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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Wednesday Mendsday

Yesterday the new fan came so I was able to fix the Fridge freezer

Here's the old one that had given up the ghost:


         

It cost £18 delivered for the new fan, far cheaper than even the callout charge for an engineer would have been. I'd guess it cost us more in the food that had to be thrown away because the freezer was defrosting and the fridge was freezing due to the fan not distributing the heat correctly.



And the new fan fitted before the grill went back on, took about 5 minutes maximum to fix and it was so simple the cat could have done it.


Carly came home from the shops with a real haul, she went treasure hunting in a local ethnic shop and most of the ingredients she bought were a quarter of the price they would have been in the supermarket, or were the same price but in MUCH larger containers so far better value for money


Then I cut the buttons from all of my old work shirts since I won't be needing them again and made a start on cutting the zips and buttons from some of my work trousers, decent YKK zips, no point throwing them away since they always come in handy for making your own things or mending ones that still have life in them


Which leads on nicely to our new patch:




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  1. Great fix there, I love ethnic shops for spices and a great place to bulk buy rice and beans, and the fabric from your shirts and trousers became what :-)

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    1. they were horrible thin polycotton shirts and trousers so not much use to us, not even for patches. We have so much decent fabric through both the businesses that these were only useful as rags for dirty work

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  2. I've heard it's much cheaper to shop in those ethnic markets, but have yet to do so. I guess I feel I'd be intimidated with all the selections of products that I don't know much about.
    And it's so nice to see young folks practising "thrift" and saving buttons and zippers and such. It's all such a throw away society now and it's nice to see some "buck the trend".

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    1. just seems silly to throw something away if you're likely to need it later. We mainly bought things we usually buy elsewhere anyway, for instance the himalayan pink salt we bought there was about 1/4 of the price in the supermarkets, and things like chickpeas and lentils were also considerably cheaper there too

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  3. Are you stocking up on things that you won't be able to get when you move? There always seems to be a list of things that expats are missing in their new country. Couldn't you use your work cloths for doing all the dirty work when you move?

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    1. I hadn't thought about that, but I know from last time that it's a nightmare trying to find marmite over there so i'm going to have to get a couple of catering sized containers before we go

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  4. Will be visiting SOS in a week or so - would love to visit the ethnic shop - may I ask the name & address of the shop please- thanks!!

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    1. it's called daily fresh: 342 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7JJ it's near Kayes Textiles which is a great little fabric shop we use in Westcliff

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