My Money: I eat biscuits like a naughty schoolboy

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My Money is a series taking a look at how individuals spend their cash – and the sometimes difficult choices they have to make. Here, Mark Bauwens from Gaillac in France takes us through a week in his life during the coronavirus pandemic.Mark, 64, is retired, “unfortunately single” and resides in south-west France. He has a vegetarian home feline, a backyard cat and 5 horses. He stores at Lidl as well as French chain grocery stores together with al fresco markets.

Variety might be the spice of life however buying in amount, hence having a repetitive diet, is more expense and time-effective. Every day this week, I will broadly consume and drink similarly although the range of meat, cheese and biscuits (!) modifies. Breakfast. Two slices of wholemeal bread with a slice of ham and cheese each and fresh fruit. Washed down by genuine coffee.Lunch. 10 min boil in the bag rice with fresh fish (a treat in the summertime season), paté and bread with home-grown tomatoes and salad. Followed by fresh fruit. If I am still starving then approximately half a package of chocolate biscuits (as I lose control), with the remainder for supper, like a naughty, guilty schoolboy. Chocolate is excellent for morale Ive checked out and its true!Dinner. Charcuterie (pieces of cold meats) and cheese. Oh, and more fresh fruit. Finally, a couple of beers whilst seeing TV.

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Mindful that Covid-19 has no known treatment, effective treatment nor defense by vaccination, I continue my rather monastic diet plan, albeit a very healthy one. Since beginning, Ive gone from over 85kg down to just under 70kg to increase my possibilities in the unlikely occasion I capture the virus, as all the federal government, medical and scientific guidance along with BBC News coverage suggests that being lean, active and fit is crucial to survival and finest healing.

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Each early morning is spent riding, caring for the horses and afternoons caring for the fields in which the horses reside in summer. Manure for the vegetables and fruits I grow is not in short supply! I wish it was possible to barter manure for bread, tractor diesel and vehicle gas. A car-free life is absolutely impractical as although the supermarket is within riding range a contemporary town is too dangerous for a horse and rider. In a rural world, electric cars are not practical due to cross countries, the scarceness of charging points and their absence of range. Country people drive in fields and tow heavy trailers which will never ever work with electrical cars. Its why financial diesel 4x4s multiply.

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I suppose, in years to come, if things truly become much worse, people might revert to a horse and cart in towns. Working people might work and move from a new, nation home.Blackberries are in season today as are red plums on the general public rights of way. Foraged the surplus to stew and freeze for winter.

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Weekly shopping day. James the vegetarian home feline consumes almost as much as I do, his bag of feed is constantly leading of my list.

The idyllic life in rural, south western France is breathtakingly wonderful and I never forget how fortunate I am. The worst thing about the hen/cock, egg/chick realities of life is that today my journal indicates that one of the older hens is due for the chop.Barbecued chicken breast is one of my weekend favourites. Hen reprieved for another week, I decide to purchase a steak instead tomorrow.

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Professional greengrocers to buy big trays of whatever is in season is not essential this week (its nectarines, peaches, greengages, strawberries, apricots and melons, so rather a choice) as I have blackberries and plums. Total saved EUR18 for the next week.The grocery store one-way system is still an obstacle and Ive had to go around once again, simply too lots of times, never ever seem to find out from my errors.

Surviving on my own regretfully, this is cleaning day. I take a strange delight and pride in economising on my labour and cleansing materials. The septic system is delicate to disinfectant and bleach which will eliminate that chemical process so I have good reason.No invite tonight to friends, so Ill barbecue the steak reward. That hen still looks positive. Offering them names might be my error, maybe numbers might work much better? Or would that simply advise me of the number of “horrible deeds” I committed?

To renew my annual searching licence is one of my yearly costs. It permits me to supply both little video game (pheasant and hare etc) and a share of big video game (red deer and boar) for the winter season cooking area generally as a heartwarming stew with foraged mushrooms, herbs, apples and grocery store great pasta EUR1/1kg so it is especially cost-efficient and welcome. Expense EUR159.60 for the season with insurance.Also have to purchase and pay for firewood for the woodburners, my only type of heating.

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Here, Mark Bauwens from Gaillac in France takes us through a week in his life throughout the coronavirus pandemic.Mark, 64, is retired, “regretfully single” and lives in south-west France. Over to Mark …

How does Mark feel about his week? Summer season weeks are always complete of sweet breeze perfumed by fruit with the sound of wasps keen to share. Invest today was common of both summer season and winter seasons. My diet is constantly healthy and bio. Summer salads last as they are not cleaned unlike the grocery store produce.

Overall spent this week: Eggs, tomatoes, other salads, plums and blackberries: EUR0Friskies: EUR2.96 Coffee 2 x 250g: EUR2.86 Bread 3 x EUR1.73: EUR5.19 Ham 2 x EUR4.60: EUR9.20 Emmental: EUR2.12 Brie: EUR4.65 Goat cheese: EUR1.80 Pate Foie x 3: EUR1.78 Pate Campagne x 3: EUR1.89 Steak: EUR4.63 Tuna 4 x 120g: EUR7.68 Rice 5 x 200g: EUR2.39 Saucisse sèche 2 x 250g: EUR6.39 Saucisson 250g: EUR3.01 Choc biscuits 4 x 2: EUR4.56 Beer 12 x 33cc: EUR10.02 Toiletries, cleaning up products, fuel not needed this week.Total for seven days: EUR71.13 (₤ 64.51) Total cost daily: EUR10.16 (₤ 9.22).

Variety might be the spice of life but buying in quantity, thus having a however diet, is more hence and time-effectiveRepetitive Working people might move and work from a new, nation home.Blackberries are in season this week as are red plums on the public rights of method. How does Mark feel about his week? Spend this week was common of both summertime and winter seasons.

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