Thursday 24 December 2020
I'm totally behind schedule this Christmas, but I'm sure many are with all the changes that have been happening...
Usually I review my year, revisiting the fun things I've taken part in since January, plus my word count to date, and a final total at the end of the month.
I have done lots of reading, gardening, and making cakes. I've also completed some writing, but my word count is way down on previous years.
My prompts were originally put together for an exercise for Nottingham Writers' Club members, that didn't happen. They sat on my computer (waiting for another Christmas) until I submitted them last year, and they were accepted for the book.
Then Corona virus took over the world and normal life changed...
Like many writers, I thought the time would be spent working on the novel, but my characters thought otherwise and they went into lockdown too. I tried but the novel wouldn't progress.
My family had the virus, and there was a daily cleaning routine, and ensuring the food was rationed so we had enough to get us through the isolation, until it was safe for someone to go shopping- we couldn't get an online delivery.
April- my trusty Kindle e-reader finally stopped working, and I decided to replace it with a Paperwhite, but like online delivery slots, kindles were out of stock too. I eventually got my new device about six weeks later, in May.
I spent most of my time out in the garden, reorganising, pruning, and nurturing seeds and plants- all good exercise. When I wasn't doing that I was baking.
The last time I made Scones, I was a teenager. They hadn't worked then, so I'd never attempted them again.
Fortunately, there were plenty of recipes online, so I did try again.
(Image on the right: A pot of Salad Leaves grown from seed)
(Image on the left: Home-made Raisin Scones)
I'm amazed I lost any weight with the amount of baking that was done this year!
And yes, Banana Bread did feature in this year's repertoire...