I made marmalade this morning - here it is, all hot from the pan and before I had destickyfied the kitchen. I have enjoyed listening to the lids popping as the vacuum is created in the jars. As I am trying not to eat cakes and sweet things generally there will be nothing for it but to resort to housework to keep me warm from now on! Before you start being impressed, I must confess that I did it the lazy way and opened a tin of orange pulp and added sugar and water. I know it's cheating but the flavour is very good and maybe next time I'll make it properly - real honest to goodness homemade marmalade is unbeatable.
I'm still coughing and croaking but gradually getting better. I really begrudge the amount of energy lost in coughing - I don't have it to spare. I think this must be the 5 week virus as I've been like this for a good three weeks already. At least I'm more than halfway through.
A nice thought: In little more than six weeks we shall be putting the clocks forward and the days will really start to lengthen.
With all the dire warnings of icy roads over the weekend, take care and keep safe as well as warm.
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