Good morning all, the sun is up and for once I am not typing in the pitch dark. The sky looks overcast and dull but it is dry at the moment. Yesterday was the day of leftovers as we motored out way through the left over risotto which had been made into suppli al telefono. Normally I make this with plain risotto but this one was with seafood but it worked just as well the centre of each ball of rice was filled with mozzarella cheese and then put through the egg and breadcrumb process before frying. There were still left over meat balls and skordalia and the butterbean dish so out of this lot we managed a lunch and a supper. I am now completely cleared out of leftovers but nothing ended up in the bin so I am happy.
The post brought me a nice £200 cheque from British Gas who pay me for my solar panels, given that this is winter quarter that is not bad at all. Mike asked if he could have trip out so I took him with me to the bank and then on to a dog walk. James was busy sorting out a friend who had car problems and needed lifts to and from the garage. While I was walking the dogs Mike stayed in the car but he could see us as we were going round the rugby field and it is the first time he has seen Dante really running. There was another dog walker who looked a little worried as both dogs approached him at high speed so I blew my whistle and both dogs turned on a sixpence and headed back to me which left the other dog walker with his mouth hanging open. The hours of training certainly pay off and it is pleasing to see others reaction to instant obedience. I can't tell you the number of times I see owners yelling at their dogs who pay absolutely no attention and just carry on doing their own thing. I am glad that we have taken the time to get the basics right.
When I went up to check on the hens they had managed to empty their water container and the food container was very low so I think the large dispensers will only last a few days before they will need refilling. James has offered to come over at regular intervals to make sure that they are kept fed and watered. This going to be a real pain in the neck while I am in Scotland but there is not an easy answer unless I can get Mike to walk as far as the end of the garden and make sure they have the necessary items. Next week they will be 17 weeks old and should start laying around 19/20 weeks which will coincide with the Scottish trip I couldn't have timed this worse if I had tried. If only I had know the day before I got the hens rather than the day after.
Today is the day of Shiona's birthday party which will be in the village hall in Goudhurst so James and I will be heading over there this evening. Fortunately neither of us drink so driving will not be a problem. Her idea of using the pizza van to supply the catering is a really good one and takes a major load off her shoulders. The French trip saw all the booze bought so with any luck there should be little or no clearing up to do after the event. I believe she has booked a live band so it should be good fun. Now all I have to do is find something to wear which is no easy matter as my wardrobe is filled with dog walking clothes rather than going out clothes. Hopefully I can find something which is not too scruffy!!!
Anyway in the mean time I need to organise something for lunch and then something for Mike to have for supper. My freezer is at an all time low as I am making room for lots of microwave meals which take up a lot of room. I think I have the makings of a corned beef hash for lunch and perhaps some scrambled eggs on toast for Mikes supper.
Joy you mentioned "approved foods" well I put in an order of tins and packets that I use and as I am fortunate in having the garage to store dry goods this should not be a problem. After all you can't have too many jars of olives or capers and tea bags and toilet rolls come to no harm in a cupboard. They have a lot of stuff that I would not give house room to but there are a few things which are useful to have in the store cupboard.
Well on that happy note I am off to make a start on the day with a batch of ironing Oh happy days!!!!