Today's garden happy - the cucumber is huge and the photo doesn't really show this. It decided to grow down behind the pot so I couldn't see it from the front. I think it is still edible; I will find that out today anyway. I have two more almost ready to cut so it's a shame you can't freeze cucumbers, isn't it. Cucumber jam, anyone? :-)
(The tomatoes are lovely)
Good morning, everyone. The weather seems to have turned just a bit. It's dull, cloudy and cool this morning and Beeb doesn't predict sun until late afternoon. We even had a few drops of rain yesterday but, typically, nowhere near enough to be of any use to I'll be hand watering again in a little while.
Yesterday was mostly nice though. Plenty of sunny intervals and a lovely breeze.
Lathcoats was, as always, lovely. It is such a relaxing experience, strolling up and down the rows, leisurely picking and ending up with far too much because you think 'just one more, just another one . . .'
There were loads of strawberries, so, so many. I had to 'search' (as they call it) for raspberries, but there were plenty if you were prepared to lift up the leaves and look a bit lower down.
So today, I have the pleasurable task of dealing with the fruit. I guess the freezer will accommodate most of it. I know you lose the texture of strawberries but not the flavour and it's the flavour you want for strawberry ice cream, strawberry liqueur, jam, smoothies, etc.
Raspberries freeze much better, of course.
Then I paid my usual visit to the shop for some fruit and veg, dairy and anything else that catches by eye (so nothing else this week). They had some frozen blackberries, great big beauties, so I scooped some up and they're in the freezer until I want them for my breakfasts.
My two exercise slots were great. There were only three of us at circuits (two for the first half) so it was almost as good as a personal training session and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And I do enjoy swimming - it's a great way to stretch those muscles and such good strengthening stuff too with the water resistance.
I will keep going with the swimming now I've started it again, certainly until the weather gets really cold (if it does). What I need to do is work out when I can go regularly, like I have for the Lindsey sessions. I've got one - after Monday circuits. A couple more would work well and make the best use of my membership.
Hmmm - must get my diary out and have a good look.
Opening my mailbox yesterday, I couldn't believe it. I got an email from a bakery company yesterday, plugging a super whizz bread pan, a tray and a lid, for baking 'amazing artisan bread'. Oooh, though I, that sounds good.
Until I saw the price.
'Just' three hundred and fifty four pounds!!!! Just????? I nearly fell off my chair. I mean, does ANYONE buy this sort of product?
I think any bread I make will just have to settle for being ordinarily nice rather than amazingly artisan.
Today starts with Groove and then back home for a shower and housework. There's the fruit, the kitchen in general, my bedroom needs dealing with and there's washing to do. Then I have some meal planning, some swim planning and some general working stuff out planning.
That'll keep me out of trouble and 'gainfully occupied' as we used to say at school about Friday afternoon sessions.
Well, better get started. I have a dishwasher to empty (definitely a First World chore) and I need to have something to eat before Groove (a First World privilege).
I hope your day is wonderful, filled with enjoyment and happiness. Stay safe. xx