September already? I’ll wrap August up on Thursday, but for now, the 5 things that made me smile last week…
Unfortunately, I think we’ve photographed the last of them for the year. The sun was up at 6am this morning and will be getting earlier and earlier from here on. Given that we don’t have daylight savings here in Queensland by the time December rolls on in the sun will be up by 4.45am.
Hubby and I had a couple of cheeky sundowner vinos at the Surf Club the other afternoon and grabbed this gorgeous colour.
Okay, the first day of Spring was yesterday but the swooping birds signs have been up in the usual hotspots for the last month. I’m one of those fortunate people who have never been swooped by a magpie or a butcher bird or, indeed, a plover or lapwing but I know that for plenty of people this time of year means either helmut-ing up for the daily cycle or run or staying indoors.
I love magpies and butcher birds but that doesn’t mean that I can’t giggle at these memes – and that’s not to take away from the damage that these guys can do. For those who get swooped and who have been injured it’s serious stuff. Apologies to those who don’t like maggies as much as I do.
Still on the subject of magpies, I found a website yesterday where you can actually log magpie attacks. Sort of like Dorsal – the shark spotting site – but for maggies.
As an aside, I remember reading some research once that pretty much proved that magpies “remember” and “recognise” people they’ve swooped before, so they’re clever little birds.
Also, it’s usually the father that does the swooping to protect the nest, so really, when you think about it, he’s just being a good dad; which leads me neatly to…
Here in Australia Father’s Day was yesterday. We celebrated by taking a picnic to one of our favourite spots in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Mary Cairncross Reserve just out of Maleny.
The views up here are fabulous – as was our picnic lunch.
I’m fortunate in that I have a good role model in my father, and our daughter is fortunate that she has the same in hers. Here’s to great dads – those with us and those who have passed.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Crackle slice. It’s made with dates, coconut oil, honey and peanut butter and, according to Sarah, is good. Who’d have thought it? Recipe on the way.
This weekend was an all request weekend. Sarah asked for chocolate bread and butter pudding, Grant wanted roast beef with yorkies, and my choice was tomato and basil soup with the most amazing roasted garlic and basil garlic bread; which leads me to…
Recipe of the week
This store cupboard tomato and basil soup is super easy, super yummy, and as long as you don’t indulge in the garlic bread, also healthy.
Soften some finely diced shallot in olive oil and then add 2 tins of (good) tomatoes and a good handful of chopped basil. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes before letting loose with one of those wand blitzer things. Season and serve. If you want you can add a dollop of crème fraiche, but it’s not really necessary.
With Escape To Curlew Cottage off being edited I’ve started the rewrite of Careful What You Wish For – something I last looked at in September last year.
I’m trying to streamline this a tad, but it’s still a work in progress. I’m seriously considering stepping away from my Astro blog completely and focusing my energies on the blogs that support my writing ie this one, my author site and BKD – Brookford Kitchen Diaries.
In case you missed it, this week I posted:
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?