Blogtober 2023 : Day 11

Hello, hello, how are you doing?  I hope you’ve had a good day today!

I’ve spent the day around the house because guess what?  It was raining – and oh boy, did it rain today!  It started off as drizzle and got progressively heavier, so the dog and I decided to wait until later before heading out.

I did dash out in the rain to the greenhouse where the tomato plants still have some fruit on them.  It’s down to the last tomatoes now and there’s one more handful to be picked in a couple of days when they’ve hopefully ripened a bit more.

A handful of bright red miniature plum tomatoes

I’ve loved eating these tomatoes, they’re a baby plum variety called Santonio and they are so delicious.  I’ve been cutting them up to put them in my Greek salad which I’ve been eating for lunch for the last week or so (boring?  Not at all, just consistent! 🙂 ) along with cucumber, red onions, olives and Feta cheese.

I’ve realised that I am much less likely to forget to have lunch if I know that all I’ve got to do is dish it out of a container onto my plate, so I’ve been making the salad up in bulk, adding in a different protein every day and sometimes some bread as well.

A clear plastic storage container filled with Greek salad containing tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese and onions

Today’s bread was a sourdough loaf that was fresh out of the oven at 8am this morning …

A round sourdough loaf on a cooling rack

I use brown flour in my starter and have noticed recently that my loaves are a little more dense than I’d like so I’ve been experimenting with adding in more water.  Today’s effort was a definite improvement!

Astrid volunteered to help in the kitchen by holding down a storage container that may have moved unexpectedly at some point if she hadn’t.

A tabby and white cat is sitting in a plastic food storage container

I hadn’t realised she was in there until I turned round and she made me jump!  I shooed her out pretty quickly and that box has gone into the dishwasher on a hot wash!

Astrid decided that today was the day when she was a cat of many boxes and after trying a few out for size, settled with this one for the afternoon …

A tabby and white cat is asleep on a large cardboard box

You can see that she’s been trying to get into this one too, but it seems like the effort proved too much and she decided to snooze instead.

And finally for today, the postie brought me some squishy mail!

Two balls of pink and neon green yarn lying on the postal packing they came in, on a wooden table

It’s the brand new Future Dreams yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners and there’s a reason why this has arrived in Winwick … after my post about the yarn last week, I was asked if I would knit up some socks for a photo shoot for the charity as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Well!  I don’t often knit socks for other people these days but this is a cause that I am happy to support, and I was also very pleased to be asked.

I’ve been told that it’s fine to tell you about the socks as I’m knitting them, and it’ll be good to be able to show you photos of what I’m knitting that’s not for me for a change!  We’re nearly half way through the month so I’ll need to get a move on, but I’m hoping that being DK, the socks will knit up quickly and I’ll have them finished before I know it.

It’s a bit late for me to be casting on tonight but I’ll be making a start tomorrow so will hopefully have something to show you then.  Hooray!  I love a new cast on! 🙂



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7 Responses

  1. Simon says:

    Astrid looks so sweet with her boxes! I wish someone would send me some yarn! Gosh, what a nice surprise that would be!
    I eat the same thing for lunch every day too. Because I like it, and what’s wrong with that? Rather that than follow daft trends that taste of nothing! Oh, and crisps are definitely one your 5-a-day!)

    • winwickmum says:

      Ha ha, I’ve been eating crisps too! 🙂 And yes, what’s wrong with eating the same thing for lunch every day? I’ll take your confidence on that and keep eating my Greek salad! 🙂 xx

  2. Jennifer Goodman says:

    Love Love Love your new yarn. It’s so hard to find that “just right” shades of pink. will have to order some for my granddaughter/mommy socks for Xmas. Have a good evening cya tomorrow

  3. Alice says:

    I love the yarn, so pretty. The photos of Astrid are beautiful, what is it with cats and boxes!

    The bread looks good, I can make a good ordinary loaf but have never had much luck with keeping a sourdough starter alive, it tends to die within days and smell of vinegar. Any tips would be most welcome. 😃

    • winwickmum says:

      I think the starter smell can be something to do with the yeast, although I’m not an expert. I used this recipe to get mine started and I keep it in the fridge when I’m not using it. It does get a brown liquid on the top sometimes but apparently that’s normal and you just mix it in. Mine has started to get another white bloom on the top recently and that’s something to do with oxygen levels but again, I’ve been told to just mix it in and it will be fine! I hope you get yours started again! 🙂 xx

  4. Helen says:

    the vinegar smell can mean it’s hungry. I need to revive mine. it’s been neglected in the fridge a long time after hurting my shoulder.

    That yarn is so pretty. Pink and green are so lovely together.

    Have you googled big cats and boxes. Watching a lion and its box is hilarious.

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