Wet, wet wet. That was today here. But despite (or maybe because of) the incessant rain I had another lovely walk back home from Kelston, marred only by the increased traffic on the main road.
On the way home I visited our local bookshop and enjoyed a chat with Harry the Bookseller and enjoyed buying a real, physical book. Once we’ve finished with it here, I will pass it on to a chain of friends, which seems to me the very best thing to do with a book. Girl, Woman, Other has been recommended by several friends, so I’m looking forward to it, but first I want to finish reading the Hilary Mantel trilogy and I’ve got a long way to go still. In the meantime, the new book sits in quarantine in our hallway.
I also visited our local fish shop and bought some more of their fishcakes, which we both really enjoy and they’re great to have in the freezer for days when there’s a failure of imagination or stocks, or we just feel like eating fishcakes.
Shops reopening has made me think about what shopping I need/want to do, having barely bought anything that isn’t food for 4 months. And as ever, where I want (and don’t want) to spend my money. My money will go as much as is possible to local shops – especially those who have really gone out of their way to serve us through these difficult times. My money will also be going to charity shops – my preference for most physical things will continue to be second hand not new where possible. In addition my money will only be going to shops where I feel safe: the virus hasn’t gone away nor is it about to do so, and it’s up to each of us to continue to keep ourselves and others as safe as we can.
Today I finished making the redcurrant jelly. 3lb of fruit made 6 small jars of jelly. We use the jelly to glaze fruit tarts (notably Malcolm’s famed cherry tart), and sometimes in gravy, for example for roast lamb. Those 6 jars will probably last ages, but when there’s more ripe fruit I’ll make another batch so I have enough to give some away.
Tomorrow’s weather forecast suggests there might be some dryer periods, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get out to do some allotment jobs. I’ve got a phone call arranged with a friend, and I’m hoping to visit a friend as well, so we’ll be banking on the weather being dry enough for us to be able to sit outside (there’s some paperwork we’ve agreed to have a look at). If not we may have to postpone for a day or two. And there are a few more face coverings I need to make. So one way and another tomorrow will be another busy day.
I hope you have something to look forward to, even if it’s just a change from the rain. See you tomorrow xx