Summer 2019

There is still progress to be made over a year after my total knee replacement and I feel as if I should write STOP PRESS. On the first of September, I walked up a mountain, Ben Chonzie in Perthshire, and I am elated. It was our  thirtieth Wedding Anniversary and instead of pearls, we went to Scotland for a long weekend to celebrate. I asked friends who know about these things for an easy Munro, (a mountain over 3,000 feet) and they recommended Ben Chonzie. The route started at the top of a glen with a long winding track before following a line of old fence posts up to the summit.

Track up Ben Chonzie
Track up Ben Chonzie

According to Strava, we walked 7.8 miles to be exact and climbed 2,289 feet. My husband kindly carried the backpack and was much faster, in his normal greyhound way, while I plodded along well behind, wondering why we hadn’t gone to Paris instead. But I made it and now I’ve been back in my mountaineering gear, been in the middle of nowhere and experienced those views, I feel that the only way in the future, will be up.

Summit of Ben Chonzie
Summit of Ben Chonzie

 

 

 

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  • One year after

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  • Month 12 after the TKR

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  • Moussaka

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    Mango and halloumi salad is one of my favourites as it tastes so fresh and summery, but it can be eaten all the year round. A pack of halloumi lasts a long time in the fridge and so it can easily be brought out and combined with anything else going to make a delicious meal

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    Sometimes you just need cake. In fact, my daughters say I offer cake as an answer to everything. This sticky toffee cake with fudge icing is one of my favourites. It contains dates and pecan nuts, and is moist but easy to cut and carry about. I made it recently for a big outdoor picnic

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  • Month 11 after the TKR

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  • Pea and avocado dip

    This pea and avocado dip can be whizzed up very quickly in a food processor or with a stick blender so it’s ideal when you’re tired or can’t stand up for long. I often have it with some tomatoes, cucumber sticks and slices of red pepper for lunch. Pitta crisps make a good alternative. Sometimes I

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  • Leek and celery soup

    This leek and celery soup is one I make all the time. Soup is so comforting after an operation and someone else can make it and leave it for you to heat up. The exact weight of ingredients doesn’t matter, as whatever you use, it will work out fine. I freeze it in one portion

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