Wednesday, 10 February 2021

A rare treat

 Husband had to go to the hospital again this morning, to have an x-ray.  I went with him again - not allowed to accompany him into the hospital, of course, but it's just nice to get out of the house.  Anyway, we had a rare treat in mind, as it was a lovely sunny morning - a picnic at Uphill beach, which is a short drive from the hospital.  I took sandwiches and a flask of coffee and we parked right on the beach - the tide was out (obviously 😂).  There were half a dozen other cars there, well spaced out (it's a big beach), several walkers and lots of dogs.  We didn't actually get out of the car....although sunny and bright, it was blooming cold still, although just above freezing, unlike the last few days.  But it was lovely to sit and look out towards Wales (we could see the Welsh coastline clearly as visibility was so good this morning) and watch all the dogs running about on the sand.  Both of us said how good it felt to do something that we used to do regularly, but haven't been able to for months.  A little bit of normality, or what used to be normal!

Husband is dithering over the car we saw the other day now, he can't make up his mind whether he wants it or not.  I've given him my opinion but it's up to him, he's the one who'll be driving it, not me.

I made yogurt for the first time yesterday, in my Multichef, it was dead easy, just a litre carton of UHT milk and a few spoonfuls of Greek-style yogurt and on the yogurt programme for 8 hours.  It's not as thick as I'd hoped, but apparently a couple of teaspoons of milk powder added, or a bit extra time, should help thicken it the next time I make it.  Or I could strain it overnight and use the whey to make scones or soda bread.  The yogurt does, however, taste really nice, it has a cleaner, purer taste than shop bought yogurt.  I will definitely make it again, we use a lot of

I don't feel like cooking today, so we're having burger, chips and beans for dinner tonight.  I suppose that's another treat, it's something we rarely have, although I do keep some burgers (beef, chicken or fish ones) and chips in the freezer for just such an occasion.


  1. The weather here has been lovely, bright blue skies but oh my, it's cold! It's nice to grab a little bit of normality when you can. Who knows when we'll get back to anything like REAL normality. We're having (veggie) burgers in buns tonight too. 😁 xx

  2. It's cold and dry here today, happy to again missed the snow, just keeping everything crossed we get away with it for the remainder of this winter. 3 years ago we went down to 1 car, mine it's a small i20, hubby is 6'2"and was not sure, now he OK, I do think he would like a bigger car, but we don't need one. Small normal things do make a good day.

  3. It sounds like you had a good day. I hope the x-rays showed good news and not bad. It does do us a lot of good just to get out and about when we can doesn't it. Walking with Suky this morning in the sunshine was lovely even if it was so bloody cold.

  4. Glad you had a good day out even if it was for an xray which I hopw will be all good news. Very cold here but we have had sun which is so welcome.

  5. Glad you had an almost normal day!

  6. I often strain my yogurt and I agree about the taste, home made is delicious! Generally speaking, the lower the fat content of the milk, the thinner the yogurt. 'Full fat' milk makes gorgeous yogurt, I think!

    Almost normal sounds wonderful and a trip to the beach just fabulous. I'm so glad you were able to take the trip.

  7. Hope all went well at the hospital. Sounds like an amazing treat a picnic on the beach albeit in the car. We always have atreat meal when we have been to the hospital.

  8. I haven't been to uphill beach in ages, what a lovely treat to have a car picnic !


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