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21 Feb

21 baggage

The lurgi has left me but I’m getting tired very easily and although I had good intentions to go to life drawing this evening, I’m too shattered. So I drew a pile of bags that I’d dumped on the floor instead. I’m so slovenly. I used Pentel V5 and Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into my blue silk recycled A6 sketchbook, which only has a few blank pages left.

Husb is glad I’m missing life drawing tonight because he can pile into the Victoria Sandwich I made to take with me.

Victoria Sandwich

I filled it with home-made strawberry butter. Which doesn’t contain butter; it’s a Victorian preserve made by sieving cooked fruit and boiling the pulp with sugar, in the same way as jam. The result has a buttery texture and is great for filling sponge cakes. It turns a lovely dark purple, not at all like the vivid pink of raw strawberries.

Pants And Preserves

16 Dec

16 pants

I’m a grumpy old git and proud of it. Honestly, I sound just like my Dad did back in the day. Husb and I were battling through the Xmas crowds in the city centre yesterday and got stuck behind these two young lads, wearing these RIDICULOUS trousers without belts or braces so that we get an eyeful of their underpants and bumcracks while the hems of their jeans scrape the floor! How ridiculous!  These particular ones had handles riveted to the back, just below the beltloops, so you can hang the little idiots up on a hook when they get under their Mams feet. And they moved so SLOWLY! Because the crotch of their pants was down around their knees. So they had to shuffle! I drew this from memory. The sight is seared into the back of my eyelids!

Anyway, today was far more productive. Because of the torrential rain I decided to stay in the kitchen and make loads of preserves with the fruit in the freezer that we grew in the summer. Four jars of bramble jelly, four of spicy redcurrant jelly, four of berry butter, four of rhubarb chutney and a bottle of spiced blackcurrant cordial. Lovely.

16 preserves

That’s a few Xmas presents sorted 🙂

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