...Well, we're a week into the new year and this is only my first post of 2009. So much for my grand plans of clearing the blog backlog this week. There is however, a very good reason why I've been neglecting you, gentle reader: I've been miserably sick, with tonsillitis.
I won't go into all the feverish post-tonsillectomy tonsillitis details (don't you hate it when you get sick and all you can talk about is how sick you are?), but suffice it to say that from the 29th of December til about two days ago it felt like I was swallowing razor blades with every swallow, and I could not bear to even think about food, let alone get excited about actually eating it.
But I am on the mend! I am gradually rejoining the land of the living (albeit with much resentment on my part that so many precious days of annual leave have been WASTED and should really have been sick leave instead) and am once more inspired to write about food. But first, a little update...
Despite being sick, I enjoyed the New Years Eve shindig that DJ and I hosted Chez Gwynneth (being dosed up to the eyeballs on pseudoephedriney Sudafed helped). Excitingly, we now have a barbecue! It's on long-term loan from T, and was kindly delivered to our doorstep by J and his dad. DJ cleaned it and we fired it up on NYE, only to realise once it was warmed up and all our guests had arrived that we possessed none of the necessary barbecuing accoutrements - such as BBQ tongs, for example.
I rootled around in the second drawer down, but could only find a set of teeny tiny tongs I'd impulse bought a few months ago at Minimax (because they were very cutely and conveniently arranged in a bowl next to the cash register, and cost only a dollar). Our friend A made valiant use of them, despite their miniature size - that's my hand holding them in the picture below to give you some sense of perspective.
For Christmas I gave DJ the ridiculously large shiny red pepper grinder below - it quite dwarfs our poor little salt shaker (sorry Scott, no sea salt - what a bad white person I am!) :)
And what of my Fledgling Herb Garden, I hear you ask? What progress has been made there over the last three and a half weeks?
Well, I'll show you. To refresh your memory, this is how it looked on the 14th...
...and this is how it looked this morning. At first glance, not bad progress eh? Just before Christmas I was inspired to add a few more herbs: in addition to lemon thyme, Vietnamese mint, Italian flat leaf parsley, sage and two lots of basil I now also have common mint and rosemary, plus a Thai chilli plant. But let's look a little closer, shall we?
That Italian flat leaf parsley does NOT look well. Should I move it into the shade? I arranged all the plants on the back step for the purposes of photographing them, but so far I've had only the Viet mint and the chilli plant in the shade, and the others in more or less direct sunlight.
Oh, and that common mint already seems hellbent on world domination. Just as well the rosemary seems happy to take up very little space. Any gardening tips would be greatly appreciated!
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