Wednesday 30 August 2023
In our previous home we lived a fairly green life with air source heat pump, solar panels and organic food from the garden. No such pattern in our present house. But yesterday we started to improve the situation by getting solar panels fitted to the south side of the roof. I was looking forward to the scaffolding going up, thinking that it would give me easy access to inaccesible parts of the wisteria and other rampaging growth. There is a lot of scaffolding in place, but, would you believe it, none of it is quite where I need it! The scaffolders are coming back today to take it all down.
Tuesday 29 August 2023
This small paperback is one of my favourite recipe books but I hadn't made the fig streusel before. It is an easy crumble, and, as I do with most recipes these days, I cut down the amount of sugar and butter without harming the end result.
Saturday 26 August 2023
I've harvested a good crop of figs and looked through my recipe books to decide what I should make with them. My Aunt Elsie gave me a blank recipe book one Christmas in which she had written some of her favourite recipes and tips; how to clean silver, how to soften tough beefsteak and a recipe for Tournedos Rossini - you can tell which one of us was married to a surgeon! Come on, Auntie, fillet steak, fois gras and truffles have never featured on my shopping list!
Saturday 19 August 2023
This week, on a perfect summer's day we walked round the gardens of Kingston Lacy, a property owned by the National Trust. Some families had brought picnics and were enjoying the spacious and peaceful grounds; it would be a different story at the beach in such glorious weather!
Saturday 12 August 2023
We are on grandparenting duties and it involves reviving old skills. On the days when the weather puts castles, moats and speedboats in sand out of the question, not to mention, "Nana, come in the sea!" we are busy with other activities that haven't been called on for years. Kite flying - how do you get the blasted thing to behave properly? We had plenty of wind but the kite was intent on swooping in an attempt to sever heads from shoulders. The grandson loved it!