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  1. I got half way there.... I emptied all the boys clothes into the middle of the floor to pick out only what they actually wear.............. Then I walked away (that was 3 days ago)
  2. Hi Sue. Thankyou for your kind offer. I will have a chat with the OH xx
  3. thanks guys. It was very unlucky.. as the week before we paid out for a tree surgeon to cut down 5 of her massive tree's that ran along that fence line as they were blowing about in the breeze.... we didnt think the ones at the back of her garden posed a threat. I will look at the run peg thingies
  4. 1. I WILL sort through the kids clothes, and make a bag for charity. I know im expecting again, but the amount of clothes i have stored is crazy! 2. I have already made a start on selling my kitchen stuff that i dont use I sold 40 pieces of Henry Watson pottery, and 2 cutlery sets on ebay. 3. I am going to make a box up of toys for the kids charity shop. 4. we have 4 broken laptops to give to charity.... 5. will make up 1 dustbin liner of clothes for charity. 6. I need to sort through my craft "stuff"... I don't need the rug kit.. and the candle kit.. and the soap kit. and all the sewing kits..
  5. 1. I am re-starting the food coop between my mummy friends 2. continuing to make my own detergents 3. make my herb garden bigger this year 4. try to grow more veg 5. sew more... 6. get back into washable nappies and wipes when this bubba arrives 7. cycle more
  6. The run and run extension got crushed in the storms (A neighbours tree crashed down) she is 95yrs and there is no way she could afford to replace it. DH has tried his best to straighten it out, but it sticks up around the base, and does not sit level. I have tried to have a go.. but im 31 weeks pregnant so have the strength of a flee. any tips? its not fox proof at all
  7. hmm. trying to work out how to resize it.... *waits for someone to enlighten her*
  8. FINALLY convinced my lovely OH that we should rescue some more hens (we were waiting till the extension was finished) So SO SO happy https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1262529_10151760719624118_436373321_o.jpg
  9. we dont have newspaper i have enviromesh.. or towels
  10. My seedlings that i sewed on my window sill late Feb have outgrown the window sill.... have i made a big mistake putting them out today? (they are in the greenhouse and in covered trays).... weatherforcast has just changed to -1C tonight
  11. I mentioned this in the shopping thread above. but we are saving a fortune on shopping. A few local mums and i grouped together and formed a food coop. basically we have an on line spreadsheet of what we all want, and then buy in bulk and split the costs. eg. I have always bought 5ltr refillable bottles of things like shampoo/laundry liquid etc... I normally paid around £45 for 5ltrs of my shampoo... from Suma its costing me around £13. My bread flour is a massive savings too, i normally pay £29 for 25kg of Doves farm bread flour.. but its only £19 from Suma. I spent £380, and most will last between 6-12 months We worked out we are saving around on our shopping bill . I now just pay river ford £34 a week for our veg and dairy. sumawholesale.com
  12. I made this today -Moroccan chickpea soup plus -2 loaves of bread, -6 jars of marmalade -1 large malt loaf -3 pints of chicken stock (more soup for lunch tomorrow)
  13. My local natural parenting group has just started up a food "coop" group and we have a suma wholesale account. I buy in bulk anyway, but still my shopping bill has just halved! http://sumawholesale.com minimum order is £250, so if you have others you can club up with it might save you £100's a year im a happy bunny
  14. YUM we have not had a roast chicken for ages. i just get the chicken carcases in the meat boxes... Maybe i should swap to having 2 whole chickens a month instead
  15. Super low budget this week This weeks shopping = £0 as I am using up what is in the kitchen. We might buy a couple of steaks and onion rings up on the way home from the forest tomorrow for a birthday dinner though. Wednesday B: porridge with honey + juice L: left over cheesy pasta salad 3pm Snack: apple/ nuts) Exercise: carrying a poorly baby around all day D: squash risotto (chicken stock, squash, onion, garlic, sage) Tasks: write meal plans, bake bread Thursday B: I am hoping for eggs Benedict for my birthday 11am snack: pear L: something to eat at the cafe on the green.. probably a baguette. 3pm Snack: (grapes/ apple/ banana) D: Steak, corn on the cob, onion rings, potato wedges and peppercorn sauce Exercise: 2 hour walk around the forest, Tasks: Friday B: porridge + juice 11am snack: pear L: tuna sandwiches 3pm Snack: fruit salad D: Fish pie (3 types of fish + broccoli + onion + potato + cream) Exercise: 1hour walk Tasks: bread, make stock for soup on Saturday Saturday B: porridge L: cheese and broccoli soup and seedy rolls (broccoli, onion, carrot, potato, celery, mustard, cheese) 3pm Snack: satsuma D: pitta bread filled with couscous salad, lamb meat balls and home-made houmous. Exercise: 4 hours of Gardening Sunday B: porridge L: left over soup and homemade bread 3pm Snack: homemade yogurt D: cassoulet http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1400/raymond-blancs-cassoulet (without the duck) chicken legs, sausage, pork steaks, bacon bits, beans, onions, LOTS of garlic, carrots, parsley + mashed potato Exercise: 1.5hours garding Tasks: bake bread Monday B: porridge + juice 11am snack: mixed fruit salad L: more of the yummy tomato soup http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2075/tomato-soup (celery, carrot, onion, tomatoes, bay) 3pm Snack: fruit salad (pear, apple, satsuma) D: left over cassoulet with crusty bread rolls Exercise: 4km cycle Tasks: bake bread Tuesday B: porridge + juice 11am snack: apple L: left over tomato soup and seeded rolls 3pm Snack: fruit salad (pear, apple, satsuma) D: rocket pesto pasta Exercise: 4km cycle Tasks: bake bread
  16. Just invested in a new (small) green house. the veg patch is still in use with onions, chard, garlic and PSB, and it seems all the herbs (except basil) survived the winter so sage, mint, thyme, oregano, chives, parsley, rosemary and bay I have 6 covered trays on the windowsill sprouting Tomatoes + marigolds + basil peppers + chilli + coriander parsley + celery squash + leeks Cauliflower+ camomile lettuce I am very excited as this is the first year i am trying to grow from seed rather then buying the plugs
  17. Major fail. After carefully budgeting £67 for this weeks shop. I completly forgot to cancel the riverford delivery, so we now have 2 of everything, and I am freeze some for next week. So total shopping bill £100 (although £20 of that is on shampoo's/baby bath, and a massive tray of tinned tomatoes) Wednesday B: porridge with honey + juice L: home baked ham sandwiches 3pm Snack: fruit salad (grapes/ apple/ nuts) Exercise: D: Leek and potato soup made with ham stock (leek, onion, garlic, potato, carrot, fresh parsley) Tasks: write meal plans Thursday B: porridge + juice + toast 11am snack: pear L: pita, peppers, tomatoes and cucumber with houmous, apple and seeded muffin 3pm Snack: (grapes/ apple/ banana) D: sausage pasta bake (sausages, red peppers, onions, courgette, tomatoes, garlic, pasta) + grated cheese Exercise: 1 hour walk (felt like 3 hours) Tasks: grate cheese for the week Friday B: porridge + juice 11am snack: pear L: left over pasta mixed with tuna mayo (Simon is taking in the last of the leek and potato soup) 3pm Snack: fruit salad D: Pizza topped with artichoke, red pepper, onion, tomatoes and rocket + garlic foccacia Exercise: 1hour walk + pampering (massage burns calories right?) Tasks: Roast veg for pizza's, bake foccacia, bake bread Saturday B: eggs benadict (with homebaked ham and bread). L: cheese and brocolli soup and seedy rolls 3pm Snack: fruit, D: Mezze of couscous, left over ham, olives, pita, salad (peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, garlic,chickpeas, raisins, olives, fresh herbs) Dessert, chocolate orange bread and butter pudding Exercise: 4 hours of Gardening Sunday B: porridge L: left over soup and homemade bread 3pm Snack: yogurt D: slow cooked marrocan chicken casserole with couscous salad (peppers, tomatoes, courgette, onion, garlic, chickpeas, raisins, olives,cumin, cinnamon, fresh herbs) Exercise: 1.5hours garding Tasks: bake bread Monday B: porridge + juice 11am snack: mixed fruit salad L: Left over couscous salad 3pm Snack: fruit salad (pear, apple, satsuma) D: left over casserole and couscous with pita Exercise: 4km cycle Tasks: bake bread Tuesday B: porridge + juice 11am snack: apple L: pita filled with cheese and coleslaw 3pm Snack: fruit salad (pear, apple, satsuma) D: Isaac has asked for tomato soup, so i am going to give this one a try http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2075/tomato-soup (celery, carrot, onion, tomatoes, bay) Exercise: 4km cycle Tasks: bake bread
  18. I have seen quite a few on tables too. How big is your garden ? Mine is only 30ft long by 40ft wide and my run fits in fine. I hope you manage to save enough to get what you would like Thanks all. mine is 7metres wide and 40foot deep Its going to be tough working out where the best place is, as my veggies are in the sunniest spot. (im getting a head of myself here, although I have been leaving enough hints around)
  19. I normally cook a little more of what ever i am having for dinner to have cold the next day pasta salad (left over pasta with tuna / ham / cheese etc. stirred in) Couscous/bulghar wheat salad (normally with peppers, parsley, feta, tomatoes, cucumber) (I also leave couscous and packet soup at work for emergencies... empty packet into couscous and add water Potato salad (potatoes, chives, salady-veg) homemade soup + homemade roll (I made up the soups at the weekend, and decant into bags and freeze) pitta and dips (pesto mayo, houmous etc) french toast and pate (just thinly sliced bread dried out) homemade falafel with pita and salad
  20. I love fish. It just costs so much now that there are 4 of us I still have a strict shopping budget (I alternate between 2 companies weekly, I have a £55 budget with riverford, and a £80 budget with Organically speaking on the alternate week), and when ever I put fish in the (online) basket its always the thing to come out when I have gone over the amount (booooo). We do something similar with pizza. I make a home made pizza a couple of times a month, and just top it with left overs (ham / peppers etc). It costs pence compared to the £20 we would spend getting a delivery. I wish i could make decent wine... we have some lovely Damson tree's but the wine always turns out rubbish (boooooo)
  21. Ah hello I would really like to get a walk in run, and cube. but its just not viable we have a lovely eglu classic, maybe i could convince him to save up for the walk in run to attach to it... I wonder if there is a way to raise the eglu upon the outside and still attach it to the run (I say raise it up, because I had issues getting the tray out of the eglu when it was on the ground) kaz xx
  22. For Yoghurt I just heat milk up in a pan until it "just" starts to bubble around the edges, then turn the heat off and stir in some milk powder, and once its cooled down to 46C I stir in 3tbls of live yoghurt, and leave it in a warm place over night (I wrap it up in a warm towel). Come morning I have yoghurt I do this twice a week, and bottle the yoghurt up into sterilised baby food jars (good old freecycle meant I could get my hands on some).
  23. I think you will if you continue saving at that rate, well done! OH and I have saved about £600 between us for the whole year by changing bank accounts and stopping direct debits for things we no longer see as necessary, £600 a month is amazing! By the way, welcome back to the forum Kazaddress, I remember you from ages ago! Thanks Charlotte, I remember you too. I have been dropping hints left right and centre at my lovely DH, so hopefully we will have chooks again soon Its hard cutting back so hard and fast. but i know we will get used to it, and I see it as a kinda challenge so I think we will stick to it. (apart from the odd bottle of wine as a treat.. but we only do that about once a month so shouldn't break the bank.)
  24. I was hoping someone might have had some first hand experience as "Dr Google" seems to have such conflicting advice you never know what to believe. I think I will try lavender and tea-tree this time. and then a different combination next time and rotate. Between them.. could anyone recomend another combination that would work well?

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