This Week #9

Friday, June 09, 2017

Hello! Have you had a good week? It's been a tad disappointing weather wise, but it's been a productive and sociable week nonetheless. With three birthdays - Andy, his Mum, and my Dad - we've had a lot of family time that included a no-bake Malteser cheesecake, a Chinese take away, and several sirloin steaks.


I planted my hanging baskets. I waited weeks for my winter flowering pansies to stop looking so lovely and alive, so that I could declare them 'done'. I was finally able to do so this week, and turfed them out for some lovely trailing plants. I did love the pansies though and have decided to grow them from seed to plant in my hanging baskets in the autumn.

I made Elderflower gin. I can not wait to taste it in a few months time. I wanted to make some cordial and perhaps some elderflower delight too, but the recent wind and rain scuppered any chance of picking any decent flowers. I'll just have to wait and harvest the berries for more gin instead #everycloud

I voted

and I found a source of free books on my way home. The telephone box in our local village had been turned into an Info Box, and in it are a few shelves and a sign saying 'Please feel free to take a book', so I did. I'll return it, along with a few others, when I've finished reading it. I love that this sort of 'honesty box' mentality still exists, it really made me smile.

I ate an awful lot of lettuce. I planted too many seeds and now we have a more plants than we really know what to do with. I've given away one tray, and we're eating a huge amount of lettuce every lunchtime, and for supper too. Andy has had some for breakfast on a few occasions, I can't quite bring myself to do that. I love it, eating something I've grown myself feels like a little victory. I can't wait for the spring onions to be ready. And at least I'll know not to make the same mistake next year.

And now I'm looking forward to another Sunday cinema date with Andy, a craft and vintage market in my local town hall, trying a granola recipe, and indulging in some serious reading time.

What has been the highlight of your week?

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14 comments

  1. Elderflower gin sounds like it's going to be incredible! xx

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  2. I love that Info Box idea, it's a shame there aren't more of them about.

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    1. I have told a few friends about it and they say they have them in their villages too, hopefully it's spreading. It's such a great way to use old phone boxes rather than let them stand empty and slowly decay.

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  3. I do love a Maltezer cheesecake! What a lovely idea that Info Box is! There are similar projects here in Belgium. The highlights of my week: going to the hairdressers' for a cut and colour, and finding a gorgeous jacket, originally priced € 99,95 for just € 4 at a charity shop! xxx

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    1. Andy has already made a request for another one next year. I was so excited to find the Info Box, it's such a good idea, there is a lot of local info in there too.
      What a bargain! €4? What beats charity shopping, really?

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  4. I haven't heard of elderflower gin before it sounds lovely, I can't wait for the berries to come so I can make syrup and berry vodka. Despite all the Woodland around me in leafy Surrey elder trees are few and far between.

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    1. I strained it this morning and had a little taste, I think it's going to be delicious!
      I made an elderberry gin last year which is rather nice, a blackberry too. Being unable to decide which to drink is a lovely predicament to be in :)

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  5. Sounds like a perfect Sunday! Your elderflower gin will be delicious, and it's wonderful that you've had so much to celebrate recently. Long may it continue!

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    1. We didn't make it to the cinema, we cut our conifer hedge instead, which was actually a lot of fun, though it might not sound it :)

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  6. Happy Birthday to Andy, his Mum and your Dad.
    That info box is ace, it reminds me of some of the crazy stuff you find at festivals.
    Your Malteser cake looked brilliant and the granola sounds good, too.
    You're having more luck with lettuce than us, the bloody slugs!!
    Highlight of my week? Too hard to chose, possibly the right wing press being forced to eat their words after their lies about Jeremy Corbyn. xxx

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    1. It does have a festival vibe doesn't it?
      I am so sick of media lies, half truths, and alternative facts - so it was refreshing to see such support for Jeremy Corbyn. Still, not long until the next election... ;)
      xx

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  7. I love these little community libraries in telephone boxes, bus shelters and the like. I'd love to start one near me but, well, let's just say I don't live in an area where it would be appreciated/not be vandalised. Although I suppose if I never try, I'll never know... mmm off to do some plotting.

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    1. Worth a try, wouldn't it be fabulous if it took off!

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