Did you know that it is thirty-one years tomorrow since Jane Torville and Christopher Dean performed their absolutely perfect ice dance at the Olympic Games and earned a Gold Medal to 'Bolero'. I'm sure that none of us who watched that performance will ever forget its perfection - but by golly, thirty-one years ago - that makes me feel old.
The Register columns in the Times are always full of pretty useless information and the piece that interested me this morning is this:
In 1838 Margaret Knight - the inventor of the SQUARE BOTTOMED PAPER BAG - was born in the US. I must say that that is one of the things that I thought had just evolved (folding the bottom of a bit of brown paper up and glueing it down) rather than having to be invented. I wonder how many more 'inventions' fit into this category.
The weather here on the farm is what the farmer calls 'claggy' - best explained by the fact that he noticed this morning that the farmer who farms a little further down the lane must have got his tractor and plough stuck in one of his low fields sometime yesterday - it is well and truly 'clagged down' and will need hauling out at some point.
Also, the sun is very capricious at the moment. If you had been up and around when it rose this morning just before eight o'clock, you would have seen the landscape bathed in sunlight. But not so since nine o'clock, when a mist rolled in and the sky became cloudy. Since then it is not a particularly nice day. In fact it meant that friend W and I had to sit in a market square cafe this morning drinking coffee and eating toasted teacake (we are trying out these at all the cafes in town and giving them marks out of ten (today's got around 9) and watching the world go by from the comfort of our chairs.
Other news is that I have bought a new non-stick pan as my previous one had recently decided to retire from nonstickness and stick like billyoh. After all, it is Pancake Day on Tuesday and who wants to be creating Pancakes at speed with a pan that sticks? I tried it out at lunch time with a Frittata (using up a courgette, a red pepper, some mushrooms, two slices of dry cure bacon and a red onion) and it worked perfectly, sliding the finished article out on to the plate without a hitch.