Early morning. Just popped on to read my e mails and to say that we have had at least three hours of good, steady rain - so good for the garden and it also means I don't need to water the pots today. I'll be back later.
It is now early evening and I have a confession to make. I really am ashamed and also I feel stupid but I shall face up to things and tell you. I am fanatically clean and tidy - I can't bear things to be otherwise. Usually I have a cleaning lady but since Lockdown she hasn't been coming and I have been keeping things going myself. After all, there is only me here to make things dirty and I can space out my cleaning jobs so that I clean and hoover the floors and carpets one day, wipe and/or polish all surfaces another day, change the bed and wash the towels and bed linen another day, clean the kitchen another day and so on. And it has worked very well - and done me no harm at all. It makes me tired but that is all to the good.
But there is one job I just have not done. I will tell you why. I am rather afraid of gas. I have never before had anything to do with it. Previously I have cooked and had central heating via a Rayburn, electric under floor, hobs and oven,
and for the last twenty seven years an Aga. (I miss it every day). Now I have gas central heating, an electric oven and an electric fire and a gas hob. Now for a moment let us concentrate on that hob.
I don't use it all that much. If I am not using my slow cooker, my Remoska or my Microwave I tend to cook in my electric oven. But I quite often brown something in a pan on the hob - bacon, sausages etc. - and of course they spatter fat. When that happens I wipe the top of the hob and clean it as best I can but I am a bit scared of the actual burners themselves and I get annoyed because they look so dirty. It scares me because they are so loose and when touched they tend to wobble about and rattle.
This morning I had had enough. I looked at them and they really looked such a mess. Then, when I tried to light one (by just pushing down the button of course) it wouldn't light. The last straw. So I googled 'cleaning gas burners on a gas hob' only to find dear readers that that horrible wobbly, rattly top bit comes off for cleaning! Result - I filled the bowl with very hot water, got out all my cleaning stuff and my rubber gloves and gave every single part a good scour. Result - a sparkling hob - and when I press a button on any of the four burners they spring into life with alacrity! My only excuse is that I never got over being scared of the Bunsen burner in Chemistry at school.