Uh. Not that I’m a farmer. Or indeed, Afrikaans.
Once again, the money falls far short of the month, and we have to take a long hard look at where it’s all going.
Sadly, once you’ve put aside the bond and petrol bills, it comes down to food and electricity.
When a loaf of bread retails at around R7, and a 2 litre milk costs R15 at the cheapest – you know there’s a problem. As a family, we tend to eat fairly simple meals – we’re certainly not eating lamb and roasts and expensive pre-packaged meals. And if we’re struggling, I hate to think what the majority of South Africans who fall way under the poverty line are doing. Starving to death, is all I can guess.
So now we have to start looking at alternatives. About 2 years ago, I started neglecting the veggie patch (mainly due to being pregnant, and then looking after a small baby) but I’m sorting that out now. This year, hopefully the chicken talk will actually turn into chicken action – we certainly have enough space for the buggers.
We’re also looking at solar power, but that means we need to save up a fair whack first. Eskom seem to have finally caught on to the rest of the world, and are offering an incentive to people installing solar water heaters . It might not be much, but it’s more than nothing, says I.
So off I go, on my first small steps to be self-sufficientish. I need to do some planning regarding fruit trees – and beds and so on, but hopefully in a few months time, when we are deep into spring, I’ll have some progress to report.
If anyone has suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.
ETA: The Slave found me a bugmenot addon for firefox! Awesomeness! Take that, you swine who insist on me wasting my time signing up to read your articles.