Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Sweet Strawberries

I rarely buy strawberries, except occasionally as decoration for a trifle, but recently I did buy some, hoping they were locally grown. I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the hard, sour, although decorative, fruit I'd become resigned to, these were sweet and tender.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Out and About

For more than a year I have restricted myself to just two shopping expeditions per week. I've now increased that to three, hoping that more exercise will help to control my weight.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

More Praise for Zoom

On Tuesday the U3A's monthly meeting was held on Zoom. The speaker was a photographer displaying a collection of splendid photographs taken all over the world. In normal times we'd have met in a church hall and seen the pictures projcted on a screen of which only a few members of the audience would have had a clear uninterrupted view, and even those few would have seen only a rather poor rendering of the pictures. Using Zoom we could see bright high resolution pictures. We could also adjust the sound level until the speaker was clearly audible without deafening us.

I shall be very sad if we ever resume physicsl meetings

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Summer Clothes

Today, for the first time this year, I went shopping in my white Summer suit and Summer hat. Nothing remarkable happened during my excursion, but I still think it worth mentioning.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Shopping in the Sunshine

Today I wore my summer hat to go shopping, the first time I'd worn it this year. I also dispensed with a tie, but still felt a little hot. I may soon consider wearing my white summer suit.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

An Expensive Repair

Recently I had new heela put on an ancient but much loved pair of shoes. The repair cost £19-95. I can remember when new heels cost five shillings!

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Exploring Zoom

I've just found out how to use the Zoom whiteboard. It's quite a simple thing, allowing one to make freehand drawings, create a few standard shapes, enter text from the keyboard, and perform a few simple manipulations of whatever is on the screen, but it could still be useful.

Any reader who'd like to explore in my company should send me an email and I'll do my best to oblige.

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.