Friday, 1 August 2014

Review of the month- Looking Back At July

So how did things go on the Simple Suffolk Smallholding during July 2014?
This is my usual look back at the month just gone
  1. We had good weather once we got past the two weeks which were cold and wet.
  2. We earned more than enough for next months budget requirements
  3. Money has been saved for winter 
  4. Several good library books have been read.
  5. The campsite was busier than we thought it was going to be for most of the month
  6. Lots of free wood delivered.
  7. Plenty of vegetables in the garden to eat:- lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot, potatoes, onions, peppers, green beans, runner beans( just starting), carrots,  aubergines, courgettes, so only 49p spent on veg all month (for a head of Calabrese for a change.)
  8. Lots of vegetables for sale, everything we put out is selling everyday.
  9. Raspberries to eat all month and apricots for two weeks, so only punnets of nectarines/peaches bought.
  10. Approved Food order with cheap bread flour = cupboards full.
  11. Best ever apricot crop nearly 40lb, lots put in the freezer for winter
  12. 2 lots of chutney made- Gooseberry and Date and also Apricot
  13. 2 lots of jam made. Strawberry and gooseberry and also Apricot
  14. £10 voucher to use for Craft Creations card making bits because I had a card featured in their Readers gallery.
  15. Hay cut, baled and stored
  16. Sold lots of unwanted odds and end at a Car boot sale.
  17. We enjoyed watching several different sports on TV 
Not so good is the fact that the campsite bookings for the second half of August are few and far between.
The newest batch of chickens have gone off lay
The cucumber plants have shriveled up much too early ( should have looked after them better!)
We've been so busy the weeds are getting away from us
and there has been no time to start on taking down the old shed.
Plus I forgot to do anything about entering the village  produce show tomorrow - stupid woman!( It crept up on me, even though I've had the schedule here for months)

Overall it's been a good month, in fact every month is a good month!
  I'm sure there are some people who would like to see dramas and disasters, it would make more interesting reading but I'm just glad things jog along gently, I couldn't be doing with living in a soap opera!

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Sue