What a night!
We had winds of up to 45mph and were rocked about a fair bit. I was awake anyway because of my knee, despite taking two painkillers before I went to bed.
Maggie spent most of the night on the bench which surprised me, and Hubby was up at 6am which is just as well as she wanted to go out. It wasn’t raining but still blowy, so he donned his yellow jacket to keep the windchill out and walked her round the Avenue.
Work in the marina is continuing at a fair rate of knots.
They have laid about 20 of the 140 sheet steel piling for the wall along the ‘boundary’ as marked by the string here when the work first started.
We watched this morning as they maneuvered the girders into position with the digger on the floating raft, slotting them together like some enormous tongue and groove structure. We could’ve done with something like that when we were replacing our fence panels in the cottage!
I had a Doh moment trying to count them and Hubby said they were up to number 13 (this was at 8.30). I was really impressed at his quick calculation, then noticed the girders all had chalk numbers on them! I felt such a twit!
It has actually been a glorious day, so we’ve made the most of it and had plenty of walks.
I had a text message from the vet last week reminding us that Maggie’s jabs were due, so as the wind had dropped by midday, we walked up to the surgery. It’s about a mile and a half each way.
With a quick once over, I am pleased to report she has put on a little weight (0.4 of a kilo) since last year, and is in pretty good shape for her age (12). I got a new tube of cream for her feet when she licks them, and parted with the grand sum of nearly £55. Ouch.
Still, her health is as important as ours, so it’s all been accounted for in the budget.
Jabs done, we walked home stopping for a coffee on the way and to people watch.
What a pleasant surprise when C stopped to join us. They sold their boat last year and as she doesn’t go to SW now I haven’t seen her since before Christmas. Tuppy has been poorly but is over the worst of that now, and it was nice to catch up. She said she’d heard me on the radio and seen the little clip on TV. It’s hard to believe that it’s a year ago when we were both interviewed about the boating life and I said I missed my washing line!
I have excelled myself in the kitchen today, deciding on rosemary chops and a blackberry sponge dessert.
The chops cost £1.88, and I steamed them in the frying pan with a little water and some dried rosemary.
My veg consisted of potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and parsnips, and I made up my sweet ginger sauce with a stock cube, ½ a teaspoon of dried ginger and a little sugar.
My dessert was the last of a large carton of frozen blackberries we were given at the weekend with a sliced pear for bulk, and my fatless sponge mix of 2 tablespoons of flour, ¾ tablespoon sugar and an egg, plus a little milk if needed to make it like a very thick batter.
Hubby had his with custard (10 syns) and I had mine with fromage frais (0).
The juice from the blackberries made the sponge go purple so it made a colourful change from crumble!