Then the long drive home. I don't particularly enjoy driving...Most of the time M.E means that my starting point is exhausted and having to concentrate and really focus means it is even more tiring. The drive back on Monday was quite nice..wouldn't go so far as to say it was enjoyable but there were elements of it that were ;) It was dry and clear and for most of the way it is an easy road to drive.
Tuesday started slowly and after meeting with my monthly meditating pals ( we actually meditated this time as we quite often get chatting and run out of time! ) I got home to spend the afternoon with my Mum :) Then Alan and I set about a daunting clean up task! We hope to make a certain someone very happy on her return :)
One member of the family is confused and missing her cuddles from Milly so I am stepping up and ensuring she has extra to keep her going :)
Wednesday and I was feeling the effects of two very busy days so a Pj morning was in order...I had a long hot bath in the afternoon and began preparations for the first knit and natter group. There were a number of people interested, although it was unclear how many might be able to make it. Various reasons, amongst them transport difficulties, lambing and seriously ill pets...I decided to prepare things in the hope some could make it.
Mum had picked some rhubarb as she had wandered round the garden on Tuesday so I cooked it up with some ginger and some brown sugar. Then, when it is soft, I drain off the liquid and allow that to bubble til it thickens and becomes syrupy and add it back to the fruit ( It is delicious and I have enjoyed some for breakfast on thick and creamy Greek yoghurt ). Whilst that was bubbling I made a flap jack type cake. A very simple recipe from a friend.
3 cups of oats ( I substituted 1 cup of ground almonds )
3/4 cup sunflower oil
1 egg beaten and mixed with the oil
mix those together with 1/2 tsp of almond essence
Press about half of the mixture into an 8 inch square tin.
Spread ( carefully ) about 3/4 jar of sugar free jam or marmalade ( I use St Dalfour )
Then add the rest of the mixture evenly on the top and press down well.
Cook for 10 mins and check then continue for another ten minutes.
I let it cool slightly before cutting into bars.
I also made a banana cake as I had some bananas that were nice and ripe..It turned out to be very tasty but a little rubbery..not in a horrid way..probably just too much banana,.. I hadn't enough plain flour and used self raising so I don't know if that had an impact on the finished texture.
I set some magazines out on the table that could be borrowed if anything took a fancy :) I put a few drops of bergamot and lavender in the oil burner and put the lamps on and was ready to see if anyone would make it ;)
I was finishing off weaving the ends in a lap throw and knew it was something I could manage to do even if there were other distractions - my brain doesn't do so well when there are a number of things going on at once ;)
Just after seven and the very welcome sound of someone knocking at the door :)
Alison and I were the knit and natter group on this inaugural meeting and although we didn't knit we did manage a really good natter!!! Two hours flew by so fast. Lovely to meet you Alison :)
I hope that things will build slowly and as time goes on the group will grow. I hope that those that weren't able to make it manage future meet ups.
Sending huge hugs and condolences to D who wasn't able to make it and lost her beautiful dog this morning :( So sorry for your loss :( Thinking of you xxxxxx