It’s been an all over the place week – and the weather’s been the same. A couple of glorious mid-winter blue days and some hunkering down days with plenty of the wet stuff.
Sydney has had a Covid outbreak – yet another as a result of border breaches. Parts of the city are now in lockdown, the travel bubble between NZ and NSW has been paused and every other state has enforced border closures on NSW – just as the school holidays start. For us here in Queensland it’s life as usual, but I feel for the tourist operators who again are suffering. The winter school holidays is the prime tourist time for Queensland – and, in particular, Far North Queensland. I could say more, but this is a political-free zone. Heavy sighs.
Okay, to the catch-up. I’m trying a slightly different format this week – let me know what you think.
The sun isn’t up until after 6.30am still, so my morning walks are mostly completed in the dark, with the best of the colour appearing just after I’ve finished my post-walk coffee and am in the car on the way home.
Thursday morning’s before-sunrise sunrise was, however, the pick of the bunch this week.
For more sunrises – and why I love them so much – check out this post.
One book I read
Scottish Myths and Legends by Daniel Allison. I’m trying to read a little more outside my normal genre – and this certainly fell into that category. Each story was bite-sized and very easy to read. Some were cautionary tales, some were creation tales, some were fairy tales. All took me to another time and place.
One thing I watched
I’ve begun watching Whitstable Pearl on AcornTV – I’ve also been reading the book of the same name, but more on that another time.
Set in the seaside town of Whitstable, each episode is a stand-alone mystery featuring oyster restaurant owner and private detective Pearl Nolan. It’s cozy crime UK style – my favourite.
One thing I’ve done for my health
All my blood tests results are back and now I don’t need to go back to the GP for another 6 years. Jokes. Seriously though, I’ve reached that age where I do need to take greater care of my health.
Despite all my baking, I tend not to eat the outcomes. I switched to a (mostly) low GI style of eating a number of years ago when blood tests showed I was in the early warning stages of diabetes (a common side effect of PCOS). As a result my blood sugars are still really good.
My cholesterol though is up a bit – not enough to cause alarm bells, but enough that my GP would like me to get it down via diet over the next 6 months.
I’ve let the whole Excess Baggage thing slip a bit over the last 12 months, so this was my wake-up call.
Even though I’ve decided my official start date is July 1, this week I replaced my usual brekky of boiled egg with a slice of rye toast (and butter) with more cholesterol friendly porridge. My beloved eggs are not off the menu completely (I can still have one a day if I want), but (sadly) butter is – at least for the forseeable future.
One thing I baked
Straight from cholesterol to baking…
In book club we’re reading Jane Eyre and what a treat this book is. To say it’s filling my senses would be to undersell the impact it’s having on me.
This week I baked something inspired by the book – seed cake. Made with caraway seeds, this is an understated and underrated cake. You can find the recipe here.
One reason I love Instagram
I’m researching some background for my next novel at present and am following a number of auctioneers, antique dealers and vintage china hashtags on Instagram. I wrote a bit about it in this post on the author site.
In a postcript, the painting I spoke about in that post was auctioned the other day – reaching a house record price for the auctioneers.
As a research tool, Instagram is fantabulous. I’ve never been one to follow celebrities as such (with the exception of Nigella and a few other TV chefs whose work I admire) and will unfollow anyone whose posts inspire anything other than positive thoughts (I’m that person who loves seeing other people on holidays), but when it comes to following your curiosity, there’s a hashtag for every interest.
One thing I blogged
Something about the foodie scene in Hervey Bay. You’ll find it here.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?