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A day in the life: Sunday

Continuing my occasional series in the spirit of  ‘full-disclosure’ here (well, as full as it’s going to get), here is an edited- for- privacy version of what is being recorded in my diary here at home:

Bette 5S asked me recently for the recipe I used to do for Tomato and Lentil Dahl with Toasted Almonds.  I found one – but it was definitely not the one so loved of this family.  This morning I looked again through my collection of recipe books and found the Real McCoy – hence the link to my recipe pages. I haven’t done this for ages and as it made my mouth water just typing it up, I think maybe I should do it again.

I keep meaning to get back to ‘real cooking’ but in the last few weeks I’ve struggled with the emotions of living in a seriously stirred house and it’s making me feel inordinately tired, not to mention fed up.  The book that this recipe came from is a heavy tome, under-used by me, and so well worth dipping into again.  When our visitors this week have been and gone, the carpeting guys have been and gone for the umpteenth and final time, and the house has some semblance of order again, I think I’ll try a few more of these vegetarian recipes.


No.  This is not funny.  We worked for most of the day again on clearing the dining room – carefully sorting, wrapping and packing away precious pieces.  I’m knackered and more than a little overwhelmed.  We virtually have no space to move things to now and it’s pretty depressing.

We can’t go on like this so I’ve come up with a strategy:


  • I’m hiring the largest skip (dumpster) available and we’re having a massive garage clearout.
  • I will phone the carpet guys and delay the fitting of the final room (my study) by another two weeks – giving us a month to prepare between the last two rooms.
  • I will try to research lockable storage cabinets for the (newly tidied) garage….cabinets in which to store some of the precious bits from my parents’ house that have so broken the back of our usual Feng Shui calm and simplicity.

I want calm restored to this house.

I want to be free of tradesmen.

I want to, once again, freely access all areas of my home (which means spending time ‘acclimatising’ the kittens to the big wide world outside).

I want to, once again, have a thoroughly clean home (which means dealing with all of the above).

I want to go on holiday and lie quietly in the sun (frustratingly, we have to wait some weeks yet for that).

By the way, just to illustrate the tone of today, having only just finished packing away stuff in the dining room and feeling pooped and emotionally strung out, we came through to find that one of the cats had puked on our bed …. on our brand new Yves Delorme sheets.




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Explain please

World issuesCan I begin with a Disclaimer in order to pre-empt anyone who automatically wishes to hurl abuse at me for having the temerity to question a ‘green issue’.

I’ve been interested in environmental issues all my life: A long term member of environmental groups, campaigned on environmental issues, and even done my bit here at home for the last umpteen years by recycling where possible (initially extremely difficult because recycling facilities were, when I started, as rare as hens’ teeth) and running two (that’s two mind) compost bins.  All this was at a time when most people were totally ignorant of what was going on around them. I know this because when I talked to others about things that were upsetting me in the world, they looked at me as though I’d completely lost my mind.  

What I’m saying is, I’m not one of these evangelical ‘Johnny-Come-Lately’ types that is around every corner now waggling a disapproving finger.  If I make utterances on environmental issues here therefore, it is not from a position of ignorance. 

OK, so end of Disclaimer, here’s the thing….  Yesterday my husband and I loaded up our gas guzzler car and went down to the town dump to deliver the bottles, plastics and newspapers that we have dutifully collected to the recycling banks.  The place was heaving with fellow citizens doing likewise, all of whom had indivually filled up the back of their gas guzzlers cars and driven from all over the surrounding area to do their bit for the environment.  In a couple of weeks time we’ll all be back on our green pilgrimage again but in the meantime, a different set of people will be driving their cars for the sole purpose of delivering rubbish to the rubbish dump.   

Every time I’m down there, this system strikes me as totally barmy because we had a far more efficient solution to the problem before the hysterical Green Schmean brigade jumped on the bandwagon.  It was called ‘a weekly refuse collection’.  We paid for it in the past, we still pay for it and it still happens, except that with no reduction in price we are receiving a seriously reduced service as we are all forced to become armchair experts on recycling and to dispose of our own rubbish.  

Explain to me please…in what way is it more efficient for us all to sift through our rubbish and for us all to individually make car journeys down to the dump?  When weekly refuse collection continues to happen anyway, doesn’t it make more sense, once a week for modern, energy efficient trucks to collect all waste?  And wouldn’t it make more sense for someone who is a trained expert to sort that rubbish into its’ recycling components…. someone, for instance, who has been officially told the answer to that eternal conundrum here in the UK: is a waxed milk carton: card, paper or…something else?  (We’re told that just one item mis-filed in the wrong bin can bring the machinery grinding to a halt, so it is rather important).  

I’m just saying…that’s all….


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