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Hello – hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  Wasn’t the weather glorious yesterday – it really felt like Spring!

We trotted off to the big smoke on Saturday to see George’s Marvellous Medicine (Roald Dahl) at The Bloomsbury Theatre which is owned by the University College London, situated near the West End, in fact 10 minutes from St Pancreas.

The beauty of going to this theatre is that the ticket prices are a fraction of what you pay in the West End, and you get lots of leg room! We couldn’t justify several hundred pounds for a family of 4, however £62 for all four of us is well within reason.

The performance was staged by the Birmingham Stage Company – only 6 actors but absolutely brilliant and lots of interaction with us the audience.  The boys really enjoyed it and so did we.

On our way back to the car, we had a walk round St Pancreas which is an incredible building and we enjoyed taking a look at the sushi bar, the longest champagne bar in Europe and watching where all the trains were coming and going.  Having been to St Pancreas a couple of years ago, we always feel it’s quite a calm place but I guess for those queuing for a ridiculous amount of time for a train, before Christmas it wasn’t!

Back to thrifty – During the Christmas break I got a craft magazine which came with some pretty paper’s – I never normally know what to do with them and end up giving them to Jack to do something with.  This time I thought it might be nice to brighten up my shelf with some paper edging.

I cut 2 hearts out, sewed round the edges – you could glue them together.  Stuck some recycled buttons on and tacked it to the shelf.  It’s come out quite well I think.

The Seville Orange marmalade season is approaching again (having only seemed like yesterday since I made some).

Now I know it can be tiresome peeling and chopping to make it, so I bought this

from Lakeland.  It contains pure Seville Orange pulp and peel and claims to make 6lb, at a cost of £2.29.  I thought I’d give it a go.  All you need is sugar and water.  Wow, what a difference – looked like marmalade, smelled like marmalade, and tasted like marmalade. 

I got 6 respectable jars from it (1 in fridge already!), so from a cost point of view, I’m not sure how £2.29 compares to buying the oranges.  I guess I’ll wait till later on in the month to find out.

I thought I’d keep the tin as a plant pot as it looks quite retro.

Have a good day!

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