I had a fairly quiet week as far as the Vicky Challenge goes. It was a busy enough week but I am not sure I saved a lot of extra money!
I invested in some things such as seedlings and seeds but they have to produce before I can count those!
I might be having brain fade otherwise it is the lowest amount I have written in my saving book all year!
However I do know what I am averaging per month and my yearly total is looking amazing!
This weeks saving subject is very motivating! Vicky has been working away and she told me that she had started her garden with a name which is "The Victory Garden". Just like in the war years when they had the "Dig for Victory" champaign. I just love that. With a name like that how could you not want to be working in your garden!
And to add to that she had called her new pantry and cellar "The Victory Pantry" which of course I love too.
In out chats I get updates on how things are going in the Victory Garden and Pantry. A fortnight ago you saw how she had a freshly painted cellar and new shelves so here you will see an update.
I asked Vicky to explain her idea for the Victory Garden and Pantry so over to her...
The Victory Garden and Pantry:
Why did I decide to call them this? I believe that the history of the women who came before us and the things they did to make a home or support their families or pave the way for us is a true testament to the strength and resilience we all have or can choose to have and I find such inspiration from these women that I don't want to just say it I want to live it. During WWII women showed great strength and creativity. They did a beautiful job with rationing, getting creative and did their part in every way. They were encouraged to grow a garden and home can and that is what they did. They grew Victory Gardens as part of the war effort.
Not getting into politics here, but some things are just not good and I don't like the direction things could go. When we started planning our garden we decided that 2 would be 3 and 3 became 4 and we need a strawberry bed and some blackberries and blue berries for the grandkids and so and so on.
Some of the days harvest in the kitchen!
While I was out weeding one day after we had planted a neighbour stopped by to chat and was telling us he had lost his job also and wasn't quite sure what his family would do?
We have planted so much and there will be lots extra so I thought to myself this year will be my Victory Garden and Pantry! Like the ladies before me I will grow and grow more and can and can some more and add and add some more until my Victory Pantry is filled with the bounty I harvest and add to it each week.
Taking inspiration from a time when people helped one another I will have plenty to help someone who has a need from circumstances they cannot help. The older couple on a fixed income who can't stretch the money any tighter, the family that lost their sole income or the homeless gentleman who would like something fresh for a change and a nice warm blanket, or the older woman who can no longer garden, but still wants to be in her kitchen working with fresh produce. To be able to help others and bring them joy even in small and humble ways is a real victory to me!
This is the start of a vegetable sauce Vicky makes up.
I think if you have a mission in mind (plus a plan) then you can really achieve great things. The savings for Vicky's family here are huge. But then you add the other benefits... helping others, bartering, getting ahead, healthy meals full of fresh produce, filled pantry shelves and freezer and on it goes!
Vicky's cellar shelves are starting to fill!
Just to inspire you even more I am going to show you Jen's garden. (This is Jen in NS) Just take a look at these!
Jen has her own Victory garden that is just glorious. I loved seeing this as each week she mentions making jam, harvesting and baking and now I can picture her out in this garden. Thank you Jen this is a credit to you and your family.
We can all have our own Victory Pantries and plans. Working towards your goals and overcoming the obstacles along the way is a victory!
This week I am back to painting. I am kind of daunted by what I have to do! I want to get it all done by Christmas and be finished for when Lucy is very pregnant and the baby arrives. I have the whole front of the house to do, two more rooms inside, outside woodwork around windows plus a big area of latticework inside the back fence. And a dodgy arm. I worked out by the time I am done it would be a saving of over $20,000 this year in painting alone! And I am more than half way. So here goes..!
Motivation is such a big part of achieving our goals and saving! I know we will look back on this year having achieved a lot!
How was your Vicky Challenge last week?
I hope this week is full of progress and good things! xxx