Kirsties Fill your house for free

Tonight I have been watching Kirstie’s fill your house for free, the basic idea being that she is helping people furnish their homes with a budget of very little or non-existent…. Impossible? apparantly not :)

There are many sites like Freecycle and swapz that offer other people’s possessions for free, swap or to buy this is where furniture can be picked up and recycled. This is known as Freecycling and there are many groups on Facebook can be found doing exactly the same thing.

I can’t believe we haven’t been doing it for years! Plenty of people frequently upgrade or change the colour scheme of their rooms and so bargains can be found all over the place.

Kirstie is basically showing us how to paint or accessorise this furniture with some neat ideas for ornaments and wall hangings. My daughter has recently flown the nest and I am absolutely amazed at the amount of stuff friends and family have donated to her as well as the bargains she has acquired online.

I think we may be just pimping her furniture! :D

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Check these out, Wild raspberries ain’t nature fab! Spotted near Birkacre.

Lovin summer



Absolutely the best thing about sunny weather is FREE fruit! Yes free, that’s what I said!

£4.00 for a blueberry plant I bought 3 years ago yields more fruit every year, I think it’s paid for itself! Another advantage is that when you buy strawberries/blueberries in the supermarket you need to eat them within 2-3 days. When you grow em you just pick em when you want em and leave the rest to grow. Just make sure you get to eat em before the garden beasties do (and that includes my dog who ate numerous green strawberries this year! :( )

Mexican tomato & vegetable soup


Mexican soup

1 1/2 onions
1 carrot cubed
Handful of green beans
4 tomatoes
Vegetable stock cube
1 clove of garlic
1 chilli
Chopped coriander
Lemon juice
1tbsp tomato purée

Mexican spices

1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chilli
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Harissa

Really the onion and garlic should be fried in a bit of oil first but as I’m trying to keep the calories down I’m just going for the bung everything in a pan method ;)