Thank you so very much. Your kind words have made all the difference. That nasty email, which was not anonymous by the way, has been entirely obliterated by the 'mass of warm, friendly comments'* I am no longer upset but upbeat and full of plans for future blog posts.
Please accept these Autumn flowers from my garden with my grateful thanks.
I am sorry if I alarmed you by saying I didn't feel like blogging. I never intended to stop, I only meant I didn't feel like it just then. I wanted to explain why I wasn't continuing the store cupboard challenge as I didn't want to abandon it with no explanation.
Store Cupboard Challenge Conclusion
It is too late now to continue with it as I have (inevitably) restocked. I wouldn't have continued beyond tomorrow in any case as we would have been down to brown rice and lentils and not much else and the exercise was never meant to be punishing.
What I learnt
1) I saved a lot of money. I spent about £130 over three weeks which for a family of five (only one of whom has a child's appetite) isn't bad.
2) Although I have never bought exactly whatever food I fancied I've always kept an eye on my budget, but I have never been so constrained by my finances that I couldn't buy more baked beans if I wanted to. For that reason the challenge was worthwhile.
3) It also taught me that if I needed to I could spend very little on food. I may well take one week a month when I only buy the fresh things I can't do without and plan our meals around what we already have. This would be a good way of keeping the budget down. If I do that I will certainly blog about it.
* Thank you Alice