Friday, 15 February 2013

Trip To Bolton Market

This week has flown by! Since the start of the new year I've been trying to do different things as well as eat healthily, so on Tuesday I decided to have a little trip to Bolton Market to have a nosey and buy some fresh food for dinner. I usually just go to Tesco, as it's our nearest supermarket so this was something different. I'd never visited the market before despite having been to Bolton on quite a few occasions recently.

I took my 2 year old who thought it was quite fun seeing all the different stalls and pointing out things he recognised, mainly bananas and sausages, two of his favourite things in life!

We ended up buying some eggs, white ones which I hadn't seen before, some sea bream which the fishmonger filleted for me and some fresh fruit and vegetables.

It's definitely somewhere I will be visiting more often to buy fresh fish and fruit and veg! I'm not a meat eater but if I was I would probably get meat from there too, especially after all the recent horse meat scandal in the supermarket!

I've posted a recipe that I made with the Sea Bream on


I am really turned off by the supermarkets at the moment, not only with scandals that we don't know whats going in our food but I was really dissapointed this week as I'd got some pasta to have a nice family meal on wednesday (13th) and when I got the packet out of the fridge it was moldy and horrible, even though it hadn't been opened and had been refrigerated since I brought it home. It was dated feb 14th. Promptly returned and replaced but it's put me off filled pasta for a while.


Jill. x

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Today is our 'Demiversary'

Today is my and my partner's 'Demiversary' or half year anniversary from our first date. I think the only reason we've kept celebrating it is because it's something to do after Christmas and neither of us are that keen on all the fuss about Valentine's day! Or more to the point the fact that you can hardly get a table in a restaurant and if you can it's packed and you're likely to be faced with and overpriced fixed menu.

So this way we get to do our little romantic celebration a few days early and all the restaurants are really quiet as people wait for February 14th. We also have a rule that we don't have to buy any gifts or cards but if we do we keep it under £10. Something thoughtful or fun. I've found him a great little pressie this year that I think he'll really appreciate but unfortunatley it hasn't arrived yet :( It may end up being a Valentine's gift after all.

I'll tell you what it is and if he likes it when it arrives.

Jill. x

Friday, 8 February 2013

New Camera, Now I Need to Learn How to Use It!

Just before Christmas I treated myself to a new camera. I'm not usually the one to choose new gadgets, but my little camera that I've had for about 10 years was on it's last legs so I thought it was time to get a new one.

As well as taking photos of family etc, I also wanted a camera that would be able to take good photos that I could use for the website. That's the aim anyway once I learn to use it properly. The camera I opted for was a Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR camera, and the main reason was beacause I got a good deal on it! And although pricey for a photography novice, it wasn't as expensive as some.

It has taken until this week to get a memory card and actually have a play with it. I haven't figured it all out yet and I think it will take some time and learning to get to grips with it but I have taken a few very quick snaps of my dogs to test it out, and so far so good!

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Jill. x