A very exciting venture

Our year without supermarkets has brought with it many things, great food, money saving, new friends, new experiences and now……. a new venture.

For a while now Becksie has been wanting to start a little business (think Sir Alan).

Just over a year a go Becksie met Lotty at WI and over time we decided we both wanted to start a venture using our sewing and event organising skills.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWell…… guess what? We have taken the plunge and can now proudly present:


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe won’t say anymore but we’d be very excited if you’d:

a) Take a look at our website and consider following our adventures

b) Like our Facebook page

c) Follow us on Twitter

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe promise it won’t interfere with things over here at a year without supermarkets which is business as usual (we are working on a face lift though) but Becksie and Lotty will be blogging recipes and putting on very exciting events that we will mention from time to time, who knows there may also be special offers for year without supermarket readers. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES






Our Weekend

Over in Team Pugh HQ we’ve been having a lovely weekend……… so we thought we’d share a few pictures with you. It went something like this:

Lizzie learning to open the door

Lizzie learning to open the door

Friday was a work day for Becksie and Da decided to take a day off to be Lizzie’s babysitter – by all accounts they had a lovely time – ‘play play kitchen‘ (as it affectionately known), swimming and……. lunch at the pub. Then it was fish and chips for Team Pugh and Mammar and Da at Monica’s (Da’s treat)!

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Fashion by daddy

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Saturday Becksie was covering a shift so…… Lizzie and Ian went off to Cotswold Wildlife Park and had a lovely time. Becksie may have treated herself to a solo trip to the Rookery.

Sorry Poppa this photo was too priceless to not blog - Poppa playing in Lizzie's play play kitchen complete with pinny!

Sorry Poppa this photo was too priceless to not blog – Poppa playing in Lizzie’s play play kitchen complete with pinny!

And today Gannie, Poppa and Uncle Hil came for lunch ahead of Poppa’s birthday celebrations tomorrow. After lunch we all went to the Rookery and had a lovely lovely time playing games, drinking yummy drinks and colouring.

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Mammar was sitting on an ’emergency’ chair and hasn’t shrunk

Later Mammar and Da came over and Lizzie was very lucky to have all her grandparents in the room together (something Ian or Becksie were never able to do). We all went off swimming (Mammar and Gannie sat and watched) and then it was home for homemade soup and bread and……… homemade scones with jam and cream.

family 11A lovely time was had by all. All we were missing was Narna and Leemy 😦

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Colouring poster progress


fun 1When we moved to our house it had the most awful of bathrooms, it in fact contained a kitchen cupboard! We knew we had to live with it for a while and one day for no reason we decided to turn it into a piece of art. We got some sharpies and everyone who came to our house would draw a picture or write a message on the bathroom walls. We loved it and were actually sort of sad when we’d saved enough to renovate it. It was a real masterpiece made by folk we love. It was also very funny and might we say brilliant.

a carefully selected photo - wedding count down wall!

a carefully selected photo – wedding count down wall!

As our house is now finished we decided that wall drawing was out but and ages ago we bought a huge colouring poster! Its a lovely thing (Becksie loves colouring) and our intention was to put it up and have pens near by and get visitors to colour in a picture. It was too lovely to colour in and so for over a year it’s been in a safe place.

Anyway the other day Becksie found it in her wardrobe. She admired it (as she has done many times) and put it back. She then went back upstairs got it out and stuck it up!fun 6

This was an application of supermarket free logic. Yes it’s a lovely thing. Yes it ‘should’ be coloured to perfection all inside the lines in the style Becksie would choose.

fun 2BUT…….. In actual fact hidden in the safe space in the wardrobe staying ‘perfect’ it is actually just clutter. So……. hard as it is it is out and anyone visiting will be invited to come and colour a spot. It will become a work of art made by our family and friends. A memory maker – a real thing of joy. A conversation starter, an activity to involve all. Something we can be proud of. Yes it might mark the wall but so what we can repaint!

So……. if you know us and visit us come and have a cup of tea, some homemade cake and a colour.

fun 5This is no supermarket logic in action and a step forward for Becksie (aka the colouring police) in our year with less!

fun 3We also promise to showcase the posters progress and when its complete photograph it for the memory and then make it into cards as to not keep it.fun 4

Our Weekend in Pictures

This weekend we spent a lovely weekend with Narna and Leemy. Lovely food, late night trips to the ice cream parlour, the beach and Sunday Lunch! Happy times.

Mammar made 25 bread cobs to take along - lovely :)

Mammar made 25 bread cobs to take along – lovely 🙂


Rainy walk number 1

Rainy walk number 1

Da's thinks Joe's is better than Verdi's......... we do not agree

Da thinks Joe’s is better than Verdi’s……… we do not agree


Late night emergency Verdi's ice cream trip #badparents alert hehe

Late night emergency Verdi’s ice cream trip




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Time Vulture

We hope today finds everybody well. Today finds Team Pugh on the verge of a couple of little mini challenges…………..!

wrapping 8A few posts ago we asked for ideas for new challenges and we were lucky to get several suggestions. Our most lovely email was from a lovely reader called  Frances. Now Frances made a couple of suggestions and after careful thought we have decided to attempt her second suggestion. Now this challenge isn’t something we’ll find all that hard as its not something we do that much anyway but…… none the less it is a good challenge that taking part in will enrich our lives.

Here is the challenge as proposed to us in her email:

‘No TV for a month (I am currently trying this one although clearly the internet is not in that suggestion but I have forced limits on my time wasting on it).  Personally I don’t watch much but do get a bit tied to the tv/internet catching up on endless ‘must see’ series etc to the point of not doing anything else!  I work long hours and think I don’t have any free time when in reality I have found that’s rubbish.  I sat and worked out my times spent on laptop/tv and realised I could have learnt a language/musical instrument/ conquered the world blah blah, etc etc in the time I waste, so I am forcing a limit to it all to stop my lazy self completely taking over making me feel like I do nothing but work and slump in the chair.  It’s early days, but amazing how much I have got done, not to mention the fact that I was always exhausted at work and suddenly awake all day due to….going to bed earlier!’

Now at first we thought actually this will be easy for us as we don’t watch that much TV and the last sentence of the above quote struck a cord with us! We must say that when we were blogging daily we did in actual fact watch less television than we have watch over the last few weeks and whilst a hard challenge it was a good discipline to have. So we have decided to start tomorrow and do a month to the day which conveniently means come Christmas Day we will be allowed to enjoy some festive television.christmas prep

Are we worried? What will we miss? Well……. the answer is no we are excited as in order to keep ourselves busy we have lots of exciting plans, will we miss anything? We really don’t think it will be anything we can’t live without. Lizzie might be slightly sad at the thought of no Peppa Pig but….. we promise to keep her busy with more exciting and lovely things. Thank you so much for your suggestion Frances we hope you don’t mind us quoting your lovely email. Whilst we are not saying TV is bad we are thinking of all the things we could achieve if we stopped ourselves sitting with The Time Vulture on the run up to Christmas. Anyone else fancy joining us?

And…… the second of our mini challenges………

wi 8Well you may remember last year Becksie made Lizzie an advent calendar? Well this year we are filling it with daily fun activities and kindness missions and we thought that we should share them with you in a daily blog marking advent. So join us from 1st December for our advent blogs, you can also join in with the activities and challenges on the run up to the festive season. How very exciting :).

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One more thing……. here is last weeks shopping which came from Millets farm and weighed in at £27.70p!becka 2