Monday, 23 June 2014

Living Off the Land

Day  174
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £186.25  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £215.34
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money Earned Through Sale of Food £30.50
Money left in purse  -  £18.25
Digging on the hillside yesterday and planting the first of the vegetables into the couple of beds that we have just filled with earth, we chatted about our diets and our plans for the next few years. 
We both want to really 'live off the land' and produce all our own vegetables and fruits  Eventually Lovely Hubby wants to produce his own bacon, rearing rare breed pigs again to do this, possibly a few chickens will be brought in as meat birds, and he is determined to thin down the rabbit population before they eat all our food, so there will be a decent selection of meat for the freezer that we will be able to produce here too.
In the meantime whilst we are spending this year setting all of this up we are obviously having to buy lots in, and although this Challenge limits the budget for everything except meat it is doing very well.  I have surprised myself at how much pasta and rice I had in stock, the food in jars has hardly been touched over the last couple of months and I have noted that we hardly eat any tinned foods.
Little by little I am compiling an inventory of the foods we do eat regularly and once they run out they will be replaced and the foods we rarely eat and that I have to think of special meal plans for will not.
I bet most people have a revolving menu of only a limited few meals that they turn to time and time again whether they realise it or not.  Hopefully soon I will be able to have a menu plan that contains all of our favourite meals and the ingredients will always be available to have these whenever we fancy them.
Sue xx

1 comment:

  1. I have found that the fewer things I have the more inventive I am. We have a core menu of favourite meals, but always have staple foods in store that can be turned into all kinds of things with the addition of a few herbs and spices etc. Eating a plant based diet has been good for us in so many ways. We're harvesting from the front garden now - plenty of lovely new potatoes, salad leaves, peas and broad beans at the moment. Those have formed the basis of so many meals recently, which means we're eating really cheaply at the moment. It will be wonderful for you to live from your hillside.


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