Another Dose of This & That

After last week’s almost manic work load, it’s been quiet today. I’d like to say that it is because I’ve sorted everyone’s queries out but I know it’s probably nothing more than a blip. The trouble with a quiet period is that one becomes lethargic and then when a bit of work does arise, feels reluctant to get on and deal with it. There’s plenty I could be doing but none of it work related! I did throw some washing in the machine this morning. How do two people who aren’t going anywhere create so much of the stuff?

Following Monday’s grocery delivery, my next one is due on 25th – seventeen days away. Although I don’t stick to a strict food plan, I usually have a general idea of what we’ll eat over the next few days, but thinking ahead is more important than ever at the moment for those of us who have no intention of popping out to pick up something we fancy or have forgotten to get.  I had some peppers delivered on Monday evening so I chopped up two and froze them to use later. Of the three leeks, I chose the fattest and made some leek and potato soup for this evening. We’ll have some cheese on toast to go with it.  I’ll need one leek later in the week so I’ll slice and freeze the remaining one. We’ve both bread and milk in the freezer and so long as we don’t go overboard on the bread (I won’t but I may have to ration Husband!), both should hold out.  Potatoes could be a concern – even if I had enough, they don’t last that long before they start to sprout. As for eggs – well, we’ve already been there!  I know that if I asked my daughter-in-law she’d go out and get anything I needed but there is no way I’ll do that as it’s really important that she stays at home as much as she can as my son is on long-term immunosuppression therapy and that makes him high risk. If a need really arises, I think it would actually safer all round if I went myself.  Instead, it’s a time to be creative – if we don’t have it, we’ll make do with something else. It’s likely that most of us are eating less fresh stuff at the moment so we must be glad that the quality of frozen fruit and veg is as good as it is.

Bruschetta potato

Last night we had one of our old favourites with a twist. We both love bruschetta made with cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, chilli and olive oil. Usually served on toasted olive bread, we used the topping for a baked potato – something we will definitely do again. It was scrumptious!




Later we’ll go for a walk.  Although the town is surrounded by some lovely countryside, getting to it involves a car journey, so we just walk around the local estate and comment on people’s gardens!  How I’d love to take a harbour-side walk or along the sea-front.

I read in the newspaper today (online for now) that the idea that food parcels delivered to vulnerable people should contain Custard Cream biscuits is a great one. “….Rich tea too fragile, Digestives to medical, Bourbon too frivolous”. A chef however describes the Custard Cream as “lowly and tasteless…a dreadful biscuit. ” I’m in agreement with her – I detest them! I used to buy them when my children were small precisely because I couldn’t stand them and therefore wouldn’t eat them! What’s your verdict?

Is anyone else wondering where all the beds and equipment for the Nightingale Hospitals is coming from? It’s marvellous that we have it but I wonder, was it all there waiting in storage for such a situation, and if so, why did we not also have the requisite amount of PPE to go alongside it? It’s been astonishing how quickly work on the hospitals has progressed (just 9 days for the London one to get up and running with the first wards) , especially when it so often takes officialdom months, if not years, to make what seems a minor decision. We should be very proud. To clarify for non-British readers, Nightingale hospitals are field hospitals temporarily housed in exhibition centres and the like, which will each have up to 4,000 Intensive care beds.

At the weekend two of our neighbours in our little cul-de-sac (of fifteen houses) had visitors. One had three different sets of visitors – her daughter, and at least two others -there may have been more when I wasn’t looking. Two of them went into the house and were there for some time. The other, our neighbour stood talking to on the drive for some time – perhaps half a meter apart. It’s not that I spend hours staring out of the window but I do spend quite a lot of time in the kitchen which is on the front of the house, and extra cars in the short road are noticeable. My neighbour has made me feel very, very angry. I’m missing seeing my family but we’re abiding by the rules. Why do these people imagine that those same rules don’t apply to them? Just needed to get that off my chest!

I did pop out for a very short journey in the car yesterday but was nowhere near any other person. I took a cake to my brother and left it on his step before getting back in the car and ringing him. The roads were eerily deserted; everything seemed so still. In wishing occasionally for a quieter life, I got it wrong.


  1. I caved and got some biscuits. My neighbour picks up anything I need/want from the local small superette. I am aghast at the number of people doing silly sneaky visiting and such, putting their families and other people at risk. It’s like a form of entitlement. No-one has been in my home for 3 weeks now. Police are on the roads sending people who are sneaking away for Easter, back to their homes. (New Zealnad)

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    • ‘Aghast’ sums up my feelings, Ratnamurti. That and ‘furious’ . My son’s neighbours have just had a new baby and visitors are in and out all the time. Ridiculous


  2. Custard creams are often to be found in the cupboard here, although Bourbons are the biscuit of choice. But seeing as Lily is very limited with what she will eat, I really don’t mind.
    I’m sorry your walks are a little restricted at the moment. I feel so fortunate to be able to get out into the countryside but I’d love to be able to walk by the sea. For now I’ll just be content with being able to see it. X


  3. Biscuits are my – not so secret – vice! I can’t have them in the house because one is never enough. I don’t know why I like them so much, I don’t have the same issue with cakes, sweets etc. According to my sister, I was the same as a child! A dark chocolate (milk doesn’t cut the mustard!) digestive is my ultimate delight but I would make do with custard creams and most other biscuits if needs must!

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  4. Oh dear, I love custard creams although my all time fave biscuits are hobnobs to which I am slightly addicted. And potatoes? Yes, just cooking a leek and potato soup (on a simmer) but the potatoes in my store cupboard are getting eyes. I shall have to think of ways to cook and freeze them – but never having frozen them before I’ve got a feeling they’re not freezable. Just like Margaret I’m increasingly swabbing down every single thing that comes into our abode or leaving them on the hall isolation table for 4 days.

    Regarding the recently opened Nightingale hospital, yes, it is amazing that it has been built and equipped so very very quickly. However, as an ex-nurse from like the dark ages, I’m just going to say a couple of things that have struck me. OK, it’s a field hospital but to me I wonder where are the linen cupboards, and the sluices, yes, perhaps all the patients are catheterised but even so, and where are the rest rooms and toilets for the nurses? Where do they change into their PPE (they have PPE????) and get a drink? To me these hospitals are like bleak warehouses – I hope I never ever get near one. Fingers and toes……

    Have a lovely weekend 🙂


    • I guess the ‘frills’ even though essential come down the list of priorities in a field hospital, Penny. But that said, they must surely have the most basic facilities that you mention. I guess the TV programmes concentrate only on the bed capacity. Hob nobs are great for making a crumbly base for a cheesecake, or even crumbled as a crunchy cake topping, but not my favourites otherwise. I like fruit shortcake biscuits and chocolate Rich Tea, though in a biscuit-crisis, I’d eat any bar cream filled ones.

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  5. All this talk of biscuits is making me hungry for them! LOL.

    I’ve a question about freezing leeks – do you blanch them first or just freeze them? I have a leek a friend brought me and I was going to cook it first and then, freeze, but, if I can just cut and freeze it, then, I can cook it later, when I want. Thanks, Eloise.


  6. The field hospitals reminded me of when I was doing research for my family tree. In my research I found that my Grandfather who was wounded in WW1 was taken to a hospital in Bristol, (which is where he met my Grandmother) and with subsequent research I found out that the hospitals in Bristol couldn’t accommodate all the wounded soldiers so they erected large tents. I was kindly sent reports on incidents with these make-shift wards and a bit of what life was like for staff and patients, particularly when they were recovering enough to help with the chores. It seems that the present day field hospitals for the virus are much more substantial than the ones for the WW1 wounded.

    I absolutely love Custard Creams and have some every morning in order to take a pill.

    We will always get selfish, thoughtless people who like to flout any ruling whether it’s for their own good or not. They will never change, sadly.

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    • That is fascinating, Jean. As you say, our current field hospitals are more substantial than tents!


  7. We are also abiding by the rules, Eloise. I really don’t think some people are taking this seriously. They see fine weather and simply go out, or to their relatives and risk contracting the virus or even passing it on if they are carriers. We sponge down everything that comes into the house with a Milton solution, we don’t allow anyone into the house, not even our sons or daughters in law, even the letter box is disinfected if the Postie has put something through it. We all have to be vigilant. I think to have the Nightingale Hospital up and running in such a short time is amazing, but I understand that the chap in charge of overseeing this (an Army chap) was the one who set up field hospitals in Afghanistan and other places. He knows exactly what is needed to effect this total transformation of an arena to a hospital in record time.
    AS for biscuits, no I’m not that keen on custard creams. I like ginger nuts or any kind of crunchy biscuit, and we have Rich Tea in a tin by the bed to have with early morning coffee or tea.
    Margaret P


    • Still people don’t take it seriously enough. It is beyond belief. I hadn’t realised that the man in overall charge had that experience; no wonder it’s all been so efficiently done. I like the chocolate Rich Tea….so much nicer than chocolate digestives. Not had them in quite a while but think I’ll be looking for some now I’ve remembered them!


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