Frugal Living has plenty of perks!
Summer work, rest and play a Frugaldom
|Our visiting students all had archery lessons|
|The cuckoo corral orchard|
|Caroline (France), Olivia (USA) and Anne (Germany)|
|We finally managed to hire in a mini digger and driver|
|Strawberries growing in the recycled milk caron 'Mishy Pods'|
|Nick (Bulgaria) is our regular hoof trimmer|
|Blistering sunshine for bringing in the hay|
|All our students learned to drive the tractor with baler|
|After a long day bringing in hay - about 600 bales|
|Celebrating near completion of footbridge over the newly cleared drainage ditch|
|Barrowing stone for the drainage is an endless task at Frugaldom|
|Olivia, Caroline and Anne by the newly dug pond|
|The new ponds at Frugaldom - wildlife and drainage areas|
|We have a hen laying pink eggs!|
|The ponies began their training to work barefoot, bareback and bitless|
|Leeks and courgettes were plentiful|
While here, the students learned a bit about wild flowers and herbs, so we have been drinking plenty of rhubarb fizz and our first ever batch of pineapple plant cordial!
At the caravans, we decided to use the 3-bedroom one for our Frugaldom work exchange students and rent out the 2-bedroom one for visitors looking for an affordable way to take a countryside break. This brought about the official launch of Frugal Breaks on Facebook and our new online booking platform. It's been an exciting year, so far!
Our fundraising is being done via www.gofundme.com/Frugaldom where you can get dedication discs for our posts and trees, sponsorships and holiday home accommodation to come and visit us in 2018. We've also had several wildcampers at Frugaldom but without any services on site, you need to cart your own water. I'm now investigating portaloos, composting toilets and filter systems for river water.
This about sums up July, other than one surprise that came along the way... a telephone call that resulted in us buying another house, this one only 7 miles from Frugaldom!
As always, I love to hear from anyone with any questions or comments and please let me know of any typing errors, as I'm attempting to blog on tablet or Kindle in an effort to use mobile internet at the caravan. all going well, we should soon have mobile internet at Frugaldom, but it's all dependent on availability of signal and Pay As You Go sim cards. Vodafone is looking like the most promising for there but Three is definitely the best for caravan park.
Back soon with the August whistlestop tour!