Hello everyone,

Happy Wednesday!  Today’s post is a mix of sharing my desk for WOYWW and a bit of a catch up, and of course it is also my Day 8 post for the Blog Along with Effy, it’s amazing to think that this started a week today, it seems like no time at all, eight posts have just flown by!  Links to all at the end of the post.

First the desk . . .

I’m quite embarrassed to say that this is the current state of my desk as of Tuesday 7th when I am writing this post, but it is what it is.  What it is is a dumping ground!  All of the things around the edges are always there, that’s where they live (for now anyway) but all the other stuff, well that’s things that I have dragged out to use and then not put back or things that I had to move out the way so I had space to take photos.  So for example on the left side there is a ceramic palette balanced precariously on top of two wooden trays full of pens and pencils.  That is not where that belongs!  There are a long of random things in the background, lots of stamp pads, tape, water jar, glues, pens, and then in pride of place (haha) a paper trimmer dumped on top of the green cutting mat.  The green cutting mat is usually the only clear workspace that I have on this big desk!  All this will change soon as I am planning to clear off the entire desk and use it for pasting wallpaper when I get around to fixing this room up.  So you can look forward to that desk photo where it will be totally clear!

The Garden and Miss P . . .

Miss P was my kitty escort the other day when I was working in the garden, happy cat tail up!  She only got halfway and decided to go no further, stopping next to the hydrangea, where she decided it was safe to watch what I was up to.

For some reason the hydrangea is only just starting to flower, a bit later than usual!

I did a lot of cleaning and tidying around the garden including relocating Miss P’s little outdoor chalet.  When she first turned up years ago, she was a feral farm cat who had been neutered and released into the wild.  She decided to take refuge in our garden, so I got her this little house so she wouldn’t freeze over the winter.  A few months later she became part of the family and moved into the sunroom, she uses this as shelter from the elements when she is outside during the day but prefers sleeping indoors now.

Kittens Doing Their Own Thing…

These two couldn’t be more different personality-wise. Miss Lily has ambitions to reach the ceiling in every room (she only has two left!)  I’m thinking of helping her achieve the last two so she can cross them off her to-do list. Here she is determined to reach the top of the wardrobe and therefore the ceiling at any cost!  She climbed up that bamboo screen without the aid of a net lol.

Meanwhile her brother, Mr G, prefers to lurk observe from the darkness and pounce on unsuspecting humans as they pass…

In the Kitchen . . .

I mentioned the khicheri a few weeks ago and forgot to include a photo of it, here it is now.  Khicheri is a nutritious, easy to digest dish, made mostly of yellow mung and basmati rice, with a few spices thrown in and one or two vegetables of your choice. The mung and the rice are cooked together, the mung breaks down and results in a kind of sauce with the water, which is not drained from the rice.

I also made some flat breads, some to go in the freezer but they are nicer when they are freshly baked.

They are basted with a little oil on each side and then cooked in a minute or so in a flat pan, frying pan or griddle.

Ready to eat or freeze!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients


WOYWW – #640 – What’s on my desk (I’m number #13 in the linkup!)  Happy WOYWW!

Blog Along with Effy – Day 8

Links to all the days of the September blog-along

Sept 1st – UFOs Tapestry Cushion and Harris Tweed TBD
Sept 2nd – Second on the Second – e-reader covers
Sept 3rd – There is no enjoyment like reading
Sept 4th –  A Day in the Garden and UFO update
Sept 5th – Begin the Beguine
Sept 6th – She Sells Seashells on the Seashore
Sept 7th – Vintage Children Doing Vintage Things
Sept 8th – this post
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog-along – 30 posts in 30 days same as we did in April this year.  The idea is to blog every day if you can, but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going.  There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment.

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September 20, 2021 7:20 pm

Thanks for your latest comment, Elle. I’m probably not going to be able to get round everyone this week – really behind what with my treatment and everything. Anyway, I am glad to report that I do not have glow in the dark poo lol!! I was very amused to hear about Miss P and the fact that she wouldn’t answer to Platypus!! I love platypuses – fascinating little creatures. They aren’t actually marsupials but monotremes – the only other animal in that mammalian order is the echidna, also only found in Australia. They lay eggs – the only mammals that do. The male platypus is also the only mammal that has venom – they have spurs on their hind legs and apparently the sting of a platypus is extremely painful. I also laughed at the idea of kitties with French tastes, enjoying frogs’ legs haha! If they would only eat snails as well, our plants might not get so eaten!

I hope you manage to find a puree attachment for your Kenwood – I am sure they are still available. I’ve got the little grinder attachment too but don’t use it much now, because I’ve got something similar on the Vitamix. The other Kenwood attachment I use is the grater. We don’t eat cheese any longer but sometimes I need to grate carrots or cucumbers for recipes and it’s great for that. The Kenwood is a brilliant stand mixer with a powerful motor. I’ve had mine for so long and the model looks quite dated now! I treated it to a new cover a year or two ago as the other one was split. I have 2 bowls for it and they are extremely useful in the kitchen even when not being used with the Kenwood. Great machine!

Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Shoshi x #12

Iris Flavia
September 15, 2021 8:23 am

Awwww such cute pics of your cats!

September 11, 2021 1:25 am

You made me hungry! That dish looks yummy to me…

I sit here in the night trying to catch up with the WOYWW.
So late this week.

Mr G and Miss P looks very sweet.

Have a great weekend!
Sussie nr

Julia Budd
September 10, 2021 10:45 am

You’re really busy! Your desk looks like mine so often does, when I get going, I don’t put away, precariously balanced piles of stuff is very much how I do things. I may drive myself mad but haven’t actually changed! Your garden work can only be good, that hydrangea is beautiful, the later flowering is to keep you cheered while the rest fade!

September 9, 2021 3:45 pm

oooh I have been wanting to try khicheri for a while now… yours, with the flat breads, looks absolutely delicious 🙂
You make me miss having a cat around…

September 9, 2021 3:42 pm

The kitties are beautiful, just like my kitties! I love Mr. G – his eyes are made for observing…and Miss Lily the climber reminds me of my Mittsy, who for while would set off the alarm system by climbing up to the top of the tall cabinet in my office. Seems she was after the blinking red light…the flatbread looks amazing, here I am drooling and on a low carb (no bread) diet. 🙁 Have a great week, Lindart #29

September 9, 2021 3:11 pm

My desk looks like that way more often than I’d like. *lol*

Your flat bread looks delicious!!

Sara K
September 9, 2021 3:04 pm

I love all the kitties and their personalities. My desk looks similar as we are moving in a couple of weeks – so actually I think my whole house is a mess. haha

Thanks for sharing – and now I need a snack because the end of your post made me hungry.

September 9, 2021 1:02 pm

Cats, messy desk, yummy food – what a lovely read, thank you.

September 9, 2021 12:47 pm

Your kitties are so cute! I love that Miss P has an outdoor chalet.

As for your desk, I thought I was looking at a photo of mine! Kindred spirits…..

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