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  • Piglet wrote: »
    It's a beautiful day here, the sort of Orkney day that makes me wonder why I ever left ... :heart:
    Because most days aren't like that???

  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    We get more days like this than you might think! :)

    Had the ashes transferred to the right sort of canister, and had quite a long chat with the undertaker (who was in my class at school), then went for a lovely lunch with friends.

    We're now waiting for David's sister and brother-in-law to arrive - we heard the plane coming in as we were leaving our friends' house.
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  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    Thinking of you @Piglet.
  • Tomorrow we have a friend coming round to lunch. To avoid panic in the kitchen, I have made STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING ahead of time.

    I've been making quite a bit of this recently, not least because I managed to get hold of 12.5kg of organic dates for less than £20. One might say I'm at risk of becoming ... outdated.
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    Inundated, surely!
  • Thinking of you, @piglet
  • BroJames wrote: »
    Inundated, surely!

    That would, indeed, have been a better joke.
  • HelixHelix Shipmate
    Sending love to Piglet - and family.
  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    Hope everything went as you wanted it to @piglet. {{{hugs}}}.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    ... I managed to get hold of 12.5kg of organic dates ...
    Twelve and a half kilos of dates????? Crikey! :flushed: Mind you, I really don't like dates, and imho their only use is in sticky toffee pudding (not that I've ever made it myself).
    After a lovely but too-short few days in Orkney, I'm back home.

    The ash-scattering went as well as such a thing can - it was just myself, my brother and s-i-l and David's b-i-l, so when the eye leakage happened it didn't matter. We found a suitable spot in the graveyard, facing the east end of the Cathedral, I read the Nunc Dimittis and David's b-i-l recited the De Profundis ("Out of the deep have I cried unto Thee, O Lord ..."). I was finding myself hearing it in my head as if it were being sung to an Anglican chant, which was strangely comforting.

    The service was lovely; to say that the choir sang beautifully would be a huge understatement, and I think David would have been proud of them. The eulogy - given by David's former boss, who's also a good friend - was kind, generous and witty, and the whole thing was just perfect. It wasn't a huge congregation, but it was a very decent one, and there was some very pleasant socialising afterwards in a local hotel.

    Oh, and more GIN was consumed later with my dangerously-hospitable hosts ...

    It was a nice, easy trip south today - good crossing on the boat and we made really good time driving down (I actually slept for a good chunk of it).

    I'm not back to work until Friday, so I'm going to have a nice relaxing couple of days.

  • I’m glad it went well, Piglet. Do get some rest and recuperation over the next couple of days.

    A productive day with work admin, emails and forums this morning, several hours transcribing a research interview and a telephone tutorial. This evening we had a beef and veg rendang.
  • Yes, glad to hear the service etc. went as well as these occasions can be expected to.

    As instructed, put your trotters up for a day or two!
  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    That sounds a lovely way to remember David @piglet. Have a relaxing couple of days before work looms
  • CaissaCaissa Shipmate
    Glad it went well, Piglet.
  • Marvellous and moving.
  • NenyaNenya Shipmate
    Sounds like a lovely occasion @Piglet .

    We are just back from a few days in St David's with Nenlet1 and son in law. The weather wasn't great but we enjoyed time together, drank lots of wine and ate lots of chocolate. Mr Nen and I went to choral evensong at the cathedral on Sunday evening; it's a very long time since I've been to a service anything like that.
  • And a lovely place it is.
  • Piglet wrote: »
    ... I managed to get hold of 12.5kg of organic dates ...
    Twelve and a half kilos of dates????? Crikey! :flushed: Mind you, I really don't like dates, and imho their only use is in sticky toffee pudding (not that I've ever made it myself).

    That's my sole use for them too. I first tried it a few weeks ago, to Nigella's recipe:
    https://www.nigella.com/recipes/sticky-toffee-pudding
    Though we keep demerara in the house as our standard sugar so I just used that plus a more generous hand (spoon) with the treacle. It keeps very well so if you feel the need to, say, consume a batch over the course of a week it will be fine.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    It's not a bad day here in West Lothian - 12° and just enough wind to rustle the trees a bit.

    I'd more-or-less cleared out the fridge of fresh stuff before I went away, so an amble down to Tessie's was in order so that I could have some lunch (a smoked salmon omelette, since you ask). The weather stayed nice until I got back, but it's clouding over a bit now, and there's rain in the offing.
    In other news, while I was away, I acquired a Small Bear. There's a lady in Kirkwall who makes "memory" teddies - you bring some suitable material (it could be something like a shirt or jacket that had belonged to a loved one) and she turns it into a rather smart teddy-bear. In this case, it was an apron that the ladies of the Altar Guild in St. John's made for David when he arrived (a tradition they have for new members of staff) and which I brought back with me. The apron had his name in cross-stitch on the front, and I couldn't really incorporate it into the bear, so instead the lady embroidered a letter D on each foot for his initials.

    He's a very nice bear - in a rather fetching burgundy colour - and is now ensconced on one of my Orkney chairs. I'll have to keep an eye open for a little friend for him - it wouldn't be right to leave him on his own.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    That sounds most endearing @Piglet.

    Since it was not throwing it down (for a novelty) I spent most of the day in the garden, clearing the flowerbeds and planting bulbs. Having been grateful this year and last for pretty well anything that grew I've let some things go unchecked. However it's now time to curb their enthusiasm. So I've been thinning the monbretia, and digging out aquilegia and lemon balm. Plus all the weeds of course. I have about a third of the planting area tidied and partially mulched.

    I could be at this a while, since besides the bulbs I have in hand I'm still waiting on ones I ordered in September. The nursery assures me they will be sent when they are 'preened, primed and ready to plant'. Feel I should tell them they're intended for small back garden, not sodding catwalk.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I truly admire your energy, Firenze - gardening is far too much like hard work for my taste!
    As I had the oven on for making bread, I decided a BAKED POTATO with CHEESE would be the sensible thing to have for supper, and afterwards I had a few slices of the still-warm bread, with industrial quantities of BUTTER.
  • I really should find time for some gardening, there’s lots of weeding and clearing beds to do. I have some snowdrops and narcissi arriving soon, with gooseberry bushes to follow.

    Today was mainly admin followed by transcribing a research interview. Tea was fajitas made with spicy venison mince and a side order of seasoned fried veg, served with salsa, cheese and yoghurt.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I'm heading out to Kirkliston shortly to go with my nephew-in-law and the delightful Rosie to something called "soft play". Not sure what that is, but if it means I get to see Rosie, it'll be fun! :heart:
  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    Soft play is usually a bit like a padded paddling pool without the water. I really used to enjoy such things with my son when he was Rosie's age.
    Nice and sunny here. Husband has gone off for a cycle to nearest big town and I'm having a lazyish morning ahead of my bookshop volunteering this afternoon.
  • Soft play involved ball pools, and vinyl covered cushioned shapes to climb over and slide down. Expect lots of primary colours! The kids get to expend lots of energy in a safe and confined space while the exhausted parents get to watch them from the sidelines whilst drinking coffee and keeping their own energy levels up with fine pieces.

    They are a life-saver if you have no energy and your child has lots. I took the loon to a soft play when I was seven days past my due date with his sister and he got stuck in the ball pool. I had to waddle in to rescue him, which - hallelujah - also triggered my first contractions and the quinie arrived twelve hours later.
  • Happy days here - the plumber managed to source a new tank, despite Brexit-related supply issues. He is here now and we should have hot water again soon.

    I plan a long soak in a hot bubble bath as soon as he is finished and gone. I do not plan to emerge until every bit of me is bright pink and wrinkled like a prune.
  • NenyaNenya Shipmate
    Mm, baths. Can't remember the last time I had one of those (NB: I shower daily).

    After a night of wind and driving rain the day here has turned out bright and breezy and I took a brisk walk before lunch. This afternoon has been mostly computer-based catching up on emails after our time away and attending morning prayer from Canterbury Cathedral on YouTube. I've not been for several days and am sure the dean has been concerned about my welfare.

    After time away I'm finding it hard to get back into thinking about daily menus but have found a can of white wine and cream sauce in the cupboard which I plan to do with chicken and peas and easy rice. It made me inordinately happy this morning to have found that can and have the problem of what to cook for tea solved. Alternatively I could always invite myself over to @Heavenlyannie 's place... :wink:
    Tea was fajitas made with spicy venison mince and a side order of seasoned fried veg, served with salsa, cheese and yoghurt.

  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Nenya wrote: »
    Mm, baths. Can't remember the last time I had one of those ...
    I can remember the last time I had one. It was when we were staying at David's sister's about four years ago. She has all the bits that make a shower (and has had for several years), but they haven't been assembled yet. I too have a shower every day, and if I never have another bath it'll be too soon.
    It turns out I'd been at the soft play place before - with Archie - but they'd called it the Climbing Arena, of which it forms a part. Rosie was in her element, and had a wonderful time clambering up and down padded ladders and waving to us through the glass bits on the frames.

    I had a lovely time - she's just so cute! :heart: :heart:
    There's a steak marinating for supper, which'll be accompanied by some roasted veggies.

    Then an early night, as I'm back to w*rk tomorrow.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    Sunny but cold, so out to the garden again. Planted snowdrops, fritillaries and daffodils, which just leaves a bag of tulips - plus more if and when my September order comes.

    Chilli con carne for dinner. I make a version without tomatoes but with beef stock. Served in a nest of tortilla chips, topped with cheese and finished under the grill.
  • The denizens of Arkland were somewhat discombobulated by last night's wind and rain - Storm Aurore (thank you, France...) - but sufficient warning was given today to enable everyone to get their Chariots away from what turned out to be a much bigger tide than expected this afternoon.

    Some hot SOUP is planned for tea-time, along with BREAD and CHEESE. O! the high life!
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    I'm a bath man. Hate showers.
  • I like baths after heavy physical exercise, and in hotels. Otherwise showers.

    In other news: a glorious breezy autumn day here. We went to a gorgeous and remote little country restaurant and had one of the best lunches we've ever eaten.
  • I’m a bath person, far more relaxing and good preparation for bed.

    Lots of bursts of rain here yesterday. A bit colder wind today, a stark contrast to Tuesday which was positively balmy.

    The usual day of emails, forums, writing an online tutorial and a telephone tutorial. Tonight we are having chicken casserole and dumplings.
  • la vie en rougela vie en rouge Circus Host, 8th Day Host
    Storm Aurore has been our way as well. Last night the wind blew so loud it felt like our windows were about to explode. This afternoon when I went out to pick up Captain Pyjamas from school, it was throwing it down. On the crossroads just up the road, the water was about 10 cm deep and stretched about a metre across the road. Crossing the road was a... challenge.
  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    I like baths, but over the years seem to have become more used to showers. The fact that I mainly read on my kindle might have something to do with it. Reading a book in a bath with lots of bubbles used to be one of my favourite things.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    I’ve got a date for my operation - 26th November.

    I’m so relieved!

    :mrgreen:
  • So glad for you, @Boogie.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    May it all go exceptionally well.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Excellent news, Boogie - what Firenze said!
    After a busy day catching up on that which needed to be caught up on after a week off w*rk, my now-traditional Friday takeaway was particularly welcome. This week's beneficiary of the porcine custom was the Bamboo Inn - king prawns with cashew nuts, fried rice and prawn crackers (the last of which I'm chomping on with another glass of WINE, because Friday).

    This taking Friday to Thursday then starting back on a Friday isn't a bad idea - no sooner have you gone back to w*rk and it's the weekend. :grin:
  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    Sounds a good idea @Piglet the one day working week. SO glad you've got a revised date for your op @Boogie.
    Today was a good day. I went and had my hair cut and then called into my bank to ask about something with my mother's account (I have power of attorney). I had tried to sort it out by phone a couple of days ago but gave up due to my appauling hearing. My branch were amazing and dug out a member of staff to sort it out who'd obviously not thought he'd have a customer facing role today as he was in a t-shirt. After that I went and had coffee with some nice new friends. The place was so pleasant I called my husband and he joined me for lunch (spicy veggie burger) after they'd left. We then went for a mooch round the shops to buy a new kettle.
    Tonight we've had pasta and spinach with a rather nice rioja, which I'm enjoying another glass of now.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    That does sound like a good day, Sarasa! :)
  • NenyaNenya Shipmate
    Boogie wrote: »
    I’ve got a date for my operation - 26th November.

    I’m so relieved!
    *Sets off celebratory fireworks, blows triumphal trumpets and lets off numerous party poppers* Great news @Boogie !

    I've had a good day too - had a good catch up with a friend on the phone this morning, an at-home coffee date with Mr Nen and a walk and coffee with friends this afternoon. Online wine-tasting at 6pm followed by tea and the rest of the wine (because, as @Piglet says, Friday - hic!) over tea with Mr Nen and some TV. Heading for bed shortly to read my book before I nod off on the sofa.
  • Yesterday was a rather full day of tutorial planning and editing a research transcript. This morning I have a 2 hour online tutorial on the socio-cultural context of death (and how to look after yourself emotionally while studying it).

    It is our 22nd wedding anniversary today. My husband did know this a few weeks ago but I suspect he won't remember for a few hours today. I'm not sure if he has booked a restaurant for this evening!
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    edited October 23
    Happy anniversary @Heavenlyannie!

    Nenya said -
    *Sets off celebratory fireworks, blows triumphal trumpets and lets off numerous party poppers*

    Thank you. My only real worry is the journey home as it’s day surgery. Mr Boogs will have to drive very slowly!
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Happy anniversary, HA!

    After sundry postponements, I'm finally meeting A (who was my bridesmaid and lives in Linlithgow) for lunch today, at a coffee shop not far from my flat.

    I suspect we may be there for some time ...
    In other news, it was a year ago today that I got the keys to Château Piglet (I actually moved in the following day).

    Maybe one day I'll be able to have the housewarming party!
  • Penny SPenny S Shipmate
    My tasks for the day are to move the stack of boxes from outside the downstairs loo into the adjacent garage. This entails moving things in the garage to make space. I have just found a bag of stuff brought out from hospital on discharge, and, judging from the paperwork, the stay in Kings because of CO poisoning from the cooker over a decade ago. She just put bags down and left them. Our household waste gets incinerated to produce energy, so that is a better end than landfill for what is in the bag. Disposable gloves were utilised. But I can't take it to the tip today as no slots available, tomorrow will be crowded despite bookings, Monday is Waitrose delivery day, so it will have to sit in the garage, at the front, ready for collection.
    The second task is to move things from the front of the garage to enable the smart meter fitters to reach the meters, and possibly allow me to find a fan heater I think I have in there.
    I now have a large collection of boxes for neater packing of what is in the garage, when sorted, initially from chemist deliveries mostly of dressings, and now from whenever I order something that is deemed to need a large box, plus varieties of bubble wrap and screwed up brown paper. The boxes need to be put inside each other to save space and reduce the fire risk.
  • I know someone who actually keeps her car in her garage...
    :wink:

    ION, the number of floaters in my eyes has increased chiz chiz chiz, so I'm off to the nearest ophthalmologist's emporium on Monday. I was warned last time (earlier in the year) that the number of floaters would probably increase as I get older, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there's nothing too awful happening.
    :fearful:
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