So here we are in February. The kids are back at school, our eldest back to boarding school and our youngest closer to home. As I write they are both off doing their own independent things and having new experiences with different people. Just like that.
Since school has returned I have been trying to get settled back into a productive routine with some purpose and dusting the cobwebs out of my blog felt like a good place to start. I did actually discover a few cobwebs but that is another story.
I know I have mentioned podcasts before but when I have chores/cleaning or just general things to do, an upbeat, interesting podcast just makes the time disappear.
Right now I am enjoying Blue Print for Living . The episodes are short and cover everything from design to travel. I have particularly enjoyed the episodes with chef Annie Smithers. Annie shares practical kitchen skills from cooking a duck to using salt.
I like to stay updated on the news of the British royal family and Pod Save The Queen is a respectful and interesting conversation.
Also, Company a podcast by Skye Manson. These are just beautiful, dreamy Australian stories that feel like a chat with a great friend.
I listen to my podcasts through Overcast but I am sure there are many others out there.
When it comes to cookbooks these days I am really only interested in books that contain recipes but also some background stories and snippets. Family, Food and Feelings is cheerful and full of realistic food alongside honest stories about motherhood and life. It feels warm and genuine with Kate’s signature style that just makes me smile.
It is still very dry in our part of the world but thankfully we have enough water to keep the garden and trees alive. The longer our paddocks remain parched, the more I appreciate the eucalyptus and olive trees that we have planted over the years. It makes me even more determined to keep them alive. Lemon verbena has proven to grow well through the hot weather so I have continued to plant this fragrant shrub where ever I can. When you are on a good thing…
Whenever we take our next holiday it will probably be to one of the bush-fire effected areas of our state. As a family we believe in supporting those businesses and communities and it would be a chance for us to explore somewhere new. Any suggestions from any locals would be great!
If you appreciate old buildings you can get quite lost looking at these Landmark Trust properties. I quite like the idea of renting an actual castle or a charming seaside cottage. A holiday for another time perhaps!
So that is a little of what is happening here. Very soon I hope to share some details on a sourdough workshop that I plan to host in the Broken Hill area. Stay tuned while I wait on a few logistical issues to fall into place.
Happy Sunday, friends x