Monday morning has gone topsy turvy this week because Raj woke up this morning with very red cheeks. At first I thought it was a rash and as he had no temperature I took him to school - he was keen to go because he just couldn't bear to miss a day in Class 1. Then on the way there Amber remarked that it might be Slap Cheek and a couple of parents confirmed this later on. So it was a quick sit down in assembly and back home for the two of us. He's fine in himself but his cheeks and neck are itchy. I googled but couldn't find any remedy so I'm gave him some Citricidal (it's anti-viral). So he's in the sitting room playing with playmobil and listening to 'The Young Ones' by Cliff Richard and I'm getting ready for another dyeing session on Thursday. We walked down the lane earlier and picked some last bits of goldenrod and exchanged pleasantries with folk down there. I never do this nowadays. I just whizz past in my car on the way to or back from school and once at home I've usually got a ton of things to keep me here. It's a shame because it was lovely pottering along the lane, stopping and talking to people, looking at the sheep and picking cobnuts.
It brings to mind this poem by WH Davies who is from these parts:
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
As usual I digress because the point of this post is to ask you about pumpkin pie? Do you remember Rohan's pumkin? Well he wants to use it and the only thing I can think of is pumpkin soup or pie. I cut it into quarters and it's a bit green in two places but I think it's OK (what do I know about ripe pumpkins!)
So do you have a favourite pie recipe to share? Dare I ask but is pumpkin pie really worth making? I cannot believe that this flavourless mush (sorry Rohan) is going to make a delicious pie? Are there any vital ingredients to include? Should you eat it hot or cold, with cream or without? I'm going to put the bits in the fridge until I hear from you..........................
PS Don't forget to look at the chutney recipe in the previous post.