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Today’s been a mixed one here at Bigland towers. After yesterday’s unplanned adventures we’ve stuck very much to home. The slowly improving weather and lack of rain presented me with the opportunity to get out into the garden, tidy up and pot/repot more plants. I’ve now a haul of yellow Irises ready to go to a new home with the friends of Mytholmroyd station. Ironic really as my original specimens were rescued from canal dredging and bank rebuilding in…Mytholmroyd! The Irises have spread like wildfire over the past few years so I’m more than happy to pass some on as I reorganise the front garden. I’m also amassing a collection of Lupins as the original I put in the garden a decade ago has proved to be be rather invasive and in need of dividing. Add in this years bumper crop of herb seedlings and in a couple of years I could open a garden centre!

This afternoon the focus switched to shopping. The pair of us headed out to a couple of local Indian supermarkets to stock up on ingredients we were running low on, slab of tins of chopped tomatoes being one as we go through them like a dose of salts! Red lentils are another. Part of the reason for our expedition was the feast we’re preparing for Dawn’s work gathering next week. Sadly, I can’t make it as I’ve got to be elsewhere but I enjoy the cooking – even if I don’t get to see people enjoying the end result. Mind you, I’m cooking on a scale that means there’ll be plenty to go in our freezer as well as to feed other folks.

Now the day’s moving on and the two of us have decided to have a relaxing evening. Tonight we’re eating some of Dee’s fabulous home-made lasagne on a bed of salad leaves whilst we watch some entertaining but lightweight spy/action nonsense on TV. We’ve chosen ‘Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre’ on Amazon Prime. Directed by Guy Richie, it stars Jason Statham and Hugh Grant along with many other names, providing some good action sequences and quite a few laughs. Hugh Grant as an arms dealer is particularly good. So, whilst we enjoy that I’ll leave you with today’s picture which comes from yesterdays trip out to Oxenhope and Haworth. On the way back we took the road along the Northern edge of the Calder valley which offers some fantastic views. This shot was taken high above Mytholmroyd looking South-West.

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