Friday, 5 August 2022

Meanwhile here at home....

 Mid June through to late July hurtled past in a flurry of activities...time away, trips out, socialising...all great fun, but I've really appreciated being able to slow down a bit and catch up on the backlog which had built up. We've pulled our horns right in and cut our outgoings right back. I don't mind....I'm a simple soul and this type of situation always makes me come up with more creative solutions and more inclined to try new things. There will still be treats just all accounted for. Our latest was to join friends for a pizza at a local independently run restaurant which operates out of a farm barn. I can vouch that a peach, basil, caramelised red onion and blue cheese topping is now my favourite ever topping combination!

On the home front I've made a start on redecorating the bathroom and undertaking more kit making for Mythago. After the last bout I thought I wouldn't do anymore, but there's an idea in my noggin that just won't buzz off so I am hurling myself right out of my comfort zone and seeing if I can make this thing I've dreamt up. If it's naff you'll never hear of it again, but I want to try. What with that, Mythago secretarial duties, several huge bags of bottle top sorting for charity recycling every month in addition to all the day to day stuff and keeping up with family and friends it certainly keeps me busy and out of the shops😁 Mind you nothing will ever keep me out of the library!

This space will always be a place I can record the small gems which I so treasure.  This week's include seeing a beautiful slow worm on the path when I was out walking with my friend H on Monday after work, trying and enjoying this new to me recipe [we had it as a main meal in tortilla wraps. I added more mayo, some salt and a bit more curry powder] https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/coronation-chickpea-sandwich-filler, picking the raspberries every morning [we freeze them and then will make jam]. In a few more weeks we'll be able to harvest our own apples too. Our little tree has exceeded all  expectations this year and produces a bumper crop. We removed several small apples a few weeks ago which normally I'd have put on the compost, but if I now need to be true to my gnat bottomed moniker I spent a tedious hour or so peeling and cooking the little blighters up. However, I didn't grumble when they gave me the makings of two crumbles last weekend and gave me the opportunity to really make the best use of the oven when I did a big batch cook. 



Sadly I have never had any luck with growing sweetpeas here, but thankfully others are able to do so. My friend C gave us a bunch from her garden..I have always adored their colours and scent. Hope everyone has a good weekend. 

Arilx








6 comments:

  1. I love sweet peas but have never had any luck with growing them either - really I should say I've probably not got the patience to look after them properly!

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    1. They win extra brownie points from me by the very dint of the more you pick the more they flower. Arilx

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  2. I'm in process of hitting publish on a slower paced August-so I can relate. The sweet peas are lovely.

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    1. It's good to freewheel for a bit sometimes to allow yourself to catch your breath. Arilx

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  3. Mmmm that pizza topping made my mouth water - and it's only breakfast time here! I've jotted down those toppings and I shall create my own pizza very soon.
    No space for a fruit tree in my garden but a friend always has apples to spare so I can have apple crumble when I fancy one.
    Love Sweet Peas, the gorgeous scent and the colours - but they don't like the acid soil of my garden. A pity Acers and Azaleas can't be eaten!

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  4. We have a tiny garden, but we found that the Janes Grieve is suitable for the small space we had available. Arilx

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