Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Dentist day and my new toy.

I had the first part of a root canal today. It wasn’t too traumatic but now the  anaesthetic has worn off. It is aching again. The dentist said it should settle down in a day or two. I hope he is right. 

It has been warmer today and the camellia is finally in flower.

The rhododendron is a bit pot bound and droopy looking. 
I gave it a good water and topped it up with some compost. It may be diseased but I didn’t have the strength to pull it out of the pot to look at the roots. I will do it at the weekend. 

Back in 1981 when I got married I had a kenwood chef mixer. It finally gave up on me after 30 years. For the last 10 years or so I have had hand mixers.

I have got through quite a few so decided the time had come to have a decent mixer again.
They still look quite bulky but the technology has changed. My old mixer never got to the sides of the bowl and I always had to scrape around  with a spatula to get the unmixed bits. This one tilts as it rotates to get to all areas in the bowl. I just put all ingredients in and pressed go. No skill required. 
I had to taste it to see if it was ok. Cake is soft enough for me to eat without pain so I enjoyed a slice for an afternoon treat.

I am pleased with my purchase. I think it will be well used. I’m hoping to start bread making again . I also had to replace the garden hose as it split last year. That is enough spending for now. 

Diamond Dave has been investigating a leak under Vera the van. It seems to be the radiator hose has perished. I need to get inside and check everything is working. One of the hobs doesn’t stay lit so we need to fix that. I can hardly believe that in a few weeks we can have our first trip out. It seems so long ago since we went anywhere. What a year it has been.


  1. A long year, enjoy planning your 1st trip, I do miss our campervan.

  2. What a lovely mixer. You are going to love using it.

    God bless.

  3. I spent much of yesterday re-potting a large Phoenix Palm that was bursting out of its pot. Roots were coming out everywhere and it took about 30 mins just to cut it out of its 'much too small' home. I hope it'll be happier now. I expect your Rhododendron could use the same treatment; otherwise it looks OK.

    Back in England I still have my mother's original Kenwood. I once broke a small plastic piece underneath the liquidiser attachment, phoned the company, and they sent a replacement at once (with a tiny bill). I have never known such wonderful customer service!!

  4. Sorry to hear about the root canal. Yay for a new mixer. I managed the first 20 years of our marriage with just a hand mixer, and even though I have full size one now, I still prefer to use the hand mixer if possible. That cake looks yummy sitting on that sweet piece of china.