Harvest Time!

Picked my small crop of gooseberries a few days ago. They’re a glorious red colour.
I stewed them without sugar and ate them with some Skyr yogurt. Simple, healthy and delicious!

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Weekend Smoothie Report

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been experimenting with making smoothies recently, having been given a Nutri Ninja as a present. I’ve used various combinations of fruits, almond milk and chocolate soya milk. Some of them were photographed on my phone. The idea was to keep a record of which ones worked and which ones didn’t, but I’m just not organised enough to do that! Now it’s just a question of using whatever I have to hand, and hoping the results are palatable. I have to say, they’ve all tasted delicious so far; it’s the question of how thick or thin they should be that tends to make or mar them.

Anyway, the photographs. I know there are galleries beyond number of exquisitely presented smoothies out there, and that mine will look unappealing in comparison. I’m not really into that, because I just don’t have the time, although I have photographed some of them outside because it represents the colour more accurately. The chocolate, banana and strawberry one is a close-up because it was snapped in a plastic container just before I left for work. And that’s the main reason I’m making them: I have to leave so early for work that I can’t face breakfast. A smoothie whizzed up in the Nutri Ninja is a quick and healthy answer.

Too late for the coffee share?

Well, we’re not having coffee, unfortunately, because I couldn’t get myself organised in time.

However, I did want to record a couple of things this week, mainly to follow up on some of my recent posts.

The first piece of news, if you like, is that I’ve finished ‘Night After Night’, the third Phil Rickman novel in the series I’ve been immersed in (and I do hope not the last). This time, the spotlight falls on Grayle Underhill and Cindy Mars-Lewis; the setting is a particularly unpleasant building called Knap Hall. I love the way the author builds up tension and creates an unsettling atmosphere.

In case anyone is wondering, I’ve used a one of my own photos of a gargoyle to illustrate this post, in honour (if that’s the right word) of the Winchcombe Grotesques – enough to frighten any reader!

Gargoyle

Still in a somewhat sombre vein, I’m now reading ‘Love Story, With Murders’, by Harry Bingham. More on this at a later date, possibly…

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Just a note to confirm, more to myself than anything, that I have been wearing my Fitbit and making more of an effort to exercise. So far, so good. A slight blip though… one evening, after I’d made a special effort to go for a walk after work, it wouldn’t give me a reading. Turned out it needed a reset. which it promptly received. It then informed me I’d taken eight steps all day!

I’ve forgiven it, though, and the battle for fitness continues…

First Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee, I’d probably tell you that I’ve decided to recharge my Fitbit and give it another try.

I threw it across the room in the middle of the night a few weeks ago, when I had flu and was probably hallucinating or something. Now seems like the time to try again. Spring seems to have arrived today. The air is full of birdsong. Cowslips and forget-me-nots are blooming in the garden – and a new start seems appropriate. Change is in the air; I don’t want to ignore it.

So… I have to change too. I need to work on exercise, a healthy diet and mental relaxation. And how I spend my time in the lighter spring evenings when I come home from work.

Plugging that charger in now!