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washing up liquid

4 Sep

london 8.35pm 17C dry night tuesday 2018

11pm . today i used up the last of the washing liquid by ecover, which i got free in their promotion in 3rd may 2018. it is 4sept, so it took me 4 months to finish it. there were 5 bottles 450ml each.  i diluted it by a 10th, that is why i made it last me so long.

hang on.(even with me diluting them i used 5 bottles in 4months. so each bottle dont even last a month… what is going on? have i made a mistake? have i miscounted the bottles and it is not 5 bottles that i took from them? i am sure i got 5 bottles 450ml each. they were really generous with giving it out and not restricting how much each of us can get.

is it possible that i have used so much so quickly??? it makes me think that each undiluted bottle would be quickly used up in the ordinary usage. that means each household must use up a lot of washing up liquid at normal usage.) i am surprised it took only 4months . diluting it by so much, i should expect each bottle to last me 2months each. i think simon has been wasting it. he tends to squirt a lot out and then squirt out somemore, just to soak the dishes. there is no need to add so much washingup liquid when u just want to soak the dishes. usually i end up washing them… and i throw  the dirty water away as soon as i start washing them. i know i should clean the dishes using the dirty water, but it is just too dirty… with bits of food and gravy in it. and i use a fresh load of washing up liquid from a push container that delivers a fixed amount. also, the ecover liquid is colourless, that makes it unnoticeable how much you use so that it is easy to over squirt the amount.

anyway it is all gone now and i am back to using asda’s basic washing liquid. i went to buy it today and found out that it is 34p for 500ml. it must have gone down in price.( i have checked and found from my old records that i bought it in jan and it was 40p. ) i bought two. it must be the cheapest washing liquid in london, if not all of uk. all the other supermarkets have been increasing the price and decreasing the amount. if asda can maintain the amount and decrease the price as well, it just goes to show how much profiteering the others are doing on their washing up liquid. they are just using brexit as an excuse to increase the price and their profit.

i dilute it by a 10th too, even this cheap washing up liquid, so it should last me quite a bit. haha. i know, it is so cheap i could use it full strength and it would still last me , so you might wonder why i bother. but i find it is too concentrated and i waste a lot if i dont dilute it. i dislike waste.

the asda liquid  also have a thick consistency and so does not flow so easily… that makes it easy not to over squirt it out. but i dilute it so that does not apply. i use a punch down dispenser that delivers a fixed amount. but simon uses another container that just pours it out. and that delivers a lot.

i find, now that i have used the ecover washing up liquid, an expensive brand, and can compare it to the cheapest asda brand, that there is no difference in cleaning whether u use expensive or cheap washing up liquid. they are all the same really. they all do a good job of cleaning the dishes.

price of wine in uk and in france

29 Oct

london 9.09am 15C cloudy saturday 2016. such a mild weather we are having. some high pressure hanging around and preventing the cold north wind from coming down south.

wine prices here in uk has always got me puzzled why it is so much more expensive here than in france or spain. i mean u can get £1.50 ( maybe a bit more now that our £ has dropped) bottles of wine there, and it seems very drinkable. not that i know of course, seeing i dont know my wine at all, and they all taste rather bitter to me. haha. well i happen to come across this post talking about the price here vs france, and it is the duty that the british govt imposed on the wine. £2 plus vat. so £2.41 ( will be more now , that post was in 2014) straight away on a bottle before it is even on sale. no wonder no bottle can be bought for less here.

just to check, i went into lidl online just now to find out what is the cheapest wine they got. it is a white wine, £6.49 for a reisling ernest wein, alsace 2015. cant say i know what it is except it is a white wine. ( correction, the cheapest is £4.79 ribeiro casal de rio,spain2015; this one pedro jimenez 2013 £3.99 even got a good review in 2015 but possible with our low £ now u cannot get it at that price now) i can remember u can get cheapest wine for about £4. not any more it seems. still can… just, though the quality of wine u can buy with it now as opposed to those long ago days may be different.i suppose one good thing about it is that it might make someone less likely to become alcoholic, if the wine is so expensive here. if wine is £1.50 a bottle, it is tempting to drink a lot of it, and that will ruin your liver before u know it.

i have to say all those names in french gives it a mighty sounding resonance to it all, and makes anyone holding a glass of it, and sprouting it sound learned and clever and sophisticated. its a nice image. 


life is nice

16 Oct

london 9.44am light rain 14.1C sunday 2016

10.02pm 14.3C rather mild day, though it has been lightly raining.

usually or so they say, people switch on the heating on 18th oct. but it is so mild now, i dont think it is necessary. at least not in london.

the mornings are dark. sunrise is 7.26am today . and the clocks are changing very late this year. so that means we will be getting very late sunrises for another 2wks or so,  the sunrise will be later and later till it might be 8am or near there before the clocks going back kicks it to 1 hr early .

it is dark when i wake up. it is slightly lighter in the evening. but most of the time i am indoors at that time, and so only when i happen to be in my bedroom and looking out of the window do i notice it. whereas i do notice it being dark in the mornings. 

the news is rather warning of price rises later this year because of the weak £.it might make people anxious that their food bill may rise. but i dont think there is much to worry about if u stick to basic foodstuff and dont get caught up in being brand conscious. and buying fresh foods will at least keep the bill down as it does not attract VAT. that is 20% cheaper just like that. 

they are saying clothes will go up, so u might like to buy some more socks. haha. at least that is what i shall be doing. socks always seem to go missing; and of course the petrol will rise too.

petrol always goes up quicker than it goes down. that is why i dont have a car, so i dont have to buy petrol. in that way whenever i see a price hike in the price when i pass a petrol station, i just laugh. i have escape being a slave to them.

of course, transport costs by businesses will be passed on to us the customers but i dont buy many things that everyone seem to want, just dont want it myself, that i doubt i shall be much affected.