Cooking and housework
Domestic tasks - in particular the preparation and consumption
of food - formed an important part of the majority of our diarist's days.
These are only a few examples of some of the entries made.
Good deal on citrus fruits - made 12lbs of "3 fruit"
- After showering I prepared and cooked our
evening meal - an avocado pear with seafood dressing, curried chicken with
rice followed by ice cream.
- Washed up the dishes
and tidied up the kitchen. Riddled the ashes out of my Parkray, put new coal
on and washed glass in door and wiped hearth. Hoovered my living room and
washed the floor (with mop). By now it's time for a cup of drinking chocolate
and a biscuit. Time to make my bara brith which I put to soak last night,
and when I got the oven on I made 2 dozen scones and a carrot cake.
- The weather forecast expects
rain soon, so perhaps I'll get the bedclothes off and washed while the
sun still shines - for a change! It must be at least a month since I did them.
I suppose decent housewives would turn their noses up! Most probably wash
their sheets regularly once a week. Washing's so easy these days with
washing machines and spin dryers. I wonder what they'd make of the old
days when my mum used to give me one clean sheet a week and a pillow case
every fortnight. I had to strip my bed on Saturday morning, put the top sheet
on the bottom, turning it top to toe, turn the pillow over, and put a clean
top sheet. Then the dirties went in the boiler. Bodies and beds and everything's
so much easier to keep clean these days.
Will put some washing in the machine,
good day for drying outside. Vacuumed the downstairs rooms, froze the remainder
of the runner beans, rhubarb into pies, apple crumble in the freezer for another
day, picked more apples to freeze.
- Got my old faithful twintub
washing machine out and set to do the washing. I have to bucket the water
into the washing machine as the twin tap is too big for the washing machine
pipe to fit on, then wait for the water to heat up as it's still to warm
to have the Rayburn on this time of year to heat the water. This took a good
two hours and filled up four washing lines. It's a good job we don't
live in a town house with a tiny garden. I would never get it all dried. While
the twin tub was emptying I swept the path around the house.