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The Micawber Principle

I don’t normally use capitals in titles, this isn’t a tabloid newspaper, after all, but proper nouns need that distinction… Eh? What? The Micawber Principle is this: expenditure less than income gives happiness, expenditure greater than income is penurary, as per This is a universal truth no matter religion, upbringing or income. Living within […]

Summer time and the living is easy…

fish are jumping and the cotton is high… Not so easy for some! It was my husband’s turn to do the weekly shopping and I think he went shopping hungry – big mistake, big supermarket bill just for two people! We have very little food waste.  But that is largely as we both take account […]

EPC, what does it mean to me?

I think it’s very easy to see EPC, or energy performance certificates to the uninitiated, as being theoretical ideals and bearing no relationship to the real world. But over the 20 years they have been around, they have improved the estimates no end. As a nation, we understand that our winters are cold (and damp) […]

Watching the seconds tick by

Oh no, not another depressing one? Hey, stop that. No, I’m back on energy consumption now the clocks have gone forward… Oh, all right then, though looking at energy prices, it’s not that happy-a-subject Thanks, I think. Like many couples, we sat down and looked at some of the changes in the last budget. While […]

Like many in the world

I was born with misaligned teeth. Not by a great deal and not really at the front, apart from protruding canines at the top. As a teenager, braces were discussed but at that time, aspartame came on the market and we soon discovered that triggered fits in me.  No aspartame, no fits: I also measure […]

Bringing the light

The recent budget has brought a couple of interesting things with it. The one I’m going to go through today is the 0% rating on the purchase of new solar panels. Rich man’s game No, wait, solar panels have come down in price, so while some of the subsidies have disappeared, if you weren’t buying […]

Time is the enemy of us all

Yuk, depressing! What, no! I’m not talking about aging, I’m talking about the clocks going forwards. Losing an hours sleep, everyone whinging, boring! I take it that you’re still out of sorts from losing that hour? Hump… OK, well, this time of year is hard for anyone replacing missing hormones in their body. That hour […]

Beating inflation

For various different reasons, the UK is facing inflation of between 4.8 and 7% this year. This is against the backdrop of a highly priced housing market and fuel shortages (if you’re a big energy provider), driving up the cost of power being delivered to houses. It’s not uncommon for people to be facing increases […]

Reduce and reuse in the kitchen

We’re all used to hearing the slogan reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to waste in general especially man made products. When it comes to eating though, it all seems like such hard work and not necessarily that environmentally useful. A different approach is needed, then? This is an experiment I’ve been running the […]

Living la dolce vita

On the face of it, our lives at the moment should resemble hell. We’re having building work done and have vacated our bedroom but thankfully our son is a grown up and living in Newcastle, so we can live in his old room. Despite the noise (we’re both still working from home), life is surprisingly […]