Before I go any further, just let me say that I’ve not forgotten that I said I would post (as there has been a request) my recipe for chicken curry, but I thought it would be best to do this after I’ve roasted a chicken so that I have the cold cooked chicken and I can photograph the various stages of this very easy recipe. (I have a chicken in the fridge as we speak, so hopefully, I will roast it tomorrow.)
Above, is my latest small indulgence. As we’re now well into spring, although you wouldn’t think so by the weather we are currently experiencing, I suddenly felt that I wanted a change from my autumn/winter fragrances such as Guerlain’s Mitsouko, and as I’d enjoyed wearing Houbigant’s Quelques Fleurs l’Original last year, I’ve bought a very small bottle. It is a very floral fragrance as the name suggests and I love it. I don’t possess many ‘floral’ scarves, but I think this one makes a pretty background for this floral perfume.
The nice thing on a Thursday today was a visit to the dentist! I’ve mentioned this before, i.e. that visiting the dentist is actually a nice thing to do. I used to hate going to the dentist as a child, and I can’t say I enjoyed it as an adult, but for the past three years we have been attending a new practice (this was more-or-less forced upon us as our dentist retired owing to a detached retina so she could no longer practice) and we now have a lovely Polish dentist who is very gentle and also, he understands British humour! OK, this isn’t essential for a dentist, but it does help when you can say something in jest to someone for whom English isn’t their first language and they obviously understand what you mean.
The practice has a number of dentists and an hygenist and ancillary staff – the above is the reception area – and I’m happy to report that both husband and I were complimented on our dental hygiene, and that we don’t need any treatment and so have made a six-monthly appointment for our next checkup and our visit to the hygienist. I feel like I’ve been given a gold star for effort! Seriously, I had root canal work carried out by this dentist and didn’t feel a thing. He said that with modern dentistry there is absolutely no need to feel any pain. I now believe him!
After our visit to the dentist, we walked to our car parked a little distance away (good exercise) and then we went to Waitrose. The trolley-load today included tulips and daffodils and a magazine.
I think the purple tulips are ‘doubles’, they look as if they might be, and such a lovely deep colour. I’ve put the white ones in our bedroom (below); I hope that the buds eventually open out completely …
And the purple ones are in the sitting room, and I similarly hope the buds will open …
One thing I dislike is getting the seeds in raspberry jam stuck in my teeth, and so today I bought some seedless raspberry jam and also some blackcurrant jam. I normally buy jam in Lidl, but instead bought lovely Wilkin & Son Tiptree jam.
Wilkin & Sons Ltd is still a privately owned company – it’s not a huge conglomerate and they make the most wonderful preserves.
After Waitrose we went to the DIY store, B&Q, as husband needed a few bits and pieces. This time I remained in the car with my Waitrose ‘free’ coffee (using my long-life cup which we remembered to take with us).
I do think that most superstores are quite hideous. Just imagine if you wanted to put up a large orange sign on your house what the planning people at the council might say! As this is a store for equipment for the home, you would think the architecture could at least measure up, wouldn’t you? But I don’t suppose there is much you can do to make a large warehouse look attractive!
Once home, I put the food away, apart from some fruit which I put on the table (with overspill in the fridge) …
We don’t particularly like oranges to eat, but I love their fresh juice, and we find that smaller apples are usually more tasty than larger ones. The red fruit on the right are actually red William pears.
And my magazine, something nice to read this weekend if we are housebound because of bad weather (we’ve been warned that the temperatures are set to drop again, snow not ruled out.)
I have been delighted with the bunch of roses I bought on the 8th March and they’re still looking good. I’ve now removed the yellow ornaments and have added a small Meissen dish, with a design of lambs, to my Staffordshire shepherdess and lamb, as the whites of these objects look good with the creamy-white roses.
Wherever you are, do have a lovely weekend,
Speak again soon.