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Friday, 25 January 2019

Quiet couple of days

Yesterday was fairly 'bleuuuurgh" and not much happened.  Today has been more eventful but no more cheerful ☹️.   It began at around 1.00am when our house alarm started screaming its head off.  The reason was a major power cut in the area and the built-in battery which is meant to cope with these things was not following the job description.  Did not take long to calm down the electronics, but took a very long time to get back to sleep.

Like yesterday, it is damp and grey.  Whilst that is better than trying to walk on ice, the endless leaden gloom is getting everyone down and Wednesday's sunshine seems a very long time ago.  When the clouds lift I expect to see very little snow left, there's certainly none on the Kirkstone Pass weather camera.  A couple more tea light holders have found their way onto the mantle;  continued need for those warming small points of light.



Looking towards Spring, a trip to Wilko resulted in a deep failure in the self-control department.  Only a couple of days ago I told  myself there would be very few seed sowings this year so I was free to go away without leaving M. with the chore of greenhouse watering.  Yeah, clearly that idea is working really well!



Whilst in town a chat with the pharmacy lady in Boots reveals that the current 'bug' that M. and I cannot shake is shared by about a third of the local population.  Another reason to want this winter over;  even though the days are already a noticeable hour longer than at Solstice it still feels so dark all the time.  I know we should not "wish our lives away" but Spring cannot arrive soon enough.

Once home I had a letter from Santander telling me how much they value me as a customer.  They value me so much they are closing our local branch, plus the one in the next nearest town.  In a fit of "I can feel a rant coming on" I looked online at the complete list of branches closing this year and was surprised they are not just singling out small, rural communities.  Affluent areas in the south are also losing their branches, the truth I guess is that these companies want us all to do everything online.  It is much cheaper and simpler for THEM.

It will not be long before there are no banks in Cockermouth apart from the local building society.

This afternoon one of our neighbours informed me that I will starve after 1st April because the only fresh food that would be imported post-Brexit is going to be the shoddy stuff that European producers could not sell anywhere else.  That's a cheerful prospect . . . as long as the next power cut doesn't last for days we can eat out of the freezer.  Made another massive casserole with supervision from the In-House Trip Hazard.



I call it Beef Provençal, there's no recipe, no quantities:  local meat, onion, garlic, peppers, mushroom, jars of  a Loyd Grossman tomato-based sauce.  I only ever buy the sauces when they're half price, and a generous portion of casserole works out in the region of £1.50 each.  I know the blogosphere is full of frugal people who can feed their entire family for that much, I am not one of those cooks.  This is going to be absolutely gorgeous tomorrow night with brown rice.



I know, I know, if this is what my worst day looks like then I am miles ahead of the game.  But it has still been a tiring day and we will both be glad to get to Saturday.  Darling girl doesn't care, as long as Her People are in sight and sticking to a known routine.












21 comments:

  1. Love the pic of your mantle and windows. Would also love to see more, of the room! :-)

    YOur "bug" is being shared by lots, in your town. That is why we wear a germ mask, when out shopping. Looking funny is fine with us. Those who don't "like" it, will not take care of us, if we get sick.

    Ahhhh the neighbor, with the "Brexit Horror Blather". LOL

    Little things, can take the "starch" out of you... Kind of like a slow drip, drip, drip... Get a good rest tonight, and hope for a better day, tomorrow.

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    1. Wisp, there are 'house' pictures scattered throughout the blog. One of my 'labels' (at the very bottom of the page) is house although you will not find pretty Instagram-like decor!

      Are you hearing about Brexit on your side of the Pond? I would have thought your news cycles were dominated by the shenanigans in Washington?

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    2. Oh yes, I pay attention to UK happenings, and in Europe. I happen to be on the side of the "Brexit" folks myself. Can't see how unlimited immigration, can be sustained, by the *welcoming* country.

      It's simple math. There is only so much money, to go round. Tax on working people,is the money, of which I speak. That money. How does any country, do anything, including health care and etc., for its people? By taxes, on the working people.

      How many people, it can "take care of," is limited by Facts Of Life. How do the "All Are Welcome" people, propose to pay, for the care of all those incoming people???

      I read one, who stated, that she didn't know how. But I guess, it just made her feel good, to stand with a sign, saying All Welcome. Duhhhhhhhhhh.... Come back and live in the real world.

      You wondered... I told you... :-)))) Now a lot of your readers *don't like me.* -grin- That's life.

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    3. Ohhhhhh, annnnnnnd.....

      We do not get our News, from the Multi Source Media News Cycles!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh no, we seek out our sources.

      The MSM has one agenda. Fight the Elected President. At any cost.

      Just clearing that up...

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  2. I hate the grey cloudy foggy days, I really do.

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  3. You'll laugh at this - I briefly thought you'd written that you had a letter from Santa! lol. As for banks, we used to have three in this area - a TSB, an HSBC, and an RBS. The TSB closed years ago and became a bookmakers, after two armed raids just a few months apart the HSBC closed and is now a charity shop and cafe, and the RBS closed in July last year with all accounts being transferred to the town centre branch, so we now have no banking services at all in this area :( I wonder if the people who make these decisions realise that not everyone has their own transport or can get into town, and not everyone has the facilities to do their banking online. I think sometimes technology can be a step backwards rather than forwards :(

    I love how you describe Daisy as an In-house Trip Hazard - does she know you call her that? :)

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    1. I think I would prefer a letter from Santa! In the last couple of years we have lost Lloyds, NatWest and HSBC (and I think all three buildings are still empty) I think the only big bank left is Barclays, and there is a local building society which we do not want to use. Of course the people who make these decisions do not consider local folk, it is all a numbers game.

      The letter said "I still had access to all their services via my Post Office". What a load of b@ll@cks. s'cuse me.

      The Trip Hazard was unleashing her Inner Labrador and hoping there would be food scraps. There never are, ever, because it would upset her tummy, but she still waits, so patiently and nicely :-)

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  4. A combination of that rubbish lurgy, equally rubbish weather and general disappointment in how local services are 'due to an apparent improvement of service ' dissappearing probably have not helped your mood. However your personal trip hazard more than makes up for that! I will reply to your email soon my sweet xx xx Take care x

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    1. Thanks Kate, you are quite right. No need to email back if you are b usy, it was just a silly note. xx

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  5. Our days can quite often be a bit bleuuuurghy too, for all different reasons relating to weather, (especially when it's 44.7 & the power goes down - yesterday), tiredness & unexpected financial occurrences. Actually there are times when the reasons seem unknown. I too am struggling, coming to terms with so many changes in how systems are working these days and all the cutbacks requiring no personal human contacts. I agree wholeheartedly with Eunice. A trip hazard..........no not Daisy. Hope the weekend sees an improvement in your mood. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan, you've had more than your fair share of ups and downs the last few months, and I do understand. You'r quite right that 'system improvements' these days seem geared to how few real people larege companies can get away with.

      We're all fine really, just relaxing and "going with the flow".

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  6. It might be miserable and gloomy outdoors but it looks lovely and cosy by your fireside. Daisy has the right idea.
    I also don't want to wish my time away but I keep reminding myself it won't be long until I'm planting seeds and looking towards longer days, alhough I would like a bit of snow first. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, like you I am itching to get outside a bit more often but grey and cold days just don't provide much incentive. Snow will be fine if I can just look at your lovely photos and not have it here!

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  7. This has been such a miserable winter but we have Spring to look forward to. I bank with Santander but haven't had a letter about closing our nearest branch so I assume it's safe for now. It's a couple of miles away and I rarely need to go in to the branch or town for that matter. I don't believe this Brexit scaremongering and we have plenty in the freezer anyway.Your home looks warm and cosy and your casserole looks delicious. Aww Daisy the trip hazard, bless her, she just needs to wear a high-vis jacket :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, the casserole was fabulous, we had lovely dinner this evening! I ended up getting 20 portions out of that mixture, so there are 18 yummy meals in the freezer. It saves hours of time in the long run, definitely saves money and I believe we eat much better as a result.

      Daisy in a hi-vis jacket? Now there's a thought :-)

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  8. It's been pretty bleuuugh here as well today, so much so I've put off going shopping. Will have to make do with what I already have. Tonight it's a defrosted Christmas dinner, really looking forward to it. I think all these bank closures are to push us into online banking, but I for one do not trust it, definitely not secure enough for me.

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    1. Hope you too have a lovely supper Eleanor. I do our general banking online, have done for years, and find it very convenient but occasionally there are times when you need to speak to someone - and like nearly every other customer on the planet - I flippin HATE call centres . . .

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  9. Actual banks that you can visit are few and far between now. One of our local shopkeepers said he has to go in to Wakefield to get change and deposit his takings. That means fighting traffic and finding somewhere to park when he used to be able to walk to his bank in a minute or two.

    Seems the world as we know it will end on 30 March.

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    1. I'm not surprised Sue, I read a very similar story on one of the news sites today, and I expect it is repeated up and down the country.

      Oh well, if the world ends on 30th March I won't have to worry about slugs eating the letter this summer :-)

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