Three years ago I started an experiment to see if I could afford to retire on my Civil Service pension at 60. With the State Pension age at 66 I had to learn to live on less money. By growing more in the garden, changing the way I shopped and by tweaking others things I could indeed live on my pension without altering my lifestyle. So in October 2016 I retired. This year has been a huge but enjoyable learning curve and retirement is officially the best job I've ever had.
Monday, 10 July 2017
Where are the weeks going to? I thought time passed quickly when I was at work but now I'm retired I'm finding the weeks are rushing by at break neck speed. We spent the weekend with family and friends. My youngest daughter held a fantastic barbeque on Saturday and I probably ate a little too much. Sunday was spent at Alton water with friends. It was very hot but we found some shade behind a tree and there was a little bit of a breeze late morning then grew steadily throughout the afternoon. Once again we had rain forecast from 9am this morning but nothing has happened so far. We are desperate for it on the gardens but also to break this muggy atmosphere.
I've been picking beans both dwarf green beans and runner every day since Thursday. Two lots have gone in the freezer and one used. I did dig up another lot of potatoes but the ants have been at them however once scrapped they're fine. Everyday I'm getting 10 or so raspberries which we have with yoghurt. They will be pruned even harder this year.
Tomatoes are ripening quickly now but I'm not pleased with the plants. They are not my normal variety and have grown very stumpy but are laden with fruit. Once the toms are ripe they drop off! Not sure that's right but too late now.
20 inches high and full of tomatoes
Tomatoes drop off when ripe!
The beetroot seedlings are all looking healthy and the carrots have already broken the surface of the pot. I have potted up the remaining carrot seed sprouts and they will go into the garden next week when they are strong enough. The leek seeds are still not sprouting, I'll leave them a little longer and then just put them into compost and see what happens.
Carrots in the pot 2 trays of beetroot
My shopping bills will start to really decrease now I've got so much ripening. In fact I think apart from dairy produce I could stay away from the shops for a while. (I do have one more coupon to use, more on that tomorrow) I can make a complete salad now. I have potatoes and vegetables to accompany most meals. There will be more beetroot to lift at the weekend if I get a chance, I've got a really hectic week ahead of me. I made a quick chicken curry this morning using up some of the small onions and potatoes I lifted, as well as the courgettes that are coming quickly now. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Back soon. Tx
PS: The pitter-patter I heard on the conservatory roof a moment ago has just turned into a torrential down pour then back to pitter-patter. According to the media we are in for a roasting hot August but we'll just have to wait and see!