|Today's Harvest: Snow Pea Pods and Vine|
It rained late last night and early this morning, but, later in the morning, it was sunny. I woke up relatively early for me because M had rescheduled his visit from Wednesday morning to today, saying he be arriving between 9:30a.m. and 10:00 a.m. When I went outside to unlock the gate for him, I realized that it was nice and warm in the sunshine; warmer than it was inside the house, anyway. So, I sat outside in the sunshine to say my morning prayers and afterwards, I picked some snow pea pods. I also did a little bit of weeding in the planting bed with the pea vines, but, stopped when I was realizing that I was pulling out the pea vines along with the weeds as they were all tangled up together! I replanted the pea vines that I had accidentally pulled out, but, a piece of another vine broke off and I brought it in with me. I will add the growing tips of the pea vine to the leftover stir fry.
M texted to say he was delayed a bit, but, he'll be here around 10:30 a.m., which was fine with me. He checked on the plants in the backyard and fertilized the blueberry bushes. But, today's main project was to tidy up the front section of the side yard. This is the area behind the chimney and it's where the gas meter is located and one of the feijoa/pineapple guava trees is growing. The guava tree was already here when I bought the house, 30+ years ago and it is showing signs of stress, with several sections of it drying up. There is some new growth at the bottom, though; maybe if we cut down the dying branches, it might regrow. In any case, that area was overgrown with weeds and M cleared it out, today, and pruned some of the nearby euphorbia branches, too, as they were growing over the fence into the neighbor's yard and knocking against their motorhomes that are permanently parked in their driveway, these days. While he did that, I pulled some of the weeds that were growing in the front yard. At least, the ones that were easily pulled up! There are some others that need to be dug up, but, I'm leaving them for another day.
The clouds moved in by late morning, before M left at 11:30 a.m. It was no longer sunny and warm and I went inside.
Last August, I had baked a Welsh bread known as bara brith and there was another portion of it in the fridge. I had wrapped it well and it had not spoiled, but, it had dried out. Well, I wasn't going to let it go to waste, so, I cut up a portion of it. mixed up the milk and egg mixture, added a few more raisins and cashew nuts, put it all in a dish, and left it in the fridge overnight for the bread to absorb the egg/milk mixture and soften. Early this afternoon, I baked the bread pudding:
|Bara Brith Bread Pudding|
I cut myself a piece of it while it was still warm from the oven and had it for my brunch:
|Piece of Bread Pudding|
I must say it tasted very rich and I could definitely taste the orange rinds, the ginger marmalade, and the spices I had used to make the bara brith. I think it would be great served with some custard for a dessert and I just might do that, later. But, today, I had the piece of bread pudding on its own.
I spent the afternoon repairing the quilt and I watched a few videos while I did that. It started to rain around 4:00 p.m., and it rained for about 1 1/2 hours. Then, the rain ceased and I think that might have been our last rain shower for March. There's no rain in the forecast for Friday and April promises to be a drier month.
I watched the news in the evening and warmed up leftover rice and smoked sausage stir fry for my dinner. Later, I video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A sunny morning
- More rain for the garden
- M's help with the garden
- Today's harvest
- Working appliances
Today's joyful activities included gardening and baking bread pudding (not to mention eating bread pudding!)
Plans for tomorrow include more gardening with M. some housekeeping tasks, and quilt repairs.
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday?