Just sometimes I do wish myself to be living in a less complicated era...and am at present enjoying getting absorbed in the book The Cottage Garden Diaries, by Fiona J. Houston. Having a dog who this afternoon has refused to go for a walk, preferring to lie comatose upon the kitchen tiles, and guarding her dish just in case any tasty tidbits should fall into it...(rather unlikely)... I find myself reading and blogging without guilt.
Roast lunch was prepared in the small oven...turning it off occasionally to use the hob...only one or the other at a time I'm afraid...still it saved me from sweating over the woodburner. And after the glorious few days we have been enjoying I am very grateful for it. Anyway rationing suits the small oven cooking method...it was more like a sparrow than a chicken which we enjoyed today...and I can't quite believe that there is leftover meat!
Meat has been hard to eek out, though not as bad as the milk ration..I feel sure that I may have been keeping a house cow...I suppose I do have access to farm milk if I get desperate...we always used to drink it, but lately with youngsters no longer getting their BCG's (though ours did as babies), we do buy in milk. I could be adding water on the quiet to the last dribble later!
Youngest has gone off to work...I'll see her in there tomorrow...hope it's a good day! Hubby and youngest's partner are at the top of the garden taking down some large trees. They are on next doors hedge, but he wants them down so we're doing the job for him! There will be light on the tops of our gardens. They were beautiful though and the birds perched and sang their hearts out from their branches so it will be sad for them to go...however having some more useable veg growing area will be good.
The bird life here is fantastic...we are bordered by hedge on three sides of the garden...all slightly different species. Many fledglings have been begging for food in the garden this week.
I need to do a spot of menu planning in a while, and the main shopping will be done on Tuesday. Eek and stretch are two situations I think I will have to become more familiar with. I need to also be writing down what we did eat because now I'm trying to remember the weeks meals my mind has gone blank. I think a diary may be in order to keep order! The £30 for 'everything else' has been fairly easy this week...in fact £22.90, though admittedly I do have a very well stocked pantry.
So what is Heidi missing this afternoon...
Well this actually...
Though the wind is really picking up a pace now and she doesn't have her buddy Beatrice to go with today...so perhaps that's why she didn't want to go.
Much more fun with company!