August already? Let's not even go there! July has been cold and wet here in not so sunny Brisbane. You may say: 'So what? It's winter isn't it?' Sure, but our winters are normally all blue sky and sunshine, and no rain. Our backyards end up looking like a hay field - dry and brown. So this weather is most odd!
I'm just making a big pot of vegetable soup, with some poached chicken, and chickpeas thrown in at the end. It's such a lovely feeling to have soup on the stovetop on a cool day. Mr P. and I will soon rug up and head out for a brisk walk in the cooling afternoon air. I do enjoy wrapping up in a couple of scarves and a coat; so unusual for us normally.
And that brings up memories of freezing our buns off in wintry Philadelphia one Christmas, staying with our Quaker friend; Mr P. doing the Hogmanay thing of 'first-footing', where a dark-haired male should be the first one over your threshold for the New Year, carrying whisky, salt and coal. But no, he didn't have any of those things to hand. Just the dark hair and being male thing going on ...
|moi freezing every bit of me in minus -10C windchill factor!|
An oldie but a goodie! I know I've put this one up before, but it's so funny with that red nose. I was sooooo cold I cried. This was taken at a Christmas pageant (little girls in tiny tutus!!) in sunny (hahaha!) Lansdale PA.
In My Kitchen:
|there was delicious chocolate! I love their Marzipan|
|and yep, another cookbook!|
|a hot chocolate hamper for Mr P.|
|a few goodies from The Greek Providore|
|birthday gin from The Cuz!|
|birthday vintage honeypot from The Oldest Friend's Mum!|
|vintage milk jug also from The Cuz!|
|5 cute little salts and a black pepper jar|
|new painting on the bottom by Lizzy Newcombe|
The curveball! I bought this on our weekend away in Toowoomba recently. I love naïve/folk art, and this reminds me of the Canadian artist Maud Lewis. The top one is by Vanessa Perske, another Queensland artist. I've always wanted one of hers, completely forgetting that I already have this one. She is well-known for her emu portraits :-)
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