Well I am going to pass on my £6 voucher, I have not done an online shop for ages and it took me ages to get 10 items on my list, there were no decent offers on anything that I wanted and the cheapest delivery was £3.50, more than half the value of my voucher!
I thought that it would save time and effort but with hindsight realised that I still need to shop for fruit and veg, milk and cheese etc and no shop assistant is selecting any of that for me.
I go to the local market on Fridays and we have a pensioner in the village who grows and sells all sorts of produce, added to what I grow myself there is nothing left to buy online.
I make all our bread, cakes and biscuits and now that I am making my own buttermilk, yoghurt and ricotta another gap appears in my shopping list.
I do buy tinned baked beans, chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn and tomato puree but can not store £60 worth of these, I also buy tinned chickpeas and other beans but have decided to invest in a pressure cooker and cook from dried.
Not just for economy but for portion control, for 3 of us 1 tin of chickpeas is not enough and 2 is too much but hey, guess what, when I open 2 tins we eat them all.
I usually buy my bread flour from Mr T but when I was in Asda with Francesca I noticed that it was much cheaper there so bought 10 bags and the dried yeast to go with them.
I was at work last night and as luck would have it I had to go outside several times and boy was it raining, I borrowed a waterproof hi-viz jacket from one of the drivers and looked like Orphan Annie. The sleeves were about 6 inches below my fingertips and the hip pockets were near my knees, a visiting driver was cheeky enough to ask if I had shrunk in the rain.
Dinner tonight is some Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages and they were a treat at £3.50 for 500g, but I did buy 6 assorted packs and got 2 free packs. We will have new potatoes and a selection of veg and onion gravy.
There is a big pot of Bolognese type sauce simmering away and that will be prtione up and frozen for future meals, I put it into Lasagne, on pasta or rice , into a big Yorkshire Pudding or Baked Potato and even into a pie as the mood strikes me.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. The rain for watering my garden.
2. My empty laundry basket.
3. The lovely reader who is sending me some scrap fabrics.
4. The punnet of gooseberries given to me when walking Ben.
5. The Michael Connelly book that has me riveted right now.
Bertie is not too good today, he has a lot of small and medium growths and one on the side of his face is bothering him. He has nagged at it all day so far and it is bleeding, I have spoken to Francesca and she will have to make a decision tonight. Bertie is really her dog and the call is hers to make.
We have said for some time now that while he is OK in himself we will keep him going.
That point has now been passed. It is a sad thought but he has had a good life and been loved and looked after, in some ways our lives revolve around his needs.
I have made myself teary over this so it is TTFN Pam