We have a tray full of green tomatoes,
for eating, chutney, and eventually ripening,
whereupon they will be canned.
We have buckets of figs on the kitchen table,
already twenty one jars of jam has been made,
and eight jars of chutney,
and a big bag of dehydrated slices
So more going to be dehydrated today.
Figs keep you going,
as they do dogs who eat them.
We know this to be a fact
because of the evidence lying on the floor this morning.
We have a row of aubergines (egg plants),
sitting on the table as well.
Don't know what to do with them,
so, dehydrate them for the moment,
then sort out how to eat them later on.
Same with the little pile of chillies.
We had a few bags of windfall apples donated to us,
and they are sitting underneath the table,
apart from the pot of cooked apples,
waiting to be whizzed in the food processor,
to go into canning jars for apple pies later on.
So, another 'must do' task is to cook the rest
before they rot,
windfall apples mostly being bruised and magotty.
Also underneath the table
we have a bucketful of long red onions,
which are going into the dehydrator,
when time permits.
Kibbled onions is what they are going to be,
We have a fridge full of milk,
waiting to have the cream lifted off,
waiting for the cheese to be,
and the little piggies,
waiting to gobble the milk down,
which they do at maximum speed,
snortling and squealing fit to bust,
if no milk appears
to sate their appetites.
We have two freezers full of mostly meat,
which needs to go into jars and canned,
because we need more space
for the meat, which is still on the hoof out in the fields.
All this is waiting to be done.
We have potatoes waiting to be dug up,
the ground being soft now it has rained.
We have some already harvested,
and they are going to be canned.
We have beetroot to be harvested,
and that is to be canned as well.
As for the carrots,
And the parsley.
And then there is the coriander seeds,
and the fennel seeds,
all waiting for our attention.
Oh, and there are more tomatoes to come in.
So, with all this super duper efficiency going on
in regards to being self sufficient,
my time for actually feeding us has become minimal.
What I mean is,
that we are off to the local supermarket
for coffee and bun,
because there is nothing readily available to eat,
because I am busy storing it away
for the future!