Friday, 7 May 2021

Timely Blossom

My apple blossom is now almost over. The pear blossom was finished a few days ago. This is the first year for quite a while that the fruit trees have blossomed close to the time gardening books say they should. Presumably stimulated by global warming, they've been coming into bloom rather ealier. Last year pear blossom appeared in March.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Welcom Spring Sunshine!

When I set out for the shops today I was wearing a light overcoat, but I soon took it off and put it in my shopping trolley, and still felt quite hot by the time |I got home. It was my first outing this year without an overcoat.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Strange Prices

Yesterday I wanted some single cream. I was surprised to find that 300 ml cost 75p, but 150ml cost 70p. Having reistered the anomaly and my surprise I can think of no furher comment.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Compensation for a Cold Spring

This year my daffodils have lasted for an unusually long time. Moderately mild weather brought them into flower in February, and a chilly March and early April preserved them. They are fading now, but they still provide some splashes of yellow to brighten the garden. Grape hyacinths and some other bulbs whose names I've forgotten, have also lasted well, though the crocusses and snowdrops are long gone.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Lime and Lemon Marmalade

A few weeks ago it occurred to me that although I've made marnalade with various citrus fruit, either alone or in combination, I'd never tried lime and lemon. So last week I tried it and was delighted with the result - quite sharp but also sweet and fruity. I think it may be my favourite marmalade.

Recommended quantities are limes 1, lemons 1, water 1, white sugar 3. Wash the fruit, halve each one and put in a saucepan with the cold water. Heat very gently - I use the lowest setting on my electric hob. Check from time to time. With about 1 kg of fruit and 500 ml of water it took about an hour to come to the boil. I let it simmer until the fruit was soft. Allow to cool. Remove the fruit from the liquid and remove pips. Strain the liquid to remove pips from that, and then put fruit and liquid together through a blender. Then heat with sugar in the usual way. It sets extremely easily. I think that limes must be very rich in pectin.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Daylight Saving, Saving

The tedious part of changing the clocks is changing my wrist watch. The process requires pressing several buttons in the correct order and the buttuns are stiff, often requiring both hands to produce a response.

Last time we put the clocks back I left my watch alone. Apart from the bathrooom and utility roon every room in the house has a time piece of some sort - so I wear a watch only on my twice weekly shopping expeditions when I've just subtracted an hour from the time shown on the watch. Now my watch shows the same time as every other timepiece. I'll just need to remember not to subtract an hour from the time shown.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Qualified Pride in my MP

Neil O'Brien MP for Harborough has been 'sanctioned' by the Chinese Government for criticising that Government's persecution of minorities. I feel quite proud to be one of his constituents. I disagree with many of his policies, he did, for instance, support the Government's idiotic 'Eat Out to Help Out' campaign to revive the epidemic just when it seemed to be slowing down, but I'm still proud to have an MP who's been denounced by the odious bunch of Socialist hypocrites who rule China.

Friday, 26 March 2021

Twice Jabbed

I had my second corona virus vaccinnation this afternoon. After more than seven hours I've experienced no ill effects.

Monday, 22 March 2021

Celebrating Video Recordings

When I first saw pictures of recent riots in Bristol I was inclined to wish aremed police could have shot the lot. Then I realised that would have created a bad precedent and invited comparisions with toxic states such as Myanmar. I now realise that the police have numerous video recordings of events and can from time to time release clips from these inviting people to identify the culprits, as the Americans are doing with the rioters who attacked Congress early in the year. An advantage of that policy is that the guilty will be kept in suspense, wondering if they are to be exposed.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Long Lived Wallflowers

Wallflowers are usually considered biennials, planted in the Autumn to flower, and then be composted, the following year. Two years ago, instead of discarding all my wallflowers, I kept one, just pruning it as one would a rather leggy shrub. The following year it was much larger and flowered much more profusely that the plants put in the previous Autumn, so last Autumn I kept all my wallflowers, pruning them instead of discarding them. Having survived a distinctly cold spell in February they are now all thriving as little shrubs and are covered in buds.

There are some special variants of the wallflower that are sold as perrennials, but mine were ordindary garden centre generic wallflowers. It appears that all wallflowers are perennial.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

A Perverse Demonstration

The Metropolitan Police are being condemned for trying to disperse a demonstration on Clapham Common. A picture I saw showed hundreds of people very close together. They appeared to be mourning the death of a murder victim by spreading the covid 19 virus as widely as possible. I wonder how many more deaths will result from the gathering.

Had I been in charge of the police at the scene I'd have been inclined to fire tear gas grenades into the middle of that crowd to disperse it.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Twelve Months Without a Bus Ride

Yesterday ended the twelfth successive month during which I did not use any form of public transport. Somewhere I still have a ticket issued on 27 February 2020 kept as a souvenir of my last bus journey.