So today was shopping day!! And it was extremely cold and extremely icy! And……… Our local market was well….extremely small, instead of the normal 6 – 8 stalls there was only 3! Now at first we did a little panic and thought crumbs we’re not going to pull this weeks shop off but ……. We like a challenge and after our 3 second panic we realised that the butcher, the baker, the cheese shop, the deli (who sell fruit and veggies) were all also open and……. this shop was a real test of our ability to shop locally on a budget!
So £50 in hand off we went! First stop the deli……. Butter, more amazing dark muscavado sugar and a rainbow of vegetables!
Then the turn of the butcher – a medium chicken (looks fairly huge to us), some sausages (pork and leek and pork and black pudding) and then some very handsome looking bacon!
The Fish man provided us with some lovely smoked mackerel and the egg lady sold us some fine looking eggs!
On to the cheese shop for some colston bassett and another fancy pants cheese whose name escapes us and finally the bakers for a giant and still warm farmhouse loaf!
So we did it – we still shopped locally and we still did it all for under £50! Now it would have been cheaper if we could have got the fruit and vegetables from the market but………. they were still very reasonalbly priced and look very fresh and lovely!
Now the only one thing that is a little lacking from this week’s shop is fruit! We did get a larger than normal bunch of banana’s and we do have 1 orange, 1 pomegranate and 1 passion fruit leftover and ….. dried / tinned fruit in the pantry and some stewed apple in the freezer but Becksie and Lizzie love fruit so this week could pose a challenge! However I’m sure if we are inventive we will survive! And….. 5 a day fans don’t fear we have a ton of vegetables to munch through!
So that’s our snowy , limited market shop! Can’t wait to get cooking!
In other news today has been a very exciting as firstly the post lady bought us a letter from The House of Commons!
When Becksie saw the envelope her first thought was ‘oh no what have we done….??’ And then ‘oooo maybe we’ve been called for Jury service?’ but then she realised it was addressed to Ian and Rebekah so she ripped it open and found a lovely letter congratulating us on our local shopping mission – amazing and a real boost that perhaps these ramblings are having an effect! Secondly today was exciting as we had a lovely lady from ITV news with us during our market shop – so watch out for a TV appearance from Team Pugh!