Making : smoked salmon pate – recipe here
Cooking : all things sourdough, still. Flatbreads and pizza happened this weekend. Hobbs House Bakery sourdough recipes are excellent. I’ve tried crumpets, flatbreads, pizza, no-knead sourdough and have a few more things bookmarked to try. The HH boys are from a long line of English professional family bakers, and their recipes are A1
I left the dough an hour while I faffed around, before shaping, it made really light and holey pizza. The rectangular pizza was much thinner and crispy. I like both thin crust and deep pan
Adoring: no-knead sourdough cooked in my charity shop treasure. The moisture in the bread means it cooks in its own steam. You then take the lid off for the last bit to burnish the top. It needs to be just this side of burnt for the flavour and crustiness.
Look at the texture! All the folding and stretching every 30-40 minutes was well worth it
Drinking: too much cider. Lots at the Mock Mayor celebrations while we watched the Abingdon Morris Men, heard the speeches and sang along to the excellent Indie Band. Head not so good in the morning, but sometimes it’s worth it…
Reading: The Eve Network and The Dust that Falls from Dreams still, the first is set in WW1, the other WW2. It’s tricky at times not to get mixed up
Wanting: another pint of jasmine tea
Playing: with dough every few days
Deciding: not to for a bit
Wishing: bread wasn’t so calorific, it’s so good
Enjoying: Victoria Wood as seen on TV – on Netflix
Waiting: to remember what I wrote the first time, before my iPhone lost my draft …argh! You just know the first draft was wittier and more interesting. Soz, you’re stuck with this one
Liking: my photos from Saturday’s meet up with a good friend at Cliveden. The hotel is where Meghan Markle spent the night before she married Prince Harry
Wondering: whether I can go for a walk again today. I’ve been having double physio as my knee has been painful for a few months too. Craft and walking longer distances have both been banned, it’s been slightly tedious to say the least, but happily I think I’m coming out the other side now
Loving: Unforgotten on Netflix. I’ve only seen the first 2 episodes of series 1 and it’s so good, really quality TV. I’m behind as usual – series 3 is on tv at the mo
Considering: a clothes shopping trip
Buying: tomatoes. I have a row of bowls with tomatoes at various stages of ripening. It’s a very good summer thing
Watching: Poldark, I’m 3 episodes behind the current series and it ended on Sunday night. I don’t want to hear any end of series spoilers, so need to catch up soon
Hoping: for more rain, the animals, farmers and gardens need it
Marvelling: how full the water butt is after a day of sporadic rain on Sunday, but it’s just a drop in the ocean
Needing: another car
Smelling: the roses
Wearing: linen trousers, rolled up at a jaunty angle and a stripy tee which I feel emphasises the rolls of a sourdough loving body rather too much!
Look at the dryness of that grass, can you see how little rain we’ve had in the last few months?
Pondering: when I’ll be able to knit again. I have tried but it’s just too painful, crocheting in short bursts seems okay though. I now have a referral with an orthopaedic consultant pending
Following: The News
Knowing: that song ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think’ is apt
Thinking: I must get my reading back up to speed
Admiring: how I always used to read a book a week without fail
Sorting: my crochet; I unravelled my pineapple crochet last night. I can never see a time when I will actually use a string crochet pineapple bag. I’d rather be seen dead than carrying one in real life!
Getting: keen to find some interesting crochet patterns. Even if it’s restricted to 10 minutes every now and then, I’d like to be making something I love
Bookmarking: any exciting looking patterns
Coveting: one of those big colour change balls, you know; by that company that no one can spell or properly pronounce beginning with Schj? Maybe with that song in mind, I’ll just buy one!
Disliking: wildly fast drivers who assume that no one else is on the road, crossing the road, living by the road
Opening: my Ravelry library
Giggling: at Mamma Mia 2 although the change of timeline was perplexing
Feeling: amused about the above, whenever I make bold statements like that things usually change… Look out for me and my re-crocheted pineapple string bag in the near future
Snacking: on the usual – no prize for guessing
Helping: a friend with local dinner recommendations
Hearing: an aeroplane
Mixing: courgette tzatziki
Worrying: that I haven’t eaten enough fruit and vegetables in the last few days, this is unusual. More carrots!!!
Grabbing: a stitch holder for my hair, it did the job keeping it up! Sign of a true crafter?!
Slicing: cucumber & carrots to go with homemade hummus later for lunch, maybe
Forgetting: at least three things, no doubt
Winning: tonight’s EuroMillions lottery draw?
Sneaking: around at night watching for the hedgehog(s)
Embracing: the lovely people around me
Thank you for sticking with a craft blog which hasn’t been able to feature any craft for several months now!
How are you doing?
All that bread, looks delicious. Sorry to hear you still can’t craft , or walk. Reading it is…
Thank you Cathy.
Walking is happening more now, I went for a good one yesterday at a faster pace. 5 miles by the end of day with faffing about at home added into the total. My knee is getting there.
But yes, reading has been very good. I think the hotter temps has slowed my brain though!
So sorry you can’t walk or craft just now. Your post made me smile and the comment about redoing the pineapple bag sometime make me chuckle. Sometimes there are things we just have to make….It doesn’t have to leave the house, its destiny might be just to make you smile.
Thanks Sue. I’m getting there slowly. To be honest I was not meant to be doing long walks in Cornwall but just took a plastic freezer bag and clip it wherever we went. I’d ask for a scoop or two of ice when buying drinks and put it on knee while we sat. So I still managed to do some coastal path walking, albeit slower than usual with frequent stops. At the end I found we’d walked 60.8 miles! Oops!
It’s two balls of cotton again, but was good fun crocheting from a Japanese graphic chart. Still, you never do know; one day I might be toting one at Yarndale!
I too love pineapple patterns but for practicality, I think this bag is wonderful with it containing its own case. – http://lindacraftycorner.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-string-tote-patterntutorial.html
Sorry to hear about continuing joint issues as least you can do a little crochet!
Thank you for the July report and the lovely photos… Your pizza looks yummy!! And so does your bread :)
I’ve been out of the city for the summer, staying with my Mum instead in a tiny village in the North of Bohemia, surrounded by forests. Limited internet access means I’ve only read your last couple of posts this week. Is it still SO hot in the UK? Here it’s getting too much, really. And there is less and less water in brooks, rivers, wells and everywhere… Gardens are yellow instead of green.
May I ask if you know and like “The Moon Tiger” by Penelope Lively?
Sorry I’m late replying to your question: I haven’t read that book though enjoyed others by Lively.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed other books by her. I am to translate the Moon Tiger so I was just curious.