It’s been one of those weeks when the days have jumbled themselves up. I spent Tuesday having to remind myself that it wasn’t Friday, thanks to a client mixing it up. Nor did it help that, it’s only a four day week for the younger teens as they have a teacher training day today, so no school.

One of those weeks when I feel like I’ve been on the go all the time, but nothing to show for it. No entirely true. Finally organised a solution for my canning problem, so this weekend I’ll be cooking and preserving like there is no stopping me. I’ve prepped the strawberry and rhubarb ready for pie fillers. I cannot wait!

I can’t believe that eldest teen’s exams start in just over a week. We have a team of tutors who have been supporting her. It’s taken a fair bit of organising and I think I’ll oddly miss it once it’s all over. They are such lovely people.

Eldest always planned to have a gap year and I am thankful that she’s not gone to uni this year. One of her choices is a Scottish uni. Current advice/guidance from Scotland is that students should not go home for Christmas. I see the logic, but it is harsh on teens living away from home and family for the first time.

Fresher weeks are limited and lectures delivered on-line. When I think back to my first year, I made so many friends in those first few weeks. I remained friends with long after we graduated. Shared houses with. It is all so different.

On the garden front, I’m gradually bringing everything in. I’ve discovered a few more pumpkins and squashes, which is always the way. Hiding under leaves. We are eating raspberries by the bowlful. I make some up as a delicious raspberry sauce which is wonderful on panna cotta.

We have beans and peas coming in by the crate, along with tomatoes. All being prepared for preserving. I’ve also improved my pizza base making, which the rest of the family would be happy for me to make every day. Good way for me to use some of the tomatoes.

Not forgetting my annual apple mountain. Plenty of apples to keep me busy. I’ve been making apple hand pies, which the family have been devouring almost as fast as I can make them. I bought a new gadget to help with the finished look. I’ll save you from the before photos. Goodness knows I needed to make them look more the part. It speeds up the production no end.

My week has definitely been consumed with preparing. I’ve got a few more busy weeks to go, but the groundwork is mostly done. It does feel good.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re doing.

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10 thoughts on “Preparing

  • Friday 25 September, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    It does sound like a mixed up week. Having teachers training days really do mess things up.
    I have had a day like that today. Non stop but not much to show for it.
    Have a good weekend with your cooking and preserving.

    • Sunday 27 September, 2020 at 7:49 am

      I’m hoping next week is a bit more straightforward.

  • Saturday 26 September, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I bet you are so happy your eldest hasn’t gone to uni this year, I feel for all the students. Your produce looks amazing but I’m so jealous of your apple pies. I used to have one of those little pasty makers myself…oh I want apple pie right now. I’m going to make some pastry 🙂

    • Sunday 27 September, 2020 at 7:47 am

      I hope you enjoyed your apple pies!

  • Sunday 27 September, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Is it just a strong suggestion from Scotland? Maybe they won’t make the students stay for Christmas?

    • Sunday 27 September, 2020 at 7:45 am

      Hopefully the situation will change by Christmas. My biggest problem with it is that at this stage it feels like a horrible threat. Not something that should be lumped on teens as they start their new journeys.

  • Sunday 27 September, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    I must admit I’m very glad that neither of my kids have to change their education setting or sit exams or anything like that this year. Those apple pies look delicious!

  • Monday 28 September, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    That beautiful flower drew my attention right away – wonderful! #MMBC

  • Monday 28 September, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Ooh, those apple pies look amazing! It is rather sad how the uni students are starting off. I also have remained in close contact with many of my uni friends, even though I live a long way away from them now. #MMBC

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