Good morning, everyone. It's Thursday and nearly half term! I can't be bothered to open the door and check the weather as I'm nice and warm but BBC says that it is freezing out there (all the more reason not to open the door yet) and today is going to be pleasant - sunny with a gentle breeze. I'll take that, thank you.
It was another lovely day yesterday.
I arrived at Val's just before twelve and we talked almost endlessly for a few hours. She made up a Tom Kerridge recipe that she found in one of the Times add on magazines and it was scrummy - smoked haddock and spinach egg pots. Tom is, of course, very aware of calories and more healthy eating nowadays, and this recipe (with a bit of adapting) works very well with the Slimming World ethos. Definitely one to do again. Thanks, Val.
Val would like to come with me on one/some of my coach day trips so when the next lot come out - which should be very soon now - I'll look through online and see which sound likely. It's always nice to have a friend around.
Talking of trips, I want to test my new railcard next week with a trip to Norwich or Ipswich, both of which are on the line from here. I must look up what there is to do in each city and where the stations actually are. I've decided to leave 'Sarfend' until a later and warmer date.
Any ideas about those two cities, anyone?
Or, looking at the map, I could get to Kings Lynn although it is a slightly more complicated journey. That's supposed to be quite nice, I think.
All of the above depends on the weather, of course.
Does anyone enjoy the Great British Sewing Bee? I watched it yesterday morning while doing some ironing and I thought it well up to standard, inspiring me to look up how to do a concealed zip on youtube. In my day (getting old) we weren't taught that and I've never used the relevant zipper foot but I think my machine has one - must check.
I would never wear it myself, but I liked the 'wriggle dresses' but I think jumpsuits are the most impractical things out. Imagine having to practically strip off to go to the loo! The winner's jumpsuit was fabulous though - that lady has style.
Anyway, as I watched on, I could feel myself getting twitchy in a way that I always recognise. I want to start sewing! I want to make some clothes for myself, now that I can use standard patterns and they will all be in my size. I also have my mum's lovely sewing machine to get used to so I want to do that too. I think I need a few more days in each week!
So I'm off into town as soon as we hit nine o'clock, straight to John Lewis where they have a good selection of books to see what's available. I might wander off the town centre to see if the dedicated fabric shop - Franklins - is still around too. Call it a fact finding mission!
That will take up most of the morning, one way and another.
It's SW group this evening so, as always, my fingers are crossed. All day! :-)