Thursday, 29 December 2016

Simple Flower Arrangements for New Year 2017

Many people look for yellow sticker bargains after Christmas. Everyone hoping to fill the freezer and save some money in the deary skint days of January. I am no different, I stock up on cheese and veggies, chicken and salmon when I can.

I love to find flowers reduced by the supermarkets once they have pasted their sell by date. It doesn`t mean they are no longer beautiful just that they can no longer be sold as at their best.

All reduced at the local co-op store today

 I made this arrangement with the gorgeous purple tulips after removing two flowers that were a little withered.

Purple Tulips 

 I had put some black tape in strips across the top of the vase so the tulips could be arranged how I wanted them. Some cut taller than others so that they would spill over the sides of the vase.

  I used a large yellow vase for the lillies and some of the white carnations. I didn`t do anything other than cut the stems on an angle so the flowers could soak up some fresh cold water.

Lillie's and white carnations.
Next I left the Christmas Time bunch of flowers pretty much as they were. These should have been £20 and apart from a few sad leaves they looked fabulous.

Fresh Water and a trim, a large clear glass vase and they look lovely.
I had some red tulips left and after taking a little of the greenery from the larger bunches I put them in a glass jug. They brighten up a corner table and look very festive.

Total cost was under ten pounds.

My daughter Katrina whose photo you can see on the table loved flowers. I am sure she would approve of these fabulous flowers to welcome in 2017.


Flowers, arrangements, co-op, vases, tulips, Lillies, carnations, reduced.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas was lovely, Now time to think of Holidays

I was very lucky I got lots of lovely things.

I got a Coffee Machine from my neice and her children,lovely.

Books and a snuggly blanket from another neice. Fabulous

Books and flowers from my son Mark and  his wife Dawn. Perfume and an electric toothbush from Anthony my second son.

Lots of lovely cards and a beautiful canvas with the adorable Isabella and her sister Alice`s hand and footprints on.


 I will treasure it forever. 

Now it`s time to save for my holiday, which will be following the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.  

Picture from Irish tourism Board - Pinterest.

 I will be going in May and will be traveling independently, not part of a set tour. I shall be Mystery shopping, filling in surveys, eating frugally, selling on ebay and generally saving. My sister Maggie and I plan a ten day tour staying in bed and breakfast places and travelling by coach. 

We are hoping to manage on £100 per day, that is to cover everything. No easy fete as Ireland is very expensive. Hoping to stay a least a few nights in hostels to keep costs down.  I will be checking out hotels, travel costs etc over the next few weeks.

Two over 60`s travel the wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Sligo, Limerick, Mohar, whales, dolphins, hotels.