Morning, noon and night

Three random things I learned, or remembered, today

Rain

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MORNING

A picture of a solitary raindrop, for no other reason other than somehow it reminds me of spring.

I hate January except when it’s icy or snowing.

Oh, how I love the snow!

ALL ABOUT RAIN

My linen cupboard

NOON

Everyone has their weakness.

Everyone has something they have always wanted.

To many, my yearning will seem strange.

Very strange.

A linen cupboard – full of vintage linen and lace all beautifully laundered.

Now why have I wanted this for longer than I can remember? It surely has to be because I would love my life to be organised, beautiful, clean, tidy and cared for. Never in my wildest dreams will I ever achieve this, so the linen cupboard is a kind of symbolism. Reminding me of my deficiencies but also hope in a strange way.

Do you know what?

I have just indulged myself in this fantasy and ordered a beautiful linen cupboard from France.

It’s modern but looks old.

It’ll take three months to make.

This is an example of pure, expensive, self – indulgence.

But for me, worth every penny.

I can’t wait.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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NOON

Two things I learned about Beethoven today.

There is some evidence that listening to classical music may raise the mood of depressed patients. Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th piano sonatas were the pieces used in the study.

And, there is a great website for musicians dedicated to Beethoven.

ALL ABOUT BEETHOVEN

Dropped Scones

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MORNING

I came across a local parish recipe collection. The women of the parish submitted recipes and the book was sold to raise funds for church roof repairs.

This little book probably dates from the late 1950’s or early 60’s.

There was a recipe for dropped scones (Scottish pancakes) from a 95 year old. I can remember her grand-daughter.

She was the only contributor whose age appeared after her name. This old lady would be over 150 years old if alive today.

DROPPED SCONES

Ingredients:

4oz self raising flour
1 and 1/2 oz castor sugar
1/2 oz butter
1 small teaspoon syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
(it is emphasized that all the teaspoons should be small)
1 egg beaten with about half a cup of milk according to the size of the egg.

Method:

Mix dry ingredients in a basin.
Melt butter and syrup in a pan and add to dry ingredients with the egg and milk.
Mix to a smooth batter, and bake in a fairly hot greased girdle. (I thought it was griddle!)


Where have the saris gone?

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NIGHT

Years ago I had several colleagues who wore saris to work. They always looked so elegant and calm somehow.

Yes, saris and calmness seemed to go together.

It struck me that saris have insidiously disappeared from the workplace. Why?

Then it struck me that it might take ages to get dressed in a sari in the morning, so I found a website explaining how to don a sari. The little pleats at the waist sound challenging first thing in the morning.

HOW TO WEAR A SARI

Christmas snow

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NOON

As well as liking arctic photography, I love snow.

Here is a snow scene to get me in the mood for the Christmas countdown.

This year’s gimmick is to do all my Christmas shopping on the (a) internet and (b) a tiny little craft shop nearby.

If I do it on the internet I have about 38 shopping nights to Christmas, allowing for postage time. And no car parking.

If I go into town, I have only about 11 shopping days to Christmas, allowing for work.

So, the internet wins.

WINTER SCENE
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Christmas countdown

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MORNING

23 October is the day I start thinking about Christmas.

Or should.

I haven’t.

So this year Christmas will probably be shambolic.

So here’s a Christmas tree to focus my mind.

© Photographer:Elena Elisseeva | Agency: Dreamstime.com