As our bungalow is a new build on a smallish brownfield development, we wanted to quickly establish some trees and plants which would encourage wildlife into the garden. After just 8 months we have done better than expected.
Visiting the bird feeder on a regular basis so far we have seen:
a pair of robins, 2 blue tits, a wren, 2 magpies, a blackbird, a crow, the inevitable wood pigeons and a squirrel! He is hilarious to watch as he climbs inside the dome and slides back down again, when he realises he can't get any further, just like he's on a fireman's pole! 😂 We have a naughty little field mouse who nibbles on our seedlings in the cold frame 😏and two nights ago we spent a few minutes sitting in the dark watching bats flying in a circle over the garden, presumably feeding on the wing and gobbling up all the midges and flying insects. I just hope they don't find a way into the loft because we wouldn't be able to touch them. The next day I sent G up the stepladder to check the loft for signs of occupation 👀 So far so good..... I don't mind them in the garden at all.
We are still endeavoring to be frugal with the food shopping and when I remembered a pack of ready rolled shortcrust pastry that I had in the freezer, I popped it into the fridge overnight. Yesterday I made a cheese and onion quiche with it as well as some jam tarts with the bits of left over pastry.......
And there was enough left to feed 3 of us for lunch today served with new potatoes and salad.
Whilst the oven was on G made a lemon curd ( we had no jam) apple bread and butter pudding which he had seen on the TV prog Eat Well For Less. He is not a cook but it turned out very well 👍
Thinking of the shopping, has anyone noticed that it's the Basics range of groceries which is in short supply? I have waited several weeks to buy the 65p jar of lemon curd as the next price point was far too expensive. There are still lots of almost empty shelves in the supermarket. I have struggled to buy my favourite washing powder as well as own brand crisps and biscuits amongst other things. Basics pasta, own brand flour etc Are you having the same struggle in your area?
Take care x