Along with the cotton box I bought a new coat from the charity shop the other day. It was the only one I even remotely liked, it's a size 10 so it's a little bit big but it means I can wear a thick jumper or layers underneath without being too constricted. It was £6.99, so not absolute bargain basement price but it's a good price for a nice coat - I was starting to worry I'd have to look at real shops for one. I bought it not a moment too soon, the temperature has really dropped and it looks like I'll get some good wear out of it this weekend.
We visited Dan's mum last night to set up the tablet. That all went fairly well, Dan showed her how to do the very basic things and downloaded a few apps and games. They have already exchanged emails so that part of it is sorted out.
I bought quite a bit of veg at the supermarket this week so today I'm doing some cooking for the weekend and the freezer, it's as much to keep warm as it is to fill the freezer. I made a really nice and spicy berbere last night using onions, a green pepper, sweet potato, butternut squash and aduki beans, it was delicious there's enough for my lunch today and another portion has gone into the freezer.
Today I'm going to make chestnut and mushroom casserole, chestnut pie, a curry of some kind, shepherdess pie and some other kind of veg stew that I haven't dug out a recipe for yet. This will do us for over the weekend and a nice stash for some time in the future. We have gone well off the menu plan, but that doesn't matter, it's a guide not a restriction.
This weekend should be a nice, relaxing, quiet affair. There's lots of football on the tv so we'll watch some of that and I bought a cookbook, Isa Does It with a gift voucher I received for my birthday so I'll have a look through that too. I'd had a look at this book before when Dan dropped me off at Burnley library for the afternoon, I think it will be a good one for us. I've also started some embroidery so that is set to feature heavily. It's felt like a long week, but I also can't believe it's nearly a week since we were at Bowes Museum, a real mish mash of a week, but nothing to complain about.