So much heat, so many flies

Today was mostly spent in the house with large chunks spent in the shade on the terrace. Between time spent in the shade on the terrace, Mirinda was working on her DBA and I was busy in the kitchen.

I’d promised to make a Paleo loaf for lunch so there was that to make. Actually I’d given Mirinda the choice of three (Paleo, walnut or crisp bread) and she went for the Paleo because we haven’t had any since returning from France.

As well as the loaf, I also zoozed up a batch of the orange tomato and almond soup  to have before dinner then made a new jar of sauerkraut. I also tried to eradicate a strange smell that has suddenly started issuing from the pantry cupboard.

I’d already tried to find it on the spice and cheese shelf but without luck. My next option was to try the Japanese and Christmas hamper cache. Again, this was not it. Tomorrow I will go to the top shelf where strange things have been stored since Chez Gaz first opened. Who knows what sort of genetic monstrosity I’ll find.

We did leave the house at one stage. Naturally this meant going to the garden centre but, a little further down the road, there’s a church I wanted to visit. It’s called St George’s and it’s in Badshot Lea.

Two weeks ago, during my WWI researches, I discovered that the parents of the sailor who died aboard HMS Hampshire wanted to put up a memorial to their son in their local church. The church was St George’s and had only been open since 1905. Given the bare walls, the vicar was probably delighted.

The database I’m working to grow has most of the Surrey memorials but not this one…which is why I wanted to visit the church. It can now be added to the database.

In St George’s, Badshot Lea

It feels like another little piece of life has been resurrected.

Then, of course, we popped up to the garden centre in order to buy an awful lot of stuff so Mirinda can work on more pots. We seem to have an awful lot of pots already but, clearly, not enough. And, of course, what would a pot be without a plant? We also bought a lot of plants.

The plants included a few alpines which Mirinda is getting a bit obsessed with. She has already bought a library full of books on them, some grit, some plants and had me fix up the old herb table.

And that was basically our day. I cooked walnut, dill and lemon crusted salmon while Mirinda took the dogs for a cooling walk along the River Wey at Tilford and we drank a beautifully chilled bottle of Auxey-Duresses, one of my favourite white wines.

 

Salmon with a crust over roasted vegetables

One thing I noticed at the garden centre that I don’t remember seeing here before was the proliferation of citronella products. From the small table candles (like we have) to big ones that stick in the ground and oil to put in special lamps, there was a lot of it.

This will be because of the plague of flies we’re currently experiencing. It would be fair to say that the excessive heat has brought out an excessive amount of flying insects. We left Australia to get away from these little flying bastards. It’s not fair that the gradual heating of the planet has meant they’ve followed us.

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