Thank you all for your comments on our newly decorated bedroom, we're both really pleased with it. It has though highlighted the fact that neither of us is getting any younger and the decorating is getting harder as a result! I think we'll need to get on and decorate the remaining rooms (twin bedroom, dining room and lounge) sooner rather than later, before we lose the will (or the use of OH's hands to arthritis). Thankfully, the 3 remaining rooms don't need anything drastic, just a coat of emulsion....we've already got the paint for 2 of them.
Thanks to everyone too for their comments on my veg post.....seems most of us hated veg as kids. Must be something to do with the fact that our parents' generation used to boil veg to within an inch of its life, and we were all told we had to eat it or else we'd have it served up cold at the next meal (well, I was anyway, and the thought of cold, slimy cabbage made me force it down when it was hot, and left me hating it for years and years).
Anyway, moving on......Kev at An English Homestead has today done a post about 'prepping' and self sufficiency, and it's something we are very keen to do and have started making preparations for. As I've said before, OH plans on cutting down his working days as from next year, leading to eventual retirement in about 3 years. Dawn in her comment on Kev's post has mentioned about her state pension age having been moved a few times.....mine too (along with everybody else's), the last time I checked mine had been moved to around 12 years from now.....a long time to wait. And who knows whether the state pension will still be around then?
So our plan is to try and grow as much veg and fruit as we can....we've already got plans to create more veg beds for next year. We have enough freezer space - we have a big fridge freezer indoors, plus an under the counter one and a small chest freezer which we were given, both in the utility room.
The utility room is actually a brick built structure tacked onto the side of the kitchen, which used to house a loo and a bread oven, both removed years ago by the previous tenant who then used the room as a coal store and shed. OH cleaned it up when we moved in, it has electricity and plumbing so I have my washing machine and tumble dryer out there, along with the 2 freezers and small extra fridge. I keep some tins on shelves in there and things like flour and sugar in a plastic lidded box. We do have a mouse problem (we live on farmland, so it's inevitable really) but keep on top of it with traps. I know that mice can chew through plastic, but my thoughts are that since I go in the utility room every day, I'll notice sooner rather than later if they try to get at the stuff in the plastic box.....they haven't done so far.
I want to get some more plastic lidded boxes so we can start building up stores of more flour etc - I do a lot of baking. We've also just bought a tall, narrow but deep shelved bookcase, it fits neatly into the space behind the kitchen door, this is for things like foil, baking paper (I buy catering sizes from market stalls), tins, coffee, etc. We have another similar shelf unit upstairs on the landing, this will be for spares of toiletries.
We plan on stocking up on toiletries, tins of beans, tomatoes, etc, coffee and the like whenever we see them on special offer (and when we have the money spare!).
Hopefully, by the time OH retires, we should be well stocked up so that shopping should be cut to a minimum. Well, that's the plan anyway.