August? Already? Yes, it would appear so.
It’s been an up and down week. I’m still adjusting to a changed timetable since Grant went back to work – he needs to leave home earlier so we’re up and walking half an hour earlier. It doesn’t sound like much but there is actually a world of difference between 5.20am and 4.50am. It is, however, worth it to keep our daily walking habit going – and to see first light and the sunrise.
I’m struggling a tad with a few things – mostly regarding workload – but given that’s been my choice and commitment to make I need to suck it up and do the head down bum up just get on with it thing.
In COVID-19 news, Melbourne is now in 6 weeks of stage 4 lockdown, with the rest of Victoria in stage 3. After a couple of women came across the border after (allegedly) making false declarations on their paperwork and have since been diagnosed with the virus, Queensland’s borders are again closed to Sydney. I’m going to resist the temptation to get my soapbox out about that one.
Okay, without further faffing about, here’s the five…
There’s something quite lovely about being out before dawn. The birds start at first light, when just a glimmer is visible on the horizon.
On the water the kayakers are wearing head-lamps so in the pitch dark the lights look like they’re scooting across the surface of the water, like big fireflies. Now, how’s that for a romantic picture at 5.30 in the morning?
2. Box Ticking
Man, did I tick some boxes last week – the sort of things that have been appearing on my weekly to-do list for months (and I mean months….). Sure, some of it was done because I needed to do it for my author website (which is close to being complete), but that’s beside the point. Aside from my day job and some Romance Australia commitments I also:
- I updated my “about me” and book pages on this website
- Wrote blurbs for 3 books – I Want You Back, Careful What You Wish For and Escape To Curlew Cottage. (If you’re interested you’ll find them on the Book page.) As an aside, I’ve been needing to write the blurb for I Want You Back since I finished it in late 2017.
- Wrote the acknowledgements for I Want You Back (again something that’s been pending for a couple of years) and Careful What You Wish For
- Chased up cover designs for the print versions of Baby It’s You and Big Girls Don’t Cry and sent through some ideas for the covers for Careful What You Wish For and Escape To Curlew Cottage
- Started the ball rolling on the formatting for I Want You Back.
- Completed yet another re-write on Escape to Curlew Cottage and got rid of 10,000 words that it didn’t need
- Cleaned the oven
It’s probably no wonder that I feel mentally drained.
3. On the wall
At the beginning of July we ordered a couple of pictures for the wall. Both were by a Sunshine Coast based photographer Ben Messina.
The one we’ve hung over the lounge is of a Redwood forest in The Otway National Park in Victoria. The shard of light is incredible.
This one of the Sugar Pines at Laurel Hill near Tumbarumba is particularly meaningful. These fabulous trees were destroyed during the bushfires earlier this year, so it’s lovely to have a permanent reminder of them on the wall.
The light in these photos is not great (our walls are actually white), but the pics are fabulous and really feel as though we’re in nature.
4. In the Kitchen
It was Destination Queensland in Saturday Kitchen this week so we had local seafood – well, it was all local except for the smoked salmon which came from Tasmania.
Also on the ice cream front, I made a chocolate peanut one using Snickers bars and served it with a blueberry galette. The recipe is here. Sarah says she has a new favourite ice cream.
Finally there was the Sunday Roast…with excellent (if I do say so myself) Yorkshire Puddings.
5. In case you missed it
On the blog I posted:
- Something about Stow-on-the-Wold, Tewkesbury, Broadway and Blockley
- Something about the Great Barrier Reef
- My July reading list and
- My re-vamped 101 things in 1001 days list. 101.2, I’m calling it.
And that was my week…how was yours?