Recently, my friend Natalie from Natalie the Explorer started a link up called #WeekendCoffeeShare. It’s a place for bloggers to link up and share their thoughts. I’ve decided to swap my usual Monday morning rush to empty my brain of the week with this – a much more leisurely summary of the week that was.
What brought joy to my week
I’ve spent the last 5 days in Hervey Bay, staying with my daughter. We’ve both been working (I work remotely so can do so from everywhere) but it’s really filled my heart to see and hear how she’s settling into her new life.
I’ve loved my morning walks on the pier and the birds and marine life I’ve seen.
The highlight yesterday morning was a group of eagle rays – 4 or 5 of them – dancing around under the pier.
If you haven’t seen an eagle ray before they flap their wings like a large bird (no doubt where the name comes from) and if the wing tips breach the surface it can look a little like a shark fin.
It was a privilege to see them like this and starting the day in nature really is the best way to start a day – especially when you know you’ll be in front of a laptop for the rest of it.
I’ve also loved my breakfast sitting outside the flat watching the tides and being serenaded by magpies.
What made me laugh
I inhaled the second season of Staged with Michael Sheehan and David Tennant. Lockdown TV at its best. ABCTV
What made me cry
I also finished watching It’s A Sin on STAN. Aside from the music being the soundtrack of my teenage years and the music I love, it tracks the stories of a group of friends in London’s gay scene in from 1981 -1991 – yes, when AIDS first reared its head.
I remember the stories and the attitudes at the time – and, of course, the conspiracy theories. Mostly I remember the TV ads – in Australia they used the grim reaper. As a teenage girl who hadn’t even started dating, it was frightening.
Anyways, the show was, despite the premise, both deeply sad with moments of pure joy and friendship. It was beautifully done and I suspect will stay with me for some time.
What I read
Hamnet. What a book. I tend not to read books that have been hyped or books that have won awards – I guess I feel they’ll be a tad too literary for my tastes, this, though, I loved and was wound up in the Tudor world right from the start.
The book is a fictional account of the death of Shakespeare’s son Hamnet and I was so invested in the characters. Fabulous.
I’ve also been reading the latest in Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher murder mysteries.
What I imagined
A month or so ago Sarah and I attended a wine and clay night – where we took along a bottle of wine and played with some clay. Last weekend we went back to glaze our masterpieces and I’m now imagining how they’ll look once out of the kiln.
I’ve been on dinner duty here – one of my tasks when I’m in The Bay is to fill my daughter’s freezer so I’ve replenished the stock of chilli con carne. No baking this week – Sares has neither the ingredients or the tinware.
The highlight in the kitchen this week was the baked tomato and feta pasta that’s doing the rounds on Tik Tok. You take some cherry tomatoes, olive oil and garlic and pop it all into a baking dish. Add a slab of feta cheese and whack it in a hot oven for 40 minutes. You squash the tomatoes and feta with a fork until you have a sauce and stir through cooked pasta. I pimped it up with some basil, some spinach and a few olives I found in the fridge. Too easy and, actually, surprisingly tasty. Next time I think I’ll toss some chorizo in. The photo below doesn’t do it justice.
What I did to keep me healthy
Walk. I knew I’d have little to no incidental steps this week so walked each day before work and after I logged off.
In the News
Melbourne has come out of a snap 5 day lockdown and all other states are community transmission free. The Queensland border is still closed to travellers from Melbourne.
Facebook has defriended ie blocked all news, media and publishing sites in Australia in protest against a new proposed Australian law. This closure extended to Department of Heath and official Coronavirus sites, State Emergency and Fire pages and even the Bureau of Meteorology. They’ve since backed down on these. But, regardless of whether or not I think the law is a good one (and don’t get me started there), how dare Facebook think they can hold a national government to ransom? And yes, I know that’s a naive thing to say but the part of me that is still not completely cynical needs to say it. Okay, soapbox rant over.
On the blog
Courgette Lime and Cardamom Cake on the Brookford Kitchen Diaries