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A riot of herbs on our balcony

Flowering coriander
Flowering coriander

With all the wet weather we’ve been having, the herbs Josh planted on our balcony have gone mad – huge lovely sweet-smelling bushes.

The delicate white flowers of our coriander mean that we shall soon have to replant as once they have gone to see they will die. We will collect the seeds for next time.

I’m personally not that fond of the taste of coriander, but today I will use it to flavour my carrot and orange soup and for my Rogan Josh curry next week. Jane told me she adds fresh grated ginger to her carrot and orange soup – it certainly gives it a zing – so it’s part of my recipe now

Variegated thyme in flower
Variegated thyme in flower

We have two kinds of thyme – the variegated thyme is in flower – and we have both curly and flat-leaved parsley.

We mainly plant herbs bought in the supermarket but every now and again Josh scours the garden shops for more interesting varieties.

In the autumn, I pick big bunches and freeze them in little pots for when they have died back.

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ANOTHER LOVELY WEEKEND IN SAN SEBASTIAN

Blue sky; blue sea
Blue sky; blue sea

Well the sun did shine some of the time, though it also rained some days – though it doesn’t matter if you’re staying with your lovely family, all busy getting on with work and school and Uni.

Made our usual pilgrimages to the Basque supermarket Eroski and across the border to Quiksilver and Carrefour. As usual had an excellent lunch at the Quiksilver café but for once didn’t buy any jackets there or bread flour in Carrefour.

A sunny London morning

Trying built in borders is irresistible, even if they are a bit daft
Trying built in borders is irresistible, even if they are a bit naff

Finally a sunny morning though it’s still a bit cool. Amazing to think only a couple of weeks ago we woke to temperatures of 21°C.

Trying out Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and couldn’t resist this silly border. Might even use the image as a birthday card. Resent the prices you have to pay for cards these days and always make my own.

The masks were in a shop window in the  little walled town near the Gruyere cheese factory in Switzerland.

Wonderful London

Roof of the Hayward Gallery                                Yayoi Kusama -  Walking in my Mind
Roof of the Hayward Gallery – Yayoi Kusama – Walking in my Mind

I love living in London – so much to do and so much to see – but I wish the weather was a bit more consistent. Got soaked yesterday on my way to a meeting to discuss Woman in a White Coat and roasted in my waterproof jacket when the sun came out.

But what would we talk about to strangers passing in the night if we didn’t have our unpredictable weather?