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I've had another lovely afternoon in the yard, sprucing up the pots and putting in the new herbs I bought last Monday. 

Today Charles came out to help me, of his own volition.  He cleaned out several pots and planted the new herbs in them
;  he's also gradually helping me tidy up the untidy corners.  He found that a couple of shortish rectangular pots would fit on the windowsill, so he's planted the coriander and some of the new potted-on seedlings in them and put them on the window-sill.  He cleared off the top shelf of the green plastic staging and put the larger potted-out seedlings on there in the hope that it will be too far for the snails and slugs to climb. It's really great to have his help because he can lift the larger pots for me and put them on the table where I can weed them, cut back dead growth and so forth;  previously I was ringing John up on the internal phone to get him to come down and lift the pots, but he, poor old man, has nearly as much trouble as I do lifting them, whereas Charles can easily do it one-handed.

I'm not keen on coriander myself, but I thought I could sprinkle it over home-made curry for a bit of authenticity for John and Charles.

I did everything that I meant to do, except for the one last thing.  I bought some cat-grass seed on Monday and I was going to sow some of it, but unfortunately it started raining quite hard, so we had to gather up everything, put it away in the shed and come indoors.  Of course, the sun's out again now, but I can't go out there again because everything is wet, particularly the seat I have to sit on to do these things;  I just hope I have a window of opportunity tomorrow, although the forecast is not promising.  Although it's very sunny at the moment, there's a freezing cold wind now which wasn't around when I was in the yard.

That's reminded me!  I think Alison promised me some cat-nip plants some months ago.  I must ring her and ask if that's the case or whether it was someone else I can't now call to mind.  I did look for seeds for catnip but didn't find any.  I should speak to her anyway because not only has Godson Christopher just had a baby, or rather his partner has, but it seems that Holly is expecting again.  How exciting it all is!

I was quite cross with myself, because I bought Sweet Woodruff instead of Sweet Cicely;  I wasn't sure at the time, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to have it if it was the wrong thing, but the label just says you can add it to tea or wine and it will make it smell/taste of new hay and Wiki says it's toxic in large doses.  I'm not quite sure that either of those things is something I'd find desirable.  Sweet Cicely on the other hand, is great for things like stewed fruit, when it helps cut down on sugar or sucralose.

On Tuesday I shall go to the garden centre, armed with my coupon to buy BOGOF patio roses, because mine unaccountably died off last year.  Since they're BOGOF, I might get four instead of two.  I also need more pink gravel.  I might even treat myself to something eye-catching and superb if anything catches my eye.

Last night Charles went to bed early because he was exhausted.  Not that it did him much good because he woke up after three hours and then couldn't get back to sleep.  Since he wasn't around and John hardly ever watches films nowadays because his attention span has shortened, I went to bed early myself and watched Flawless, with Robert de Niro and Phillip S Hoffman who were both brilliant, well, in my opinion, anyway.  This morning I asked Charles why he'd never suggested that we see it and he said he'd never seen it himself.

I see that The Straight Story has been on Film4 today.  It's an absolutely brilliant, simple, heartwarming film about a old chap who has no money and no car, but who needs to travel a long way to see his sick brother, so drives his sit-on lawn-mower all the way and meets all sorts of people along the way.  I loved it so much that I bought my own copy.  Judging by what normally happens, it will be repeated ad nauseam on the other channels over the next couple of weeks, so I thoroughly recommend you to watch it, whoever you may be.

I've been rather taken by the TV adverts for the new Star Trek film.  I thought it would be too silly to be repeated, but it looks rather good, and at least Uhuru will presumably not have to sit sideways on to her desk so that everyone can see her legs!

Oh well, I suppose I'd better go down and start dinner.  Chicken with lemon and coconut tonight.  We had some delicious home-made burgers last night which seemed even more delicious than usual, but that may just be because we haven't had them for ages.  As it was, I had to send the menfolk out to buy some GF buns for Charles.


May. 2nd, 2009 12:32 pm
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Yesterday our first 2 DVDs arrived from Lovefilm.  I only ordered them 2 days ago, so I was quite impressed.

Last night we watched Stardust which we had somehow managed to miss when it was first released on DVD, but which Charles and I were both anxious to see as we loved the book.  I was amazed at the stellar cast and thought De Niro was priceless.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably watch it again before sending it back.  I think I shall have to reread the book, too.  In fact I think I'll reread all the Gaiman's I have.  Charles said that he would like to see a film of Neverwhere and I agree.

Thank you Carol for the free introduction package;  I'm sure we're going to love it.

Today it's sunny but still cold; nevertheless, I must go into the yard and do some more planting, because the weather for tomorrow looks a bit uncertain.  And it will probably pour all day on Monday, as is traditional!

This week the garden centre is having BOGOF patio roses, so I must go there on Tuesday to make sure I get mine!  I can't face it over the weekend, as it gets so crowded.

Home-made burgers tonight;  I shall be able to use my own fresh herbs this time.  Hurrah!

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How perfect!  Swing Time was on BBC4 this evening.  I am such a sucker for Fred and Ginger!!

And those clothes.!!!.......................just once I would have liked an excuse to wear a dress like those she wore in those films.

My face-ache has subsided, but now I have a very sore throat!

I do hope it doesn't mean I'm sickening for something because the hospital rang this afternoon and offered me a cancellation appointment which I accepted for next Tuesday, for the myocardial perfusion scan.  I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it sounds quite complicated and I shall have to be at the hospital for at least 2 hours, one hour of which I have to spend waiting for the second part of the procedure, whatever it is.

And I'm not allowed any coffee, tea or caffeine drinks for 24 hours beforehand.  Torture!

At least I was able to eat proper food again this evening.  We had a lovely risotto made from the left-over goose and stock I made from the goose carcase yesterday.  I still have enough stock left to make a small bowl of soup for yours truly, but tomorrow we shall have lentil and ham soup made with the stock left over from cooking the gammon after Charles had made the pease pudding.  Afterwards perhaps we shall finally be able to eat some of the Christmas pudding.  We didn't have it tonight because everyone wanted to sample the Christmas cake.  It was very good!  I think it was one of the best I've ever made because it's moist and alcoholic without falling apart.  The icing was a bit hard for someone with a fat face, but I womanfully struggled my way through a piece.

I've been seeing rather patronising advertisements for using up left-overs, saying "We call them ingredients".  I simply cannot believe that people don't use them up.  What does this paternalistic gummint think we are?  Whose daft idea was that?

We still have loads of gammon to eat and a little beef. Hardly anyone has touched the cheese yet.  I have three-quarters of a Christmas cake and half a dozen mince pies left.  There are loads of chocolates and chocolate biscuits to be eaten.  They should keep John and Charles going for weeks!

I shall certainly make more mince pies, because I have loads of lovely mince-meat left.  On the other hand, I have Delia's recipe for mincemeat cake.................

I shall probably have to do a little shopping tomorrow for things like butter, eggs and bread, but we don't need anything else at the moment, not even vegetables.

Except I've just remembered that Charles is planning a game stew for New Year's Eve.  We have venison in the freezer, but I shall have to see if I can get a couple of pigeons or a mallard or something from North Acomb  or Brockbushes tomorrow.

I'm absolutely shattered!  It must be the anti-biotics.


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