My cooking isn’t so bad after all

My sister flew back to London early this morning. Last night I made lentil soup for us all for dinner. When I said this is what we’d be having my sister looked at me as though I’d announced we’d be eating monkey’s brains then she added, “I’ll just have left-overs”. But once I started cooking she was encouraged by the smell to give it a try. It turned out to be a hit, so much so, that she had another bowl of it for breakfast this morning 🙂 If anyone wants my red lentil soup recipe it’s here and it’s delicious.

Today didn’t start off so well. When I dropped the kids at school I somehow managed to chain my handbag to the bike. Then when I was unlocking it, the chain- which is one of those coil chains and has a bit of a spring to it – flicked back as I unlocked it flinging my keys into a gated part of the school grounds. Ben very kindly offered to retrieve them for me but had to climb over a high fence with spikes on top. Fortunately he made it over and back in one piece but it was one of those moments where I thought it’s a good thing we don’t plan to have any more kids.

We discovered this weekend that our lawn mower has gone missing somewhere en route from New Zealand to Scotland. I think it unlikely that someone has stolen it because it’s a very, very old push mower which we bought second hand about 10 years ago. Why would anyone want that? It’s also a strange thing to lose because it’s not small and easily misplaced. It’s the only thing we’ve lost in the move which probably means we’ve been fairly lucky.


  1. Try Freecycle for a lawn mower or anything you might need, folk are really good. I’ve been a moderator for a few years now and I’m still surprised at how well it works in both directions.

  2. We make lentil soup too and we call it by its vernacular name.

    I didn’t really understand that chain story and how is it related to having more kids.

    How did you ship your stuff from NZ to Scotland? by ship? I wonder how only lawn mower can be misplaced unless they had to unpack and repack the stuff at some stage during the transit.

  3. I love lentil soup, your sounds lovely, with all those spices.
    That is a really weird thing to happen to your lawnmower. I lost a whole barbecue once, not in a move, I just lost it. Although since we have no garden now I would have had to get rid of it anyway, so I guess in the long run not a disaster.

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