Wednesday, June 03, 2020


It’s far from perfect – and a bit underdone. But I feel rather pleased with myself.

As you might expect, I was exhausted by the effort, and the kitchen remains more than a bit floury. But I couldn’t face you again without doing some knitting, so I sat through some of the daily government virus briefing, and much of the news. The EPS now measures something like 11 ¼”. (I’m aiming for 14-15”.) This is surely the low point, the trek across the desert. Sleeves are as long, or longer, but quite a bit narrower. And nothing is more fun than a yoke.


Helen’s husband David, a lawyer by profession, is here in Edinburgh at the moment (he works in Thessaloniki) and unable to work for his bank, even at a distance, because of complicated and alarming rules. So he will come here tomorrow and straighten out my life instead. I have just had from my lawyer a mighty envelope-ful of what I think is the final paperwork connected with my husband’s death. I haven’t even dared look at it.

My nephew Theo, my sister’s son, has lost his job (like so many) and has been engaged by the Democratic national convention to oversee their COVID-19 arrangements. He has worked for at least one Convention before, and for at least one of Obama’s inaugurations, He is a brilliant organiser, never more so than at his own wedding. I am surprised that there is going to be a Convention, but if there is, Theo is certainly the man to keep COVID-19 under control.


I hadn’t quite been aware of “The Mandibles” (by Lionel Shriver), Mary Lou, and won’t now be tempted to read it. It’s obvious from the current New Yorker interview that she worries a lot about the collapse of the financial system. I think much the same thing happens at the end of Evelyn Waugh’s “Vile Bodies”.

I am continuing to read “So Much for That” if only because I can slide through it so quickly. It’s very padded. It’s the one I mentioned yesterday, that Amazon had to remind me I already owned. My real reading at the moment is another Montalbano (in Italian) – there, I have to pay attention.


  1. That loaf looks spectacular! The gorgeous cracking on top, the big holes. Something beautiful and positive after a complete wreck of a week.

  2. Gorgeous bread! I love sourdough, so I am longing for that smell-o-vision and taste-o-vision that cartoons in the ‘50s promised child-me. Congratulations!

    What I love about the knitting the body is the magic way it remains the same 11” day after day until one day, it’s 15! Keep slogging on — the yoke is coming soon!


  3. Beautiful loaf!

  4. Congratulations Jean, your bread looks amazing (expect it tastes even better)!

  5. Yummmm! I can almost smell your bread! I hope Theo has a successful convention. I live in Charlotte, NC and the Orange POS in the White House has pulled his convention from our city because our governor will not promise to ease all restrictions by then. I know it will be a hit on an already hurting economy, but I cannot be sorry.

  6. Good for you, Jean. That loaf of bread is beautiful.

  7. Your bread looks wonderful!

  8. Anonymous10:03 AM

    What beautiful bread! Provisions for that trek across the desert. Although Andrew Marr might be better suited to get you there:). So interested to see how the EPS plays out. Chloe

  9. Your sourdough bread looks wonderful, now the next problem is to restrain yourself from eating it all in one sitting. A friend has recommended I take a look on YouTube at 15 mistakes made when making sourdough bread and I have to say it makes interesting viewing.

  10. That is gorgeous! Slathered with butter, I hope! There are many reasons I prefer bottom up sweaters, and the trek across the desert is one. I get the yoke to look forward to. Right now I have finished all the fun and just heading toward the hem.

  11. =Tamar6:06 PM

    Mmmmm. That loaf looks good.
    I wonder if scoring the top is the secret. I never heard of it back in the 1970s when I was baking sourdough.

  12. Your bread looks delicious - congratulations!