Monday, 18 October 2021

Sunday


When you live alone, you fall into a pace that is uniform, which if not predictable, remains steady and measured. At midday I cut the remaining sweet peas from the garden arch and made a Korean gochujang stir fry sauce by mixing the hot gochujang paste with lemon juice, sesame oil, ginger, soy, Sherry and a bit of sugar .
I added it to sweet Spanish peppers, udon noodles, mushrooms and chicken and ate half with chopsticks and saved the rest for night shift supper.
I invested in a large jar of kimchi ( Fermented vegetables) a couple of weeks ago so had that as a small side dish 
I’m now farting with the force of the Queen Mary’s hooter because I went back for more
I washed windows, swept the path and visited the ponies with the dogs who strained their necks under the electric fencing in order to go a friendly nose to warm nose with new strangers.


I spoke to Nu who was travelling back to London from her second home in Ireland and arranged to meet her in Liverpool for dinner next Sunday. Saturday I’m going to see the acclaimed production of Antigone at the Chester Storyhouse with Gorgeous Dave which won’t be a bag of laughs but should be good and stimulating as it has a four star review in the press.

I’m also back to choir on Tuesday night.
We are finally returning to indoor singing.

I rearranged the cutlery drawer, filling one of the slots with my new collection of chopsticks which was geeking satisfying and started Richard Osman’s new mystery The Man Who Died Twice on the couch as Dorothy went at it on my sore knee.

It was here we all fell asleep 
Until the light faded and the cold air from the open back door woke me up well after five.

 

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  1. Your stir fry looks very tempting! I should try again to learn to use chopsticks but so far I'm no good at it.
    Sweet Peas are one of my favourite flowers.
    So glad indoor choir is back as I think you said you enjoyed that best.

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  2. Yay for indoor choir! I loved your posts about the choir so this would be fantastic to read about again.

    Jo in Auckland

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    1. I will write one just for you tomorrow xx

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  3. Yorkshire Liz8:19 am

    Sounds very much like my own life-alone Sunday. Mind you, clearing the cutlery drawer - how do they get so bitty? - deserves some sort of reward! Not sure if painting the inside of the shed and going to harvest festival compares! Afternoon also with a book rereading The Power Of The Dog in preparation for seeing the much acclaimed and hotly anticipated film adaptation of a book that has been a lifelong favourite. Looks like the rarity, faithful to the source material as well as Jane Campion brilliant. Have a good week!

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  4. I don't think I would have a routine if I did not have dogs-If I lapse one of two will give me a reassuring look as my dad did-it's then up sticks x

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    1. I get that, sometimes it’s easier to do nothing if you didn’t have little ones

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  5. Indoor choir - at last! You've got some exciting and enjoyable things to look forward to. I love just drifting off in the chair, even without a bulldog chewing my knee! xx

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  6. I will be interested to hear what you think of the 2nd Osman book. I was given it for my birthday but not started yet. We read the 1st one for book club, and it didn't get a very good score tbh! We decided it was a touch of the " Emporer's new clothes". Praised because it was Osman, not for the read!

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    1. I thought the first Osman book was too much “throw everything at the wall and see if it sticks”. Found the second one quite a bit better.

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    2. I get why you say that
      He seems more paced now

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  7. Only a few years younger than me and you fit so much into your life. To be fair to me, we are locked down until the end of the week, but still.

    The photo for the newspaper really is quite good.

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    1. Thank you Andrew, the baseball hat hides a lot

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  8. Sounds like a lovely, peaceful Sunday after the wedding shenanigans.

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  9. When I read posts like this of yours it makes me wish they were all encapsulated safely in a book of mini day-to-day diary like chapters. So well worth reading over and over.

    Write that bloody book man!!

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    1. It’s boring to many, but I kind of like reading about ordinary things on others blogs

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  10. Kimchi is great! I've been thinking of trying my hand at fermenting it myself.

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    1. I wouldn’t trust myself making my own

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  11. A busy life, and a long nap. Bliss.

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    1. I don mind napping before night shift. Usually it’s a waste

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  12. Just wanted to thank you for writing about Miriam Margolyse a while ago (and showing her book in this post). I've since looked her up and have been watching videos of her on Graham Norton. Just the laugh I've needed! I just signed that Osman book out of the library, too! Your meal looks delicious. -Jenn

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    1. She was and is such a professional chat show guest pure gold when you want to shock

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  13. Mrs. G.1:04 pm

    It's scary how the UK seems to have gone back to living a lifestyle as before Covid when in reality there are alarmingly rising cases and mounting deaths. The government is abysmal letting this happen and they seemed to have learned nothing from the pandemic. The many, many people who have lost loved ones must feel very let down. Yet it continues. If choir was stopped before why is it suddenly now ok to have it again? The risk is still there. Our local hospital is bursting at the seams with Covid patients and the staff are slowly sinking under the burden (a relative is on the nursing staff) The government seems to be oblivious.

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    1. We will be still social distancing in the hall and our numbers re limited. Everyone has had two jabs and most of has the booster too. I’m not worried too much but the lack of precautions in some social meeting places does worry me

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  14. I believe the main ingredient of kimchi is cabbage, is it not? That explains the farting!

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    1. Yes , usually is cabbage but it can be my fermented vegetable

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  15. Barbara Anne2:39 pm

    I envy your energy to accomplish so very much - including cooking from scratch. You're a brave soul to have this food on board while at work! I'll pass on the kimchi, however.
    Hurrah for indoor choir! "He who sings, prays twice"
    Again, ta for a lovely morning read and I'll join the chorus to ask for that book you're to write!

    Hugs!

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    1. Yes I’m looking forward to choir …it will be lovely to get back

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  16. Sounds like a terrific day! Glad you are happy!

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  17. Fermented vegetables - probably good for your gut biome but no one in your near vicinity by the sounds of it. Literally!

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  18. It sounds like a good day! I can't imagine a demanding partner adding to the serenity much.
    Sweet peas in October, how lovely! And your stirfry is impressive, looks professional.

    lizzy x

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  19. Sounds like a nice gentle day, pleasing yourself and the dogs. A couple of those would be lovely!

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  20. A quiet day. Sometimes they are nice and sometimes I feel fully dissatisfied with them. Just depends on my mood.

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  21. I do fall into a slower pace when I am alone. I am appreciating it more. While I do enjoy sleeping next to the occasional someone, I don't think I will be living with someone again any time soon.

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  22. I hate bein gwoken up by the cold - but you did have a bulldog to keep you warm.

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  23. A marvelous day....all but the kimchi of which I am not fond.

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  24. Are you left handed?

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  25. How nice to get back with the choir in your regular meeting place. It sounds like you've had a lovely day and by the way, you are a good cook!

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    1. I’m getting better, I was les n verge cook bu a better baker

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  26. Kimchi was a question on University Challenge tonight. I couldn't remember the word so I just shouted out "it's what John Gray had for his lunch today!"

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  27. Another chapter in the life, a lovely read today John lots to look forward to, the choir and a lovely weekend ahead.

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  28. I've just noticed a Korean Food Shop nearby, so a large jar of Kimchi will be on my shopping list.

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  29. My middle Son returned from South Kore in April after spending a year teaching English there. He has returned with a love of Kimchi and Korean food and a realisation that English noodles are a shadow of what they should be


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  30. You are discovering your hidden Asian side! Maybe you were Asian in a previous life?

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