Farrago: a confused mixture, a hotchpotch.
I refer to a confusion of subjects or, more precisely, a series of unrelated subjects, but I rather like the word ‘farrago’ so I’ve hi-jacked it to suit.
I can barely believe that we are almost into another weekend. Unsurprisingly the last one was somewhat quiet. No-one visiting, nowhere to go but quiet doesn’t mean boring. And I wasn’t, I haven’t been…bored that is. On Saturday I roped Husband into springcleaning. I was really pleased with the results of both our efforts: furniture moved, cupboards emptied – the contents cleaned, sorted and tidied, vacuuming, steaming, polishing. However, I’ve no wish to repeat such an exercise this weekend!
What else has filled the week? Daughter’s poorly’ blanket for her new house complete, I sorted through all those leftover bits of yarn and started another. I’ve no idea who will be the recipient but it makes me feel that I am using my time productively. Talking of the new house, they finally moved in (it was looking a bit uncertain at one point and they were worried that they’d find themselves paying both rent and the mortgage but it all worked out) though having torn up all the laminate flooring (not liked and best it’s best anyway) she is now on bare boards as the new carpets which should have been fitted prior to moving day are stuck in the ‘lockdown ether’. Although there is no decision to be made just yet, it may be that the wedding and honeymoon in Canada will have to be deferred.
Here are both the full-grown and the fledgling blanket. Perhaps now is the time to make something else too – there’s a 34 year old teddy sitting on the spare bed who has long been in need of a new jumper!
I’ve watched more television than I would normally have done, currently enjoying The Nest and The Trouble with Maggie Cole and, as always, Masterchef. A short series of five stand-alone stories in Moving On (BBC iplayer) was excellent. There are apparently ten earlier series but I can’t find them anywhere. I thought I might send for a dvd showing some of the others but the Series 1-8 box-set price tag of £208 put me off! The other afternoon I curled up in the chair and watched Escape to the Country, recommended by Margaret Powling who knew how much I’d enjoy seeing the Devon countryside and a glimpse of Brixham. It’s probably the nearest I’m going to get to Brixham this year as our holiday will likely have to be postponed. If you too have a soft-spot for Devon, then I recommend Margaret’s blog here for lovely photos of her much loved home county. Later I watched Location, Location, Location and marvelled that a young couple could have a million pounds to spend!
We have designated the downstairs cloakroom as a ‘quarantine room’ though I hadn’t called it that until I read on Margaret’s blog that someone else did so. Wearing disposable gloves, we place everything coming into the house in there for a few days before being opened/touched. Even then, when any lingering virus should have died, I’m still cleaning each package and item with anti-bac. Only food items delivered with the on-line shop are tackled immediately.
Have you found that food assumes a greater significance when there’s not a lot going on? I now find myself thinking in terms not only of avoiding waste, but also of conserving. Should I make a cake or use the eggs for a meal so that some other item can be saved for another day? I thought that perhaps I was alone in thinking this way but I’ve spoken to others who feel the same. Currently we’ve no bread and will have to eke out the milk. Husband is a tea-drinker but if it’s to be black, then he’d prefer coffee but I don’t drink tea and can’t stand black coffee. However, I have a couple of sachets of instant hot chocolate (I keep them in for the granddaughters but they won’t be using them any time soon) and some lemon squash which I quite like hot. I have a delivery due on Monday but I’m not hopeful that it will be all that I’ve requested. We could, of course, go to our local Tesco Express but are doing our very best to stay away for as long as possible.
I’ve just remembered, I started to look for eggless cake and biscuit recipes but got sidetracked. I’ll take another look and see what I can find. I find cooking a useful de-stresser but for now I need to be careful about using up my ingredients too quickly. A friend mentioned that flour can’t be found locally for ‘love nor money’!
I’ve been doing a lot of reading too and tomorrow’s post will tell you a little about the books I’ve chosen.