These days, excitement comes in the form of two things: deliveries, and food. Deliveries of food are even better, and so I treated myself to a 3 kg box of tomatoes from here and had a lot of fun cooking and eating them.
We had caprese salad in the sun outside...
...roasted them on the vine to eat with harissa lamb shanks and couscous...
...layered them with mozzarella and pesto on top of toasted muffins...
...made umpteen salads....
...made a quiche with bacon and cheddar...
...and roasted them to make a sauce for pasta.
Would you look at those colours? Just gorgeous. For the sauce, I roasted the tomatoes with garlic and a couple of courgettes that needed eating up, then just transferred the lot to a bowl where I blitzed it with a stick blender. I added a little balsamic vinegar and seasoning then poured it over the pasta.
Other excitement occasionally comes in the form of Leaving The House. Last Saturday was possibly the most action packed day in some time. It began when I had to leave the house to go food shopping, and wore make-up and earrings.
It was the first time I'd worn earrings in about six weeks. Then, we had a family quiz via Zoom in the afternoon (so much fun!) before Zoom margaritas with my friend Abigail in the evening. Funny, I'd never heard of Zoom six weeks ago, and now it's how I conduct my social life.
After a very long, slightly depressing week in which in rained a lot, that day was the best pick me up.
My tulips are just beginning to go over, so I picked a few along with some other flowers from the garden and put them in the bathroom. I love flowers in the bathroom, and on the bedside table too. You get so much unexpected pleasure from them.
I didn't grow these stocks though. I bought them in Waitrose at the weekend and they smell incredible.
Home school has been going a lot better for this one. As well as his daily lessons/activities, his teacher has set extra tasks like make someone a cup of tea or tidy and vacuum your bedroom. I heartily approve of these tasks and fully support them.
Spending this much time at home means I am constantly looking at corners and trying to sort out piles of junk, find better storage, that sort of thing.
This corner of the kitchen is a continual dumping ground. I have tried to tidy away a fair bit of the clutter and make it work a bit better, and I bought a few storage crates from here to hold fruit and vegetables that don't need to be in the fridge. I love the colours so much.
I also got a few in the medium size to hold my craft things. There's one WIP in each, nice and accessible. This makes me very happy.
It's important I keep John busy (although I'm not sure he'd agree) and so I asked him to hang my round shelf in the living room behind the sofa. I was very specific about exactly where the hole should go, I even drew a little cross on the wall.
Then I realised that it was too high and the shelf didn't sit right. He was thrilled, as you can imagine. He did drill me another hole six inches lower, and but drew the line at filling, sanding and painting over the first hole, which is fair enough really.
Finally - and this is very exciting! - I have started an embroidery project. I am going to make an alphabetical sampler to commemorate this strange time we find ourselves in.
I am not celebrating this time, it's not a holiday, but equally it is exceptional and unprecedented and there are parts of it I don't want to forget.
Also, this kind of hand sewing is very soothing and good for my mental health. I found a piece of nice linen that I bought for a different cross stitch project and never used, and it's perfect. I did the letters in cross stitch but the rest of the motifs will be a mixture of satin stitch, chain stitch, maybe a little bit of applique...whatever takes my fancy.
Can you guess what A is for? It looks huge here but it's about 1 x 3 cm so quite little really. I am having a lot of fun deciding what to sew, although the letters "i", "o" and "u" have proven tricky.
Anything exciting happening where you are?