Thursday, 25 August 2011
smoke gets in your eyes
I really like this particular one of a clivea near the front security door. The colour is fairly true and I like the concentration on the details of the flowers.
Last Saturday we had a family birthday lunch at son's on central coast. There are several of us who have birthdays from late July to early September, so we decided combined lunch was the way to go. As it happened, my birthday was actually last Saturday so it was a good choice. I went up the day before and stayed overnight. DIL is a hairdresser and did my hair with loads of blonde foils. Totally different from normal, quite striking but something else I really like.
Beautiful day but freezing. Son wore heavy jacket and an alpaca beanie I had knitted while doing the BBQ. The wind was cold but all the cousins ran around madly and jumped on the trampoline and so on. They hadn't seen each other for a while, so they really enjoyed themselves and there were no accidents and scraped knees etc.
We had a fire inspection here a week ago of fire alarm, door closer and condition of front door which is a fire door . The chap who did it said everyone complains about the alarm's sensitivity to cooking. Better safe than sorry, I suppose, but I turn fan onto high and open a door if I grill or dry fry food. That's a bit much in cold weather.
So now I can cook on the BBQ and close the vents when finished. That will put out the heat beads and they can be relit another time if unused.
I was coming back in the train, so left the BBQ for #1 son to bring back in their car. He's vastly improved although he still gets pain, but he's off crutches and his little bike/scooter. However, while they live ten minutes from here by car, their car has only two seats. It's a little Citroen Berlingo van. There have been short drives when he has sat in the back, well down out of sight but I wouldn't et him do that now. So I came home by train.
I've rearranged kitchen a bit and moved microwave down to bench. I don't like it there, but it's much more convenient and certainly safer for getting hot stuff out of it.
Kenwoods such as I had are now about $1500. I nearly choked when I saw the price although I think my first one was $300 a very long time ago. There is an unattractive smaller model which I didn't like and that was over $800. This comes with a DVD for instructions and a CD-ROM of recipes.
The author has a horror of throwing out bread, so there also recipes and ideas for using stale bread.
SO I'm making bagels. I have forgotten to take photos but may take some of the finished product if I'm satisfied with the way they look.
And knitting? Well, not much to be honest. I'm going to frog the shawl that I started. It's really not suitable wool for the purpose although I love the colour. I've done a bit on the sock but my hands have been sore and I jabbed the end of middle right finger and it's also sore.