I’m sorry I have been a bit quiet this week. I have been battling with all the sorts of things that many others have been tackling, but I’m coming up for air because you guys are my second favourite thing (after my own family!) and I want to talk to you!!!
Something Good To Do
1/ Read more about the good things some amazing people are doing to support others during this crisis.
2/ Write a villanelle! I wrote a how-to villanelle on this very blog. Why don’t you shake up your brain and give it a shot. Or you could lie down and forget about writing poems. That is okay too.
3/ Get your bulb on! It’s time to put bulbs in (apparently). I have some daffodil bulbs tucked away already so I’m going with those. They’re cheery and by the time they pop up, things will have shifted for the better in our world, I think. The brilliant Digger’s Club have lots of bulbs (and other things) you can snap up if you’re in a position to do so.
4/ AND for people who are missing the gym (this is not me, but everyone is different! You do you!!) my friend Yvonne found a free online workout that requires no equipment. So you could do that if you fancy.
Beetroot dip, hummus and pita bread made via recipes from this book.
Something/s Good To Know
If you bought my book When Life Is Not Peachy and liked it, do you think you could share it on social media (if you haven’t already). These weird times have meant that marketing/publicity opportunities for books that came out in March has been affected pretty dramatically, so any help you can give me would be amazing!!!
Twitter needs this.pic.twitter.com/y8d4sP8Zty
— Buitengebieden (@BuitengebiedenB) April 2, 2020
#Coronavirus has made it impossible for some children to see their #grandparents in person. Hundreds of kids sent #abc730 video messages of love to their grandmas and grandpas to help bridge the gap. pic.twitter.com/T90EXyUxsY
— abc730 (@abc730) April 2, 2020
Something Good To Watch
I just watched two seasons of a show called Secret City on Netflix. I really liked it and it has an excellent cast – think the stellar Anna Torv, the brooding Don Hany, the reliably intense Alex Dimitriades, queen Jacki Weaver and many, many more. It’s directed by one of my super favourites, Emma Freeman.
or this … I’m addicted to this YouTube. So soothing.
Something Good To Read
I was featured in a piece in The Age last weekend. You can read it here.
Text have just released a new book about nannas and pops! Grandmothers could be a great one to buy or ask your library to snap up.
Something Good To Listen To
My OLD record player with the nice speakers is semi-fixed, so I have been listening to records a lot and it’s very, very soothing. This morning I’ve been listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Push The Sky Away album. It’s a favourite. Do you have a record player at your house?
You could also listen to Small Things Considered on This American Life? My record just finished and I’m listening to this ep now.
Or you could listen to Jodie Comer doing a whole bunch of accents. GENIUS.
Things I have been making
Something Good To Cook
If your sourdough starter is proving a challenge, you could make something speedier and equally delicious … focaccia! Gourmet shared this recipe. You can also get some foccacia inspiration by watching Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix where Samin learns an excellent recipe from an expert (and it involves a salty brine!) The top image is one I made.
And I’ve been watching these Japanese cooking shows. So entertaining and positive!! You could cook something from there?
Or you could make Pad Thai?
Or Mee Goreng?
Or this Potato Curry?
Something Good To Make
Join in our craft-along – the Easy Peasy Blanket!
And a few borrowed lines …
Considering the Snail
BY THOM GUNN
to that deliberate progress.
That’s it for this episode of Something Good For The Weekend.
I will be back here ultra-soon, though. Stay as well as you can, peaches.