What is odd about the weather this winter is that we keep getting a few very warm days and the weather chart is bright yellow as the warm air drifts our way from Africa, then suddenly the wind changes direction and the chart turns blue as the cold air races down on a North wind from the Arctic. Today the arctic is winning and the weather man this morning said there would be snow on the tops of The Pennines. I will take his word for it, although I can't see any snow from my window.
Snow, North wind and damp conditions means one thing to me - an increase in the trouble I get from my arthritis. In an hour my son is taking me to see my doctor, hoping for stronger pain killers which in turn hopefully make it easier for me to walk. And speaking of walking, Tess has had her first walk with her dog walker today since having the break because of her arthritis. J, the dog walker, took Tess alone and walked her gently. J says she was pleased to see her and enjoyed the walk so - so far so good.
Friend R has just been with eggs from her chickens - free range and so inviting that I might well have one scrambled on toast for my tea.
My fridge is full of bits left from the week-end. I had an idea when I was thinking what to have for lunch. It turned out very well.
I cubed one large jacket potato (left in its skin) and chopped one large onion, tossed both in good olive oil and put them in my Remoska for half an hour. Then I added a dozen or so cherry tomatoes and four or five chopped mushrooms together with a pack of lardons. After another quarter of an hour, when the kitchen was full of delicious smells, I heated a Naan bread under the grill and seasoned my mixture and scattered chopped parsley from my garden over the top and poured in the mixture. It was delicious. Try it some time.