Friday, 27 January 2023

Friday, 27th January 2023 - Yoga Legs

I am typing at my computer. My husband is out. I have a glass of sparkling wine, the wood burner is alight, there is red lentil dhal simmering on the cooker, I love Twiglets, I have eaten a packet while preparing the dhal .... I have a confession .... I am watching The Apprentice!!! What a load of plonkers. I just love it. They are making Bao buns ... never heard of them and they look pretty disgusting. When my husband comes home he will be served an alcohol infused wife serving him a red lentil.

Yoga Legs
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 26 January 2023

Thursday, 26th January 2023 - Homemade Oven Chips

Dogs, cobras and pigeons joined my on my yoga mat along with a couple of grumpy planks.

I am very happy my phone is working again. A tedious task of making beds is so much easier when I have my daughter to chat to and tell me stories about the grandchildren. 

I was looking for a man's waistcoat. My visit to a fifth charity shop proved fruitful. There was even a choice. I felt very pleased with my achievement.

This afternoon I ate three ginger biscuits during a Weald of Kent Art Society committee meeting. The occasional diversion from the agenda made for a fun couple of hours. The annual exhibition was clarified, an open day being worked out, demonstrations, creative meetings and art challenges discussed. There are a couple of items with my name. The future of the society is looking positive.

We had fish and chips for dinner. Tim made the chips. I microwaved the mushy peas. Not sure the division of jobs was quite even. We watched Nine Perfect Strangers. What a twisted plot. Nicole Kidman gives me the heebie-jeebies. 

I blame my scribbly sketch on being a bit tired. Goodnight.

Homemade Oven Chips
Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Wednesday, 25th January 2023 - From Scraps to Eggs

I came down to empty the dishwasher and make a mug of tea. The cat came winding her way through my legs when I opened the fridge to retrieve the milk. I gave her her morning cheese. She didn't eat it. She always eats cheese. I think she was feeling under the weather. This evening she is back to eating her cheese. No trip to the vet needed today.

My water damaged phone has been mended and returned. I am so pleased to have it back. 

The chickens got the cats rejected morning cheese along with some old bread. They are good at recycling.

From Scraps to Eggs
Charcoal and Watercolour

Tuesday, 24th January 2023 - Potted

I harvested and saved the seeds from last years sweetpeas. After soaking on my windowsill I took them down to my potting bench. I have decided on an experiment. Half are in my unheated greenhouse buried in pots of compost. The other half have come into the warmth of the utility room under the comfort of compost. Which are going to be the first to germinate? Which is going to survive the ravages of slugs? Are they going to flower? What an exciting experiment!!!

Charcoal and Watercolour

Monday, 23rd January 2023 - Knopper Oak Gall

After a long and lazy few weeks I got back on the yoga mat with Adriene. She does a monthly calendar with different exercises each day. I love the variety. I don't think my muscles agree. I am soooo unbendy. 

Back in the autumn I was wondering over the grounds of Benenden School. There was an oak tree heaving with oak galls. They ended up in my pockets. I have a bowl of them waiting in my studio to be ground into ink. My book A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking is off the bookshelf and open with the recipe waiting. I need to find something to grind the galls. I will have a rummage through the kitchen cupboards. I love their spiky appearance and how they cling onto the acorns. They are going to take some prising to get them apart. They make a great subject to drawn and paint.

Knopper Oak Gall
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Sunday, 22nd January 2023 - A Circle of Friends

I am reading a great series of books on my Kindle. Nicci French writes a great murder mystery. They were recommended by a friend. A most worrying thing is that Amazon tells me I bought them in 2014. Even more concerning is my Kindle tells me I have read them. Should I be concerned that I cannot remember?!? Maybe having an ageing brain is not such a bad thing. Think of all that money I have saved.

We have not seen Mike and Pippa for ages. I made fish pie and tart tatin so we could catch up. Tony and Wendy came and made the evening most enjoyable. 

A Circle of Friends
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 21st January 2023 - A Commotion of Grandchildren

I have had my first bed and breakfast guests for the year. I was not to be defeated by the challenge of poached eggs. They came out looking perky.

I followed the patches of sun around the garden. Under some ferns I uncovered a carpet of snowdrops. Hello little beauties.

Harriet, Brett, Hetty, Raffy and Herbie had been climbing in Tunbridge Wells. They came for fish fingers on their way home. Hetty snuggled up by the woodburner wrapped in a patchwork quilt that my Mum had made many years ago. Raffy used her cat whisperer skills on our grumpy old cat. Herbie helped his Grandad fix his Grandaunts reading lamp. What a wonderful family they are. 

A glass of Chapel Down Bacchus was waiting for me in the fridge this evening. What a delicious treat.

A Commotion of Grandchildren
Pen and Watercolour