I wonder if anyone else in the world has ever uttered he sentence, “Do you know anything about this elephant in the washing machine?” Thinking it was a large grey towel (I do have large grey towels so it wasn’t such a stupid thought) I pulled the article from the drum assuming that Daughter had put some washing on. As I pulled so I noticed that the ‘towel’ had tusks and a trunk. Husband replied that it had been in Daughter’s car boot for four months and needed a wash (as though an elephant in the car boot was perfectly normal even if finding one in the washing machine wasn’t). Daughter was out so I moved the elephant to the tumble dryer, and then later into the airing cupboard. He scrubbed up marvellously and felt very soft and cuddly. It transpires that prior to his incarceration in the boot of the car, he spent a couple of years living on top of a wardrobe, poor thing. He will now be passed on to a little girl who is sure to love him.
I searched the town – Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Home Bargains and Iceland but couldn’t find amaretti biscuits, an essential component of Mary Berry’s Pear and almond trifle. This is husband’s annual food contribution to our Christmas dinner and whilst 40-odd years experience makes me a competent improviser, he follows recipes to the letter. I met my friend (of almost 40 years standing) for coffee at a country pub close to Bromsgrove this morning and decided to brave the town centre in search of the elusive ingredient. Waitrose was a last resort. We had discussed the possibility of making amaretti and I do have the ingredients but hooray, I found one lonely bag on the shelf. Next year I shall remember to buy them earlier.
The aforementioned country pub, which is reached via some very muddy lanes, looked very festive and it was lovely to meet up but my car (previously sparkling with it’s very recent wax and polish which cost me £10) now looks as though its been used for rallying. What a waste of money!
All the Christmas food shopping is now done. I was going to wait until tomorrow to get the fresh veg but decided that today would be fine. That gives me a whole free day tomorrow. There is some housework to do, a small amount of ironing and a Christmas cake to decorate. I shall then sit with a highlighter and mark all the TV programmes I’d like to see over the next week. I inevitably forget once I’ve noted what will be on so this, I hope, will be foolproof.
When I arrived home this was waiting for me – a gift from my aunt and uncle. I do love to have fresh flowers in the fireplace.