Green and Thrifty
Apples from Bron's fabulously productive tree,
now all nicely bottled for winter goodness
My lovely neighbours Bram and Lyn brought me two supermarket bags full of amazing local venison. Bram's friend Albert shot the deer. He is 84 and still living a very rich life full of all the things he loves to do. Bram and Albert butchered the deer early this week, and Benson is blissfully munching on a bone in the garden and the girls and I are experimenting with cooking venison according to Bram's recipes. I had to empty my very small freezer compartment to fit it all in, so have just now defrosted the sloes that Katherine and I picked last year and put them in a jar with some gin to make sloe gin. I may be slow with some projects, but I get there in the end.. now it is time to go and pick more sloes..
I took passata, lemons, and an orchid that a friend gave me to Bram and Lyn. Bram is also going to take my electric mulcher and whipper snipper, which is wonderful as they can now leave my shed so I have room to order firewood for the winter. Plus, if I ever need them, I can borrow them back :)
My friend Lillian took me out to lunch yesterday as a thank you for helping her clean and declutter when she moved house. She brought me a bag of feijoas from her tree (she doesn't like feijoas!) and I gave her pineapple ground cherries.
While walking Benson the happy puppy in the park I found a reusable 'Stuffsack' bag on the ground. It was covered with acorns and leaves from an oak tree, so I judged it long abandoned and brought it home, washed it and added it to my collection.
My friend Sandra brought me a load of lemons when she came for Easter Sunday lunch. I gave her onions. At the greengrocer's local onions were 2kg/$3.64 or 10kg/$3.90. No brainer. So I bought the 10kg and have been giving them away ever since.
I bottled 13 jars of apples this week. So pretty!
I made a crock of sauerkraut, as Paul keeps eating it as fast as I can make it!
My baby lettuce plants looked like this two weeks ago:
and now they look like this:
Nearly time for our first meal of home grown lettuce in quite some time!
Planted this week: lettuce and snow peas.
Eaten from the garden this week: potatoes, tomatoes, capsicums, the last cucumber, one zucchini, Cape gooseberries, pineapple ground cherries, rhubarb, rosemary, tarragon, spring onions, wild rocket, basil.
Eaten from other people's gardens: lemons, feijoas, pears, apples, eggs.
Tell me about your thrifty adventures..