12 sleeps until my 2 weeks off begin, well 11 but I have to be in work on the Friday so it doesn’t officially start until Friday 3pm. I can’t wait!
4 weekends have now past since I announced we wouldn’t be having any more takeaways and I am super pleased to be able to say, we haven’t! We have had a meal or 2 out at a local pub however I don’t see this as a problem. For me, that’s getting out into the community and supporting local businesses. Although buying a take away is supporting a local business, I don’t think the food is generally very healthy and it’s certainly not good for the grocery budget. Whilst we’ve had a day or 2 off work, we’ve enjoyed being able to get out and about together. Sunday night was a tester for me though, I was tired from the weekend and didn’t fancy making a Sunday lunch, so I did homemade (there’s that word again Louise!) pizza instead and it was delicious. I made the tomato base from the greenhouse tomatoes that were ready and I haven’t tasted a tomato sauce so lovely before. Next year I want to grow even more so that I can fill the freezer up with it for all year round “go to” tomato base.
On Friday we all had the day off together that we hoped for and took the kids to a theme park for the day. They had so much fun and made the most of it. We managed to get a discount voucher so it wasn’t too hard hitting, though those places aren’t cheap!
We sold 2 of our top grade chickens over the weekend, they’re only 15 weeks old so not laying yet. It was a pair, boy and a girl and the family seemed nice so off they went giving us £25 in our pocket towards the next lot of feed. I’m sad to say that one of our female ducks was attacked by our geese on Thursday and she’s still limping however they’ve had another go at her, so I’m bringing her inside into the dog crate for some TLC. I’ll post an update on her soon. She doesn’t look too good.
Both Saturday and Sunday we had family over visiting for one reason and another. It’s nice that people take the time to visit us, as we rarely have spare time to visit others but we do try as it shouldn’t always be on them.
I also found 3 cherry trees that I didn’t know we had! The black ones are laden however they are so high up and out on a limb that I couldn’t pick them all. We’ll figure out a way to get them though. For now I have half a tub waiting to be weighed and turned into something delicious. I’ve also got lots of the white currants stripped off the bush and I am going to make jelly from them to go with meats. I also discovered a huge supply of sloe bushes when I was out riding, there are a ridiculous amount, so I hope we like them! There’s bramble bushes a plenty too all along the bridle routes (which, selfishly, I’ve not seen anyone else use). Our pantry will be overflowing with goodies and I hopefully have the start of the Christmas hampers. Cherry brandy is apparently a real treat, so I’ll get a few small bottles to decant them into if I make some.
I can’t tell you how excited I am about the free food I keep finding!
I’ve also got some late season purple sprouting broccoli to put in. It may be too late but we’re behind people here anyway, so I’ll give it a go and put some in asap. I’m right in the middle of sorting one of the fields, so I will try and spend at least an hour in each area a few nights this week. I am realising how much I really need to look after the small fields we have otherwise they will be no good in a very short space of time. So taking out the horses muck is a daily task now.
I managed to get the raspberry vodka made too, it was very easy and I hope it tastes as delicious as it looks.
Finally, I am pleased to say I learnt how to use the manual lawnmower at the weekend. So now I can crack on and get that done instead of adding it to Steven’s shoulders.