Saturday, 26 July 2014

Where Does It All Go?

The money that is...one minute it's there sitting quite comfortably in the account...the next...boof gone.
I know the direct debits come out every month and account for them...but still there never seems to be anything left over for a buffer in case of harder times.
Things have to ease up a little so August will be a month of foraging in the freezer... The polytunnel is supplying us with a decent amount of vegetables and I may soon try some of the windfall apples...anything to cut our costs.
The oil guzzling Esse has been let out during the hot spell and I'm trying to use electricity wisely when the sun is out as we have solar panels on the roof. Washing is line dried baked whenever possible.
I've been working oodles of hours and seem to have very little at the end of the month to show for my efforts. I'm sorely cheesed off and intend to turn things around in the household accounts department.
So far...no more Mrs. Nice and faithful customer for me...BT have been giving new customers way better deals than us loyals for too long...they had a phone call...result about £10 per month off our bill!
Oil...well we always shop around.
Electricity...on EDF ECO 20:20... Also have solar panels.
Water...just don't!! Can't have a meter they say...we would be paying over £90 per month...a phone call £71.30...still loads though, but the plants can have a good soaking.
TV licence...hardly watch it in the summer...but cold winter evenings...just over £12 per month. Pity we can't have a monthy subscription, just for the months we use it.
Food...just love it...probably buy too much and end up lobbing some...habit to stop pronto.
Electrical items...always compare prices...usually end up online...have bought higher quality this time in hope that they will last a lot longer.
The car...is it safe to drive...is it legal to drive...does it work...sorted...no fancy number plates required thank you!
Holidays...or lack of...maybe a couple of nights this autumn staying up country with our son...well using his house as a base to explore the peak district...sounds ideal to me.
Pets...one cherished but not spoilt rotten beautiful mutt! Luxurious walks in the countryside...a wheat and gluten free diet from the vets...very reasonable and worth every penny.
One husband...enjoys buying rubbish useful items at farm sales...needs to curb his hobby! Hard working...just not when at home individual who loves to be waited on...further training required!
Finally...what better to do on a baking hot evening than this.
J. x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Preparing

Preparing for lots of things...children flying the nest leave an empty place in the heart...but for now I have just too much to do and plan for...could Winter's End be just around the corner?

Sitting outside...not wanting to go in, the weather has been so lovely, but I hear rumbles of thunder, the insects are annoying, the lure to be outside though is just too great at the moment.

The weight is coming off...slowly...too many celebrations...but I can live with that.

Would love to show you what I've been up to...but it's hard to show plots and plans from inside your head, but hopefully changes are near...big changes...changes I've longed and dreamed about for a full quarter of a century.

More rumbles...closer now, but I'm sitting tight...just.

A hot dog...lazing on the front porch...softly snoring...bliss.

Washing drying on the line...heavenly...though full on crispy towels I could live without!

So plots and plans...one hundred years has nearly gone by since the start of WW1.

75 years from WW2.

I intend to follow the WW2 rationing as it happened throught the war...only 75 years later...growing our own will become vitally important. Petrol will be on ration...I'm not giving up that totally and cycling...our road is too dangerous and I work odd shifts...but journeys will have to be planned and deemed necessary for anything other than work.

More rumbles...maybe I will retreat!!

J. x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Striving

In my case for self sufficincy. I always have longed to be reasonably self sufficient, and I know that it's not practical, or possible especially at the moment..but one day who knows...

But what a truly wonderful feeling it would bring...not needing to go and buy anything...I know I was brought up on a romanticised The Good Life programme and hooray for it too, the reality would...well it doesn't bear thinking about even...but a girl can dream...thank goodness!!

Dreaming aside though, the hedgerows around my home are promising a bumper harvest of berries this year...so hopefully I'll put my kitchen knowledge and practical skills to good use later in the summer and on into autumn. Thankfully the June drop wasn't too dramatic this year from our fruit trees at any rate, so each apple and pear will be a tasty addition to the pantry.

And thet's it for today really...I'm home, but have been hard at the mound of paperwork...looks like I need a lock in too, so no pictures taken today...no time spent gazing at the flowers, just hard graft sat to the table. A brief respite just now for an early lunch of tinned salmon and salad...yum, so ta ta for now.

J. x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Planning

A day off today...first a trip to fat club...another lb off...making 13 so far! Next a look around some homey type shops with a friend, and of course syn laden refreshments. Next the dreaded blood tests, followed by a visit to a sister in law who had an op last week, and finally home for some housework and cooking. After tea...maybe...just maybe I'll finally get to do some paperwork. Well maybe.

But for now, it's cup of tea time in the garden...who knows how long the fine weather will hold, so three linefulls of washing done today, albeit to varying degrees of cardboard stiffness, but hey, no more fabric softener...times are hard...isn't there a war looming possibly?!!

Talking of which...planning and more planning, I know roughly now what was rationed and by how much, but I still need to do more research on the value of points goods. These would change constantly, and I've been given the name of someone who works for the Imperial War Museum...lucky woman she'll be with me badgering her!! I've also spoken to some lovely older ladies from a nearby village who well remember what rationing was like to live through. I've promised to go back for more chat soon.

Polytunnel update...see for yourself...

Full to the brim...lovely.

J. x