Monday, February 26, 2024

Grape hyacinths, there he is and buttered.

1. Spotting the waxy blue tops of grape hyacinths among the tiny daffodils in my tiny back garden. They are a very welcome sight.

2. Before Nick even gets home, I can see him in social media coverage of the wargaming event he's at.

3. Alec puts butter and honey on a crumpet for me. Then he makes hot honey and lemon for Nick, who is still suffering with that cough. 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Late home, warming up and Letters from a Long Marriage.

1. A polite message from Alec to say that he may be late home from school because he is exploring with a friend.

2. When I come downstairs to the kitchen for my teatime break, I find two damp boys drinking cocoa and eating banana bread.

3. Last thing at night, when I'm always ready to wind down with some lightweight entertainment, discovering that a new series of Letters from a Long Marriage has dropped.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Interview, gloves and pancakes.

1. Interviewing tasks have been just outside my comfort zone, even when I was doing two or three a week. But now today's is done, and I have a recording that I can draw on for the article.

2. There's an edge to the air, and I do not regret picking up my gloves as I left the house.

3. For supper, everyone has a go at making savoury pancakes. They are delicious with ham and slices of Emmental.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Banana bread, knitting and from the fridge.

1. Through the magic of baking, we swap a backlog of rapidly ripening bananas for two loaves of banana bread.

2. When your child asks for a thing that is easy to agree to. We sit side by side knitting and half listening to YouTube commentary about Stardew Valley.

3. Alec spends some time confessing to the things he ate from the fridge when he felt hungry overnight. 'I opened that smoked salmon. And I had some of the pasta, which was delicious. And some cottage cheese, which I didn't like.'

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Rise, black tea pirates and gelatinous.

1. Coming to the end of the uphill section of my walk.

2. Rumours suggest that there is a shortage of black tea. One proposed reason is pirates in the Red Sea, which seems like something from history. I expect the reality is more along the lines of new sources speculating about a bad season in the tea gardens have caused shoppers to buy more than usual, which has amplified supply chain issues. Anyway, Nick has managed to get a box of tea, so we'll be okay for a while. 

3. I think the GM is miffed that we dispatch his boss enemy with a single (rather enhanced) shot, but it does splatter everywhere in a very satisfying gelatinous manner, and we're pleased with our haul of experience points.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Bench in the sun, afternoon up town and westering sun.

1. The dentist was mostly pleased with us so we walk across the common to the coffee van for hot drinks. We have them seated on a bench in the sun on what is probably the only fine day of half term.

2. Alec and I have a poke around in Waterstones, and then we buy a cake for tea. He picks one that he thinks Bettany will enjoy decorating.

3. We take the long way home to enjoy the 4pm sun on the sandstone houses.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Late, early spring flowers and winter scented.

1. I wake late and only when Bettany gets into bed beside me. We already have in the house one teenager keen to protect his space. So I try to be present for all these moments when Bettany wants me.

2. Today my snowdrops are properly out; and in another pot, deep purple crocuses stand tall, waiting for a their moment to open.

3. At this time of year, scented things with unseen flowers lie in wait on the cold street corners 

Grape hyacinths, there he is and buttered.

1. Spotting the waxy blue tops of grape hyacinths among the tiny daffodils in my tiny back garden. They are a very welcome sight. 2. Before ...