It has been a very rainy Saturday, but kind husband went to collect our Saturday paper from our local shop and after completing some chores, we stopped for elevenses, although they were actually half-past tenses. It is nearing Easter and the bakery shops and supermarkets are selling hot cross buns – well, they’ve been selling them since the new year so by now a lot of people will have had their fill of them. These were our first hot cross buns this year; they are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and I can remember a time when they were only baked and bought on Good Friday, and you either ordered them to ensure you had some, or you queued for a long time and hoped that the shop wouldn’t run out of stock.
Easter has now become a marketing hot spot on the commercial calendar and while many of the things available, from chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs (nicely traditional) to crackers and almost anything with a bunny printed on it, are undoubtedly attractive, how much of this is really necessary? I love to have crackers at Christmas but do we need them at Easter as well? Will we soon be having Mothering Sunday crackers, Hallowe’en crackers, and for those in American and Canada, Thanksgiving crackers? Or maybe they’re already out there, only I’ve just not noticed them!
The food section of today’s Telegraph Magazine reviewed various brands of hot cross bun and I’m sorry to say that those I had bought didn’t fare too well, but we liked them! The reviewer said that while they were full of fruit they lacked spice. Well, that is in their favour for us, as too much spice gives us indigestion.
And so we had our hot cross buns and there are two left in the freezer for Good Friday. I’m not religious but I am a traditionalist and we will enjoy them on Good Friday morning with a cup of coffee.
Elevenses (or half-past tenses) over, I cleaned the shower room. Husband later cleaned the shower cubicle – it’s not like a modern wet room and I’m sure to some people our bathroom and our shower room will look very old fashioned as we haven’t changed them since they were installed by our builder 32 years ago. Anyway, I cleaned the sanitary ware and the glass shelves. I only like to display some items of makeup on the shelves, all the necessary things such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and so forth, are well hidden in a bathroom cupboard.
Some of my perfumes (in their boxes) plus husband’s colognes, and a couple of china ornaments, one holding my makeup brushes.
After mentioning my visit to my podiatrist which several readers have commented on, I thought I’d show you the heel balm which she recommended for very dry or cracked skin. I have been using this for a couple of years and although it’s not the least-expensive such product on the market, you only need a very small amount (this is therefore only my second tube). I hope this won’t be considered an advert for this product, only I have personally found it helpful.
I also spent time dusting and vacuuming the sitting room and the hall this morning, making the bed and generally tidying. I also finished a pile of ironing that husband had started yesterday, and it is now waiting to be put away in the airing cupboard.
And soon it was time to stop for lunch. Husband isn’t keen on pasta and I don’t think it’s fair to inflict upon him something he doesn’t care for (although he does like tagliatelle with a pesto sauce) so while I made spaghetti with a home-made tomato sauce for myself, I made scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon for husband. And for dessert, just a small slice of Sicilian lemon tart with a teaspoon of low-fat cream and some raspberries.
Soon after lunch there was a postal delivery and I received the latest novel by writer, Rachel Hore.
I have read and enjoyed all this writer’s books and I’m looking forward to reading this one, too.
At three o’clock I decided to down tools, make a cup of tea and watch Paddington 2. And it was a delight from beginning to end! I absolutely loved it! Husband watched half of it, but then decided it wasn’t for him – he prefers funnier animations or CGI films, such as the Toy Story or Shrek or Ice Age series. And once the film had ended we watched the Oxford v. Cambridge University Boat Race, but unlike in my youth when this was considered something of a big national event, we only heard it was taking place today by chance. Perhaps, too, it was because of the tides on the River Thames that it was held so late in the day … the street lights were on by the time Cambridge passed the winning post!
And now we mustn’t forget to put our clocks forward by 1 hour when we go to bed (although the actual change occurs at 2 am).
Until next time.