Ummmm August? How did that happen?
Before we get into the catch-up let me just say this: it’s been a week of truly magnificent weather. Blue skies and temps getting up to the mid-20s. Not bad for the middle of winter, hey?
And the sunrises…oh the sunrises. They’ve been grand indeed.
Okay, that’s not strictly correct as there are currently two covid lockdowns in the country.
Sydney has just had theirs strengthened and extended – to the end of August. Most modelling data is predicting that will push through to September. I hope for their sake the modelling is wrong.
Here in Queensland, the southeast of the state – that’s Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast (where I live) – has gone into a snap 3-day lockdown. A 17-year-old student in Brisbane tested positive on Thursday (and her family and tutor on Friday) so they’re expecting that cluster to grow.
It’s another infection that has somehow made it out of our strict quarantine requirements.
Anyhoos, I’m in Hervey Bay at Sarah’s for the week – and Hervey Bay isn’t in lockdown.
I will, however, be acting as though I am – not that there’s anything terribly unusual about that! I rarely stray too far from home in any case.
It’s not too shabby a place to be. (Classic Aussie understatement there…) Having said that, if lockdown extends, I’ll head back home to hubby (if possible).
I finally got my first jab of Astra-Zenica during the week. I was going to hold out for Pfizer (being under 60 that was the Australian health advice – although that in itself is a moving target) – but after being on the list for over a month I received an email last Friday from Queensland Health telling me I wouldn’t be able to book until October at the earliest. I decided to go with A-Z so I could get the whole process going – only to arrive home to find an email from Queensland Health inviting me to book a Pfizer jab. Hey ho.
It does, however, illustrate the issues we’ve had here with vaccine rollout.
Jokes, plenty of trees! You can see the whole collection here.
I’ve had a fabulous time in July posting trees for Becky’s square tree challenge. The best part was going through my photos and reliving travel memories. I didn’t post every day, but to those of you who get an email every time I do, it probably felt very much like I did. #soznotsoz
It also reminded me that I never finished posting about France – from three years ago.
Anyhoos, the one tree I didn’t post was a Christmas tree. So here it is. From Christmas 2019 in London.
It’s sausages (made into meatballs), cannellini beans, tomatoes and silverbeet and ridiculously quick and easy to put together.
Plus there were heaps left for lunch – for the next two days.
I baked a batch of ginger crunch during the week. Some went into work with Grant, and the rest has come up here to the Bay for Sares.
It’s a recipe that featured in Wish You Were Here and will do so again in The Little Cafe By The Lake. You can find it here.
One new thing
I read a lot during July but won’t be posting a round-up of my books just yet. Instead, on Friday, August 20 I’ll be joining in with my friends Sue, Deb and Donna to launch “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” a monthly feast of all things book related.
We’d love you to join us and share your monthly reads, favourite books, or review a recent read. It can be fiction, non-fiction, cookbook, memoir, self-help, armchair travel, whatever – it’s your call. The goal is to keep it simple and inspire others with your recommendations.
The series will be live on the third Friday of each month (that means the third Thursday if you’re joining us from the northern hemisphere).
If you’re linking up a blog post you can do so in the comments. Alternatively, you might want to get involved via Instagram or your social media of choice. Whichever way you choose to share, don’t forget to leave a note in the comments so we can find you. We even have a hashtag you can use #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge.
Until then, here’s a sneak peek of what I’m reading right now.
Okay, that’s my week. How was yours?