We went shopping, we spent lots of money and then Lovely Hubby put it all up in the loft .... now we'll never see it again, we don't store things in the loft as we don't have 'things' to store, so I hope we won't have to go up there for a long, long time.
But hopefully now with double loft insulation we will have raised the energy performance of the house and saved ourselves lots of money in the long term, so it was a good investment, but still nearly £200 just vanished up into a little wooden hatch in the bedroom ceiling !!
We also managed to get the bathroom completely decorated this weekend, just a couple of final little green touches are needed as we've decided there will be touches of our favourite shade of green in every room of the house alongside a flash of LH's favourite colour orange. LH also managed to buy parts for and mend the upstairs toilet and it's now completely usable so no more long treks to the downstairs bathroom in the middle of the night. We also measured the flue for the new log burner to be installed, it turns out the flue already in place is perfect for our new larger log burner needing just an elbow shaped addition, so the money we have saved on not buying a flue will cover the cost of the slate hearth we have ordered to sit over the quarry tiles, which looked out of place and were not deep enough for the new log burner which is much bigger than the one already there (this will be reused in LH's super duper deluxe Manshed in the future, so no wastage at all).
The man came to look at the oil fired central heating boiler ....
.... and the requiem mass will be held for it in a couple of weeks.
We are now taking a scraper to our bank accounts to find the money required to buy a new one to replace it (this isn't really ours, just a 'tongue firmly in cheek' picture off Google Images, ours is slightly better). We may as well get this done now while the house is being decorated and with a cold Welsh Winter on it's way we think it is very necessary purchase.
The ceiling in the spare bedroom is now painted and a new light fitting installed as the vendors took this one away with them and left us just the wires dangling. So next weekend I will be doing the walls and woodwork and hopefully completing it by putting up the curtain rail. We will then move our mattress into there and then start on our bedroom which will take longer as there are cupboards and wardrobes to paint.
As well as all the work and shopping for loft insulation etc we managed to take time out to walk the dogs along the banks of the River Conwy and also along the Promenade at Llandudno. There are lots of these 'Alice in Wonderland' inspired wooden sculptures there, I don't know the link between Llandudno and Lewis Carroll so I wondered why, do any of you know ?
Simple September - Top Tips #14
Do It Yourself Yoghurt Fruit Corners
How many of you load your supermarkets trolleys with a selection of Fruit and/or Crunch Corners, buying the offers and then stacking them all in the fridge. Everyone in the family having their favourite and then sulking if it gets pinched by someone else. Throwing all those weirdly shaped little pots into the bin or the recycling if your particular council takes that sort of plastic.
Well do it no more, save lots of money and waste ... and have more fun.
Either buy the extra large pots of plain yogurt , usually a cheaper option or make your own, either from scratch as I usually do or with Easiyo yoghurt mixes as I am currently doing to use up my stash, that was re-discovered at the back of the cupboard.
Once the yoghurt is made line up all the potential 'extras' so that whoever fancies some can customise their own.
Slices of Fresh or Dried Fruit
Any Breakfast Cereal (Coco Pops,Cornflakes, Cherios etc)
Seeds and Nuts
Crumbled out of date Breakfast Bars
The choices are as wide as your imagination.
You can also pot it into individual lidded pots once assembled for packed lunches and for travelling.
As well as saving you money you can add only enough, if any, sugar to the yoghurt and know that yours will be healthier than any purchased one. The Fat Free ones all have added sugar and sweeteners to make them more palatable and isn't it just nicer anyway to know exactly what's in your food.