Not Camping is what I do when my husband and offspring go camping with my sister-in-law and her offspring. They have been doing this for nine years now. There is much about camping which appeals to me; sitting around a campfire with a glass of wine, looking up at the stars, cooking bacon and eggs on a campfire, the peace, the break from modern life. I get it. The deal breaker is having to traipse across a field in wellies, in the dark to go to the loo. No thanks.
So rather than sitting at home feeling resentful about missing out on a holiday I didn't want to go on I decided to make Not Camping a holiday for me. I clean the bathroom thoroughly, I tidy up, I pick some flowers, I open a bottle, and I cook myself delicious things to eat. I love it.
Yesterday evening I suddenly felt that I had spent most of the day sitting on the sofa watching the Commonwealth Games and doing little else, so I made a list of everything I had done and was quite surprised to find how busy I had been.
~ Washed two loads of laundry
~ Hoovered downstairs
~ Emptied bins
~ Made a picnic for the campers to take with them
~ Took Tom into town
~ Washed the kitchen floor
~ Washed the shower curtain and bathmat
~ Cleaned the bathroom. My low effort way of cleaning the bathroom is to spray bath, sink and loo with cleaning products and to leave it for a few hours until I have my shower in the evening. Then I take the opportunity of being alone in the house to finish the cleaning in the nude. Much the best way.
~ Picked a bunch of lavender. I wore clothes for this, my lavender is in my front garden after all.
~ Made myself a lunch of paté (not homemade), crusty bread and cherries.
~ Made Tom a batch of white chocolate and apricot rice krispie squares
~ Made some coffee ice cream.
~ Wandered around my garden enjoying the sunshine, the quiet and taking a few photos.
~ Marinated some chicken in lemon juice, olive oil, black peppercorn, oregano and garlic.
~ Watched the Commonwealth Games
~ Made a tomato and olive salsa by dicing a couple of tomatoes, a handful of black olives and little red onion and mixing it with a spoonful of capers, some olive oil, a splash of vinegar and salt.
~ Poured myself a kir.
~ Grilled my chicken, setting the smoke alarm off in the process.
~ Ate the chicken with green leaves and tomato and olive salsa.
~ Whipped some cream (leftover from ice cream making), sandwiched two meringues (leftover from last weekend) with the cream, added raspberries and a drizzle of cassis.
~ Ate it all whilst watching Sherlock. I'm having a Sherlockfest this week and will watch all nine episodes.
~ Drank some white wine.
~ Went to bed and read some of Persuasion.
~ Couldn't get to sleep for ages because it was so hot.
Today I have a lot less to do. There's no laundry, no cleaning or hoovering. I have a bit of ironing to do and Tom to pick up later but other than that all I have to think about is my supper -salt and pepper squid, green bean salad and coffee ice cream.