Taking Stock: June ’16

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Don’t these Japanese windflowers look pretty? I’m loving opening my front door to find these blooms waving their pretty little heads at me. They provide a lovely bit of cheer on a grey, wintry day. Halfway through the year, and with the days becoming ever shorter, outdoor delights are harder to find and we need to look for them indoors. Personally, I quite like snuggling down inside, slurping soup and listening to rain pattering on the roof. Here’s where I’m at the moment.

Making: a start on my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project. You can read about that here.

Reading: Reckoning by Magda Szubanski. I’m really enjoying her memoir. Much to take out of it about our search for our identity.

Watching: Hugh Laurie in both Veep and The Night Manager. Chuckling at him in the first and a bit wary of him in the second!

Cooking: lamb saag. Yum on a winter’s night! I use this recipe from Gourmet Girlfriend but add a bit more meat for my protein loving man and boy. And I use baby spinach instead of the kale.

Eating: my mum’s fruitcake baked for us at my man’s request. What a gem she is!

Drinking: English breakfast tea. Lots of mugs!

Listening: to Bowraville. If you enjoyed the first season of Serial, you will enjoy this. It investigates the murders 25 years ago of three aboriginal youngsters over a five month period from the one street. Aside from the murders, it is an interesting commentary on race relations in Australia.

Enjoying: watching this Carpool Karaoke. Lin, Audra, Jesse, Jane and James having a singalong is pretty ace!

Looking: forward to the school holidays

Coveting: this dress. I think it would be a perfect trans seasonal frock but how much can I afford to spend?

Feeling: pleased with myself for pulling lots of weeds out of my back garden this morning before the rain came down.

Wondering: if I can make it to see this movie this week.

Waiting: for my wool order to arrive so I can start making this cowl

How are you going as you head towards to mid-winter? Or are you looking forward to long mid-summer days? Maybe you want to take stock too?

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14 thoughts on “Taking Stock: June ’16

    1. It zips by, doesn’t it? I’m caught between wanting it to end so year 12 is over for my girl but wanting to savour all the ‘lasts’ of the year! So yes, it is good to take a regular pause!

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  1. Lovely flowers, and a timely reminder to stop for a moment and take stock. I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already!

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  2. gorgeous flowers, I must get some for my garden….calling it a garden is actually a bit of a joke, but oh well flowers would still be pretty.
    I always enjoy your taking stock posts, thanks for sharing

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  3. The dress! So beautiful. I can see why you are coveting. But the cowl is exciting (and gorgeous) – it will be yours (once you make it). You must be very clever to be able to knit like that. Love a Taking Stock post. x

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  4. Those flowers are delightful! Have you ordered the dress yet or are you still coveting? I’ve been drinking way too much English Breakfast, it must be a seasonal thing. Today is pretty gloomy here and it’s making think I’m not a huge fan of winter.

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