Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Well it's official. I made it half way through my first week back after the holidays. Work has been ok though today has been testing as I've been told my job is changing. It's not for a while so I'll keep my head down and earning those pennies until I'm told otherwise.
GH has been busy working on another piece of woodwork. This one was more testing than the first as the letters couldn't be completed the same way. It's all good learning for him though. I'm very impressed still.
The chickens are in full swing and are giving us an average of 4 a day. Egg recipes in the near future I think.
I'm trying to get myself up a bit earlier each morning. I'd love to class myself as a morning person but there's nothing I want more when I wake up than to nod back off to sleep! So with that in mind, I'm off to read a bit of poirot then sleep. Alarm at 6:00 rising at 6:10 maybe? Place your bets!
Monday, 13 April 2015
Well hello! This is my first attempt to post to the blog from the blogger app, so forgive me if it doesn't look as it should.
Ok so today's thoughts revolve around the gas and electricity bill that I've just had to pay. It was expected of course. I just hate parting with hard earned cash to the utility companies.
Our energy usage for the gas is up 12% on last year. This is due to the cold weather we've had this month and the hot weather we had last year. Polar opposites it would seem.
The energy company rang me with a better deal and I refused as I don't trust them! So I logged in and decided to find one myself. We used to pay £170 a month when I was carefree with money (useless more like). Now we pay £90 as I've just moved over to a new tarrif from pay quarterly.
It's got me thinking again about how to reduce the cost of the gas and the electric. We've already done a whole host of things including getting rid of the tumble dryer, ensuring lights are off, use the woodburner, only wash dirty clothes opposed to just because they've been worn once. We reduce water use, shower time, bath use etc, I cook more than one meal when the oven is on, make sure the freezer is full to run efficiently, run the dish washer on the quick cycle for the most part and use the economy setting on the washing machine. These are just to name a few but I need to get back into that way of thinking.
It's not just for the gas and electricity either, the grocery bill needs to stay low and can only be done with planning. Fuel consumption needs to be brought back in check and general spends need to remain low.
So combined with an hour or so work tonight, I shall be getting my brain working as to how to keep or get the bills down.
Starting with the heating is now off until the winter. We have the woodburner for emergencies, but it's physically off at the boiler now. The kids will stay warm in their beds on cooler nights with extra blankets such as this gorgeous one my amazing mum crocheted for them.
Friday, 10 April 2015
Last night I made the largest bread that my new breadmaker will do - it's called XL and it is that for a reason! I know you can buy some huge loaves in the shops but I personally have ever made one, until last night.
|It doesn't look big in the picture but it is ginormous.|
The kids and I have been to a local free outdoor play area and place of natural beauty today with my Mam. We really enjoyed it and it was a nice couple of hours out.
I have a few midgie bites for my troubles though.
Farm life is now 1 year and 8 months before they can become real!
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
We came home and the kids visited grandparents for an hour whilst GH and I set about getting his car warning light sorted. All fixed now for the decent cost of £10.
I've just made a quick but tasty tea of pasta with tuna, leek, sweetcorn, garlic and mushrooms. It was really tasty and cheap so a great combination.
The great big spring clean is coming along slowly though I think we will need to break it down into more chunks as the house is too big to tackle on a sunny week off. I've still got an inventory of the pantry, fridge and freezer to do. Then tomorrow I'll shop at aldi for a small top up as we've ran out of cordial and dishwasher tablets.
It's a bit chilly tonight so instead of putting the heating on GH has put the woodburner and it's lovely.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
|Can you see the size of my left ear? :(|
In the mean time GH has bought himself a scroll saw and has been practicing on some items to keep the kids happy. Hopefully we can end up making a few pounds on this once he manages well. Not bad for a first attempt?
|4 out of 5 looking the right way!|
|Buddy's head with deer in the background.|
Poor Buddy had a haematoma in his left ear though today. It happened a couple of days ago and now the vets is open I'm heading over to see what we can do. He's had one before and they do self heal but this has come back worse than the first and is causing him discomfort. I'd like to find out the root cause which is why he's shaking his head which results in the haematoma. We already know he has allergies but depending on what the allergy is (expensive to find out and requires a GA) there may be nothing we can do anyway. So I'm going to find out and pick up his latest prescription of steroids (which he has to control the allergies). Wish me luck.
In other news though, my lovely parents bought us a new bread maker for Easter and after a tester loaf, I now have one in for them as a thank you. It'll be done in four hours so a late lunch maybe.? It's a Panasonic SD 2500 and looks great. It will see us through our time in this house and hopefully beyond. The first loaf turned out a bit light. This was done on rapid bake for a large loaf.
Tonight I will post he pictures of GH's new adventure, he is doing great with it but I've just not had time to upload them yet. For now I am off to the vets, then on with the great big spring clean, stables, tea and relax.