There is nothing I like better than a day at home. Of course, I don’t enjoy it quite so much after several days at home, by which time I have cabin fever and can’t wait to breath fresh sea air, but after days of going hither and thither (even if only to the supermarket or for fish & chips at the golf club) it’s nice to be at home.
However … the day didn’t start too well as we didn’t wake up until well gone nine o’clock this morning. No, the time police won’t prosecute us, but such a late start made both of us feel spaced out, a bit dozy.
By the time we had both showered, dressed, and so forth, it was gone eleven o’clock by the time I was clearing up the breakfast things. I then listened to Prime Minister’s Questions from Parliament at midday (yet more Brexit discussion!) after which I made tomato and courgette soup for a very late lunch. It’s such an easy recipe – just 2 or 3 very large tomatoes (or several smaller ones), 1 quite large courgette, 1 large onion, 1 shallot (simply as I had some shallots), 3 or 4 veggie Oxo cubes, fresh or dried Basil, boiling water, and some creme fraiche or cream (and a pinch of sugar to remove the excess acidity.)
To go with the soup I made croutons (a small dish of these each), grated some Cheddar cheese, and cut up some granary bread. I actually used the crusts of the loaf as husband particularly enjoys the crusts in his soup. I swished in some cream before serving and added some fresh Basil leaves, too. After this we were quite full, so just had a clementine each.
(I should add here that husband was busy all morning in the garden, on leaf-clearing duty. He goes over the leaves with the mower – he can even do this on a gravel path – which cuts up the leaves which then go into the grass box on the mower. Husband them empties the grass box into black waste bags ready to take to the tip (sorry, re-cycling centre.) He took a car-load of bags today and just happened to arrive when he was first in the queue for the green waste section and thus was back home within 20 minutes. There are still loads of leaves to come off the tree but it would simply not be possible in such a small garden to leave all the leaves until they’d stopped falling, there would be just too many, we’d not be able to open the back door for the leaf mountain!)
I really should have been doing some writing today (deadline Monday) but experience has taught me that I can’t do writing when I feel dozy, it just doesn’t work. I need a clear head for writing work. So I left that and ‘did’ the flowers I bought in Lidl on Monday – I’m ashamed to say they were still in their cellophane wrapping in a jug of water in the kitchen. But they now look pretty in the sitting room: two colours of roses, one jugful of plain pink ones and the other which are pink edged with a darker pink.
This afternoon I watched I Escaped to the Country which is about couples who actually bought one of the homes shown to them on this programme. I liked both houses that the two owners had bought, but definitely preferred how the second house, a Regency coach house, had originally been decorated and furnished. The new people had ripped out what I thought had been a delightful kitchen in order to put in a stark white modern one (which, being so modern, will look passe sooner than something a little more traditional.) By the time ‘modern’ is in the shops, the designers are already onto the next big thing, believe me.
Once I Escaped to the Country was over I returned to the kitchen to fill the dishwasher after which I cleaned the worktops with a new product … new to me, I mean, from Waitrose. It was only £1.99, much less expensive than my sending for the product I had previously been using and paying postage, too.
On the way home last week, this product had leaked but, fortuantely, hadn’t ruined any food, thank goodness. I blame You Know Who who had packed the groceries – I always try and keep such things as washing up liquid, bleach and cleaning products UPRIGHT, but of course, men don’t think like that – they chuck such things into the bags willy-nilly, just glad that the shopping trip is almost over! (But at last the chap here is learning to put all the freezer/chiller things in one of the trolley bags so that I can decant them to the chiller bag once we get back to the car.)
I don’t know what the white mark on the tile is because the tiles are clean – perhaps a reflection from something? Anyway, this is the Waitroce ECOlogical Multi Purpose Cleaner, and it is scented with grapefruit and eucalyptus and smells just that bit different from the usual products which tend to be orange, lemon or pine. The cups were already out – I didn’t put them there specially – as the kettle was on the boil for a cup of tea. But I’ve just notice that they ‘go’ with the biscuit tins. This is certainly more luck than judgment!
I hope you’ve had a good day or are still having a good day, whether at home, at work or away.
Until next time.