Monday, 13 July 2020

Another week begins.

I have been retired for thirty-seven years, so long in fact that I have almost forgotten what it is like to actually go to work.   I took early  retirement at fifty because my then husband was ten years older than me and was retiring from the Civil Service at sixty.   It was good that I did because we had six good years together before he died.   But for me the week still begins on a Monday morning - a new beginning.   The new beginning this week is much like last week - cloudy, windy and not all that warm.   Joggers, runners, dog-walkers and the like pass my bungalow as the morning goes on and they are all in shorts and shirt sleeves.   I had my walk round with my anorak on and I can't say I was too warm.

Did anyone else watch the amazing Kanneh-Masons - a family where all seven of the children are  brilliant musicians(the oldest, Sheku, played at Harry and Meghan's wedding).   They were all holed up together in Nottingham for lockdown together with Sheku's room mate who came from Brazil and (for obvious reasons) had no wish to go back and spend lockdown there.  It was a one-hour uplifting programme, lovely, good natured children - they played in their street on NHS Clapping night giving their neighbours a concert.   Bechstein have even lent them two grand pianos for lockdown.   It just made me realise how lockdown has changed so many of us in so many ways.

Percy and I have had a stroll round the estate in quite a sharp wind.   We didn#t see a soul.   Now it is almost tea time- cheese and pickle sandwich with a beetroot  salad, followed by a banana.  I always have my main meal at lunch time - mainly because I am too lazy at tea time to cook a proper meal.   Today I had for my lunch what I would call a 'wash day' lunch - the kind of thing my mother would cook in the middle of doing the washing the hard way.   Cold meat left from yesterday, friend potatoes (mash fried so that there was a nice crispy bottom to them) and a mix of broccoli, cauli, carrots and peas also left from yesterday and heated in the microwave.  I had some Branston Pickle with my lunch - my mother would have had home made green tomato chutney - and my mouth waters at the very thought of it.   No comparison.

Until tomorrow.   Off to watch The Repair Shop.

25 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Hot, beezy and mainly sunny here on Sheppey, just a bit of high cloud now and then. Supposed to be a bit of rain tonight and I've no doubt that it will be - a bit. Mowed my lawns today, which, due to the drought, only amounts to cutting the grass stalks off, there is very little actual grass.

Sue in Suffolk said...

Warm and humid here in Suffolk. Just cut the footpath and meadow with the ride on mower and got bitten to bits by critters of some sort.

JayCee said...

Quite a mixture here today. Mainly cool and cloudy though.
Your lunch sounds good. We had leftovers from the freezer - pot luck as the label had fallen off!

Bonnie said...

I'm glad to hear you and Percy have gotten your walk in for the day. You have had a lot of wind there haven't you? Here in the middle of the US we are going into a heat wave. Our temps have been in the 90,s F for weeks but now expected to go up even more. I got the grass cut yesterday before the worst of the heat moves in. Take good care Pat!

Heather said...

It is drizzling here this evening and I smelt the rain before it arrived. It was so refreshing after a slightly humid start to the day.
I should try to change my eating habits which are to cook in the evening. I try to have a light lunch but am often hungry again by mid-afternoon. It would make sense to have my main meal in the middle of the day and maybe avoid the 4pm nibbles!
I also love the Repair Shop. There are such wonderful stories behind each object brought in.

Lynn said...

I love reading about your meals. I retired early last year aged 55 due to Parkinsons. Every morning I wake up and thank God that I no longer have to struggle through a work day!

Rachel Phillips said...

I am downloading the Kanneh-Mason family now to watch another day. We have discussed them here before. They are an extraordinary family. Sheku won the BBC Young Musician in 2016. I love the parents as much as the talented children. I am not sure about the significance of lockdown, we are all good people and always have been.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It always used to be bubble-and-squeak and cold meat in our house when mum did the washing - served with home made chutney of course. I've only been retired for a few years but would find it tough if I had to go back to it now. There are several videos of the Kanneh-Masons on YouTube, for anyone who's interested.

Chris said...

Will definitely try to find the musical family on You Tube. I had to continue working until I was 65 but, fortunately, enjoyed my job. Happy to be retired (for 13 years) during these difficult times!

Joanne Noragon said...

And I consider myself still working. What would I do otherwise. I've downloaded the musicians for a good, close watch.

angryparsnip said...

I wish I could have had your lunch.
iwinston made it through surgery but they had to modify the cuts since his legs are so short. The Doctors are pleased. I will hear more Tuesday morning how he did through the night. He might be able to come home. He will be be going back for 6 weeks for new splinting, bandages and xrays. It will be a very long journey. He is worth it. He is such a naughty boy but we adore him. Agatha is looking for him.
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Cro Magnon said...

I still think in terms of Monday to Sunday.... I have no idea why!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Good news about Winsron Gayle - hope he is soon home.

Librarian said...

Monday was a pleasant 25C here with a slight breeze, just perfect for my after-work walk.
Your meals always sound delicious, Pat!
I often wonder how people manage to be outdoors short-sleeved and in shorts when it is actually far from warm, such as yesterday morning at the train station, when I was glad about my cardigan and could have done with something warmer than just a t-shirt underneath.

A Smaller Life said...

Yes, I watched the programme with the Kanneh-Mason family. I don't even like classical music that much but after reading about them in the Radio Times I just had to.

Their enthusiasm, their talent and their joy with each other made it a very good programme. My only thought when they were all walking down the road to go to the park together was that someone would think they were a crowd of people not social distancing properly, being such a large family, plus guest they must be used to people thinking that when they are all out and about together.

Apart from Sunday when the sun came out and it as briefly very warm it has been pretty chilly here, and I have only been able to don shorts and a t-shirt once at the Van. It's been long sleeves and jeans with an added jacket for dog walks.

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Smaller Life - weren't their Mum and Dad lovely too.

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