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.
Greed. Ate a lot of shortbread.
The standard of shortbread remains unslipped.
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.
Only I’m not very good at waiting.
And never spilled a drop.
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.
Of 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,
but 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,
and 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.
It is like attenuated company too.