Taking Steps

In my last post I noted that I was planning to undertake some self-directed learning. I am pleased to say that I have indeed been doing so. It turns out however that the course on Anti-Semitism is not the one for me. I have withdrawn. In its place I have signed up to a Udemy course on Photography (all going at €14.99 today). It is really aimed at Beginners but I feel indeed of being re-enthused and it feels like the right one for me at this time. This course, together with a new camera which I may have reason to believe will be arriving in time for my birthday, should serve to get me up and clicking again.

The Recreational Maths course, by the way, is proving to be highly enjoyable.

On the Spinning front, I have placed an order for some fibre with Katie at Hilltop Cloud and am very eagerly awaiting its arrival.

A new six (gas) ring range with three electric ovens. That’s a lot of cooker for two persons, who is coming to dinner?

There is a new cooker in my kitchen, along with a Sous-vide wand, a vacuum bagging machine and a heavy gauge steel stock pot. I am already enjoying doing some proper cooking. Enjoying the eating too!

First efforts with the Sous-vide wand were in my pasta pan, which proved imperfect for the task. I attempted hard-boiled eggs and they were horrible.
Pork fillet, vacuumed and ready to cook
Pork Fillet, white wine and shallot sauce, mashed cauliflower and buttered veg (keto). Not half bad but I think that I could do better.

No knitting has been done and no reading. On the reading front, I was mentioning to Mr L that I should like to get Alexa to play some of my audio books of an evening. I was shocked to learn that I will not be able to play my books because we live in France. All that money, just wasted!

Already feeling less mugwumpish and more energised. I know from experience that the more that I do, the more that I will want to do and the snowball will roll.

There is one gaping hole here – I need to do something to do with writing.

There has been talk of a trip in the motorhome, down to Carcassonne for my birthday, including a two star dinner. Sounds pretty awesome to me. That new camera would come in very handy in Carcassonne…

There is great news on the dieting front but I shall save that for the post that I was planning on that subject. It most likely follows this one. Feel free to skip it if you wish,

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The Cold Light of Day

The Cold Light of Day

Nell’s excessive drinking and urination have ramped up considerably. Hence I was outside at a little past 2 am this morning, by which time the car was already covered in a sparkling frost. On the 6 am toilet run, the world was looking fairly well white all over (as viewed through the window from my bed, that is). When we first came house-hunting around here there was snow on the ground (apparently a once inContinue readingThe Cold Light of Day

A void

A void

Really wanting to get this diary thing going but another day passed with nothing written. Not much happening. I washed towels and got them out on the line. They didn’t dry well due to a drop in air temperature. We lit the fire. I cooked. Trying hard to return to low carb eating, so we had a healthy but tasty meal. I roasted cod wrapped in prosciutto, served on a tomato and pepper sauce andContinue readingA void

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 29, 2020 at 12:12PM

It’s mass migration time! #livereportingfromtheroad #france #autumn2020 #thelockdowndash

October 29, 2020 at 10:24AM

An interesting morning. Up and at ’em we went to Intermarché to fuel up and to buy some food for when we arrive home. They were queuing outside the door for what appeared to be controlled entry. There were queues for fuel too. “We’re not that desperate” we said and set off for home. It… Continue reading October 29, 2020 at 10:24AM

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