Saturday, 22 July 2017

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We never did go strawberry picking. Typically we can sit here most weekends with nothing to do, yet when we do want to do something other things crop up.

Never mind, I haven't missed out, I've just been buying them from the supermarket instead. I bought a punnet from Lidl on Thursday and I've had a bit of a strawberry fest today. 
It started with breakfast - natural yoghurt, blueberries, figs, walnuts and strawberries. Delicious.
Then I made a small pot of jam to take to the van with us for those homemade cream teas that are very much part of any holiday regardless of where I am. 
And I kept half a dozen to one side and whipped up some cakes.
Not bad from one punnet at a cost of £1.39.

In between the baking and jam making, the rest of the day has been spent playing Monopoly. Thomas has just bought 3 hotels, Amy has a stash of money that keeps growing and I've got houses on Bond St, Regent St and Oxford St which should bring me £450 every time somebody lands on them. Can you believe nobody has landed on them yet. So frustrating!

Hope you've all had a lovely Saturday. 

xxx

13 comments:

  1. Funnuly enough, Suzanne, I have just finished a punnet with the last few being eaten after tea tonight. Are you all going to Blackpool or is Amy dogsitting? I pulled back a huge amount of my shawl today because I had made a wee mistake about 20 rows back and caused the central stitch to veer to the right! My daughter and hubby are off to Maxico for 2 weeks and had to have nasty jags!! Hope you enjoy being away in the van-I just find it so relaxing when I'm there. Catriona

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    1. That's annoying about your shawl but at least you discovered it before it was finished. That's why I like crochet, the unpicking is much easier.

      I'd have to seriously think about going abroad if jabs were necessary and I wouldn't go haha. If there were children involved then I definitely wouldn't bother. I couldn't put them through that for the sake of sitting on a beach. I hope your daughter and hubby have a lovely time.

      It's all higgeldy piggeldy with the van. Amy is here a couple of days with friends then coming over with the dogs but needs to be back for work .... all that sort of thing has to be taken into account. But we are not looking after Sienna so we get 3 full weeks although we have to come home a couple of times for pre-planned things. xx

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  2. Monopoly is way too slow for me!
    Have finally got together with sister in law to really have a proper go at the 4 in a square game/puzzle. H reckoned you have to plan way ahead like chess but as I had trouble remembering where i just went there was no hope!

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    1. I have to be in the mood for it Sue but Thomas loves it. Scrabble is my favourite but nobody else likes it apart from Mum. I should really ask her down one evening for a game. Yes, the game is definitely one of those where you need to be 3 steps ahead but that's too much for me so any wins were just flukes. Hope you all enjoyed it though. xx

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  3. We like playing games but the grandchildren are such a mix of ages at the moment Monopoly would probably cause WW3. We have been to the beach all day and finished a great day with a game of rounders! Brilliant.

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    1. Our monopoly games have 'grown up' over the years as the children have got older. I don't let them win games all the time, but I do like them to win occasionally to keep their interest and feel good factor going, but it's hard to do that with monopoly. No need for any favours yesterday though. Thomas thrashed me and Amy. His excitement at doing so made the fact we lost everything worth every penny. xx

      Your day at the beach sounds great. I love rounders and french cricket. xx

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  4. Why is it that strawberries look so gorgeous but to me they just taste disgusting? I do like strawberry jam though so it must be the texture of the fresh ones that I don't like.

    I can't wait until Ruby gets into Monopoly. At the moment she likes Ants In Yer Pants, Shopping Trolley and another one where you have to collect all the ingredients for whatever dish you have on your card.

    Have a great time at the van and think of me with my bout of van envy...yet again...lol.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. It's funny how we like some things a certain way but not others. Mum can only eat baked beans if they're on toast. She can't touch them otherwise.

      I haven't heard of the games Ruby likes but over the years we've had lots of board games and Father Christmas always brought a new one with him :) Cluedo came one year and Mark, who hates board games at the best of times, was not a happy bunny lol. He made stupid guesses within 15 minutes so he was officially out - the kids thought his attempt was hilarious but I knew what he was up to the crafty bugger!

      We played Monopoly in stages yesterday - one hour at a time and it took 3 hours in total to finish the game which is too long for me to sit in one stretch, but spreading it over the day worked really well.

      Lots to get ready for the van today. Super excited about going. Have a lovely week. xx

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  5. You certainly got a lot of bang for your money with that container of strawberries!

    My daughter loved playing Monopoly but I was hopeless at it! It would usually end up with her playing for me, as well! :D

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    1. I did didn't I :) Was especially pleased to get the jar of jam out of them and there's more than enough to see me through 3 weeks worth of homemade cream teas.

      I don't mind Monopoly but it's such a long game I really have to be in the mood for it. Spreading it over the day was much better and filled another day for Thomas as well. My favourite game is Scrabble but nobody else likes it. Thomas enjoys a game of chess but I'm not keen so he plays with Mum, oh and I like draughts as well. When I think about it we have quite a lot of board games on the shelves.

      Hope you are keeping well. Have a lovely week. xx

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  6. I don't know how he manages it but my hubby ALWAYS wins at Monopoly.
    Those strawberries look lovely.
    We have a PYO farm near us - typically never made time to go so far this summer! !

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    1. You know Mrs, so does Mark. He doesn't cheat but you look at his pile of money and think he's got none then he stands up and brings a big stash out that he's been sitting on and wipes the board with us. I have to say I wouldn't trust him to be banker though!

      Thomas really enjoyed playing and you should have heard him laughing when he wiped me and Amy out. Of course he wants to play again today...

      Our PYO is a good 30 minute drive away down the motorway so not somewhere we can just pop to. What with jobs and the weather we've not managed to get there again this year. Never mind, I don't feel I've missed out too much by having to buy them from the supermarket.

      Have a lovely week. xx

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  7. Lovely photograph of the strawberries. I hope you've enjoyed some cream teas this week. X

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