I've decided that I'm going to 'do' something every day I'm off. Obviously I do the normal stuff like the washing/ hoovering/ shouting at the kids/ knitting but I'm also going to do other things, it might just be tidying out a drawer that has sat for a long time filling to bursting or some gardening.
So here we go, this week I have.
Monday: Food shopping, boring but we gotta eat.
Tuesday: Made cottage cheese.
This was really easy and good fun.
There are loads of recipes out there, this is what I did.
The milk should NOT be homogenised, most supermarket milk is, mine came from a local diary.
(When milk is homogenised it is sprayed through filters which breaks up the fat and therefore keeps longer.)
Bring 2 litres of milk not quite to the boil so it bubbles but doesn't boil.
Take it off the heat, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for every 600ml.
Stir and it will become lumpy.
Strain and you get curds and whey.
Eat! It'll keep for a few days in the fridge. Mine had a lemon tang ~ I might have used a bit too much juice ~ having said that I liked it.
Wednesday: Undercoat the back door. It's not been painted since we moved in 12 years ago when it was a much brighter blue.
Dunno what colour it will be yet, but undercoat is a start.
Thursday: Fruit picking with Miss Clicky.
I had the need to make jam.
We went to a local pick your own.
I was surprised to find the raspberries growing in pots.
The strawberries are planted in grow bags up on stilts so no bending over. Not the massive fruit you see in the supermarkets but really tasty.
Miss Clicky amongst the strawberries.
We came back with a basket of strawberries and one of raspberries.
They didn't all go into the jam ~ some for tea too.
I made one batch of raspberry.
What a fabby colour.
Friday: Morning made one more batch of raspberry and one of strawberry. Had a taste, there's always some leftover which goes in the Tupperware pot, to be eaten straight away.
It won't win any awards ~ the strawberry was quite scummy even after all the butter I added ~ but tastes it lovely, even if I do say so myself.
A motley crew of jars, they all tend to go into recycling these days, so this was the best I could find.
Friday: Afternoon went to Witney over the border in Oxfordshire with Mr Clicky. Not content with slightly damaging the iPad the other week, I went for a full on break this time, it went to be repaired.
I dropped it on this cobblers last ~ cast iron, size 5c in case you wondered ~ which is used as a door stop. I had it in my hand with the smart cover folded back, the magnet couldn't hold it properly and it slid off.
Saturday: Morning sorted out all my toiletries and chucked away lots. Mint shower gel. Supposed to 'wake you up', feels like it's removing your skin. None of the Clicky gang will use it. Gone.
Saturday: Afternoon went to knitting group ~ it's a hard job but someone has to do it.
A few weeks ago I changed my phone. Here's my old faithful Nokia, good for phoning people, that's about it.
I was after a phone with a good camera, so this is it. Samsung Galaxy Ace, a cracking piece of kit that does more things than I could possibly imagine. The strawberry picking pictures were taken with it.
I'm very pleased with it.
Phew! A long post, sorry if I've kept you too long.
Can I keep up the doing?
Can I keep up the doing?
As always, have fun and I'll see you soon.