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6 Doings : 5 Readings

Wow. I had the nicest weekend. It was busy and then quiet. I am looking forward to having a quiet and quiet weekend soon, but that’s a whole other level to aim for. Here’s a little round-up of good stuff for you!

Here’s some things I loved doing:

1. We did the Frankie + Friends Garage Sale on Saturday. It was a fun and exhausting day. Luckily we were under a big tree, but I still got a little too much sun. You know that kind of too much sun that hits you a couple of hours after you get home? That kind. Heaps of nice people came to visit us and there were so many cute dogs lolling about. I had no idea dogs loved garage sales so much, but they actually do. Theme of the day? Pats and chats!

2. We went to the Camberwell Market on Sunday. I love going to the market. I always find a little treat that I can’t leave without. I KIND of wish someone would set up a super delicious food truck there – it’s all pretty donut/chip/sausage oriented and I usually just get really hungry and hope it’s the day that the falafel people show up. Sigh.

Anyhow, food aside I bought 12 cherry tomato plants – 6 of the patio variety and 6 of the sweet bite type. I honestly want a complete GLUT of cherry tomatoes this year. I am going to buy even more plants. I am going to be the Queen Of Cherry Tomatoes. I like cherry tomatoes the most because you don’t have to wait too long for them to ripen and they are rarely floury. Mostly they are sweet and delicious.

3. I hugged a sweet baby. His name is Delroy and he’s four weeks old now. He is Gemma and Daryl’s little tyke and I am loving getting to know him. It’s so nice to have a baby in your life, right? (Especially if you are not the one who has to get up in the night to feed them!)

4. I re-watched Making It Handmade. Have you seen this film? It’s a documentary (mostly) about the Melbourne craft scene. It was made a few years ago – before Instagram existed – and it surprised me how different things were then. I mean, we probably still feel exactly the same way about craft, but the landscape has changed. Everything is so slick and packaged and branded now. I am all about the DAYS OF OLD. I am living in the past! You can buy the film here, if you want to step back to simpler crafty times.

5. I got the sewing machine out and made things! Whilst watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I love that movie. I have never been to India and I really want to go. TBEMH is a really ace movie to sew to, I think. I’ve seen it a few times and I never get tired of it. Probably it simplifies cultural issues down to something pretty cliched, but the cast are wonderful and the locations make you want to hop on a plane right this very minute.

(ALSO – if you haven’t caught The Affair yet you might like to take a peek – it stars Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. Season 2 has just started. SO good!)

6. We had a delicious lunch yesterday at home – homemade burgers, cold chicken wings, brown sugar baked potatoes and roasted cauliflower. Yum. (Then we had Movida chicken rice for dinner. It was a good food day!)

Here’s some things I loved reading about:

1. These flatbread look amazing – a bit like the Moroccan version of roti?

2. These must have taken a very long time to make! They are by Jessica Dance.

3. I want to go to The Peony Picnic! What a genius idea!

4. The Design Files visited Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden

5. Patti Smith is writing a book for young women!
We’ve run out of coffee.
It’s just started raining.
I really need to get dressed.
I’m going to Bali for a holiday in ONE week!

See ya later!! Have the best day!

(Also – thank you so much for reading my blog!)

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  • charlotte
    October 27, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Oh Bali, thats so exciting, Ive been looking at visiting for a while now, it looks incredible! Will definitely check out that Melbourne doc as well, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Therese
    October 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Tomatoes – now you’ve got me. I’m having a go at planting from seed this year. Of course I grabbed free Sweet Bite seedlings when they were handing them out free to residents at our local park Spring into Gardening festival, but they are my fall-back in case of no shows. I have newly germinated seedlings of Digger’s Club heirloom varieties Pink Bumblebee, Lemon Drop, Tigerella, Green Zebra and Red & Black. I’m so excited by the Pink Bumblebee – do you think it will really be like a bumblebee? Can’t wait to find out!

  • Carolyn
    October 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Le sigh! That sounds like fab weekend. I have some babies in my life now – not mine! – and it is so lovely to cuddle them and have their little fingers wrapped around my pinky…I like TBEMH too. I love Dev Patel. He’s great in The Newsroom too (and Slumdog Millionaire).

  • Kate
    October 26, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Thanks so much for still blogging.
    I love to read about others lives, and miss many of my favourite blogs. I blame instagram…..which I also love, but it’s just not the same.

  • Reannon @shewhorambles
    October 26, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Ok, I’m going to ramble a bit about tomatoes because I’m obsessed!!
    Sweet bite are delicious!! I’ve got some in the ground too. I’ve got just over 50 tomato plants in the ground this year, lots of different varieties for lots of different things! But cherry ones are always the most prolific so you’ll be VERY happy!
    If you can get your hands on the grape Roma variety take a few home. They are SUPER tasty & were my favourite last year. Excellent for making Kate’s oven dried tomatoes.
    And don’t forget, if you buy a really delicious tomato, or really love the ones you’ve grown, save some of the seeds. I just dry them on a saucer by the window & keep them in a jar or envelope.
    Sorry, you probably already know that but like I said, I’m quite obsessed with tomatoes! Happy growing πŸ™‚

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