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Making Do

It's great how quickly we've adapted to living without the central heating...
 The three of us just wear lots of layers & Hugo gets into his sleeping bag if needs be.
The only problem we find now is going into places that are heated - it kills us!
We don't really walk around towns much, but when we did before Christmas - it was unbearable...
And the funny thing was, it seemed that it was only us that suffered.



Being out in the fresh Cornish air is much more fun...



We've embraced life on a budget.
 We think about how often we travel into one of the towns (the nearest is St Austell) & seem to need very little.
We had already bought large bags of pulses & grains in November, which will keep us going for weeks yet & we have  an organic veg delivery each week, so our outgoings are very little - which thrills us!

When we do get busy again in the Spring, we are going to make an effort to continue eating home cooked food - No more eating out willy-nilly. 
It works out that we will save over £100 a month by eating our own food, which we always enjoy far more than most cafe & restaurant experiences...


Doing the B&B will mean being at home more (we hope) & so we aim to grow more of our own food - not just herbs & the odd tomato, but one thing we do need to really think about is saving our own seeds from the food we grow. 
This year we will mainly grow in pots, as well as a few bits around the shrubs, then maybe next year we will finally persuade our landlord to let us dig the garden up & have a proper plot...
Another issue for us here is the amount of slugs & snails during the rainy months of Summer - we really don't want to kill them & have lost so many plants to them in the past, even when we have used salt or copper wire, so that's going to need some research.
We usually grow some stuff in the bath, as  we don't use it & it has a south facing low window & lots of sunlight!
Pot growing means bringing them into our back room at night, which works really well, but it takes a lot of discipline to do it every night.


We both have ideas for projects this year - Sime wants to build his own bass & I want to get going properly with my crocheting & knitting. 


We shall see...


Kay & Sime xx



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Nettles

Our garden yesterday.
Tall Nettles TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.
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