Tight Lipped Tuesday #28

Trying not to totally disappear from the blogging scene whilst trying to buy and sell houses in different countries during a global pandemic, I remembered my ‘Tight Lipped Tuesday’ series of sparsely worded (for me) posts and, as luck would have it, it is Tuesday today and, as more luck would have it, I made something.

Home made granola because the commercially made stuff gives me terrible gas.

I know you’d want me to share that with you.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, I made some oat milk to go with it.

Anything to get away from packing boxes for half an hour or so.

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on October 20, 2020 - 11:41

    HaHa!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Wishing you luck with all the house moving stuff – not easy!

  2. #3 by claire93 on October 20, 2020 - 12:10

    I’ve been wondering how you’re getting on with the selling & buying.

    • #4 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 13:55

      The buying bit would almost be over with as a completion date approaches but as another possible U.K. lockdown looms, albeit a short one, it’s thrown everything into yet more uncertainty. The selling bit is easy as we’ve only had two people through the door in three months! I’ve given up keeping the house ‘viewer ready’ to be honest. It’s a difficult house to sell – it’s big, on three floors, with a lot of land and it’s in a dodgy (i.e. expensive for round here) price range. We’ll just have to leave it and do a big push in the Spring.

      • #5 by claire93 on October 20, 2020 - 15:52

        I was actually very “nosey” and found your house ad on le bon coin ^^ It certainly is very large, and beautiful. I do hope you get more viewings and an offer.

      • #6 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 16:02

        It’s on Le Bon Coin is it? I’ve lost track as we’re with three different agents and they put it on in different places. It’s a lot more ‘sparse’ in here now as I’m selling off bits of furniture that we’re not taking with us, although I’m keeping some as we want to leave the place looking a bit lived in. Just need to get people through the door really as everybody who does see it, really likes it.

      • #7 by claire93 on October 20, 2020 - 21:10

        I think a lot of agencies use le bon coin as an extra advertising site, since that seems to be the first stop for most potential buyers these days ^^

  3. #8 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on October 20, 2020 - 12:42

    Hahahahaha… love the share πŸ˜„

    • #9 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 13:55

      I’ve just eaten a bowl of my home made stuff and so far so good.

  4. #10 by CurlsnSkirls on October 20, 2020 - 13:20

    Enjoy your oatmeal!
    And make time to make more when you run out. πŸ˜‰
    Any good audio books keeping you company whilst you-know-whating?

    • #11 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 14:00

      I’m listening to ‘The Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman at the moment. To be honest, it’s more my daughter’s taste than mine although it makes a change from my usual fare. I enjoyed ‘The Hoarder’ by Jess Kidd – a good story and the voice actor had a lovely Irish accent. I’ve built up two credits on Audible now so I must scout around for something new soon – especially as, when we eventually move, we’ll be driving back to the U.K. with our two dogs so a good audio book will be needed for the journey. Trouble is, finding something we would both like.

      • #12 by CurlsnSkirls on October 20, 2020 - 19:15

        Do I remember you both liking one of the Stephen Fry books? If that’s not completely bonkers, perhaps a repeat of it or another one of his… ?

      • #13 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 08:41

        I think it is ‘Mythos’ a re-telling of some of the Greek myths by Stephen Fry to which you are referring. Yes, we both liked that one although the car journey we were on then wasn’t nearly as long as the one we will take and he didn’t carry on listening to it afterwards, whereas I did. Something about ten hours long, well written and well read would do the trick – just the subject matter to think about.

      • #14 by CurlsnSkirls on October 21, 2020 - 15:44

        Yes, it was ‘Mythos’ I remembered–thank you! Ten hours is a long time to be listening. And a long car trip… Maybe a couple of titles, if possible, for variety. Good luck!

  5. #15 by katechiconi on October 20, 2020 - 13:21

    It’s getting older: we all feel compelled to share the things that are starting to go wrong with us. At least we now have a dog to blame certain things on… And feeling nostalgic about 80s music, the most embarrassing symptom of all! I do know how you feel, and I sympathise, with both the internal symptoms and the packing.

    • #16 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 14:13

      Yes, getting older and we never had things like granola – it was Quaker (or Scotts) Porridge Oats or nothing.
      I do get nostalgic for some 80s music – although the one I featured was only for the reference but it did spring to mind so I probably did like it at the time. I have Spotify playlists from each decade from the 50s (I remember my Dad singing along to Nat King Cole) to the 00s, then it got a bit too ‘clubby’ for me, – probably as I don’t hang out in clubs any more. πŸ‘΅

      • #17 by katechiconi on October 20, 2020 - 22:42

        I remember we had a tiny box of Alpen in the larder which my mother appropriated for her exclusive use… or so she thought! I hated porridge as a child, but now I quite like it, except that I don’t really live in a porridge-appropriate climate! I have similar listening tastes, but don’t do Spotify – I still have a CD player in my sewing room, for Ella through Beach Boys to Cat Stevens to Abba, and through the 80s and 90s, up to Adele for modern times. And yes, that firmly dates my listening tastes!

      • #18 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 22:50

        Aaah, I was a Cat Stevens girl too. 😍

  6. #19 by Carol Archer on October 20, 2020 - 13:42

    Good afternoon,

    I have been following your Blog for some time now, and thoroughly enjoying it….., being a keen sewing person and also dabble a bit with Cartonnage. We are in the Haute Vienne.

    Like you we are looking to move back to the UK., house currently on the market with a couple β€˜quite’ interested. We also have animals – 6 Cats, will be fun and games I’m sure organising their return along with everything else!

    Just wanted to say good luck, it’s exciting but very nerve racking especially given the current circumstances.

    Carol X

    Sent from my iPad

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    • #20 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 14:27

      Hello, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my blog, apologies for the lack of posts lately.
      Fortunately, we don’t have to wait to sell this house before buying one back in the U.K. as we might have had to wait a very long time. Obviously, it would still help financially and practically if we could sell it but I’m sure it will go eventually. It is too big, with too much land and too expensive to appeal to the local population so we’ll probably be relying on the Dutch and Belgians whilst the Brits are having difficulty getting here.
      We have two dogs and five cats. We’ll be driving the dogs over but the thought of five cats in the back of the car for hours on end is giving us nightmares (along with all the others we’re having) so we’re trying to organise something with an animal courier company but, as you can imagine, all the uncertainty with possible lock downs, etc. is making it very difficult – same with furniture removal companies.
      We will look back at it all and laugh – as my Mum used to say. I just can’t imagine it at the moment.
      I’m quite surprised at how many people are going back to the U.K. to be honest. My sister has just gone back after living in Spain for some years now. I don’t know whether it’s because, when times get ‘weird’ for want of a better word, your native country becomes more appealing somehow.
      Anyway, I hope your ‘quite interested’ couple turn into a ‘definite’ for you and then you will be able to get on with your plans.

      • #21 by Born To Organize on October 22, 2020 - 05:01

        Transporting five cats would give me shivers, too. Good luck moving house with all your four-legged family members. Packing is a slog, no matter how you slice it. It’s stunning how much you have stashed in the cupboards and closets. I think the uncertainty of these times make us crave stability or normalcy, whatever that might be. I’m so glad you put up a post. I hope you’ll post again, soon.

      • #22 by tialys on October 22, 2020 - 09:50

        I will try. We have now exchanged contracts and so have a completion date of 17th November which means barring accidents, injuries, deaths, – and I’m not ruling anything out πŸ™„ – we should be able to move in on or shortly after that date. Now the mammoth task of trying to coordinate the transport of our worldly goods (or those I haven’t sold/given away/thrown out) and the cats.

  7. #23 by nanacathy2 on October 20, 2020 - 15:04

    Well you make my house move sound like a breeze by comparison, which it wasn’t. Can you fly the cats back? Do you need to have them vacinated before they come- hope they have good English! My brothers dogs flew from Cyprus when they came back and it went without a hitch. When I moved from Oxford to Yorkshire the vet gave me something to calm the cat- total faliure, she yowled all the way- the dog was good as gold- he just was happy to be with us all day……
    I do sympathise on the box front- I finally rescued the Christmas decoration box which had ended up in the garage yesterday, so now we have another box to take to the tip. Good luck with everything- providing the removal firm doesn’t back out of the move there is no reason why you can’t move house during lockdown. Somerset like Wiltshire is only medium risk still, so that should be ok.

    • #24 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 16:14

      I know your move wasn’t a breeze either – they never are really are they?
      I can’t imagine putting the cats on a flight but they will hopefully go in a van which will be door to door (hopefully). Otherwise we’ll only have to take them to the airport here and collect them at the other end – complete with yowling and possible pooping. The dogs will come with us in the car when we leave as I agree that dogs prefer to be with you if possible and don’t make so much fuss generally.
      We’ll actually be in Dorset rather than Somerset but up in the North West which I think is probably still lowish risk. Fingers crossed for completion on 2nd November which, if Boris decides on a 2 week circuit breaker, will be right in the middle of it all 😡😱

  8. #25 by Jan Marriott on October 20, 2020 - 15:15

    Lynn, just want to say I’m still here and following, albeit laid low with arthritis – can’t even pick up a knitting needle or fold a silk scarf. Digging in for a dreary ( cosy) Canadian winter with not much hope of going to NZ.
    Good luck.
    Jan

    • #26 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 16:08

      Hello Jan – I was only thinking of you the other day as I found a Christmas card – or card of some sort anyway – from you when I was clearing out ready for packing.
      I’m so sorry to hear the arthritis has affected you so badly. What a shame for somebody who loves making things and lovingly stroking her beautiful scarf collection so much. It’s a cruel and painful condition isn’t it and one I dread getting struck down by.
      I hope you stay cosy (not dreary) this winter and at least you have lots of memories to look back on of New Zealand, even if you can’t get there this time.
      Hugs to you Jan,
      Lynn xxx

  9. #27 by Carole Mayne on October 20, 2020 - 16:45

    Blessings and love to you… may this move bring you contentment and peace! And lots of time to see and do all your favorite things!

    • #28 by tialys on October 20, 2020 - 17:16

      Aw, thank you Carole – I must say a bit of contentment and peace would go down very well at the moment.

  10. #29 by magpiesue on October 20, 2020 - 19:47

    You are fortunate indeed to be able to leave the house in France without having sold it first. I do hope you (and the critters) can get safely into the UK before Boris shuts the doors. You are a strong woman, you can do this! (Besides, you’ve been fortified by granola and oat milk!)

    • #30 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 08:37

      It’s true that we are fortunate in that respect although it means, of course, that quite a bit of capital is tied up in it that we would prefer to be using elsewhere at the moment. Still…..
      Boris (or some of his colleagues anyway) is only talking about a short, sharp lockdown (2 weeks) but the uncertainty is making booking removal firms for both household contents and animals rather difficult.
      As you say – I’ve had my granola and will get through it!

  11. #31 by kathyreeves on October 20, 2020 - 20:11

    πŸ˜‚ Your “secret” is safe with us Lynn! I do hope the right folks walk in over the next week or two!

    • #32 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 08:34

      Well, you never know. Houses, especially big ones, can take a long time to sell in France even in normal times so we were prepared for a bit of a wait but it will be better all round once it’s gone.

  12. #33 by Laurie Graves on October 20, 2020 - 20:43

    You have a lot on your plate, as we would say in Maine. Fingers crossed that you can get things settled before there is a complete lock down.

    • #34 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 08:32

      We have that expression in England too and it id definitely true at the moment. I think – if Boris does go for a lockdown – it will be a short, sharp one of two weeks but that would still put a spanner in the works.

      • #35 by Laurie Graves on October 21, 2020 - 19:43

        “Spanner in the works,” is not something we say here, but because we watch so much “Escape to the Country,” I knew exactly what you meant.

      • #36 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 22:30

        🀣

  13. #37 by tinaor on October 20, 2020 - 20:44

    Good luck with your continued selling/buying – stressful at any time. And thanks for sharing (that bit’s about the gas comment, ha ha!). x

    • #38 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 08:30

      I knew you’d want to know πŸ˜‰

  14. #39 by cedar51 on October 21, 2020 - 08:50

    I too make my own oven baked cereal concoction but I also like one particular commercial brand so I toss it through – I used to call it Granola until a “know all person” suggested it wasn’t… but I don’t make it for the reasons you do, just so I can get more seeds and nuts through mine. I can not eat dried fruit!

    • #40 by tialys on October 21, 2020 - 10:52

      I think – though I may be wrong – that a lot of the commercial products contains some form of inulin which is a prebiotic and supposed to be good for you but I appear to be intolerant of it. The particular brand that gave me ‘problems’ was from Lidl and contains chicory from which inulin is very often industrially extracted. I don’t have any other allergies, intolerances or general food ‘fussiness’ so it was a bit of a shock to realise my gut isn’t liking something. I also think I might have eaten too much of it as I usually have it for lunch and 35g looks like a very small amount in a cereal bowl πŸ™„

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