Good morning, everyone. As the nights get longer, I'm finding more and more that I wake in darkness and today is no exception. However, Beeb tells me that we're going to have a fine day with some sunshine this morning although temperatures will remain below 20C. Fine by me - it all sounds very comfortable.
I've decided to allow the switch over to the new version of Blogger rather than constantly switching back. Since the last time I tried it, there have been several changes, presumably as a result of feedback received in the meanwhile.
I had particular niggles around the posting of images where one had to go all round the houses to do what one used to be able to do in a few clicks and they have simplified that considerably, thank goodness. It's also much easier to find the 'new post' button.
Now to get to grips with new-look Facebook as well. Two at the same time seems like very poor organisation to me (if these huge companies do actually talk to each other at all).
Yesterday turned out to be a very busy and very satisfying day.
After setting off the dehydrator, checking the planning, sorting out the kitchen and getting dressed, etc, I went down to the garage to do whatever needed doing. I flattened some cardboard boxes which are now in the recycling bag, put some glass jars in the metal and glass recycling box and put the wicker baskets in the car. When I looked through what remained, there was very little left to sort out so I just pushed a few things around to make it quite clear what's staying and what's going and it's now ready for Kevin to give me a quote.
One quick change later and I was off to Lindsey's for personal training. The hour passed very quickly and very enjoyably (whoever would have thought I would ever say that about physical exercise) with lots of chatter about this, that and the other.
Another quick change, a snatched lunch and a flask of coffee later and I drove down to the allotment where Beth had just arrived. We transferred the baskets to her car before getting going. We dug up the rest of the potatoes (real beauties) before tackling the runner beans. This wasn't the easiest task and I'm glad there were two of us but eventually the canes were all released and back by the shed and the tendrils of stem and leaf were all gathered up and on the compost heap.
We had a good chat under the tree over the flask of coffee before sharing out the potatoes - two for you (Beth and Al) and one for me - and admiring the dwarf beans. As there was time and Beth needed the loo, we both went back to mine for half an hour before she went home and my students arrived. After that, I was able to relax and check the dehydrator.
I think I may have cut the apple slices a bit thin - it's something I will learn - but I have to say they are delicious! Ditto for the one pear I tried. They are now in air tight jars with little bags of silica crystals to draw off any residual moisture. Beth wants me to try making an apple leather next so I will read up about that. I don't have quite so many apples as she took some home plus all the tomatoes I got from the allotment but there's still plenty. The book I got is American and says to use corn syrup which we can't get over here so I am assuming hone y will be an acceptable substitute - we will see. I'm also assuming cornstarch is the same as our cornflour and is a thickener.
Today is much easier, thankfully.
It starts off with a swim at seven be fore home for shower, hair and breakfast. Kevin comes around this morning to look at the garage rubbish so I have to stay in and will use the time to look up making apple leather and doing generally houseworky things as well as making some tomato soup. Beth's coming round for lunch and then we're popping back to the allotment for an hour or so of digging over and weeding.
Then it is tuition, followed by this week's SW meeting before I crash out for the evening.
After all yesterday's photos, today's post is photo free!! Maybe I can take a few photos of the mess down the allotment as we work to give it the autumn haircut! How exciting!!!
Have a super day and, as things look to be tightening up rather, have a safe and happy day too. xx