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Friday, 31 August 2018

Thank You & Sorry

Firstly I would like to say a huge thank  you to you all for all your kind words and good luck wishes.  Its given me a massive boost to know I have so many people rooting for me.  I know we are extremely lucky to have found another buyer so quick and in the great position of having sold and exchanged contracts, but losing our original buyers really did knock me for six.  So now I must apologise for my lack of blogging,  my heart just wasn't in it.  I have been reading  blogs and commenting but I just couldn't think straight to write stuff. Sorry, for not being a better blogger.  




Autumn doesn't officially start until 21st September so we are still celebrating  summer for another 22 days, although the mornings and evenings are telling me the seasons are a changing.  I have been putting lots of areas of the garden to bed as they have finished producing.  I've stripped most of the tomato plant foliage in the greenhouse down to just the green tomato vines so they ripen easier, the same with the peppers, butternut squash and cucumbers.  I'm still picking courgettes and there is one last patch of beetroot to harvest but I'll leave that as long as possible because I'm still finding tubs of frozen beetroot in the freezer.  The cabbages have split with the recent uptake of rain water but they're still edible. 

I'm still living out of the cupboards and freezers. I'm hoping by the end of next week I can fit everything in the upright freezer and then the chest freezer can be switched off.  The top drawer front has snapped and needs mending first, then I can start transferring bits and  packing the drawers to maximum capacity.
I tipped lots of small bags of vegetables in the slow cooker on Saturday and added stock,seasoning and a chilli, it made the most beautiful soup which we enjoyed on Sunday and Monday when it turned wet and cool.  Yesterday I put the thick end of a leg of lamb in the slow cooker and once it was cooked I sliced it. I made lamb hotpot from one portion, layering the lamb up with onions, carrots and potatoes. Another  2 portions was made into lamb stew  which will be delicious with the garden cabbage and perhaps a tiny dumpling.  I have quite a bit of frozen fish to use up, I'll probably make it in fisherman's pie. The  chicken breasts will become a huge curry that can be portioned into meal size trays. We've also had a fruit salad from all the berries and bits of fruit I had left in the freezer. 

I went to Morrisons quite late Wednesday night because I needed bread as hubby had been called into work an extra day.  Why is it when you are trying to run down stock you see bargains everywhere. I picked up 3 packs of 12 soft white rolls for 39p each and 4 cooked chicken legs for 63p only because they'd be used quite quickly. The wet weather over the bank holiday meant there was a mountain of rolls not bought for the barbeque.  My budget so far this month is £43.72. Last month I came in under budget at £95.56.

Our neighbours pears are huge, yes huge and they don't eat them.  So I've been picking them before they drop off and leaving them in the warm conservatory to ripen. (that is a large free range egg next to the pear)
The plum trees that were laden last year are almost barren this year. Its crazy how the weather has effected our gardens this year, at least the lawn has turned green again, it looked so very dead at one point I thought it would never come back.  

My energy supplier has decided not to issue online monthly statements anymore but it will give a monthly summary of usage not including standing charge etc. So I'll still be able to keep an eye on the costs and a statement will only be emailed every six months from now on.  Are you paperless and have to check everything online? I'm off to have another dig in the freezer to see what's buried at the very bottom and then write a meal plan for next week. Bye for now. Tx 

23 comments:

  1. I don't think you need to apologise - you were only quiet for a few days! I hope things are still going to plan.
    Very autumnal here this morning with a heavy dew.
    That certainly is a giant pear - hope they are juicy, pears here are not ready yet but I had the first eating apple today

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    1. Thanks Sue, its been a stressful week. I think the pears will be ready in about a week to eat, they are softening up nicely. Despite bright sunshine this morning I had to wear a cardi as the breeze was chilly.

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  2. With lots on your mind, sitting down to post must have been low on your priorities, just glad to hear from you when you can.

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  3. No need to apologise, we are always here for you when you want to blog.xx

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    1. Thank you Marlene. I enjoy blogging and thinking out loud.

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  4. Nothing to say sorry about, it's up to you whether you blog or not....and you've had a few rather more important things on your mind! My blogging is very erratic.

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    1. Thanks Spoke,life does get in the way sometimes.

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    2. Sooze flipping preductictive text!!!

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  5. I think when it is something as important as moving house it takes over one's whole thinking - putting a post on is quite beyond one's logical thinking. No need to apologise.

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    1. Thank you Weaver. It's crazy how it takes over your thinking.

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  6. Hi Tania, Those pears are huge! How nice that you got them for free. You always find the best bargains. Am happy to read your blog when you have time. Selling a house is very stressful.

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    1. The pears will be edible this week and I'm loving king forward to them.

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  7. I'm so pleased and relieved for you. The house sale is wonderful news. Down here in New Zealand we take the change of seasons from the first of the month, rather than the solstice/equinox, so today is the first day of Spring. Today we've had sunshine and a building northerly wind. Sending care, Michelle in Wellington, NZ

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    1. I love spring, it's the season of hope for all the goodies I'm going to grow. I love starting my seeds off and watching them germinate.

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  8. I can be an erratic blogger too, life sometimes just over whelms your brain. Love reading your blogs and hope you will soon feel tickity boo again.

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  9. Lovely to hear from you and you are OK - as you can see we all understand your lack of blogging. I feel I have been stop / start all year due to various events. Hope the move goes smoothly.

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  10. Hi Tania, I'm amazed that you are blogging as often as you do with everything else you have been dealing with. You will miss those delicious pears when you move. Will you be able to put some dwarf fruit trees in at your new house? Fall is definitely in the air here. It was only 8C today and going down to 2C tonight. The garden is certainly winding down and so the fall cleanup begins. Blog when you can and we'll be happy to read what you are up to!

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    1. Thank you. We might have room for a couple of trees depending on species. I'm certainly going to give square foot gardening a good shot.

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  11. Gardening certainly has been odd this year hasn’t it. Hope you get a nice garden in your new place.

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  12. No matter how I try there are times my blogging seems to disappear. I often wonder why anyone bothers to visit me.

    God Bless.

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