Sunday, 31 July 2016

Day 213 - Have I Blown the Challenge?

Money Spent Today - £41.46  
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £318.88
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £225.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £9.83

I don't know exactly why I did it ... but I did, so to quote a fellow blogger 'hey ho'.

I went on the Approved Foods website the other week and had a little peruse around, and then I went on again the other day ... perused and ordered.  As you can see I got a shed load of scone mixes, enough to keep us in scones until after Christmas if I used one a week, two HUGE bags of suet pastry mix and enough vegetable stock to keep us going for a year.

The sweets were bought as a treat to take to the cinema with us, to stop us from being tempted to buy snacks there.  It is hard to avoid temptation when you see everyone snacking.

I was also tempted into buying a 'Luxury Lucky Box', well worth the money (I had eaten two bags of biscuits before this picture was even taken) but totally unnecessary.

 As I clicked the final button and finalised my purchase I thought 'bloody hell what have I just done'.   Well thinking about it logically, I've either virtually finished off the Challenge in one fell swoop or made it ten times more interesting.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Day 212 - Mixed Bowls

This is pretty much my favourite sort of tea at the moment.

A mixed bowl of all sorts of bits and bobs, which usually in my case means leftovers from other nights meals.  For this one the only thing I cooked fresh was the turmeric rice with peas.  The rice salad, protein salad and tomatoes were just picked from the fridge.

They make for easy eating in front of the television after a long tough day, when I'm usually watching foodie programmes, and are nourishing and oh so tasty.  And I don't feel as guilty watching someone cook up a masterpiece if I'm eating something like this rather than chomping on a slice of pizza  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day
 ... but there is a shocking confession coming tomorrow!!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Day 211 - Magazines

Wow ... where is this year going to, my September edition of Kitchen Garden magazine arrived yesterday along with three packets of seeds.  This time there was one pack of lettuce seeds and two packs of flower seeds.  I think I am going to sow these in the new flower bed that Lovely Hubby is thinking of building alongside the trees in front of the polytunnel.  They would look amazing there next year.

Along with not buying any books this year I am also not buying magazines.  The ones that pop through the letterbox are all from existing subscriptions that were paid for early last year.  So I do keep my eyes open for freebies to read when I'm out and about and the other day although I got no shopping from there I picked up a copy of the latest Tesco magazine, anything to keep me distracted from not buying books  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Day 210 - Lots of shopping for £1.47

Money Spent Today - £1.47  
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £42.50 Points / £8 Coupons
Money Spent in Total - £277.42
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £225.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £51.29

The frozen things were photographed separately as I had to get them into the freezer sharpish!!

This is my biggest shop for quite a while and not what I had in mind to get at all really.  I went in thinking I would maybe stock up on some coffee, nope not on any kind of offer, maybe some baking supplies ... well I got some baking butter.  I was tempted by a number of offers, one of them being the Debbie and Andrews sausages which I had a coupon for (picked up on the Extreme Couponing website which I love visiting) and which were on special offer, so I got them for £2 instead of the £3 they usually are, and Lovely Hubby loves this brand.

This will be the last celery I need to buy for a while as mine are almost ready for picking, as are my tomatoes, you can see I didn't need to buy a cucumber ... yes I have lots of cucumbers now and we just have to keep up with the plants for as long as we can.

These items have all been popped into the freezer, along with the frozen foods.

The reason for my rather prolific shop was that when I bought the things that LH had sent me for in order to get his fuel saving coupon, as posted about yesterday, the till spewed out a £7.50 off a £50 shop.  At first I didn't think I would be using it but when I realised that I was quite near the mark I had my fingers crossed that I could, so I added the Medjool Dates which I love and have almost run out of, at £5 for a box I knew they would bump up the total and keep me well stocked.  You can see from the receipt that I was actually just 53p short of using the money off coupon, so I quickly added this magazine to the shopping.

I really enjoyed my leisurely wander around the aisles, something I've not done for a while and at first on the way home I was in real 'shopping mode' but that quickly wore off and I will be happy not to have to shop again for a while.  As it 's been eight days since my last shop I am hoping it will be the same again until my next one :-)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Day 209 - Sent on an Errand

Lovely Hubby came home from a week working away last weekend and handed me a Sainsburys voucher.  It was a strange one 'spend £12 on non-food items and get a voucher for 7p off each litre of fuel'.  He couldn't think of £12 of non-food items he would need now that his digs down in southern England are just a rented room in a house.

As he was leaving to go back for another week away on Sunday he said "you could get me some washing liquid capsules in a Lavender scent"  (he does a clothes wash each week down there but his bedding is washed as part of his rent money) so that was one thing we needed.

I hadn't been to Sainsburys for ages so I thought a ride out would make a nice change.  Luckily just before I left I discovered we needed paper for the printer, so that was added to my very short shopping list.  When I got there I really fell lucky, they were selling off the grass seed for just £2 a box, and as I had used up all of ours without remembering to save some to fill in where the molehills had been, we really needed some more.

So I got him his voucher and the till spewed out another handful of coupons ... including one for £7.50 off a £50 shop .... which I couldn't possibly make use of ....

... could I ?

Today is a No Spend Day
... I'll post about my shopping tomorrow when I have more time ... so tomorrow won't be  ;-)

None of the items shown at the top of this post come under the remit of this Challenge.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Day 208 - 44 Films

We went to the cinema twice over the weekend, Friday and Saturday evenings and on both occasions we loved the films, both of us giving them a score of 8/10.

We went to see Ghostbusters film not expecting too much to be honest.  We had seen the trailer over and over and the film looked pretty weak,but just about good enough to go and watch with our Unlimited cards.  But for once we were pleasantly surprised and the film was way better than the trailer had implied.  In fact a couple of the jokes in the trailer had been spliced together from different scenes ... very strange!!

Saturday night saw us settling down in our cinema seats to watch the new Roald Dahl story 'The BFG'.  It was a delight and there were lots of 'grown ups' in the audience without children in tow.  It's been a good year for film watching and as you can see from the list of films on the sidebar we are now up to the grand total of 44 films, not something we would have been able to afford to do without our cards.

Today is a No Spend Day

Monday, 25 July 2016

Day 207 - Spatula

My most used and most useful kitchen implement is my spatula.

I bought it quite a few years ago now and although it's been in almost daily use it still looks as good as new.  I use it when making scrambled eggs to get every last bit of egg into the pan and then out of the pan onto my plate, I use it when I'm baking for getting every last bit out of the bowl so sadly there are no more luscious cake mix bowls to lick out although I do get a little bit if I lick the spatula before putting it into the sink ;-)

I remember thinking this was quite expensive when I originally bought it but I can honestly say it's one item that paid for itself within days.  I wouldn't be without it, and of course mine is in my favourite shade of green

And no this is not an advertising post, it's simply me singing the praises of one of my most used kitchen utensils because my mind has gone blank and I can't think of anything else to write about.

Normal service will be resumed tomorrow ..... probably  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Day 206 - Perfect with Almost Every Meal

Perfect with almost every meal or delicious simply as a light lunch on it's own is my favourite 'salad' of all - Coleslaw.

You can make it with all sorts of salady crops but my most usually eaten one is the all time favourite lettuce, red onion, carrot and mayonnaise.  It's so simple to make and I have all the components in the polytunnel for it to be as fresh as fresh can be.  A handful of grated cheese or a sprinkle of salted peanuts takes it to another level as well as adding a good portion of filling protein.

I sometimes add the odd sliced radish, and when I have them grated or shredded Kohlrabi is absolutely delicious (mine are tiny little plants at the moment but they grow quickly).  

On hot, hot days when you really don't want too much to eat but fancy something flavourful with a drink at lunchtime I think homemade coleslaw is spot on.  But if you don't have the time or inclination to make it yourself a tub of ready made from the supermarket can be added to very easily, this will take it to a more delicious and more pleasing to look at snack or accompaniment.

Just don't fall  for buying the much more expensive 'cheesey coleslaw', simply buy a tub of ordinary coleslaw and add some of your own grated cheese just before serving, as well as tasting instantly fresher you will save a lot of money.

Today is a No Spend Day

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Day 205 - Bargains and Leftovers

The other day I had a meal of bargains and leftovers.  The plan was to have leftovers from this meal too ... which would form the basis of the next nights tea.

The bargain salmon fillets and the leftover mash that had been in the freezer, along with a thawed out portion of Kale Pesto was absolutely delicious.

So much so ... there were no planned leftovers for the next day!!

Today is a No Spend Day

Friday, 22 July 2016

Day 204 - A Simple Breakfast of Old Jam

I posted about 'my current breakfast of choice' the other day, but every now and then I go really simple and just use up whatever I find in the bread bin after the weekend, and have some homemade jam on toasted, bread, buns, whatever.

Looking at this jar of Bramble Jam I see it's one of the oldest from the storecupboard, made in 2010 way back when we lived at Jointers Farm and the bushes were ladened down with blackberries after a really good season.

We had fields and fields of hedgerows to choose from in those days as our little 10 acre farm was in the middle of a much bigger 600 acre one.  We would walk the dogs (and Archie the cat) and always take a plastic bag or two with us in our pockets on the off chance of coming across yet another  bountiful supply.  Returning home with blackberries or damsons, and the elderflower season saw us picking the flowers to make elderflower cordial.  It was all good practice for the future, and my excessive practice jam making sessions then are providing us with goodies to this day.

Very useful in this year of minimal spending.

Today is a No Spend Day

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Day 203 - M&S Will Be Missing Me

Marks and Spencer must be missing me this year, although I've wandered in on a few occasions and call in sometimes to spend my vouchers in the food department I have not bought a single item of clothing from our little Llandudno branch (or any other for that matter).

Even the sales, of which there are many throughout the year, have held no power of persuasion over me.  True I have browsed the rails but each time there has not been any temptation to actually make a purchase.

I'm not doing my bit for the economy I'm afraid  ;-)

I have lots of clothes in my wardrobe and although I half-heartedly sorted out for P333 I did not stick to it this time.  The weather has been too changeable of late, and things I had sorted out were put back and others brought in until I couldn't be bothered to keep a count any more.  I do find though that I wear the same things over and over so it's something I will stick to in principle even if I do do it a bit haphazardly at times.

Today is a No Spend Day

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Day 202 - What's Left in the Kitty

After doing the shopping post the other day and noting that we now have only £52.76 left in cash in our housekeeping kitty I thought I would check to see what else we have left.   It's about time I had a bit of a comparison check to assess how we are doing.

So in cash there is the £52.76 you can see above. (We started the year with £328.71.)

In vouchers and coupons we have a grand total of £33.50. (Started with £103.00, and more arrived in February and May.)

In Nectar points we have an impressive £83.66.  (Started with £72.47.)

But seeing as we started the year with £72.47, and my Lovely Hubby has refueled the truck there most weeks, plus buying the makings of some of his evening meals when he is working down in southern England it shows how slowly a total grows.  It makes me wonder if the supermarkets aren't conning us big style, getting all our shopping and marketing information from the cards and rewarding us with a paltry amount in return.  We are helping them much more than they are helping us .... but then I think we all know that don't we!!

So all in all we have a grand total of £169.92 available to spend ... less than one weeks shopping money for some folk if you watch 'Eat Well for Less' which is back on BBC1 on Wednesday nights, but plenty for us, giving us an average available weekly spend of £7.39.

And the good news is, that next month some more Tesco and M&S vouchers are due to arrive to boost the kitty a little bit and improve the average weekly spend available.

Today is a No Spend Day - Phew!!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Day 201 - Current Breakfast of Choice.

This is my current breakfast of choice and will be most days while the Strawberries are in season, after all you have to make the most of delicious homegrown goodies.

A handful of fresh strawberries, covered liberally with yoghurt and then sprinkled with chopped pistachios and drizzled with locally produced honey.

Eating local honey has worked wonders for my hayfever, and this last two years I have had the least trouble with it that I have ever had.  Yes, I still use a nasal spray once a day, but eating honey produced in the area that you live is said to help your body become accustomed to the pollen there ...... it's worked for me.  I used to be a dry and itchy eyed, nose dripping wreck by the end of each day even with using a spray and taking a tablet, now unless I slip up and walk the dogs through some really badly overgrown areas I seem to have found a level ground with my symptoms.

Have you ever tried this?

Monday, 18 July 2016

Day 200 - Not All Meals Turn Out Well

Just to show any readers of this blog that think all my meals turn out perfectly here is this mornings breakfast!!

It was supposed to be scrambled eggs on toast, last night I turned the Aga off, in this sudden heatwave it was getting too much for me.  This morning it still felt warm enough under the hotplate lids to be able to cook some scrambled eggs so I thought I would give it a shot.

It wasn't warm enough!

So after giving them ten minutes sat on the hotplate I tipped the still virtually raw eggs into a bowl and put them in the microwave .... forgetting just how quickly a microwave cooks scrambled eggs.

It was edible .... thank goodness ... just not very pretty to look at.

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Day 199 - And Even More Shopping

Money Spent Today - £2.35  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £10.00
Money Spent in Total - £275.95
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £174.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £52.76

After yesterday's little shop of water, apples and bananas, here is the rest of this weekends shopping.  This time I went to M&S so that I could pay for the majority of it with my vouchers.  I think it's time to add up how many I've got left ... I don't think there's many.

Hopefully, this will be my last purchase of a cucumber for a while as my plants are developing some lovely little specimens, unfortunately I really fancied one for this weekend to make a choppy salad so I couldn't wait.

I got the smaller bags of salted peanuts because when I compared the price per 100g on the shelf edge label this was the cheapest way to buy them.  Seemingly the smaller bags were on 'price match' with other supermarkets.  You've got to have your wits about you when you shop haven't you!!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Day 198 - Cash Shopping

Money Spent Today - £2.85  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £273.60
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £164.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £55.11

I needed some more sparkling water so I called into Tesco, and decided to buy some bananas ... something we will never, ever be  able to grow ourselves and picked up a pack of reduced price apples that I spotted as I walked through the store, which is something that we do grow ourselves, and indeed our trees are ladened with them at the moment but none are ready to eat just yet.  

Although Mavis does now have a 'pet' apple, sometimes during our doggie walks I throw the windfalls for Rosy to 'fetch' and threw one the other day for Mavis so she wouldn't feel left out.  She doesn't actually understand 'fetch' but she thought that as she went and got the apple it was now hers .... it has been going to bed with her every night for the last few days ;-)

Not a bad little spend apples, bananas and ten bottles of sparkling water for £2.85.

I have no more Tesco coupons of course so it was all cash.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Day 197 - Latest Book Read

A few of you have asked me if I've read this book and until recently the answer would have been NO.  It's been sat on my bookshelf  for a couple of years ... hangs head in shame at buying books and then abandoning them to the shelf with no love whatsoever ... completely unread.

I originally bought it because I read a glowing report of it somewhere in blogland and it sounded just so right for us and our ethos of eating homegrown and locally sourced foods ..... but I just couldn't get into her style of writing at all.  It just seems a bit bitty and jumps around too much.  One minute she's talking about planting the vegetables and sowing seeds, the next it's all politics and local problems, which would be fine I guess if we lived in the same country and I understood a little bit more about it.

Still I gave it my best shot, it's been on my bedside table for the last couple of weeks, and I've been dipping into it trying almost desperately, to get absorbed in it.  Last night I gave it one final shot and finally got to over the halfway mark but I then put it down after a flick through the remaining pages not willing to devote any more of my time to a book that just, in my opinion, this is just not for me.

So it's on to the next one.

Today is a No Spend Day

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Day 196 - Freezing Mashed Potatoes

A few of you expressed concern the other day over freezing mashed potatoes and saying that they came out of the freezer tasting 'watery', so I thought a quick post on how I do it might be useful for anyone trying it for the first time, or anyone wanting to perfect theirs.

I bring the spuds to the boil and then simmer them gently,  I do the simmering part of the cooking in the bottom oven of the Aga but having the lidded pan on a low heat on the hob is just the same.  I make sure they neatly chopped into largish chunks, you really don't want small chunks of potato, yes they might cook quicker but there is too much water to potato ratio.  

Once they are pretty soft drain them, being careful to get all the water out.  Then leave the pan with the lid off on the top of the cooker so that all the steam can escape.  This is the important bit!!

Once the steam has gone then I go in with the potato masher, making sure to get all the lumps out, if they are nice and soft this is so easy.  You could also use a potato ricer here to get those lovely looking wiggly worms of mash that I see on so many cheffy programmes.  When all the mash is completely smooth add a big dollop of butter and stir it through.  Use whatever mashed potato you need for that meal and then put the rest into portion sized amounts in freezer proof tubs, being careful to have as little air as possible in the tub.

Once the mash is completely cold, put the lid on the tub and put in the coldest part of the freezer to fast freeze.  When I want to use it I tend to get any mash I need for that evenings meal out of the freezer first thing in the morning, and let it thaw slowly at room temperature.  The best way to reheat it quickly is to pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then finish off with a bit of butter and a sprinkling of herbs.

This way works for me every time, it's never watery tasting, and to us tastes as good as freshly made mashed potatoes.

Today is a No Spend Day

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Day 195 - A Surprisingly Good Book

I'm still slowly but surely working my way through my book collection. 

 I picked this one off the bookcase thinking it would be a quick flick through and then into the car boot sale box for it.  But it is surprisingly good.  Written by a Dinner Lady for parents and dinner ladies but also for anyone that loves good simple home cooking and good natural food.

Yes it's strange to see quantities for 96, but there are quantities for four people as well ... phew!!

And some reminiscences for when lots of us were at school.

As you can see from the little post-its there are lots of things I am going to give a go.  So it's back on the shelf for this book.

Today is a No Spend Day

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Day 194 - Overcooking the Boiled Potatoes

After cooking far too many potatoes to go with the fishcakes the other night ... and overcooking them to boot, I decided to turn the excess into two trays of mashed potato to go straight into the freezer. 

 It'll save me a lot of time next time we fancy some mash with a meal, and it's something I used to do a lot of when I bought a big bag of potatoes and the last half bag were getting soft or starting to sprout.  Once cooked and frozen they can obviously be kept for as long as you need to keep them.

Processing food when you have the time, to eat when you haven't is far better than turning to bought ready meals, and far cheaper too.

There ... nothing wasted. 

 Two tubs of buttery mash cooling ready for the freezer, and the potato water was poured into a plastic tub once it had cooled, and then popped into the freezer as well.  This will make a good base for a vegetable soup next time I'm making one,  adding some potatoey goodness and flavour.

Today is a No Spend Day

Monday, 11 July 2016

Day 193 - Fishcakes

So what did I make out of my Quinoa, Chickpea and Potato Curry and Rice leftovers from the other night  (see here), well as I found I also had some Protein Salad in the fridge that needed using up, I make up a batch regularly and use it in all sorts of meals, I decided some Fishcakes would be very agreeable for my tea.  (See here for that recipe.)

Added together, with a tablespoon of Parmesan style cheese to melt and bind them together they made some very tasty and very filling little fish cakes.  I ate them with some of our own boiled potatoes .... which I cooked far too many of even more leftovers :-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Day 192 - Clutching Eggs and Leaves

Most mornings after doggy breakfast and after walking them round the paddock, I stop off at the henhouse, give it a quick clean out, have a conversation with the chickens and throw them a few handfuls of corn, a treat they adore.

In return I am usually able, even this early in the day, to gather up two or three freshly laid eggs.  I often stop at the polytunnel on the way back to the house to see what jobs are the most urgent for the day ahead and as I wander down the pathways pick at a few leaves, spinach, kale and lettuce are the most prolific at the moment.

Then clutching eggs in one hand and leaves in the other I make my way back to the house.  It makes me realise that no matter how little cash we have either now, during the course of this Challenge and paying off the mortgage with a vengeance year, or in the future when we have a limited income coming into the house, we will never starve.

An omelette of fresh eggs and spinach is a breakfast fit for a king.

Today is a No Spend Day

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Day 191 - Obvious Leftovers

I thawed out a tub of Quinoa, Chickpea and Potato Curry for my tea last night not realising the size of the portion I had frozen.  It was actually a strange portion size, I had obviously just piled it into the tub until it reached the top, so it was neither a single portion or a double one!  Anyway I piled it all on my rice without really thinking and then saw it for the amount it was.

I was hungry so I thought 'well you never know I might be able to finish it' and set to ... but I was defeated with about half a dozen spoonfuls to go.  Tonight I intend to make the leftovers into something completely different ... now I just have to get the old brain cells working.

Today is a No Spend Day

Friday, 8 July 2016

Day 190 - I Only Went in for Carrots!!

Money Spent Today - £14.47  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £270.75
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £164.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £57.96

I was at Tesco getting petrol the other day, combining it with posting a couple of letters, and decided while I was there to go into the store to get the dogs some carrots.  

Suky's diet is still working, with her weight creeping down slowly but surely, but she does get a bit hungry at times so a treat of a carrot, which takes time to eat and keeps her occupied for ages, works wonders.  Of course if I give one dog a carrot I have to give them all one ... the sooner mine grow the better!!

I decided while I was in there to get a few more jars of the mayonnaise while it was on offer for £1 a jar.  One thing lead to another, as it does, and I also got two pouches of microwave rice which is now down to just 50p a pouch in Tesco, and is always handy to have in to add to leftovers to turn them into an instant meal if there's no time to make up a panful of rice.

Our favourite little tomatoes were also on offer at £1 and I spotted the reduced, already cooked Salmon in the reduced chiller cabinet on my way past looking for the Coconut Oil which we had completely run out of and I needed to make some more face scrub (we eat it as well of course so it falls under the remit of the Challenge, as do the carrots).

I also bought a smaller than usual bottle of milk as the painters have been drinking rather a lot of teas and coffees and we were running out.

At the end of my 'popping into the store for carrots' I had spent a total of £14.47 ... gosh I'm not safe to be let out  ;-)

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Day 189 - Food for Free

I've had a relaxing couple of hours over in my neighbours garden this morning.  Not sat out in the sun putting the world to rights as we sometimes do,  but this time it was all about fruit picking.

Mary had invited me over to pick some of the fruit left on her bushes after she had had a picking session, rather me having it than the birds she said .... although there are masses of berries that neither of us could hope to reach still waiting to feed the wildlife.  

Her garden is lush and mature and the fruit bushes are laden down with fruit this year.  The rainy weather and occasional sunshine seems to suit them down to the ground.

After starting with Redcurrants and then moving on to the Blackcurrants, I finally finished off by donning gloves and wading into the Gooseberry bushes.  Two hours picking gave me all of the above fruit ... now I just have to decide what to make with it.

Today is a No Spend Day

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Day 188 - Cinnamon Almond Milk

I made a bottle of Cinnamon Almond Milk the other day, and I really can't make up my mind whether I like it as much as plain ordinary almond milk.  It obviously has a cinnamony taste, which does compliment a lot of the foods that I use milk on/in .... porridge, muesli and baking mostly.

But I think I prefer plain simple almond milk if I'm strictly honest.

I've found that 200g of soaked Almonds give me just under a litre of  milk ...

... and 120g of almond meal to use in recipes in place of Ground Almonds or to whizz up a bit more and use as Almond Flour.

As you can see from the top picture after making the milk I spread it on a baking sheet and put it in the warming oven of the Aga for a few hours to dry out and then it's stored in the fridge or freezer in a ziplock bag until I need it for a recipe.  If I'm using it as flour I whizz it up a bit finer in the Nutribullet with the grinding blade on or in the food processor if I'm using that ... it saves on washing up that way ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day