Posy




A posy of garden flowers inspired by Concha's weed bouquet. Concha's post on the subject of authenticity in blogging is well worth reading.
Should bloggers reveal more about their lives than they do? Should they only show the pretty and never the ugly? Apparently it as a subject causing much discussion in the blogosphere.
My view on this is simple; bloggers should write about whatever they like. 


To go with my posy of flowers I have a posy of websites which I love.

1) Ocado. I now do my main food shopping with Ocado. I find I spend less than when I am in a store, I can plan more effectively and take advantage of special offers. I have two or three weekly orders placed at a time which arrive on a Monday morning and which I can edit  up until Sunday evening. Only once have they substituted items and the quality of the goods has always been excellent. The drivers are always polite and friendly.

2) Weight Loss Resources. Please skip this if the subject of weight loss bores you., it bores me too.
However, this site has made the whole mind-numbingly dull subject of calorie counting easy. For a long while my vague 'just eat less' tactic has been failing me. It became clear to me that to lose weight one must put in some work. Dietary accounts must be kept in some form and counting calories is one effective way to do it. The best thing for me about this site is that it calculates the calories in my own recipes. I just enter the amount of servings and all the ingredients and it works out the calories plus other nutritional information.
There's no pressure on you to eat particular foods you simply log everything that passes your lips. I spend a few minutes whilst drinking my breakfast coffee planning and logging my day's eating. It's easy to edit if you deviate from your plan. I always have calories to spare at the end of the day, and yes the weight is coming off slowly but surely.
You can do a free trial for 24 hours to see how it all works. 
Oh, and it is a British site so the database is full of British products measured in imperial and metric.

3) Pinterest -wait, didn't I say something about closing my Pinterest account? Here. I changed my mind, I missed my boards. I missed my Delicious and Healthy board especially. It was so inspiring.

4) Sporcle. I can't do without my daily dose of Sporcle. This quiz site is responsible for me being able to name all the countries in the world in alphabetical order and all the American presidents -in any order, just give me a number between 1 and 44 and I'll tell you which pres it was. Sad but true. Good for the brain though.








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  1. Great websites thanks. I looked at your healthy eating board and was inspired to make many of the recipes! I also logged on to Sporcle and managed to name all the states of America (of course my daughter was not on her iPod helping me!!!!)

    Alex x

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  2. Your posy is just beautiful.

    Fleur xx

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  3. I was present at the occasion of the delivery of an Ocado order in Nottingham last weekend, and promptly set plans in motion to emigrate to the UK.

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    1. No Ocado in Ireland? That's sad.

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  4. Yes, bloggers should write about whatever they like.

    Pretty posy. I do love flowers.

    Pinning is different now since the rules were changed and people who don't want to be pinned will now let you know. Bit sad if you can't pin but it means that you know where you are.

    I don't have food delivered but I now trundle off with my granny trolley twice a week. It means I buy what I want when I want and don't have to keep going back and back because I couldn't carry the potatoes I wanted yesterday as I needed to carry loads of cat food. Now I can carry it all. I get what I need and I save money as I am not at the mercy of the supermarket shelves. It is the ugliest trolley you ever saw but I can pull and push it and it made my Christmas shopping easy so I love it.

    I only put on weight when I start to think of calories. My natural tendency is to over estimate the calories that I eat. When I add them up properly I find that it's fine to eat a whole packet of biscuits, so I do! I've found the less thought I give to if I should or shouldn't eat something, then the more likely I am to eat when I am hungry and stop obsessing about food. I find my weight stays pretty static then. It's a hard mode to get into though.

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  5. I wholeheartedly agree with your view of blogging.
    I also do all my shopping with Ocado, pretty much for the same reasons. I bought a delivery pass on special offer last year and know I have saved every penny that it cost me and more.
    Your posy is divine.

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  6. Been reading the same posts about authenticity in blogging, and have half a post in draft on that same subject. You could write a thesis on it, couldn't you!

    Totally with you on the weight thingy.It's teminally boring ....but....it has consumed (apt word!) acres of my time over the past 3 decades so one can hardly dismiss it. At 60 I fondly expected I would have got my life together, found my 'adult self' and know what I was doing but unfortunately this has not happened. So I continue to continue to pretend that my fatness soon will end, and that flowers never bend with the rainfall. To grossly paraphrase Paul Simon. Currently, cutting carbs drastically is working well for me - it's not Atkins, much more sensible. It's slow but steady. Here's to all our endeavours!

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    1. Yes indeed, here's to them!

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    2. Love that you effectively say you're still waiting to feel 'grown up'. Me too!

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  7. Pretty posy. Sensible outlook on blogging. Will look at Sporcle, I use Word Dynamo to keep my word knowledge up to date. I joined Pinterest but haven't found the inclination to pin anything; I do, though, have a follower - why would someone follow someone who has pinned nothing?

    Is Ocado different from other suppliers?

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    1. Ocado supply Waitrose products and have their own cheaper range. They also have a kosher range. The only other supermarket delivery I have tried is Tesco and I was not impressed. The Ocado website is so much easier to use than Tesco or Sainsbury -lots of filters so that you can find things easily.

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  8. I think a lot about the blogging thing, especially recently - I went on a bit of a hunt the other week looking for new blogs, and became alarmed by quite how anodyne and samey so many of them were. I'm sure these women actually have a personality, but so many of them had managed to hide it completely.

    You don't have that problem.

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    1. Thank you, and neither do you, in fact your blog is the very opposite of anodyne.

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  9. I love your posy of flowers and I agree with you that bloggers should write whatever they are like. If others aren't interested in reading what you are writing about, they will soon stop visiting so you might as well do what interests you!
    Sarah

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  10. Here's to blogging about whatever you want to! I've been thinking about this too - when you have a family who want privacy, a line has to be drawn somewhere, and I've had to figure out where that line is. Only once has Mr PC asked me not to publish a post.
    Lovely posy!

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  11. I just wish I had the time in my life to blog....maybe when our ship comes in and I can depart the gloomy shores of local government, but until then I will have to blog vicariously through yours and others.

    BTW....26?

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  12. Such a pretty posy :D

    I'm another Ocado fan. Thanks for the links Sue.

    And yes, I agree, we should blog what we want to write not what we think others might want to read. Isn't that truth to self where authenticity lies?

    6? (One of the few I know ;D )

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    1. John Quincy Adams -son of number 2 - see I know 'em all. PMs of the UK- not so good -too many of them.

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  13. I read your post and ran straight outside to gather myself a bunch of weedy things. Now I have to go and clean the squished ants off the kitchen worktop. But I don't care.
    And hooray for blogging exactly as one pleases.

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  14. I noticed you back at pinterest, I can't give it up either....
    Ocado don't deliver in the far north either..... I have to admit in moments of ingredient frustration in the local shops it has occurred to me to drive 60 miles to Waitrose.

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  15. Pati from London10:15 am BST

    Hi Sue....I follow Concha's blog and really like it. It's simple, pretty but focused. I think that bloggers should talk about what they want, really. I don't go to blogs to know about people's lives but to get inspired, to learn new things, to get craft ideas. Yours and concha's are in my top 10 blogs. I recently found a blog on sewing (as I am trying to learn) called Tilly and the buttons which I find really charming but have also reverted to some inspiring Spanish ones. The coffee lady is spot on when she says that a lot of blogs are copycats of others, it does feel a bit repetitive sometimes. I am beginning to be quite selective in my usage of time. The same goes for Pinterest, I like it but I am using it less frequently these days as it is too time consuming! What I like about it is that I can store ideas, recipes, patterns, sources of inspiration etc and unlike at home, I don't feel the clutter...
    I have received quite a lot of offers to order through ocado and was wondering about it. I wasn't sure whether their produce was Waitrose's or not... I will give it a go and see what happens. Usually Tesco is ok round here but they use ridiculous amounts of plastic bags (nearly one per item!) which I think is environmentally unfriendly (to say the least!)... Never heard of Sporcle... but I am doing a degree at the mo and don't have time for more quizes but will have a look anyway!! Have a lovely weekend, Pati x

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    1. Ocado are quite lavish with the plastic bags too but you can return them to the driver for recycling the next time they deliver.

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  16. Sue, on the strength of your post (and another £20 off e voucher) I gave Ocado another try after 18 months' gap. They used to deliver everything squashed (melon on top of crisps for example) It's just arrived... This time a pack of baking potatoes and multipack of tuna in with the crisps and a four pack of juice in with multipack yogurts, splitting the tops. AAAAAARGH! Maybe yours comes from a better warehouse? Mine comes from near Coventry. A strongly worded email has been despatched! Luckily the bottle of wine was in perfect condition!

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    1. Gosh Kate, so sorry to hear that, that is a bit rubbish. Mine does come from a different warehouse -Hatfield (miles away from Worcester, so not very green) which I understood to be Ocado's only warehouse although I heard they were building another one in Tamworth. Everything is always packed very carefully. I've had bad experiences with Tesco deliveries but others have no problems with them, so I guess you just have to try different suppliers out and see which works best for you.

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  17. That posy looks so glad.

    Oh, I blog about whatever I feel like, when I feel like it and I don't expect any other blogger to do otherwise or to know any more about them than that. I love your blog and often steal your recipes for our own dinner...which I'll then announce as "the Quince Tree's Salsa" or whatever the dish happens to be, so blogging can and does have an immediate effect in our daily lives, which can be so nice. So thank you Sue.

    I haven't been able to give up Pinterest, because I like my boards too much, but I still feel like it's not a completely good thing for creators, I'm torn about it and have definitely cut back on pin time.

    I have left the topic calories for last, hmmm, they should be first on my list. Calorie counting -is- tedious, but necessary in my case at least.

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