As lockdown continues many of us have adapted to this new way of life quite well. My neighbour was painting his front fences yesterday and shouted over as I brought the mower out to do the grass verge at the front of the bungalow. The council mow it once every 5 weeks but it's so full of weeds it drives me mad.
The neighbour was saying he loves this new way of life a sentiment I've heard a lot recently. Although he misses his grandchildren and can't wait to see them there are many things he wouldn't change which includes working from home. Shopping by himself is quick and easy as he gets there as they open, straight in and out , job done. He said his trip to B&Q was well organised by the shop and he even managed to purchase fence paint in a colour his wife approved of. ( I'm not getting into the necessity argument)
I've just completed my third grocery shop since lockdown and I'm getting pretty good at making things last the fortnight or longer and using the groceries in the best order (more about that another day). I did have to go to 3 shops this time but I was extremely lucky and only queued at one for less than 2 minutes the others I walked straight into.
Lidl was positively empty and I got some really healthy cucumber and courgette plants to compliment my homegrown seedlings. There are 3 cucumber seedlings in one pot and 4 courgette seedlings in the other so great value at £1.36 a pot.
As I am still unable to get hold of any flour, I decided to experiment with oats. I placed 200g of porridge oats in my nutribullet and whizzed it up for a minute which produced a flour similar to wholemeal. I then set about making 12 small scones. I added a tad more baking powder as the flour had more fibre but it produced lovely scones albeit crumbly. Something I will do again. My next experiment will be pastry using oat flour.
This new way of life is making some reassess their lives. Some of us are just honing skills we already possessed. I'm enjoying the slower pace which includes an hour lie down every afternoon listening to my audio book. YES, I'm missing family but some of the changes I've made will remain in place after lock down. Has lockdown changed things for you?
The postman brought a much needed hug from our granddaughter. Love it. Bye for now. T x