FOTD 7th May 2021: Columbine

Isn’t Spring wonderful. I took a stroll through my front garden and saw that my columbine had arrived. There was no warning, I did not notice them, but there they are with their stalks and flowers. I never planted them in my garden, they were invaders, seeds from somewhere else, perhaps a neighbour or just a country path. I love them.

FOTD 7th May 2021: Columbine

RDP Friday: Workshop

This must be a workshop for golden oldies under the supervision of the gentleman sitting at the desk. Actually that is my dad and upon a visit to London he was in charge of calling the lotto numbers for his golden oldie ladies in the local senior club. He had a loud clear voice so was elected to be the chief caller at the sessions. He was surrounded by his harem of grey haired groupies and would call out the numbers. It was quite an exciting afternoon, especially if one of the ladies called out for a completed card and had made a mistake. That was a so-called lulu and caused much consternation amongst the members. However there were no fights or arguments and everyone remained calm. There was no ambulance waiting outside in case of injuries.

RDP Friday: Workshop

Good Morning

Yesterday was really a wet day, rain from morning to evening. Some time during the night it stopped. I had already prepared myself for the dismal day and had no reason to go anywhere. There was also a very strong wind blowing. Today should be better. I even saw some blue sky poking through, although there are still some remainders of rain hanging around. The weather forecast tells us that the week-end will be better and Sunday we will have temperatures of 20° which is almost a heat wave.

I even got a visit from two chickadees. I think they were searching for more shelter from the rain than food. They were perched on my bird house and looked quite wet and bedraggled.

The magpies are also still hovering around, but I only see them if they find something to eat. I was lucky to take this picture as they pounce quite quickly.

I am so pleased now with my fridge and freezer in the kitchen. The guy that made me an offer for a new one called to ask my opinion. I told him that I was would now wait a while as everything is now working OK and his offer did not meant my expectations. It was very expensive and not my choice of product. He said at the moment it was very difficult to find a fridge. He could not give me a good reason, but it could be something to do with the covid pandemic. In any case I have saved myself some money for the time being. I was also having a problem with my Dyson vacuum cleaner as the motor kept cutting off. However, I even managed to cure that myself. It was running on low capacity as I had probably pressed a wrong button. Now it is perfect again, so more money saved. The next problem was a clogged drain in the kitchen sink. I also cured that myself by a strong gush of water from the faucet and now everything seems to be more or less back to normal.

It was time for backing bread yesterday. This is the dough before I put it in the oven for the final baking process. It had already been rising in a warm place and I had worked on it afterwards.

This was the final product after being baked in the oven.

Yesterday was an evening of cooking programmes on the TV. First of all the “hairy bikers” were on the TV. They are two guys that are motor bike riders touring around Europe (the also did Route 66 in the States) visiting various towns and picking up food recipes in various restaurants. Yesterday they were on the Spanish coast. Afterwards Rick Stein, a British star cook and restaurant owner, had an hours programme. He was in France eating in various restaurants and showing how to cook various recipes. It seemed to me he just eat his way through the programme and Mr. Swiss and I got quite hungry just watching. Afterwards there followed another half an hour of a cooking programme “Great Biritish Menu”. I then decided it was time to read. You can have a little too much of cooking sometimes.

And I should now be on my way. I have a few things to organise and do not really want to greet the delivery man from my supermarket in my night dress, although I must say it is a respectable night dress. Have a good Friday, enjoy the day and remember, the week-end is just around the corner,,