Here is a question – how do you use your store cupboard? Why I ask is that in my autumn fervour I have squirrelled enough food away to sink a ship!! I kid you not. I cannot get any more food in, so several days ago I decided to organise them better and take an inventory. I had lost track of what I had and there were some amazing collections, for example, lots of tins of chick peas, but only one of kidney beans and no pinto beans. Taking myself in hand I decided to have only two of each in my store cupboard and the rest would have to go up into the top cupboards (which I need a step ladder to reach). It has made the cupboard more usable, now it remains to be seen whether I remember I have got a lot of food stashed up there! My freezer is choc a block as well, I reckon I have enough food with the exception of perishables stashed away to last me several months.
|Ambrose with my grape harvest which I made into grape cordial|
So the question is how do I use this bounty? Do I live off my stores for a while, or do replace what I use as I consume. I had thought of living off the stores and saving my budget, but I am already saving money each payday and I don’t have any real needs at the moment and I have a healthy rainy day account.
People might come into my home and say you need a new lounge suite or whatever, but my stuff is comfortable and cosy. I can’t see the point of buying something just because what you have is old. I am of the school if it is not broke keep it. And then I am likely to say I wonder if I can fix it!
So it looks like I will use and replace. However I wonder whether I need as much as I have. Most of the emergencies we have had here in NZ (earthquakes and floods) people have been evacuated from their homes, and I can’t imagine the emergency services calmly waiting while you empty out your cupboards, lol! Although, this amount would be useful if there was a massive worldwide financial crisis and the banks failed. It could happen! (Maybe I had better start stashing money away in my mattress, lol.
So I would like to hear about how you use your store cupboard
Today, I went to the Market and brought the above collection of fruit and veg. leeks, spring onions, celery, mushrooms, baby carrots, butternut pumpkin and a huge bag of feijoas (pineapple guava), all for $10. It was a lovely little outing, a bit chilly but the sun was shining the trees and gardens lovely, the sound of crackling leaves as I passed over them lovely.
I have been working a lot in the garden, who says spring is the busiest month! We have had so much rain this autumn and quite a few floods as well. My back garden has a spot where it seems to have a high water table and the last few years it seems to flood every time we have a heavy down pour and it is where my veg patch is! So I have decide to move the veggie patch next to the house and put the existing one to grass and flowers. Makes sense as then I won’t have to trudge down the back to pick veggies on wet blustery days and the soil near the house is wonderful far better than the existing garden. A friend dropped of some old carpet which we have laid where I want the new vegetable beds, over the winter the weedy grass will die and compost and then it will be ready for digging in late winter. I will have to move some of the existing flowering plants but will wait till flowering has finished, these two shows how mild this autumn has been.
|Naked Ladies, cant believe they are still flowering|
I was going to talk about food but the afternoon is ticking away and I want to sit in the sun for a bit! So I will leave that for another post so bye for now and thanks for visiting.
PS I saw this the other day and it struck a chord with me!