Sun! Today we actually had some! If you stood in a certain spot and stood very still looking at a certain angle today was almost tropical (in comparison to the last few weeks anyway). It has really seemed like Spring has forgotten it has meant to have sprung and to quote Grandad Gray the world has been ‘in suspended animation’. Today however for the first time this year it seemed a little more hopefully that Spring might get under way. Are we the only ones who are sick of this Narniaesque weather? As an aside before we get on with today’s main news we wanted to tell you that we read one positive of the extreme amounts of cold weather……..we can expect a bumper apple crop. Fabulous.
Now today was Faringdon farmers market so off we popped to get some food shopping in and…… we weren’t disappointed. Meat from the lovely folk at Dews Meadow Farm (more on this in a moment). A big stock up on flour, some goats cheese and a flavour of Stainswick Farm Rapeseed Oil we hadn’t tried before. Now sadly the lovely fruit and vegetable stall was not at the market today so our shopping is incomplete but never fear we have money left in the budget and a cunning plan so keep coming back to find out more.
So a rather disjointed shop (you may remember we did a little bit at the lovely farm we visited the other day) on which we can not yet report the total cost but just in case maths is your thing we thought we’d give you some money based information. So……. our normal weekly budget is £50 which means not including this weeks shop we could have spent a total of £1050 (thats £50 x 21 weeks – Becksie is rubbish at Maths but learnt at school if you show your workings you get some credit) we have actually spent (drum roll please) £766.30 a total saving to date of £283.70! Amazing! However this isn’t quite the whole picture as it struck us today that by having a budget in place and normally doing all our shopping at once we have also saved money by completely getting rid of the ‘top up’ shop (you know go for milk come back with 57 other items). We conclude this is yet another reason this experiment is working for us.
Now we mentioned there would be more on the meat front. Well……… not only did we get this lovely bag from Jane at Dews Meadow Farm we also purchased for the princely sum of 70p two pig trotters!
We saw them and thought why not? So very soon we will be seeing just what we can do with these (we know not everyone would be up for this but one of our rules is to try new things so hey ho) lets hope Rose Higgins can help us with recipe suggestions.