Breakfast didn’t quite go according to plan. I was going to treat Julia to avocados on toast with poached eggs. It’s not much of a breakfast but she likes that sort of stuff. Unfortunately the avocados were starting to brown and didn’t look good.I cut a few bits off, mashed it up with lime juice and green bits and it is now waiting to be spread on toast for lunch. It is just about acceptable like that, both in colour and as a foodstuff.
Plan B was poached eggs, beans, and sourdough toast. Still a bit trendy for my liking but such is life. Life can’t all be sausage, bacon and black pudding. Well, it could be, but I’d like to retain the use of my arteries for a while longer.
Unfortunately the eggs were also a little past their use by date and the first one spread across the whole pan. The second was OK, but the mess was made. Although one looked like an egg, with a degree runniness to the yolk (again – something she likes) the other looked like a yellow blot. That’s the trouble with advance ordering in lockdown.
We seem to be commemorating the Battle of Britain this week and there were some insultingly easy quiz questions on TV this morning. That set me off looking at trivia about the Italian Air Force in the Battle of Britain (yes, they were there) followed by biplanes in WW2 (yes, there were some), Jeremy Vine, the Curse of Strictly Come Dancing and, finally, about SMART Planning.
I have to admit that I haven’t heard of all the ‘celebrities’ caught by the curse and, as Rachel Riley and Pasha have just had a child I’m not sure it’s really a curse. As all parents will know, it’s a mixed blessing, but not really a curse.
That’s the trouble with ‘working from home’ (as I am describing today, because I have things to do) – always so much distraction, plus cooking and washing up.
Just before I sat down to start work the post arrived. It contains notice of a planning application from the people next door who want to extend their lower storey half way across their drive to accommodate a downstairs toilet and extended kitchen. It will involve noise, disruption and, possibly, a loss of light, but on the other hand it won’t really affect us in the long run and I can’t be bothered to object.
It took me half an hour to find the plans online (the letter from the council lists a council webpage that no longer exists) download the plans and examine them.
Considering that they have asked me to cut down a tree in the garden because it shades some of their garden for some of the day, I can’t help feeling that I’d like the same concern from them relating to the light in my kitchen. Such is life.
It’s now 12.23 and the last phase of my day has not really seen anything that could be described as work. Oh dear!
Do you really have to work so hard?
Pressure makes diamonds. 🙂 (I heard that on Celebrity Masterchef tonight!).
Yes, I think that’s what I learned in Chemistry. That’s why they don’t look like coal.
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Maybe some bargaining with the neighbours is in order regarding trees and objections.
We are giving the matter some thought, though I don’t imagine we could stop them anyway…
Something to browse?
Thanks for the link. I think we will be OK for light as it will be one storey and only come halfway across their drive – hardly worth doing in some ways. I’m 50/50 on objecting at the moment.
I first read about Ancient Lights in either the Dandy or The Beano
I thought it must have been from your interest in Old London. But the Dandy and Beano are fine sources too.
They were, indeed.
We haven’t yet gotten on to the avocado bandwagon. But we are thinking that day is approaching…
There are pros and cons – convenient, tasty and healthy versus air miles etc (our nearest ones are Israel or Mexico I believe.
Always trade-offs, it seems. Recently, we bought a bag of riced cauliflower that came from Italy. Yikes! But it was the most economical way to buy it. Crazy, isn’t it?
I wouldn’t have thought the USA, with is land and climate variation, would have to import any vegetables. I live and learn!