Matchbox Toys

Money was tight on the council estate in Southend-on-Sea in the 1970s where I grew up. I had no trust fund and consequently I worked from an early age. My first job was, predictably, a paper round at the age…

Clotted Cream Ice Cream

Now Hot Stuff is a bit of a dab hand at making scones and on the Jubilee weekend we’d arranged to have a cream tea with the neighbours. Sadly they got poorly and had to cancel at the last moment.…

Thrifty Holiday Spending

Holiday season is looming. There’s more European travels on the cards. Yippee! Now we’re retired there will be much more time for wandering far and wide. That was one of the aims of giving up work. But of course there’s…

Scary Seagull Season

It’s the time of year here when it’s scary seagull season. The eggs have hatched and babies are abundant on the rooftops. Last year I wrote about how the bird life around here seems to have taken a personal dislike…

Supermarket Herbs

You know those supermarket herbs in the little plastic pots?  They’re quite meagre offerings from a culinary perspective.  But I bought thyme and mint for about a quid each the other day and potted them up.  They were a bit…