Charity Shop Haul

For any one who hasn’t read my previous posts I love shopping at charity shops/thrift stores, it’s my guilty pleasure!

I think Charity shops unfairly get a bad reputation and I probably have a better understanding of how they work, because I have volunteered countless hours at a few different charity shops myself.

Two Big charity shops I volunteered at – raise funds for Cancer Research and Animals in need.

I love items that have a history, I love a mixture of old and new, I love antique looking items, I also look for interesting jewelry, clothes and BOOKS.

I love the possibility of finding unique items that perhaps aren’t in the shops any more and items that remind me of my grandparents.

I look for books in good condition and very old books (I have a collection I keep adding to)!

As much as I love easy access to the Internet there’s something very special about having a solid book in front of you.

Here are some of my latest buys, I will include prices.


  1. Ok in the top left hand corner is a small cream plate with leaf detail edging, that was £1.              I think it’s quite elegant and because it’s cream it’s very versatile.candle on plate I am using it as a candle plate 🙂
  2. Sarah Ravens Garden Cook Book is in Brilliant condition, a hard back book standing approx 30cm high, it is full of inspiration for cooking from what you grow in your veg patch, although there aren’t many pictures of the finished dishes, that was £1.
  3. The right hand corner is the first pretty cream dress, it is a lace sleeveless shirt design with a very sheer cream skirt, this was £2.50.
  4. Second line down left hand side is another Lacey cream dress this one has a high front and a lower back and is less transparent than the other dress, this one was only £1.50!
  5. In the middle is a wooden photo frame cream with silvery detailing on the carving – I think I might put a black and white photo in this frame, this was 50p.
  6. To the right of that is a glass Ash tray, (I don’t smoke) but I do like glass, and this cut glass ash tray at 40p said buy me, you will find another use for me! And I did, I put a potted plant on it!
  7. Bottom line on the left is a Book all about the Tv series that was made by the BBC looking at the ‘Good Life’ series made in the 70’s where two modern-day presenters tried to recreate the life of Mr and Mrs Good and looked at becoming self-sufficient. This Book again is in lovely condition, like new. It’s a large hard back book and it contains Ideas and recipes, this was £1.50.
  8. In the middle is my small ‘birdy’ tea tray with a gold finch on it, big enough for one cup of tea and two biscuits! I paid 50p for this.
  9. Lastly is a cassette tape (how retro) about the Famous Bronte family, I like to listen to cassette stories/ plays etc while I do mundane jobs like sorting out the laundry, so this is perfect as it requires listening but no watching! This was 75p!

I need help styling the pretty cream dresses, I will be asking for ideas in my next post!

Let me know if you’ve found any bargains lately at thrift/Charity shops!



Gardening/ growing update – May 2014

The latest update is mostly from inside my conservatory (I don’t have a green house), as the nights have been so cold I haven’t had much success with planting things out yet.

The few squash family plants I have planted out have either died or I have dug them back up and brought them in, in the hope I can revive them!

Although my Runner Beans are fairly Hardy and they seem to be doing alright!

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I have had to stake some of my plants (attach plants with wire or string to large straight sticks) to support them as they grow!

These include broccoli, Brussel sprout, peas and I am considering my options for growing my cucumber (which already has a small one visible) and peas in the conservatory for the time being.

NEW SEEDS SOWN, My other half took me to a garden center over the bank holiday where we bought YELLOW courgette seeds and YELLOW large tomatoes (you can hollow them out and fill them, much as you would with peppers)!

Variety is the spice of life 🙂


Quick update – Still to come

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It’s a grey rainy day in Essex, but I have some upcoming posts to look forward to 🙂

Exciting new Logo reveal:

A talented designer/Illustrator will be drafting me out a brand new- logo for my Blog to make it more unique. 🙂

Charity shop haul: Including two pretty dresses, another ‘bird themed’ item and thrifty ideas.

Info and reviews on new tasty food products shown at the Co- Op Food hall.

New Product sent by a company for review ‘air dried’ apple crisps!

I also feel an interior design  or ‘HOME’ post shall be shortly added as well.  🙂

Currently in talks with some lovely people about reviewing fitness, health and well being products, watch this space.


Health and fitness motivation

My Health is really important to me, there is cancer in my family, I have a back injury and I try to take good care of myself and my family.

For me it’s not just aesthetic, I mean to treat my body much like a well oiled machine, I love life and I want to be around to enjoy it and to do that to the best of my ability I need to take responsibility.

If you have read my previous posts you will know I do treat myself or have ‘cheat days’ I eat take away once a month or so, I do eat a ‘proper’ pudding once a week but I also look for healthy alternatives and my healthy choices massively out weigh my naughty treats. 🙂

I talked in a previous Post ’10 ways to boost your health and well being’ about moving your body more and alot of the key points were about eating , sleeping and treating your body better.

I am going to share with you some of the pictures I have gathered that I use on my screen savers, stuck to the fridge, as back ground pictures on my laptop etc to be a constant reminder that I need to be conscious of how I treat my body.





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What motivates you to eat well and look after your body?


Chocolate Fudge Sauce & Chocolate Fudge Sundae

Cheat day pudding ohhh yum!


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Today’s post is about a chocolate sauce that was a result of overheating a chocolate frosting that I made for lamingtons. In other words a happy accident! My sauce which was runny in consistency (exactly how its supposed to be to cover lamingtons) oozed out of the jar after I forgot it in the microwave and overheated it for an extra minute. When I took it out, it had turned into this thick fudgy deliciousness – too thick for the lamingtons but delicious nonetheless. The sauce reminded me of a sundae that I, and many other Delhiites grew up eating. It is this sundae sold at a restaurant called Nirula’s and its made out of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce and is called the hot chocolate fudge sundae.

SO I thought I will make the sauce like the fudge sauce and also make the sundae for this post! Now, there are…

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