Coun­try Mouse

Do­mes­tic du­ties

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE same sur­geon wielded his scalpel on the knees of both my fa­ther and my wife last week. Both pa­tients are re­cov­er­ing and able to take a few steps—in my fa­ther’s case, the first that he’s taken for some months. I’m now in awe of any­one who’s car­ing for some­one long term and I have much to learn from my mother and oth­ers.

Our chil­dren, too, have dis­cov­ered parts of the house that they never knew ex­isted, such as where the iron and Hoover are kept.

The cook­ing is in­ter­est­ing—we each take turns. A smart restau­rant would called it fu­sion food, but, in re­al­ity, it’s an odd mix­ture of what­ever we can find in the fridge thanks to my hap­haz­ard shop­ping. The ter­ri­ers have been the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the odd dis­as­ter, but even they couldn’t face my burnt risotto, caused by my fee­ble at­tempt at multi-task­ing.

Out­side, the tall pink spires of the rose bay wil­low herb light up the verges and sig­nal that we’re at the height of sum­mer. There’s too much to do, but blink and we’ll miss it. MH

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