Monday, 29 August 2011

Monday morning: bank holiday

. . . so, of course, it's going to be wet, windy and cold. It has to be, it's the law. Bank holidays are always so!

Being a teacher, most of the bank holidays fall in times when we are not at school (no complaints there), but there is one that creates a four day week and that's the Mayday bank holiday. Four day weeks are fun - it makes such a difference to the feel of the working week. All the more so when it falls in a half term like the first half of last summer term. Back on Tuesday (Easter bank holiday on the Monday), three days in and a royal wedding, then the following Monday as Mayday off. After that a few full weeks until the end of the half term when it was report writing day. Such a short half term it was. We're not likely to get another one like that for quite a while, thank goodness.

Anyway, it's August bank holiday today. Blocked roads, M25 gridlocked, everyone heading for the coast? Such fun! Well, maybe, but not me. I will be dealing with apples, hundreds of apples! Well, OK, about twenty or thirty of them. Some will make seedless blackberry and apple jam (for gifts as well as for me), some I will stew and freeze, some will be chopped briefly stewed and frozen ready for spiced apple chutney and some will be frozen in wedges for whatever.

As described in my last blog, the potatoes were open freezing all night and I popped out earlier on to bag them up. There's now three bags of them, ready for basting in hot oil and roasting. It makes such a difference not having to deal with endless potatoes when the family is all here for the Big Dinner. We'll be doing the same with DD's parsnips when they are pulled (which won't be yet) and maybe with the carrots too, if I can get around to it.

Right, must get going. I want to get a loaf on, dig out my recipes, make a shopping list and start the leek and potato soup. And there's a pile of washing that needs seeing to as well, so heigh ho, heigh, it's off to work I go!

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