Saturday, 6 March 2010

Happy Day

Yesterday I had a very happy day. My son was feeling better and back at school after a dose of the 'flu (human, not swine). I took a deep breath and began the job I hadn't been looking forward to - painting my kitchen cupboards. They're going from cream to duck egg blue and for a couple of weeks now I've been standing at the kitchen door looking at them and thinking 'do I HAVE too?'.

But you know, once I got started I really quite enjoyed it. I've only done one cupboard and drawer so far as I wanted to see what the blue looked like, but the transformation from dingy, unmovable grease-marked cream to clean, springtime blue is such an encouragement. Hoping to get much more done this weekend.

I also had a very enjoyable time cooking. I made fish pie from a recipe in this very helpful book:

(Oh dear, how can you tell I lifted the picture from Amazon?). Full of great ideas for cost-cutting cooking, my family have liked most of the recipes I've tried from here, and getting them to eat fish pie is a triumph in itself. However, as I tipped the last of the frozen peas into the dish, I glanced at the wrapper before I threw it away...

Those tiny little words to the right of 'Garden Peas' say 'serving suggestion':

Now I don't know about you, but I don't believe putting a few peas in a bowl and tipping the rest out of the sieve and onto the table top an ideal way of serving them. I think my family would complain just a tad. How about yours? I wonder who at the 'Tesco wrapper design department' got paid to think that one up?

Yesterday I felt very content and happy with my lot. Then this morning I came downstairs to find this guy just outside my back door:

After my usual visitors of blue tits, robins and blackbirds, he was quite a spectacular sight.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Andi xx


  1. Duck egg blue kitchen cupboards, sounds fabulous. We need pics though, so hurry up with the painting, lolol!
    Oh, isn't that a handsome fella in your garden, did he stay long?

  2. Lovely post - I always make a point of looking at the serving suggestions - often it amounts to no more than - put it on a plate!

  3. Looks like the flu is everywhere lately.I'm glad your son is better! Was that a wild Peacock or someone's pet? Have a great weekend!

    Sandy xox

  4. What a ridiculous image of peas! Happy painting!

  5. Those cupboards will transform your kitchen I should think.That's something I've got to get round to doing.Mine are pine at the moment and I can't decide which colour!
    Glad your boy is better,so many bugs around at the mo.That's so funny, the frozen pea pic!

    Bellaboo :o)

  6. Can't wait to see pictures of the finished kitchen cupboards, I love Duck Egg Blue. Don't think my lot would be too happy if I emptied to peas onto the table either.

    Hugs RosieP x

  7. I will be so excited to see your kitchen, as I am thinking of doing mine too! In duck egg blue too, But one of my friends is having her kitchen done and has offered her old kitchen to me, so not sure yet! Ha the pea ad is so funny! happy weekend! suzie. xxx

  8. Can't wait to see some pictures of your kitchen , I love duck egg blue. It's great your son is feeling better, so many people seem to be poorly at the moment. Your comments about the peas really made me smile, I am afraid I am guilty of never really looking at the packaging so would have missed that. You should write to Tesco and see what they say.
    Ann x

  9. Hi Andi,
    there is an award for you to pick up on my blog.
    Ann x

  10. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your kitchen. I love duck egg blue. Glad your son's better, there so much of it around at the moment.x

  11. Hi Andi
    Your cupboard makeover sounds very exciting, and you are indeed very brave too! Can't wait to see/hear more.
    The pheasant! How wonderful - I always think that a visit from a wild animal is a very positive sign :-)
    Happy days to you,
    Denise x

  12. How funny about the peas. When I think of serving something I hope it ends up in my loved ones mouths. Looing forward to update photos on kitchen project. Have a great weekend.


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