When I say basking, I do mean in a warm jumper and jeans by the window in the kitchen, where the sun is streaming through, in case any of you were put off your food by images of yours truly sunbathing in this scant reminder of summer :)
It's been a funny old week, and I've been so blocked up with this wretched head cold that I couldn't have even smelt a jalapeno pepper let alone taste one – as my family will testify having run screaming from the table after a mouthful of my Mexican chicken!!
That aside, I managed to spend a very enjoyable hour or so with Naomi Haan from Rockport without coughing, and even Carolyn Pollack of South Western Silver was impressed with my ability to save this incredible barking noise until the breaks.
My bakeware proves very useful…
Feeling much better now and able to face whatever the week will bring, which is good because already the dishwasher has blown up and we are being revisited by the black Tom cat who loves to use our kitchen as a place to spray!
Yes, Lucy and I were watching a particularly good film 'Duplicity' – starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts – when there was a banging noise from the kitchen. Firstly we thought Sam was banging on the window, and then maybe someone was firing a gun, but the acrid smoke that started to seep within seconds under the kitchen door into the sitting room, told us it was neither.
As I didn't have any rubber soled footwear to hand, Lucy insisted I put my silicone bakeware on my feet and rubber gloves on to switch the plug off at the socket and then take it out. All was well, although Sam – having heard the commotion – was somewhat nonplussed to see most of my body stretched out on the floor with silicone roasting trays on my feet and my head under the sink!
Suffice to say I have now to wait until Tuesday the 9th March before a repair man can come and look at it. My rubber gloves will be happy to see so much more of the sink I'm sure.
Additions to the family
This special day precedes Sam's 21st birthday so we will have many reasons to celebrate. Actually he did give me some surprising news at the weekend… we are soon to be adding to the family! Sam's not sure whether it'll be two boys, two girls, or one of each, but he's been really busy sorting out his bedroom to make space for them.
I have to say I'm really impressed with their living space, and would very much like a special room like this for myself. As you will have now realised from the photo, I'm talking about ghekos and not humans.
These little lizards love the warmth and have a special heat lamp that keeps the temperature at a constant 21 degrees. They have trees to climb, foliage to play in and warm sawdust to lie on… the only thing missing is a sun lounger!
He hasn't decided on names yet, but I'll keep you updated. I thought Kumala was good – the name of a nice red wine that has a picture of a lizard on the label – but he's going for something more practical like ratchet..!!!!
Staying with animals, I need your help again as this bloomin' black tom cat who lives in the village has discovered that he can get into the kitchen through the flap again, and terrorises Willows and Dodge, eats their food and then sprays everywhere!
I bought them collars with magnets in so that only they could use their cat flap, but Willows scratched herself raw with the collar. I know that at night we can lock them in with a tray and that might help, but during the day it would be cruel not to let them out in the fields to play, although I wouldn't want to lock them out all day in case it's cold or wet.
I'm thinking magnetised collars again and just pray Willows is more tolerant, but any suggestions you have would be gratefully received. Nothing worse than stumbling bleary eyed into a kitchen with thoughts of hot buttered toast and a cup of tea, to be greeted with the smell of cat's wee!!
On that rather odious note I'll say cheerio, and I very much hope that WHEREVER you are, the sun is shining for you.
Love Ali xx