Baking for school

On Monday, my son’s school had a Hallow’een Cake Sale.  My daughter and I baked gingerbread stars and madeleines.  Baking with children feels like a “worthy” activity – as long as you don’t snap at them.

I burnt the stars in the top tray so my husband ate those
I burnt the stars in the top tray so my husband ate those

My daughter enjoyed holding the electric mixer, rolling out the dough and cutting out the star shapes.  They ended up looking okay (the ones that weren’t burnt).

I was also one of the helpers at the bake sale itself.  An hour and a half of volunteering and my son now thinks that I am a magical person.  Quite a result.

Reduced Boden tops for the girl

I’ve noticed that some of my daughter’s T shirts are looking a bit small – to be fair, they are age two and she has now turned three.  I ended up buying these, which were both reduced.

Lifecycle of the frog - in sequins!
Lifecycle of the frog – in sequins!
Rainbow sleeves - I'd thought about buying this during the summer but decided it was too expensive at the time
Rainbow sleeves – I’d thought about buying this during the summer but decided it was too expensive at the time

She got rather excited when she saw them and spent ages prodding the sequins on the frog top.  I know that they are short sleeved but she has about eight cardigans so I think she will be warm enough.

Speaking of Boden, I have discovered something called Easyfundraising.  Basically, you register with them and specify a cause and every time you shop with Boden, The White Company, Woolovers, John Lewis, Waitrose, Ocado, Hush etc. the company you are buying from also donates to the cause you have specified.  So far I have raised £5.72 for my chosen cause.

KonMarie

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying

On the recommendation of a friend, I read this book.  It is a bit funny because I read it after I’d chucked away half my stuff and hd a big tidy up.

There is a lot of sense in it.  Basically:

  • you need to throw away a load of stuff before you even start tidying;
  • you need to do one big tidy – doing a little bit at a time won’t work;
  • you need less stuff; and
  • you should only have things that make you feel good about yourself.

This is all fair enough.  My Mum said that her cheese grater doesn’t “bring her joy” but it is quite useful for grating cheese.  However, I think this is nit picking.

My only real criticism is that she doesn’t talk about what to do with all the stuff she recommends you chuck out.  It feel heart breaking to send anything that is not totally trashed to landfill – I am still trying to find a way of getting rid of a load of books.

Yet more cardigans

Yes, I know I have plenty of clothes – but Woolover were having another 50% sale (this time on lambswool) so I ordered a few things – two of which I have returned, one I kept.

This I kept - it is very warm and just Fair Isle-y enough.  I do rather hanker after the cream and the navy versions too but that would be excessive
This I kept – it is very warm and just Fair Isle-y enough. I do rather hanker after the cream and the navy versions too but that would be excessive
This was MILES too big.  It is a nice (unusual) problem to have but it wasn't big in a good way - I ended up looking absolutely massive in it.  I sent it back
This was MILES too big. It is a nice (unusual) problem to have but it wasn’t big in a good way – I ended up looking absolutely massive in it. I sent it back
Coatigan - this could have been nice but the buttons stopped just at the wrong place on my torso.  I sent it back
Coatigan – this could have been nice but the buttons stopped just at the wrong place on my torso. I sent it back

I’d paid £1.50 for the returns label but, sadly, this was only for Hermes, not the Post Office.  Fortunately, there is a shop nearish me that takes Hermes packages but if I’d lived somewhere more remote, this would have been quite irritating.

Found a knife

We found that knife in the end – when we arrived in the IoW, it was sitting on the draining board, all washed up.  I suppose our builders must have borrowed it – I hope for food purposes rather than opening cans of paint.

Here is the knife
Here is the knife

It’s funny but no one seems to make this kind of knife – about a four inch long blade which is rounded at the end.  During our search, my husband bought a set of three Wusthof knifes (they were very reduced) and the middle one was about the same size but had a longer, pointier blade.

At least we'll be able to do some marvellous pumpkin carving this year
At least we’ll be able to do some marvellous pumpkin carving this year

Not a whole lot else to report really.  I’ve done as you suggested, Kal, and split those chives in the front garden – I put some in the herb garden, left some where they were and put some others in another bed.  I’d never realised that chives were separate bulb plants but I suppose it makes sense.

I didn’t take any photos of the garden because it was raining rather hard.

I’ve also done some pruning of my herbs (English mace, oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage) and have put the clippings in the compost bin.  I had a go at turning the compost but I don’t know how effective I was.  There seems to be quite a lot of compost from the middle downwards and I have loads of worms.

My Mum says that she is quite worried about the worms in her compost bin.  She has one of those black dalek bins and the worms keep going up into the ridges of the lid.  She thinks it’s because they want a rest but I think that they are too hot.  In summer, they cook and then stink the whole bin out.