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I’m off to a good start – I got the month right today! Yesterday, for some unfathomable reason, I managed to move us back a month in time until a friend (thanks Trevor Stone!) spotted the error and Tweeted ‘November’? Oh, the joys of getting older and trying to do too many things at once!

Today’s been a quiet day here at Bigland Towers. It’s the one day of the week where a lie-in is in order. Mind you, the fact the weather was dull and dark wasn’t exactly an encouragement to leap out of bed. When I did most of the day’s been spent catching up on work, making lists of all those things I should have done but haven’t – or cooking. The cooking bit meant that the pair of us did get out for a short walk, but only to a local supermarket to pick up the last few ingredients I needed to make tonight’s meal.

On our way home from the concert last night we decided to throw caution to the wind and get one of our rare ‘take-outs’ from an Indian cafe/restaurant we knew in Huddersfield. This was only our fourth during the whole of lockdown and beyond so you can et the idea of how rare a treat it is. We’d eaten there before so were looking forward to it. A combination of chicken Balti, Prawn Curry, Saag Aloo and a Garlic Naan set us back £30 which was a heck of a price increase over 2 years ago. Not only that, the quality was nowhere near as good as before. We were both disappointed but then we remembered why we rarely get take-outs. We can cook far better meals ourselves. So, to make up for the let-down I cooked a way superior (home-made) dish tonight that was far tastier and as cheap as chips in comparison – a Malaysian Yellow curry packed with chicken and vegetables which fed us both and left enough to add to our collection of home-cooked ready meals in the freezer.

This brings me (tenuously) on to my picture of the day. I’ve managed to scan a few more old slides from Indonesia, where the quality and cost of food is far superior to what we get in *dear* old Blighty. But then so much is grown locally – as this picture shows. Much as I love walking around the Pennies, there’s something rather special about wandering through the rice paddy fields of Bali…

I too this picture in January 1995 at Tirtagangga in Eastern Bali on a walk from the homestay in the fields where we were staying. The fields are kept irrigated by an amazing system of ducts and channels which allows water to cascade from the mountains to the sea. It’s said that the local ‘Banjars’ (village councils) always make sure that the farmer at the bottom of the system is put in charge of irrigation as it’s in their interest to ensure that water gets through!

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