Monthly Archives: June 2016

Standards are slipping


Demoralised failures:

Ordered TWO batches of knitting yarn before breakfast.  Extravagance, and it’s once more becoming a challenge to ram home the cupboard doors on the stash.

Found some ground rice with a use by of 2013.  Not auditing kitchen stores – another black mark.  But as I wanted to cook shortbread, I merely inspected it for crawlers trying to make an exit, then tipped it in.

magnificationGreed.  Ate a lot of shortbread.

shortbreadThe standard of shortbread remains unslipped.

The gloriousness of cabbages


The gloriousness of cabbages.  Not a phrase I normally expect to use.

July 2015     Plant a few winter cabbage seeds indoors

August, September 2015    Keep puling feeble seedlings indoors to avoid cabbage white caterpillar attack

October 2015     Plant out spindly winter cabbage plants

November 2015      Plants begin to develop leaves

December 2015      Wood pigeons strip infant cabbages down to their stalks

January, February 2016      Stalks stand shivering

March, April 2016     Stalks begin to produce leaves again – slug attacks

May 2016     Guinea pigs and I share some of the leaves, picked as spring greens

June 2016     Very confused winter cabbage begin to form hearts

I am aware of the imminent menace of this year’s generation of caterpillars, and maybe it would be best to eat the cabbages now.  But it’s hard to cut them down just yet:  pristine; exuberant; and glorious.

winter cabbage

The era of the pencil manufacturer


O to be a pencil manufacturer in 2016.  Or any time in the last few years.  Since it became cool for adults to do colouring in, what fun pencil sellers must have had.

This is my new set.  I fended off the temptation to buy 60 top-of-the-range.

1 36Of course you have to do some colouring in to test the performance, and I found a bit in a book about traditional patterns which lent itself to this exercise.  I’m not a fan of colouring past a certain point,

2 find a bookbut when I’m too fidgety to be passive and too tired to be creative, I admit to liking the half-way house offered by Quentin Blake, which invites you to play,

3 beforeand I had to buy 36 pencils because his book comes with one black and one red pencil, (for perfectly sensible reasons), and sometimes only the exactly correct shade of green will do.  I fear this one came out a bit moralistic.

4 after

5 companyIt is like attenuated company too.