School Night for the Girls

The children all upstairs in bed. Some sounds of activity, but settling down a bit since a few shouts up from me, reminding the girls that this is in fact a school night. Sindy has gone home, her final assertion of the day, laying out two school uniforms for the girls to adorn in the morning. John in London tonight, so just me sat here in the company of Remus and Gracie. They look relaxed.

I made a mushroom lasagna earlier, I thought about giving it to the children, but none of them are great lovers of mushrooms. To be honest, it would be wasted on them. A bechamel made with minced mushrooms and reconstituted home dried and fresh chestnut mushrooms make the ‘meat’ of the filling. By using a combination of both, you get a tasty and meaty texture. Baked with a cheesy topping, then liberally dusted with freshly grated Parmesan on service. Proper grown up lasagna I would say.

The guys spent a couple of hours at the park with friends this afternoon and all came home feeling ravenous. Home made smokey bacon burgers in a bun with fries was had for dinner and freshly picked raspberries (the last of) and blackberries picked from the brambles at the end of the driveway for dessert. I also spent some time in the orchard this afternoon picking a mass of apples that should make their way to becoming an apple and blackberry crumble tomorrow and of course, apple pulp for my next Jammin session.

An update in the morning regarding the girls setting off for school. I am so very proud of both Amritsar and Tara. Here’s looking to next Monday when we finally see all of our not so famous five, heading out to ‘Big School’. The end of an era for sure…

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

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