Making: Edamame Wild Rice Salad from Nadiya Hussain’s Time to Eat book. This is delicious with salmon and salad, it’s full of flavour
Cooking: tonight’s Meatless Monday dinner is going to be Jamie’s Feta and Courgette Fritters, we have a bunch of homegrown gifted courgettes to use. Recipe here
Drinking: Schweppes 1783 tonic in weekend G&Ts
Reading: Just started Platform Seven by Louise Doughty
Wanting: life to go back to normal
Playing: The Confession audio book by Jessie Burton
Deciding: what groceries to order for Wednesday’s delivery
Wishing: for an effective vaccine for all
Enjoying: the lovely weather
Waiting: to eat homegrown tomatoes
Liking: Pip’s Peachy Playlist on Spotify. Here
Wondering: if it’s way too late to buy and plant peas?
Loving: seeing all these photos from yesterday’s visit to Hidcote Manor Garden
Considering: whether to pick and ripen tomatoes inside or wait and wait and wait
Buying: Moshulu sandals in their sale
Watching: Killing Eve. We’re up to series 2 now. Behind on watching trends, as usual, isn’t it GOOD?!
Hoping: for a sunny birthday for a friend tomorrow
Marvelling: at some people’s interpretation of how to wear a mask
Cringing: at you know who and you know what – the chaos and mixed messages we hear on a weekly (daily?) basis
Needing: to meet up with groups of others, I miss being with groups of nice people
Questioning: when will this end?
Smelling: a curry plant somewhere in Hidcote garden yesterday, wow it was pungent!
Following: Jamie Oliver, nice summer recipes
Knowing: I need to call the garage today about a small repair
Thinking: I need to buy a new handbag after the strap came unstitched suddenly in the garden yesterday
Admiring: people’s generosity in sewing face masks for their local community
Sorting: The (new) Little Room – soon. It’s on my list!
Getting: orange sticker bargains on a Sunday afternoon. It’s prime time I tell you! Sausages and turkey thigh mince which went straight on the BBQ and in the freezer yesterday
Bookmarking: recipes. Always. I make only a fraction of them!
Coveting: a long-handled baker’s razor
Disliking: smoke coming into the house on summer evenings
Opening: windows wide – it’s a lovely morning
Giggling: at Young Offenders. They are quite sweet really and I really like Mairead
Snacking: not really snacking at the mo
Helping: when I can
Hearing: news on the radio right now
Mixing: socks! I looked down on Saturday when out for a walk and had odd socks on
Worrying: trying not to. It’s pointless
Slicing: onions and mushrooms for an impromptu Blacksticks Blue cheese sauce to go with steak last night
Celebrating: all the good things
Forgetting: not so much – iPhone reminders help
Winning: £3 on the Euro Millions lottery on Friday. Then stupidly paid £2.20 for one can of Diet Coke (daylight robbery and it’s actually horrible isn’t it?!)
Pretending: I’ll hoover today. I might not, but definitely this week
Sneaking: nothing, sorry
Embracing: only one person – Covid y’know. I miss hugging and kissing family and friends
All photos (apart from my salad pic!) are from a visit yesterday to Hidcote Manor Garden, a National Trust property.
It’s a combination of well thought out and a kind of fingers-crossed-it’s-ok decision to go anywhere much at the moment, isn’t it?
We wondered what it would be like at Hidcote: following a one-way system around the garden, how many would be allowed in for each half an hour booking, would it feel fraught, rather than relaxed? Or should we be sticking to walking local footpaths where we aren’t generally meeting anyone?
I’m very glad we visited. It was good. Very nice to see the garden, to chat at a distance to other friendly visitors, to be able to use the cafe in takeaway style, look around the NT shop (10 people in at a time) and then picnic at one of the many benches under shady trees. I adore seeing proper tablecloths on picnic benches. These are large round tables too, which seat eight, so it’s somehow even more impressive that people do it and it looks so fancy.
If you’d like to see more photos from Hidcote I have written posts about visits there before: June 2014 and August 2015