Lockdown experts

If you are worrying about how to get through Lockdown, then Joandi are the experts you need to offer our guidance.  Basically our whole lives have been preparation for lockdown as has been detailed by this blog.  Here is the evidence:

  1. NFJ (No Food January) is our annual (although we’ve not bothered in a while) challenge where you can’t go to the shops and have to make interesting meals out of the weird stuff in your freezer and cupboards – just like Lockdown!
  2. When we go on holiday, we hire a house and refuse to leave it or go anywhere or speak to anyone or do anything – just like Lockdown!
  3. We can write a whole blog for 15 years based on what we had for lunch – that’s all there is to talk about in Lockdown!
  4. Jo has been working under the stairs for years – now everyone is working from home!
  5. I am always telling Jo to wash her hands.  Just like Lockdown!

So if you need any help or tips, we’re here to provide them.

Advent day 23

Whatever can it be?

We’re not sure.

A helenandjo mystery for day 23.

I was sure that I had one more parcel left but it seems to have vanished and I can’t find it anywhere. So either I have imagined it or it has been eaten by a cat.

To add to the confusion there are some chocolate coins which could be today’s gift but Jo had assumed they were extra and has given them to a h&j b&b guest so we don’t even have them to post a picture of. Jo has one more parcel but we are saving that for tomorrow.

I might have to check with my mum whether the coins were extra or for one of the days.

This is nothing compared to the confusion in Jo’s family about whether they are getting her glasses or glasses for Christmas.

Advent day 19

Whatever can it be?

Hmm, whatever can it be?

At first I thought it was a reindeer but actually I think it’s a dog like Snowy from TinTin which would be handy if I wanted to make a TinTin cake – Joandi know someone who would like a TinTin birthday cake actually.

Advent day 17

Whatever can it be?

I was so keen to find out that I accidentally started unwrapping it before taking this photo

It’s some more cocktail stirrers. Now we can have four friends over for cocktails.

Advent day 15

Whatever can it be?

It’s a lovely Christmas tree Christmas tree decoration which I shall hang on my Christmas tree.

Advent day 11

Whatever can it be?

And whatever can it be?

It’s either a mini nail brush, a mini shoe cleaning brush or possibly a mini clothes brush. Or multi-functional and all three.

Advent day 9

Whatever can it be?

It’s some more cocktail stirrers, this time featuring some grapes and a pig. I wonder what said to the manufacturers of the cocktail stirrers that pigs and hedgehogs were the perfect animals to go with your pina colada?


Advent Day 7

Whatever can it be?

I think it’s a snowman cookie/icing cutter. It would also work as a film noir detective cutter though if I was making a cake about a small-town murder and some gangsters with a hero detective who has a mysterious past and whisky in his office drawer and spends a lot of time huddling in the rain.

Advent day 5

Whatever can it be?

It’s another fancy icing tool – you squish the icing in and fancy shapes come out. I never see them being used on Bake Off, they should give them a go instead of their weird sludge-coloured landscapes. Joandi could win Bake Off if we could enter as a team. But probably not on our own.