Winter has really set in here in South East Queensland – and yes, I’m aware that ugg boot weather here on the Sunshine Coast is probably very different from winter where you are.
I think I’m finally on the mend in regards to the head cold from hell – it’s amazing the difference that being at home and taking it a tad easier on the socialising front can do.
Anyways, without further ado, here’s the stuff that made me smile last week.
With views like these how could they fail to inspire me?
Now you have a name for it…you’re welcome.
As a young man Winston Churchill was asked about a dinner he’d had the previous nice. “Well,” he replied, “It would have been splendid…if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the main as willing as the duchess.”
This day in history
For the Useless Book of Knowledge, last Thursday, the 6th of June, was the 160th anniversary of Queensland’s separation from NSW.
And in case you didn’t know
New Zealand was also once a part of NSW and was proclaimed a separate colony on May 3, 1841. So there.
What I’m working on
I got the notes back from my editor during the week for the novel formerly known as Christmas at Curlew Cottage. It will, henceforth, be known as Escape to Curlew Cottage – at least until I decide that title doesn’t fit either.
Seriously though, I’ve started the rewrite and am really enjoying the slightly different direction I’ve decided to take my characters in.
Donkeys on walls
I love the mural on the wall of the Columbian Coffee Club in Brisbane Rd. Every cafe should have a donkey on the wall.
At some point during last week, the 2 millionth visitor since midway through 2014 clicked in and had a wander around my astro site. I still can’t believe those numbers. As an aside, I suspect something is going on though as my numbers on that site over the last couple of months are down by about a third what they were in January and February. Whatevs.
I reckon last Sunday night’s episode of Harrow on the ABC was filmed partly at Sealife in Mooloolaba – the jellyfish tank scenes, at least. Something else for the Useless Book of Knowledge?
I’m putting in a real effort to eat more healthily during the week so made this pho on Wednesday night. It’s the ultimate treat your body like a temple soup. You can find the recipe here.
I also prepared a braised pork in kecap manis, star anise and ginger that I was trialling for the Clancy’s Campfire Cook-Off at Eucumbene in a couple of months. I’ll post that recipe in another couple of weeks.
Finally, I baked (but didn’t eat) this lemon drizzle cake to take along when we called in to see some friends who have just moved into the fab new home they’ve been building in the Hinterland.
Keep an eye out for the recipe – it’s scheduled for the next week or so.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?