Good morning, gentle readers. It's another dull and gloomy morning here in not-so sunny Essex but then yesterday was the same but we had some lovely sun later on. It was a proper April showers day but in between showers Beth and I skipped off to our allotment and got started. She started digging the potato bed while I got to grips with some of the edging with my new shears. I left the cuttings in a pile and today I want to take an old laundry basket to transport it all to the compost heap!
Before we set out for the allotment, I set to and made some pasta and a vegetable sauce for a quick lunch as I guessed we would be hungry when we got back. It was very nice - I love home made pasta and made enough so I could dry some. Not having a proper pasta rack, I improvised!
It worked a treat and now I have pasta for today and maybe another day this week too. I am guessing (hoping) that, once dried, it keeps for a while. I have some bacon that needs using up so I think I will use it to make a smoky tomato sauce to have with the pasta.
Later on, Beth finished the owls, all but one big one, and now I have nine sets of owlish button eyes staring at me from the chair. While she stitched, I knitted away at the next aran cushion and it is now nearly finished. A few more rows and then I just have to do the button hole band on 2x2 rib and sew it up! I have decided what pattern I want to use for the next one and now just have to work out the numbers. It will be a trellis with cables up each side, I think, and I might have moss stitch as the background stitch. I think I need to do some swatches to see how it all goes.
We're off to the allotment again today. Being terribly unfit, both of us, we can't do a very long stretch and there's some heavy work to do, but I'm looking forward to being able to take a picnic along there when the weather gets better. Little and often should do the trick quite nicely, I think!
Later on my two friends are arriving for a few days. I need to make up their beds and prepare some kind of vegetable soup, that being their meal request! They seem to like my veg soups, so thank you, Thermione!
Well, I had better get going. I have sourdough starter to deal with, pikelets to make plus a soup and a pasta sauce. That should keep me out of trouble, shouldn't it?
B: pikelets and a poached egg
L: sourdough bread with soft cheese and chutney, apple
D: pasta with smoky bacon and tomato sauce, orange