Apologies......................... This post is just a whole lot of lists!!
This was Week 35 of Strange Times and 9 Days of our second lock-down have passed = 19 left until hopefully things are relaxed a bit.............getting through.
First of a winter harvest this week - Brussels Sprouts and very nice they were too. They are from one of the four plants that I bought as part of a 16 plant Brassica Collection from one of the seed companies.
I didn't get many heads from the 4 Calabrese plants and the 4 Cauliflower plants only produced a couple of small Cauli's but I've had two big cabbages and 2 still standing and out of the 4 Sprouts plants 2 have decent Brussels sprouts. Conclusion = Probably not worth growing next year! Although it is so good to have fresh Brussels Sprouts. If they were available 'on the stalk' all winter rather than just at Christmas that's how I'd buy them.
And that reminds me...............what happened to my "Food Produced by One Old-ish Woman on Her Own" list?.................. Forgotten since 5th October.
All these are finished now
- Rocket and small beetroot leaves as salad leaves
- A few asparagus spears
- Lots of rhubarb
- A surprising amount of strawberries from 6 new plants and a few from the old bed.
- 3lb of gooseberries
- Lots of raspberries and 3lb put in the freezer
- 2lb Redcurrants
- Few mange-tout peas - put in the freezer
- Green beans - some put in the freezer
- 2 small calabrese heads.
- 2 small cauliflowers
- Plenty of tomatoes from greenhouse
- A few potatoes
- Cooking Apples (Some left in the freezer)
- Eating Apples
- Few peppers left in the greenhouse (lots in the freezer)
- A few leeks
- 2 Cabbages
- A few Brussels sprouts
Quite a successful year.
I enjoyed re-doing the 30 ways to save £1 posts from 2013 and seeing if they were still relevant and thanks to everyone who commented. The reason for pinching pennies in some places is so that I can spend on more interesting things. This year I'm not buying an Advent calendar, an expensive diary or the Almanac book and that's freed up some money to use for my 12 days of Christmas Treats to cheer up the days alone after Christmas and I've already stashed a few things in the cupboard. It might seem a bit self-indulgent and it took me a while to "allow" myself to spend this way but it seemed a good idea this year when everything is so weird.
No spend November is still ongoing
(Direct Debits for Council Tax, Phones, Car Breakdown Insurance,Charity Donation Total £260)
This week I'm Grateful for
- Sorting out the Ride on mower when it stopped working -again
- Making an important decision
Have a good weekend, I shall be back Monday