We blew the insides from the eggs, Zerlina painted them and we made cakes, which I iced and z decorated. The new mixer has come up trumps in every respect, though I have a small difficulty in removing the lid from the liquidiser. My hands have very little strength now and struggling with something like that makes them hurt for a couple of days. I’ll have to be careful to tighten the lid only just enough.
I don’t know what I did yesterday, but I had shooting pains down my left leg to my knee, which is unimportant – just referred pain from my hip – but uncheering. It’s all right again now, it seems to be fairly random.
Zig gave me a couple of bracelets that needed slight repair and a friend of mine has, since his enforced early retirement because of a back problem, set up a business with his partner making silver jewellery. I knew nothing about this until I received silver earrings in the post as a 60th birthday present. I had no way of knowing who they were from, until he emailed me a week or so later – we’d lost touch rather, when he moved 15 miles away to live with said partner, but he still had an old but extant email address of mine. We’ve become Facebook friends since, which is the easiest way of keeping in touch with people you hardly ever see, he and Liz called round, kindly, after Russell died and so I thought of him when Zig asked if I knew a silversmith. Repairs aren’t really his line of work but I know that he’s unusually obliging and loves to help people.
Zerlina will stay for another couple of days, so I hope it’ll be fine enough to spend time outdoors. We get so little rain here that a downpour takes me by surprise, though at least we weren’t caught in it. I popped out this afternoon when it was fine, checked the greenhouse, fed the chickens and picked some goosegrass for the tortoises. Minutes after I got back indoors, it was pouring again and blowing a gale.
I’ve been catching up on the washing. I hadn’t done any since arriving home from Zig’s – well, since before leaving for Zig’s, nearly three weeks ago. Oh dear.