It is a bright blue morning. We awakened to sunshine pouring in through our bedroom window making patterns through the Venetian blind onto our bed. I love mornings like this; I’m very much a morning person, and even better than being tucked up cosily in bed at night, is that lovely early morning feeling when the sun is high in the sky and after the long winter, at last you feel some warmth on your skin again.
Eagle-eyed among you will notice a white blob on the tree (above) in our neighbour’s garden. No, not a white bird, unfortunately, but a white plastic bag which has been caught by the branches during the recent blizzard.
Sunshine continues to brighten our sitting room, too, and I took this photo of the pink lisianthus (which I bought yesterday) not half an hour ago
Please don’t think we have a three-course breakfast every day; most days it’s a light breakfast of porridge or cereal or toast and marmalade, but I just fancied fruit today, so that is what we started with …
I think it’s time I changed the table cloth (although it’s clean) otherwise you will get fed up seeing the same one whenever I post photos of food! Anyway, we started with slices of pear, raspberries, red and green grapes. Next, husband had porridge …
On this he has golden granulated sugar and a little milk. I had Scotch pancakes with maple syrup. I’ve been converted to maple syrup! OK, I’d not want it on my porridge, that’s reserved for golden syrup, but on pancakes for breakfast (not the home-made variety which we make and have with sugar and lemon juice, but the small pancakes I buy in the supermarket) marple syrup is very nice. I never thought I’d say that. Perhaps maple syrup, a bit like Marmite and olives, is an acquired taste!
Yesterday, as husband needed to pay a visit to B&Q (a DIY warehouse for those outside the UK) and ScrewFix (similar, but where you choose items from a catalogue and then, at a counter, ask for what it is you need, a very speedy way of doing things) I suggested we also pay a visit to Waitrose as it wasn’t that far away. OK, we didn’t need many things, but I thought we might as well do the shopping and re-stock the larder etc.
I know it might seem odd photographing our groceries, but I’ve done this for many years now, long before I had a blog, and it’s fun looking back at the foods we bought, say ten years ago and thinking, “Oh, we’ve not had that for a long time …” or “My goodness, I’d totally forgotten about that …”
You will notice that there appears few items of fresh vegetable here, but underneath the pears is a pack of spinach, and also there are leeks, onions and carrots. I have plenty of veg in the fridge, really, this shop was really a top-up. I often wonder how two people can get through so much food, especially when we don’t over-stuff our faces, but I think it’s because I cook everything from scratch so require a lot of basic ingredients. I stocked up on sultanas and raisins too, yesterday, also basics such as tinned tuna, tinned salmon and even a pack of A4 white envelopes – I didn’t want to pay a visit to the stationer’s which used to be called Staples but which has recently been bought-out by another company, the name of which escapes me – just for envelopes.
The above photo doesn’t show the ‘free’ paper we had, nor a large baguette which we enjoyed with veggie soup for lunch (home-made, extracted from the freezer and re-heated) nor the flowers. I was surprised to see a lovely array of flowers in the store yesterday, so soon after the disruption to deliveries because of the snow. I chose a bunch of pink lisianthus, and took a photo of them not on this morning, but also last night.
The other treat – for flowers really are a treat, one of life’s small luxuries – was a bar of my current-favourite chocolate.
Later, I shall be looking through the David Austin Rose Handbook for 2018 as we need to choose a climbing rose for our new arch for the garden. Our old arch blew down in the recent storms (not the snow blizzard, but before then) but before any rose can be planted, the arch will need to be erected. I shall have to consult the handyman here about that.
Until next time.