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Monday, 23 October 2017

Multiple uses for our mini-motorhome

It is time to change the way we both eat; not go on a "diet" but change our diets.  It has been a couple of years since I slashed carbs from my plate in order to help my blood glucose control and an unexpected side effect was that weight has fallen off me to the point where sometimes I have to eat more than I might want, just in order not to lose any more.

Since retiring Management has lost a chunk of weight but things have stalled and he wants/needs to lose more.  He has decided to join me in a very low carb, high fat, high protein way of eating and as we needed to go to Carlisle it made sense to stop at the massive Sainsbury's and do a big shop of fruit and veg.  Very occasionally I resent the fact that living in our rural idyll means we are limited in what local shops sell, and that was very much the case today.  It felt odd to be confronted with such a massive selection in the fruit & veg department, but I confess to loving it 😀😀

Management sat with Bill and Daisy whilst I filled a trolley with items that most people take for granted, and that I don't see every week in Cockermouth or the nearest Morrisons.  There was rather a lot of shopping - we completely filled the fridge and one of the top lockers as well.



We moved Bill down the road and had a quick lunch in the park underneath Carlisle castle where Daisy was thoroughly unimpressed to be told she was walking along the line of Hadrian's Wall.





Maybe not the most salubrious place to ever have lunch but what an absolute treat to be able to chill out for an hour after a major supermarket blitz . . .  I could really get to like this "van life"



Next, the main reason for our trip - another visit to Carlisle Business Supplies.  For some weeks we have been trying to find a new office chair for me, but it is not easy.  Thanks to the endless patience of many staff at CBS we have tried multiple chairs, all of which have been delivered to us cheerfully with no charge but last week the latest one went back leaving me with nothing I could sit on at my desk that did not give me instant shoulder pain - we've learnt that posture is a major contributory factor to the problems I've got.  Well the long and short of it is that we've brought home the 'best so far' which is comfortable (a couple of weeks ago I had 3 or 4 days with no pain in my right shoulder - get the flags out!!) but the build quality of the chair is suspect to say the least, and I am going to use it whilst the chap who runs CBS gets a couple more in - items that he doesn't normally stock but thinks might suit me.

Bill to the rescue - although Daisy was a bit confused!



On the way home I wanted to stop at Dobbies to see the Christmas decorations, unfortunately I was a bit early as they were still stocking shelves.  Management was amused by the item he refered to as "that well known Christmas character - the Festive Rat".



And I was (sort of) amused by the Seasonal Garden Gnome*.




We didn't buy anything!




*  As a "gardener" I have often been the recipient of a "garden related" present chosen by someone who means well, but clearly has no idea what it really takes to manage a large lump of land ... sadly many of these gifts either break the first time out, or end up at a charity shop.  I live in dread of someone gifting us with a gnome .... should that ever happen the hapless creature is going to find itself tied to a large stone and drowned at the bottom of the Big Pond.













18 comments:

  1. Just be careful you don't get reported for cruelty to gnomes, lol. To be honest I'm with you in your dislike of them, I think they are horrible things and why anyone would want them in their garden is beyond me :( The shopping trip and lunch in Bill sounds good even if it wasn't in the most salubrious place - I hope you soon manage to get the chair situation sorted properly and you find one that suits you and is comfortable.

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    1. Thanks Eunice, I realise any reference to gnomes is gn-oing to be somewhat devisive!

      Do you use your van as a 'day van'?

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    2. Although I often carry the means of making a brew if I have a day out somewhere at weekend I've never really used the van as a 'day van' although I do sleep in it if I'm away for just one or two nights. It came into its own in July though after I got the big tear in the tent roof on Anglesey, and again last month in Norfolk when I literally lived in it the whole ten days on both occasions. The bed is actually still made up too, not because I plan on going anywhere but with only two passenger seats available it helps to stop other people from asking me to take them here there and everywhere or take bags of rubbish to the tip for them :)

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    3. Good move keeping the bed made up! We only have two travelling seats as you’re no longer allowed to put seatbelts on side-facing seats - so no-one can ask to “come along for the ride” :-)

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  2. Oh dear, I do confess to having three gnomes sat in my garden but they are under a bush :) To be fair they were bought when the children were small and one was a gift. I do draw the line at festive gnomes and rats though!
    I hope you find the perfect chair for yourself so you can sit comfortably and pain-free.

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    1. Sorry Eileen, no intention to insult your garden! It's not clear from my photo but the "festive" little devils were about 45-50cm tall, not exactly subtle :-)

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  3. I do like the comfort of having full cupboards and freezers at this time of year, we have used our van for collection of bigger items, it's an unexpected bonus. We are a gnome free garden, I do love my quirky metal birds around my pots, but NEVER gnomes. It is sad how many gifts are chosen for our hobby, but are no way close to the standard required to make them usable. Each year I take gifts to the charity shop, I would rather they saved their money.

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    1. Cheers Marlene, there is definitely a nest-building element at this time of year and nothing wrong with having a decently stocked larder. I feel the same as you, would much rather not "regift" something to a charity shop but dinky little 'tool holders' or Cath Kidson inspired gardening gloves just don't work here.

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  4. I too dislike gnomes intensely. Your trip to Carlisle soounds a bit like what we should do with lack of decent shopping facilities here. I've been lookoing for a decent chair for my sewing machine, now that my back & ribs are getting worse, but the chair I use at the study desks is OK, because I don't spend as much time in there as I do the sewing room. Must admit to being pain a bit at the moment from getting out in the garden. Yay! Hope you find something comfortable soon. Take care.

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    1. You're in good company Susan (ha ha ha!) Learn from my mistakes please, and get yourself a decent chair sorted sooner rather than later.

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  5. Gno Gnomes here too, Gnot on my list of things for the garden. Detest them - Gno way! On the other hand, popping to the shops with Bill looks to have been a success, brilliant use, storage for shopping, cafe for lunch and starting point for a walk (Never mind Daisy I am sure they will go somewhere you prefer :) )

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    1. Thanks Kate, so you don't want me to find a gnome-shapped chewy toy for Moss?

      It was brilliant to be able to load stuff into Bill's fridge and I did not have to worry about "getting the shopping home" before chilled items got warm. Of course, a couple of cool bags and ice packs would do much the same thing ...

      We've promised Daisy a much nicer destination next time.

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  6. We once moved to a lovely thirties house which had a very overgrown rockery, as I was clearing and cutting back I found the feet of many gnomes that had been knocked down. After that I've had a soft spot for and old battered gnome. A decent office chair has eased my husbands bad hip.

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    1. Thanks Alcea, and welcome to Bag End. Aww - you'd have to be very hard-hearted not to feel some pity for gnomes which had been amputated at the ankles!

      Glad you (or rather your hubby) have found that the right chair can help :)

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  7. We are changing our diet too mainly for health reasons. We always have had what would be considered to be a healthy diet but are cutting down on red meat and eating more fish. We are also incorporating at least one vegetable based meal and one egg based. Chicken and turkey are OK but read meat has to be no more than 400g per week.
    As for Hadrian’s Wall beware shadows that hide trenches that can be fallen down.

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    1. Sue, with all your excellent allotment produce the one vegetarian meal a week will be easy :-)

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  8. I don't 'do' gnomes either...I find them rather creepy and I'm afraid any unwelcome visitors may have a date with the sledgehammer then used as drainage crocks. Wicked I know! x

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    1. Hmm, drainage crocks - what an excellent idea for recycling!

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