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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Lovely day in the garden

After my day out yesterday I thought that I better get a grip today and work through my job list.

Change bed.   done
laundry.   done.
Ironing.    done.
Press fabric scraps.   done.
blitz bedroom.   done.
Get Fran's room tidied.  Part done.
Plant Quince.   done.
Plant gift flowers.   done.
Set more French Beans.  Done in triplicate, green, purple and yellow. Note I spread some Alpaca Poo around these, both for growth and to see if the slugs stay away.
Set more salad stuff.   done.
Blitz kitchen.    No, it will have to wait till it rains, or I can not stand to look at it.
Start to harden off Courgettes.   done, must remember to put them back under cover later.
Order Citrus trees.   No, it will happen in the morning.
Vacuum through.  No too busy out doors. There is another day tomorrow not even touched yet.

I know that there are more jobs that did not even make the list, all will get done in the fullness of time.

One thing had has happened is dinner, I was going to make a Frittata  but could not faff around so it all went into an oven proof dish and is in the mini oven.
 I just finely chopped celery, garlic, onion and peppers, diced a little bit of Feta, scooped a spoonful of green olives out of the jar along with some sun dried tomatoes and 2 sliced mushrooms, mixed it up. 3 duck eggs and 2 hens eggs from my friends Dave and Nessa and a smidgen of ground black pepper with a sprinkle of salt.

I have some beetroot to slice and will splash a bit of balsamic dressing about. It sounds a lot but I am cooking for 2 and any left will be good cold on some salad leaves tomorrow.

I hope to do a bit of hand stitching later but will have to slather on some hand cream first as my skin is a bit dry and raspy after being scrubbed 3 times,. I do try to wear gloves but invariably whip them off to handle seeds and then forget about them.

The heavy rain and high winds meant that I had to stake 1 of my little apple trees, it had a pronounced list to starboard. All upright now and looking more secure.

Here is the fabric that I found yesterday, The print on the left came  from Dawn, along with one of the fat quarters.






These scraps have now been pressed and sorted, I have an idea for a project that will use most of them.



Before I had finished this post my timer pinged and I stopped for dinner. The baked Frittata looks huge.



This is my dinner, I threw a few cherry toms on and some torn basil leaves. There is a little home made dressing drizzled on the beetroot, just a few spices, oil, balsamic, soy and wholegrain mustard..My companion had twice as much and left the table satiated. Greedy guts.

Now the washing up awaits and a quick trip to put my plants back under cover for the night.

                         TTFN                                             Pam.




20 comments:

  1. Dinner looks good, busy day for you. I sat in an office all day, talking to energy supply companies, I know where I would rather be.

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    1. You will soon be able to do what you want to instead of what you have to.

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  2. Wow, that's a lot done for one day. You earned that frittata!

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    1. It went down at a good rate of knots. It was both tasty and filling.

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  3. I see that you have a mini oven and I am thinking of getting one with a hob on top. Can you tell me about yours and what you use it for, any info appreciated.

    thanks
    Pat

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    1. Mine is a Cookworks from Argos, it is large enough to cook 2 2lb loaves of bread as long as they are not too tall. I make mine fairly short to fit in the toaster. It is a fan oven and cooks fast at lower temperature than standard ovens and heats up much faster too. Mine does not have the hob units on as I use my gas hob. I have used my large oven less than once a week since I got this and it has probably paid for its self by saving power. Rather than invest in new baking tins I bought some foil tins and line them with washable silicone sheets.

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  4. A day in the garden here too, planted 100 lily bulbs :-)

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    1. That's a lot of bending and stretching, better and cheaper than the gym.

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  5. Your dinner looks delicious!!!! I like frittata's. Sounds as though you got an awful lot done with your day!! xx

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    1. I was busy and as they say "hunger is the best sauce" so dinner was doubly delicious.

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  6. Dinner looks lovely. I love duck eggs for baking. Your list made me chuckle when I got to the quince bit! Not everyone will say quince in a daily fashion!

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    1. Quince jelly is lovely both for sweet and savoury dishes. I cook some down with apples and then add fresh herbs before the jelly sets, it is good with cold meats and adds a glossy stickyness to stir fries.

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  7. Love your blog Pam, always read it and you make me smile. Thank you for taking the time to write it. X

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    1. Glad you enjoy my ramblings.

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  8. A lovely range of fabrics now to crack on with. You HAVE been busy. I have spent the morning listing just TWO things on Fleabay, as it took ages to do research on one item, and get the wording right.

    That baked frittata looked VERY filling indeed! I got to the end of yesterday and it was a freezer meal (e.g. from Morrison's freezer to mine, and instant!) as I was on my hunkers by then. Hopefully I can be more creative today.

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  9. Sometimes you just have to make the best of it, I do keep a stack of home cooked meals in the freezer for days like that.

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  10. I'm very happy (selfishly) to see I'm not the only one who forgets to put her gardening gloves back on. There was a time I was hard on myself for all of the small 'glitches' my personality carried, but now, not so much. It is what it is!

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    1. I am happy in my own skin, take me or leave me, what you see is what you get, rough hands and all.

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  11. Thank you for reminding me of a job to put on my 'to do' list - harden off the courgettes. They are in the greenhouse at the moment and are getting quite big. It's still cold out there, though.
    xx

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  12. What a busy day, you always seem to get lots done, you put me to shame. Your dinner looks really good, yum yum.

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