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Adventures in Orchids
Apparently I am now collecting them...
EO - Everlasting orchid. Phalaenopsis. I've had this orchid for at least 15 years and it just keeps flowering...
AO - Alien face orchid. Phalaenopsis . Bought 2018 - lovely little flowers, all different patterns!
RO - Rescued orchid
TO - Tiny orchid. Phalaenopsis. Bought at Tesco 21.8.20. It just begged to come home with me. How could I say no?
CO - Crimson orchid. Cambria. Another Tesco find. This one may be going to live in Ken's room once we've redecorated and put up the new shelving; it prefers a cooler, less sunny windowsill. If so, I'll need to find another cambrian to keep it company.
GO - Golden orchid. Phalaenopsis. Saw this one when I bought CO and left it behind - then immediately regretted it as soon as I got home. Never seen one like it before. Ken, bless him, went back over to Tesco in the rain and bought it for me...
Monday, December 16, 2019
I'm heading down to St Marychurch on Wed to see Mum T, repot - and try to get rid of the mealybugs on - her orchids, and take a bus to Torquay and Babbacombe to actually have a look around the shops, which after umpteen years of visits I still haven't managed. I'll be back on Fri pm, in plenty of time for the chaos that is xmas (not so much here as I'm very organised). So, a quick update before I head off.
It's been a flurry of shopping (all gifts now bought and cards posted), tidying, and a good look through my old 700 Years of English Cooking recipe book, as we've invited Dawn over for Tudor day on the 28th (last year was Japanese, year before was Indian, so we thought we'd go native this year.) I bought Doctor Faustus (Globe Production with the wonderful Arthur Darvill as Mephistopheles) a year or so ago but we haven't managed to watch it yet, so that will be the main feature. Later is either Warlock, or some Blackadder II (Ken and I picked up the complete Blackadder in Wells, of which more in a moment), depending on what we fancy at the time. I'm planning on making braised chicken thighs, and gingerbread, for lunch, and a pork casserole, with split green peas, and lemon and orange basted cauliflower, as veg, an apple and orange pie for dessert, and marchpane (mine will NOT be highly decorated! My recipe uses rosewater icing...) Going to try the recipes on K&K before the actual day, and there will be photos! (And the recipes if I can find the time to type them up/anyone is interested...)
GoodTwin and Sue came to visit last Thursday, and a rollicking good time was had by all! As usual my stomach ached from laughing, and it's never long enough!
I was at a bit of a loss as to what to make for lunch for Tudor day - we wanted something relatively easy that doesn't involve too much work, as the main recipes do. Ken suggested pies - and of course the Sat market at Wells has one of the best pie stalls we've ever found, chunky traditional ones with venison, duck, pork, or beef which while not strictly historically accurate, would be close enough. So off we went to Wells on Saturday...
We were later than planned leaving, and by the time we got there all the pies were gone (hence the chicken thigh recipe, which I found online, though if I can find similar pies somewhere else I'll happily buy them, as the thought of boning 8 chicken thighs is not appealing...) BUT! There was a jewellery stall there, Eyres Jewellery, and a ring caught my eye. I've said here that a good few years ago I developed an allergy to the platinum of my original wedding ring: bought a couple of cheapie silver (I thought at the time) and opal rings as a temp fix. Heh. Remind me to never buy cheap Chinese jewellery again. The edges have gone ragged, not quite enough to cut, but most uncomfortable, and it's not like I wore it all the time, only when going out. It's obviously not silver as it's gone a dull shade of greyish-brown. Anyway, I've been looking for something else suitable for a little while - and I found this on the stall. (The review there is mine.) It's absolutely beautiful, and so comfortable, and I just love the description on the site. I do take it off for washing up or using chemicals, as the colours are enamel rather than stones, but that's OK, I did that with my original ring too, so it's an easy habit to get back into. Delighted with it!
We took a wander into the charity shops, where I found a fantastic jacket at a ridiculously low price, along with a knitted cap that almost matches my new gloves (don't know if it's a side effect of getting older or just me, but I'm feeling the cold now a lot more than I used to, so having to dress accordingly. Bloody annoying but no use ignoring it!) So overall it was a great success, and a really enjoyable day out for the two of us! Ken suggested doing it more often next year, which I would very much like to do. We haven't managed to much over the last few years, with Kai being ill, but he's a lot better now, so we'll see how we go.
We were going to get the Bristol bus back - but the Bath bus arrived first, and Ken suggested getting it (buses from Bath to Bristol/Bristol to Bath are very frequent) as it goes all around the villages and is a really nice ride. It was getting dark, too, so we saw all the lights. Not as many as there might have been, perhaps: Ken thinks that the disaster that was the election (not going to talk about that as it won't do my blood pressure any good) meant that a lot of people felt they had very little to celebrate this year and were too depressed to put up decorations. But those that did went completely to town (maybe to make up for it?) and the houses and gardens looked amazing.
It was a lovely, lovely day.
Kai and I took Derpy for a quick spin around the block this morning, to check she was still running OK as it's been two months since we drove her last. Everything's fine, so I parked up (a little more tidily than last time) and we put her little xmas tree and tinsel in the front. Not as decorated as at Hallowe'en, but enough for her to join in the season.
Media... I found The Brand new Testament pretty much by accident, and was intrigued enough to buy a copy. And WOW! It's gloriously heretical while staying absolutely true to the old testament god, deliciously subversive and very very funny. Loved it, absolutely loved it. I'd recommend it for everyone but it's likely to give even moderate Jews and xtians apoplexy, so perhaps not. Pity...
Picked up American Gods season 2, and started watching it, but then had to go back and rewatch season 1 as it has been such a long time between them. Season 1 is great, but season 2? I can't say too much as Sue hasn't watched it yet, but (as I told her) I kept dozing off, and finding I hadn't missed anything much when I woke up again...
That's about it for now. Will report back when I get back from Devon. There may be photos...