Yes, I have not posted for two days - and for that I apologise. The fact is that I have had a sudden surge of energy which has led me to do various jobs around the house and that has taken up most of my time.
Cupboards have been cleaned out, drawers have been tidied, several recipes have been tried out (Tuna and vegetable pie - a Lyndsey Bareham recipe from the Times);in addition I have been getting on with the latest baby cardigan I am knitting for my forthcoming great grandchild.
I have been beavering away today today by cleaning out another kitchen cupboard and throwing away several things I haven't used for years. One of these was a juicer that I have had at least thirty years (probably old-fashioned by today's standards). It was bought for me by a cousin who, many years ago, used to spend Christmas with my previous husband and I. It made the most marvellous fresh orange juice in a couple of minutes but unfortunately it then took about half an hour to wash up.
Similarly I threw out a juice dispenser which took up a huge amount of room in my fridge - room which I could put to better use.
Yesterday the farmer and I tackled the large freezer, which was in urgent need of a defrost.
Everything was taken out and put either into the smaller freezer (not much room left in there after a bumper crop this year of raspberries), the cool box or the cool bag. These were then put into our downstairs wet room, the window was opened wide and the whole lot were covered with layers of newspaper. Now time was of the essence so we put bowls of very hot water into the freezer and changed them about every quarter of an hour. In two hours the freezer was defrosted and all I had to do was wash and dry it out and switch it back on. Soon everything was back in and - more importantly - on the correct shelf. Does any one amongst you keep your freezer in absolute order at all times? If so I would be interested to hear how you do it.
It may seem silly to some of you to have two freezers, but I would point out that we live a couple of miles from the nearest shop. On- line shopping with Tesco helps but unexpected visitors really means that I must keep a fair supply of food available.