We went to Lidl and then over to Home Bargains, I needed some more picture hangers and they do a large pack for £1.
Back to unload Maggie's shopping and a quick coffee while I look at her latest jewellery makes, she is making some lovely things.
The sun was shining although it was cold, I got my shopping packed away as quickly as I could and took Ben out. We gathered Archie and Dolly and had a good 30 minutes play time.
I wanted to get the end of my Lamb joint dealt with so once I had surrounded a cuppa and a salad sandwich I made a start.
I keep short pastry mix in the fridge all of the time, it is easy to mix up a container full then just take what I need, rather than having to make it from scratch every time.
I prepped some carrot, swede, potato and leek and simmered in a little stock till cooked, I thickened it and added the diced lamb and a dollop of mint sauce. Once cold it filled 2 pie tins, when the pies were cold I popped them in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm them up. Then each was cut in half, wrapped and frozen, so I got 6 meals from my bargain joint. Happy days.
I made a batch of scones while the oven was on, just press the dough into a rough rectangle and cut into shapes with a knife, no cutters to wash up and no rerolling. I made more than these, mine are in the freezer, these are going with me later.
When I had cleared the kitchen Ben was ready for another walk, as the sun was still shining I decided on a trip to the library. I wanted to pick up some poop bags and food waste bags, they are free in the library.
I found a couple of books, both new authors to me, and had a chat with the librarian. She asked me to make her a bag similar to the one I was using, tomorrows job. She also gave me this, her hubby bought it for her and managed to pick up 2 copies stuck together.
An eyecatching cover, patchwork, free fabric, what's not to like ?
Well the price for one, £7:99, even with the fabric it is pricey.
The inside is equally easy on the eyes and I want to make everything, oops, the templates included all need enlarging. Wait, problem solved, all are available to download, so I did.
The "free" fabric, 3 decent sized bits, not the best quality but acceptable none the less. As I said, I want to make them all, I decided to start with the Scotty Dog, in the magazine it is on a cushion. Me, being me, had to tweak it so I put it on the bucket bag.
I am pleased with it, there are 2 big balls of wool in there, so it looks a bit lumpy. The pattern calls for interfacing in the base but I skipped it on this one, I aim to cut a plastic insert and cover it with the same fabric as the lining, that will give me a bag that will sit nicely, I hope.
Now it is time I had a run through the shower and get ready to start this day.