Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Preparing To Dog Sit Some Tips

 Next week Myself and my husband will be looking after my in laws dog Murphy who is a very loveable black Labrador with a white tip to his tail hence his name Murphy. Now I am very much a cat lover and I just don't do dogs but Murphy is ph so different he is just a lumbering hulk of a a teddy bear dog with soulful eyes and inquisitive Labrador which is very much what a Labrador is. It does feel like preparing for a baby all be it one with 4 paws ! I have a couple of toys ready for him well if you can't read your relatives once in a while when can you ! Here are my tips to preparing for dog sitting ! 


1.Always meet the dog before hand , it helps the dog feel more comfortable when their owner leaves the,. Luckily we have met Murphy on many a occasion and I always save a chip for him when we finish our walk with the inlays at the pub !


2. Know much much the dog will want to play and plan , I will have to get my walking shoes on as Murphy does love to play and walk !


3.Make sure you know where everything is prior to your walk from the lead , to the obligatory ball and of course those all essential poo bags.


4. If it's family then they might pay you if it's long term and you're stopping there doing them a favour but if its a one off then a paying is not really necessary.Helping family and friends out really does make the world go round and make it a kinder place.


5. We are planning on walking Murphy twice till one of my nieces comes and takes over to look after Murphy , we didn't want to leave Murphy too much on his own .

6. Make sure you talk to the dog and give them a fuss , they love this and are very receptive to people.

7. We know which is the local vets of Murphy jsut in case there is any problems which we don't anticipate there will be but it pays to be prepared.


How to dog sit for a friend a sum up.

  • Get to know the dog before your relative/friend/colleague leaves.
  • Make sure you have their contact information and the vet’s phone number.
  • Learn the dog’s schedule and stick to it.
  • Find out where the supplies are and that does include treats !
  • Expect to spend at least 30 minutes twice a day.
  • Make sure to give the dog attention and love while you’re there.


Thursday, 9 June 2022

The Green Prescription

 The Green prescription for me is getting about and exploring and seeing the countryside round me and exploring , I am not won for sitting still and twiddling my thumbs even now as I type this I feel like running free into the canopy of Green.There is such freedom in the green prescription and you don't need a doctor to prescribe it , the Green prescription isn't limited to green of course flowers do come under this umbrella but dear reader or hopefully readers I quite simply can not describe every possibility !


There is just something that allows to take that heavy breath of burden and release it like a wild animal when you step out into the Green and every subsequent breath is a sweetness upon your soul. Now I can not influence you to take the step into the Green but maybe just one day and then see how your life is after being in the relax of the Green for a while.



Monday, 23 May 2022

Simple Wilted Wild Garlic Salmon




Ingredients 

Salmon 

Vegetables of your choice 

Wild garlic 

Method 

First pan fry the salmon skin side down firvaviutb7 minute s and turn turn 

Whilst this is doing use ready rice and some pan fried vegetable s and warm through and wilt the wild garlic at the last minute to bring the dish together.

Monday, 9 May 2022

Top Ten Savings Idea For This #CostOfLivingCrisis

 We are in the worse period of inflation since the 1970's and literally every penny counts be it towards food or the dreaded energy bill. It will be doubly important to make good savings escpacilly when the energy hike further bites in October and despite the council tax help for those in bands A -D and the £200 loan ) that you will pay back over 5 years ) it still isn't enough without people literally watching every penny that they spend.I am a great fan of the yellow sticker item and freezing what I can and this is where meal planning can help as well. So what are the ten top things you can do to make your money go that much further and robbing a bank is I am not afraid in the list.


1. Meal planning can really help and help stretch those meals for a couple of days , meal plan if you can especially if you pick up those yellow sticker items from the supermarket.


2. Haircuts go to your local college and see if they do special training days or even ask your lcaodl/ town hairdressers , the students are always supervised and observed and you will get a free cut or a heavy reduced one.Liek today I had my hair coloured for the fraction of the cost and a few weeks ago I had a free cut saving myself at least £50 . I don't usually go to the hairdressers for a colour but it is my sons graduation soon and so as it is a very special occasion I thought  it was worth it.


3. Clothes check your wardrobe to see what you don't need and wither charity shop it or sell it . And if you do need clothes do check those charity shops you'll be amazed what you can find , I found my husband a new winter coat for this winter that should have be £79.99 and instead was £19.99 and it was a good M & S one as well.

4. Ditch the gym membership and exercise from home or perhaps start the couch to 5 K or if you have a nintendo switch then look for a cheap ring fit game and related accessories this in the long run ( see what I did there ) be cheaper than year in year out gym membership.

5.Use food apps such as Olio and Good to go , tonight for instance I picked up a roast dinner for £3.99 and the meat was carved fresh in front of me and included a Yorkshire and veg as well as gravy. There is enough for 3 meals from how I loaded the box.

6. See if your work has shower facilities like my husbands does as he cycles to work or set a timer at home to cut down on your length of shower.

7. See what you can see around the home from using Facebook market place, vented or ebay , you will be amazed as to what you can find round your home to sell. Currently when I sell something I am using it to chip off what I owe on my energy bill or even put to towards it.

8. Check you are your best deals for your home and car insurance especially when it comes up for renewal.

9. Check your mobile phone contract and see what benefits it can get you , I am with O2 and yes I know there are cheaper mobile providers but currently the freebies I am receiving from O2 far outweigh changing to another provider. 


The first freebie I use from O2 is from Caffe Nero and did you know you can get further free coffees and other drinks just from downloading the Cafe Nero app , you scan the Cafe Nero App before scanning your O2 drinks code. I have already got a stamp for a free drink and I am saving them up for summer when I am can have a nice cold drink in the searing heat of the Uk ! Update the CaffeNero is only now one free drink a month ( boo) .But the good news is you can ge a weekly drink from Greggs of a tea, coffee or hot chocolate.


10 Make sure your boiler is serviced each year as this will help your boilers economy.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Don’t Wish Different Upon The Spring Blossom

Don’t wish different I say , concentrate on the beauty you have in your view be it in the mirror looking at yourself or looking through the window at the Spring blossom.I looked out my kitchen window and I saw my tree and thought it doesn’t have as much blossom as other trees. 



But that doesn’t matter as it still has beauty , what we perceive as what is beautiful in Spring is very different to the reality.Everything Spring blossom has its place however short a time it is here .