Not a great opening shot but hey, if it works then I'm certainly one happy girl. For months now I've battled with Tennis Elbow and I've been totally frustrated by not being able to do anything too physical on weekends. I sit at a desk all week and on weekends i want to move. I tried physio with massage and acupuncture twice a week for about a month and while it relieved a little of the pain, i was still stuck with a weak elbow and even weaker hand. Bla Bla Bla (insert whining noises and boo hoo comments about how much it ached at night trying to sleep and how i cant open bottles or press a spray can nib). Well Friday I had a cortisone injection into my elbow under a guided ultrasound and two days later it feels great. It did hurt (like Wow) after the anaesthetic wore off Friday evening but dosed up on pain killers the next day it was all good.
Yes, Fiona, i will be more careful in future. I've discovered I am not a human excavator or forklift after all.
So feeling great how did i celebrate? Since Saturday found me still doped up i had a Nana nap and then spent an entire evening following this blog about a family from Daylesford, Victoria that have cycled all the way to Northern Queensland, foraging and promoting the free food that surrounds us. They did this with a pre-teen, a breastfeeding toddler and a Jack Russell in tow, camping in free sites and the generosity of people along the way. Its a great adventure. Thanks Jess for the referral.
The Artist As Family
|Fuel for a night (and i do mean a night) of blog reading. I might have filled that mug a few times.|
|Tilly my constant companion, asleep on the chair beside me. If she could she would be attached to me permanently.|
My small blueberry bush is covered in flowers. Everything was watered and given some fertiliser today. The terracotta pots dry out quickly.
I see lettuce salads in the near future. This top corner of the lettuce bed has garlic chives, thyme, parsley, and dill all in together. Top left you can see that there are broken eggs shells all through this bed along with coffee grounds to discourage slippery snails and slugs.
My leek and kale bed has more peas plants coming up from the pea straw than anything else. I've also planted lily bulbs in the corners of these beds to bring some colour and bees in summer. These pea plants are great nitrogen fixers so i will just cut the tops off leaving the nodules in the soil.
Speaking of micro greens, I'm growing some sprouts in the strawberry container left over from my blog snack above. I just used 2 layers of moist paper towel underneath and one on top and put it in the pantry which is cool and dark when my son shuts the door. Once small seedlings start to grow i will move it into the light (kitchen windowsill) to bring colour to the small leaves. You harvest them when they are between 2.5 - 5cm. I throw them in salads and on sandwiches. This mix is Alfalfa, Radish and Broccoli.
|I love Lobelia, so dainty and definitely in my colour pallet.|
|Daisies are just starting to bloom.|
|Spinach, Potato and Bacon Quiche served with Relish|
|Preserved Lemons - see previous post here|
|The makings of a meat sauce to be used in all manner of dishes.|
|Taco Mince - just regular mince and seasoning. |
Its amazing how much oil comes out of the mince. I drain it off before freezing.
Dinner tonight was some sliced roast beef reheated in a mustard gravy, green baby beans and smashed rosemary baked potatoes. Par boil the potatoes, drain and smash (i used a meat mallet being careful not to hit the dish) and then drizzle olive oil, fresh rosemary and salt before baking in hot oven. Even better there is enough of all to make up a lunch for Hubby tomorrow. His work colleagues will be jealous.
OK, time to put my energised self to bed ready for a 3 am wake up when Tilly tries to take on the milk delivery man through the door. At full volume she certainly makes a good alarm clock. Then up again at 5.30am to get hubby ready for work (not a morning person). Lucky his lunch is already made.
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