Okay, it’s done. May, that is. Not that it was a bad month; far from it. It was, however, a month devoid of anything remotely resembling routine. And, while a little, okay, a lot, of chaos does my creativity good, too much unsettles me.
Anyways, let’s parcel it up so we can move onto June…
We started the month in Penang, moved across to Singapore, came home for a day and then I flew to Sydney for work. I was home for a week and then back to Sydney.
The holiday was fabulous and we saw and ate a lot.
I have, however, missed the routine of being home – our morning walks, my family, my snoring cocker spaniel, my kitchen – and am relieved to be unpacking the suitcase properly for the next four weeks.
Not a lot given that I’ve only been home for a week this month. I did, however, attend a cooking class at the Spirit House – which I’ll tell you about another time.
Some good catch-ups with friends in May – both in Sydney and also at home, with my Kiwi bestie coming over to visit us. Naturally, they all involved food and wine – not that I’m complaining although I swear my bathroom scales groaned when they saw me approaching!
Okay, things aren’t great. I’ve had two head colds – both brought home from Sydney. The first lasted just a couple of days but this one has gone straight to my chest and hooked up with my old pal asthma.
I’m also now officially the heaviest that I’ve ever been. Ever. Some boundaries and routine and re-setting of goals and habits are required. Naturally, I’ll be looking to Nigella for guidance…but more on that another time.
While we were in Singapore we celebrated 25 years of marriage and 30 years of being together. It’s a long time but I’m grateful for every one of those years.
Nothing. Christmas at Curlew Cottage is off with my editor and I’m thinking a lot about the changes that I need to make to that for the next rewrite. I have something else to be getting on with and will do the getting on with thing this month.
I’ve been away a lot this month – both with holidays, flights and bus commutes. As a result, I read quite a bit. Twelve books in fact.
My favourite read of the month was Catherine Alliott’s “A Cornish Summer” and Diana Henry’s “How To Eat A Peach” will be the cookbook I’m featuring this month.
I finally watched Brene Brown’s documentary that everyone is talking about on Netflix. I think I’m the only person on earth who hadn’t seen her TED talk so it was all new to me and also gave me more than a few aha moments.
In addition to Masterchef, I’m also watching:
- the new season of Harrow (ABC)
- the new season of The Good Fight (SBS)
- the new season of Shetland (Netflix)
- the new season of Midsomer Murders (Foxtel)
- James Martin’s Great Britain (Foxtel)
- Travels With My Father (Netflix)
Looking forward to
A virtual restart of my year. June is the new January – or something like that.
At the end of this month I have my annual long weekend to Melbourne with Sarah – so very much looking forward to that.
That was my May, how was yours? Any highlights?