Sarah's blog post today was titled "Midweek miscellany" and it seemed the perfect title for the random stuff happening round here this week.
When our dog died a couple of years ago, I needed something to replace my twice daily walks. Getting another dog was not practical (although I would love another one) so instead, I joined our local health spa/gym, where not only can I take any of the classes on offer - I do Pilates a couple of times a week, but I can also swim in a fabulous 25m pool that is always virtually empty. Those of us who swim regularly complain that it's busy when there are more than five people swimming... and then after we can use the sauna or steam room and shower with all towels and toiletries provided... not bad for less that £10 a week! But I digress...
The purpose of telling you this is that about a month ago I noticed a heavily laden "pear" tree in the grounds. I was tempted to help myself but thought better of it, so when after my swim on Monday morning I bumped into the gardener and asked him were they pears or quinces I was delighted when he told me they were quinces and I could help myself! Unfortunately there weren't many fruit left that were still good and these three were all I came away with... not enough to make quince jelly like Christina, as I'd hoped.
So I improvised and made a quince, apple and blueberry crumble cake. (Nigel Slater's Gooseberry crumble cake without the gooseberries)
Rather good with cream or warm with ice cream... although I'm not entirely sure I can taste the quince!
Yesterday I taught my last class for a couple of weeks which means I've got some time to catch up with some of my own work. Today I got started on a very long overdue commission.
And I also delivered another one... made for a very special little boy who is football crazy! Not at all my usual subject matter but I really loved making this.
I've also found time to make some more of these flower brooches for another project I'm hoping to finish in the next couple of weeks. It's amazing how much I can get done when I'm not preparing for classes.
I've also got another weekend away coming up... but no teaching this time... more about that next week, when no doubt I'll be back with more miscellany!
I was writing this post whilst trying to watch the wonderful Grayson Perry on TV last night, that is mostly just writing when the adverts came on, so there is a good chance it is even more random and miscellaneous than I intended!