In a less than energetic start to the attempt to live on a £1 a day for five days, I don't get up until nearly nine o' clock. Yesterday I went with a friend to Wonderwool Wales, a festival of all things to do with spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting. It was a great day out and I came away astonished at how very little I know. I have rediscovered knitting in the last couple of years and think I am reasonably competent but I now see I am just paddling on the shores of a vast ocean of expertise and passion. So I came home with a small amount of wool and a sense that perhaps I should have bought more. This is a better sense to have than that you have bought stuff you could not afford and will not use!
Last night I decided that, before launching into my challenge for the week, I should go down in a blaze of glory so had chocolate brownie and half a bottle of wine.
So here we go. I weigh myself, although weight loss is not what this is about. It is simply one of the many things I want to know. 10 stone 7 lbs, sadly a couple of pounds more than the last time I weighed myself. It must be the chocolate brownie. Ian brings me a cup of hot water in bed instead of the usual tea. Surprisingly it is fine. I love my cup of tea but I do drink it very weak so perhaps that makes the transition less of a shock. Then it is porridge made with water with a dollop of natural yoghurt. It's not very exciting and it does make me wish I could have a good handful of blueberries with it, but it is ok.
Lunch is red lentil soup. This is something I make all the time so I know how to do a good one. It is a bit odd to have to forgo the usual bread and butter with it so I have a big second bowlful to make up. It is also odd not to have a piece of fruit afterwards and my tastebuds are telling me they fancy something sweet. Sadly I have nothing that could be called sweet so I finish with a cup of hot water.
I find that by mid afternoon, while I am not actually hungry I do have an indefinable sense that I could eat something. I am not sure how much of that is missing tea. I do also have a very slight headache. In the end I decide that I will have a mug of soup and straight after having it I fall asleep for half an hour. For the evening meal I decide to have vegetable curry which is basically chopped onion, carrot and lentils with a bit of curry powder. I have it with plain rice and cook enough for there to be a meal for tomorrow too. It is perfectly fine and I finish the meal quite full. I am still missing a cup of tea and a couple of squares of dark chocolate though!
And so through the evening. There is a definite problem with wind, from all those lentils I suppose. Curiously I haven't felt at all bothered by the absence of my glass of wine or cheese and biscuits. So it is so far, so good although I am pretty sure the lack of variety is going to be oppressive.
We shall see.