Five on Friday

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One  We’ve had some gloriously sunny days but the late afternoons and evenings have been icy-cold this week. Winter is reminding us that it may yet come back to bite us on the bum. I read a tip on Gillian’s blog for cleaning the glass windows in wood burners: screw-up some newspaper, wet it, dip it in ash from the fire, scrub the window and the soot comes away easily, give it the once-over with some dry scrunched-up newspaper and Bob’s your uncle. It worked a treat. The sight of the first fire after cleaning was so clear, it looked as though there was no glass there at all. It feels all the more toasty when you can clearly see the flames flickering around the wood.

Two  I’m off the starting block with the crochet. Woohoo. I’ve managed a little square and a little circle of double crochet, which was the source of much amusement (Look! It’s a hat for a guinea-pig!), and now I’m doing a little piece of half treble. I’ve discovered that it’s much easier if you can see what you’re doing, so wearing my reading glasses and sitting by the window help enormously. Now I’m getting the hang of it I can see how it could become addictive. It’ll be a long while before I’m up to blanket-speed, though.

Three  David’s 50th birthday present from me was a day on an advanced bread-baking course at the E5 Bakehouse last Sunday. He had an absolutely brilliant time and came home even more fired-up about bread. I’d say he’s on the verge of being a bread evangelist. He will talk bread with anyone who’ll listen. I’m on the verge of being bored by bread (bludgeoned by baguette) but that would be churlish when he’s turning out such scrumptious loaves for us to eat.

Four  My brother and his family came to stay for a few days. I do so love spending time with them and seeing our children together. There’s quite an age gap but my little niece and nephew adore their big cousins and my three are lovely with them. My sister-in-law, who is an all-round super creative person (web designer and photographer) has been helping me get my head around a website for my editorial work and she’s very kindly taken some photos of me. I’m definitely not a natural in front of the camera and it’s a testament to her skill that there were a few decent ones out of all the photos she took. She’s going to do some tweaking before I use them.

Five  Did I mention the bread?!  🙂  Back to the Howard Jacobson quote at the end of my previous post. Uncertainty is my default state of mind these days. My 16-year-old sees pretty much everything in black-and-white but the older I get, the more I see that the world is a big mush of grey. The only thing I am certain about is my love for my family, that the sea will be outside the window tomorrow morning and the dog will be pestering me for her walk if she hasn’t been out by 10am.

Wishing you an excellent weekend. I shall be catching up with a mountain of laundry, ‘encouraging’ the children to do their half-term homework before Monday and hopefully getting out into the garden – the greenhouse needs clearing out and there are sweet peas to sow. Spring is in the air.

I’m joining in with Amy’s popular Five on Friday link-up which has been running for one year today, linking many bloggers from around the world.

 

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33 thoughts on “Five on Friday

  1. Lovely to make your acquaintance though 5onFri. I envy a log fire – one-day. I am also very envious of your Davids breads, I would love to oneday attend a breadmaking course, David’s breads look absolutely fantastic. Nothing beats homemade bread, sadly mine is made by a bread machine.

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  2. I was thinking of not growing sweet peas this year, but you have made me realise I will miss them if I don’t. You’re right, it’s time to get that big box of seeds down and start sowing one or two things. The bread looks absolutely delicious, lucky you. Let’s hope the novelty doesn’t wear off! Am envying you that wonderful fire. Great tip for cleaning the glass too. I’m hoping you and yours have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

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  3. I put my sweet pea seeds to soak yesterday. I’ve not done this before but I’m following the advice of Julie at Peonies and Posies. I’m afraid my sourdough starter died. I neglected it due to cottage renovation. I will try again when I’ve got more time and energy. Your crochet looks very good. I only taught myself to crochet in November 2014 and the first item I made was a cot-sized blanket which I throw over the back of a chair. Maybe you could turn your circles into squares and make a cushion cover? Have a good weekend before the Monday back to school rush.

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  4. I taught myself to crochet a few summers ago, and have made a few things, a baby blanket and a purse amongst others, but I would say I am a dipper-in rather than an addict! I always enjoy seeing the wonderful creations from others in the blogsphere though. Your husband’s bread looks absolutely amazing, the bread making course was certainly the gift that keeps on giving! X

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    1. Having not picked up the crochet for about a week, I’m sure I’ll be a dipper-in too, which is one of the reasons it’ll take me an age to make anything!

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  5. I’m with you on the Jacobson quote. As I get older, the world has transformed from black and whitish to endless shades of gray. I’m a bit distrustful of people (aside from 16 year olds) who view everything as black and white/right and wrong/us and them.

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  6. I make all our bread so I’d love to hear more about your husband’s experiences. I bought a Paul Hollywood book (old) just before Christmas and am working my way through it trying everything. I decided to do that as I have so many cookery books and so it was a justification for buying another.

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  7. Lots of good things from your week, the fire glass is so clear that I didn’t even notice it to start with! Great tip, I just need a woodburner now! The bread looks delicious, I am sure that it tasted wonderful too, there is nothing like real homemade bread is there! Thank you so much for joining in the anniversary of Five On Friday, I really do appreciate it so much! Have a good weekend! xx

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  8. I bet you are loving the taste of all that bread! Yes I must get busy with my seed drawer and decide what I am going to grow this year…very exciting…as along as slugs don’t gobble them up. Barbara x

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  9. So many good things at your place Sam! Bludgeoned by baguette, that made me laugh! How wonderful to have real bread in the house made by an enthusiastic home baker. It is a good thing to have someone who can make you feel comfortable in front of the camera, I struggle with this also. Good luck with the laundry mountain…funnily enough I have one too! x

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  10. Love the crochet circle/ guinea pig’s hat. I think I shall have to give that a go. I can do squares but circles have always felt a Bridge Too Far. Love all the bread too, I bet it tastes wonderful. Perhaps the evangelism will die down to more manageable levels, once the immediate excitement has worn off? I think your certainties are good ones xx

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  11. We’ve had such a warm winter that the fire hasn’t been on much at all. Will have to check to see if the fireplace doors even need a cleaning … thanks for the tip! Those are amazing loaves of bread! Yummy 🙂 Love the bouquet of flowers, they look like an old painting.
    Wendy

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