It’s the start of a New Year. As always you look back on successes and things you perhaps could have done better.
For me 2017 was a year of ...let’s say...revelations about friendships and suddenly realising who and where you are! Yes...it’s only taken 60 years!
So , for me, 2018 has started with a renewed vigour and a sense of of purpose.
What did I learn from last year.....
* Take each day as a new day
DO WHAT YOU CAN. ENJOY EACH MOMENT AND DONT BEAT YOURSELF UP IF YOU DONT GET ROUND TO EVERYTHING YOU HOPED TO DO.
* Fill you day with things you like to do and not just the things you have to do
OF COURSE THERE ARE DAYS WHEN THINGS HAVE TO BE DONE THAT DAY.....MISS PAYING THAT BILL AND YOU WILL HAVE AN EXTRA CHARGE ON TOP, FIRGET TO WATER YOUR VEG AND THERE GOES YOUR FOOD SUPPLY. DEAL WITH THESE THINGS FIRST...YOUD BE SURPRISED HOW QUICKLY YOU GET THINGS OUT OF THE WAY AND THEN HOW MUCH “You” TIME YOU HAVE AFTER.
* I’m looking at how to cut out some of the things I feel I have to do but don’t really need to
THOSE FRUIT TREES THAT ARE SO OLD THAT YOU SPENDHOURS PICKING UP ROTTEN FRUIT, THAT GROUP MEETING THAT YOU HATE BUT FEEL YOU HAVE TO GO TO, ..WHATEVER IT IS. KICK IT INTO TOUCH.
* get even more organised to feel in control of my time
* Accept the things you can’t change and live with them
OF COURSE I WOULD LIKE AN ECO FARM WITH A HECTARE OF LAND AND LOTS OF ANIMALS ....BUT.... I HAVENT WON THE LOTTERY AND MY JOINTS ARE PAST BEING ABLE TO COPE WITH THAT AMOUNT OF WORK.
so.........just a few thoughts of mine.
Brexit and the low exchange rate has meant that our annual income has dropped so much that the extra odd jobs we did to pay for our treats now only covers the essentials.
Living well for less is becoming harder.
We are going to have to review some of our outgoings. That doesnt mean to say we are struggling as I know some Brits in France really are at the minute. It’s just not so easy.
However, I feel lucky that I can live in a lovely environment that a lack of money cannot change. We are safe, we can eat, we have freedom of speech and movement, we have a roof over our heads, we can pay our bills, we do not live in fear of attack.We work hard but we still can get so much pleasure from the simple, free things in life. Most of all we have each other and our family.
On that note ...watch out for my next listing with some more practical ways of living well for less.
Happy New Year
DANDELION BLOSSOM BREAD
1 cup of blossoms
2 cups of plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 heaped tablespoons of of honey
half a cup of milk
whisk together the oil, honey eggs and milk
stir this into the flour, salt and baking powder mix
slowly fold in the flowers
put in a 1lb greased loaf tin and bake at 400F for 20 mins then turn down to 350F for another 15 minutes
When a skewer is inserted into the bread and comes out clean then its ready!