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Wednesday Morning

Good morning all sorry about yesterday I had a bit of a down day and all I wanted to do was sleep so I did.  Some times it is nice to do just what you want rather than what you know you should.  The new cup for the thermomix has arrived so hopefully all is now well.  The postman also brought me a letter with the appointment for my cataract surgery.  Really well organised I specifically stated I was out of the country from the 17th September so when do think they have booked me in 22nd September brilliant.  Obviously, the extra layer of paper pushers has had a big effect!!!!!  Anyway, I will ring them today and try and sort this out. Still, I suppose it could have been worse it could have been the day before we are due to leave which would have left me with a dilemma.  
Today we are very overcast with thick cloud overhead and I believe there is rain to come for some of us.  I am sitting here watching a family of black birds attacking a ripe fig.  I try to get to them before either the…

Monday morning

Good morning all.  The sun is trying to shine this morning but there is a quite a bit of light cloud in the sky so it is a bit hazy.  I got all the laundry done yesterday so today is a bit of ironing and folding and putting away.  I had some pastry in the fridge which needed to be used up so I made a tart with the left overs of the bacon and some spuds onions red pepper and a piece of mouse trap cheese.  all the items were on the blink so I cleared up a lot of bits in one go and it made a very nice quiche which got quickly devoured.  Today I have a bucket of chicken stock so a mushroom risotto is in order.  I also have some dill which I am going to put under oil and freeze and hope it maintains its flavour.  The other herbs that I have done this with have been quite successful especially the chives which keep their flavour well.  It is so nice and easy to get a cube out of the freezer and throw it on top of some hot potatoes and no one is any the wiser.  Talking of chives I bought a …

Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Yesterday was one of those days when I really should have stayed in bed.  I felt tired after a restless night but motored on anyway.  I had tons of carrots so I decided to make a carrot ginger and TURMERIC soup.  So far not a problem until I decided to blitz it in the thermomix. Those of you who have one know there is a clear plastic cup that forms part of the lid well once I got the thing up to speeds sufficient to break free of earth's orbit part of the cup fell off into the mix.  At this point, the whole machine tried to leave the planet and started bouncing about making the most horrendous noise but better still sending out huge plumes of boiling magma.  I tried in vain to stop the machine only succeeding when I switched it off at the plug.  By this time the entire kitchen floor, ceiling, walls and windows were covered in soup and I had not escaped the disaster I too was covered from head to foot.  I can hear you laughing already, let me remind you the soup…

Saturday morning

Good morning all, another week gone but lots achieved.  It is very dull and we have had rain overnight so it's pretty chilly.  Yesterday was gorgeous but I spent most of it catching up with the shopping.  James set to and made the bacon cheese and potato pie which was scrumptious.  He is quite good in the kitchen and quiet enjoys cooking from time to time.  I am always delighted to have help with the endlessness of meal production. Today we are having a roast chicken nice and easy and several meals for us and one for the dogs.  It is a bit odd to cook at the moment as it should be salad weather but is actually stew and dumplings temperatures.  I don't know about global warming I think we are heading for an ice age.  When you need a duvet in August something is out of kilter.

Just a short one today lots to do so I am eager to get going.  Have a great weekend.

Friday morning

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Good morning all - well today we have brilliant sunshine in a nearly cloudless sky.    I believe that this type of cloud is called mares tails by sailors and it shows strong winds but very high in the sky.



Apparently, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle has nothing to do with British weather - well you could have fooled me.  If there is one thing that is uncertain it is the UK weather.  Yesterday was supposed to be fine but it was another wet one.  Today looks good but who knows how long it will last.  
There was a bit of a muddle over the car tyres and the guy had to come back in the afternoon as he had ordered the wrong size tyres anyway all done now so I feel we have done everything possible to make sure we have an event free journey across Europe.  I spent some time converting a dress into a skirt.   It is a long time since I have done any sewing and I decided it would be quicker to hand stitch than to get out the machine.  When I think back I used to do a lot of sewing and was…

Thursday morning

Good morning all.  Yesterday was November here cold and wet and when I say wet I mean it poured the whole day. Great for the garden but not much fun for us humans who were confined to barracks. 
The infinity scarf has gone to Elaine, for whom it was made, and she was duly delighted and I am now part way through the next one.  I don't think I will have a problem getting rid of the odd scarf and if push comes to shove there is always the charity shop.  Now that I have the pattern embedded in my brain it makes knitting so much easier and as the pattern cost me quite a lot with all the videos I feel obligated to make more than one scarf.  The yarn is peanuts as it is the left overs from the wool shop.
I was in a bit of a muddle yesterday as I thought the tyres were being done but it is actually today yesterday was a trip to the dentist for James who has a filling which keeps falling out.  Anyway, that is done so now it is tyres today and I must do some shopping as I have a list a mil…

Wednesday morning

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Good morning all the first scarf is done and I have started another one this time in one colour as I now know how much yarn it takes.  It weighs 68 grams so a 100-gram ball should be enough.  This is always a problem I find with American patterns.  Anyway, I have tried it on and it does the job going twice around the neck and leaving enough to pull up over your head if needed.
Yesterday morning it was due to rain and there was a weather warning out for London some 30 miles away, so I made plans for a wet day.  The next door neighbours [without dogs] were preparing for a birthday party stringing up bunting all around the garden. It was their eldest sons 8th birthday and I was so sad as I was sure it would be a washout.  However, the rain gods were smiling and we stayed dry and the kids had a whale of a time shrieking and yelling and careering around the garden.  Some times luck is on your side.  I had held off doing the laundry now it is a priority today so it will probably pour with …