On Friday (day 154) I was up just after 6am so I could book next week's National Trust adventure. I fed the lads who, due to Storm Ellen's 50 mph gale force winds, had little interest in going outside and then did my final Wii Fit workout of the week. After our fruit & yogurt breakfast I prepared yesterday's foraged damsons and windfall apples & made a crumble for a rare weekend treat. I make my crumble vegan-friendly by using olive oil rather than butter, adding it gradually to plain flour and stirring it with a slotted metal spoon until it resembles breadcrumbs then add unrefined sugar and oats.
Thinking that it would be a perfect drying day, I did a load of washing and pegged it out on the line only to snatch it back moments later when the rain started and instead hung it on the airer in the utility room.
I repotted three houseplants that had grown too big for their pots and took the Aloe Veras down from the shelf above the kitchen window for their monthly watering. At the beginning of lockdown I feared my poor Aloe plant was dead but after dividing it and watering it sparingly with rain water (which I collect in pots scattered around the garden) both it and its babies, are doing wonderfully well.
I left him to it and mopped the kitchen floor.
|Wearing: Maxi dress made from vintage block printed cotton (custom-made in India, 2018), long line block printed waistcoat (eBay)|
For the rest of the afternoon, I sat in the lounge & finished my book, The Mountain of Light. We had roasted vegetables with grilled haloumi for tea and some of the apple and damson crumble (with custard) later. After Gardener's World we watched a couple more episodes of The Lawyer accompanied by a few glasses of rum & cola.
On Saturday (day 155) after I'd seen to the lads, I made mugs of tea and brought them back to bed where we read until 8.30am.
After Jon had gone downstairs to start breakfast, I stripped & changed the bed and loaded the washing machine, pegging it out on the line after we'd eaten. Jon spilt cola down his white tee shirt the previous evening so, along with this week's dirty tea towels, he experimented with an eco-friendly boil wash which took an age but did the job.
Jon tweaked the irrigation system and satisfied that the final skirting board, the awkward one behind the glazed kitchen cupboard on the bendiest wall, had finally stuck he painted it white to match the rest. Just the shelves and the last bit of tiling to go.....
|WEARING: Vintage handmade patchwork maxi skirt (charity shop, 2014), 1970s cheesecloth blouse (eBay)|
Jon popped out to the Co-op for cola as we'd run out. Amazingly he only bought what he went out for, the cat food had been in the van since the last time he'd been shopping. One time he went out for a pint of milk and came back with a Triumph Herald.