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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Not so much derailed as re-routed

It has been a busy week, and generally a very good one in the great scheme of things.  Most of it was been taken up with a day of shopping (yuk) followed by two days intensive cooking.  Blooming tiring but the end result is more than 60 home-cooked meals in the freezer.  We both want to eat properly every day - one of the joys of full retirement is no more getting in so late and exhausted that a bowl of cereal or plate of toast has to suffice - but I have no desire and little intention to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen every evening concocting something lovely from scratch.  With an eye on The Bigger Picture it is definitely worth the time and effort this takes - especially as I do absolutely zero washing up, that is Management's contribution to the proceedings!



There was also a haircut and an unplanned car wash after coming out one morning and finding not a single side of my (white) car had missed the attention of what must have been a very incontinent seagull.

The rain finally stopped long enough for a session in the garden, and yesterday I completed a big section of the Coppice.  On the downsize I hate having to cut away so much of the leaves from my hellebores, but they have blackspot and it does the plant no good.  This winter has been so constantly damp and mild that the spores will be laying on the soil waiting to be splashed back into the newly emerging foliage.  Another reason for applying a thick layer of mulch so that those spores stay buried.





On the upside the yearly application of mulch means that whilst I have been cutting back dead foliage and clearing up fallen leaves, apart from a couple of persistent dock I have not had to remove a single weed!   In a garden this big, so densely planted, that is a Really Big Thing ๐Ÿค—

(The 'pots' in the ground are bottomless collars which protect small hellebores until they are big enough that the risk of being mulched over or stood on is minimised)


















Derailed?   I had planned another Coppice session today but at 9.00am the phone rang - it was the wife of our deceased friend asking if I could go round and I was there a few minutes later.  She needed someone who was not family to have a mug of tea with, and a favour too.  I gave her the "listening to" that she needed and we had a bit of laugh, then I walked to a few nearby houses and delivered details of the funeral.  It was 11.00am before I got home, and the promised sunshine clearly wasn't going to arrive, so I cut my losses and settled on the sofa for some more quilt binding.


I had finished the Irish Chain earlier in the week, the "Bee Kind" Trip Around the World was completely by lunchtime.

From a postural standpoint, sitting down all afternoon and evening to stitch a third binding may not have been the choice of an expert, but I wanted it all finished!  And it is:-



Unless you are a quiltmaker/knitter/creative-anything with a cupboard full of not-yet-completed projects that you do not want to see going to waste you will not understand how gloriously liberating it is to have everything finished.

There was still time to take a moment to enjoy a lovely sunset:




Blog comments:  finally, thanks to Sustainablemum and Jessica I can leave comments on Blogger blogs (Wordpress was never a problem).  The solution was Firefox on my iPad - I am not going to waste any more time wondering why Firefox on the Mac will not work.  Yes I know they run on completely different operating systems, but come on people - cars can drive themselves, satellites circle the entire planet, why not blog cookies which behave consistently on different home computers?

Unanswered comments on my last few blog posts:  thank you all very much,  I'm going to just say "I really appreciate the time you took to leave them" and move on.






16 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of cooking but just think of the time it will save you. Glad you've been able to get outdoors, it's been much colder here this weekend but bright and sunny so I don't mind that, it's the dull, damp days which I'm not so keen on. Well done on the quilt binding, it's such a satisfying feeling to get these niggly jobs completed and now you can start something new with a clear mind. Beautiful sunset.

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    1. You’re right Jo, it is a huge amount of work and to be truthful I often don’t enjoy it, BUT, it means I can pull a couple of portions out of the freezer after breakfast and at suppertime all that is needed is to prepare fresh vegetables, or cook rice/pasta depending upon what we’re having. That is definitely worth all the effort :-)

      Hope things are improving with your Dad. XX

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  2. Dear Jayne
    I have removed the hellebore leaves on my few plants too. The bonus for me is that you can see the developing flowers much more easily. In one of my gardening mags, it says remove leaves which are below a 45 degree angle, which means some can be left (unless they are diseased).
    Fantastic quilting!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie, that’s good to know about the hellebores.

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  3. 60 meals, wow I am in awe that is such a good idea! I do sometimes cook ahead but not that much. I need to get out in my garden too but have been too busy for it this weekend. It is so satisfying to get on top of it all isn't it and the creative projects too. I have been completing unfinished projects here too, I also have my very first quilt languishing in a cupboard somewhere I really must make it a priority this year it has been there for too long!

    So glad to hear that you got the computer/software issues sorted. Hope that is the end of it now!

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    1. Cheers Mum, Safari and the Mac still not co-operating with Blogger but thanks to you I have Firefox on the iPad and seem to be back “in touch”.

      It took me a long time (years) to get this organised with bulk cooking but I cannot imagine having casseroles/chilli/curries any other way now. And I reckon it saves a lot of money as well as time . . .

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  4. Oh my! That's a full freezer of food if ever I saw one. It must be a satisfying feeling knowing you have plenty of meals all prepared in advance. X

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    1. Cheers Jules, it’s a lot of work but definitely worth it and we eat better as a result.

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  5. All those meals in the freezer! Amazing! You are amazing! Both of you, since he washes up. I can hardly imagine, how delightful that must feel. To know you have these.

    Gorgeous winter sunset.

    So interesting. I am on an old iMac. I use Firefox. I have no problems with Blogger. But Word Press. Hahhhhh..... So I simply don't try to follow WP blogs.

    Glad your issues are cleared up though!!!!!

    ♫♪•*¨*•.¸⛄๐Ÿ˜Š⛄¸.•*¨*•♪♫

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    1. Thanks m’dear. As Management eats half of what I make he sees it as quite reasonable to be my kitchen porter and do all the washing up :-)

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  6. The quilting looks lovely and the sunset is gorgeous - glad you're back in comment land again :-)

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    1. Thanks lovely. Had an even better sunset today, will try and post photos tomorrow. Busy watching snooker final now :-).

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  7. With so many meals ready you could open a restaurant, Jayne! How satisfying it must be to see all your projects completed! I wouldn't even dare promise I will finish mine before the end of the year because I have already promised it but I have never been able to keep the promise :(( I wish you a nice busy day!

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    1. Thank you Sandrine. You do not need to finish all your projects in a year if you don’t want to - but having things incomplete was making me unhappy, so it was worth the effort.

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  8. I really need to cut our hellebore leaves back. I’ve usually achieved that by now but everything is just so muddy and soggy/

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    1. Winters definitely getting wetter Sue, we have barely had any frost or cold.

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