And just like that the first week of January is done and dusted.
It was a week of rainy morning walks interspersed with bright blue sunshine before more rain. What can I say, it’s January in Queensland and the humidity is, well, it is what it is.
Brisbane went into a snap 3 day lockdown over the weekend after 1 case of the UK variant of covid was found in a quarantine hotel worker. It broke Queensland’s record of well over 100 days without community transmission. The lockdown ends tonight but masks are now mandatory in Brisbane for the next 10 days or so. Fingers crossed there are no more associated cases.
In other news, it’s my parent’s 57th wedding anniversary today, so happy anniversary Mum and Dad!
Okay, without any more faffing about, here’s the five:
It was moving day for Sarah on Saturday. We hit the road at 6am for the 2 and a bit hour drive north in the rain. It was amazing how much stuff needed to be transported – and yet it all came out of her rom. Sigh.
I’m staying up here for a week to not just help her get settled in, but to also give her someone to come home to and download to after the first few days in her new role.
To be honest, it’s no great hardship for me – while I have no transport here, I have all I need around here and can walk pretty well anywhere else.
My love of classic literature. The book club I’m in is reading Wuthering Heights and even though the book isn’t new to me, I’m seeing it in a whole new light. I totally agree with what one reviewer (sorry, I can’t remember where, but was probably in The Guardian) said:
Wuthering Heights is like its hero Heathcliff, dark, mad and flawed but it makes you feel. It’s less book than weather.
There are entire hashtags on Instagram devoted to Wuthering Heights and Bronte country. It’s almost the next best thing to travelling there myself.
I came across this word during the week:
It’s a Dutch word that, while it has no direct translation into English, can be used to describe someone who radiates a certain energy, an atmosphere, if you will. Now I need to find somewhere to use it.
What else? I was excited to see a couple of sea turtles off the rock wall at Mooloolaba the other morning. They made my day.
At low tide yesterday I walked way out on the sand at Urangan. It was hard and rippled by the water, and full of those little rolled up pieces of sand that crabs leave behind when they burrow into it.
4. Writing and Blogging
I’ve got all comments back from my beta readers now for Escape To Curlew Cottage so will be finalising that manuscript this week. I’ll be telling you more about it on my author blog this week and will have a link to the first chapter with my newsletter this month.
I aim to get close to finishing the draft of my new novel this week – fingers crossed and all that.
I popped up a few blogs:
- Something about my daughter leaving home
- A review of Nigella’s new cookbook – and a recipe
- A recipe for an orange and almond loaf cake that I think could become a favourite.
5. In the kitchen
Not a lot – I’ve been in Hervey Bay since Saturday and as Sarah has no baking trays – or ingredients – I won’t be doing any baking while I’m here.
I did, however, make the afore-mentioned orange and almond cake and Nigella’s Beetroot and Chickpea Dip.