We moved into The Lodge a year ago and have had many adventures since then!! I keep friends and family entertained with stories of semi rural life (lots of space, no neighbours and we don't have a Tesco on our doorstep!!) We share our home with 3 crazy cats (George, Henry and Gracie) and our hens (Ethel, Fluffy and Lulu). Our dream is to become as self sufficient as possible, save money and help the environment that little bit!! I hope that this blog entertains and inspires!!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

All change!!!

So much has happened in the last six months and the blog updates have suffered slightly!! I have now found the time to give a brief update and post some new pics!!
The big news is that we have a baby on the way (affectionately known as bump at the moment)!!
So it is with heavy hearts (but positive, optimistic, looking to the future vibes) that we have decided to leave the Lodge!! But fear not, we may not be in the position to build yet, but we may have found a little cottage/smallholding that we can really call our own!! So fingers crossed over the next few weeks, that the dream may live on!!
We are having to downsize slightly (for the time being)!! Margo and Barbara (the ducks) have moved on to pastures new. I am kept up to date on how they are and believe they are very happy!! Gracie (our stray) is moving with them this week, the Lodge is starting to feel very empty!!
On a brighter note, my little chutney empire is growing!! Chutneys and jams are selling well and people are saying lovely things about them!! Still tweaking recipes and looking for inspiration for new and varied flavours!!
As we are moving, the planting and growing has taken a bit of a back-seat, but once in our new place we will be back on track with our produce!!
One thing we have been lucky with is rhubarb, it has taken over the planter!! Here are some recipes I have tried out/will be trying http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6744/orange-rhubarb-jam.aspx http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/586947.