I had planned to say a lot today, things about summer and childhood memories.
But instead, I want to take a minute to share news that is sad to me.
This morning, after having sat down at my desk for a new week, I got a little skype message from my mother saying “our little ones asleep.” Our little one being our cat.
I am not a cat person, but I was a Pansy person.
We had a special bond that we had shared between my flits offshore and her love for me was obviously larger than for anyone else.
Leaving home, family and friends usually also includes leaving behind precious pets.
In the cold early April morning when I took my bags and hugged my mother goodbye this year I knew I would likely never see Pansy again, but among the rush to get to the airport on time, Pansy disappeared and I never got to say my goodbye.
I’m really not a cat person, but she was an old friend whose love would comfort in a good or bad mood. Whose love wasn’t dependent on expectations, simply she just loved. Like animals do. A friend shared the message a wise child once stated: “we never really own them, but rather borrow for a while.”
I’m sad we couldn’t borrow her longer. Most of all I’m sad I never gave her the goodbye she deserved.
So nestled in the summer heat and coconut blackberry popsicles is a little friend gone to sleep.
These popsicles couldn’t be easier to make and contain no added sugars. That’s right, the blackberries are doing all the heavy lifting here. Though, coconut milk is a little sweet to begin with, this is a creamy, sweet and tart treat for those hot days. Within those popsicles hides more blackberries then you see, which is a little bit of a surprise.
Coconut Blackberry Popsicles
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup blackberries
Slice the blackberries in half and place half in your popsicle molds.
Combine the shredded coconut and coconut milk in a bowl pour the milk half way up the molds.
Carefully push the sticks into each and freeze for an hour. Add the remaining blackberries and coconut and freeze for a further 2 hours or overnight.