AFTER a mid-morning guitar session – sadly the last with my student in Ireland – I get ready for a trip to the dentist.

The tooth with the cap the came out a couple of times during lockdown has become extremely sensitive over the last week and the dentist thinks it’s worth a look.

Margaret drops me in the village on her way into Glasgow to pick up some replacement guttering to go above our main door.

The dentist poke and knock a bit and reckons we should leave it for the moment nd keep an eye nothing’s…and if the sensitivity become any more of an issue they’ll attempt to detach the cap and replace it with something a bit more modern. And if the cap falls off again they’ll look at options.

While in the village I drop into a pal’s new shop and take some photos. They might need me to help with some website/social media stuff soon and it’d be useful to have some images even if only to use as temporary placeholders.

It’s a good five for six mile walk home and I enjoy the fresh air and chance to catch up on some podcasts.

We have a late lunch then I hit the studio and record a new vocal take for the song I’m re-arranging then work on the mix. It’s amazing how the time just disappears when doing this kind of stuff!

Back in the house I put a slab of tofu in the tofu press ad make some quick pickled cucumbers to go in our steamed bao buns. I slice up some of the tofu, roll it cornflour, salt and pepper and fry it until golden then put it in the oven to stay warm while I steam the bao buns and make a sauce with garlic, ginger, chillies, spring onions, rice vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce to caramelise the tofu. All turns out delicious although a bit spicy for Margaret…