......the weather is improving as we head towards Show Day on Saturday. There had been rain overnight and it was still raining when I went into town to the Hairdresser. But now, mid afternoon, I have walked round the estate with Tess and there are just spits and spots. It has almost cleared up. The weather is following the pattern predicted by the forecasters and if it continues it should be Summer weather again by the week-end.
Slight hold-up while I answer the door and speak to a Solar Panel salesman!! I do often think of having them; we had them at the farm and I can see the benefits. But is it worth it at my advanced age I ask myself? Any thoughts on the matter gratefully received.
I have succumbed to temptation and bought myself yet another leather jacket - this time the colour is 'raspberry' - or as my son prefers to call it my 'Mrs Peel jacket'. Believe me, if you don't already know it, a jacket, or any other piece of clothing you buy at my age which makes you feel good, is a real boost - particularly on a day when one's arthritis is really playing up. All I really need now is my Harley Davidson to go with it. (then it would be beware anyone travelling on the road anywhere in The Dales so perhaps it is as well it is not on my list of 'wants'.)
To change the subject completely - I am trying to perfect my technique on using a slow cooker. I bought one last year but I can't say I have been over thrilled with the results so far. This week's experiment - a sausage casserole - was an improvement but still not perfect. But my hairdresser, who uses one almost every day, gave me a few tips this morning. She tells me I need to start everything off in a pan so that things like the veg are browned and the meat is floured and then browned before all is put into the slow cooker. I shall try that next and report back. Meanwhile, if anyone has any more tips they will be gratefully received.