03 February 2012
taking stock:: two
I noticed that I had three unpublished posts from a while back and decided to have a clear out. This one, from January 2010, with a picture of a frozen canal with chilly coots, was labelled "cold war"'
"I have decided to embrace austerity this year, use my car as little as possible and buy as much as I can from shops I can walk or cycle to. It doesn't mean I won't go to the supermarket at all, just that I will be constrained by my carrying capacity. Both the pannier and the shopping trolley* are coming into their own. Thus it was that when I left the house to go shopping the other day my son remarked on my somewhat eccentric appearance - russian style hat, bulky greatcoat - 'you're dressed like something from the cold war."
It stopped there, somewhat mysteriously. Now here we are again in a cold snap, with snow forecast tomorrow, the bank of cold air over the continent holding back warmer air to the west. At home, a different cold war is taking place. We have been eating our way through the freezer**, and our stocks of cans, jars, bottles and potatoes in the cellar. We've eaten rather well, much better than the Ingalls, did, though whether the gods of austerity really required libations from my mum's Christmas gifts of a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream and Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry is debatable, if not shameful. We are down to last knockings now: a menu of cauliflower soup, turkey and rhubarb pie should at least take us to the point of defrosting. We may have to share the bag of prawns and coley with the cats to get there. Alleluia!
And I almost forgot. When I was clearing out my posts I realised that today is my fourth anniversary of writing this blog and my next post will be my 500th. I think we may have to celebrate, don't you?
* I think you should know that I upgraded to a fake leopardskin one after my brother said he saw Helen Mirren with one in the butcher's in Wapping, and if it's good enough for her...
** I was very taken a while back with Esther's post on doing without either a fridge or a freezer. I think she may be on to something.