have for outings or holidays later this year?  

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mansfield Park - Read a long.

Good Morning!  I hope you are all well.

It was a race to the end with this book.  I really must work my timings better and actually look at how many pages there are and not reading other books in the middle.  Righty ho, onwards, from a book about a paedophile in Lolita to an adulterous affair in Mansfield Park.

The beginning I found quite long, but I think is needed to set the scene of propriety at the time.

I would have hated very much to have been alive at the time I think, I would more than likely have been a servant!  lol

I can see some of the similarities between the upper class then and now.  Although, I think girls, ladies if you will, no longer care so much for their name and modesty.  You only have to watch programmes like {Geordie Shores} and {Made in Chelsea}, to know that this is no longer worried about, especially when it is now seen as the thing to do, to be on TV and wash your undies in public.... (none of the casts are good role models at all.  Its like a race to the bottom with Geordie Shores from what I hear.  I've only ever watched 2 of it programmes.  It was a horror).

I feel we all know a Mrs Norris, one who thinks that they are the epitome of style, taste, local knowledge etc.  In real life I shy away from these people and try and not have much to do with them.  As they tend to try and walk all over you, with their supperior knowledge.  Wide berth on that one.

Mrs Bertram needs to get a back bone.

Fanny Price, had feelings for Edmund early on, (first cousins are no longer permitted to marry).  I wonder how many aristocrates would now a days become a Vicar or Priest.  Not many I would say.

The book was quite longe compared to modern books, but I dont feel that once I got into it, that this took away from its story.  Will I read it again? Not for a while.  There are lots of other classics to read.  I will revisit it in a few years.

6/10 for Mansfield Park.  Above average, but not high enough I will read it between other books, whilst completing the read a long.

I am very much enjoying the process of reading these classics.  And I am delighted if anyone joins in.  Join in when you like the sound of the book, if you want to miss it out and go on to the next, do that to.  I am just pleased if you want to join in on any of the books!

Can you believe we are on to book number 5 already!

On to the next book, {The Handmaid's tale}.  I didnt know until I Googled it, is going to be a new TV series in April.

I hope this book doesnt disapoint, I read it at school and I think now that I have read even more dystopian fiction that this one will really light up for me.

Friday, 17 February 2017

How is it going?


I am still reading this one, I completely missed how many pages it was and how long it would take.  How are you doing with it?  I am looking forward to the next book.  I read it at school and I am really hoping more people join in on that one, as I think it is a really meaty subject.


The weekend is here again and it looks like they think the weather will be warmer here than in Greece next week.  Lets hope so.  The snow drops are looking lovely and the primroses in the front garden are blooming their socks off right now.  There is one very fetching pink/purple one, that I am thinking of digging up to take with us when we move.

We are having a professional paint the hall and stairs for us, as we arent confident we can do a good job with ladders as it is an awkward space and could be dangerous.  Then on to carpet.  Making us on schedule for the house to go on the market the end of March and hopefully have a lot of viewings before Easter.  EASTER.  Have you seen the Easter eggs in the shops?  They were there January 3rd!  Ha ha its bonkers.  

This weekend we have a few bits and pieces to do.  We may pop to Cornwall to sort the caravan placement out.  We might not.  No rush, its not urgent just yet.  

In other news, I ate my first ever {Welsh cake} yesterday.  A lady at work made some with margarine for me, as I said I had never eaten one.  They normally contain butter and milk.  Very nice, with a cup of lady grey.  

Hope you are well.

Be kind, be safe

Sol xx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Have you seen these FREE SEEDS?

Picture from Google
The {Woodland Trust} is giving away {free seeds}, for you to plant and help raise the tree coverage of the UK.  Did you know we have the lowest tree coverage in the whole of Europe?  Not good is it? And now the talk of building on green field sites, its even more important.  Planting trees, not only lowers pollution, it also helps with flooding.  

If you dont have a garden large enough for some trees, if you have children, how about asking their school if they could plant some of the trees? 

Ive completed the form, lets see what arrives!