Friday, 27 June 2008
Up very early this morning to go down to Wimborne with MrL on the first stage of my non-shop shopping project; spent a lovely 2 hours wombling around the market; did the week's shopping. Lots of fresh stuff - fruit and veg (veg local, the things that aren't ready here yet), very nice leg of lamb for Sunday, local cheese and butter, free range ham, bacona nd black pudding to try, big lump of Blue Vinny, chestnut mushrooms and some lovely iwld boar and pheasant pates. Very pleased with my purchases, it seems it will be entirely possible to do this weekly. If for any reason MrL doesn't go in on a Friday, there is a Farmer's Market in Sherborne we can try instead. I spent an hour or so browsing the other stalls - lots of interesting bits and bobs. There's a lovely lady who sells vintage jewellery, and her friend on the next stall, so I invested some of the housekeeping in jewels! Will post pics next time, but their stuff is very lovely, and cheaply priced. I treated myself to Knitting Today magazine - the best one of the rash of new knitting amgazines I've found; several things in there I want to knit, including tracking down the pattern for a Peacock shawl from Socktopus, which I then found on the net, so will probably order that, along with Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise jacket; nice men's pullover, ladybird slippers, gorgeous christening shawl - I want to knit them all :0) :0) :0) Made pizzas for tea; I now need to go and tidy up and clean the kitchen, then get ready for the Guild meeting tomorrow - looking forward to that, as I missed the last one due to illness. The talk is on tapestry weaving letters. Like to have a go soon at tapestry weaving; there are sufficient hours in a day, but I might quite like another day in the week..........
Thursday, 26 June 2008
We had the first of the new potatoes last night for tea; teh whole meal was home -produced - cheese omlette with own eggs and homemade cheese, spring cabbage and potatoes from the garden, lemon meringue ice cream with our eggs, meringue and lemon curd. Very satisfying to have produced such a great proportion of a meal yourself, and the thrill never goes. These potatoes are Edzell Blue, a heritage variety - they are violet coloured before cooking, though, a truly stunning colour. Unless you steam them or bake them, though, they lose most fo their colour in teh cooking, but retain the taste, which is the important bit!
I'm getting back into the twice monthly KAL dishcloth project; I hadn't done any for a while whilst the printer was out of action; this is the current one, knitted up in a gold coloured cotton, needs a bit of concentration, though!
This has been lurking in my docs for a while, now got around to posting it. I picked this up on my favourite jewellery stall at the market; she does lovely vintage stuff at really cheap prices, and I found this lovely little horse in the 50p box; I'm fairly sure it's silver, probably South American, but there are no marks on it at all. Not that it matters, I think he's all the more lovely for it!
Tuesday 2nd July; another favourite - sausage plate pie. I got this recipe eyars ago from susan Hill's lovely Through the Kitchen Window, and it's a regular here. It's sausagemeat and chopped onion in a pastry case - simple, easy, cheap and tasty. This was with some free range pork sausagemeat I found half price in a local shop, so bought a few of them. Usually, though, it's homemade sauasgemeat. We ahd this with buttered new potatoes and peas.
Tuesday 1st July; nice and easy tonight, pasta and cheese sauce, one of my favourites.
Monday 30th June; tonight's meal is leg of spring lamb, cooked with lavender, honey, garlic and olive oil, based on a recipe by Jimmy Doherty in his rather excellent book. Have cooked a pan of rice too,s o will have the lamb cold with rice salad. The smell when you open the oven door is unbelievably gorgeous........
Sunday 29th; we always get Sunday off to a good start with a cooked breakfast! This is mine, our own eggs, everything else local, followed by juice, fresh coffee and toast and marmalade.
Saturday 28th June - tonight had to be quick and easy, as I didn't get back until after 4pm; so, egg salad it was - our own eggs, home made mayonnaise, own lettuce, rest of the salad and potatoes local, bought in the market yesterday.
Friday 27th June - made pizzas for this evening, tailored to everyone's tastes. This one is mine, though!
Thursday 26th June - joining in with greentwinsmummy's idea of showing how we eat here, but with the main meal only; the rest of the day is help yourself, so no set meals as such - my two are grown up and feed themselves throughout the day, OH at work, main meal in evening. Tonight was toad-in-the-hole with mash and homemade chutney; sausages were free range, local and half price; pudding was local organic yoghurt and stewed gooseberries in elderflower cordial.
Got up early to get some lemon curd on the go for the WI market tomorrow; greentwinsmummy came over this afternoon and kindly picked it up to take there for me; sent some duck and chicken eggs too, the boxes resplendent in their newly printed out Lynn Cottage labels, looking very smart.
The pictures above are of yesterday and today's spinning efforts; I have completed two skeins of knittable wool, one of which was then knitted into the sampler of garter stitch. This was some Gotland fleece from the Guild I was given for a challenge, so I challenged myself to get on with it!! I am really, really pleased to have got the hang of it, more or less, and feel confident enough to tackle the fleece mountain that is lurking behind the front door (and on top of my wardrobe, and in the cabin, and in some drawers.........)
Up early tomorrow morning to trial the non-shop shopping - hope the weather is better than it is at the moment, though!
Teh rest of the day was spent on research - alternatives to paraffin for the lamps (lloking hoepful); researching uses of meadowsweet, just coming into bloom here in teh damper ditches and verges; more grain research.
It's a full and happy life.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
On this day in 1867, a patent for barbed wire was granted to Lucien B Smith..........
Today is also the date of Custer's last stand in 1876, the infamous day when he led 650 soldiers into battle against thousands of Native American warriors in teh vally of the Little Big Horn river. Custer had been ordered to wait for reinforcements before launching the attack, and his decision to "go it alone" - variously seen as an act of great courage or great folly - resulted in the deaths of 267 officers and men, including Custer himself (Chambers book of Days - note to self : wonder why the number of Native American deaths seem not to be recorded?)
In between cooking and washing yesterday, I got some more squares knitted for the blanket swap, and made up the quilt squares int he evening; this is a nice block, simple and effective. I think it would lovely in a red and white quilt.
It was to use up some bits too; a rather elderly pot of dried wild mushrooms lurking in the alrder served well as a base for the sauces, with some tinned tomatoes, pesto and cream; topping is yoghurt and mozzarella. It was very good, if I say so myself!
Not sure what's happening today, apart from going to work for a while - I do a home help for someone in the village a couple of times a week, so always need to remember to go and do that!
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
This is my virginia creeper, which has decided to do its thing properly, and is heading off up the chimney on the east gable wall; eventually, in the autumn, it should be a blaze of colour visible as you enter the village from this end. I love the wee suckers it puts out - reminds me of the feet of tree frogs in the rain forest..........