Thursday, 2 October 2014
Weary . . .
I am going to sit down and look at this properly this evening. It arrived today - one of 3 magazines I treated myself to on Fleabay this week, after making a small sale. Australian, as a change from American, but some lovely things in it to make, including lots of dolls, which it has never really occurred to me to try my hand at.
These two arrived yesterday (just £2.99 the pair, with free postage!) and I will look at them properly tonight too. If I can stay awake long enough that is.
The one above had JUST the pattern I needed to use up my mini-hexis . . .
Whilst in W H Smith for the PO side of things on Tuesday, I couldn't resist this one either . . .
Which had this supplement with it . . .
But no time to sit and enjoy. I woke up late - woken in fact by our eldest daughter phoning on her way to work as she often does. Then I tried for the next hour to come to properly but had No Energy. Finally I managed to get myself motivated and remade the non-setting Pear and Ginger Jam from yesterday, with the juice of two lemons in it. Did it set properly? Did it heck! Ah well, easy to spread on toast then . . .
It made 5 jars (one was in the fridge in the hope that when cool it would set, but no . . .) The Damson Wine from 2011 was to go into the Pear and Ginger chutney which I began to make after lunch, whilst listening first to the Archers, and then a play on Radio 4. I have to say, very ripe pears are the very devil to deal with. Yukkety yuk . . .
All I really wanted to do was to sit out in the warm sunshine and read a few more pages of my Phil Rickman novel. But instead, as we have another Fair on Saturday, I painted these up. The first coat went on the left hand one yesterday, and the 2nd coat this morning. T'other one got its first coat this afternoon, and then, as I listened to Claire Balding's "Ramblings" programme I began to shabby chic the first chair - rubbing it back a little on the stretchers and back and edges, and then waxing it. It looks quite nice now and isn't quite as bright as in the sunny photos. The other will get done tomorrow. Remember, all this time the chutney was also bubbling away, being stirred . . .
Three more little tables/stools. Rubbing down and waxing for them tomorrow now they've all had their second or third coats of paint. Meanwhile the chutney was still bubbling away, being stirred regularly, and I was still listening to Radio 4 - Open Book with Mariella Frostrup.
It was so lovely in the garden, and I am amazed that one of the Delphiniums I cut back in August has flowered a second time.
I wandered down to the bottom of the yard, saw how overgrown the Banksia rose had gotten, and went back for secateurs and gardening gloves, and made a good start on tidying up the overgrowth and deadwood, finding it had tip-rooted 12 babies for me, all potted up now . . .
Then I remembered the Chutney!!!
Here it was just after starting, and by the time I dashed into the kitchen, despite it being very watery (over-ripe pears to blame I suspect) I found I had managed to scorch it on the bottom, so I've stood it on one side until tomorrow morning, when I may be able to resurrect it!
Here's the recipe, just in case you want to make your own, non-scorched, variety!!!