I’m launching into my third month of ‘unemployment’ and ending the second month of SSESing
. The November plans for taking 6 months just to whup two allotments into shape, do some much needed decorating and also relax, aren’t happening. To be honest, those plans always felt like a dreadful indulgence anyway.
So, acknowledging that, this week may need a bit of desk-based focus and a bit more planning. It may need a new blog too, to track progress through school and, fingers crossed, development of a social enterprise. I think I mentally made this bargain with myself on Friday and so over the weekend I’ve indulged in some lovely, hands on activities in prep for the brain strain ahead.
First off, I had a brief lesson in the use of a proper, mains powered electric drill from my helpful husband. I’ve used a battery powered one for drilling wood before, but mains powered tools make me, somehow, nervous. Also, the thought of drilling into a brick wall felt a bit daunting. Anyway, the lesson gave me confidence for making the two holes needed to fix my much anticipated ladder allotment in place.
The idea behind getting one of these, which came from the Ladder Allotment Company , is to have a supply of herbs for cooking just outside the back door. The ladder comes as a kit for self assembly. It was reasonably straight forward apart from one of the pre-fixed brackets being screwed in askew and needing removal and re-fixing. The top bar is the one that required holes drilled into the wall behind. The wall seems sturdy enough still! In case you’re wondering, this colour is called ‘Willow’ – the kit arrives as plain, untreated pine.
The other thing I’ve done for the first time this weekend is to make meringues. Two trifles needed 8 egg yolks and throwing away 8 egg whites just seemed so wasteful. Here are the results – they’re pale brown and crispy on the outside and lightly chewy marshmallow texture in the middle.
Two successes – hurrah. But here’s something that hasn’t gone well. Proud as I was of my prowess in rhubarb forcing, its all gone horribly wrong and, well, wilty. When I popped over to have a look in the week, with the expectation of triumphantly returning with glowing pink goodness, the poor leaves had gone all droopy and some of the stalks had collapsed. Anyone able to say what’s gone wrong?
pride comes before a flop