Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A hard-working day. The bread is well advanced, and I will be able to tuck it up in the refrigerator for the night fairly soon. The extra hydration went well. I put in olives, which are breaking through the beautiful smooth sheets of gluten in a rather alarming way.

The work isn’t hard, but there are lots of little separate episodes. It starts with making a “levain” – some starter, flour and water. This time I put it near the Aga, and it was ready for the next stage in five hours or so. Last time, I had to wait until the end of the afternoon before I could start doing everything else.

Then in the midst of all this, some plants that I had ordered weeks – if not months – ago, turned up. I have dealt with some of them, and may be strong enough to do a bit more this evening.

And I knit some more sleeve.


Peggy, I think you could be right that the avocado would like a summer outdoors. We are now in the few Scottish weeks during which there is not likely to be a frost. (There was an ugly one in May.) I’ll see what I can do, about getting help carrying it out.

I am grateful for your 10-best-books lists. Gretchen, I don’t know Ursula LeGuin or Kim Stanley Robinson, and will have to investigate. Beverly, I’ll happily swap Age of Innocence for House of Mirth. It was just a make-place to indicate that I wanted Edith Wharton. But I will cling to Mansfield Park.

I love every syllable of Pride and Prejudice, but I love every syllable of Mansfield Park better. And I prefer its darkness. Mr Darcy is utterly wonderful, but real life does not offer many such. Henry Crawford, ¾’s villain, is much closer to young men I have actually known. And his sister!


  1. Be careful if you put the avocado outside that it doesn't get too much sun at first. It could get sunburn! Perhaps in Scotland this is not such a worry...

  2. I would take House of Mirth over Age of Innocence, as well. I can't really narrow down to ten books. I'll have to really think on that. Gertrude Jekyll is the only one of our David Austin roses that is doing well, I picked a few to bring the scent indoors.

  3. I find as I age that I am reading novels more than once very often. If I get to a care home with my marbles intact, and this is never a given, I expect I would be even more likely to re-read. But a Kindle and a healthy bank account sounds like a good option. books re-read recently: "Busman's Honeymoon", "North and South", "Eleanor Oliphant is completely Fine," but not "Normal People".

    1. Anonymous4:09 PM

      I too would vote for North and South. I re-read it just last winter.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  4. Anonymous1:06 AM

    I really like the sweater in progress!
    Your book list is very thought-provoking. I am not ready to come up with my own list yet.
    Thanks as usual for your posts! Much appreciated.
    Your idea of "nothing much happening" is a lot more than most can manage in a day ...
    keep well
    Lisa RR

  5. Anonymous11:10 AM

    I agree with Lisa! You stay very busy and involved in the world around you, Jean. You are an inspiration. Chloe

  6. =Tamar4:15 PM

    Lisa is right. I do far less than that. I'm currently working through a bag of books I was given, and will pass them on as soon as I can. I should probably reread some Austen.

  7. This is wonderful knitting entertainment:

  8. I suspect the fact that Mr. Darcy was so unusual was the reason Elizabeth married! Otherwise no way. Agree with you re: Mansfield Park!