Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
In the last few weeks I seem to have spent more time sleeping than anything else, thanks to this mystery illness that's taken hold of me. I have a mixture of good days as well as not so good ones... such as when I can barely wake up before about 10am, and then I feel as though I've been hit by the proverbial truck. Gah! I'm inclined to erect a banner in my doctor's surgery.... 'Dr X sponsored by Bizzy Lizzy'. Seriously though, my doctor has been caring and thorough, and is determined to get to the bottom of whatever it is that's going on with my blessed immune system. Peter and my daughter, Lauren, and some dear, dear friends near and afar have been great support. My CEO and work colleagues have also been very understanding. Thank you! This arrangement of lilies (above) arrived with a lovely 'get well and hurry back' note. I'm certainly doing all I can to get back on track, sticking to a very 'clean' eating regime (no grains, no potatoes, small meals etc), resting, taking gentle walks, getting warmth onto my body and staying mentally cheerful, all the while bearing in mind an old Irish proverb that says a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book!
In my kitchen this month are the lovely lilies above, and Jill Mure's Bruny Island Cookbook, a gift from my Peter on his return from a work trip to Tasmania... I'm pretty sure that one of our Tassie friends (who owns a shack on Bruny) has a recipe in the book and her feet are featured beside a photo of a camp oven too!
Also in my kitchen are button mushrooms, fresh from the farmer's market...
Another gift from my Peter is Hickory smoked sea salt flakes made in Cyprus but found in a gourmet store in Hobart...
Apples or oranges are on the kitchen bench... they make for a light lunch these days...
Peter has a thing for Bagels, we buy them fresh from the baker and snap freeze them so that they're always on hand...
Just through the French doors off the kitchen my eye caught this image on a rainy day... I was awe struck by the contrast of colours and so grabbed a plastic poncho and headed outdoors with my camera (in my pjs) to capture the shot... do you like it?
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