Eventual more major victory

As Jo mentioned below, I had to return two pairs of jeans to high-street clothing store H&J recently because they had sent the wrong size due to a kerfuffle involving the store changing all their sizes to match the sizes that people actually are.  Finally they sent a third pair in the correct size.  Hooray, I though.  But my victory was short lived and they turned out to have a flaw in the dye, so they had to go back as well – argh!

I had to order the jeans online because they didn’t stock them in my local branch of H&J, but did click and collect from the store (so it too six trips in there to be left with no jeans – three pickups and three returns).  I got to know one of the people behind the counter pretty well after all that.  But I was pleased to see that on my last visit there, they had a whole rack of the previously online-only jeans – I managed to buy an unflawed pair in my size at last!

I have come to the conclusion that it is entirely down to me that they are now on sale in the Northbampton store.  Their algorithms must have picked up a sudden surge in internet-orders to be collected from that store and kicked into action to stock them as standard.  Their belief would have been further compounded when I bought a pair on almost the first day they were in stock.  But the rest of the jeans will probably now languish there forever until jeans are no longer fashionable (are jeans fashionable?) because in truth, I am their only customer.

Helen’s pet photography

Here is an excellent photo that I’ve taken of one of my new cats.  I have just acquired TWO cats which is one more cat than I planned on getting.  I would show you a picture of the other cat but I can’t always tell them apart so just look at this one twice.

The cats main hobbies are sleeping, playing on the stairs and trying desperately to get into my bedroom where they are not allowed on account of me being allergic to cats and needing somewhere to hide from them (I didn’t mention to the FAR.S.P.C.A. that I am allergic to cats).  It is their dream to get through any door that is closed.

The cats have many special beds and boxes to sleep in but so far like sleeping on a chair and a window sill.

Why Jo must not stay in this charming lighthouse

We did consider booking a lighthouse keepers cottage in Schmevon recently, but I realised on a walk past there last week that it would have been a big error.  Even if the fog horn had never gone off Jo would have walked round in a perpetual state of anxiety and our holiday would have been ruined.

Helen’s wildlife photography

Jo is very jealous because I saw as many as four whales/ possibly large dolphins on my holiday in Schmevon last week.

Here is the evidence in a photo nearly as good as my pictures of the humpback whales we saw in Hawaiee.

Recycling

My old car (and its nettle) have been recycled, most excitingly into my first new pound coin!

I was very pleased to see one, especially since it has a 2016 date on it, which I thought might be very rare and valuable, but it’s not, it’s very common and worth £1 (subject to inflation).

However I did come across an article talking about the introduction of the £2 coin, and saying which of those were very rare and valuable.  Apparently the ‘test coins’ which had a very limited run are much sought after.  I used to have some of those – because my mum worked in a bank (I don’t think she stole them, just to clarify).  I kept them in old film canisters because they fitted perfectly.  I never quite understood why I seemed to have them several years before the £2 was properly introduced, but reading this article about the testing answers that question.

The bigger question however, is where on earth are they?  Do I still have them?  Are they lost forever?  Or did I spend them?  I fear that it’s one of the latter options but I will have a look over Easter.  I could be rich!  I seem to remember I had quite a lot of them, I rather liked them for some reason.  Fingers crossed.

Signs of spring

It must be nearly spring because my old car is once again growing a nettle out of its wheel arch.  Hooray!  I hope that no-one accidentally ‘weeds’ it out like last time.

I guess I should really recycle my car so it can be turned into a racing car or some spoons or whatever they do with old cars.

Getting off on the wrong foot

As regular readers know, Joandi always enjoy our annual Guinea Pig calendars. However, we have raised concerns about them before such as the ethics of making guinea pigs wear hats/sit in mini baths and the recycling of the same pictures from one year to another.

I have a new concern about my guinea pig calendar which I’m sure you’ve spotted already. This paw-print appears on the corner of each month but this isn’t what guinea pig prints look like at all! Their feet are shaped more like human feet, with a sole and a heel. This foot-print looks like it’s been designed by someone who hasn’t ever even seen a guinea pig, never mind its foot.

Can we really trust anything in a guinea pig calender? Are the dates even right?

All-squash-January

Joandi aren’t doing No Food January this year, instead we’ve updated it to a month of only eating home-grown squash. It’s quite like NFJ, but you are allowed to buy stuff to make eating squash for every meal a bit more acceptable.

So far this week I’ve eaten roast squash, roast squash soup, squash and lentil bake and squash and chickpea stew (plus leftovers of each of them). They’re all made out of one massive Boston Winter Squash but still it’s not used up. I have a full box of it in the fridge, plus three bags of it in the freezer, on top of all the bags of squash previously crammed into the freezer. All-Squash-January could last for months and months yet…

Any good squash recipe ideas?