A fast forward through the month of December with this photo blog showing some of the things we did during December.
|The children started decorating a tree at Frugaldom|
reusing the baubles and tinsel from last year.
|We had some old clothes to recycle so we made Mr Scarecrow,|
giving him an old football for a head, a flower pot for a hat
and a broken rake to help prop him upright. He's stuffed with hay.
|For extra tree decorations, we used toilet paper tubes|
and salvaged food wrappers - these are our Hovis crackers!
|Making bells for the Christmas tree from|
old tin foil, egg cartons and wool
|Our start was made from cardboard covered|
in gold foil from a tomato puree tube
|Frugaldom looked lovely in the snow,|
especially around the new ponds
|Frankie loves rolling in the snow|
|Our American visitor returned for her Christmas break|
and got her first ever experience of sitting on a bareback,
barefoot, bitless pony - Willow in her winter woollies.
|It was very pretty at the caravans, even if|
this first lot of snow only lasted a day or so
|Most of the snow fell on the Galloway hills.|
|The decorated tree in the mist at Frugaldom,|
standing among the tiny native trees planted
as part of our World War 1 Centenary woodland
|The wild-seeded Sitka Spruce at Frugaldom|
came in handy - we carefully selected a lovely,
small tree and lit it up by the caravans,
|Pippin the pony walking on ice!|
|The gorse by the roadside between Frugaldom and|
the caravan park is beginning to flower in the snow.
Olivia, our American student who was with us for a few weeks during summer, returned to spend Christmas with us at the caravans and then she headed further north.
Christmas shopping was done as carefully as ever, affording us a big supermarket shop and the many bargains that were available through MuscleFood. (This is my friend referral link that will also get you some meaty freebies.) And then there were all the Christmas leftovers to freeze for later use. The homemade clootie dumpling was, as always, pidding of the day and allowed our guest to sample some traditional Scottish cooking.
We spent Hogmanay at the holiday park, listening to the piper piping in the new year and watching the fireworks display.
For those of you with an avid interest in number-crunching, here are end of year results. I began the year with the customary £4,000 and spent the following from each category:
- Groceries - spent £942.83
- Toiletries, laundry & cleaning products - £43.27
- Electricity - £932.83
- Coal & logs - £40.00
- Mobile phone - £20.00
- Telephone & Internet - £574.60
- TV Licence - £145.50
- Footwear & clothing - £41.84
- Gifts - £321.48
- Travel - £365.00
- Postage & deliveries - £21.17
- Insurances - £312.99
- Pets & livestock - £189.55
- Misc other - £50.50