5 things…

The week in pics

Here we go again, my weekly look at the 5 things that made me smile. This week was nowhere near as action-packed as the last 2 weeks have been – and that’s a good thing. It was business as usual in both the day job and at home.

Okay, let’s go…

The weather

Oh my goodness it’s been glorious. Cool starts giving way to beautifully mild days. We had temps in the early 20s all week and up to 27 on the weekend. And yes, that’s celsius and we’re still officially in winter.

More of the same to look forward to this week.

Morning walks

It was great to be back walking the beach in the morning. The sun is rising earlier and earlier and will soon be up before we are. We’re making the most of the sunrises while we can.

Mooloolaba Beach

The beach played host to a pop-up restaurant as part of the Curated Plate foodie festival that was on while I was in Melbourne. I must put it in my diary for next year.

Last week Mooloolaba also hosted the World Championships for outrigger canoes – or something like that. Anyways, it was nice to see so much activity down at The Spit end of the beach.

The ginger harvest

Where I live on the Sunshine Coast is famous for its ginger – although Buderim Ginger is now at Yandina…go figure. Anyways, I’ve been popping little nodes of ginger into any spare pot or available piece of dirt. Now the leaves have died down and it’s ready to dig up.

This piece is just half of what came out of one pot. Now I’m looking for ways of preserving it…


I’ve been devouring the rom-com series of books by Janet Elizabeth Henderson set in Invertary, in the Scottish Highlands. I started reading because I was inspired by the covers and it’s gone from there.


Just because…

Tour guiding

We got talking to a lovely couple of ladies from Tauranga, NZ, down at the end of the rock wall the other morning. They’re in Mooloolaba for a week and each morning we’ve seen them and made suggestions for places to eat, to visit, to walk, to do.

This morning one of them said we were like their personal Sunshine Coast Trip Advisor. I felt more than a little chuffed.

Escape to Curlew Cottage

It’s done, the rewrite that is, and will now go off for editing. There’s still some parts of it I’m not happy with, but that’s what editing is about, and I now need to do some thinking about cover options.

This one is set almost entirely in London and The Cotswolds and books intros genre tend to have an illustrated cover, so I’ll be madly pinning cover ideas over the next week or so I suppose.

me writing the last chapter on Friday

Saturday Kitchen

the clam chowder

“American” was drawn out of the decision bowl for this weeks Saturday night dinner theme.

On the menu was a New England style clam chowder, pork ribs in home-made barbecue sauce, and strawberry shortcakes.

The ribs

I’ll probably blog the shortcakes separately, but you can find the chowder recipe here and the ribs here.

the strawberries

Sunday Lunch

Our Sunday Lunch this week was at Montville Pub, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Although this was our first visit, I suspect this place could be a new fave.

The food was good, the live music was worth staying for, and there was Guinness on tap.

The mussels in a tomato sauce

I also liked the little twee touch of potted colour on the tables in the beer garden.

Win win.

Okay, that was my week…how was yours?

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

21 thoughts

  1. Fabulous Jo! I love your morning shots they set me up well for the crisp, cold days we’ve been getting! The days are definitely getting longer and the daffodils are flowering so we’re moving in the right direction although snow is forecast again today and tomorrow! All your food shots are glorious! I can’t wait to read your new book and I’m so happy to hear you’ve moved into the editing phase, well done you!! Have a great week in your mid 20 temps and spare a thought for us in the cold countryside 🙂 #lifethisweek

  2. Congrats on finishing up with the book re-write, and tell me…..how on earth do you manage to lose weight when you eat such amazingly delicious food all the time? I’m almost relieved that I’m a fairly average cook because my waistline would never cope with things like ribs and strawberry shortcake! Enjoy your sunshine – it’s been lovely here too with a lot of blue sky days.

  3. Awesome news about the completion of the rewrite for your new book! I look forward to reading it!
    I love your take on an American DInner. Although my first thoughts would include Baked Beans and Apple Pie….I like your menu much better!

  4. Watch out Jo, I’m moving in! Your cooking looks devine and I adore Wattle. I still remember Wattle Day at school when I was growing up. I am very excited about Curlew Cottage and can’t wait to read it. It is set in two of my favourite places. Well done to now be at the editing stage! Thanks for sharing your 5 things and have a beautiful week. #lifethisweek

    1. Thanks Sue. I was really happy with Curlew Cottage – it’s a completely different book to Happy Ever After – definitely doesn’t have the emotional punch – but I loved writing it for different reasons.

  5. So much yummy food and so many spectacular sunrises! Yay for finishing your rewrite, you’re on the home stretch now! I wish I had been there for American night – it looks outstanding!

  6. I love your posts… I feel like I’m learning about real life “down under”! I’ve never been either a morning walker, nor a really experimental cook….but maybe I could be. You are very inspirational!

    1. Thanks! I love my morning walks – depending on what’s happening in the day job sometimes it’s the only tick I get in the box.

  7. That was another fantastic week! Well done on getting your book to ‘editing’ stage! Your photos do a lot to contribute to my pining to move to the Sunshine Coast. I’ve wanted to for a long time but there are things that keep me here. I absolutely love it up at Montville and love the Montville pub. Those food pics are making me hungry and there is nothing of the calibre of your pics in my home to eat!

    1. I think because my weekdays are so routine food-wise these days I’m really loving messing with different cuisines on a weekend…

  8. Your images are always a delight to see. I also love the words. Good luck with your cover search. I know that will be both fun and a pain. “Gotta get it right, right?”

    As for Buderim ginger now being in Yandina. How very Aussie.

    I am a sucker for wattle pics. Such amazing colours and shapes and I do not get hayfever.

    Thanks for linking up for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is 34/51 Self-Care: Share Your Story #5 26/8/19. Hope to see you link up then too. Denyse.

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