Found the shoes I wanted after all - yay! Needed something with a firm grip that would stay warm and dry through autumn/winter and won't suffer too badly if they get wet or muddy.
Been having a lot of ginger drinks lately - grating it by hand then cooking it in water to get all the flavour out - found myself grating my fingers all too often, very messy labour-heavy job, finally decided it was about time we went for a juicer. Read some reviews and settled on this:
Juiced apple, carrot, ginger and cucumber earlier this evening, and it's opened up a world of fruits and vegetables I normally couldn't consider with just a blender, I'm hooked already! And my fingers are thanking me. I guess I'm now officially a health nut.