It’s the weekend

It’s the weekend! The sun is shining! The front door is coming off!


The field looks lovely, bestrewn with big bales, set off against a blue sky. Very different to yesterday’s grey bluster. Still, there’s plenty of time for that to change yet.

I am going to set some  bread to rise, and freeze some rolls to take on our trip next week. There is laundry to sort and wash and then I plan to pick rosehips. I’m on call as Builder’s Mate and shall have to help with lifting and coffee-making…

Ooh, speaking of making coffee, I have a Bialetti Moka pot on order for the campervan. Decent coffee at breakfast time will make all the difference to any cold, wet or otherwise miserable dawnings.

[su_quote cite=”Wikipedia” url=””]The moka pot is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that produces coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. It was patented for the first time in Italy by the inventor Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti, in 1933.[citation needed] Bialetti Industrie continues to produce the same model under the name “Moka Express”. The moka pot is most commonly used in Europe and in Latin America. It has become an iconic design, displayed in modern industrial art and design museums such as the Wolfsonian-FIU, Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Design Museum,[1] and the London Science Museum. Moka pots come in different sizes, from one to eighteen 50 ml cups.[2] The original design and many current models are made from aluminium with bakelite handles.[/su_quote]

Also on order is a set of three Chambers crossword books by Araucaria. Only £4.99 for the set, they will give us many hours of entertainment in the van. NTS: pack pencils and rubber. (No, we’re not wimps and we normally do crosswords in ink – but with a book, you can come back to the puzzles later on and do them again – yes?)

The big hen feeder arrived this morning but we still await the automated cat feeder.

I spent much of yesterday copying our music files onto the mini USB stick for the new car radio. (I have reached G for Mahler) Mr L mentioned this morning that it looked as though we would not have the radio in time for our trip as it had not yet been dispatched. Then he went to check his mail before breakfast and the dispatch notification had arrived. Fingers crossed for a timely arrival!

Mr L fitted the new hook-up socket and checked tyre pressures and inflated tyres yesterday. It’s all coming together.

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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