Today is the first of September. According to the weather people on TV, it is also the first day of autumn but I always understood the seasons changed on the 21st day of March, June, September and December, and so accordingly autumn (or if you live in the USA, the fall) doesn’t start for another three weeks. I think I will go with the traditional quarter day and so, if you live in the northern hemisphere, we’ve got three more weeks of summer left to enjoy. Make the most of them!
However, autumn flowers are now appearing in the shops, and I bought asters last week. They were still in bud but are now beginning to emerge and showing their pretty, daisy-like flowers.
One bunch gave me two jugs of flowers, one for the sitting room, and one for the kitchen.
Our new smart TV arrived on Thursday afternoon. We have yet to work out (and therefore use) its various ‘functions’, such as You Tube, Netflix, etc.
We didn’t want a huge TV and while the screen is larger than our old TV, which was a 37″ (this is a 43″) the overall size of the TV actually slightly smaller as the frame for the picture is much narrower than on the old TV. I hate huge-screen TVs taking over a room, but it is what it is, a TV, and they are great black hulks (unless money is no object and you buy one which can be hung over a fireplace and looks like a mirror until you want to use it as a TV – personally, I’d not want a screen hung so high, it would give me a stiff neck having to look up!)
There is it … in the far left hand corner. I hope there are sufficient things of interest in the room so that it doesn’t monopolize the room!
We also collected our watercolours from the framer’s on Thursday. Oh dear. I think I’ve made an expensive mistake. What I should’ve done was to take a picture with me to the framer’s with a mount that I liked but I didn’t, and when I chose the mounts for these pictures, I agreed they looked lovely with the pictures, but when we got them home, they did not look terribly good against the wall colour!
But they were too expensive to change them, and so we’ll either have to put up (literally!) and shut up, or hang them in the hall, on the staircase wall, where they will look good against the buff/terracotta wallpaper. The other alternative, to lessen the impact of these too-buff-not-quite-cream-enough mounts is to have one of the pictures on either side of the fireplace, rather than hanging together, and then a shorter picture next to each of them. We shall see.
Husband says, “Oh, you’ll you get used to them …” – a typical male reaction ha ha! And get used to them I shall because even I am not spendthrift enough to get another set of mounts made!
I’ve not been doing much cooking lately, we’ve still been having mainly porridge for breakfast and salads for other meals, and yesterday was no exception when we had a corned beef salad. I’m not a huge corned beef fan (I think only people of a certain age eat corned beef!) but husband enjoys it occasionally, and what we have left from the tin will be turned into corned beef hash this week. But we had it with new potatoes, cherry tomatoes (kindly given to us by my computer man, from his greenhouse) with sea salt flakes, cucumber, cheddar cheese, a pickled onion each, beetroot salad, chopped spring onions, curried peach chutney, and slices of red pepper (with a fresh fruit salad for dessert.)
Today we have had friends in for a cup of tea and cake, and I made a Victoria sponge sandwich (sandwiched with just raspberry jam, nice and simple). I served it with some strawberries and whipped cream.
I was in such a rush to get ready (doing other things and not keeping eyes on the clock) and so I quickly used the two blue bowls for the strawberries and the cream, when usually I would find something other than our cereal bowls out for guests. I love a simple Victoria sponge (this is a 4-egg mixture, i.e. weigh four eggs and then weigh out the same amount each of caster sugar, margarine, and self-raising flour) and it doesn’t take long to make as it has just four ingredients, plus the jam to ‘sandwich’ the two halves together and sifted icing sugar on the top. Traditionally, it is actually caster sugar for the top, but I prefer to use icing sugar. I used raspberry jam rather than strawberry which I find a little too sweet, even though I love fresh strawberries to eat – hence some with the cake.
Regarding the ‘rogue’ email addresses which some readers are finding are attaching themselves to their comments, I have had a word with the webmaster at Fiver, who has helped me several times with my blog troubles, and he says the following:
“I just checked screenshot [two readers have sent me screenshots of this] and it is user’s own PC issue as it’s showing Autofill by user’s own browser. This is not an issue and you shouldn’t worry about this.”
Therefore, I really do not know what else I can do to get rid of this problem, I wish I could help.
Have a good weekend, what’s left of it.
Until next time.