In fact, I've neglected all the blogs I write. But this one in particular. It wasn't a good year to start out on the path of home grown and so on. The poly tunnel only half went up. I have a nice sturdy frame, but no cover, and the plot it stands in is now covered in grass and nettles and other rememberances of a wet and lousy summer which saw everything I tried to grow eaten by slugs, but the plot gradually succumb to 4ft high nettles and brambles almost everywhere.
I have had some success, in that it is now nearly two months since I last visited Tesco. By and large, I have discovered various places I like to shop; Sergeants butchers and the nearby farm shop at Stowbridge, together with the pet food place, form the bulk of my weekly shop. I use several other butchers and farm shops but those ones seem the best to me. I also visit Boots and Savers in Downham, for other bits and pieces, and very occassionally I will visit Waitrose. The latter is a compromise I can live with. By and large, though, I am eating and spending locally.
Still no dairy, though, but I think I might have some options there - more research needed.
After the new year, I am back to being a potter again, for as long as I can hold out. This means economising, but should give me some time to fix up for growing come the spring, hopefully. We'll see.