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Born in the year of the Coronation, I'm a Baby Boomer. In April of this year I decided I too would have a Diamond Jubilee celebration and completely change my life and that of my Husband's in the process

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Grumpy Old Woman!

It looks as if Summer is finally on it’s way!! We’ve had two barbeques this week and at last we are getting the garden sorted. It’s been almost 10 months since we did any real work out there. We both lost heart after the terrible flood last July and for much of that time it has been too muddy to spend much time down there anyway.

We did some heavy pruning a couple of weeks ago and then the weather went off again but today we managed to have a bonfire to get rid of all the prunings (so much for our Carbon Footprint!),

 

Mike mowed what is left of the lawn

and I set about the flowerbeds.

There was still rubbish left from the floods last July.

 

 

Lots more to do but the improvement is considerable.

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I still haven’t quite made it to a loss of a stone at Fat Fighters but mine and Mike’s birthdays have scuppered that. I’m hoping that this week I will get there and with that in mind we’re eating fish. That’s what I cooked on the BBQ tonight. Basa, which is a lovely white fish and is apparently a Vietnamese Catfish. (oops, buggered up the Carbon Footprint again!!!). Salmon steaks and Cod Loin wrapped in Parma Ham. All of these are classed as ‘Free Food’ in Slimmer’s World, so, bring it on! I’ll eat as much as I like.

There’s a tale behind the Cod Loins. Wednesday evening, I had literally just parked my bum on the toilet seat, in the hope of wringing out the very last drops of anything, before going to be weighed at Fat Fighters, when there was a knock at the door.

It was Gustov. This is a man, who says he is South African but has the weirdest accent I’ve ever come across and he sells frozen food from a van. I have bought from him in the past but for thelast eighteen months I have made excuses. Now whether it was the urgent need to return to the loo, or what, I don’t know but somehow I ended up trotting, barefoot, up the drive to have a look at his frozen delights. I ended up parting with £38 for a large bag of HUGE Cod Loins. Having seen the price in Sainsbury’s lately, they seemed a pretty good buy and tonight, wrapped in Parma Ham and cooked in one of those vented, foil dishes on the BBQ, well, Mike and I had to keep telling ourselves, it was one of the best meals we have ever eaten.

I just love Sainsbury’s the salad was fresh cut from lettuce they now sell growing in a little pack and as I can’t have oil based dressing, salads could have been a bit dull but not now. I forked out £11 for a bottle of their finest Balsamic Vinegar. What!! you exclaim!! But it isn’t as mad as it sounds. A little splash onto salad, or new potatoes and there is no need for an oil based dressing and it lasts for ages. I bought this bottle last summer in a fit of indulgence, not knowing then it would turn into such a valuable resource now I am dieting.

The allotment is coming along well, I earthed up the potatoes on Tuesday and Sue planted her Broad Beans yesterday, I hope to go and plant mine tomorrow. My only concern now is, with the good weather, I am going to have to try and sort  out watering things, not a consideration until this week.

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A couple of nights ago I turned into 'angry Worcester Woman'. I think this was something from a Tony Blair campaign. They felt they had to target, middle class, middle England voters and hit on the idea of Worcester Woman. Well I am one very pissed off Worcester Woman, thanks to Gordon and his cronies. My job, which gets more arduous by the day, has just been awarded a derisory pay award, which doesn’t anywhere near touch inflation. Then, at the same time I lost the 10p tax band, which means (Thanks Gordon!) now, after my annual increase, I am £1.06 a month better off.

Gordon, realising he has made one almighty cock-up, has tried to pour oil on troubled waters by saying he will make amends by doing some jiggery pokery with the Family Credits and the Pension Credits. Well, whoopee doo!! I don’t qualify for either. So Gordon, mate, @@@@ off!

I wrote to David Cameron, telling him of my thoughts and situation and had a very nice e-mail back from some flunky.

Dear Linda,

I am replying on behalf of David Cameron to thank you for your e-mail, regarding the Government’s abolition of the 10p tax band.

We are grateful to you for your comments, and for taking the trouble to get in touch. The Conservative Party has been campaigning very hard against this tax rise which has been targeted at some of the least well-off in our country. Despite Gordon Brown’s claim that no-one would lose out, the Treasury has now confirmed that 5.3 million families are paying more tax and will be worse off.

Only when faced with political defeat in the House of Commons vote, did Gordon Brown perform a humiliating U-turn and agreed to re-open the Budget, despite previously saying that this was not possible.

Of course, we welcome the Government’s climb down. However, even since this announcement, questions remain over exactly how many of the 5.3 million families will be compensated. As ever with this Prime Minister, it is important to look at the small print.

As you may know, the Finance Bill was passed by 304 votes to 262. A Conservative amendment to the legislation, which would have forced the Government to submit any compensation package to a vote in Parliament, was defeated. However, I assure you that the Conservatives will keep the pressure on Gordon Brown to be straight about who will lose out. We will also continue to fight against this tax hike, which George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, has described as "immoral" because it is targeted at those on the lowest incomes. The lesson from this whole episode is clear – sadly, the only time Gordon Brown listens is when he faces personal defeat.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write about this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Young
Office of the Leader of the Opposition
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

All very nice but basically, Blah, Blah Blah!!

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Went on a day trip out with Year One, that was a surprise, I was told I was going with Year 2. It was a lovely day out and we went to an Environmental Centre which was a touch odd as it was in the grounds of an electricity sub station. Having a picnic area under an electricity pylon seemed bizarre to say the least.

But, the bluebell woods were lovely and the ankle biters don’t back chat in the way their older siblings do, so it was a very pleasant day out.

Won a tenner on the Lottery. Didn’t win the Premium Bonds, so I guess I’ll keep on working but I’ve been to school the last two mornings with the roof down on my car, which has been wonderful, I can smell new mown grass and flowers as I crawl along in the traffic choked roads that are Worcester in the rush hour! So it’s not all bad.

9 comments:

princesssaurora said...

The 'ankle biters' that is a good one!  We called them 'rug rats' at that age... now we joke that at 15, 13, and 11 they are 'house gorillas'!  LOL

If you keep eating all that fish you will be trim in no time!

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

pm71blackfen said...

Hi Linda,
What a lovely long read you gave me this morning, I felt as though I was sitting at your kitchen table sharing a coffee and a chat with you!
You're right about the weather, it's been beautiful and does make us realise how much work there is to do in the garden after the awful weather we've had...how many weeks ago was it that we had the snow?!!
I started WW last Friday so it will be interesting to see how I've done this week, I reached goal with them before but then I did with SW too! This time I shall not let myself get to how I am again (she says!) as the older you get, the harder it is to shift, don't you think?! Good to hear you're enjoying your 'diet food' so much!  Love, Pat   http://journals.aol.co.uk/pm71blackfen/ramblings-from-pat/

cornwalldreckly said...

Hi Linda, I'm afraid you have touched on my soapbox subject, so I apologise for adding my voice to your rant on the 10p tax band.  Gordon Brown doesn't seem to grasp that that people resent him taking away a sum of money in taxes from low earners to give it back (to some) in 'credits', it annoys everyone and has unintended consequences.  I earn money to support my children, I have lost the 10p tax rate so I am worse off, allegedly they give it back in tax credits but because I was foolish enough to marry a man with children, they treat my children's tax credits as his income to calculate how much CSA he should pay, so I loose again.  Even worse when they calculate my children's tax credits, EMA and university grant they take his full income into account despite a big chunk going (quite rightly) to his children, so my children are disadvantaged again.  My first husband is dead so there is nobody else to support my children.  I could tell Gordon Brown quite a lot about the hidden child poverty in England, but he wouldn't listen and he wouldn't care.  He hasn't got a clue, but the sad thing is I don't think anyone else in politics has a clue either!  By the way, I love my step children, it is the system I resent, not them!

Christine
http://robbiesrandomramblings.blogspot.com/

wickedpink64 said...

Linda you made me hungry just talking about your fish, salads and balsamic vinegar dressings!  Good work on the weightloss too!  You must be very happy with it.  The garden is looking good too!  And I loved the photo of the woods with the bluebells!  I suddenly remembered going on a school walk when I was 6 or 7 and bringing back a bunch of bluebells!  How bizarre that I remember that after all this time!  Can't remember where it was but I can even smell them now!  Thanks for the time travel!

Hugs

Wendy in Oz

beckiepainton said...

I would of won a tener on the lottery, if i did it.I stopped about a month ago as i wasnt winning anything then i checked the numbers at work the other day out of curiosity and low and behold there were 3 of my numbers.THE WORLDS AN ARSE.Im especially skint this month:(  Beckie x

susanebunn said...

Well dear, Gordie pisses me off too, and I'm not even British (yet!).  I'm totally frustrated with the financial situation we are in - all due to politics.  You back garden is coming along nicely.  I didn't see any chixs helping you sort things out though.  I believe that they are now in a pen, right?

Love,
Susie

jeadie05 said...

Your fish dishes ,sound delicious,So pleased you are getting some enthusiasm back for the garden ,after the awful floods last year ,the pictures are lovely ,hadnt thought of barbys and carbon footprint whoops ..love Jan xx

shauntanner said...

seems you have been hectic .. thanks for dropping by

shaun
http://journals.aol.co.uk/shauntanner/Tenthirteengoesforth/

jckfrstross said...

hope you have a good week:) the fish sounds lovely and sorry about the raise sounds about like me never much money but the higher ups think so

Deb