Three Good Things #21

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Three Good Things, a celebration of the small things that bring joy to my everyday.

One.

Snail mail

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?

 

Two.

hands in a heart shape

 

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.

Three.

overgrown allotment

 

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? 

4 Responses to Three Good Things #21

  1. Anna says:

    I used to have an allotment and the words “allotment inspection” just made me shudder! It will be really satisfying when you get around to pulling up those trailing mats of buttercup, but I know how it feels when you feel all you are doing is weeding! X
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    • Elizabeth says:

      Allotment inspection strikes fear into my heart! It’s going to be a wonderful part of the plot when it’s down but right now it’s driving me nuts. Cannot wait to be rid of the buttercup!

  2. Lisa says:

    Lovely post Elizabeth! I’ve been cooking with one of my daughters a lot this past week but this is a good prompt to involve them all a bit more deliberately. We can get to spoon carving the veggies haha!

    What’s allotment inspection? We don’t have anything like that here I don’t think? (NZ)
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    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello! I think my daughter tends to eat more veggies if she’s done the cooking herself! Allotment inspection is done by the town council who I rent the land from. They check to make sure you’re using it properly, because there is a huge waiting list for allotment plots. If you’re not working the land enough, you get asked to leave… Eek!

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