Archive for January, 2012

Shopping strategy

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

My favourite supermarket, the one I visit most often, has recently started giving me vouchers.

Whatever I buy, when my receipt churns out of the till, it’s joined by a £2 off voucher. I have to spend £20 in one go and it has to be used within a week.

£20 is quite a lot to spend in one go when I’m trying to watch what I spend, and it would be tempting to make up the £20 with things I’d like but don’t need.

Like most supermarkets, this one has regular special offers that change every week or two. So my new shopping strategy is to visit the shop once a week within the date of the voucher, remember to take some Bags For Life and park the car as near as I can, then I go round the shop looking at all the Buy One Get One Free, Buy One Get One Half Price, Half Price and other offers.

This way I can make up the £20 without too much difficulty, and I’m not only getting most things at offer prices, but an extra 10% as well.

I usually allow myself one treat. This week it was a punnet of grapes that had been £4 and were half price. Still a bit expensive, but I love eating them with a bit of cheese and some water biscuits.

I’m pleased with my new shopping method. All I need now is for the supermarket to carry on giving me a £2 off voucher every time I go to the till!

Potato Peel Pie

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I was recently invited to join a Book Club. It was something new to me, but it sounded fun.

I read on average one or two books a week, and lately I’ve been having difficulty finding something that I want to read that I haven’t read already. So to have a book suggested to me seemed like a good idea.

The first book choice was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows. I thought it was a very strange title but of course as I read the book, the title made sense. This is what the book is about….

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. (Taken from the book’s website)

This was the first novel I had come across that was written entirely in letter form, know as an Epistolary novel. Apparently that’s how novels developed.

I very much enjoyed the book and learnt things about life under German occupation that I didn’t know and hadn’t imagined.

It was fun discussing the book at the Book Club meeting and together we chose the next book to read. I’ve ordered a copy and I’m waiting for the postman to arrive with it. This time I’m going to have a notebook nearby and jot down my thoughts as I read.

Waning Moon with craters

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Waning Moon

I was hoping to be able to get a shot of the full Moon this month. We’d had lots of clear skies, so I thought there was a good chance.

I spotted it as soon as it started rising. It looked enormous and very orange, a huge fiery ball sitting on the roof of a house. Guess what! As soon as I got my camera out, it clouded over! I waited and waited hoping that the clouds would clear, but after half an hour, I gave up disappointed.

It was four days later that the temperature dropped and the sky was clear and I was able to take this shot of the waning Moon at 76% illumination. I love the way the craters show up when the sun is no longer shining full on them.