Saturday 11 February 2023

A sorrowful short story

 Sadly, Susan and I have sought a separation. The situation went south. More stagnant than sour and she’s sashayed out of the scullery. She said things were frosty between us. I said the cost of living prevented me leaving the heating on all day and my kitchen is delightfully cool and I’m not posh enough for a proving drawer. She said I was posh enough to use organic flour and I said well she was spoilt from the start , letting her sleep in the spacious set up she had.  I said she was actually a non starter so she was now surplus to requirements. Sullenly and slowly, she sludged her way down the sink towards the sea and I went to a supermarket to spend my dough on a ready baked  loaf from the bakery! 

Love from Rachel *starting again with Sally in the Spring, with a smaller jar and none organic flour* Radiostar xxx 

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Happy Valley - The End

 Well, that was one of the best hour’s and a bit that I’ve spent on a Sunday Evening, even felt a little bit sorry for old Tommy Lee Royce. Great writing, acting and direction. Loved it. 

Welol, let me introduce you now to Susan. 

Born this very evening. It’s my first go and I’ve already made a mistake but I’m going with it. 

My jar was washed, went through the dishwasher and then I sterilised it some more by drying it off in my oven that I’d turned off after making tea. 

I am trying this method I found on the internet. 

Weighed the empty jar - 920g

I’ve used double ingredients because I think my jar was way too big! I’m sure I’ve a half the size of that one somewhere but let’s see what happens. It’s only flour I had in. My wholemeal flour is organic though and on a different site it said organic isn’t great for Susans. 

Oh well. 
This week so far has been hideous for news. 
Those poor people in Turkey and Syria. 
That poor headteacher and her daughter and may the murdering husband rot in hell. 
The very public case of the girl gone missing at the side of the river - those poor girls without a mum right now. The poor victims of that monster Carrick. I count my blessings I really do. 

Love from Rachel  *sourdough Starter Susan* Radiostar x 

Sunday 5 February 2023

What an amazing woman

 Last night on Twitter I saw a tweet that caused me to  follow the link and I’ve just read her blog from the start. I’ve laughed and cried and just thought the best thing to do is share her story because of never know where her story may help you or others. 

I know when it was the HG going through his cancer thing, the first thing I did was internet trawl  his type of cancer and found little bits - but not enough personal stuff - so that is why I wrote my little side blog. 

It could have been much better in hindsight. But it’s there. 

You never know.

In other news, February so far TV wise  has been busy. Yesterday I watched the Irish annihilate the Welsh and the Scots take the Calcutta cup! I also watched the amazing Tom Hanks in Greyhound. Wow what a film. We are on a countdown to the Happy Valley finale tonight safe n the knowledge we’ve a bank of Vera’s to go at! 

I did an hour of book keeping so my future self next January will thank my Feb 2023 self because I will have forgotten about it by now. I was supposed to do some crafting but chose jigsaw instead. Washing and chatting happened too. I love Saturdays for pottering. 

Today I am going to birth my very first Sourdough Starter. I e deliberated a name for it. Think I might call it Susan, the Sourdough Starter! 

I bought the far years ago but now it’s got something else in it so will need to hunt it out and wash it and stick it through the dishwasher to sterilise it. 

The health benefits to sourdough bread are what appeals to me as an occasional slice for me doesn’t seem to affect my joints in the way shop bought ordinary bread does. And I’m not a bread snob at all. Warburton white toasty would be on my death penalty last meal list - slightly toasted with butter and jam on it. I’d use it to make a chip shop chip butty too. Last meal list now has me thinking! What would I choose? Dippy egg and WWT soldiers! Anyway I’m now craving white soft bread haha and I’m not succumbing - mostly because I don’t buy it for the very reason it is my downfall! 

I’ve a shop coming this morning and it’s a shop of two halves. Plenty of healthy fruit n veg and plenty of snacks! I’m stocked up now for the rest of the month and want to try and apart from milk and maybe lunchbox fruit not buy anything else! 

One of my friends has started a 2023 temperature blanket. It’s crochet and I think it’s the stitch I know how to do! I may park the idea for next year having already lost January. But I might start either the simple crochet stitch I can do or a knitted version on March 1st and call it a seasonal blanket. Spring being my start. 

Today we will no doubt visit the elderlies and walk the dog but I may go through my wool stash to start a bank of colours to go with the temps! I may do a clear out to school too as I know I’ve far too much wool and I need the storage space for my felt!!! 

I’ve started supplying my florist friend with bespoke bride and groom gingerbread folk - she secretly gifts them!! 

I love dressing the groom the best! 

She gives me the mood board thingy and I try to match best I can! Which reminds me - I need to invoice her! Business woman of the year! 

Started supplying - I make myself laugh - done two so far!!!

Also I need to make one of these for my friend who had a baby last month. 

Right that’s enough for now. Must get busy. 

Love from 

Rachel *will probably sit here a bit longer in all honesty* Radiostar xxx