Good, Bad, Sad and Glad

Two unrelated comments relating to my handbag post last week: the first has not been approved for publication but in a nutshell accused me of selfishly trivialising the virus situation by writing such ‘frivolous rubbish, as if handbags matter.’  Well, of course it was frivolous, just as any post in the genre would be. My blog’s subtitle is ‘All kinds of Everything’.  And that’s exactly what it is – one day food, another day feelings, another day handbags. If I was sitting in my garden right now, chatting with a friend, wouldn’t our conversation encompass the good and the bad, because that’s life?  I don’t apologise for lifting the mood for a few moments; there is enough to subdue us.  Not that everyone’s mood was lifted by the handbags, which brings me to the second comment. My brother spoke to me yesterday and informed me that, “that stuff about handbags was cr*p. Can’t you stick to writing about food?”  All kinds of everything, little brother!

Although I’d been managing flour-wise, I was on the brink of running out. I’d ordered some twice but when my deliveries arrived, no luck. Brother (same one as above ….there is only one) had told me to let him know if I needed anything as he pops into a shop on his way home from work, so I mentioned flour but added that he’d probably not be able to get any. Several days went by and then I received a text from him. I followed his instructions and looked on my doorstep, delighted to find that he’d left not just one, but three bags of flour. Who’d ever have thought that bags of flour could replace bunches of flowers in the ‘glad to have’ stakes.

Having had very little time to bake this week, I set to yesterday morning and made a recipe that was in Saturday’s newspaper supplement (we’re missing the real thing, but signed up for the online version for the duration rather than a daily trip to the shop), a sugar-free apple cake. The recipe called for soft dates and I just happened to have a pack of medijool dates in the freezer. I’d bought them for a recipe a few months ago but not used them and I’d frozen them not knowing whether they’d survive – they were fine. Made with ground almonds replacing most of the flour, whilst it looks cake-like, the texture seemed more ‘puddingy’. We’ tried it with custard  and it was ok, but for me needed a little more sweetness. I also made some more thumbprint cookies.

My previous blog  talked about looking forward. We’ve been talking about holidays and would both like to revisit Whitby since spending an afternoon there last year, as part of a rail holiday. We’ve now planned an outline itinerary for a week next year where we’d like to take in Cromer and Whitby, perhaps York too, and then on the way home stop off in Matlock, Derbyshire for a couple of days; it’s somewhere I’ve always meant to see but have never got around to. My 65th birthday next year was to be celebrated by a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords, but although I definitely hope that we will continue to cruise, I’m not sure that I’ll feel confident enough to do so that soon, so perhaps the East coast will be my holiday trip. No decisions need making for ages yet, but it’s fun planning.

 

 

22 comments

  1. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed your handbags post. I think people forget that as bloggers, we can write whatever we like. If people don’t like our content, perhaps they shouldn’t read our blogs! I had to smile about your little brother because I don’t think mine has ever looked at my blog. Ha-ha!

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    • Honestly, I’m surprised he reads it. It’s really not his kind of thing. Agreed…..just like when my husband complains about something on television, I say, “Don’t watch then!”

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  2. Hi Eloise, I’ve come a little late to this blog post, but feel I must sympathise with you and the negative comment. Personally think we need as much frivolity as we can get in these anxious days. And I’ve had a similar experience in that on my last post but one I wrote quite a strong condemnation of our government’s dealings with the current situation – oops some didn’t like it, but the majority did. And really we should free to write what we want on our blogs as that’s what they’re there for!!!

    I do admire your baking and interesting to hear of your holiday plans. We should have been going on holiday tomorrow to a lovely little cottage in Dungeness near Derek Jarman’s place – despite living on the south coast I’d never visited yet always wanted to go there. And then it was a cruise in August. Both are cancelled. I too hope to return to cruising one day. I won’t be booking anything until there is a vaccine though. But I’m hoping that next year we can go to Dungeness and have a week there.

    Onwards and upwards. I love reading your blogs Eloise, carry on regardless.

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    • Thanks for your positive comments. Sorry to hear that you’ve also had to cancel holidays. I felt relieved when I knew we weren’t going. Never thought I’d say that!

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  3. I’m sorry you received an unpleasant and unnecessary comment on your previous post, although I did laugh at your brother’s response. At least he was kind enough to get you some flour. X

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  4. I enjoy reading your interesting blog covering varied subjects. I thought we are all supposed to be following the latest buzz words “be kind”

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    • Thank you, Pam. Yes, we should all be kind. It seems that people forget that in many areas there is no definitive right or wrong – just differences of opinion.

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  5. I’m not a handbag person. I have a couple but use the same one for practically every occasion. However I did really enjoy your post. As we say in France ‘ chac’un son truc’.
    Helen in France ex Redditch and Worcestershire.

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    • Thank you Helen. I had to look up your French quote (only a few remnants of my schoolgirl French remain) and agree: Each to his/her own!

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  6. Hello from sunny Southern California. I loved reading your post about your handbags. Fancy handbags are one of my passions and have always been. Please don’t feel bad in regard to the unkind comment you received. You could write about anything these days and there will be someone out there who can find fault with it. In a nutshell, I’m finding that there are many crazy people out there! Anyway, I love your blog and although I seldom comment, please continue to write whatever is dear to your heart. It’s your blog. Stay safe dear friend.

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    • Thank you for your kind comments, Pat. I’m so glad I looked in the ‘Spam’ folder today, for there it was! I wondered where you had got to. I’ve just popped over and found that you’ve blogged again recently so will catch up on there. You’re right – there is always someone who won’t agree, but like you say, I shall continue to write what I want. So long as I hurt no-one, it’s my little outlet!

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  7. We had booked a cruise of the Norwegian fjords in August – a special holiday to celebrate my husband’s 70th birthday. Obviously we’ve had to cancel but, like you, I don’t think I would be comfortable rescheduling it for next summer

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    • Oh that’s such a shame. We did a Fjord cruise in 2006 for my 50th and it’s lovely. I’ve been wanting to go again ever since. We’re due to go to the Lake District for my husband’s 75th in September, but I don’t know that it will happen.

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  8. What an unkind comment about your handbags piece, Eloise, and I’m glad you didn’t permit it to be published, giving this person a platform. We can all have opinions but no one need be rude and unkind. The two subjects are totally unrelated: handbags and the virus. While we are all aware about the devastation the Coronavirus has caused, it doesn’t mean we have to write,read, or think about it 24/7. No one knows better than me the devastation it has caused, for not only has our sister-in-law died, but also my husband’s only brother (her husband, just 13 days later). But this doesn’t mean I wasn’t able to enjoy your post on handbags, and I’m sure that even the people working at the front line need some respite from the grief, and look to other things to take their mind of this awful pandemic. We need more, not less, lighthearted matter.
    Margaret P

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    • Thank you, Margaret. Yes, we do need some lighthearted relief. So sad about your brother-in-law and his wife. I am very lucky that no-one in my family has been affected.

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  9. Oh Eloise I’m sorry you received negative comments. Our blog spaces are just that our blog space and we should be able to write about whatever we want to including handbags if that’s how we feel on that day and at the time of writing. I’m sure there are those who don’t find much of any interest on my little blog but thankfully they have always kept there comments to themselves. I never had a little brother only two older sisters and one younger and they all at times could be annoying… I think little brother redeemed himself with his gift of flour though and yes you are allowed to get as excited about flour as you about flowers given the current situation. Cooking and baking have been my salvation over the last months the fact my waistline has increased to an unacceptable level (my words no one else’s) is a whole other story. Continue looking after yourself.

    Mx

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    • Cooking and baking is my go to de-stress activity. I’ve not had a great deal of trouble with trolls – just the odd one now and then. I always wanted a sister. Some of my friends have them and I envy the close relationship

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