A self-sufficient(ish) life with cats, a dog, chooks, a little boy and a bloke.

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The Inbetween-y Bit

Hello, hello!

I hope your big day went well, ours was lovely and Munchkin had the most wonderful time seeing family, munching on junk food and of course – pressies.

So it’s back to normal now, at least until New Years Eve. The snow, which had either turned grey or to ice has now been rained on and my little car is back on the road (well, he’s drivable!) so we had a quick jolly out this afternoon on a much needed food shopping trip. Later in the week we’ll go for a proper drive out to clear the snow-covered cobwebs.

Two of my presents this year included Sublime yarn from my Dad and a varigated wool mix by King Yarns from my sister. The sublime is being crocheted into a blanket and the varigated into a scarf, I’ll post up a couple of peeks soon – the light here is absolutely awful right now what with the ‘Big Thaw’ and fog we’re having!

Another of my gifts, this time from my little brother, was The Selfsufficientish Bible by Andy & Dave Hamilton – founders of this site and forum . It’s a great book, I haven’t had enough time to really have a good read of it yet but I’m liking what I’m seeing. I’ve been a member of the forum on and off for over two years. They’re a really great bunch of people on there, you couldn’t find a friendlier forum!

Oh! Have you tried Vegetarian Haggis by Halls?! Oh! My sister is living in Ullapool for a while and brought some down for us. How delicious! I was dubious at first but now I want to try more… or even better figure out the recipe! It’s a blend of veggies, lentils, beans and oatmeal, it’s very peppery and full of flavour. If you can get your hands on some I strongly urge you to give it a go!

Well, I need to go and sort a little Munchkin out. He hasn’t had a nap today and is getting a wee bit sleepy!

I wish you a very happy new year and shall hopefully be posting soon after New Years Day…

In lieu of snow…

… I shall give you another cat photo! Our jaunt to the veg shop was more exhausting than usual. The town was packed and only the main road was clear of snow. We did manage to buy some fruit and veg and I also found a large ball of chunky cream wool for 75p and a pair of knitting needles for 30p in one of the charity shops. I was looking for cushions inners but they wanted ridiculous money for cheapy polyfill ones!
On our return, Munchkin had his lunch and then slept until 4.30! So our lovely walk has been postponed until tomorrow. We did venture out to meet J off the train so some snow-fun at least.

Anyhoo, here is a photo of Pixie, one of Bilal’s sisters. She can be quite shy but rolls over when you scratch her ear. After getting the majority of ours girls spayed she was the only one to have problems with the stitches and spent a whole two weeks living in our bedroom with a cone on her head and very much enjoyed sleeping on our bed the whole time!

Right, I’m off to do some damage to a WIP!

Baking and Bottling

I had a kitchen day yesterday, I need a break from it now and think I’ll avoid garlic too – I couldn’t get the smell off my hands for ages!

First of all, a summer berry pie made from all our own strawberries, raspberries and mostly blueberries that we froze as we picked (new plants, not enough to make anything in one go) and some left over blackberries from the jam.

Before After. Oh my this was delicious! I’m so glad I waited until winter to make this, it was a piece of summer in minus temperatures!

And then I decided to finally do something with all the garlic that I grew on the allotment (sadly had to give it up, very sad) earlier in the year.
I found a recipe for pickled garlic in my River Cottage Preserves Handbook by Pam Corbin and here is the result…

So a fairly productive day. I hope to have finished a tunic that I started making and also a couple of christmas gifts need to be finished soon. More on them soon 🙂

I haven’t had a chance to put my new/old skirt in to action yet as little man and I are full up with colds and spending all our time indoors. Plus, the temperature has been -4 for the past week so not really skirt weather!
J has been very disappointed as it really hasn’t been very good weather for cycling and the back lane is all ice so he can’t use his motorbike, he’s been using my petrol-guzzling-not-working-quite-right beetle this past week. Not very economical but it’s still cheaper than the train!
It’s 4c today though so I shall have to get out the back garden and shovel chicken poop and ice!
My girls are so good, even through the horrid freezing cold they still kept on laying, most days we have one from each of them. I did notice a bit of discolouration on Margo’s comb a couple of days ago so brought her into the bathroom and put some vaseline on it. Just to be safe I did the same to Barbara and Jerry – they were very shocked, Margo spent over a month in the bathroom when she prolapsed but the other two have never been in the house. It was great though, they both stayed perfectly still so I could put the vaseline on! Whereas Margo knows the score and kept bobbing her head to avoid my fingers!
I’m looking on the website where we got these three from – a family run free range farm. After the new year I might be dragging J and Munchkin up there to collect two more! I really wanted a couple of black rocks but they’ll only have chicks available at that time and I don’t have time to look after chicks so I’ll either have to wait or choose a leghorn and a ranger. We’ll see!

Oh, I had to buy something new yesterday – a tin opener! It was needed as my penknife keeps going walkies to J’s shed and thankfully only cost ÂŁ1. I’ll get a little list going at the side to which I’ll add my non food expenditures, be good for me to keep a track of everything!

Anyway, I’ve jabbered on enough, plenty to be getting on with today. See you soon!