It has been a wet and windy week – oh dear, this alliteration will have to cease! – and this kind of weather makes me lethargic. I must be closer to the animals (not the human ones!) than most, because when the days are perpetually dark, I lose interest in just about everything and simply want to crawl back into bed and go to sleep. I believe animals settle down to snooze when it’s dark, don’t they?
But, of course, this isn’t practical. Meals still need to be made, shopping needs to be done. Yes, I could get shopping delivered via an online order but I have done this in the past and really, unless one is truly indisposed, I prefer to make a list and go and choose the items myself. And so we did the weekly food shopping yesterday, just a few extras for Christmas but I’m not feeling pressured as many women feel pressured into providing just about every food and drink item known to (wo)man because the younger generation has now taken on the task of hosting Christmas Lunch.
And so first the food shopping, and then we moved on to Lidl so that I could choose some flowers. I make no apology for buying flowers. I know some people might consider this an unnecessary extravagance but flowers give husband and myself so much pleasure they are worth the small extra expense each week, and those in Lidl are very reasonably priced.
The spray chrysanthemums are a very pretty peach colour. I have cut them down considerably as I don’t like to see a lot of stalk. They are rather a ‘wooden’, un-bendy flower, and so benefit by being cut down, I think, and made into a short posy.
On the mantelpiece a bunch of apricot-coloured roses and on a corner table (below) pink roses …
We went out this morning, braving the elements. The plan was to buy presents for our little grandson, plus a present for daughter-in-law’s mother, and we managed both but by this time we were cold and decided instead of motoring on to our next port-of-call for presents, we’d go home instead. A wise decision, there is still loads of time to buy a few presents, and some I can get online, too.
And so we went home and I quickly made spaghetti with a home-made tomato sauce for our lunch. I don’t buy passata or cook-in sauces; I use an onion, a little veggie stock, a can of chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon of sugar, dried and fresh Basil, some tomato puree, and a dollop of creme fraiche. And I serve it with freshly grated parmesan.
I just wish that spaghetti with a tomato sauce looked more presentable, but I can assure you it tasted good. I know it’s correct to mix the spaghetti with the sauce but I prefer it poured over the top.
On the way home we called to collect our paper from the local shop and I spied boxes of After Eight mints. We’d not had any of these for years, not even at Christmas, and so I thought a box would make a nice treat to watch with a DVD this afternoon.
And so after I’d finished clearing away the few saucepans and so forth and putting the dishwasher on, I made tea and cut two slices of rich fruit cake (not home-made this time) and carried the tray into the sitting room and then put on the old Alfred Hitchcock film/movie, Rope, to watch. We have Paused it for a little while and will return to it shortly.
(Again, some of my late mother’s china – I think this is really pretty. The cups don’t hold much, but that doesn’t matter, we can always have a top-up. Cups were always smaller years ago as tea was an expensive luxury and was used sparingly.)
I have been buying books again, but always as inexpensively as possible, and I’m currently enjoying Salley Vickers’ book, The Librarian.
I tried a couple of this writers’ books before and didn’t take to them, but this has a charm I am finding irresistible. I also have these two lined up to read …
I learned that Kate Humble (for readers overseas, Kate is a writer, a TV wild-life presenter and also has a smallholding) now has her own line of toiletries, and I sent for a couple of items to give to some friends for Christmas. Silly me. They are on sale in Waitrose and I could’ve saved myself the postage.
I have enjoyed two Evelyn Anthony books recently and have now bought this, again 2nd hand.
I have also received one of my monthly magazines for which I have a subscription, another has yet to arrive, and I also bought the latest Country Homes, so I’ve lots of lovely reading for over the Christmas period.
These are the January 2019 issues, but of course they are on sale long before Christmas and are filled with Christmassy things, and are very pretty to look at.
I’m now off to continue watching Rope – I think it calls for a fresh cup of tea. I wonder whether we will spot Hitchcock, who always plays a cameo role in his films?
Until next time.