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Wednesday Morning

Good morning all what a shiner I have Denny thought one of the boys had clocked me one.  Then she fell about laughing at how I had managed to give myself a black eye.  the ceramic pig is now out of harm's way, fortunately, the piggy bank was not full or I really would have done some damage. 

Day 19/21 I am grateful for eggs I love them in any way you like to cook themI am grateful for salt thank goodness it is no longer worth a king's ransomI am grateful for all the spices I have to play with in my kitchen It is warmer this morning but not so as you would notice as it is raining yet again.  Yesterday I made some bubble and squeaks and also the base for my gravy for the festivities.  I love the bubble with cold ham and pickle on boxing day and all I have to do is take it out of the freezer and warm it up. Nice and easy.  As Joy said this is when a freezer comes in really handy as it lets you get ahead with lots of stuff so you don't spend the entire holiday in the kitchen.  …

Tuesday morning

Good morning all, what a start to the day I have managed to give myself a black eye in the night.  Next doors dogs had me awake at 3am and as I snuggled back down to try and sleep I knocked a ceramic pig shaped piggy bank off the shelf above my bed and it hit me square on the cheekbone. Very, fortunately, it was on the side of the old eye rather than the new one so that at least was good news but I did use a few naughty words as I cursed the dogs yet again. 
Day 18/21 I am grateful that I now have 2 functioning eyesI am grateful for central heating it's freezing this morningI am grateful the plumber is coming on Thursday [hopefully] The weather yesterday was just miserable it rained, it snowed and it rained again and so the day went on.  There is no lying snow it is just wet and horrid but I guess it is better than feet of snow and no electricity.  This morning we are sub-zero but dry at the moment.  It is so cold I am looking forward to a nice big sink of hot water and some washi…

Monday morning

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Good morning all well here I am back at home and today is chase the plumber day.  I had a lovely weekend with my friends and after checking the weather forecast it was decided that leaving at around 11am might be the best solutions to avoid problems.  I had a fabulous big breakfast with home made bacon croisants and all the goodies you can think of, which kept my tummy happy until supper time.
The journey started of well there were bits of flooding on the summerset levels and the M5 was fine it was snowing but not settling.  However once I hit the M4 the world had turned white and I counted 6 snow ploughs trying to keep things moving.  the fast lane was impassable in some places which didnt deter the idiots with porches who seem to think it is their lane as they can go fast.  However, they failed to realise that with a car whose ground clearance means running over a fag packet will rip out the sump is not the best car for thick snow.  It was fairly miserable slow going but the traffi…

Sunday morning

Good morning all, it is raining cats and dogs here but at least it's not snow.  I am heading off back home today and hoping to stay ahead of the snow which is forecast for later in the day.  I really hope I have a better journey home.

Day 17/21

1. I am grateful for the weather forecast
2. I am grateful for a nice break
3. I am grateful my warm winter clothes

Tomorrow I will have to get on the plumbers case.  I can't believe how much hassle it has been.  Of course now it is getting close to the festivities it will only get worse.  Anyway, I am like a terrier with a rag so I will persevere.

Anyway wish me luck getting home I must admit this when I am glad of a 4x4 there is not much it can't cope with.  Have a peaceful Sunday and stay warm.


Saturday morning

Good morning all, it is freezing here but no snow and from the weather forecast it looks like my journey home tomorrow should be ok. I don't think I will need to eat again until Xmas.  Had fab lunch at Yeo valley yesterday. It is situated overlooking the lovely Blagdon lake in the Mendips.

Day 17/21

1.  I am grateful for the great hospitality
2.  I am grateful for my warm winter coat
3.  I am grateful for a huge fluffy duvet

Everyone is still asleep but I have a big mug of coffee so all is well with my world what do they say "little things please little minds"

Have a good one and if you have the white stuff I sincerely hope you also have electricity as well.
P.S.  Plumber number 3 failed to turn up to appointment any one know a good Polish plumber I can't find a British one prepared to work LOL.

Friday morning

Good morning all, well I am in Bristol but it took me 5.5 Hours of driving to get here.  The traffic was horrendous not mention road works and rain.  Anyway I made it in one piece so no real problems.

Day 16/21

1. I am grateful for a fantastically comfy car
2. I am grateful for such lovely welcoming friends
3. I am grateful for meals that just appear

I will keep this short as I am typing with one finger on my iPad.  Today we are going out for lunch to yeo valley headquarters.  Fortunately the serve more than just yogurt.  I have left the boys to deal with plumber number 3 all I want at the end of the day is a functioning shower.  I am not fond of baths unless it is to soak aching muscles.  Typically for the west country it is raining but last night's weather forecast was for snow.  I sincerely hope not.  I have warm clothes but I am not really kitted out for snow.  Fingers crossed.  Have a good one.

Wednesday Morning

Good morning all another mildish morning here at 8ºC dull and overcast.  I keep seeing reports that we are going to be hit with a blast of cold but so far it hasn't reached here with the exception of a flurry of snow for about 10 minutes a few days ago.  Actually, that is fine by me as I am off to Bristol tomorrow morning and don't want any problems on the road.
Day 16/21
I am grateful for the postal service [new debit card arrived yesterday]I am grateful for the speed of the bank [problem reported Sunday new card by Tuesday]I am grateful for a recipe for beetroot that I don't have to eat [chutney]

Sadly I didn't get around to making the dog biscuits yesterday but I did get rid of the beetroot by converting it into chutney which I am also not fond of but I can give it away.  The Monica Galetti chicken was stunning and just so easy it is one of those dishes that is greater than the sum of the parts.  She served hers with brown rice, I had basmati but added a hand full o…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all it is much milder here today but dull and overcast.  Yesterday went according to plan and I have struck a nice idea I wrote a big list of things that needed doing and when the boys spotted it they joined in ticking off items and I didn't have to say a word.  Hence all the day's chores got done in double quick time.  Sanderson rang to say that my replacement blinds are ready and they will be coming on 13th to fit them.  There is something to be said for old established companies they might be more expensive but the customer service is fabulous.  One blind has had a failure so they are replacing all 6 blinds.  Tomorrow I am due for my follow up appointment for my new eye then hopefully that will be that.  
Day 16/21 I am grateful they have finished our bit of pavement and we can park outside the house again.I am grateful that my last purchase from Amazon has made it before everything when to hell.I am grateful that I have a washing machine and don't have to …

Monday morning

Good morning all chilly this morning but actually a few degrees warmer than it has been.  Had a bit of an upset yesterday when I discovered that my Amazon account had been hacked and my Email address had been changed.  First port of call was to cancel the credit and debit cards how convenient so close to Christmas.  Email address is reinstated with a different password old Amazon account closed and a new one opened.  I think I have covered all the bases but of course, things like my veg box cannot be paid for so letters sent to them.  I sincerely wish the person who did this nothing but one lump of coal for their Christmas gift and hope they don't have an open fire.  
Day 15/21 I am grateful that I still have my marbles and can deal with problems appropriatelyI am grateful that I am getting better at dealing with life's hiccupsI am grateful that I taught James how to make a stunning mushroom risotto [yesterday's lunch] Now I have to be patient and wait for the new cards to…

Sunday morning

Good morning all sorry about yesterday but I was unwell and decided to stay in bed.  I had spent the previous night shivering though I wasn't cold so it was my body trying to raise my temperature.  From that, it went to sweating for England and finally today I feel like a human being again. Cause unknown but if I was having a fight with an intruder I guess I won.
Day 14/21 it think, I have kind of lost track I am grateful for the knowledge of physiology learned so many years ago but hopefully updatedI am grateful for my computer and therefore my ability to stay in contact with friends far a wideI am grateful for the person who invented batteries [My mouse is screaming for new ones] Has anyone else been watching Sue Perkins journey up the Mekong river?  What a fabulous program with lots of very thought-provoking insights.  Her attempt not to romanticise poverty or to catastrophize the future was very refreshing.  For me, she hit the balance spot on and she has stepped into the gap …

Friday morning

Good morning all sorry for the late start but I had a bad night and so slept in this morning.  My nights seem to have divided themselves into two halves I fall asleep easily then wake and can't get back to sleep then finally when I do drop off again it is a bit late.  Anyway, none of this matters as I have no need to get up at any particular time.  Yesterday we had a lovely flurry of snow but sadly none of it stuck.  I like snow for about two days then I get fed up with it and once it turns to grey slush I hate it.  I thought now that I have my car back I would make an appointment to have my nails done as they were a real mess so I rang the salon and they gave me an appointment in half an hours time.  I had to burst into life but I am glad I did as my nails now look lovely I have them short with a french polish so they just look clean and tidy.  Now here is turn up for the books the girl who does my nails is married to a plumber so if plumber number three fails he will be my last…

Thursday morning

Good morning all it is very cold here this morning down to under 1ºC but very sunny and nice to look at.  Yesterday went swimmingly well Ellie dropped in to see me as she was on her way from the vet where poor Benji had been left for his little operation so as I was in the middle of making the pie the remnants of pastry were cut into bone shaped biscuits and given a small blast through a hot oven as a little treat from me.  Incidentally talking of the pie it was really very delicious and would suit any vegetarian for a celebratory meal.  The recipe calls for shortcrust pastry but it was made with a greater proportion of fat to flour than I am used to.  I normally do half fat to flour but this was 12oz of flour to 7oz fat I used half lard half butter and it is egg washed with just the yolk of an egg so a lovely brown crisp crust and definitely no soggy bottom despite a very moist filling.
Richard arrived on queue and the pie was duly demolished.  We had a lovely time chatting about ju…

Wednesday morning

Good morning all it is perishingly cold here this morning but frost free.  Isn't it wonderful how you go from one problem to the next.  My car is finally back after a pain filled absence now it is the shower which is the new problem.  Plumber number two came took one look and said "you need a builder, not a plumber"  What he meant to say is I can't be bothered to do it as it is going to be difficult.  So today it will be a phone call to plumber number 3 and finger crossed he will not be allergic to work.  Yes it will be difficult and it will cost but I do need it done.  The lesson here is never have any pipework hidden behind tiling.  If you do make sure you have a ready supply of the tiles in case of problems.
Dennie and I did a grand job yesterday but only managed a quarter of the kitchen cupboards.  They were emptied cleaned and refilled in an orderly manner and the rubbish disposed of.  Poor Dennie who doesn't cook would have disposed of most of the stuff un…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all another cold start to the day but it is winter so it is to be expected.  Joy of joys my car is back.  It finally arrived at 8.30 last night which meant, of course, it was pitch dark and we couldn't see it so it has been accepted sight unseen and as they digging the road up it is parked miles away so I can't even see it now it is light.  More good news a good plumber is coming tonight to have a look at my shower.  He has come on the recommendation of Mark my ex-gardener who is now into building extensions and has had to find a suitable plumber so I am hopeful.  
Day12/21
I am grateful for my car which suits my lifestyleI am grateful for my lifestyle which in the great scheme of things has to be entered as goodI am grateful that I live in a country where grinding poverty is a thing of the past yes there are poor but not like you see in other countries.
Today Dennie is tasked with turning out cupboards and giving the kitchen a spring clean and I need to be ruthle…

Monday morning

Well, today we have rain but at least it is a little warmer.  Actually, I have been secretly asking for some rain to water in my new planting so I for one am very pleased.  I think the level in the raised bed/pond will drop once the soil is wet and I have half a bag of compost stood by to top it up as necessary.
Day 12/21
I am grateful for my coffee machine which produces perfect coffee at the press of a buttonI am grateful for seasonal foodsI am grateful for the allium family how boring would life be without both garlic and onions I got my shopping expedition yesterday and finally accumulated the ingredients for the chestnut and mushroom pie.  I have made the filling so today all I have to do is make some pastry and assemble the pie.  The wagyu steaks have been shunted on to lunch today and I have made a tomato and courgette gratin to go with them so not much by way of work.
Will the car be back today? your guess is as good as mine.  If they don't ring before they deliver it is s…

Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Another cold one here but we seldom get heavy frosts as we are on the top of the hill.  I had a long in-depth conversation with my sister yesterday on the eternal subject of Brexit which may make a problem for her as she is living in a foreign land.  This provoked me to think about my own thoughts on being European.  I then realised that the very word European has a different meaning for me.  It was a term used in my childhood in Africa to differentiate the colonials from the native population and had nothing to do with Europe as Americans and Australians were also referred to as Europeans.  It just goes to illustrate how difficult it is to transfer meaning as even the words have different connotations for us.  This then moved me on to thinking about cognitive bias and how it pervades not just us plebs but also the high and mighty and those in power.  
Day 11/21 I am grateful that I have had the benefit of a British educationI am grateful that even my corner store s…

Saturday morning

Good morning all well it is freezing here this morning a mere 2ºC but dry and clear.  Yesterday I had a bit of a chefy moment when I asked the boys how they would like the chicken they said without bones!! OK, so I set too and boned out the legs and thighs then made a forcemeat stuffing rolled them into ballotines and wrapped them in cling film and put them to poach.  With the bones and offcuts from the vegetables I was preparing, I made a jus to which I added bacon and some marsala which I then used to braise some cabbage.  Once the legs were cooked I flashed them under the grill to crisp up the skin - eat your heart out Master Chef it was delicious and no bones but I was knackered and I think I managed to dirty everything in the kitchen.  Flavour excellent presentation poor.  Sadly I am not only the chef but also the pot washer!!!!  Both Delia and Joy will be delighted to know there were no blobs on the plate.
The guy came and fitted the new router and also my new V6 box now I will…

Friday morning

Good morning all it is chilly but bright this morning.  Yesterday I managed to get out into the garden and planted up what used to be my small pond which is now a raised bed.   I had a load of dwarf lilies to plant and with them came a free pack of mixed bulbs so the whole lot has been planted.  What a lovely easy way to plant bulbs! I half filled the bed with potting compost leaving the rubble in the bottom as drainage, then in went the bulbs followed by the other half of the compost so a sort of bulb sandwich.  So much easier than digging holes.  I still have half a bag of compost left which I am reserving for the first time it rains when I am sure the level will drop as the soil compacts.  Fingers crossed for a lovely display in the spring.  In the centre of the bed, I have left what was a fountain in the shape of a crown imperial but in copper, so it looks OK.  
Day 9/21
I am grateful for my dog's undying love and affectionI am grateful for the knowledge and skills acquired fr…

Thursday morning

Good morning all sorry about yesterday I had a day off.  I had had a bad night followed by a blinding headache so I just festered and watched rubbish and also some good stuff.  If you are familiar with the TED lectures you might find them as addictive as I do.  There is so much interesting stuff out there on the web. 

Day 9/21
I am grateful that I don't live in the USA [don't ask]I am grateful my mother tongue is EnglishI am grateful I understand and speak a little of several other languages I can even swear in Swahili, really useful!!! Today is a bit of a nothing day I really should get on and do some housework but I don't feel in the mood so I know I will start something then run out of interest and abandon it.  I think I am suffering from cabin fever having been trapped in the house for three weeks - still no car.  I know this is going to sound silly I have nowhere I want to go but not being able to somehow makes going out important.
On today's menu, I have some Barn…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all.  Late start this morning following a late night.  I had a lovely day yesterday with Elaine we decided it was sensible to eat first then shop as we were both hungry and would have bought the whole shop given half a chance.
Day 8/21
I am grateful for the internet and access to so much informationI am grateful for good communication systems to keep me in touchI am grateful for being able to type
Now, what did we have for lunch?  We had quesadillas with a stunning filling made with aubergine,  tomato, chorizo and cheese and a side salad.  The quantity was just about all I could eat.  Of course, the store is full of lovely Christmas stuff but we headed off to the butchery department.  The meat on display is just that nothing is covered in green slime or red slime sorry I think it is meant to be a marinade but I steer well clear of such things as I have no idea what they contain.  Anyway, Elaine ordered her turkey so we will have to go again on 22nd of December to pick it …

Monday morning

Good morning all it is tipping down with rain here but I am warm and cosy so it doesn't matter.  My plans for yesterday ended up going out of the window.  As Denzil left for work and I climbed out of the bath there was James and his lady.  Me in my dressing gown with dripping hair so really looking my best for a first meeting.  Oh well, all my good intentions of being dressed and presentable gone!  Never mind I guess she now knows I am just another human warts and all. 

Day 7/21 I am grateful that I am able to talk to people from all walks of life from the titled to the destitute due to my nursing training.I am grateful that I live in a country with seasons each one wonderful in its own wayI am grateful for the rain for the garden and the flowers that bring joy This gratitude thing is more difficult than I thought but every morning I have to remind myself what I am grateful for which I guess puts you in a positive frame of mind even if the day then degenerates into the mess that is…

Sunday morning

Good morning all well today is a red letter day I can finally wash my hair which would embarrass a rat in its present condition.  I really hate having dirty hair.  The photophobia is diminishing and my sight is better except that I constantly feel as if I have a strand of hair dangling in front of my eye.  So just minor irritations.  Interestingly the colour I see is very clear in my new eye while the older eye has a slight yellow tinge.  Time for my brain to do its stuff and amalgamate the information into one glorious picture.
Day7/21
I am grateful for my sightI am grateful for hot water to wash my hairI am grateful for central heating it is only 4ºC Yesterday I was alone in the house until Denzil returned from work as James is away for the weekend.  Denzil left a 5am and Dan decided he had been abandoned and started to howl and boy can he howl.  Fortunately, he shut up as soon as I called him and he realised I was still here.  I could have left him to howl and give my neighbours a …

Saturday Morning

Good morning all.  Very cold here this morning and I have my blinds down as they keep the heat in and bright light out as I am still a little photophobic.  Yesterday the sun was very bright and I couldn't really tolerate it.  I am improving with the administration of my eye drops and am managing to get most of it in my eye and not on my face.  The clinic rang to check on my progress and when I told this to the nurse she chuckled and said that is why we give you two bottles!!!!!  My sight is clearer in that eye this morning but I still don't like strong light.  Tomorrow I will be allowed to wash my hair which at the moment looks terrible.
Day 6/21
I am grateful that I am averageI am grateful that I have lived my life in a period of peace in the UKI am grateful for my mixed ancestry

Yesterday was a day of mixed disappointments, no, the car is not ready and we will probably no get it back until next week.  The new virgin box I was waiting for didn't arrive I got an email with…

Friday Morning

Good morning all - well it's done I have my new eye.  I went in at the allotted time of 1.25 and was back home by 3.30 not bad considering I was number 4 on the list.  I must say this type of conveyor belt surgery for minor stuff is very efficient.  The staff have it down to fine art and you don't feel rushed in any way.  A member of staff holds your hand throughout the procedure so if you need to cough or sneeze you can give 2 squeezes and she will stop the surgeon.  I took the opportunity to pick the surgeons brain as you have to stare at a very bright light and I wanted to know why this didn't destroy your retina.    So he explained that the light was specially adapted and minus UV light and blue light which do the damage. My knowledge of eye surgery is zero.  It is a bit weird as it is like staring at a solar eclipse which we all know is not a good idea.  Cup of tea and fruit shortbread biscuits and a phone call and I was off home.  I am now into a regimen of antibiot…

Thursday Morning

Good morning all well here we at D day and I can't wait. sounds crazy to be so pleased to have an operation but it will make a huge difference to me so it is quite exciting.  Of course, I have the advantage of having worked in an operating theatre most of my life so it really doesn't phase me.  I have also had the other eye done so I know it is not a painful procedure.  When the medics say, "this may be a bit uncomfortable" they mean it is going to hurt like hell, well this is not one of those procedures it is totally pain-free. Day 4/21 I am grateful for the NHS not only for my career but also for my pensionI am grateful for my friends who keep an eye on meI am grateful for the unconditional love and devotion of my dog
I got a phone call last night from Richard [Mikes youngest brother] to wish me well for today so full marks to him.  Not only did he remember but took the trouble to reach out to me and guess what I don't bite.
I was going to make bubble and squea…

Wednesday Morning

Good morning all only one more day and I will be heading to have my eye done what a relief!!! I will be delighted to be free of the constant headaches which I am sure is my poor old brain trying to make sense of the double vision in one eye and single in the other.

Day3/21 I am grateful for my comfy bedI am grateful to my female relatives who taught me to cookI am grateful to my Gran who taught me to knit and sew Well, the house is clean but the washing basket is overflowing so a bit of laundry required with three of us there is a fair amount generated.  My veg box arrived yesterday so I have a lovely selection of vegetables to choose from for lunch today.  At the moment I fancy bubble and squeak made with the first of the Brussel sprouts.  I have both sweet and normal potatoes as well as lots of parsnips and shallots so I foresee a tray of roasted roots on the menu soon.  I also have some true spinach which I like just wilted with a drizzle of olive oil or a knob of butter.  Sorry, Jo…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all well yesterdays German meal got put on hold as nobody really fancied it so instead we had a pasty from the baker for lunch and for supper James fancied a pizza from the takeaway.  I did, however, make some leek and potato soup using the thermomix and following Joy's recipe idea to stop the potatoes turning into glue. 

Day2/21

I am grateful that I have a cleaning lady who is due any minute.I am grateful that after next doors dogs woke me at 3am I was able to go back to sleep.I am grateful for my friend Ellie who came yesterday. Talking of Ellie we sat around the table having a general good moan about kids husband and all the usual stuff but we also tested the oil with a few slices of a crusty french stick.  Now I have to tell you Elaine hated olives but was cross about it so she persevered and after eating lots she has now acquired the taste for them.  This is important as the new oil really tastes of olives. If you have ever picked an olive from a tree and eaten it…

Monday morning

Good morning all very chilly this morning but currently dry so not too bad.  Yesterday I was reading that if you list three things you are grateful for every day for 21 days it will help to rewire your brain.  The plasticity of the brain I understand so I thought I would give it a try and to remind my self I will be listing three things on this blog they are in no particular order of importance just the first thing that comes to mind.
Day1/21
 I am grateful that I have a roof over my head I have 2 sons who care for me I have central heating I have been a bit jumpy of late not quite sure why one thing is for certain I will be delighted to have my eye fixed on Thursday the headaches have been driving me mad.
I was chatting to Shiona and she advised me to watch The Blue Planet 2 as the film work is fantastic.  So on to the iPlayer I went and started to watch then I thought, this is really stupid, why watch it with defective sight, leave it until my eye is fixed and I can fully appreciate …

Sunday morning

Good morning all the sun is shining here but I am feeling very humbled this morning Anne is really very sick.  I had a message chat with her so I am up to date with her health problems.  Suffice to say it has galvanised me to make my Christmas contribution to Macmillan.  If you are religious have a word with your leader she needs all the help we can muster.

On a brighter note, I tried the wonderful oil from Montefino and used it on a nice green salad where I could really judge the flavour.  It tastes of olives! with a slightly bitter aftertaste which I like.  It came with a booklet from the oil pressing company so yesterday I sat down to read it expecting it to be in Italian so I needed to be awake to read it.  No, it had a beautifully translated English section.  It explained that the olives are from no further than 10k and are all from the Fino valley and pressed within hours of reaching the plant.  I have decanted a litre into a bottle which is buried in a dark cupboard so as not t…

The eleventh day of the eleventh month

Good morning all I have just read another post which just has the Laurence Binyon poem

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morningWe will remember them.


Such moving words to remind us of the tragedy that is Europe. One world war was not enough it took two and still, we are at loggerheads squabbling like stupid children.
In keeping with the sombre mood of the day, it is raining here and generally misty and miserable.  Next doors dogs had me awake again at 3am barking their heads off.  Fortunately, I am able to get back to sleep but it is still very annoying.  As a dog owner myself, I know it is not necessary but it is not worth going to war over, life's is too short.
Yesterday evening we had a roast chicken with all the trimmings which was lovely.  I think I have forgotten how to cook a chicken without a halogen oven.  Anyway, I have some leftover cold meat and am now wondering …

Friday Morning

Good morning all a bright and sunny morning here with a lovely breeze blowing and 14.6 degrees positively summer like.  My sisters gift of 5 litres of new olive oil has been delivered to my door by some folks who have a daughter who lives nearby.  They spend the summer in Italy and winter in Wales.  There seems to be a fairly large expat community as the cost of a property is so cheap by comparison.  However, it is cheap because there is no work so they tend to be retired persons.  I am keen to try the oil but I still have about a quarter of a bottle left so I will finish that first then decant some new into the empty bottle as the 5 litre can is a bit big for the kitchen.
I am hopeful we might get some news about the car today but who knows we are completely at the mercy of the insurance company who so far have proved to be rubbish.  Once I have the car back I will be very happy to name and shame them however like most things some people get good service and others don't.
The la…

Thursday morning

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No this is not my latest knitting experiment!!!!  It is a picture of an indestructible knotted rope dog toy after Sandie's puppy has been playing with it.  I think the word indestructible should be omitted from the description, don't you?

Well, yesterday saw a plumber arrive and replace my kitchen tap which has been driving me bonkers for years.  I now have a bog standard mixer tap which should be indestructible!!!!  The repair of the upstairs shower has been shelved and we now have a shower downstairs and the bath upstairs so we still have both options but in different places.  To repair the upstairs shower would require too much destruction of the tiling as all the pipework is hidden so we have decided to just abandon it for the moment.  The bath taps have a handheld shower attachment so if I just want to wash my hair it is still possible to use the bath.  The car is still in limbo land and we are going to give them until Monday to make up their minds what is happening.  Su…

Wednesday morning

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Good morning all I thought I would start today off with a beautiful autumn picture which I must own up to thieving from a good photographer who publishes photos of Trieste and this is the public park in the town where I learned to ride a bike.
Yesterday we were up to our necks in insurance companies and finally we have just the one courtesy car but still no idea when the Landrover will be back with us.  My eye is getting significantly worse and I had a prolonged headache, so roll on the 16th.  I had got really cold so I thought a hot shower would be the answer but that is when I discovered that the shower had packed up so now it was all hands to the plumber search.  The sad story is that the type of shower we have is now old hat and not easy to fix so we will need to have a rethink.  Anyway, one good thing the plumber is coming this morning to sort out my kitchen tap which has been driving me to distraction for years.  I wonder sometimes if it is only me or do you find yourself strug…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all well we are now in possession of two cars.  Oh yes, major cock-up by the insurance company and ongoing mess still to resolve. And just to put the tin lid on it HM tax office have undercharged me and so I have a nice tax bill.  I feel slightly aggrieved as they take my tax at source so the mistake is theirs but they don't get to suffer I do.  Too bad I don't keep my money in the Cayman Islands.  Anyway, life seems to go from one trauma to the next with small breathing gaps in between.  Sorry, I have no right to moan there are plenty of people worse off than I am.  Is it my imagination or does the whole world seem to be going to hell in a handcart!!!!  I really must stop watching the news it is all so depressing.  I'm sure we were happier when we didn't know all that was going on.  We are bombarded by problems we can do nothing about.  The Americans shoot and kill each other in droves but they refuse to do anything about the gun culture so what DO they …

Monday morning

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Good morning anyone!  I think I spoke a bit too soon about my dogs and fireworks Dan got fairly upset last night we had two big displays quite close one from the pub opposite and one from the rugby club which is just about 200 yards away.  He was panting a lot and coming to me for reassurance he is a big dog for a single bed and there was not much room for me.  Fortunately, they didn't go on for too long and then Denzil came home at midnight and Dan decamped to stay with him.  Tubby was completely unfazed and slept peacefully through it all.
As today is Monday I am hoping we can squeeze some information out of the garage/insurance company so we have some idea of how long this is all going to take.  Well, I wanted to run down the freezer so this is my chance.  No matter what happens there is always some positive aspect!!!  It just depends on how you look at it.  
The weather forecast thought there might be a widespread frost last night but we seem to have escaped, it is currently …

Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Today we have lovely sunshine but down to 5 degrees so very cold however we did have loads of rain yesterday which was very much needed by the garden but it had stopped by the time of the fireworks.  James managed to set fire to our collection of wood and got rid of that so one more job was done.  Fortunately, my dogs are bomb proof and show no signs of distress with all the bangs and flashes.  
The car and the insurance company is still all up in the air and no news now until Monday when they come back to life.  In the meantime, James has a hire car which only he is able to drive so I am stuck at home.  Not that I planned to go anywhere but it still makes me feel trapped.
The Delia recipe worked well and was very tasty I did add a layer of breadcrumbs blitzed with parmesan to the top which made it a bit more substantial.  I have placed an order for my Christmas meat supplies so that is another thing dealt with.  Hopefully, my vegetable box will have all the necess…

Saturday morning

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Good morning all today it is raining and cold.  I am not complaining about the rain it is needed for the garden but a bit miserable for us humans, however, I have no intentions to go out so I will stay dry.
Everything seems to be on hold at the moment with the car in dock, however, I am hopeful that today will see a bit of news as to how long we will be without.  It is rather crazy that even though I had no plans to go anywhere I feel trapped with no car.  We have a parade of shops at the top of the road which has two general stores so there is nothing I cannot get if I need it.
On today's menu, I have a pork fillet which I am going to butterfly and then egg and breadcrumb sort of like Wienerschnitzel.  To go with it I am going to make a tomato and courgette gratin [recipe courtesy of Delia] fortunately I have all the ingredients necessary.  I think the courgette season must be all but over.    
Looks rather good
Yesterday I made a risotto with roasted butternut squash which was …