Friday Night Lights Pip-Life

It’s time for Friday Night Lights!

November 6, 2020

Welcome to this week’s issue of … FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS! Woot! Let’s go!

1/ Frozen raspberries: I love them. I do. Most days I throw them into the Nutribullet with a banana and some coconut water and yogurt OR a big slosh of almond milk. They make the prettiest and most delicious simple smoothie.

2/ Adorable temporary tattoos from Tattly. So cute! So animal-y!

3/ Swimmy blue nail polish. Yes, please!


This issue’s Pip of the Week is author Philippa Moore. I love reading her blog and I think you will too. Recipes, books, life tips and more. What is NOT to like, I ask you?!

I made it onto an amazing list! 100 Great Reads from Australian Women. There are a bunch of great books on this list, written by excellent types I have long admired. So chuffed. Thank you!!

Also? I’ve added a few other titles to my wishlist this week. They include …

1/ Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking by Regula Ysewijn. I love her Instagram and this looks just brilliant! (Amazon / Booktopia)

2/ Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake (Amazon / Booktopia) How great does this look? I like thinking about fungi.

3/ The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination With the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World by by Patrik Svensson (Amazon / Booktopia) EELS! So spooky and slender.

4/ The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell Have you read this one? I love Maggie! (Amazon / Booktopia)

5/ Author Charlotte Wood’s old foodie blog is still up!

I really like the colour of this jumper … and I recently bought this blazer because it reminds me of one I used to wear in the ’80s. I am going to wear it over dresses with tights and Docs, I think. Also? The label Olive has some ace dresses.


I would quite like to make one or two of these Tobi Totes. How about you? Pattern here.

Ramblings: Beachcombing on the Isle of Sheppey. Clare Balding chats to Lisa Woollett about life and her new book Rag and Bone. It’s all slipper limpets and seagulls and scrunching sands. Delightful.

I love the premise of this podcast. Just walking and chatting about the big and small things. I want to do an Australian podcast like this!

Martin Latham: Bookshops are a precious shelter from the storms of life.
Aimee Farrell: How to create your own tea garden.
James Nestor: The lost art of breathing can improve resilience and sleep.
Juvoni Beckford +Anne-Laure Le Cunff : How to use books to navigate life
Madeline Dore: On empty time and not feeling crammed.


1/ Green Beans and Cucumbers with Miso Dressing. YUM! Recipe here.

2/ Slow-roasted Gochujang Chicken looks amazing. Recipe here.

3/ I’m super keen to try these Cauliflower Toasts by The Barefoot Contessa. Recipe here.

4/ And how good do these Pumpkin Fritters look? Recipe here.

5/ I’m also going to try these overnight bread rolls tomorrow! Perhaps smoosh some omelette, prosciutto, avocado and cherry tomatoes into them with sriracha?

1/ The amazing food-rescuing and society-nurturing legend Ronni Kahn will be chatting to the brilliant Melissa Leong at an online event with Readings Books next Tuesday. (Free) tickets here.

2/ My sister, my mirror. So interesting.

3/ How to spot a Tawny Frogmouth.

4/ This is pretty incredible. You have to see! (What Gordon Parks saw.)

5/ The beginners guide to Bravo. (I’m a Bravo tragic, so I highly approve of this story! Head to Hayu if you fancy diving in.)

6/ The murder hornets of Paris. Gosh.

7/ How to be at home. Sigh. Lovely, poetic and true. “Don’t be embarrassed!”

1/ I love this! An off-the-grid writer’s cottage.

2/ Simon Lince and Cary Leibowitz’s home is so interesting. Some clever touches to spark your creativity or borrow from. I love the stair gallery!

3/ Would you like to live in an old Parisian cafe? I would.

1/ I somehow found this sneaky site with lots of gentle cooking and gardening shows on it. Perhaps that is your sort of thing too?

2/ I just watched Manhunt: Unabomber and it was quite good. I could not help but think that the women did a LOT of the important work in this case and were not really celebrated enough, though. Also the victims were not really as front and centre as they should have been. That said it’s still pretty good. Would recommend! It’s on Netflix.

3/ Somebody Feed Phil. There’s a new season of this show on Netflix. I watched the other seasons while I was at an AirbNb with the kids a while ago and thought they were CHARMING.

4/ Gangs of London is apparently quite violent but also very good. Have you watched it? It’s on Stan in Australia.

5/ And my guilty pleasure is SAS Australia. So trashy and muddy. Can’t help myself. It’s on 7Plus in Australia.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Friday Night Lights!!

Love, your pal …




  • Reply Isabel Robinson November 17, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    Yay for Philippa Moore! She and I met via your blog 5 years ago, then we became pen pals, and now we’re doing a writing project together, called Letters of our Lives. So thanks for introducing us Pip…she is awesome! You must read her memoir The Latte Years too x

  • Reply Karoline Dahrling Hughes November 15, 2020 at 7:17 AM

    Hi Pip, So many good links in this post. I got caught in by the cosy wood interior and thought for a moment it was you living room. But from what you have shown in previous posts yours also looks really nice. We just bought a house that I fell in love with because of the wood 60´s interior. It feels safe and nice in this time of the world. So nice to be somewhere and pretend that it is a cpmpletely different era 🙂
    Best, Karoline

  • Reply Jayne November 9, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Thanks Pip.
    Once again, I got a lot out of this. Especially the bean and cucumber recipe and the sneaky tv streaming service. xx

  • Reply P November 9, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    I would listen to your podcast 🙂

    • Reply Karoline Dahrling Hughes November 15, 2020 at 7:19 AM

      Yes, I would too! Just listened to an old episode of the Frankie podcast with some good Pip-thoughts on creativity 🙂

  • Reply Reannon November 6, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    I love that nail polish but am I the only person who can’t apply her own nail polish well & whose nail polish chips the very next day?
    Going to have a look around Charlotte Woods blog.
    DEF going to have a look at all those gardening & food shows.
    And I know this will sound so bloody stupid but learning to take proper deep breaths this year has been super helpful to me. It makes me feel SO much better.
    Happy weekend Pip xx

    • Reply Sarah November 8, 2020 at 7:39 PM

      No you’re not! I always find it so awkward painting my right hand, using my left….and the inevitable chips start appearing soon after. That’s why I paint my toenails instead these days – no one is ever close enough to my feet to see if I’ve botched things a bit here n there.

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