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On the sofa: Learning as I go…

It has been a busy week and sometimes quite difficult….so today I’m taking a breather and having a wee catch up with you. It has been a steep learning curve; I’m going to share some of it with you in the hope that it will be useful/helpful to some of you further down the line (but it may be too raw for some of you at the moment so please feel free to skip through to around the 18 minute mark……I want to help…..I definitely do NOT want to upset/open wounds). Rest assured there are no tears in this video……it’s not maudlin at all! I’ve also had some lovely post arriving; it’s very eclectic…..and it has all put big smiles on my face.

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Beyond Frugal! Prepping for a wage-free life.

Today I’m going through all sorts of ideas and tips (based on my own experiences) for you to try if you’re aiming to have a wage-free life at some point….the ideas also apply if you want to retire early (small fixed income) or simply to get rid of some of your debts (mortgage/credit cards etc). How far you take any of this is up to you and your end goal…….and how motivated you are to get there. I’m also setting you a challenge! A no-spend year! You can do it!

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Looking back…..March last year.

Continuing in my series of looking back to this month last year…we’ve reached March….the month that was the beginning of everything changing and becoming a bit more challenging for all of us. My Taunton Deane perennial kale had become a bit of a monster…this was the perfect time to hack it down and donate all those gorgeous leaves to a local free veggie box scheme….little did I know it at the time but this was just the beginning of sharing food, time and love whenever possible.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: What to sow in March.

Hurrah for March and much more choice and possibilities for seeds sowing….especially if you have a greenhouse or polytunnel (unheated even). It’s still early for me to sow much as I tend to sow a lot of things direct because of lack of greenhouse (and window sill space!)…..but here are a bunch of ideas for those of you who do. Plus a few jobs to get on with in March.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Couve Tronchude (Portuguese Cabbage) + to chit or not to chit.

After a few weeks of bad weather it’s time to get back to the garden. So many lovely friends to see and catch up with…..and between times I deal with my delivery of seed potatoes ( to chit or not to chit!) and some lovely cuttings from my friend Paul….including two of his Portuguese Cabbage (also known as Portuguese kale or Couve Tronchuda). I’m particularly excited about these as I’ve never eaten them before and they will form the ‘backbone’ of a dish called Caldo Verde……a favourite soup of Portugal. You may also know this plant if you’re a fan of the TV series ‘A Victorian Kitchen Garden’. I can’t wait. Oh! And I nearly forgot…….news on the extra water tank…….