Here we are in April. How did that happen? Lately our days have been full of farm, school and community commitments. The school holidays are on the horizon and like so many other people, we are desperate for rain.
Dealing with dry conditions is part of the reality of life on the land and this too shall pass. Soon hopefully! I am grateful that I can still see the beauty through my camera, complete with red dust and bare ground.
Under the buzz and rumble of the contract helicopter we have recently mustered and sold feral goats. Actually, as per usual the menfolk and my mother in law did the mustering while the junior crew and I carted the food, spare fuel, excess motorbike gear and of course, the camera.
I think I have mentioned in previous posts that these days are hot, dusty and bumpy and require teamwork and communication from all involved. Watching my husband coordinate his crew calmly and with good humour under pressure makes me feel so proud and sets a high standard for everyone around him to follow.
The four day Easter break arrived just in time for us all to take a breather. I found some time to experiment with sourdough hot cross buns. The buns were spicy and squashy and they rose beautifully but my crosses need some refining, next Easter.
Some leftover hot cross bun dough went into a round banneton and come out as a mini fruit loaf. This mini loaf really made me happy in a way that only bakers will understand. Immediately I imagined being presented with a tiny, warm fruit loaf like this for breakfast at a hipster café.
Easter also gave us time to get reacquainted with our horse and goat family. These furry creatures are always so happy to see us, or perhaps it’s just the apples, supermarket biscuits and hay that we generously hand out to them. Either way, they warm my heart and they smell deliciously earthy.
I always think links are fun, especially on Sunday so here are a few things I have found lately.
If we were planning a city escape I would be booking at this hotel which has recently launched in Sydney. The whole thing looks contemporary and oh so cool with indoor/outdoor alcoves and drinks served from the reception desk on arrival.
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Hungry is one of my favourite podcasts and Lee Tran Lam has just written this fascinating article on the hidden costs of running a restaurant. I am intrigued by these behind the scenes details.
Back to reality, and I spend almost all of my days in long sleeved shirts as protection from the sun. I am always looking for the perfect shirt. When I found this website not only did I discover good looking shirts but also gorgeous woollen blankets and other sturdy outdoor gear. Another internet rabbit hole to fall down.
What are you listening to?
Cooking or experimenting with dough?
Reading about new, cool places?
Happy Sunday, friends x