I decided to do three or four short posts today by way of a change. I did about 1,500 words last night, which now need editing, and I am looking for a change of pace.

It’s just after 7.00 and I have been watching a programme about canals. I like canals but I’m too rickety to start canal cruising now. I will have a short daydream tonight about how I should have started 30 years ago, then I will switch over to the lottery winner daydream. Β If I win the lottery I can buy a luxury narrow boat and a crew to do all the work. Sounds like a workable system.

Julia is currently on some sort of technological miracle that allows various people to squawk at her, even though it’s several hours after the end of her working day. It’s going to be fun when she goes back to work if they all insist on ringing her in the evening too.

Time to start cooking now, but I’m not sure what to have.

We have some breaded chicken which I bought because I was fed up with high-quality healthy ingredients. It was cheap and, after eating the first half of the packet, it seems to be value for money. Didn’t cost much, tastes like eating a pan scourer.

There is also the remains of last week’s gammon joint, which has already provided two meals, and a large bag of ready cut stir-fry vegetables which have come with noodles and sauce as a special deal.

Then there are the ratatouille and baked potato options, the veggie curries and the stews…

So much food.

Decision time. Gammon wins, on the grounds that if I leave it too long it has the power to kill me. And it’s easy to throw some veg in the oven and walk away instead of fiddling about with loads of ingredients.

That’s 311 words, so it’s quite a long snapshot.

Photo is a Green Woodpecker from our farm days.

24 thoughts on “Snapshot

  1. Julia Davis-Coombs

    Love the green woodpecker. We get them here every year (they nest in the nearby cemetery), and I have also failed to ever get a good photo of them. Yours is better than any of mine!

    1. quercuscommunity

      Keep trying! One day you will get a good shot. This is the system I use for long-tailed tits and orange-tip butterflies. One day I will get a decent shot…

  2. Lavinia Ross

    I like the green woodpecker! Poor Julia, “It’s going to be fun when she goes back to work if they all insist on ringing her in the evening too.”. They probably will call her after hours.

    A heart vegetable soup is in the making here today. πŸ™‚

      1. Lavinia Ross

        Lovage is a good one for soups and stews too. I have a half-barrel of it growing, a large clump of it I was given years ago. Does well in this climate.

      1. LA

        πŸ˜‰since my husband is now eating lunch at home, and since I’m not even going to consider making his lunch…I bought him a bunch of frozen things he can heat up…he can pretty much manage the microwave and over, and my daughter showed him how t9 use the air fryer

    1. quercuscommunity

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ One of my regretsis that I have never managed to get a good clean picture of a Green Woodpecker. They were all taken through dirty windows or in bad light. However, there is still time…

      1. jodierichelle

        Birds are so hard to photograph! This guy is beautiful. That’s quite a beak.

        I feel you about the dinner decisions. Some nights, using what I have and turning it into something everyone will want to eat is just a bit much.

      2. quercuscommunity

        Yes, it can be tricky. And sometimes I’d be happy with soup but I feel I should do better.

        They are one of our more showy birds but quite shy.

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