Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Three Good Things, a celebration of the small things that bring joy to my everyday.
Happy post! It’s just such a pleasure to receive something uplifting in amongst the usual bills and circulars. Yesterday, we received our first postcard from Stephen on his cycle tour, an invitation to the launch of a new exhibition—Tom Frost’s The Wild Collection— at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a letter and drawing from Kishan, the little boy I sponsor through Plan. Each of these things made me smile on what had been a challenging day, juggling work and family commitments. I love good old fashioned snail-mail, don’t you?
The first of our Tuesday Teatimes! I decided that, each Tuesday after school, I would cook dinner with the kids. We’ve always spent quite a lot of time together in the kitchen, but I’ll be honest, it was mostly baking. Which isn’t going to be as useful when they go off to live independently as knowing how to properly feed themselves. I know, they’re only little, but there’s no time like the present! So together we made Sweet and Sour Chicken and Eton Mess. I’m teaching them how to use a knife, how to read recipes, how to measure out tablespoons’ worth of ingredients (soy sauce, vinegar, tomato puree and pineapple juice all go into the sauce) and then how to tidy up afterwards! It was really enjoyable and a way to get them to try new food too. If you’ve any ideas of websites or blogs with easy to follow recipes, I’d really like to know.
This rather beautiful buttercup meadow is actually the bottom of my allotment! If you peer closely, you might just be able to make out rhubarb and raspberries. Because I refuse to use chemicals on it, and haven’t had the cash to buy a giant piece of plastic to cover it (carpet disintegrates and leaches chemicals, so I don’t use it) it’s turned into this. The bane of my life. But yesterday, a lovely friend came and cut the whole lot back. Now it is under control, I can manage it with a small strimmer until I get the chance to dig it and put in the fruit bushes that are planned. You have no idea how happy it makes me to have finally taken charge of it. One less reason to worry about allotment inspection time, phew! …
What’s making you happy this week?