I have recently been spending too much time doing other things and getting side-tracked which has resulted in another long delay between blogs.
I have been suffering from some digestive problems for about a year now, and since before Christmas have been having fairly intensive investigations. At first it appeared to be a problem with lactose, and I felt a lot better during the 3 months I eliminated lactose, and was surprised that the postponed lactose test was inconclusive. So now I am eliminating milk proteins entirely for a month.
I have come across an interesting facebook group for people with Cows Milk Protein Allergy and website packed with lots of useful information. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingwithcmpa/ and http://livingwithcowsmilkproteinallergy.com/)
Its is saddening to see how many parents are trying to cope with feeding their infants and toddlers who have a wide range of food allergies, lactose, milk protein, soya, eggs, nuts …. That is so tough. I am fortunate to have lived so long without problems.
It seems that digestive difficulties might run in my family, and my sister, niece and nephew suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I will investigate their “trigger foods” to see if they are also irritable for me.
Luckily I have found that dark chocolate contains minimal milk and I can eat it without problems. Its amazing how many of my previously favourite foods, milk chocolate, yoghurt, greek yogurt, cream, ice cream, pastries, cream cakes, profiteroles, tiramisu are out of bounds! But I have found that there are dairy free dessert alternatives (I can always find room for a pudding) and it just means making a bit more effort.
How about Rasberry muffins https://www.facebook.com/cleverly.me/videos/527733510763761/ or Dairy free chocolate and banana ice cream http://www.health.com/food/dairy-free-banana-ice-cream-recipe ? Definitely both worth trying!!
April has slipped by very quickly with successive visits from friends in the UK, which of course means going out and about and doing the sights.
We visited Kitty Harri’s Sculpture garden again and felt uplifted by the creative way that the sculptures are placed in the garden, and this time there was an added sonorous melodic chiming of some cleverly placed wind chimes. Sublime!
The Axarquia Garden club reports of our initial visit can be found here https://gardenclubaxarquia.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/garden-club-visit-kitty-harris-sculpture-garden-15-september/, and here https://gardenclubaxarquia.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/more-pictures-garden-club-visit-15-september/.
And now I have a hankering to do some wall mosaics inspired by the fabulous colours in Kitty’s garden.
We ended up missing the Garden Club visit I organised to Andrew Sloan’s drought resistant garden and the Brookside Succulent nursery, something I had been looking forward to for months.
Here is the garden club report with some fabulous pictures of Andrew’s garden, we definitely want to develop a succulent garden on the mountain part of our garden below our house. https://gardenclubaxarquia.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/visit-report-19-april/