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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 13th Jun 14, 3:52 PM
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    Pips adventures.
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    • 13th Jun 14, 3:52 PM
    Pips adventures. 13th Jun 14 at 3:52 PM
    Well hello again dear hearts.

    Diary number (erm I forget) - here we are again with a new challenge. I've been so heartened by the support on here that we're on to our new adventure and I couldn't do it without you. Having cleared the debts from £35k (yes that still makes me shiver in 2008 when we started) now its just down to just a student loan and two overdrafts and a tiny loan from a chum, we're doing OK but it could be better.

    Reduce and clear the overdraft(s) 2 x £1000
    Clear the £550 we owe to a chum (0%)
    Keep our credit cards paid off each month now they're clear.
    Look at our student loan (just look, not think just yet)
    Support our DD and DS at uni
    Make a largely edible/productive garden to feed us and keep us warm
    Get some chooks
    Walk some hounds and keep a newly acquired f/t husband happy and well fed.
    Try and help 'The Rock God' to live frugalls and help us to over pay the mortgage (s) where we can.
    Keep up with the small things we know that work

    So dear hearts, the next adventure continues. We've left our windy isle and have reassembled the troups in a rural windy coastland near beaches and forests.

    We've just moved into a very pretty but inedible garden. As we're all about keeping the costs down we'll be growing as much as we can. Lucky for me I love gardening eh?

    Best wellyboot forward eh? Lots to be done and lists to be made. Its late in the season so we'll have to get cracking in the garden to make room for some edibles for this season.

    Thanks for popping by! Those interested in more adventures with wellyboots and gardens you'll find my (largely) edible gardening blog here. Usually haivers (Scottish word for talking nonsense) but never far from the garden, a plant, a decent walk, or the beach.

    Last edited by Pippilongstocking; 15-09-2015 at 9:07 AM.
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 10th Sep 16, 3:02 PM
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    Weekly summary for me

    35 garden hours and I'm f/t next week too so its a good pay month this month. Might take last week sept off. Not sure yet.

    No payments to kids woohoo DD has earned enough to be OK for rent etc til after xmas I got told today.

    CC balance is only 0% and slowly coming down, largely DS stuff and some holiday stuff.

    Car due MOT soon I'm sure..........pesky money
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 10th Sep 16, 5:07 PM
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    ...Reporting back on bargains...

    L!dls is a bit hit & miss sometimes - most things were the same price as order from this morning, so stuck mostly to planned spends...
    baby potatoes - 59p
    3 peppers - 79p
    spinach - 2@59p
    bag of apples - 1.79 - this week we are going to try to have a healthy workplace!
    tzatziki - 99p
    70% dark chocolate - 1.25 (medicinal you know!)
    Mine/Hers:
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 11th Sep 16, 3:10 PM
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    ...Reporting back on bargains...

    L!dls is a bit hit & miss sometimes - most things were the same price as order from this morning, so stuck mostly to planned spends...
    baby potatoes - 59p
    3 peppers - 79p
    spinach - 2@59p
    bag of apples - 1.79 - this week we are going to try to have a healthy workplace!
    tzatziki - 99p
    70% dark chocolate - 1.25 (medicinal you know!)
    Originally posted by rtandon27


    And sure it is its also one of your five a day

    Slow start rround these parts still workign on report and also have gone for lunch.



    Meals sorted for next week.
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 11th Sep 16, 6:03 PM
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    our meal plan is much the same as last week!

    sun - bottom of the fridge risotto & freezer chicken
    fish & spinach & egg mon
    pork & broc & potatoes tues
    thai green curry chicken & aubergine weds
    thursday - date night (am hoping for korean or japanese!)
    friday - greek or fish from the chippy
    sat - bottom of the fridge omlet

    we are quite boring & uncreative these days - roll on OHs retirement - decent home cooking awaits!
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 17th Sep 16, 10:00 AM
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    Hey there RT that sounds yum again.

    Well that was a week. and happy recycling week to you.

    Things I've benefitted from
    oodles of plums
    oodles of beetroot
    oodles of raspberries and spinach
    oodles of courgettes
    free lunch for a colleague leaving
    free bbq for another colleague leaving
    free petrol for a new p/t job getting some shopping for our volunteers.

    So work wise its been a 7+ crazy womble fest and the report went in eventually on time.

    38 hours in the garden and I've got some cover from our volunteer person who's left so I'm doing an extra 5 hours a week at £15 for that. Until that post is covered and I've been asked to apply for it.

    Also applied for DHG job and have interview on Friday. There is a lot of competition and whilst they already know me, that's not necessarily an advantage. :P

    DS arrived home and left a couple days later and is now making tartieflette in les alps learning to chalet host for a week.

    Need do some shopping today.
    Need cook 5kg plums
    Need pick rasps
    Need pickle more beetroot and freezer more spinach
    Lots of beans at work any inspiration to freeze/preserve them gives a nod.

    Helping move AW's DD into flat today in the land of jam


    Meal plan might look kinda like this. AW here tonight and DS back on Thurs night

    Sat - not sure have Aunty Wik here
    Sun - leftovers
    Mon - fish + home veg
    Tues - shepherds pie mince is frozen and cooked
    Wed - beef stir fry
    Thurs - we'll be late need think about that
    Fri - something nice as we're all home for a few days
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 17th Sep 16, 10:03 AM
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    Shopping

    mutt fud
    juice - cordial
    fizzy water
    shredded wheat/rice crispies
    nut milk

    not sure we need more than that. Which doesn't seem very much but the garden is full of veg/fruit.

    Funny shopping for other folks. Frozen fruit on the list and I thought OK that's a bit odd, given the season. But got some anyway and turns out it was for cooking as crumbles.

    Erm, we are in the season of abundant fruitfulness are we not. I have suggested that perhaps the plums/apples/rasps/berries which are abundant at the moment might be nicer.

    :P

    So next week I'm back to 21 hours in garden and job share is back from hols and 7 womble, 5 volunteer care.

    Lol and I was worried I'd not get enough work.
    Last edited by Pippilongstocking; 17-09-2016 at 10:13 AM.
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 17th Sep 16, 11:21 AM
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    Cleared the CC - all 9.17 of it. must have been using more cash this month for stuff as that's the food/petrol card.

    Put £500 into savings.

    Yes I heard that too. This is a work more than you normally do month.
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 17th Sep 16, 12:39 PM
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    Ooh, well done on all those savings! excellent work and it does certainly sound like you've been doing a LOT of work

    Can't wait to have a garden full of food one day... in the meantime I haven't even got round to preserving the one thing (gooseberries) that I have managed to grow! And I actually have some raspberries this year they're currently overhangig the pavement so everyone has to walk round them Not enough to do much with so I just add them to porridge each day when I eat breakfast out there

    Have a good day cheerful stripey girl
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 17th Sep 16, 1:04 PM
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    Ey up there cheery HOpe you're getting some breaks in all that decorating and rasps and porridge sound ace.

    I'm all up to my lugs in plums

    I've made 8 bottles cordial and 3 boxes of fruit plum 'compote' to freeze into breakfast portions, and now I'm going a bit off piste.

    We don't really eat jam or chutney but I did find this recipe and I'm having a go at chinese plum sauce we do like a bit of a duck pancake. Might do the potted plums too although too sweet for me perhaps.........


    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/07/nigel-slater-plum-recipes

    Dear lord dont' get me started on the apples that are ripening.



    Subby in the meal plan I have a fish curry and extra fish to use up.

    ETA the kitchen now smells like a lush chinese takeaway emporium.
    Last edited by Pippilongstocking; 17-09-2016 at 1:11 PM.
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 17th Sep 16, 1:40 PM
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    yum - chinese takeaway chez pips!

    If we leave now we can be in time for a late dinner!

    hmm - on that note maybe getting out of pjs is a plan first!
    budgeting done, groceries ordered, 2 loads laundry done, OH blitzed kitchen and made brunch! (bottom of the fridge stuffed omelet) - he also managed to shower & get dressed

    ok - off to get self clean & go to gym - it's a dreek day here so leaving the house is an event! - will give meal plan a thought & report back later! does doritos & salsa count as a meal?
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 17th Sep 16, 3:33 PM
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    it does count as a meal for my ds.

    I shall not confess how much sun and warm we have here. See you for supper in the garden.......

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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 17th Sep 16, 6:17 PM
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    Ha ha - I've been told that if I make something like this (but without the beans - yuk!) then it counts as a meal! - would probably use lean turkey mince & light cheese & go heavier on the veg - no nuking though - baked on a tray in the bbq - true north style!

    so weekly meal plan is not too far off the norm...

    sat - we already did the bottom of the fridge concoction for brunch so dinner will be bargain lamp chops, risotto from the freezer & steamed broc
    sun - lean pork loin steaks, peppers & eggplant & spinach & onions & toms (some sort of ratatouille) and baby pots
    mon - fish & spinach courgette noodles & poached eggs (we eat light after the gym)
    tues - pork & broc & potatoes - quick and easy
    weds - chicken & pak choi stir fry (another after gym light meal)
    thursday - date night (at our local - the new autumn menu should be in!)
    friday - trying not to eat out more than once a week so maybe grilled bratwurst & homemade cauli-mac from the freezer
    sat - bottom of the fridge omelet

    ...and since I've discovered that the OH decided that the thin pizza bases were a substitute for wraps this week no light & healthy veggie based pizza features on our menu!

    bf & lunch we each self-cater during the week - my bf's have become egg based (with black coffee) & lunch miso soup based with veggies - apples & oat biscuits during the day on the odd occasion that they are needed - have been avoiding our cafe - it's too calorific even though the food is amazing! - only went twice last month & had 1/2 portions at that!

    eta - corn & feta fritters for bf tomorrow morning - OH can have an egg with his if he wants!
    Last edited by rtandon27; 17-09-2016 at 6:41 PM.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th Sep 16, 8:17 PM
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    Dident realise that you had another job!
    Can't keep up!
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    It starts with you, it starts from now. ***Keep plodding***
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 22nd Sep 16, 10:01 PM
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    Its only temp beanie. RT all sounding lush in your lands.

    Good vibes for tomorrow please around lunchtime.

    Saw both kids today in capital. Life's good.

    Head down studying for interview, meeting a chum after for post match analysis and tea.

    Have a great one folks.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 22nd Sep 16, 10:06 PM
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    Vibes will come your way
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. ***Keep plodding***
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 22nd Sep 16, 10:51 PM
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    Ooh, vibes from down here too lass ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ xxx
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    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 22nd Sep 16, 11:09 PM
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    I don't do vibes so said a prayer instead. (always a rebel at heart!)
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 23rd Sep 16, 7:57 AM
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    Adds good vibes x 2 to the pile

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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 23rd Sep 16, 3:53 PM
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    Hey thanks guys.

    I've not a clue how it went. Aside to say I was one of a few applicants without a man bun. I had a lady bun instead.

    Should hear today.

    If you like bumbling idiot gardeners who rave about vegetables, all things edible, sustainability and circular economies - I'm your girl.
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 23rd Sep 16, 7:15 PM
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    Those arey favourite type of gardeners

    Fingers crossed! When do you hear? Good luck!
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