So anyways, I missed last month’s update, being on holiday and all. I will, however, be telling you all about that gradually over the next couple of months. You’ll find the first of these posts here.
Alrighty, November…what can I tell you about November?
The jacarandas are still in bloom – although nearing the end of their season – and the flame trees are all in flower. The skies are (mostly) blue and we’ve been spared the appalling rain and wintry conditions that NSW and Victoria have had. As for the rest…
I arrived back from England and promptly got sick – actually, quite sick. A nasty head cold and squiffy tummy. Given the multiple time zones and lack of sleep it was hardly surprising but it was the best part of two weeks before I felt like my energy was back. I still have a lingering cough I can’t shake. There was, however, no rest for the wicked as I was back at work the day after arriving home. Heigh ho.
Despite this, it was a massive month by any standards…and I wonder why I’m still hanging onto this pesky cough!
Hah! You’d think that after being away for 5 weeks, coming back, and being ill that there’d be no travel to speak of… well, you’d be wrong as I spent last weekend in Wellington, New Zealand. It was a flying (no pun intended) visit to celebrate my bestie’s 60th at a roaring twenties/prohibition party.
I flew in on Friday afternoon, had a quick trip into the city for lunch (at Pravda) and a spot of shopping on Saturday morning, attended the party, and flew home on Sunday.
After being, quite frankly, miserable for much of the day, the weather turned fine in time for the party which was held at my friend’s house. And yes, I reckon they have one of the best views in Wellington.
Their garage was turned into a speakeasy complete with hooch, a grand piano, and even the waiters dressed in theme – as did we.
I channeled the fabulous Miss Phryne Fisher, but while the shoes were lost after the photos were taken, and the gloves after the first champagne, I tolerated the wig and (fake) pearls until it became clear I couldn’t dance madly with them on. Then I found a gangster hat and wore it instead.
While it was a super quick trip, it was fabulous to be back in Wellington (one of my favourite cities) after so long. As for December? I’m staying close to home and in the same time zone thank you very much.
Out and About
We’ve had some friends visiting from Melbourne so a midweek catch-up at a local restaurant – Il Vento on Mooloolaba Wharf – with them. Martinis at Boston Shaker on a school night; oh the decadence.
Grant and I also managed a date lunch at Dee Den in Buderim… We shared some salt and pepper cuttlefish, a duck red curry and a banana blossom salad.
And I caught up with another friend for lunch at Honeysuckle in Buderim. They do a fixed price yum cha at lunch and it’s little bites of yumminess.
I intended doing Nanowrimo this month and nailing the first 50,000 words of the new Philly Barker. Exhaustion and snot on the brain (too much information?) soon put paid to that as being a ridiculous idea. While I have no idea yet whodunnit I do have 20,000 words, a mystery for Philly to solve and a dead body, so that’s a decent start.
The structural read-through for Christmas at Mannus Ridge, the final in my chick lit/rom com series, came through so I’ve been busy with edits for that. It will, however, go off for copy edit at the end of this week.
Sadly, being sick and away and with guests I haven’t been baking much at all – and my mood has definitely been suffering as a result. Baking centres me in a way that most other things don’t. I think it’s the processes.
Anyways, I did bake my Christmas cake – as always using Delia Smith’s classic recipe…as I have done every year for goodness knows how many years.
I also had my first attempt at making Eccles Cakes – essentially fruit mince in a flaky puff pastry. Grant was well chuffed with the result.
What I’ve been reading
You’ll find the latest installment of What’s On Your Bookshelf here.
What I’ve been watching
- Shetland season 7 – Jimmy Perez… do I need to say more? A fitting farewell for our hero.
- Great British Bake-off – we’re not yet at the end of the current season here in Australia and I know this season has been slightly controversial in that there’s been more cooking than usual and, well, the Mexican episode. Regardless of the detractors I’m still a fan.
- The Crown Season 5 – Speaking of controversy… I’m not really sure what to say about this. I love The Crown, but I’m not convinced about Imelda Staunton as The Queen, I’m not sure about the choice of some of the story lines, and (while it did get better) the first three episodes were, well, slow.
- Cheesy Netflix Christmas movies… It’s never too early to start.
Over to you – how was your November? Have you begun watching cheesy Netflix Christmas movies yet?
On the last Friday of each month (Southern Hemisphere), the co-hosts of What’s On Your Bookshelf hold a link-up for readers to share their reflections and actions inspired by their Words of the Year (or goals/intentions for 2022). Sue, Deb, Donna and, of course, myself are looking forward to you joining us and sharing how you have focused on your WOTY during the previous month. The linky is below.
Oh… one last thing…For 2023, Deb, Donna, Sue and I will continue to share a monthly wrap-up post but with a new twist! Stay tuned for more.