A bonus was that it gave me time to read and catch up with other blogs, something I'd neglected for a while....I even managed to start commenting again. If people take the time and trouble to read and comment on my blog, then the least I can do is reciprocate. I will try to ensure I keep up with the blogs on my list.
So what have we been doing recently? Well, I guess the big news is that the landlord has told us he's not booting us out as we have always paid our rent on time.....one of the other tenants has been given notice though, sadly. Well, that's life I suppose, when you rent privately you're at the mercy of your landlord. It's a shame for them though as they have 3 small children and now have to find another home in the run up to Christmas. They're hoping to get a council house, I hope they do, it'll be more stability for them. We don't exactly feel safe here anymore, but at least we've got a reprieve for a while.
We've been busy dealing with the harvest of our autumn veg, preserving it to see us through the winter. Most of it's been frozen - thank goodness we have a small chest freezer (given to us) as well as an under-the-counter upright in the utility room, plus a large fridge/freezer in the kitchen. Some of the root veg I blanched, some I just chopped up small in the food processor and froze raw, to be added to soups and stews. Some I chopped into large dice and roasted first, a bagful can be grabbed out of the freezer when I'm short of time and thrown in the oven still frozen to heat through, or it's nice cold with a blob of mayo. The pumpkins, butternut and acorn squashes are stored in baskets in the utility room, having no heating it's always cool in there. We have 4 net sacks full of red and white onions in there too. We haven't enough pumpkins to last through the winter, but as there's tons in the shops for Halloween (oh how I hate that, it's just another massive excuse for the shops to try and get everyone to spend loads of money!!) and they're ridiculously cheap, we've bought a few more, as they store so well. We have loads and loads of French beans in the freezer, they did exceptionally well this year.
That's about it really. I've just started on another crochet blanket, I do love crocheting blankets and throws in the winter. We have enough for our own needs, but I'm aiming to build up a stock of baby blankets and lap throws, as they make good gifts.