Friday, 22 May 2020

Stormy





Helping others.

Power washing next door's patio.
One advantage of ghastly wet and windy weather...her grandkids will not be playing in the garden!

We are at present getting the tail end of a storm that has come over the Atlantic...I welcome the rain, but I am worried about the polytunnel. After all it is no more than a tent!!

An advantage of himself being out there? I get time to concentrate on ordering online from our usual health store company and wholefoods company.
I don't find it easy.  I have been putting it off. Silly really as they could take two weeks or more to be sent out...and who knows how long to get here.  However now I have started the process it should be easier to do it again.

Next to face putting more on Etsy.

An online artist acquaintance has started selling postcard size original paintings in her shop....perhaps I could do that with drawings? She charges £20 post paid, which is a bargain for her work.
How much would you pay for one of my drawings, postcard size?  Be honest!

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Quietly busy

 Not a job for a rainy day! Which we have forecast tomorrow. Pirate has been discovering useful things that we have been hunting for!!
Lime Cordial...an easy job, and the cordial bottle rack is getting very low.  We are keeping an eye out for Elderflowers next.

Otherwise Pirate has been phoning friends and family, and I have been chatting by message...we don't do live talk! Sorting bits in the house, getting a wash through before the weather turns again...and half an hour gently on the turbo trainers to start with to wake up the body!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Filling up

 The onions and garlic are growing well
 Filling every corner
Planting and sowing in the new bed....it's filling up already. I could use a bigger garden!!  Intercropping is in progress, sowing beetroot carrots and radish in between broad beans and cabbages.


Freezing

Amy asked if I freeze what I have baked..yes!
I kept out one of the small banana and date cakes. The long gingerbread, a third went to a neighbour who gives us eggs and a third to the freezer.
I made two chestnut mushroom and leek savoury loaves, and these divided into ten portions...eight for the freezer, two for last night's supper.

Every time I make a curry or soup it is a large panfull...two portions to eat then and the rest frozen in portions. 
It sounds very organised, but it isn't really...just a backup for when inspiration and energy is low...and a more economical way of cooking.
I would prefer to bottle(can) food rather than freezing...no ongoing power bill and no food loss when a power cut happens.
But you go with what is possible with what you have.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Indoors for a change







Batch baking and pickling.
Then a little light relief, planning out the workshops verandah and checking over the polytunnel seedlings.
This is the view from the latter

Mousing


"What???? I'm busy!"