Friday, 10 May 2013
Bank Holiday Week
View from the Back Door
Well, I've gone and done it. Yep, after a couple of years of deliberating, I have finally taken out a small mortgage and bought myself a Microplane. Now then, some of you will be wondering what took me so long, others will be wondering how I could bring myself to spend so much money. Still others of you will be worrying that I am too old to be taking up flying. Fear not!I have no intentions of buzzing irritatingly over your garden the minute weather turns fine and you want to spend some quiet time outdoors. I have just been and got myself a MICROPLANE GRATER!
Here it is, it cost me £12 from Sainsbury's and believe you me, this is not the most expensive one you can buy. In addition, this is a quite fine grater, you should really be splashing out for at least two, maybe three of these beauties to complete your batterie de cuisine. However I think I can manage with the (several) other graters in my collection for the coarser stuff. I always wondered how the tv chefs got their oranges and lemons to zest so perfectly, and a friend told me about microplanes. I wasn't having any of it when I saw the prices. So began my lengthy search to find a decent grater - I have about 5 and probably could easily have paid for this one with the money I spent - and more! Never mind. I'm here to tell you it was one of my best buys. It grates PERFECTLY and my zest couldn't be zestier - no wasting half of it in a disappointing sludge clinging to the grater, my parmesan drifts down onto the pasta like a veritable thistledown of cheesy gorgeousness So for once, the hype is right. Mind you, I still think they are priced beyond the pockets of most people starting up home.
So, after a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend - how fantastic was that? - the week has been a bit peculiar; I've been feeling all week that we are a day ahead, most off-putting. And the weather, having spent its goodwill over the weekend, decided to behave most capriciously, one day sunny, the next dull, and all the while very strong winds have made it quite unpleasant to be out in the garden. But I have done some potting up, and Jim has been having a good old tidy up so we look quite respectable out there. Wednesday was Stitch and Bitch, lovely to have a good natter, productive stitching time - I am making a quick class sampler of borders for the workshop:
Not finished yet, and not something to put on show, just some examples of how folks might like to edge their samplers. We consumed a few nice biscuits and some lovely cake - thank you Victoria! And thank you also for the lovely tulips which grace my kitchen window-sill.
Most of my garden tulips have come up white this year! What's that all about? There are just a few of these lovely pink-blushed blooms, unfortunately the sun was so strong it seems to have bleached the colour even further from them.
Wednesday continued beautifully with a lightening visit from big grandson Chris, home from uni, popping in for dinner and a pint down the pub with his granddad.
While they were there I was out at Rob and Marje's playing music and (as usual) putting the world to rights! When we all got home we sat up til midnight talking about Tolkein, fantasy film and books, and how without JRR none of them would have happened. (Giving a nod to older science fiction writers of course) From here we somehow got onto the music of Fleetwood Mac, and other old rockers, and why I chose not to go and see Bob when he last toured the UK. All in all a lovely day. And as if things couldn't get any better Thursday saw me trundling along the A47 to Norwich for my melodeon lesson. As always, deep joy! So, heading into this weekend, with its gentle routines and rhythms, nothing startling planned, just some 'mum' time of course. I hope we have some sunshine, and I hope you do too.