The day before yesterday, at the Oxfam shop, my manager (not manageress!) Catherine gave me a certificate and bronze badge to mark my five years as a volunteer. It doesn't seem so long ago but I really did begin working there in early December 2014. Every Wednesday afternoon - week in week out. It has become the hub around which the rest of my week seems to revolve.
Yesterday I made a tasty evening meal for yours truly and for Nurse Pudding who had been on duty at the university health centre all day. There was poached salmon with lemon, broccoli, pasta in red pesto, roasted tomatoes and for the first time ever - fennel. I had sliced it roughly and tossed it in olive oil with a good splash of balsamic vinegar before roasting it on an oven tray. Scrumptious! I will certainly buy fennel again.
The "Bosh!" dream journey continues. Ian and Henry are being flown out to Dubai next week for a food conference with demonstrations. Of course I am assuming that this trip is not stymied by the growing coronavirus health crisis. They will be staying in a five star hotel - all expenses paid.
Meantime last weekend's "Yorkshire Post" newspaper paid homage to the lads once again. There was even a reference to me and to Shirley and to Henry's parents too - thanking us all for our love and support. Quite humbling.
The fourth episode of "Living on the Veg" will be screened here in Great Britain on Sunday at 10.30am (ITV 1). Also available on ITV HUB and there's a repeat of Episode 3 on Saturday morning. It's all going well. The on-screen dynamic between Henry, Ian and each week's guest is friendly, relaxed and watchable. They are two cool guys - not trying to preach - just making tasty vegan dishes. We are so proud of both of them.