Taking Stock

Not an especially exciting day today; the computer has been better behaved, the pooches have been calmer and the new order of dog food was hurled at my front door … hardly headline grabbing events are they?

What about the job hunt? well surprisingly they are looking for more locksmiths, gas engineers, tower crane drivers, nurses, catalogue distributors (this one is a cheek – they mean one of those brochures that gets shoved through your front door every so often with cleaning products in – it is hardly a career is it delivering and collecting those!) but again only a possible of couple leads to follow for me.

The blog has been quite active and I have been doing some work on my elevator pitch which did require me to take stock – think about what I need to convey in the few brief minutes.

However my main achievement today, apart form mopping all the floors in one go (with Pups assistance to hold the mop – a little like a pushmepullyou approach) was making stock rather than taking it.  Put your hands up if you throw a chicken carcase away after you have had your roast dinner … it always amazes me how few people take the trouble to get the most from what that set of bones can offer.  Is it because Home Economics in school no longer considers the economics in favour of teaching kids to make cupcakes? or is it just that people generally have a higher standard of living and spend more on food … thereby wasting more?

On a tight budget it is not acceptable to throw away good food so my chicken which I bought on Saturday and which cost me £3 has/will have done the following:

  1. Roast chicken dinner
  2. Cold roast chicken with baked potatoes
  3. A sandwich
  4. Made two + pints of stock
  5. Half of the stock and half the chicken went into a rice dish this evening – there is enough left for lunch tomorrow
  6. That leaves chicken to go into another sandwich and another risotto or similar with the stock to cook that or to make  a soup.
  7. It is possible there may be another batch of stock to be made

£3 of meat will have contributed to at least 6 meals; the ingredients added to make those meals – basmati rice, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bread and butter, carrots, onions, potatoes, sprout, parsnip are either relatively cheap or part of my store cupboard.

I have to be honest that I am not always as good at making stock as I should be when I have more money to spend – which is daft because I really love home made chicken stock!

So while I waited for it to cook into a lovely stockiness I continued with some design stuff – here are two more rooms connected to the one I showed you yesterday

Master suite with roof light

An Indoor patio joining the two spaces … just look at that sea view beyond the pond!


And a couple of photographs? why not … all of these are using close up techniques, with natural backlighting and throwing the background out of focus (keeping the depth of field small)

Tayberry stem with prickles … Pup chews these for fun and his teeth must be sharper than the thorns!


and the nearest I got to a sunset or sunrise today was this filtered sun rising behind the plant covered trellis that demarcates the dog yard …


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About nonehpets

I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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