So - first job on today's list was to make two sponges. I used my go to recipe from Delia Smith which uses the all in one method - however it had to be made in two batches because I could only find one 7 inch tin - cue for more tidying me thinks! The cake is for later when Wendy and I go to visit Tanya in hospital - last sunday she said that she really fancied a fresh cream strawberry Victoria sandwich - for herself but also to share with the nurses - her wish is my command. The cake was assembled just before we left - due to the weather - but I wanted to make the cake before I do THE job (more later). (By the way - the food police may think that there are too many strawberries - can there ever be? - I decided that Tanya might just fancy a strawberry if she can't face the cake.)
Next on the agenda was walking the dogs. I have not taken them out all week due to the high temperatures - when I am at home they have constant access to the garden and are fairly laid back about it. However the weather was rather overcast and cooler than previous days so I thought that would give it a go - only to find my ankle really giving me some jip. The walk was therefore cut a little shorter than planned!
Then it was home to complete THE job - clearing the "sink hole" that is in the front of the house. The guttering drains into there so once a year you have to pull it up and clear all the decomposing leaves and moss - can you see why (1) I hate doing the job and try to put it off , and (2) why I thought I ought to make the cake first!! It actually was better than I feared (which is usually the case) although, as you can see, there was a lot of debris to take out!
Next, after some paying of church bills, it was time for a quick hoover around before lunch. By now the sun had broken through the haze and it was turning into a reasonable afternoon. Another job I had been putting off for several months was making a summer top. I had brought the fabric, cut the pattern out and cut the fabric pieces out. The only thing stopping me was that I had gone off the design. However now was the time to focus and get started!! Well - maybe an afternoon nap first eh?