This afternoon I posted

Later, I read more of ‘Bleak House’ and scanned three more of the inimitable Charle Keeping’s illustrations to my Folio Society edition.

‘She fell down on her knees’

‘Mr Grubble was standing at the door to his tavern’

‘Not only was the portrait there, but we found the original there too’

Meanwhile Jackie occupied herself with the preparation of dinners for tonight and for tomorrow.

Tonight’s chicken in Nando’s sauce was roasted in the oven.

With this tasty meal, the Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden, Ian and Becky drank Tierra y Hombre Sauvignon Blanc 2021, while I finished the Tulga.


  1. True domestic partnership – one working hard and one getting in the way with his camera. In addition to being a driver, cook and gardener Jackie is also clearly very patient. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Apart from his characters, I delight in looking at Keeping’s intricate sketches of buildings. It has also been fun seeing Jackie in the throes of preparing the delicious meals you describe with such care every day.

  3. Another tasty meal prepared with your love, Jackie! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s like you created spring in a pot! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think the photo documentarian’s job makes the documentarian very hungry! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I bet very appreciative, too! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Bleak House illustration has so much amazing detail!
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Iโ€™m so glad you photographed Jackie in the kitchen preparing the meals. I tried a similar thing on myself the other day – it didnโ€™t quite work out!

      1. I had unspent Curryโ€™s vouchers from my January birthday. So, two weeks ago I finally swapped them for a Tefal electric multi cooker – browning/pressure/slow cook, simmer etc with 25 programmes.
        Still trial and error as I get used to using it.

        Yes, I should ask Joss to take the photos, good idea.

  5. I was wondering if we’ve seen your kitchen in use since it’s renovation (and laughed at Quercus’s comment). I love all the color in the dishes being prepared.
    I liked all the detail in the second Keeping drawing, but the bows on the cravats caught my eye in the last one.

  6. I’ve not seen someone using a pressure cooker in some time. When I was cruising and frequenting the boats of other cruisers, it was common to see a pressure cooker. They’re great on boats, since the lid can be secured and locked, making that sudden wave less dangerous to the cook.

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