My Birthday month is over, and what a month I've had. Mr P. and I went away for a few days, down to the Northern Rivers area of NSW (our fave) and enjoyed a gorgeous stay at an artist's BnB, overlooking rolling hills of green, and macadamia farms, treed in dark-green.
We met up with our potter friend whom we hadn't seen for a couple of years, mainly due to Covid. And we ate at a really wonderful Italian restaurant, which is situated inside a Surf Lifesaving Club of all places :=) Honestly, we had the best tiramisu ever!! Can't wait to go back.
|the view from the back deck. So many macadamia trees!|
In My Kitchen:
|there's a fab book for July's Cookbook Club|
|more spices from Herbie's for salmon curry (on the blog soon)|
|homemade tomato relish|
|I bought tomato relish from Harvest Deli, and a small tin of Portuguese sardines in tomato sauce. Love that portrait of Porthos. I mean, who doesn't love the Three Musketeers?|
Harvest Deli is in a tiny, tiny country town called Newrybar. Harvest moved in some years ago with a restaurant and deli, and a vegetable garden. They also opened up the ancient bakehouse, which supplies the restaurant and deli café. It is a marvellous place.
|birthday spoons from my cuz, 'cos you can never have too many spoons|
|colourful Turkish (I think) drink coasters for my birthday from a dear friend|
|my sauerkraut has been jarred (is that a word?) after 2.5 weeks|
|dinner plates with artwork by Mirka Mora|
Mirka was a famous Melbourne artist, who along with her husband Georges became stalwarts of the Melbourne art and hospitality scene from the 1950s on. She and her family managed to escape being sent to Auschwitz, and hid out in French forests for three years before making their way to Australia. Such an extraordinary life.
|my curveball - artwork by Pamela Gough|
This lovely artwork depicts typical Queenslander houses, along with art from the Book of Kells, which is held in Dublin. Mr P. and I have been to the Old Library at Trinity College, and delighted in seeing this beautiful book and incredible library. It pleased this former librarian's heart no end.
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