Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Weekend edition, I'm sure like me you've enjoyed the sunshine, although would have spent it differently under normal circumstances...not sure that is a good or bad thing.
It's been a good chance to recharge the batteries and focusing on enjoying being at home rather than dashing around.
What are my positives over the weekend:-
1. I like prunes. You'll have to follow previous editions re this, it's been a saga.
Anyway, I was very kindly provided with a recipe that involved lamb, prunes, cinnamon, ginger, onion and garlic, and in our household it was a 50% success. As in two adults are raving about it, two teenagers are less keen. Thank you Susan !
Unfortunately it only used half a tin . . .
2. New skill No. 1 Before moving on to my new skill No. 2 below, my head gardener (who I normally call 'Dad') mentioned that he hadn't managed to get our petrol lawnmower started this year.
Now, the last engine I worked on was in 1988, my first car - a Citroen 2CV...
So I was a bit concerned about dealing with something as powerful as our lawnmower.
Nonetheless, a few bruised knuckles later the spark plug was cleaned, the oil was topped up, the petrol was in, andit fired up ! Result(and it saved me a £50 service bill)
3. New skill No. 2
Our garden is frequently admired by people in our village, and I have to say looking after it istotallyeffortless. I go to work, come home and find the flowers flowering and lawn, er, lawning (?)
But my head gardener (see above) isn't able to assist this year so I'm having to learn a new skill. I understand that the technical term is 'mowing' .
Having solved problem number 1, I now find that I can 'Atco' the lawn, which I'll add to my CV along with 'Dysoning' the carpet. I hope I don't get them confused.
I'm told I need to it more than once, so I've added it to my diary in September.
And now for something completely different...
It's Sunday, and we're all having a very odd time.
The following is a prayer which was recited to me by a market seller in Saint Lucia. She had lost her teenage child to cancer and found faith at the same time. It struck a chord with me then and came back into my mind today.
In trying to find the exact wording online I found that it's also the Alcoholics Anonoymous prayer, originally written in 1932 by Reinhold Niebuhr.
Frankly, I think it works as a prayer or as a personal 'mission statement' , so treat it as you will.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference"