It's the Monday of the June long weekend in Australia and it's bitterly cold outside. In fact, I can even see sleet from where I'm sitting in the warmth of my library. I don't think I will be going out there any time soon, for my I broke my foot badly on Thursday evening. As such, I'm currently house-bound and my only means of transport is a knee scooter.
I hired some crutches, but find them quite difficult to use and almost broke my knee on the coffee table when I stumbled, so they're now leaning against the wall in a spare room, lest I break another bone! A friend with recent 'broken foot experience' under her belt suggested the knee scooter, and I am extremely grateful to have it. In fact, it is probably my favourite thing at present!
'Don't ride your bike inside,' Peter keeps joking with me. As with life's past stresses, we are trying to maintain a good sense of humour and positive attitude. I know it could be much worse, but let me tell you, but I really wish this 'little accident' hadn't happened. Everyone who knows me really well is aware that my mantra is 'Every day is a gift', something my father taught me throughout his life. To this end, I really don't take things for granted. Well, I thought I didn't. But now something as simple as stepping outside to check the mail is impossible, as we have steps leading from the front verandah to the post box. Doing the laundry is the same, as it's a step up to our laundry. Similarly I cannot water my potted pots outside, nor our kitchen garden. And all those odd household jobs that I had put off over the last week or so are bugging the life out of me, as I cannot attend to them now.
That said, I continue to be grateful. My beloved has stepped up to the plate, and he's cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping, nursing me, and doing all the other things I cannot do for the moment. Our dearest friends called in with some freshly made lunch and a box of berry muffins, both of which were delicious and very much appreciated (thank you so much Diana and Bryant xox). I've put my gym membership on hold, delayed foodie famils to Goulburn (thanks Bernie!) and the Old Bus Depot Markets (thanks Lauren!), and packed away my swimmers for the time being. We are waiting to hear from the review clinic at the hospital, as the foot is only temporarily in a cast until we know more about the injury and whether it requires surgery.
So, now it's time turn my attention to the pile of cookbooks awaiting my review... pictured below are a few of my favourites. They look delicious don't they?! Watch this space for snippets in the fullness of time, but please don't expect recipes to be road tested from them any time soon. Fortunately I do have some really good recipes in the queue to share with you, so please stay tuned. I also have a couple more giveaways that I know you're going to enjoy, as well as some food news that will be of interest, I'm sure.
Incidentally, as you can see from my top photograph, we've been enjoying oysters kilpatrick a la Lizzy, as we caught up with oyster farmer, Shane Buckley, from Wapengo Rocks, last weekend at Whisky Live in Canberra. It was a fantastic event and I will share my postcards and morsels in due course too. Wapengo Rocks are my favourite oysters without question and they team very well with good whisky. I've used a classic Worcestershire Sauce produced by Charles from la Barre. You'll find his products at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston.
Enjoy your weekend, please don't put off those little things you've been wanting to do, and happy cooking!
Tell me dear readers, have you ever broken a bone? How did you manage? Have you any coping strategies that you would like to share with me? And what small things would you miss if you were not able to do them?
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