Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Life in Lockdown - Day 11 & 12



On Monday we combined our allowed exercise and food shopping outing by walking to our nearest shop for a few essentials. Luckily for us, Johal's is a supermarket as opposed to your average corner shop with an impressive variety of fresh veg, exotic spices, catering sacks of basmati rice, all manner of interesting dried pulses and huge trays of canned tomatoes and chickpeas. We shopped in solitude, there was plenty on the shelves and, unlike the major supermarket chains, no shortage of loo roll or bleach (not that we needed either).


The company we'd bought our seeds from last week had been in touch to say that all orders had been suspended due to high demand so Jon hunted for alternatives on eBay, winning a huge mixed lot of vegetable, herb and fruit seeds in the dying seconds of the auction. I found some packets of wild rocket and radish seeds listed as Buy-It-Now & snapped them up. When I'd mentioned having no luck tracking down compost and grow-bags a Facebook friend recommended a Staffordshire-based garden centre offering local deliveries (HERE) so I placed an order with them. Thanks, Gill!


As we've run out of noodles, our lunchtime staple, I made some dhal in the slow cooker ready for tomorrow and we ate cheese & tomato paninis, using bread Jon had found lurking in the back of the freezer.

WEARING: Vintage Crimplene maxi dress and Doc Martens (both charity shopped)

We planted aubergine, sweet pepper and serrano chilli seeds from Tina's stash in lidded trays and popped them on the windowsills upstairs to get them started.


I'd noticed that the door curtain in the lounge and the curtains in our bedroom were damaged in places so I took them down and stitched them back together.





Back in February, before lockdown, I'd reupholstered this Edwardian bench and noticed that one of the side panels was beginning to come away so Jon nailed it back in place. The reason it's taken so long to get around to doing it is that there's nearly always a cat lounging on it or under it!


I caught up with blog reading and commenting and, for tea, we ate roasted broccoli with a couple of Greek-style spinach parcels that Jon had discovered in the freezer, along with some baked mozzarella. The rest of the evening was spent watching Stockholm Requiem and reading a couple of chapters of my current book.


Tuesday, day 12, started in the usual way with Wii Fit, fruit and yoghurt and a blog catch up. I'm loving that a lot of my favourite people are blogging more frequently, it stops me feeling so cut off when I can read about how my virtual friends are spending their lockdown time.


The rest of the morning was spent cleaning our chandeliers with soapy water, a cloth and an old toothbrush. They were filthy, I should be ashamed of my slatternly ways, but I'm not! The joy of cleaning so infrequently is seeing an immediate difference when years of dust and grime are removed.


I was chatting to my friend Liz on the phone earlier about how, as maximalists, we won't be bored during distancing as our houses are crammed with stuff we can clean, refashion or repair. I pity minimalists with their empty cupboards, bare shelves and lack of ornamentation - what on earth are they doing with their lock-down time?



Sparklingly clean! This lot should be okay for the next ten years or so!


After Jon had taken the rugs outside and gave them a thorough beating it was time for lunch, half the dhal I made yesterday, which we ate with a couple of wholemeal rotis bought from Johal's yesterday (six for £1 and delicious).



Here's the recipe (serves four) :
  • 300g yellow split peas
  • I onion, chopped
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2cm grated fresh ginger (or 1 tsp ginger paste)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds finely crushed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 700ml veg stock
  • 1 green chilli, finely sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper and Himalayan salt to taste

Place onion, tomato, split peas, ginger, cumin, turmeric, garlic and curry leaves in the slow cooker.
Add chilli and stir.
Cook on high for 4 hours or until split peas are tender.
Season with salt and pepper and serve with roti or basmati rice.

WEARING: Vintage Miss Polly for Polly Peck maxi dress (£3, Charity shop)

Much to our surprise, the garden centre delivered our compost - just 24 hours after we'd placed the order.  To add to the excitement the postman brought my seeds which Jon sewed as soon as he'd finished cleaning a kitchen cupboard.


Tonight's tea is homemade spicy jacket wedges, vegetarian sausages, sweetcorn, peppers, carrots and peas and we'll be watching more of Stockholm Requiem.

Still staying in, staying sane and keeping yourself occupied? Let me - and my lovely readers - know.

See you soon!

82 comments:

  1. I was thinking the same thing yesterday. You've always embraced stuff and the minimalists have nothing - I am somewhere in between. Still have gotten rid of loads of stuff but still have enough to keep me thoroughly occupied. You really are cleaning in every single corner of your house, aren't you? My peas are up already! Only planted them on the 24th and yesterday I spotted some greenery. It's funny but I got a lot of joy seeing them peek through the earth. I do love that orange dress on you - it's beautiful!

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    1. Yay to having enough stuff to keep you occupied! I'm seeing corners i don't think I knew existed up until 12 days ago. I never thought I'd get so much pleasure from scrubbing a chandelier with a toothbrush but hey ho, these are strange times we're living in!
      How exciting about those green shoots. xxx

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  2. Loving your lockdown life...although obviously and non lockdown life would (will) be fantastic. As a key worker, I'm still at work although not entirely sure how long it will last but the government wants schools kept open for fellow keyworker kids and fair play to that. Aside from work, staying in is fine by me. I do small shops, some mail order stuff and keep busy. It was the year I booked tones of gigs and so on and they all went for a burton but we're all in that boat, but being homebound doesn't bother me at all. I'll be sewing all my seeds this weekend and the garden doesn't know what's hit it. It's never had so much attention! Take care both and stay safe and fabulous.xxxx

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    1. Hello, darling! Lovely to hear from you. Such a shame about our plans for summer being written off but we're going to enjoy every bloody minute when life eventually return to normal. Stay safe out there. xxxx

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  3. As a maximalist myself, I agree that I definitely won’t have the opportunity to get bored during the lockdown. I have tons of wool and fabric waiting to be made into something, about (ahem!) 300 books to read (car boot & charity shop bought of course), loads of cleaning & an allotment to take my daily walk to. Then there’s all the BBC4 and Walter Presents dramas to watch in the evenings. Glad to see you and Jon are well, looking forward to seeing what you get up to as the lockdown continues.....xx

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    1. Hello Andrea! Minus the allotment I could have witten your comment! Liking the look of Twin starting on BBC4 on Saturday, loved Kristofer Hivju in Beck! xxx

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    2. Ah but now you have an allotment in your garden! Hopefully we’ll be able to grow lots of lovely veg. Definitely looking forward to seeing Twin....I may have a little crush on Kristofer Hivju!! xxx

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    3. It's getting there although I wish it'd warm up a bit so I could really get stuck in.
      Hands off Kristofer, I'm sure I saw him first! xxx

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  4. Hi Vix, I can see the supermarket looks well stocked from the window, how nice to have a shop like that near by, I think the smaller shops are probably doing well now as not everyone wants to go to a bigger one, and you always find some interesting things in them. I love your coffee pots on the shelf. We are managing to keep busy doing our own little jobs, I am going through every room, it really is a good time to declutter and clean, we have loads of stuff for selling at the car boot and I am adding to it all the time, who knows when there will be one again, I shall miss them I love a rummage. I have some split peas somewhere so I have printed out your recipe and shall make your Dahl sometime (thanks for sharing), glad you got your compost quickly. I think it's set to get a bit warmer next week, that will help the seeds come up. Take care. xxx

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    1. We're very lucky with that shop. I've been known to run down for yoghurt in my Wii Fit gear when I've opened the fridge and discovered there isn't enough for breakfast!
      I love dhal, it's so filling and cheap, the staple dish of India!
      Fingers crossed we have some warm weather next week, I want some green shoots! xxx

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  5. I did chuckle when you mentioned slatternly ways. My kitchen windows got the best clean they have ever had yesterday. I was almost ashamed of myself... almost but not quite, life's too short to worry about how clean my windows are. :-)

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    1. Too right! It's far more rewarding to clean and see a huge difference than just go through the motions every week. My Mum was the same, I reckon that's why I don't get colds and never had a day off sick throughout my entire working life/eduction - all the dirt gave me immunity! xxx

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  6. That dhal looks delicious, so I think I will try your recipe later this week.
    If there's one thing staying home is good for, it is getting on top of those jobs we've all been putting off for ages through lack of time. X

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    1. It's really good, I love yellow split peas, a nice change from lentils. We eat them a lot in India.
      I'm having to ration out the jobs or I'll have nothing to do in a fortnight! xxx

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  7. How I envy you such shops, nothing like that here! We do have a mobile greengrocer who has gone over to boxes, we have been regular customers for 10 years so it's good to keep supporting them. We also got a delivery from a local nursery - loads of them round here and having a hard time. Plants, compost and grow bags - however, my cousin told me about an amazing fertiliser from QVC and I bought some. Imagine my surprise when the parcel contained a pink child's suitcase! No reply from QVC so far!

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    1. That's lovely that you're able to support the same greengrocer.
      Johal's is brilliant, the prices are good and there's far more variety for us veggies with all the lovely dried pulses, some I've never even heard of. It's lovely just to be able to walk down the road as well, no having to drive or deal with crowds. xxx
      PS A pink suitcase? How bizarre!

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  8. hi Vix i am so glad when your posts pop up your blog is my all time favorite and its great to have your company every other day. Once again thanks for taking so much time to connect with us all XX

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    1. Thanks you so much for your kind words, Shelagh! Posting regularly helps keep me motivated. Hope all's well in your world. xxx

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  9. Yummmmmm!!! You guys are so industrious--your house is always so cute. I know I told you on IG, but I am so into the Docs and maxi look---absolutely perfect!

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    1. I don't mind being told twice - thanks, darling! xxx

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  10. Your garden is going to be fantastic this year. I went online to see if our local garden centre are delivering - they're not, they've closed, so it's just tidying up and sorting out for me at the moment, still lots to do though.
    I notice you have the same sewing table as me, I love mine!
    Recipes and book ideas, all are so welcome and you have looked fab every day so far. xxx

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    1. That's such a shame, we were beginning to think we'd have to just dig up some garden as compost was in such short supply.
      Fancy having the same table, that lovely shade of red always makes me smile. xxx

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  11. Your home is looking so radiant,both of you have achieved loads since returning from India.The recipe sounds good,I've no curry leaves or Himalayan salt but I will buy them when I can.It's pink I think isn't it?I've been to the supermarket-first time for 2 weeks and it was more sensible than when I was last there.I got a few items for a neighbour- I arranged to "I'll leave it on your doorstop,ring the bell and run off " x

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    1. Hi Flis! We did the same delivering to a friend last week, we felt like naughty schoolkids! I'm glad the shoppuing wasn't as bad as you'd feared, I think people are finally getting the message that there's no need to stockpile.
      You can use normal salt instead of Himalayan if you've got none in. We buy our curry leaves from Morrisons but it won't spoil the recipe if you leave them out. Take care! xxx

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  12. Love the recipe included, thank you! Just made curry potato last night. Think I'll bookmark this!

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  13. Thanks for the Dahl recipe, I've shared it with my FB Friends who might be inclined to become Culinary Jedi during this Time of Pandemic Lockdown!

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  14. As a fellow maximalist, I agree about not running out of things to do! I am in a state, admiring your gloriously beautiful chandeliers (I clean them every 10 years too, not guilty one bit!). I'll be doing my spring/summer closet clean-out/swap-over tomorrow (blogging about it on Thursday), as I just found out I'm only working a half-day on Friday for the rest of this week.

    Loving your beautiful maxis, and that you are not giving into leggings and tees or sweats (ugh). I haven't really gotten into reorging the house yet, as I've been enjoying the isolation. Glad you found a grocery store that had the supplies you needed, and hooray for the local garden store! It's so good to support those small businesses!

    I think I forgot to mention it, but I had a huge chuckle out of your Wall of Sorrow (was that it? Something like that) the other day.

    All the best to you and the boys!

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    1. I love reading about your closet changeover, Sheila! You'll enjoy it all the more with that extra time you've got. I'm loving not having to rush stuff, turning on the radio and just taking my own sweet time!
      I shall never resort to sports wear or leggings as an outfit, getting properly dressed and applying lipstick shall continue throughout lockdown. Now what shall I wear today? xxx

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    2. By the end of this lockdown you may be wearing black tranparent leggings and slippers and Jon in grey baggy joggers and hoodie with stripes down the sides! xx

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    3. Noooo! I'd have to go and buy some first! xxx

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  15. Love the maxi dresses, you're looking lovely and glamorous as usual!!
    As a maximalist myself, I'll never be short of things to do around the house. It would probably take a week just to put my books in order! Today(into our 3rd week of lockdown here in Barcelona!) I really didn't feel like doing anything, strange as I'm usually seen as a workaholic!! So I decided to be a "human being" , and not a "human doing" !! I have dozens of houseplants but have never grown anything from seeds so thanks for that idea. Love the recipe, my hubby is going to give it a try this week, I'm lucky as he does all the cooking and he's much better at it than me!! Your corner shop reminded me of the one I used to go to in Headingley when I was at Uni in Leeds. Stocked everything imaginable and even used to let us pay by cheque for a packet of ciggies!! Those were the days, hard-up chain smoking students!!Really enjoyed reading this post as always! Thanks for being such a (much needed) breath of fresh air. Take care, sending you lots of positivity from Spain!! Xx

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    1. Hello Diana! I love your idea to be a "human being" rather an a "human doing", if anything good can come out of this horrible situation it will be the opportunity to take our time over things and enjoy every moment - even if we don't "do" anything.
      Jon's usually the cook in this house, I used to do it for a living so it holds little interest but every so often I like to oust him and keep my hand in.
      I know Headingly well, back in the 1980s a few of my friends went to Leeds Uni and I spent many a weekend in Headingly!
      Much love to you. Stay safe and healthy. xxx

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  16. I was speaking to my Mum this evening and she was saying some of her friends were lamenting the fact all the garden centres are closed, I told her she should check if any are take online orders. I had a delivery of plant plugs and *just* had enough soil left to pot them on. I've been tidying little bits of the house in between work. It's so much more satisfying when there's actually dust to clean away and you can really see the results!

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    1. Did you see on the news yesterday about all those plants going to waste because of the closure of garden centres.? Wasn't it awful? The man who delivered our compost said he'd been working ten hour days for a fortnight as everyone is desperate to get out & work in their gardens. xxx

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  17. I love your comment about minimalists - that made me laugh!

    In the next couple of weeks I'll start blogging about this stay-at-home period, but for the next 2 weeks, I have some posts from before the virus so I still want to share them. X

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    1. I bet those mimalists are cursing Marie Kondo now! xxx

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  18. I'm glad you got seeds and compost. We've got compost and some seeds- we just need some sort of wood for the raised beds! I should really get on and germinate my tomato seeds from Sophie!
    Ha, I agree re minimalists! I was thinking how much random crap I've got to sort out and so many books etc! I've still got one leek growing in the garden! I should pick it before it goes to seed!
    We ate a delicious pepper and butternut squash risotto for dinner tonight (er, about an hour ago!) - so glad that squash has been lurking in the cupboard for months. We've also got 4 more portions to eat which I've carefully boxed in portions to stop CBC being too greedy!

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    1. I'm so happy about the compost and seeds! I hope you mange to find some wood - you'll have to chop up some furniture if the worst comes to the worst!
      It's exciting having crammed cupboards, shelves and drawers isn't it? When Jon goes quiet it's invariably because he's decided to tip up a drawer and has found stuff he'd forgotten about.
      I love the sound of your risotto - what will you do with that leek? xxx

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  19. The book is a good one. Both the husband and I have read and enjoyed it. Turns out it's the first installment in a series. Book Two has been read by both of us. The rest are on order from the library for when it reopens.

    Stay safe.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you! I'm loving the book, beautifully written and set in a period that fascinates me. I didn't know there were further instalments. How exciting! x

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  20. Freezer finds are so much fun at this time. I found garlic nann the other day and it was delicious lightly fried in garlic butter LOL

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    1. You're making me hungry! Freezer finds are great. I found some blackberries I'd foraged from the garden last autumn and added them to our breakfast - yum! xxx

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  21. You inspired me to sew kitchen rags/cloths to use instead of paper towels. My next issue, is that I've actually run out of white thread!

    I am reading that there is a yeast shortage, but luckily, I bought a huge bag at the local restaurant supply store a while back. I'll still probably make a starter to have just in case.

    I'm plenty busy during this "down-time" for sure! I definitely look forward to your posts to get a brake from all the pandemic coverage.

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    1. Brilliant! Funnily enough I bought some white thread before lockdown.
      That's lucky finding the yeast, there's a shortage of both that and bread flour here not that I've made bread in years.
      Keep blogging, it's great to see what you're up to. xxx

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  22. I love chick peas and like to roast them in oven with spices. They taste a lot like corn nuts but a lot better for you.
    Pretty much only shopping one day a week.

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    1. I'd completely forgotten about roasted chickpeas, I did that a while ago and loved them. I shall put that on the to-do list! xx

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  23. It is nice to see how others are spending their time. There is a lot of cleaning and gardening going on! I did have to kick myself after eating up all the food in the pantry and freezer in January as one of my resolutions. Not that we're lacking food but we would've had more to choose from - that'll teach me to try and be less of a food hoarder! We've been having our regular meals as I've been really lucky with food deliveries, and I've always made enough for two meals so I can freeze one, it feels comforting to know we have enough.
    My first spinach shoot came through yesterday which is always exciting, I love it when things start to appear.
    xx

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    1. I love hearing what everyone's up to especially when they inspire me - like Dora's suggestion of oven roasting chickpeas or Mrs Murphy's for making your own kitchen cloths.
      Oh no, just when you needed loads of stuff in the pantry and freezer you've gone and depleted your supply bit like me sorting out my seeds last year and chucking the lot out as they were years past the sell-by date, I bet they'd have grown anyway!
      I'm checking our seed trays like a maniac - that's great news about your spinach! xxx

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  24. I get paid handsomely to dust chandeliers but I'm not going to lie, I'm not missing work one iota!!!I absolutely adore your Matador painting/print, as well as your sewing room. The dolls' houses are fab. I have a couple of them here but sadly, no-one to play with them at the moment. Distinct lack of Beautiful Granddaughters at the mo but pleasantly amused watching their TikTok dance grooves which they send me daily, after their homeschooling is finished, of course!Keep posting, the world needs you!xx

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    1. I bet you're not missing work at all - I'd be terrified to clean somebody else's chandelier in case I broke the blasted thing!
      Isn't my matador print gorgeous? It's by a French expressionalist called Bernard Buffet, his work was so beautiful, there's a couple of pieces of his work in Walsall Art gallery.
      How lovekly that the Beautiful Grandaughters are sending you their dance moves. You need to play with your doll's house yourself, I need to spend time with mine! xxx

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  25. your chandeliers look fabulous fresh!
    as i dusted mine 2 years ago, i refuse to tuch it - love the patina ;-D a tip: i chuck all the removeable glass parts into the dishwasher or a bucket with hot water and detergent - but the dishwasher really does the job brillant. its worth the labour of deconstructing and re-decorating.
    i want such a good store like johal´s here too!! sounds like heaven with all the "exotic" stuff...... and t-paper - BW came home without the 2.time, scruffy lidl is still unable to stock enough.
    still in love with the miss-polly-heart-dress - and i wish you luck with your seedlings!!!
    xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Beate! I definitely shan't be making a habit out of cleaning them but next time I shall follow your advice, disassmble them and put the bits in a bucket.
      We are lucky with Johal's, I don't think there's anything they don't stock.
      I can't believe people are still being greedy over toilet paper! xxx

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  26. Well..Ere we be..All behind..Must be these
    trousers..(pants)..for our American readers!
    HeHe! Just got back from Lidl..Mask and all..
    Still l was recognised, no eggs..still l've
    plenty of duck eggs.!
    A duck went to the chemist for some lip salve..
    The chemist asked how he was gonna pay for it..
    The duck said..put it on my bill..! :).

    The top chandelier is amazing..that would look
    nice in my 'famous' downstairs loo...! I've
    always wanted a chandelier..but being 6ft 3in..
    It's a bit risky..! :(.

    Well..best get on..another lemon tea called for,
    l must get back and read the other comments...
    Food~wise..Yesterday l finished off the other half
    of the duck l had on Sunday..so l'm gonna sit out
    on patio later and pick the meat off the carcass..
    Later l've got some mussels..l love shell~fish and
    crustacea..Oh! and garlic bread of course..! :).
    ´*•.¸(*•.¸♥¸.•*´)¸.•*´ ´*•.¸(*•.¸♥¸.•*´)¸.•*´

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    1. Living the dream, you are! Love the duck joke and visualising you outside feasting on duck and shellfish. It's our Never-Had-A-Wedding Anniversary today so we'll be doing something typically romantic like cleaning a cupboard and playing what on earth's in that bag in the freezer!!
      Jon's always getting tangled up in the chandelier, I've had to put the coffee table underneath it to stop him.
      Have a lovely day, Willie! xxx

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  27. it's lovely to have a look at your fantastic chandeliers and curtains, and decorative details in your home, which are stunning!. Love everything!.
    I have to confess that our flat is quite minimalist and easy to keep clean (even if I don't dust it 'frequently', cough cough ;D).
    It's nice to have some hobbies to keep me entertained for a long time, which is something that I usually overlook, but now it has become really valuable.
    I do love your crimplene maxi and Martens ensemble, you look so fabulous!. Hope your boots are becoming less stiffy. And love that picture of you showing us the compost!, you look adorable and so funny!.
    besos

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    1. You don't need clutter, you're so clever with reinventing and upcycling your fabulous wardrobe and playing with headscarves!
      My boots are feeling much better now, a friend recommended clear dubbin which seems to have done the trick!
      stay fabulous, Monica! xxx

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  28. I'm going to take a leaf out of your book for organizing my lockdown life, now that I'm only working two days a week. I'll be off for the rest of the week after today, and frankly speaking it's a relief. Jos isn't so sure, as I've already been making plans which I'm sure will disrupt his schedule :-)) You'll be pros at growing fruit and veg by the time we make it to the other end, I'm sure. Had a good chuckle at your approach to housework, which is exactly the same as ours. If you do it infrequently, the results are immediate, which is much more satisfying. That said, we've got a chandelier or two with need some TLC. Loving both of your frocks, obviously. At least we'll be fighting that damn virus in style! xxx

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    1. I'm so glad you're going to be at home more and I know you'll spend every day looking fabulous at home or at work.
      I'm still enjoying every minute of my lockdown time, I'm having a lazy afternoon and about to attempt a bit of recreational sewing. xxx

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  29. Love that dress and love seeing your beautiful home! Stay safe.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Hope you're safe and well up there in Scotland! xxx

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  30. Re: being a maximalist - this is one time when my craft-stashing tendencies come in handy; I've got enough fabric and wool to keep me occupied for a while, plus I might be able to make a dent in my videogames Pile Of Shame.

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    1. Isn't it brilliant? I think I'd have gone mad days ago if I didn't have endless resources to keep me entertained! x

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  31. What great chandeliers! Maximalism keeps me busy all the time. I'm never bored around here. I have alot of dusting to do (stuffed animals, perfume bottle collection, books and all kinds of other stuff) . The cats like to throw fur all over stuff too. Sometimes it seems overwhelming, but once it's done it's good for a few years. I managed to mop the floors today and do a load of towels so i'm good for the day. Now it's time to do some sewing. Gotta try your dhal recipe. I love a crockpot! We're having the Sabzi again this week. It will be a favorite around here for sure now. I'm hoping to start planting this weekend. So far I only have a couple of dhalia bulbs, but I want to get some carrot seeds and a dragon cayenne plant soon (good and hot). Love your dresses and the cool Doc Martens! Take care

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    1. Maximalism rocks! You and I seem to live a similar life with endless things to dust and badly behaved cats. I find all this housekeeping fun if I can reward myself with an hour of messing around online or reading for a couple of hours aftre I've got the chores out of the way.
      I hope you enjoy the dhal as much as you did the sabzi. Crock pots are the best, no sweating over a saucepan.
      I'm going to investigate a dragon cayenne plant now... xxxx

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  32. No fear of minimalism induced boredom here! I've been cooking, gardening, cleaning-pretty much like everyone else. L. is lucky enough to be working from home, and Danny's classes have gone online, so everyone has things to fill the hours.

    I ordered some seed packets but who knows when they will arrive?

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    1. I bet those Marie Kondo fans are cursing her now!
      Seeds are as rare as bog roll at the moment! xxx

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  33. Like you I will not be bored ! Lots of stuff around the house to clean and dust.
    BTW two spectacular dresses .
    Happy planting!

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    1. Thanks, Lorena! There's always something we can find to do, isn't there? My Mum always used to say that the only people who get bored are boring people! xxx

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  34. in this alternate reality im busy playing with a power saw chopping trees down and pollarding my hazels , with himself watching out the window where normally i would have been sat on a pond side somewhere , with a pile of stitching crochet and good books making tea and supervising the disabled fishing club ...lol ...not sure which i prefer

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    1. I'm liking your alternative reality. I just wish this cold weather would bugger off so I could go and play in the garden! xxx

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  35. Honestly Vix, your blog posts are giving me life! They're my little bit of sunshine before I start my working from home day job. I've loved your writing for years, you make it feel like we're sat with a cuppa (whom I kidding you'd have a rum and coke), chatting away! You mentioned you catch up with your favourite blogs, do you have any recommendations? I'd love to have a reading list now I've got time!

    Looking forward to your next installment (because even your staying in not doing anything is interesting)!!

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    1. Sphia, that's such a lovely comment. Thank you so much!
      You've given me an idea, I shall update my blog sidebar in the next few days and list the blogs that are keeping me entertained during these strange times.
      Thanks for your support, stay safe and well. xxx

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  36. That supermarket looks fab, unfortunately we don't have anything like that our way, it's Tesco or Aldi or nothing!
    I'm glad you're blogging so often, I love seeing what you and Jon are up to. There's almost a sense of comfort in seeing that people's lives are continuing on as normal as they can be.

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    1. We are really lucky having Johal's on our doorstep, I've been in supermarkets in india that don't have as good a range of spices!
      I'm loving that people are starting to blog more, there;s something rather therapeutic about reading about how we're spending our days. xxx

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  37. To my great relief, a sturdy young woman just delivered bags of potting soil, pots and saucers to my doorstep! I've placed my order for garden seeds from a local grower and hope that the anticipated delay of a week isn't more. He does note that this year his business has boomed as staying at home means more time to fuss with seed starting as compared to buying plants. Happily, he stocks the heirloom seeds I remember from my childhood, e.g. Black-Seeded Simpson lettuce, Cherry Belle radishes, Sweet 100 tomatoes. Back to basics, even if I do opt, like you, to use the spiffy new starter kits.

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    1. Yay! The sturdy young women must have been a welcome visitor. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the local grower comes good, there seems to be a world shortage of seeds at the moment, we're all having a bash at growing our own.
      xxx

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  38. Well even if I didn't know we were living in unprecedented you washing your chandeliers would alert me to it! I don't have any chandeliers but I do dust all my my lampshades when I dust - which is weekly! We do have a glass lampshade charity shopped in Donegal which I took down and washed after it had been up for about 2 years - oh the difference!

    Your garden is obviously giving you and Jon great delight and long may it continue. We just need some warm sun to sit outside in now.

    I love dahl and your recipe sounds fab.

    Fab dresses!
    xxxx

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    1. Oooh, you put me to shame, Vronni! I do love seeing the difference when things are clean, it's such a boost!
      I'm hoping it warms up soon, I can't be doing with this cold wind! xxx

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  39. Great you're making the most of things. I did some cleaning a few days ago, it felt good but I've noticed that I'm not as motivated to clean in a place that I'm renting as I'm in my own home. There's something special about taking care of your 'real' home.

    Looking gorgeous in those maxi dresses!

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    1. I can totally understand that - far more rewarding to look after something you actually own! xxx

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