#Gardening

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In between the rain, the hail, the sleet and the snow, we finally got some blue sky and sunshine at Frugaldom, so it was all hands on deck to get more of our 'World War 1 Centenary Woodland' trees planted.

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Phase 3 of our planting began this month with the arrival of our next tree pack from the Woodland Trust, after being awarded a place in their World War 1 Centenary Woodland project last year.

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June managed to creep in after an extreme mix of weather during the month of May, then a couple of days of sunshine brought with it the inevitable arrival of the troublesome, biting midges.

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Glorious sunshine has burst through at Frugaldom, so it's back to work on the land project - in between dog walking, lemon curd making and spending some cash free, prime fitness time making the most of the swimming pool here on site.

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May has been a busy money-saving month of mayhem, so far, but we have managed to complete the barn painting and have another corral, or small paddock, fenced, planted the last of this year's trees, sown seeds and I set up a makeshift wild bird feeding station outside the caravan, where the resident woodpecker is now visiting several times each day. That's my frugal entertainment. Life on site in a mobile home is great!

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Welcome to May's money-saving madness, when the weather should change for the better and we can all get out there and make some extra effort to curb our spending, tend the garden and attempt to grow some food. It's time to make do, mend, sew and sow!

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I've just spent a fortnight in the Frugaldom home-from-home 'ranch' and, true to fashion, the good old Scottish weather has thrown everything at us, from heat wave to snow storms; it has been an interesting learning curve trying to maintain a good balanced temperature in a caravan, that's for sure.

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This isn't really about money, it's more about a bunny but I don't have a television or radio here, so this provides us with frugal entertainment, just as stepping outside into the great outdoors provides us with a free watering system, food production space and laundry drying facilities when the weather is right.

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Cheap and cheerful living in small spaces is what many aspire to, which is quite amazing considering what's available to buy nowadays. But for frugal living, we want fun and affordable homes, like tiny houses, cabins or even caravans, camper vans or tents. Well, tomorrow is a big day for me, as I downsize to frugal summer quarters.

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Friday the 20th March 2015 was a solar eclipse - we saw nothing of it because of the clouds, rain and fog. Saturday 21st March 2015 was a glorious sunny day, so I ventured out into the Thrift Cottage garden to make a start on preparing for this year's frugal living, food growing challenge. It was good to spot several bees and even a butterfly! Spring must surely be on its way soon.

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