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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Crikey its the 9th already!

Crikey where has the first 9 days of October gone,  I've been so busy with one thing and another that I lost track of the days. I should also confess to relaxing a little more which has included more Downton Abbey binge watching. I absolutely love the dynamics of the characters Violet Crawley (Dame Maggie Smith) and Isobel Crawley (Dame Penelope Wilton), I have laughed out loud many times. I have been knitting while watching to so not entirely unproductive. 

Marlene over at the Everyday Life blog touched on the subject of sleep (or lack of it) in her post the other day.  My sleep pattern since I retired from shift work has been dreadful and I found it hard to function some weeks. But I have to admit its getting better, so when I find myself tired and needing to stay in bed that's exactly what I do. Most days I'm up at 7 but today it was 9 o'clock before I ventured out of bed having only got up once in the night. Uninterrupted sleep is the best medicine you can give yourself.  

Monday morning I rose thinking I'd  catch up on the washing and prepare a couple of meals for the week. However, I decided to get my crafting bits and pieces out and set about making some cards. The cards produced were quite varied, Christmas, birthday, thank you, New Home and Anniversary. Well it was our 41st Wedding Anniversary on Monday. The cards flowed quite quickly thank to a great range of old card toppers I've cut up over the last 6 months. Now I've started the creative juices I've got lots of ideas for more. I will need to make a couple of envelopes as some of the cards produced are odd sizes. My crafting stuff is quite old so I'm thinking of asking for some crafting bits for my birthday in a couple of weeks time.   



There was still had time to get some washing/ironing and meal preparation in too. Hubby was quite thoughtful and bought me some flowers, skinny popcorn and low fat desserts knowing I'm back at Weight Watchers. There was a large bar of whole nut which is calling to me from the fridge but after staying the same last week I really want a loss tomorrow. I might have a piece tomorrow. 

Yesterday I took advantage of the cauliflower offer (59p) in Tesco and prepped two lots for the freezer, one lot ready to be steamed  and the rest as cauliflower cheese.  I still have another large whole cauliflower in the fridge to use between now and Sunday when I hope to get more before they go back up to over a pound. It was also my youngest daughters birthday (35) so we paid her a visit and I enjoyed a very thin slice of cake!

Ready for cheese sauce


My exercise is important to me so I always make time allowances to get a good walk in or a trip to the gym or both on occasions. While the sun is shinning I'll probably head for Jaywick as I haven't been there in years.  You've probably heard of the place as its classed a the most poverty stricken town in Essex.  Its approximately 4.5 miles from my village and there is a great promenade to walk along into Clacton. In all fairness the range of property there various enormously and numerous  documentaries produced about the place don't do it justice.  Yes there is a very good community spirit in the place, there is a lot of poverty but there is also lot of people who are making money from buying the cheap property and renting it out to Social Cases. They take the money but they don't clear up the mess some of the tenants make. 


I'll be taking lots of photos to show you how beautiful it can be and the juxtaposed situation between the properties that can be found there. Of course having a Jaywick postcode can be quite damaging but there are some local business men trying to invest in the area and get some good housing built taking advantage of the  beautiful views of the shoreline.  Back soon. Tx

15 comments:

  1. Oh I used to love watching the documentary series about Jaywick. Both me & hubby both said what a great area for seaside it's situated in - just a shame that it's in a bit of a mess. The residents all seemed to club together as a community, helping each other out, etc. It's such a shame that it seems to have been forgotten about - as no doubt it could be beautiful - right on the sea front! I too make good use of the cheaper veg in Tesco when it's available.

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    1. The sea defences were
      reinforced at Jaywick a few years back which has also helped the area. It has the nickname shanty town because many of the houses are tiny and in bad repair. It's a must to make use of the great prices for good quality seasonal veg.

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  2. Hi Tania, Happy Anniversary,hope things are still improving for you.x I am still enjoying Dowton, only on the second episode though, but I can see this is something I am really going to love, I am going to take more time out in the afternoons and go and lie on the bed and watch it. The sleep problems for me seem to be getting worse, I have felt rotten all week, I think I just getting burn't out now. I have had night jobs and know how it is not good for the body, glad you are gradually getting back to normal.
    I stopped making cards and don't really have many supplies now, but would love to start making again.
    I shall look forward to seeing the Jaywick photos. xx

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    1. Thanks Marlene, you have my sympathy when it comes to not sleeping. A great nights sleep us do refreshing. I have to be in the right mind to make cards or it becomes a chore!

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  3. Happy Anniversary. I really hope you're able to work through everything because 41 years is a long time to be together. Card making is one craft I've never tried. The ones you've made look lovely and you did so many!

    I'm really looking forward to the days when I don't have to get out of bed until I want to.

    I've watched Jaywick. It is deprived in some areas but the community spirit is definitely there. The history fascinated me. Hard to believe it used to be a really popular holiday destination. It's sad really because it just seems to have been forgotten about. xx

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  4. Yes it was a very popular destination. Its full name of course is Jaywick Sands. I hope they can return it to its former glory.

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  5. We used to go to Jaywick for the day 50 years ago and the beach was lovely. DD nearly bought a bungalow in Jaywick village last year but it needed too much work. She is now the other side of Clacton. I went by bus to Jaywick when I was visiting her. Started walking toward St. Osyth but then saw the Martello tower was open and a good exhibition there so enjoyed that.

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    1. We launch our Rhib at Point Clear which also has a Martello tower, manned by fantastic volunteers who dress up rain or shine to give a great authentic visit. There is certainly bargain properties to be had around Jaywick.

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  6. I didn't watch Downton when it first came on but binge watched it when a friend lent me the entire set and yep Maggie Smith absolutely steals it doesn't she. And I know what you mean about sleep deprivation, but oddly enough I think I'm now on the perfect sleep keel as I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat - something I've never been able to do. I always said you didn't actually ever have to physically torture someone - just deprive them of sleep, as any new mother well knows! Glad you're getting sorted out in that department! And congratulations on 41 years!

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    1. Thank you Anna, I'm feeling so much better now my sleep pattern is returning. Maggie Smith's one liners are priceless.

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  7. I am waiting impatiently for the Downton movie to hit my city. I think it will be here this weekend and stay until about the middle of next week. I may drag a friend with me or go by myself.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm hoping to go next week. I've missed it at our cheap local cinema so it will have to be Ipswich or colchester.

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  8. Firstly, congratulations on your 41st anniversary! I absolutely love Downton, but think I'll have to wait until the film comes on Sky, as no one else I know watches it. We did watch the Jaywick documentary a few years back though. I did feel it was such a shame that the landlords either made empty promises to the tenants, or that they didn't clear the mess up after some tenants. You have been busy with your cardmaking! I need to get on with mine, but I need to be in the right frame of mind to get cracking :)

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    1. I totally agree about needing to be in a creative mind in order to do anything arty. Sometimes the ideas flood my head and other times I'm struggling.

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  9. I have never ever watched Downton, but I picked up series one and two from the charity shop for just £1 each a couple of weeks ago, so I will get round to a binge watch soon :-)

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