Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Temperature drop!

 There is a temperature drop of some degrees today and a sharp Northerly breeze blowing.   There was a great temptation to stay in bed this morning but not an option - can't start doing that this early into Autumn.   Friend H next door came round with the newspaper she lends me each week (our local one) and came in for a coffee.   We observed social distancing as we always do and enjoyed a couple of hours chat to liven up what is not a very nice day.   I didn;t feel like venturing out but decided it was necessary to have a walk, however short;  so I went just round the block and, as usual, I felt better for it.  Better still when I had eaten my lunch of two fillets of Sea Bass with lemon and parsley butter,a couple of small potatoes and a nice helping of lightly steamed tenderstem broccoli.  A simple lunch but delicious.

The lady who does my small local shop at our good Deli called with this week's order and came round to the back of my bungalow to look at what I had had done to my garden.   As with everyone else who sees it they are always surprised by how large a garden it is.   This always surprises me because although it might be a tad larger than the usual estate garden - compared with the garden at the farm it is quite small. My gardener and his friend came yesterday and gave the whole place a good going over for weeds - and it shows.  I do wish I could still do it all myself - it would certainly help to pass the time when it does begin to look as though we may well go back into   lockdown again.  Although my Book Club book (Visitation) has already come this morning as has another book I ordered - the book is 'Rules of Civility' by Amor Towles - another book by the author of 'A Gentleman in Moscow' the book club so enjoyed the month before last.How do people manage who never do any reading?   I would be interested to know how you are filling your time these days when things to do are so limited.   Similarly I usually buy new clothes for Winter - maye a couple of jumpers, sometimes a new anorak or a new coat - this year I look at them and then ponder on whether it is worth it.   If we do go into another lockdown., as does begin to seem likely, we are not going to be going anywhere are we?   Have a nice evening.

12 comments:

Simone said...

Your lunch does sound tasty! I've got loads of books to read but haven't been able to get into them for some time. It is nice to know that they are waiting for me whenever the mood takes me to dip into the pages.

JayCee said...

That sounds like my kind of lunch.
Last night I cooked a spicy fish risotto and on Friday we shall have a herb crumbed fillet of cod.
Very fishy!

Bovey Belle said...

What a healthy and tasty lunch.

The books sound good - I have a newly-widowed friend and she is not a reader, and really struggling to do more than just grieve as all her life revolved around her husband and dogs. When I am down, escaping into a book really helps distract me. You know me, I am never without a book in my hand if I sit down.

I have bought socks, knickers and a pair of trousers since Lockdown began. Not that I normally buy that much in the way of clothing, but certainly nowhere much to wear something new at present.

Sue in Suffolk said...

I can't imagine what life would be like without books.

Like you I can't see any point in looking at new clothes for this autumn or winter. All I've bought since March is a pair of summer shoes.

Barbara Anne said...

I, too, love to read so when I must stay home for safety, I can go wherever a book takes me! Our local library has curb-side pick-up of books that have been requested on-line so that keeps me going.
As a quiltmaker with a goodly stash of fabric, the joy of planning, choosing fabrics and cutting them, plus machine sewing them together to make something colorful that didn't exist before is a delight. No quilt police, either, so what fabrics and patterns I use is all up to me and there are no other quilts on the planet that are exactly like mine.
Be good to you, Pat!

Hugs!

Heather said...

The days are getting cooler even down here though the air was lovely and crisp this morning when the sun was shining. Not so pleasant as we had rain later. I wonder what tomorrow will bring. I bought a new coat last October to wear to the wedding of one of my grandsons. Sadly I never got to it as I had an awful cold on the day. However, I managed to 'christen' it a week ago as we had a scaled down celebration lunch for my March birthday which had to be postponed because of lockdown. It must be so nice to look out onto your garden, even if you can't manage it all yourself. Keep warm and dry, and safe.

jinxxxygirl said...

Well as you know we are STILL remodeling the house... although not to the extent we once were... I have all my art and crafts projects... mowing the grass.. the 2-3 miles i walk/jog a day.. the usual house cleaning and cooking of the meals.. writing a few letters... toying with writing a novel.. watching a few choice tv programs... and ofcourse reading books.. I have never in my life had trouble keeping myself busy.. if i run out of all that stuff well theres kayaking and fishing and riding my bike..

I think you do a wonderful job keeping yourself busy Pat. For your maturity and lack of mobility you amaze me with all you accomplish.. Take good care as you go into lock down.. Hugs! deb

liparifam said...

May I recommend The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue? The story of a nurse in a Dublin maternity ward in 1918 caring for pregnant patients with the flu. Hard to put down...

Librarian said...

Your lunch sounds delicious, and I can so relate to how much better going for a walk made you feel; it was similar here yesterday. After work, I needed to stretch my legs and went for a walk, had to shorten it because it started to rain about half way through. Still, it was good to have been out and away from my desk!
I wish I had more time for reading. With a combination of work and bad eyesight, I have become such a slow reader and sometimes go to bed after a bit of TV without any reading at all - unthinkable until a few years ago.

Anna said...

I've so enjoyed both the Amor Towles you mention....have you read any Elizabeth Strout?

thelma said...

The weather here is changeable as well. Rod and wife have just mowed the lawns in the rain, they have 7 jobs today so plenty of work for the moment. I have become a pescatarian though with all the warnings about over fishing it is another thing to feel guilty about.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thelma - I have just read an article in the times about which fish we should eat. I eat a lot of sea bass and a lot of tinned tuna - now I feel guilty about both.
Anna - yes I think I have read most of her stuff = certainy the two Olive Kitteridge books.
Barbara Ann - I used to be a keen quilt maker until the shakes makes it impossible to thread a needle. I envy you.
Thanks everyone for your lovely, newsy comments