Sunday, January 31, 2010

Joy and February Arriving

This beautiful photo of a lychee is a lovely symbol of the good things happening at this time of year. 
Firstly, it is the height of Summer and the beautiful Summer fruit is at its best. Lychees, mangoes, watermelon, rockmelon.We get them fresh from tropical Australia and full of colour, juice and taste! If we are lucky we also get good pineapples! This fruit is just the thing in the hot dry weather we get at this time of year.
Secondly this picture was taken by my daughter, who has just begun her final year of school. Photography is one of her subjects. I think it is going to be a great year for her.

But I am also aware of the difficult things at this time of year. The heat can be nasty and effects my health so I can do even less than usual. I need to plan ahead to have easy mezze type food that can be pulled out of the fridge and eaten at ease, avoiding cooking in the heat. This can be such a pleasure to prepare but I need to give myself plenty of time.

I had a very busy January with visitors and a rearrangement of rooms and this always takes longer to recover from than I hope. I am keen to work on my projects, especially the YamDaisy Cafe project, but I must wait until I am healthy enough (or I just make myself worse!).

So I must be patient, eat lychees, and look through my cookery books for lovely mezze dishes to prepare for the hot weather. 

It isn't too hard to be philosophical!


  1. I love lychee so much. I actually time my visits to my Mom in Hawaii during lychee season. There's no comparison to the taste. I hope that you get plenty of rest and feel better.-Tien

  2. Looks yummy! We love lychees!

  3. Your daughter is a great photographer ! I never ate lychee :( It seems so juicy ! Yesterday I watched on TV about this fruit and all the recipes we can prepare such as ice-cream which is perfect for this time of the year :)

    I wish you a healthy February, dear friend :) Get well !

    Kisses in your heart,

    P.S.: And my best regards to your daughter, she's very talented :)

  4. Joy, you have picked my favorite fruit. My parents own a field with 100 lychee trees, where I come, the Island of Réunion. They are delicious. Here in England, they rarely reach us in a good fresh state. Enjoy yours! I also pray for better health!
    Thanks for sharing your daughter's photography.
    Blessings. xxx

  5. The lychee is a lovely fruit if you're thirsty and your daughter's photo is great. I hope you feel better soon.
    Lucy xx

  6. I love summer fruit but have never eaten lychee. The picture makes it look irresistible!

  7. I am excited about all the fresh spring fruit, too. :) I'm sorry you're not feeling too well because of the heat. That's always a bummer.

  8. First of all I'd like to say hi and thank you for your kind comment on my blog and for the link to my lasagne on your facebook page.
    I'm pleased to have now found your blog which is excellent!
    Ps: Your daughter is a great photographer! She will go far. Lovely picture.

  9. I love lychee! Stay healthy, stay well, Joy.

  10. I love lychee! The picture looks beautiful!

  11. I wish I could have shared the beautiful lychees with you all! My daughter loved the compliments too!
    Thankyou so much for your kind wishes.