Picked my car up from its service in town today (Saturday). Despite the car having been given a clean re: all the touch points, I brought my own sanitiser and gave the inside of the car a good wipe down myself before getting inside to drive the car home. But here’s a question….
Without the rain we would never be grateful for sunshine.
Today (Monday) is overcast and dull—a far cry from the gorgeous weather we had yesterday. There’s nothing exciting doing here today unless you call housework, cooking and washing exciting!
To tell the truth, I don’t mind housework. I particularly enjoy hoovering and laundry and find both relaxing (I know, I know, I need to get out more).
I’m one of those folks who has a place for everything and everything in its place. I hate disorganisation—it’s just so much easier finding things when you know where everything is (or should be, lol). At the moment however, our house is stuck in the middle of a renovation and things are not as we’d like them to be and it’s driving us nuts big style, but we’ll get there….eventually! Covid-19 has really slowed down progress within the house.
I’m hoping to get stuck into my photography documentary workshop, but so far, I’ve found it a bit tedious if I’m honest! Maybe documentary photography isn’t for me after all but I’ll give it another go before I decide. It would be really good to be able to document these times in a more professional way image-wise and this is why I enrolled, but not all genres suit all photographers and I may just have to accept this.
How does documentary photography differ from still life or nature photography?
Documentary photography involves anticipating that special one-off moment during a scene before you click the shutter—observing and quickly thinking on your feet. Still life and nature (flora) photography on the other and is much slower paced and affords you time to ponder and work a scene, i.e. walk around it, take your time to observe, try various angles, etc; your subject isn’t going anywhere or constantly evolving at speed, unlike documentary photography which has much more of an edge to it.
Our Labrador has been a little rouge this past week. He has a towel which he carries around in his mouth (aka his “foo foo”) and has done so since he was a puppy. Goodness knows how many old towels he has gone through these past 3 years. He likes to chew the labels off and spits them out just wherever. I hate having to wash his towel and hang it out to dry—it’s really embarrassing with all its frayed edges and there’s holes where he’s chewed it to bits.
This week, he decided he wanted to change his “foo foo” for one of my “good” towels which I found lying out in the garden under a tree this morning. He also stole socks and tried to make off with a t-shirt which he helped himself to from the wash basket. He hangs around me when I’m hanging out the laundry and when my back’s turned, he helps himself to anything in the basket (usually smaller items like underwear and socks). He loves to run around the garden tossing his “prize” in the air and showing off to the anyone passing by. He’s some dog, but I wouldn’t swap him for the world. He makes me smile every.single.day and is very affectionate.
Above is a rare moment re: our boy relaxing in the back garden with his well-chewed bone. He has a toy basket with various toys, but it’s this old bone plus an old green ball which are his absolute favourites.
Today we purchased our boy a pet puzzle dish from Lidl’s which has compartments to hide tasty bits and treats behind. It was so funny watching him try to sniff out the hidden treats. At one point I thought he’d eat the toy itself until he got the hang of it, but once he did suss things out, there was no stopping him. That’s my boy!
I baked a lemon cake yesterday and we had some of it with our afternoon cuppa. It was very tasty. Hubby doesn’t normally eat lemon cake, but I didn’t have to force his hand with this one…. in fact he had double helpings and I ended up having to hide it out of site for another day!
I need to buy some more lemons and make a few more of these cakes to pass around our neighbours. It’s a nice way to let them know we are still thinking about them in these times. I bought some proper cake tin cases to edge the tin before baking my next cakes—this prevents the cake sticking to the edge of the tin whilst baking. I didn’t have any for this cake and had to grease the tray instead; having the cake tin cake cases next time will be so much better, making it a lot easier to remove from the tin as well once the cake is baked.
175g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
175g butter or baking margarine
3 medium eggs
2 tbsp milk
lemon zest from 2 lemons or 1 tbsp “instant” bottled lemon juice
Juice of 2 lemons, strained, or 60ml bottled lemon juice
115g caster sugar
Preheat oven to 180c, 160c fan, gas mark 4.
Grease and base line a 1lb loaf tin or use a 1lb tin cake case which you can purchase in Lidl’s.
Place all ingredients into a food processor (or bowl) and beat together until smooth. Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour (check around the 45 minute mark using a skewer or cake tester).
I cheated and used shop bought lemon icing rather than making my own (time saver) and it tasted good too.
Some of the local schools clubbed together and published a recipe book to raise funds for the NHS recently. I received a copy through the letterbox a few nights ago from one of the families close by. These kind gestures make us feel very much a part of the community.
Hot, hot…. NOT!
Today (Thursday) we were supposed to be the hottest part of the UK according to the BBC weather channel last night. I woke up thinking “great” this was going to be a day for the garden and eating al fresco in the evening.
I jumped out of bed and flung open the bedroom curtains….but deary me! Instead of beautiful sunshine, it’s dull and overcast and it must have been raining during the night as well because the paths and grass are soaking wet. Ah well, on a brighter note, at least we won’t have to water the garden!
Well that’s another week’s journaling. It’s been a quick week yet again here on the NE coast despite it being an ordinary kind of week. Until next journal post, stay safe and well peeps. Bye for now.