Just a normal Saturday here in Bath. (This one was in mid September – I told you I had a backlog of posts).
Now that we no longer have to rush like crazy to get all the jobs done so we can go over to Bristol for our weekend care home visit, weekend life has taken a pleasant and relaxed turn. As illustrated by one particular Saturday a few weeks ago.
- Get up for a leisurely breakfast
- Bake a small loaf of white sourdough so we’ve got some bread for lunch (dough taken out of freezer last night), and start a new batch of bread to bake later today
- Coffee and i-pad to catch up on reading newspaper, emails, and a few favourite blogs
- Write some cards to send – birthday, wedding congratulations, happy new home
- Walk down to town for various bits of shopping
- Drop into the Allotment Association Trading Hut to renew subscription, and to buy new garlic bulbs and over-wintering onion sets. Picked up seed catalogue – I always buy my seed potatoes and any new seed I want this way but normally I don’t get it till the last minute (late October) – this year I will truly be ahead of the game!
- Along to the Bath Farmers Market – not much shopping needed today, as I’m away for quite a lot of this week, but I stocked up on good ground coffee, (from a small local roaster), and they were kind enough to give me an empty coffee sack – perfect for storing my potatoes from the allotment
- On to meet Malcolm for a (treat) coffee date – Chapel Arts Cafe is a nice, independent, relaxed place to meet, sit, and chat, and one of our favourite places (tip: their chocolate cake is ace, but very rich – best to share a slice!)
- A little more mooching and browsing in town, buy some more yoghurt at Waitrose (my favourite, Yeo Valley – another local company), then home for lunch
- Bread and cheese, oh and of course cucumber, for lunch
- Session with cup of tea and crochet
- This weeks ironing listening to a play on R4
- More crochet – almost finished this (3rd!) ripple blanket – should be in time for daughter-out-law’s birthday later this month
- Collect eggs, feed and water hens
- Pack bag for three days away from tomorrow – visit to ill aunt, then to friends overnight, then to oldest son and daughter-out-law to help get their new flat ready to move in to
- Bake bread for this week. Allow to cool, put three loaves in freezer
- Relaxation time for the rest of the day! – what a luxury (and Malcolm always cooks dinner at the weekend )
Well, maybe not a completely normal Saturday in Bath. I won’t pretend that we see people dressed like this in our streets all the time. Just once a year, when it’s time for the Jane Austen Festival.
And on the odd occasion when that coincides with Bath Rugby playing at home, well I can tell you that is indeed an odd occasion. Monty Python could have had a field day here.