Monday, April 6, 2009

I have a new Oven.

I have a new oven at last. it's very high tech and fits very nicely into our kitchen. I would in an ideal world have liked an Aga or something like that but space and the cost put that out of my range. Tony has worked so hard on all the alterations and decorations, I am very luck lady.
I have not actually used the oven, as yet! I was going to earlier today but after scrutinising the knobs and buttons I realized that the oven (hereafter referred to as 'the beast') is digital and it was not just a case of a button to turn it on/off and a button to select the temperature. Need a read of the instructions me thinks.

I have been re-arranging the kitchen into working zones. Kettle under the cupboard holding cups, by the tea and coffee. Baking/bread making area with all ingredients in one cupboard. Area for preparing veg etc. It's a slow process but I am finding it a more relaxed way of working. Tomorrow I am going to tackle an overhaul of the stockpile.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bit of a beast.

All in all I enjoyed myself very much in Australia. Being warm all the time puts a totally different take on things and of course not having to go to work. One or two things seem strange at the beginning, not having a long dawn and dusk was certainly odd. Being used to taking our summer walks in the evening before darkness sets in here in Cornwall. We would set out in brilliant sunshine and before we had got to the end of the beach it was dark. Warm but dark.

The wild life was not nearly such a problem as I had imagined or was it that my dear darling husband had been winding me up, me suspects. Of course the old mozzie screens were needed to keep the pesky things out at night and the flies out in the day time. Not that flies were a great problem as we were so near the beach. I didn't see any spiders indoors but there was one Huntsman downstairs when I arrived. Not as big as had imagined and it didn't move so all was well there.

We did meet a few of these little beauties in giant webs, often stretching across paths or between trees. Sorry if the image is not that clear but that was as close as I was going to go.

The family weren't very keen on it either.

On a duck hunt.

The Granddaughter requested that I "go say hello to the ducks" when I returned home. This afternoon I have been on a duck hunt but it seemed those pesky duck didn't like the lovely sunshine. Plenty of seagulls, a few crows collecting for their nests but not a duck to be seen.

The sun was shining, there were many people on the beach as I walked by. A few brave souls have actually ventured into the water, well only up to their ankles but never the less in the sea.

My Father used to say it's not summer until you can put your foot on three daisies. Well I hope these are an omen of what is to come.

At last their they were Mr and Mrs Duck but not very sociable today and were soon off in the direction of a family with a full bag of bread. I did pass on Millsie's regards and they quacked back but as I don't speak Mallard very well I'm not sure of their reply. Hope it wasn't impolite.