If on St Swithin’s Day, it is rainy weather, it will rain more or less for 40 days together.
It just goes to show how ridiculously superstitious I am that I waited till nearly the end of St Swithin’s Day, ie today, to post this.
Basically, the old wives’ tale goes, if it rains on July 15, you then get a lot more of it. So I’m very very glad that today’s been the first entirely dry one for ages. Here’s hoping
I hope it is nice this week, as I’m off work, woop! I suddenly realised the summer weeks were all getting snapped up by my colleagues and if I wanted one, I had to get in there pretty snappy – so I did
I’ll be riding, going shopping as I haven’t been for ages, catching up with friends I don’t see very often and hopefully going to watch some showjumping at Hickstead, weather permitting.
And on a similar equestrian-type note, these arrived yesterday:
Tickets to the Olympics! We’re going to the individual final of the kur, or dressage to music… as I said to a girl at work, if you don’t like horses, you’ll think something along the lines of “er… great” but if you do, I think you’ll agree it’s absolutely beautiful to watch and so skilful – and we’ll be seeing the medal ceremony – can’t wait!
The only bad thing about these arriving is that I had to sign for them – and the postman delivered them at 7.45am yesterday. I heard a knock on the door while I was asleep, stumbled downstairs and hid behind the front door as I opened it. I remember the postman saying they needed signing for, taking one look at my Thing From the Swamp just-woken-up face and Thing From the Hedgerow bed hair and saying hastily “I’ll just sign it myself, shall I?” I mumbled “yes, because I’m asleep”… I think I must have dreamt the screech of bicycle tyres; he couldn’t have been that desperate to get away. Could he?
On a food note, it may not be at all summery, but it’s all about summer breakfast at the moment:
Strawberries, blueberries, yoghurt and home made granola – perfect.
I also tried something new, thanks to Genius. I had an email asking whether I’d like to try some new products and as I really like the Genius bread (the closest GF loaf I’ve had to the real thing) I said yesthankyouplease. They sent me croissants and pain au chocolate.
I had a croissant first, with raspberry jam:
I have to say my first thought was “I don’t like it”! It was because it didn’t taste as I expected it to – but I’m nothing if not tenacious so I kept at it – and actually, was really impressed. It wasn’t exactly like the “real thing”, as I remember, but it was actually almost better. The flakiness was there and it had that lovely rich flavour, just in a different way. Thumbs up to that – then on to the chocolate:
Need I say more? The pastry was a great texture; I don’t think any different to a normal gluten-containing one, and yeah… melted chocolate in the middle? Go on then.
I have to say neither of these is a product I’d normally buy, even if I could eat gluten, as I’m not a great fan of pastry. But if I were, I’d buy these. Both were delicious and if you can’t eat gluten and miss this sort of thing, I’d say go for it
Something else sweet and delicious comes courtesy of my mum. I’ve said before that she used to make us all the most fantastic birthday cakes and here’s the proof – the one she made my nephew for his seventh birthday:
Isn’t it amazing? He’s really into his underwater animals at the moment so he said that was what he wanted. My mum made the sea, island, sharks and sharks’ fins from icing, then used Lego men for the pirates… it’s just so brilliant and, just for a finishing touch, there was a treasure chest made of After Eights, with jelly sweets in it and guarded by another Lego pirate, hidden round the other side of the island – a masterpiece
And I think now, at gone 10pm, it’s probably safe even for someone as superstitious as me to publish this post… although I don’t think there’s anything that says if it’s dry today it won’t rain for the next 40… Balls
Are you superstitious? Did you have rain today? And pastry, yay or nay?