Up to a very grey, wet and miserable looking morning. “I” has another 2 days of her course to do so we’re relegated to the kitchen and bedrooms again. After breakfast and puzzles I went out on the bike for my second ride of the week. It was cold and very wet but I got round the slightly extended route about a minute less than Monday so I’m pleased with that. I don’t think any speed racers need fret but I’m pleased that I seem to be making some progress. I wish that 52km top speed lasted longer!
Had a bit of an App fight trying to get the money frmo “E”‘s cancelled London trip from the school payment site. In the end had to do it in two goes with the site administrators having to set up a temporary BACS link for our account. Not all of the money has been refunded yet, we’re still due about another 150. This afternoon had another phone appp fight, this time with “to get her old Minecraft games to transfer from her old phone to her new one. All sorted in the end but it took nearly an hour to get it sorted.
It was still raining when I took the dog for her walk so I got rather wet. Fortunately I’d changed out of the clean clothes I put on after my post-ride shower and wore clothes ready to go into the wash so it didn’t matter that they got all wet.
Played a few random games this afternoon, some cards (James Bond, Go Fish and Gin-Rummy), played a couple of hands of Uno, played some chess, some draughts and, since we’ve looked out all of our old Peruvian display games, we played a few games of noughts and crosses. The Peruvian sets got quite badly damaged during the earthquake of 2007. We were in the middle of bathing the girls (they were about 4 and 1) when we heard a sound like a jet aircraft coming up the hill. The whole world started to shake and after about 30 seconds the power went off. We could hear things falling and breaking all over the house and the quake went on for about another 60 seconds or so. Just after the lights went out “I” said ‘I don’t like earthshakes any more’. Without question, the scariest 90 seconds of our lives. We decided not to replace the damaged games, we thought it was quite a story that the damaged pieces were all broken during ‘The Quake’.
We’re having an experiment for dinner. We’ve been watching ‘Back in Time for Tea’ by the BBC which has a family trace 100 years of working class living over a number of weeks. One of the meals they made was pan haggerty, which is so similar to various ofrms of meals that I remember (and some I still make) that we decided to make a version of it. The idea behind it was to use up cheap meats or leftovers and eke things out to the end of the week. We’re using corned beef and have added cabbage to the laters of potatoes, onions and carrots. We’ll also probably top it with cheese as that seems to be an essential food group in our house! It smells delicious.