Tuesday 5 August 2014


Good morning.  It's another delightful morning, quite cool and comfortable and with the sun shining merrily away.  It's a morning that makes one feel good to be alive and even gooder (!) to be at home and not rushing around at work.

Yesterday was a fairly gentle day.  Karoline fixed the laptop (THANK YOU, Karoline), I did a bit of shopping and then rested my knee which is definitely feeling a bit better.  I didn't take any meds for it yesterday either so all is positive.

I have nothing planned today until the evening when I have a friend coming round for dinner.  Therefore, in reality, it will be a busy day.  I need to do a bit of hoovering and some kitchen stuff.

I can't quite decide whether to make smoked salmon mousse/pate for a starter or just serve some rather nice looking mixed olives to pick at.  Main is a honey and orange chicken stir fry with noodles.  There's vegetables in the stir fry so that's it, nothing on the side.  For dessert I'm doing a sort of plum crumble.  It's yellow plums cooked in sugar, star anise, orange zest and juice, with a sort of granola sprinkled on top.  I shall serve it cold with cream on the side.  If I was more confident in my artistic ability I would deconstruct it, but I'm not!

None of it is too heavy or too complicated and I can prepare the stir fry in advance so it won't take too long.

Apart from that, I'm expecting a delivery from John Lewis.  One of my quilt covers is getting very thin and bobbly so not as comfortable as it used to be.  I can't complain - I have had it for well over fifteen years and used it a lot.
I like John Lewis bedding so I placed an order for a couple of covers, both plain white.  I was just two pounds under the free delivery so I looked around and they do value white mugs for £1 so I bought two of them - they won't go amiss in the staff room cupboard.

I suppose I had better get started.  Bath and get dressed first, I think, and then take it from there!  Have a good day!


  1. Joy you did make me chuckle with the white mugs. I too do the same thing to avoid postage but I also have two mugs which are the thick pottery type which I keep for builders and workmen as it is no problem if they get smashed. The white china ones are kept for indoors and more delicate use. Talking of deconstructed crumble did you see Mary Berry do a crumble topping separately it had lots of other goodies in it and looked really rather nice.

  2. No, I didn't, Diane. I must look for it.
    The mugs are fine but don't stack. I have no time for non-stacking mugs!!! :-)
    J x

  3. Oh my! I'm sure your really grateful for friends like Karoline. Hahaha! I'm glad she helped you fix your laptop. At least, you get to update us whenever you can and want. Anyway, seems like you had a lot of stuff done back then. I'm sure you felt very productive. Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you! :)

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