Archive for May, 2008

Been Tagged!

By Lace

The rules: I have to answer 6 questions about myself. At the end of the post, I then tag 6 people and post their names, then go to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read my blog for the rules. Then, I must let the person who tagged me know when I’ve posted my answers.

This was hard to do and I redid it a couple of times, the hardest part was finding 6 others to tag who had not already been tagged!  Will break the rules a bit and tag over time.  Whilst this post was in its draft form I did a really kiddy thing, I was running and got my feet caught up in the garden hose and landed smack down on the patio!  OUCH!  I was amazed not to have broken anything.  I can only say that 5 years of taking extra calcium must have paid off.  I landed on my hand and my knee badly bruising both.  It jarred my shoulder which is weak from a previous injury.  I took arnica 200 immediately, used arnica cream like hand cream and took Proflavenol like sweeties!  Now 5 days later I am back in the garden pruning and painting the sheds and playhouse.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
We had moved into our dream house the previous summer, so we were up to our necks in painting and remodeling.  ~The plumber must have started to put the new boiler in, wow!  must be about to pack up then!  Our washing machine was about to spectacularly split a whole in the drum which prompted some early potty training.  We had only 4 little ones, nearly 2, 4, 6 and 8.  That little 8 year old is about to go on a mission to deepest darkest Africa! Yikes! (well, it’s white SA, but it could be the middle of the dessert as far as her momma is concerned!)
2. 5 things on my to do list today?
– Paint the playhouse

-Do a post on my blog, YAY done!

-Take L to a camp in North Leicestershire and check out the place at Shenton fifties girl spoke about

-Clear woodpile in garden

-Do some more work on the hen house.

3. Snacks I enjoy?
Olives, straight from the jar in the fridge door (no calories that way)

Lintdor truffles

Onion Bajhis

4. Things I would do if I were a millionaire?

Go on a mission. Buy a smallholding with a campsite.

5. Places I lived?

Northampton, Spalding, Peterborough, Kettering, Ann Arbor MI.

Now I have to tag 6 other people. I hope you haven’t been tagged before…













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When you produce more free radicals than you can manage, you create what is known as oxidative stress. Oxygen is essential for life itself; however, it is also inherently dangerous for our existence. The same process that causes a cut apple to turn brown or metal to rust also causes your body to rust inside. This process of oxidative stress is the underlying cause of the overwhelming majority of chronic degenerative diseases.
Oxidative stress is literally the dark-side of oxygen.   However, we are not defenseless against this process. Antioxidants have the ability to neutralize a free radical. Balance is the key. You need to have enough antioxidants available to handle the number of free radicals produced. Then you are able to prevent oxidative stress from occurring. 

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Thrifting at Shenton

Had a reccommendation to go to Shenton in Leicestershire where there is a little antique centre.  So, on the way back from dropping the eldest off at a camp we called in.  The little one was asleep when we arrived, so I carried him around. He is getting too heavy really, but it was worth it to just look in peace!  I had set myself a budget and didn’t find anything that tempted me in that range.  We stopped to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the tea room.  The place is well worth a visit, arranged around a farm yard, with all kinds of treasures.

On the way out I popped into a room I had not seen properly as it was full of people on the first look.  They had these cardboard boxes filled with goodies for £10!!!  I picked out the most promising one and brought that home.  Half the box was OK, but not what I could find a use for, the other half, was wonderful!  Then my DD came home and bagged the half I didn’t want

 She loved the Tea pot and cup and saucer.  I nabbed the plate that went with it and the other candle stick from the dressing table set to make a cake stand.

 This is a missmatched cup and massive saucer set with a sugar bowl for her cup of tea, bowl of soup and bread!

Here are my goodies!

 Phoenix ware cups and saucers, love the shape.

 The new cake stand at the back.

 Been looking for a plate for roulades for EVER!  This beauty is perfect!

There was also an assortment of lamps Laura is going to use.  She is going to clean up the bases and recover the shades.  Not bad for a tenner!  Will go back in another few months.


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A few posts ago I talked about furniture from pallets, still not done anything with that, but planning a hen house maybe.

Anyway, there we were with all this wood and a wonderful plan for a play house. But the DH wasn’t convinced and bought a second hand one from Ebay!

We put it up this evening.  I painted the inside with Fired Earth Kelly Hoppen “Kelly’s Taupe” matt emulsion.  Just 2 coats and it looks a lot brighter.  Was too dark to take a pic, but will do when all done.  The door and trim are painted with an outdoor light green preserver, and at the weekend I’m gonna get a can of cream from Homebase as they are having a 10% off weekend.

The little one is soooo happy, you know running around and jumping like he’s got springs in his shoes type of happy! 🙂



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There are a certain number of free radicals produced when you simply metabolize your food. However, there are many things that increase the number of free radicals you produce:
  • Excessive Stress
  • Excessive Exercise
  • Pollutants in our air, food, and water
  • Sunlight
  • Radiation
  • Medication
  • Cigarette smoke
Because of our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment, and over- medicated societies, this generation must contend with more free radicals than any previous generation. This leads to a problem known as oxidative stress, which will be the topic of our next email.

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Old traditions

Below is an article from the Kettering ET website. 

We live in an ancient market town which has this wonderful tradition on the Monday after Trinity Sunday.  We have gone down to see it about once ever 5 years or so.  The charter reads about how King John gives permission for a fair for the buying and selling of livestock.  However, there is no livestock at the fair which takes over our little town for 10 days every year, just fairground rides and fried food.  Hope the weather brightens up for them, it is a wee bit cold today for it.

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Rowell Fair

Residents line streets for fair

As the parish church bells chimed 6am, the traditional pub crawl and reading of the ancient charter began
As the parish church bells chimed 6am, the traditional pub crawl and reading of the ancient charter began
As the parish church bells chimed 6am, the traditional pub crawl and reading of the ancient charter began
"God save the Queen and Lord of the Manor"
The cold start to the morning did little to deter people
John Newman gives a horse a drink of beer at one of the stops around the town
Men joined in with the traditional brawls to try and recover the staffs

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Rothwell this morning to celebrate the proclamation of the 804th Rowell Fair.
As the parish church bells chimed 6am, the traditional pub crawl and reading of the ancient charter began.

The crowds cheered as bailiff Robert Denton, who has been reading the charter for more than 17 years, hailed: “God save the Queen and Lord of the Manor.”

According to tradition, the bailiff for the Lord of the Manor begins his traditional pub crawl on Squire’s Hill on the first Monday after Trinity Sunday, following a weekend of celebrations, including a blessing of the fair, which runs until Saturday.


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