Here we are Saturday morning catching up over a cuppa (mine is black tea, in case you’re interested). Anyways, without any further havering, let’s wrap this week up.
Happy Birthday to me for yesterday. I was going to take a selfie of me at 54, but I forgot and when I remembered it was raining.
I did, though, have a lovely quiet birthday. Given that I spent my birthday last year working on both day job stuff and RWA stuff and arranging the funeral for my mother in law, this year’s birthday was quietly beautiful.
I didn’t have to day job but because rain was forecast I didn’t do very much at all – which was exactly right. I had my monthly visit to the hairdresser to get rid of the grey and ran a few errands. Importantly I also dropped in my passport renewal. Given that Australians are still not able to leave the country without permission (and if we do we pretty much can’t get back in) I’m not sure whether that’s wishful thinking or not. I’m choosing to think of it as positive thinking. After all, each passport represents 10 years of possibility.
Other than that, my dog and I settled in for a Midsomer Murders Marathon. Absolute bliss.
My day was topped off with Sarah coming home for the weekend. We’ll go out for dinner tonight but last night we had, what we used to refer to when I was growing up, a party party – with sausage rolls and party pies and mini frankfurts. Not at all pretty and the table isn’t even done nicely, but it was like a kids party – with alcohol and minus the fairy bread.
Because I don’t eat cake Grant even got in a retro fave – a Vienetta. If you’ve never seen one before, it’s an ice cream cake with thin leaves of chocolate through it. It’s an Aussie classic and reminds me of growing up.
Yesterday was also release day for Escape To Curlew Cottage. After what feels like the longest time, it’s finally out there. It’s not available on print just yet but will be in a few weeks – I’ll let you know when. In the meantime, it is available on Amazon and will be on all other platforms by the end of the week. I’m ridiculously proud of this book and can’t wait to revisit Brookford later this year in something new.
They’re back – not that they ever went away… Sunrises in summer are never great. Aside from the fact that they occur too early even for me (at the height of summer sunrise is around 4.30 ish), they’re rarely colourful. There’s a scientific reason that I won’t bore either you or myself with.
This week there was plenty of colour around.
I bet you thought I was going to say the Meghan and Harry interview. Well, to be honest, I taped it to watch (I can’t be doing with the ads) and lasted about 30 minutes. My mother has always said that if you don’t have anything nice to say, talk about the weather, so my opinion of it is summed up by telling you that the sky is blue outside.
I’ve been waiting for Men In Kilts – Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (from Outlander fame) – to start here in Australia and it’s finally made its way to Foxtel.
I’ve also begun watching Back Roads on ABCTV – if you haven’t come across it, it’s a program that features small towns in Australia – and happened across an episode about Agnes Water and Town of 1770. We visited this amazing little place a couple of years ago, but what I wasn’t aware of was the community-driven environmental movement that’s happening up there – particularly in relation to sea turtles. If you’re in Australia you’ll be able to pick it up on ABC iView.
Also on TV this week I watched the semi-final of The Great Kiwi Bake-off and happened to see something that I never thought I’d see – a cow udder jelly cake. Yes, you heard me right. And as the contestant walked it over to the judges it really was wobbling. Hmmm.
It’s been a busy week in the day job this week so not much to speak about here. I did, however, manage to get something up during the week about 10 albums that influenced me. You’ll find it here.
5. In the Kitchen
No baking this week, but I did make a batch of bacon and red lentil soup for lunches. It was quick to make and like a healthier version of a pea and ham soup. The recipe is here but I added a sweet potato and used shortcut bacon instead of pancetta. It gave the same flavour without some of the fat. It’s not the most photogenic soup going around but it tastes great.
Okay, so that was my week. Linking up with Natalie for the weekend coffee share and Denyse on Life this week.