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To help with your Jubilee Celebrations why not call in at Anne’s, Horsefair News  and get a Jubilee Jar or Hamper.We can fill it with your favourite sweets and decorate it with Patriotic ribbon and flags.

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Jubilee Jars and Hampers

To help with your Jubilee Celebrations why not call in at Anne’s, Horsefair News  and get a Jubilee Jar or Hamper.We can fill it with your favourite sweets and decorate it with Patriotic ribbon and flags.

If you enjoy quizs and like to support charity call in the Anne’s Horsefair News and collect the two available.

One is a Gardening Quiz in aid of the Boroughbridge Horticultural Society and the other one is the latest Beth and Brenda Quiz  for Jennyruth Workshops. Each quiz sheet costs £1. Prizes for the Gardening Quiz are £15, £10 and £5. Prizes for the Jennyruth Quiz are a Hare Silhouette, a Stag on a stand and a Mouse Dooor Stop.

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One of the positives of running a shop and spending time behind the counter is meeting so many different people and being a small concern we usually have time for a chat and a laugh with our customers. Young, old,school kids, workers, resting or retired they share an interesting mix of ideas and experiences.  Occasionally we get someone through the door who is less than welcome.

Today in Boroughbridge is “Plot to Plate” day. The allotment society has arrange various displays,stalls and a scarecrow trail to attract visitors to the town.

Just after 8.00am this morning a rather scruffy, unshaven man limped into the shop. He appeared to be tipsy and asked if we could do him a favour? His voice was slurred but eventually we realised that he had a plaster cast on his leg and he was asking us to remove it for him. My husband told him, tongue in cheek, that we couldn’t help as we didn’t have the tools but suggested he tried the hardware shop across the road or the butcher next door. Shortly after the guy had left the shop hubby went to the door to check he’d got over the road and called to me that the man was being helped off the ground outside the post office.This turned out to be incorrect, it was the postmaster putting up his scarecrow!

The art exhibit…

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The art exhibition was a great success. We had a steady flow of customers throughout the two days but never enough for the shop to be too crowded. Six watercolour paintings were sold and I have three firm commissions and a couple of possibles. A VERY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came to buy/view.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Study of a Fox

These are a few of the paintings that will be on exhibition at

 Anne’s, Horsefair Newsagents, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.

 1pm to 5pm Saturday 14 April 2012 and 10am to 2pm Sunday 15 April 2012. Admission Free. A collection of over 35 original works including landscapes, flowers and animals will be on show. A number of the paintings are for sale.  Commissions accepted.

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Anne’s Art Exhibition

Shetland Pony

These are a few of the paintings that will be on exhibition at

 Anne’s, Horsefair Newsagents, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.

 1pm to 5pm Saturday 14 April 2012 and 10am to 2pm Sunday 15 April 2012. Admission Free. A collection of over 35 original works including landscapes, flowers and animals will be on show. A number of the paintings are for sale.  Commissions accepted. 

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Nestle Totally Free of Artificial Additives

Great news in the Daily Mail today. Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor, tells us that Nestle are the first major confectioner to remove artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from its whole range. they have changed the recipes of 79 products, the last being Nestle Crunch Bar. The article states that more than 80 ingredients in total have been replaced with alternatives, mostly from natural sources such as carrot, radish and lemon.

The Daily Mail ,back in 2005 ,were concerned about artificial colours in Smarties that could cause hyperactivity in children. The paper launched its “Ban The Additive” Campaign in 2007.after research shown normal healthy children fed on additives commonly found in sweets, fizzy drinks and cakes became hyperactive.

Well done the Daily Mail.  (See page 9 of today’s Daily Mail for full article)

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Family Trees Shrink the World

I’d planned all sorts of jobs today, getting bookwork up to date, wordprocessing, finishing my latest watercolour, but before I started  I checked my emails. One was from a gentleman in Canada who is researching a branch of the Pallister family tree and needed help to fill in some gaps. So I logged onto the ancestry site  and chased dead ends for nearly three hours. Progress in our research has been impeded because the vicar of Raskelf or his predecessor have mislaid the parish records.

Whilst on the site I noticed that another researcher had taken some data from the Cantrill family tree and they were from New Jersey. They had got it a bit wrong so I left a comment which should help their research.

All in all a busy day but not veryconstructive . Tomorrow I’ll get the chores done then check my emails.

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Thank You Gordon Brown!

The mail today included a letter informing me that I can’t have my state pension until 2018. I knew this was happening but it is still  irritating that an incompetent Chancellor then Prime Minister can” steal” thousands of pounds from me and many others and then swanny off into the sunset charging large fees to lecture people about money management. This is the man who sold of our gold reserves at a rock bottom price.

He is not alone. Successive governments have wasted money on crackpot schemes, bringing in new legislation that prevents hard working people getting ahead whilst rewarding layabouts and scroungers. The people making the decisions seem to have no grasp of real life and make you wonder if they have ever held down a proper job where they are personally responsible for the outcome of their actions.

Going back to the pension I wouldn’t be surprised if by 2017 I get a letter saying pensions have gone the same way as the dinosaurs and taken my NI contributions with them. Lets hope the National Health Service doesn’t become extinct also.

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