Not been that good at keeping this up to date, mainly because there hasn't been much to say really.
Progress so far is slow slow slow. I have started clearing the space for the polytunnel but it's now covered in snow and ice and so it isn't clear when I'll get it done. I have ordered a load of wood for raised beds behind the house and in the tunnel itself. I've gone for 2nds decking timber - pressure treated soft wood boards 6 inches in width - if I double those up I'll get 12 inches in depth, which, when filled with soil should suppress any grass and weeds under neath. That's the idea anyway - no dig.
I've made some progress on purchasing food. On a Saturday I now make a trip to Downham, to visit the Downham Co-operative stall in the market place and visit one of the local butchers to buy meat. Yesterday I also went to Denver Windmill for oats, flour and bread. I waited 8 minutes for the most wonderful bread fresh out of the oven.
I haven't done so well in other areas. Finding a non-supermarket source of dairy is a problem. Dents garden centre on the A10 stock dairy but it seems to be mass-produced stuff, not local. I guess I'd rather give them the money than Mr Tesco though. Same goes for stuff like cat-food, toothpaste and toilet roll - costs a bit more, but I am sure I'm saving buying veg and meat in Downham - I never seem to send as much as I would in the supermarket.
The other thing is getting stuff during the week. I usually leave work about 6pm, and often the only option is to stop at Tesco in Ely. If I were more organised then I could make sure I had food in, but anyone who knows me knows that's unlikely to change. Still, it might be easier during the summer, when the sun comes up earlier and sets later.
Well, anyway, that's all for now.