Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Here's one I dug up earlier.
I also found lots and lot of Jerusalem artichokes ('nasty little piggies' as my brother and I once christened them after having to eat them), some brussel sprouts disappointingly the size of raisins and all the beans coming up - remember I am testing the planting times of my broad beans ... the ones in at the moment should be resistant to blackfly.
We visited the optometrist today for Scarlett's follow-up eye appointment - we are not free of the eye patches just yet but the end is perhaps a little nearer?
Must go - Christmas cards to write.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
We were all up early this morning so I am half way through the housework already. I braved the downpour to trim back the wisteria (a job that has been on my to-do list for the last six weeks), I've planted the crocus bulbs that I was given in November, and I have primed one set of the new shelves in the sitting room.
Moments sometimes slip through your fingers ... Scarlett is awake ... but the sun has come out.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
I am a little 'up to here' with CBeebies so today I am going to try Nickelodeon Junior (although she has just gone back to bed, having only been up for an hour so maybe I can have some Radio 5 after all).
I did manage two lovely lovely nights away with my friends in Aldeburgh but was collected on Sunday night as Scarlett was too poorly for us to have our little family evening together.
My birthday looms ever closer but I am trying to press ahead with a few little get togethers. I suppose Dan and I could eat 15 cupcakes if we had to?
My Nanny fell last week and broke her hip in three places but they have operated (she is 97) and now they are giving her physio to get her walking so that she can leave hospital and go home.
She is amazing, our very own Super Gran (now that was a programme that didn't drive me nuts).
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
All the green tomatoes left on the sagging vines - those that hadn't been turned into chutney - were then picked (with lots of grunting) before she carried these two back to the pram and placed them in her treat pot (fear not, I removed them before they were nibbled).
A busy morning indeed and, as I type, I am pleased to report she has been asleep for 90 minutes.
So, bean planting ... we have planted some broad beans following the folklore that if you plant them around 5 November they will be more resistant to blackfly and less likely to get blight. However, as all my books say plant them in Spring, I am doing a little experiment with half now and half then. I also finished planting the green manure (winter beans) in a couple more beds.
I am definitely more organised this year so the allotment actually looks quite good with most of the beds weeded and our big patch of burgundy chrysanthemums just coming into bloom.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Excitingly I have also had a bit of a social life with a really good friend staying last night, friends over for supper tomorrow night and being whisked away by more friends in two weeks time as the following weekend I will be 40.
There, I've said it out loud.
Can I just go to a health farm instead?
We had some wonderful news last week - Scarlett's lazy eye has improved dramatically with the patches. So much so that we are now just patching until December and then it will all be over (she gets to keep the cute glasses though).
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Today I got all the squares out and laid them on the table ...
... and I came over all proud. We have done a really nice thing and, once it is finished, I hope it will keep someone nice and toasty. It was knitted with love and kindness in mind and that is what I hope it brings to its new owner.
Along the way I have learned a (relatively) quick way to join the squares using crochet. You can read the technical stuff here but this is how it looks -
I haven't updated on my weight loss lately - 11 pounds gone. It feels sooo good!
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
b) We are trying to go out for breakfast on Tuesday mornings so we braved the rain to try this new (independent) cafe that my friends were raving about. Apparently they don't serve breakfast (even though they are open at 8.30am) and the scrambled eggs that I had heard were so nice she only makes for friends .... honestly, that is what she said. So, we were damp and very hungry at 9.30am.
c) I got drenched walking home. So wet I had to strip off in the hallway. Scarlett was wet from the knees down as I have no idea where the cover is for her pram. Any bit of me that was dry soon became sodden when I decided to grab our cat who was sitting hunched up in next door's lavendar. Obviously I did this before I stripped off. The cat, incidentally, ran out of the door back into the rain.
d) All I want to do is eat stodge, even though I am not hungry. I am not eating anymore calories than I am supposed to have but I am not losing weight like I was. So I think this might be a kickback - although it could just be that it is suddenly cold and my body wants to get ready for the change of season.
e) I would quite like to have been pregnant this month (yes, that feeling suprised me too).
f) I had planned to meet my friend for tea, without Scarlett, but I spent so long sorting out Scarlett's clothes and bedroom that I didn't leave enough time to go and get back before Dan went to work so I accidentally enforced a very long day at home with a lunatic daughter who seems to think throwing herself off the furniture is hilarious whilst it has poured with rain.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Thankfully a little voice in my head reminded me 'only the boring get bored', just in the nick of time. As it was a really lovely day today we headed off to the allotment to check in on the desert landscape.
After we were both covered in dust, dry grass and green algae (from the water trough) along with a thistle scratch or two we headed home to do a spot of baking.
I just love my elderly Good HouseKeeping book. It belonged to my grandfather, so is highly sentimental, but it also offers up the simplest, easiest and (most importantly) reliable recipes.
I'm not going to bang on about the delights of kneading dough or the wonders of seeing your doughy dumplings turn into scones and rolls as I have found a lovely quote that says it all (see below) but look at my rolls proving in the summer sun - all that growth in just ten minutes.
Today I truly embraced being a stay-at-home Mum, perhaps for the first time, and although there was paid work to be done, I found peace in some dough, a baby squash and rolling around on the carpet tickling my little girl.
“Breadbaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells...there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.”M. F. K. Fisher, The Art of Eating
Friday, 4 September 2009
I need time to reflect, Dan needs time to think.
We need a change of scene, a break from routine and a chance to appreciate what we have.
I need time to focus on the big things, Dan needs to realise he can't always change them.
Most of all we need time together as a family.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Well nothing much, but I haven't been feeling very creative or vocal so I have been to ground for a bit but hey, I'm back (just in time to mention my wedding anniversary tomorrow - five years!)
I had to admit defeat on the bread basket, look at how awful the base is. That would never lie flat. Just so disappointed.
Scarlett (aka The Loon) is so much fun I can't wait for her to wake up in the mornings - yes honestly. She is chatting away: 'that one', 'veef' (teeth), 'no' (nose) as well as the continual chant of 'dooooh' (dog). Sometimes she makes me laugh so much I think I might forget to breathe. Sometimes I can't believe we have made someone so cute and lovely. Sometimes I look at her and just want to cry.
She's such a little character; she likes nothing more than sitting in a corner reading her books whilst wearing a hat ..
The allotment is keeping us busy and happy. For supper tonight I made a ratatouille using courgettes, tomatoes, onions and garlic grown by us and an aubergine grown by a work colleague. Lovely (and oh so good for the diet - 6 pounds lost so far).
Here are some shots I took today.
She won't thank me for the long white socks if she ever sees this photos when she is older but after the bites her father suffered in this environment they were precautionary!
On the gambling front - not so good. £2 down and looks like it will be £3 in 30 minutes time as Ipswich losing to Crystal Palace TWO nil as I type (the bet was Ipswich to win 3-2 but I have to be realistic).
Monday, 10 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
So... Ipswich to beat Coventry, 2-1. Odds 8 to 1. £1 bet placed (and yes, I did need help filling in the form).
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
I eat too much and don't move around enough - there, I've said it out loud.
Saturday, 1 August 2009
... and will be busy making green tomato chutney if we don't get some sun soon!
Then Scarlett and I walked to Portman Road with one of my favourite roses and laid it at the feet of our local hero who passed away yesterday.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
a) You can wear dangly earrings, beaded bracelets and long or short necklaces. I find this so exciting that I am often seen going to work resembling Mr T.
b) Without a baby in the car, you can turn up your music and drive (a little) recklessly.
c) You can have one hot drink, or as many as you fancy, you can drink them whilst hot and you can finish them.
d) Personally, I don't earn much, but I am almost able to cover half of our household bills and that sense of equality feels nice.
Even if you aren't doing a job that you really care about anymore, there will be moments when your brain fires and you start to think like the old you. When that happens, it is so good to see her again.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Over the last few weeks I have been having a bit of a tidy up - only things that are beautiful, useful or very sentimental will remain (as Anthea Turner once said). I have also been round the house with a pad and pen making a list of jobs that need to be done ... anyway, the point is, I have realised just how many sausage dog bits we have....
Thursday, 9 July 2009
A day later his arm had swollen so much that his watch was acting like a rubber band and his bottom lip had doubled in size - the doctor put him on antibiotics and he has been swallowing painkillers ever since.
I have to keep reminding myself that we live in the UK and not the Tropics.
Neither of us has braved the allotment since and it is the Open Day on Saturday ... I'm praying for torrential rain as our grass must be back at the embarassing stage.
Scarlett has been diagnosed as above average long-sighted so, to prevent her left eye becoming more wobbly than it is already, she is now the proud owner of two pairs of glasses. I have been feeling a little sad for her but today I realised that beyond them is still my little girl and now she can probably see me clearly.