Sorry for my absence. I knew that last week and this week would be crazy with all the 'grandchildren' minding, travelling to pick them up and dropping them off, and of course going to work. The time has flown and I've just about managed to keep the garden watered and us fed but nothing else. I'm still using the hose as there hasn't been enough rain to do any good what so ever. I dare say my bill is going to be higher than normal so I'll need to invest in more water butts over the autumn and winter.
Hubby filled a paddling pool for the grandchildren to play in as its been so hot and dry, they thoroughly enjoyed it and the water won't be wasted but used on the garden and greenhouse over the next few days. I must say I've enjoyed putting my feet in it after a long day at work wearing steel toe capped boots.
The tomatoes have gone a little mad and so has the cucumber and courgette. I have been preserving like mad, more on that another day. The runner beans are slowly starting to produce but nothing like last years crop (very disappointing). They are mainly hidden under the foliage which I'm having to check daily.
|The water won't get wasted it will be used on the garden|
This is the third lot of tomatoes, chillies, beans,
courgettes and cucumber
Two more large courgettes have been sliced and frozen together with 2 bags of dwarf beans and my first small bag of blackberries, picked at the park in Ipswich while the children played on the swings! You have to cease these opportunities.
The £13.71 left in the budget disappeared. This week I have spent all of it an more. My brother in law and partner are visiting from Wales at the weekend and I've had to go and get a few bits and pieces. I still need a few more things which will probably take my overspend to £30 (£10 haircut). Its frustrating as the freezer is till full of food and the cupboards are far from bare. But I needed a number of things for some of the relishes and jams I've made as well as extra cordial, beer, potatoes, biscuits, fruit, ice cream and cereal. Furthermore, grandchildren aren't cheap! I've paid for skating, ice cream, and drinks.
I mentioned in my last post that I bought myself a magazine for £5.99 a little extravagant but the free pattern made it worth while. I thought it was quite versatile as it can be pajamas, gym clothes as well as a formal blouse, trousers and jacket. My friend has just bought a Pfaff machine and loves it. I'm torn between Pfaff and Janome now but I'm entering a competition in the hope of winning one! After Marlene at Simple Living won one I at least know someone does win!!