Saturday, 24 April 2021

Saturday

 Good morning, everyone.  I'm up before the lark this morning; it's hard to say what the weather is like but the forecast is lovely - not all that warm but in the low teens and more sunshine is expected.  Lovely!

Yesterday was a very productive day.  I got my shopping done in Morrisons so now I am more or less set up for the week ahead as well as for this evening.

Then I set to and sorted out the house in preparation for the cleaners.  The sheets were changed and the spare room is now ready to receive guests.

Downstairs again, I dug out a recipe on Cookidoo (the Thermomix recipe site) and sent it to Thermione before making meringue for the base for the pavlova I'm making instead of a cake.  To be honest, it is a doddle in Thermione and, after baking, cooling, etc, here's the result.  It's bigger than it looks in this photo.


It's going to be so delicious covered in cream and fresh strawberries.  Later on today I'm going to make a strawberry coulis (or maybe strawberry and raspberry) to drizzle over the top and I'm getting some chocolate sauce too.  May as well go the whole hog!

While the cleaners were working their magic, I went to the allotment to water, noting, as I did so, that those pesky weeds are yet again fighting back.  |Better news is that the new raspberry canes are starting to send up new growth and there's loads and loads of rhubarb.

Later on, Dave popped round to leave the alcohol for tonight in the shed and also to store some meat in my freezer.  He didn't stay but it was lovely to see him.

Today I'm up at stupid o'clock but that's OK, it's my day and I'm enjoying it already.  I'm glad I got everything in the way of housework done yesterday because I can just do what I want today.  Lovely.

I'm popping to Sainsbury's to do a small shop.  It's Sainsburys because I need to fill up with petrol and also because - well, clothes, you know.  Next month's pension went in yesterday.  Also on the list is gin because Beth and I plan to make some rhubarb gin now that there's loads ready to pull.  Thinking about it, maybe I could make a rhubarb and strawberry coulis instead of just strawberry, those two being a flavour marriage made in heaven.
When did a simple fruit sauce get such a fancy name though?

I also want to go to the allotment, partly to do some weeding and watering and also to pull the rhubarb.

Once home again, I'll get the table set for tonight, do any cooking/baking, get out the garden chairs, cushions, etc, and then I will settle down to knit, catch up with my youtube channels and, hopefully, have a bit of a kip so I won't be too tired this evening after my early start.  The family will turn up early evening for an appropriately distanced time outside.   Dave and Anna are going to phone the Chinese order through and pick it up so I hardly have to lift a finger.  Spoilt?  Moi?
It's going to be a lovely day.

What are your plans?  xx


22 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Joy Have a lovely time with your family. looks like great bithday weather. Val & Poppy xx

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    1. Thanks Val (and Poppy). Have a great day yourself too.
      xx

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  2. Have a wonderful day. Your plans all sound very good

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    1. I'm enjoying it so far!! Thanks, Sue.
      xx

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  3. 🎶🎶Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Joy,
    Happy Birthday to you 🎶🎶

    I hope you have a fantastic day xx

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  4. Happy Birthday Joy, have a wonderful time with your family xx

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    1. Thanks, Hazel. I'm looking forward to it very much. xx

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  5. You sound really happy today, Joy - good thing on your birthday! Enjoy yourself. xx

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    1. I am happy, yes. It feels great. Thanks, I will. :-)
      xx

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  6. Happy Birthday Joy, have a wonderful day celebrating. xx

    That meringue looks soooo tempting, strawberry pavlova, my favourite dessert!!

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    1. Thanks, Annabeth, it's my favourite too and I haven't had it in an age. So looking forward to it.
      xx

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  7. Happy birthday! Sounds like a lovely day planned!

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  8. Happy Birthday, Joy! Hope your day is very special and you have a great time with your family!

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    1. I'm having a really lovely time, thanks, Debbie. xx

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  9. That's great that you have so much help. Your dessert looks and sounds divine. I love the combination of strawberry and rhubarb. Yum!

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    1. A flavour made in heaven, isn't it? So, so delicious.
      xx

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