The trees are lovely at this time of the year in England. I do think that trees more than almost anything else indicate the passing of the seasons – the skeletal branches in winter, the acid green of the emerging leaves in spring, the dark green canopy in summer, and the golds, russets and oranges of autumn.
The passing seasons also demonstrate that time is always passing, it never stays still, and reminds us that we are ageing. And so, to try and make life a little easier we have bought another freezer so that – hopefully – I can embark on some batch cooking, making meals for days when I don’t feel like cooking and I can simply remove something for our supper from the freezer. We have always only had a small freezer as part of a fridge/freezer, never thinking an extra freezer was necessary – after all, we have more supermarkets in our area than you can shake a long-life plastic bag at, why stock pile food at home?
But stock-piling isn’t my aim. No, I intend to make home-made meals and pop them into the freezer for, as I say, days when cooking is all a bit too much of an effort. Why has it taken me so long to consider this An Excellent Plan?
Here it is (not exactly exciting, is it?) in the garage. The make is Blomberg and it is one that is ice-free. Also, should the external temperature drop below 10C, then the power to this freezer won’t cut out. Well, so we’ve been told.
I have yet to buy all the ingredients I need for a cook-in session, but I’m getting there. I plan on making two-person portions in suitably-sized containers. Anyway, we’ll just have to see how this pans out (no pun intended!)
We have lived in our house for almost 32 years and some things, quite naturally, now need attention. We bought our large sofa soon after moving in, and it was reupholstered in 2002 but the seats had lost their bounce – if you sat on them you felt you were sinking into the floor. And so we have just had the long seat cushions re-filled, and they are now comfortable and supportive once more.
The front edges of the seats and the base and the valance are now faded (thank you sunlight, from the bay window!) but then almost anything would fade after 17 years, would it not? One can’t expect material to remain pristine after that length of time. Once again this sofa will be comfortable for husband or myself to sit and read. Having two sofas we tend to have one each, but now we might fighting over this one! As for reading, three more Alan Titchmarsh novels have arrived (all 2nd hand but in good condition).
I have now read several of Alan’s novels and while I’ve enjoyed them all, the later ones demonstrate that he has improved in his characterisation and plotting with each one. So far I enjoyed The Haunting best of all.
And now for a cup of tea and a snooze on the sofa.
Until next time.