I made more jam this week, strawberry and blueberry. I found some blueberries in the freezer from last year (I really must get a better system in place!!) and the strawberries were a Lidl bargain (at least they were local Scottish ones!) They looked fab in the pan and smelled amazing!
I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to jam but I have made a fair few jars in my time. And I don't always get it right! Look at this year's efforts as an example. The strawberry/blueberry is in the middle (too runny), the blackcurrant is on the right (too thick) and the raspberry is on the left (perfect!) 😋 They all taste amazing despite their differing consistencies. I could re do the ones that aren't quite right but that would be too much of a faff. The runny one I can drizzle on pancakes/waffles and the thick blackcurrant one I could just spread on hot toast or use to make a hot soothing drink. It's all good!
We finally tracked down an Old John rose 💖 They're difficult to buy! My Lovely Mum bought one for me, my sister and one for herself.
It's a really vivid orangey pink colour 😊 I just need to decide where to plant it now.
I've also discovered another medicinal plant growing in my garden, a gorgeous yellow self seeded goldenrod. It's another plant I can dry and use in a tea. Like sage, it's also good for sore throats and colds (occupational hazard!!) so I'm thrilled at the discovery! It's a perennial and spreads easily so I'll try to keep on top of it. I'm loving the colour contrast with the Red Hot Poker crocosmia in front!
It's also the last day of July. Sometimes I remember that this day was the day I got married and sometimes I don't. It was a FB memory comment that reminded me this morning. Really doesn't make me think anything other than 'Oh yeah I remember that day' now 😊
So, on to the end of the month totals with some of my more 'unusual' buys 😆
- I spent £25 on some kombucha equipment (large Kilner jar and water filter jug)
- I spent £60 on 3 raised beds for the allotment
- I spent £66.44 on fuel for the car, first time since April
- I spent £29.55 on jam equipment (lids, labels and jars)
- I spent just under £60 on storage boxes for my new craft room
- I also had to pay for my annual car tax £155 but that was already budgeted for back in January
Once all my usual costs and monthly bills were paid I've saved £871.88 this month. That brings my savings up to £7335.39 😲 I'm really pleased with that, definitely still on target!
I go back to work in 2 weeks! As always the Summer holidays fly by but I feel I've achieved a lot already.