Alrighty, where to start?
There’s been plenty happening since we last spoke, but let’s just concentrate for now on the past week – most of which I spent on holiday in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. Thankfully our snap three-day lockdown was lifted in time for us to fly out on Sunday morning as planned and even though I was back in the day job on Friday, it was still a lovely break.
I’ll give you more detail later in the week, but for now…
One thing I baked
These gluten-free things-to-do-with-leftover-egg whites chocolate biscuits. I’d made vanilla ice-cream (to which I’d added broken up Flake chocolate so it was like a vienetta icecream) so that meant I had five egg whites to use – which was, coincidentally, the exact number I needed for the biscuits.
Oh, and I baked these crumpets too…for breakfast last Saturday morning.
One thing I did for my health
I almost left this category out this week as while we were away I ate all the food and drank all the wine. (And yes, I will do a foodie post over the next week or so…) I did, however, walk between 15,000 and 20,000 steps a day each day we were away. That’s balance, isn’t it?
I know…the hard work begins again on Monday. Heavy sighs.
I’m participating in Becky B’s square challenge this month – the theme of which is trees…in a square format. I’m not sure whether I’ll continue posting each day, but I’m loving trawling through my old pics to find trees I can crop into squares.
Rather than link them all here, just go to my home page. Oh, and this tree counts as todays #treesquare.
There were plenty to choose from last week. This one was the first we came across at Malanda. I’ll show you more later in the week.
One book I read
I finally finished Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. When I say finally finished, it wasn’t because I found it slow-going, but rather that we’ve been reading it in book club – a number of chapters at a time, discussing those and then moving on to the next section.
I didn’t quite finish it in time for last month’s monthly reading round-up (which you’ll find here) but there were so many passages where the story took my breath away. A fabulous book made even more fabulous because I shared it with the fabulous women in my fabulous book club. That’s a whole lot of fabulous, but absolutely no exaggeration.
One surprise package
I was delighted to receive this hand thrown pottery mug and biscuit tray from a writerly friend who is very obviously super talented – as well as being super generous. It’s just perfect for tea.
One thing I wrote
While I’ve barely touched It’s In The Stars over the last week, I did finish my structural edit for The Little Cafe By The Lake and even sent it off for copy edit. The quickest structural edit ever. I wrote about that here and a little bit about how Cairns features (albeit briefly) in the novel.
One thing I bought
It will probably come as a surprise to absolutely no one that while I detest shopping (in general) and mall shopping (in particular) I make an exception for books and kitchenware. And yesterday I splurged a whole $20 and bought what I like to refer to as a pasta tree. (Note to self, I could have used this in the #treesquare challenge.)
It breaks down to pack away, but is the perfect way to ensure my pasta doesn’t stick together and get railroad trackie.
For the record, the pasta recipe I use is this one by Angela Hartnett. It’s super easy to remember: for each serve, 100g 00 pasta flour, 1 egg, a teaspoon of olive oil.
Okay, that was my week… how was yours?