I awoke a little later than I wished today, but it didn’t matter. I got myself ready and headed out to do a little shopping at the not-so-local farm shop/garden centre.
I found myself a trug so I can go collecting edible goods from around the fields and when not in use as foraging kit, it doubles as a fruit basket. Next on my list was a spring release cake tin, but they were too expensive, so a trip to Wilkinsons is on the cards for Monday after my hospital appointment.
Next a quick stop at the butcher and I acquired a small haggis (I do like it, but am unsure as to how the southern style will compare with the authentic recipes from over the border), some salt beef/corned silverside slices, a small rolled shoulder of lamb, a sage and onion stuffed pork chop, and three ginger and spring onion sausages.
Then it was on to the grocery section and I treated myself to some Black Bomber cheese (a personal favourite), cornish clotted cream, local organic milk, four gigantuan bramley apples, bananas, some brandy and apple sauce for the chop (though I had planned to make my own), and several bottles of Lemon, Lime & Bitters all the way from Bundaberg, Queensland. It’s my all-time favourite soft drink from home and, chilled, it’s almost divine.
By the time I left the complex the rain had stopped; the temperature had risen and I was feeling rather warm in my raincoat. Back home and a quick drop in to Marks & Spencer for some crackers for the cheese.
As I was driving up the path towards the house, I noticed a large collection of mushrooms, standing tall, on the north lawn. Rather than put my shopping indoors immediately, I retrieved my Samsung camera from my handbag and headed over to take some pictures as the sun was still hanging around. As I made my way across the courtyard I was spotted and was soon followed by the dogs: Tess, Henny and Body (short for Boudiccea). I found it difficult to take any good photographs as the girls immediately pounced everytime I lay on the grass to get a good shot. I found myself fending off snuffing noses, licking tongues and scratchy claws trying to wrestle. Tess, being obsessed with having her picture taken, immediately stood in front of the lens wherever I aimed it. After some bribery, lots of cuddles and wrestles and a kick around with a forlorn soccer ball, I finally managed to get some photographs, but I was not happy with what I produced so resolved to return on Sunday and hoped the mushrooms would not deteriorate.
I retrieved the groceries and put them away and sat down to enjoy some of my Cornish Cruncher cheese with some Dandelion & Burdock to wash it down with. I realised the light was still good and retrieved the Canon DSLR and went back to take photographs, but I was deceived; the sun had set. I took some sunset shots with mushrooms and one of two sunflowers I found in the field, but any good pictures may not be taken until tomorrow.
The only downside to the day was I had no idea the new series of “Mad Men” was being repeated tonight and I caught only the last three minutes. Still, I was compensated as the grilled pork chop, accompanied by beans and mashed pumpkin and potato was delectable. If only I had taken the time to make a small apple crumble for desert, but I attempted to upload the photographs instead and that took hours using the mobile internet connection.
Tomorrow, I may shock my sister by attempting to make a crumble, bake some bread rolls, and maybe cook another meal: I’m thinking the lamb. Of course, I will need to telephone my sister, in Australia, to get the instructions, but I am sure she won’t mind as she knows she is far the superior cook and is always trying to encourage me.
So, today was food day: bought and explored in the garden; tomorrow may be a day for baking and cooking and, if the weather holds, photography (again).