5 things…

Okay, it was a week that was all over the place. The first few days were spent in Sydney where we’d moved offices from the city over to Chatswood. This came with its own set of challenges – as all office moves do – but also some bright spots and giggles…

Anyways, without further ado, here are the five things that made me smile last week. As always I had problems with the concept of counting.


Of course. While this week didn’t have quite as high a dumpling count as last week, there were still more to try – one of the best things about working in Chatswood – and people to try them with.

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts

We first tried these when we were in Penang earlier in the year and these molten centred cheesey treats are almost as difficult to resist as dumplings.

The lovechild of a cheesecake and a custard tart, I took a six-pack home with me for Grant and Sarah.

New covers…

I’m in the process of launching my first two books onto print on demand – Baby, It’s You and Big Girls Don’t Cry – and that means new covers. While I’m at it my designer is also looking at covers for the final three books in that series – I Want You Back, Careful What You Wish For and It’s In The Stars.

Anyways, here’s a sneak peek before anyone else…


It’s that time of the year when the grevillea is out and the bush is full of birds…


It’s getting towards the end of the season, but we’ve seen them a few mornings in the last week doing whaley things on the horizon.


One of my sisters has been up with us for the weekend and it’s been a lovely catch-up.

Picnic in the park…

The view

We don’t need interstate visitors for a picnic in the park at Mary Cairncross Reserve, but it was certainly a good excuse.

We took a baguette, some local cheese, amazing tomatoes and a large punnet of super fresh strawberries – all bought that morning at the markets – and off we went.

After lunch we took a little wander through the walking tracks, checked out a python curled up beside a rock (safely from the other side of the glass), said hello to some friendly pademelons (sort of like a little wallaby) and marvelled at the exhibition of bird paintings in the gallery.

Then we watched a storm blow in…

The Smash Pit

Finding your zen through destruction therapy? Yes, it’s a thing – and a mighty fine thing it is too. Sarah’s boss runs The Smash Pit in Nambour and it’s somewhere we’ve been meaning to go for some time – having my sister up was the perfect time.

Sarah, me and Bec… don’t mess with us!

Rage Rooms are, excuse the pun, becoming all the rage – and I can see why.

We each had 10 minutes in the smash room with a crate of assorted bottles and china, and a piece of electrical equipment each. Everything that’s smashed is already broken or unwanted – and we smash it into even smaller pieces. (You should have seen me with a crowbar and a printer – all to the loud beat of AC/DC.)

My sister in action

It’s about releasing the rage in a safe environment and it’s super fun and an amazing upper body workout. And afterwards I felt completely calm. Almost zenlike.

Alex sunsets and Mooloolaba prawns…

We finished the weekend off with a sunset at Alexandra Headland and some fabulous Mooloolaba prawns by the beach.

Okay, that was my week, how was yours?

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

12 thoughts

  1. Hi Joanne, Your photos at the top are stunning! I am thinking sunset versus sunrise? You live in a beautiful area of the world. Wow, smash pit, rage rooms?From zen to release the rage and back to zen. Interesting. We just got back from two weeks camping totally unplugged on our true West Coast, Long Beach. No need to smash anything right now:)

  2. Hi Jo – loved the sunrise pics as always (the only time I see a sunrise!) and your smashing time looks like an absolute blast – we need one in WA! As a weird aside, the bottle brush/grevillea pic reminded me of the giant one we had in our first house’s front garden – the flowers gave off this strong scent very similar to semen (it used to do my head in when I walked past it!) Well I know you’re happy I shared that with you, so I’ll leave it there xx

  3. There’s a lot to love in this post and pleased the dumplings made the cut! The smash pit looked so much fun!

  4. Wow, what a mish-mash of things this week Jo!! I loved the sound of the smash pit and could do with that about now! Oh my I just read leanne’s comment 🙂 . I have missed so many blogs while away and it;’s great to be back! #lifethisweek

  5. How lucky that you get to see whales so often. Beautiful nature for your picnic, too. I just came back from the west coast of Canada and had a wonderful time there so no need to smash anything yet. #lifethisweek

  6. So now I know “why Chatswood?” Good move or not? Thinking of lots more to see and do in the city but then again, maybe the commute is super if you are staying at your parents and can use the Metro.
    I think I too would love that smash room. What fun…and what a release!

    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek. Next week’s optional prompt is 40/51 Share Your Snaps #8. 7/10/19. Do hope you join in too. Denyse.

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