Tuesday's happy has nothing to do with my garden. Thousands upon thousands of gorgeously ripe strawberries, just waiting to be picked. The new banner photo is another happy.
I really did have a lovely time at Lathcoats. I do take joy (no pun intended) in the smaller things of life and just walking along the rows, in the fresh sunshine, warm but not hot, with the aroma of strawberries filling the air and the birds singing their little heads off was just wonderful. It didn't take me long to fill my container and, on my way back to pay, I saw a gentleman with a punnet filled with luscious looking raspberries so I think I will go again on Wednesday morning (assuming it is open) and pick raspberries.
What are they all for? Well, I must make my strawberry gin/vodka again for starters. Also, there's 250gs-worth macerating in jam sugar as I type. I don't use much jam nowadays and, of course, no longer do I have Mum and Dad to offload jars of jam onto, so I'm making just a little bit and see what that looks like - how much it makes, I mean. I have more jam sugar and I have lemon juice so I'll be making that first batch later on this morning.
Then some are for the freezer and quite a lot are for just eating and enjoying now. Lovely.
Then I went to the shop and picked up some apricots, some chestnut mushrooms, some tomatoes and a dozen locally laid eggs. That means that, apart from the gin or vodka, I really don't need much else in the way of shopping for now. Yes, I need a cucumber but I have one coming along. (yay)
Circuits was good and swimming was good. At circuits, I love it when I achieved something that I have found impossible before and yesterday that was the dreaded plank. I did it for the 45 seconds not just once, but four times! How's that, eh! A bit of a killer but I did it! Now to practise at home and make sure I can do it again next time it comes up!
I did 500m at swimming - which doesn't sound a lot but it's 25 lengths. That's now ticked off on my swimming record for the sponsored swim.
I'll do another plug for it again soon and many thanks to all of you who have already donated - I'm very grateful.
I slept very well.
Today starts with Groove - a dance aerobic type thing. Then it's home for breakfast before going into town for another visit to the audiologist. I think I might take the opportunity to wander around the shops a bit while I'm at it. Why not?
I have that strawberry jam to make and some strawberry gin to start off (must remember to get the gin in M&S when in town) and I have a dining table to sort out - it is piled high with things to put away. I've been treating it as a sort of half way house and it looks dire.
That should all keep me going.
Do you like strawberries? What do you make with them? xx