Doing the Festive Season without palm oil

Yes, it’s in most things. It’s truly awful. I’ve ditched buying mincemeat in jars now after not being able to find any mince pies or mincemeat without palm oil. “Sustainable” palm oil isn’t good either. The planet can’t sustain this insatiable lust for the stuff. I can do without shop bought gravy granules, I can do without stock cubes. I can do without all the sugary biscuits and shortbread, I can do without buying that nice coffee cake I always used to get as a treat… But I can’t do Christmas without mince pies…

There’s always something you forget when you type a recipe off … I also used a two inch chunk of fresh ginger, finely chopped in this mix.

For the pear jam, I did this:

There was no way of taking a picture of the pulp going through a sieve, but that’s what I did. Then I returned the smooth pulp sans pips and etc to the pan and added sugar, heated to setting point and ladled into jars. The pear trees were in the park. Free fruit! While I was scrumping a guy in a suit stopped and asked me what I was doing. He went home to get a bag to collect pears in. I hope his jam turned out ok.

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On safari in Brighton

I wandered into a big junk shop in Brighton yesterday just on the off chance I might find something cool or interesting. First up was this duck.

Moving on!

Around the next corner I found this

And after rummaging among some tweed jackets I found this

But for that price I wasn’t feeling very Gerald Cha. Though not the worst junker I have ever seen, I moved on upstairs where there were some weird and wonderful things…

How often does one find one of those in a junk shop?! No price and I dare not ask!

Some fancy fabric on the ceiling caught my eye …

Who let professor Umbridge in?

Heading down again. I love it in there, even the stairs are full of interest

Wait! I didn’t see that on my way up!

No price on this little rusty relic. I left it where it was. Fun to see though !

On the case

Sad and peeling and forlorn, this case lid was languishing in a corner and being used as a makeshift drawer for paperwork.

I happen to have some of this stuff for peeling wallpaper, and wondered if it would do the trick on this case.

First brush off all the old loose dry glue. Yuck…

And go slowly, one little bit at a time. I spread a fairly generous amount onto the inside of the peeling fabric and let it soak in for a few minutes before adding s thin layer more and pressing down

I stuck down all the outside edges and left it to dry

Before finishing off the inside

It’s still a scruffy old case but it’s all good enough to travel now.

Ah yes, you’re right, it’s the case for my 1938 Corona Silent 🙂

Always carry a letter

I saw this Remington in the window of a charity shop on my way to catch my train from the coast back to the Fens. There wasn’t time to take it out of the window display to test, so I fed a letter from my MP I had in my bag into to the machine from an awkward position and tested / demonstrated the typewriter to passers by. Eagle eyed observers will see that this machine has an American keyboard with a British conversion. Looks like it was last serviced in the late eighties. For £30 it’s not bad, I think I would have bought it if I hadn’t been in such a hurry and if I didn’t already have a house-move to deal with! Anyway, combining two subjects here, I can relate my MPs response to my People’s Vote postcard. Needless to say, I intend to keep up my end of the conversation until that so-called meaningful vote in the House has been cast…

The fluffy white animal (stoat?!) got knocked off its perch with the carriage return. Oops.

One of 700,000

So after the big day some of us wrote to our MPs… this picture was taken early on as we waited to join in the throng. It was great to see so many wonderful placards, and fantastic to be among so many high spirited passionate and well behaved people 😉

I was so in the moment I didn’t get my phone out for the whole day. A lot of people asked me what my sign meant… so I thought I’d better include an explanation for my Tory Brexiteer MP ( I didn’t vote for him).