Well that's it, as there has been no luck on the jobs front I am now officially unemployed. Now ordinarily being a teacher I would be on holiday at this time anyway, but it feels different knowing that I don't have a job to go back to. I'm also finding it a bit galling that because last year I took a short term contract covering maternity leave, rather than redundancy I am no longer entitled to any redundancy payment so my pay for March has to last as long as possible. I knew when I took the post that this was the case and a years work was preferable to the small redundancy payment I was due, so I shouldn't really be letting it bother me.
Soooo... never one to shirk a challenge, I have set to with a will making sure that I am as frugal as possible and making every penny stretch. To be honest I think we are actually eating a lot better because I have the luxury of time.
On Saturday we took our granddaughter to Hall Hill Farm. Now ordinarily I would have just tootled off and bought our lunch in the cafe there. Not this time - I thought ahead and made some of those mini pizzas I told you about in this post. I made them just before we left and wrapped them in foil so they were still warm when we ate them - just as well because it was freezing!!! I also took some hot water in flasks and some camomile tea bags, and as a treat some 1/2 price mini Thorntons caramel shortbreads - yum yum.
|It doesn't look it but it was bitterly cold.|
Despite the cold and watching the pennies we had a lovely time. There were loads of lovely babies to hold and to see.
|Baby chick held by little Flic.|
|Bottle fed lambs.|
|How cute is this?|
|If you look closely at the pouch of the wallaby that is sitting down you might just be able to make out the head of the joey that was peeping out!|
Flic had a great time and I think she actually preferred having a picnic even if it was in the cold!
I've been making lots of other rather nice things to eat too - but I'll leave them for another post.