Okay, first things first, I’ve spent most of this past week with a head cold and my old friend asthma who always seems to arrive with his suitcases at the same time. It’s played havoc with my walking and my routines and while I’m well on the mend now, I did actually take a sick day on Thursday.
I normally get one head cold a year and this winter I’ve had two and a half. Given that I’m improving my health I can only put it down to trying to do too much, although to be fair each has also come after I’ve been in the office and surrounded by sick people.
Anyways, despite this there was still plenty to smile about last week.
Open letter to 17 year old Australians
This open letter from Air New Zealand to 17 year old Australians. In the last 17 years they have seen a lot – the first female Australian prime minister, 5 other prime ministers, a reality star becoming president, the rise of the smart phone, social media, driverless cars, 3D printing, drones, podcasts – but they’ve never seen Australia win the Bledisloe Cup. Sledging at its absolute best.
20 years for the Naked Chef
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Jamie Oliver first bounded onto our screens. That first cookbook of his is one that I still regularly use. I’ll talk more about that later in the week.
Happy Birthday to my sister
If you’re reading this Lease, here’s another happy birthday for last week.
Congratulations to my writerly friend J F Gibson on the release of her debut novel. I’m reading it at the moment and wishing very much that a day job and an alarm clock didn’t get in the way of me finishing it last night.
One thing about not feeling great is the opportunities for binge-watching.
This week I’ve been indulging in the sweetness and light that is Hallmark’s The Good Witch.
It’s back on our screens. If you haven’t seen Working Dog’s (They’re the guys who brought us Frontline, The Castle, Hollowmen, and you work in an office, you really should take a look at this.
Tony and his team are nation building one white elephant at a time and are back for season 4 on ABC on Wednesday nights – or pick it up on iView.
All about bees
We ducked in at the honey shop in Eumundi on Saturday afternoon to pick up some, wait for it, honey. The bee lady stocks fabulous raw honey that tastes like honey should taste.
She’s also passionate about her bees and we ended up hanging around and chatting for a good half hour. We watched some bees being hatched, the Queen doing the laying thing she does and so much more.
Aside from the fact that her honey is great, we shop here for the conversation and education.
Brekky in the sun
Saturday morning brekky – khorosan sourdough, fresh goats cheese and tomatoes picked the day before – all fro the Farmer’s Market and eaten outside in the sun.
Late winter in Queensland.
The theme “Italian” was drawn out of the decision bowl this week and everyone was excited. It did, however, end up being too much choice and as I wasn’t well I couldn’t be faffed going all out.
In the end, I made a loaf of mushroom and rosemary focaccia which we had with some slow-roasted tomatoes, then this sausage, radicchio and lemon gnocchi, and finally strawberries with a vanilla mousse that wasn’t really a mousse. Instead, it was some egg whites (from the freezer) whisked up and folded through some whipped cream. I crushed up some meringues I also had in the freezer and folded them through too. What we got was a light as air addition to the strawberries.
No photos because I couldn’t be faffed even attempting to style it.
My author website
With my latest novel in having the structural editing thing done, I finally got around to blogging on my author site. I also did a mini revamp on the look.
It’s time to get serious with this whole marketing lark so I’ll also be sending out newsletters once a month from October. Because I’m changing mail chimp accounts – the number of subscribers on my astro account is such that they’re going to start charging me – if you’ve already signed up I’m sorry, but you’ll have to do it again. If you haven’t already signed up and want to, here’s the link.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?