We started our day with a fairly leisurely breakfast …fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, grapes and bananas sliced with a few slivers of stem ginger), followed by grilled bacon and tomatoes on toast, and then toast and marmalade.
After breakfast I did a few housekeeping tasks – the usual things such as making the bed, generally tidying up, and getting the washing machine and dishwasher in action. It has been a dry, windy day, if a little dull to start with, and the fine weather has dried two machine loads of washing, all of which have been ironed. I also tackled the laundry basket and so all the ironing has been done; not one single item have I left, so our wardrobes are now filled with clean clothes at the start of the week, and the airing cupboard with clean bed linen, tablecloths and towels.
I would love to have a laundry room, a place where lived the washing machine and tumble dryer, where there were cupboards where I could keep all the bedroom, bathroom, and table linen (sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers all matched up for beds, and tied with blue ribbon of course!), with the ironing board with an un-scorched cover, a steam iron, lavender water to spray on the laundry before ironing, lavender bags to put among the linen … but instead I have to choose between ironing in the kitchen or in the dining area of our sitting room. I usually do the ironing in the kitchen, and husband usually chooses to iron in the dining area. As he’d been ironing the bed linen for me, I continued in the dining area and completed the job, all the fiddly things – the jeans, chinos, T-shirts, button-down collar shirts (his) and so forth. Yes, I iron T-shirts. I even like to see the tea towels ironed. Fussy, aren’t I?
As we breakfasted late, lunch was even later. I had a chicken that needed roasting and rather than having a roast vegetables with it, and gravy and stuffing, i.e. the usual English ‘Sunday Lunch’, I did baked potatoes (some call them jacket potatoes, but potatoes baked in the oven in their skins), spinach (as husband loves spinach, and it needed using up) and cauliflower and leek cheese, as I thought the cheese sauce would be a change from gravy, and it was all very nice. And I made an extra cauliflower & leek cheese so we can have that with crusty bread tomorrow for lunch or supper. I don’t plan too far in advance because I find we mightn’t want what might’ve been designated for Thursday if, like so many more organized souls, I was preparing the week’s menu on a Sunday.
Preparing cauliflower and leek cheese
And to help our lunch ‘go down nicely’ we shared a bottle of …
This is a delicious ginger beer, quite zingy!
All very ordinary tasks – preparing and cooking breakfast, doing the ironing, making lunch – but all was very peaceful in our Close: the sun eventually put in an appearance, husband busied himself tidying the garage and then did some gardening, indeed, it was all most convivial. I do enjoy ordinary tasks like these when I’m not being hurried, pushed for time because there is perhaps an appointment looming, or someone calling, or we need to be somewhere in another half an hour. I didn’t feel rushed, and while this was a Bank Holiday when a lot of people would be going out, I was happy to be at home.
Yesterday we went to our little grandson’s 4th birthday party. His birthday isn’t until Wednesday, 31st May, but to make it easier for our daughter-in-law’s family who always come down to Devon for the little chap’s birthday (some of them are still of working age so will be returning to work immediately after the Bank Holiday) the party was held yesterday.
Our daughter-in-law put on a wonderful spread, and made a gorgeous ‘pirate’ cake for our grandson. This was the party for all the relatives and next weekend our grandson is sharing a party with his little friend who is also four this month, and that will be at his friend’s house. For the party I made a lemon sponge cake …
and next to it here you can see his presents wrapped up. We bought him some junior Lego. We have also bought him clothes and, recently, a lovely new bed, but as he can’t exactly play with a new coat and a new bed, he can play with the Lego!
Our daughter-in-law’s mother came down from Cambridgeshire and the kind woman always brings me a bunch of flowers and this time they are all in shades of pink and white.
Also, yesterday, when our younger son and his partner attended the party and parked their little dog (Barry, who once did a guest post here on my blog!) in our kitchen for the duration (dogs and parties don’t mix all that well!) they left me a lovely bunch of flowers, too, a thank you for having taken her parents out while she and our younger son were away on holiday. It was a pleasure to take her parents out as they are lovely people, but it was also nice to receive such a pretty bunch of flowers. They are in such bright. cheerful colours that I have put them in the kitchen as they echo the colours in the selection of fruit in the fruit bowl.
In due course I might re-arrange these two bunches of flowers, perhaps cut them down and have them displayed more posy-fashion. Anyway, for now they look pretty in these two jugs.
And so, it’s been an uneventful day. While the politicians continue with their respective General Election campaigns, and people return home if, unlike us, they have been away for the Bank Holiday, we have been enjoying our home and our garden. And, of course, each other’s company.
I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.
Until next time.