I just wanted to squeeze in another post this morning as I’m off on another camping trip this afternoon! Ed (my husband) has had to go on another camping trip with his colleagues from work – a kind of team-building exercise I guess – and I was invited to go with some friends so Louie and Oslo and I are heading down to the lovely Dorset coast for a couple of nights. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this time! The nights are drawing in already and there’s a definite Autumn feeling in the air so I thought we’d better make the most of what’s left of the summer before it complete disappears.
Now a few of our readers have asked me where I do my shopping – whether I go to the supermarket or individual shops in town, or to an open-air market. Well the answer is, all three! Although I guess we use the supermarket for most things. One thing we do do which I thought you might be interested in is we get an organic ‘veg box’ every week. The vegetables are grown on local farms and then packed into boxes and distributed to whoever has signed up to receive one. It’s become quite a common thing to do across the country, as not only are the vegetables organic but the idea is to support local farmers and reduces the ‘food miles’, meaning that the vegetables haven’t travelled very far to get to your door, or should I say, your plate. In the UK, supermarkets tend to go for the cheapest options when choosing which vegetables to sell so they order them from all over the world to get the best deals.
Here is a photo of our veg box:
And its contents…
As you can see, we get quite a good variety of vegetables and all are locally grown. The only real drawback is that you don’t get any choice, so you have to plan what you are going to eat around what turns up in the box… this can be kind of fun but sometimes I end up with loads of, for example, red cabbage because I don’t know many recipes that use it. In the winter this will be an even bigger problem as the selection will be much smaller but let’s see… On the other hand, you get to try vegetables that you might not have eaten otherwise, like kohlrabi… In case you’re wondering, we do buy other vegetables sometimes as well but I’m trying to use the veg box as my main supply. It's kind of strange how here everybody is saying how we should focus on 'local food' while in many countries there is no other choice... what do you think about it?
Okay Kiran, just before I go, I’d like to have a quick look at some time phrases that you’ve used in your posts:
By daytime we went shopping.
Next day morning I will go to the shops.
In coming Friday I will go shopping.
Now a day I go shopping everyday.
(Only the phrases in italics are from your posts, I just added the rest of the sentences to show how they were used).
Now all of the phrases need a little bit of correcting… can you see if you can spot the errors? Have a go and I’ll post the answers next time.
Okay, time to go. Cross your fingers for me that the weather is okay!
All the best,
Vocabulary definitions from last time…
To put someone out of his/her misery - to do or say something that stops someone from feeling bad or confused
Context – the situation or environment
Instalment - a section of a story where each part appears separately
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