I enjoyed yesterday. I bustled around clearing up the kitchen which was, frankly, more than a bit of a mess, before getting things ready for the planned meals. A potential pupil (or rather, the mum of a potential pupil) came for a quick meeting and left satisfied so I have one more on the list and absolutely no more space for anyone else. It is very pleasant to be able to do what I have always loved - teaching - but without all the other stuff that made life a misery from time to time.
The Beth and Al turned up and we had lunch. I had made cheese toasties (cheese and ham in Alex's case) with some salad and it all went down a treat. However, I have now virtually finished the batch of red onion chutney that really adds something special to the toasties, so I will have to make some more. It's a thermo recipe, so very easy, but it doesn't half stink the house out so I will have to pick my day carefully!
After lunch, Beth and I went to the allotment. It's still looking good. We strimmed and watered, Beth hoed round the potatoes and I did a bit more clearing of the back. Then we had coffee and chatted. It's such a pleasure and very relaxing. There were a number of others around but no-one near enough to be intrusive.
Beth took these photos.
Then it was home for a quiet evening and a great night's sleep.
This morning I am allotmenteering again and today's main job is weeding and clearing around the rhubarb plants as those big leaves can hide a multitude of weedy sins! I'll pick some rhubarb and, because I have the other fruit too, I shall make some of the best jam ever - strawberry, rhubarb and cranberry jam. It's so gorgeous and just different enough to make splendid gifts.
The afternoon will be spent with FS and the evening will be garden pottering, I suspect. All very gentle, happy and fulfilling.
In the time it has taken to write this, the sun seems to have faded somewhat but I bet it will be back before long. And I'd better fade too and start some of those housework tasks that need doing every day.