The very attractive flowers of the garlic chives
The TV engineers arrives spot on 8am and swapped over the cable boxes and gave me a short lesson on how to operate the new Tivo box but what they failed to do was to program the hand sets so it took me quite a while to do that. I still haven't done the one in Mikes room and that will be today's techno job.
My parcel from Lakeland arrived and I got to play with my new silicone piping bag - I made a batch of stuffed eggs which I filled with a bit of smoked salmon and mayonnaise. The bag was then turned inside out and put in the dishwasher - great. It is a large bag so not suitable for fine cake decorating work. It would be fine for butter cream work so ideal if you are into cup cakes, profiteroles or éclairs. I also made a batch of courgette pancakes which made a nice lunch along with the stuffed eggs. For dinner I had a lamb chump end which I cooked in the halogen oven along with some potato wedges which we had with some leeks. I really feel that I could sell halogen ovens Mary rang to tell me hers had arrived and she had cooked her first meal in it and was delighted with the result. Today I am intending to make a red pepper stew which takes quite a while to cook but is really delicious with some eggs scrambled into it and helped down with crusty bread. I also have some lovely mushrooms which I may stuff and grill - no I haven't become a vegetarian I am just trying to use up all the vegetables I have around before the attack phase of the diet which has no veg or carbohydrates. I will also need to make a comprehensive shopping list so that we are well stocked with the right foods and are therefore not prone to straying from the path of righteousness.
Yesterday a box arrived which was full of plug size pansies which I had completely forgotten about so they will need to be potted on this morning and with any luck I should have a lovely show over the winter months. I am itching to get on and plant my broad beans but they are not due to go in until November so a while to wait yet. The perpetual spinach that I planted late is making very slow progress and I am not sure I will get a crop this year but who knows with the weather we have had over the last couple of day it may yet happen.
I am hoping for a nice quiet day today just pottering and doing bits and pieces. I would like to go to the wool shop and buy some fancy wool to make frilly scarves which I will give away as Christmas presents but that may have to wait until the weekend.
Have a good day all and enjoy this bit of good weather while it lasts winter is on its way.......