This month saw me celebrating my birthday by playing crazy golf and drinking in the sunshine! It’s a sign of
age experience and knowing my limits that the following day, I was able to get up and go to the gym the following morning, instead of feeling utterly cabbaged and wasting the whole day hungover in bed!
I’ve loved all the hot weather we’ve had, but was glad of the rainstorms that followed, as was my poor parched garden!
Anyway, after last month’s ‘property post‘, I am so excited to announce that ‘tenants’ have moved in!
My little house appears to have attracted a diverse community – I believe I have leaf-cutting bees (yellow arrows) and mason bees (red arrows). Apparently, it’s not unusual for solitary bees of different species to nest near one another. I wonder who moved in first though? 🙂
I had noticed funny little circular chunks chewed out of the leaves of some of the shrubs in my garden, the leaf-cutting bees’ trademark. Anyway, I am delighted that these little critters have deemed my garden worthy enough to live in!
Since that photo was taken, at least another two bees have moved in and a spider or two, judging by their webs!
This month was rather expensive – car insurance renewal, breakdown cover renewal, washing machine repair (5 minutes to fix, £107!) and a new shed (to replace the dilapidated/unsafe one) – the pounds are getting really stretched, especially as I’m struggling to say no to social outings (went to another enjoyable and interesting Manchester FIRE pubmeet this month).
MOT on my car is due next month…maybe I need to just get past this expensive summer and cut back on the expenses in the latter part of the year.
So, how did I get on with my savings?
I saved 16.5% of my net salary. The above includes £59.62 from doing Prolific surveys and £10 from a charity lotto win.
Shares and Investment Trusts
I offloaded Civitas Social Housing and used the funds (plus new funds) to top up existing investments.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
My Future Fund seems determined to crawl along sideways. There’s not a lot I can do except to keep on investing. As at the end of the month, it stood at £229,441.
Dividends and Other Income
Thank goodness for a great month of dividends.