You know how much I love a list. Well, I've started my list for half term. I know I have been retired for six years plus now but, even so, I still think of it as half term and, I guess, I always well. You see, it marks the time to do certain bits and bobs.
On October 19th, I will start the Christmas cake. It's easy to remember that one as it was Mum's birthday. I won't make the actual cake, just get all the dried fruit in to soak. As always, I will use Delia's recipe, adapted to include lots of dried cranberries and Cointreau instead of brandy (assuming we have Cointreau by then!). It will soak for a fortnight before meeting the rest of the ingredients for a taste fiesta in the oven!
It's Beth's birthday a week later. Poor old Beth, she always had a half term birthday so never got to do the birthday thing in assembly on the actual day. Somehow, it's not quite the same on another day. Anyway - I will do a nice tea and she has asked me to make a cheesecake for it - I think I've mentioned this before.
Over half term, I always get the turkey ordered from Kelly's of Danbury. However, this year we are doing things a bit differently, beef for Christmas and turkey at New Year and I won't be getting a proper turkey. However, they do just the breast as a joint and I think that's what I will order. When it comes, I can cut it into smaller amounts as required and freeze it. So that's on the list too.
Yesterday was another absolutely gloriously sunny day, just perfect really. I did housework in the morning, had my hair-do at twelve, had a chat to Alex who was over for another interview and popped out for personal training at just after two. I'm feeling a bit achey this morning which shows it was a good workout, I think.
I spent the rest of the day enjoying the sunshine although it does start getting quite chilly by late afternoon nowadays.
Today I have the usual Thursday shop followed by a chat with Chris. Later on I might pop to B&M to see if they have more Christmas stuff in (bet they haven't!) and then I want to do the allotment digging I have been putting off all week!
So that's the day done and dusted and it should be a good-un. What are your plans? xx