Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Spring bank holiday

Phew it has been hot! We took our boat down to its new mooring on the Great River Ouse. Bit of a performance to launch it on the narrow concrete slip way but luckily the lock  keeper wandered over to check our river licence and gave us a hand. This is a new location for us and we are looking forward to exploring the river system.

A family of swans floated by and we saw several interesting birds including a great crested grebe with young. 

We went down the river a bit and turned into the River Wissey. Just as we were remarking what a nice narrow river with overgrown banks full of wild flowers and deciding to do a three point turn back to our new mooring when a great big full width motor boat loomed up. Quick turn into the reeds and we beetled off out the way.  It was a busy bank holiday on the river!

We were going to eat lunch at the pub but it did not open till 12 noon and past experience was that it takes ages to get served (plus nothing on offer less than £12 a plate) so we had a quick cool drink and some crisps and came home for a late lunch.  This was the first packet of crisps I have had in a year - what happened to the fat and/or taste?  I had heard the producers have reduced fat, salt, etc in these foods but not realized the results were so revolting!


At home I found some cheap prawns in the freezer my daughter in law had left after a recent visit and used these to flavour a risotto with our spinach and topped with some asparagus from the garden.
Plenty of lettuce in the poly tunnel and my husband has started to harvest some cucumbers from the greenhouse.  So we are deep into salads at present - no tomatoes ready yet.  The plants are about 18 /24 inches high and have flowers; so it won't be long!




6 comments:

  1. I love swans, they always look so graceful on the water.

    God bless.

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  2. what a delightful trip you had,

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  3. There is something quite special about sunshine and water. We don't eat out often, probably because I think of all the food I could buy with that £12 plus the drink!

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    1. I thought exactly the same. Especially with so many spinach/lettuce/cabbage at home just waiting for us.

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  4. Sounds like fun, my cucumbers are not yet ready.

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    1. We took a chance with a very early sowing and have just planted the other 3 - so hopefully they will last into autumn,

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