Do you ever have those weeks when each day brings more fatigue no matter what you do?
This week has been like that for me. I think it’s just the heat and humidity and having trouble sleeping – due to aforementioned heat. It messes with my constitution.
This resulted in me limping along to Friday, then waiting for 7.30pm to watch Gardening Australia and turning the light out at 9pm. Such a party girl.
I sure am hoping this will give me a bit of pep for the weekend as I have two bits of homework to do for my Creative Writing course. I tried to do one yesterday but my brain was too addled and felt like it was going to burst out of my head. So I put it aside and made my favourite tomatoes on toast and read a bit of The Girls (which I am finding very, very good – so well written!!) and watched GA.
Now it is early on Saturday morning and I THINK I am feeling a bit better. Better enough, thankfully, to launch into a new episode of Something Good for the Weekend! Hooray!
Something GOOD For the Weekend
Something GOOD to do
Last night on Gardening Australia they were talking about homemade herbal teas. I think that’s a good to-do. If you don’t have a garden you can still grow herbs on the window ledge. They were talking about Moroccan Mint last night, but there are lots of other herbs that you could try too.
I have apple mint, chocolate mint and regular mint in my garden, so I am going to have a tinker. And buy some Moroccan Mint too. (If it sounds like I am good at gardening, know that I am not. I’m still learning!)
I also have echinacea, basil, marjoram, Greek basil, purple basil, oregano, chives, parsley, lemon balm, sage, thyme and scented geranium. I spend a lot of time in the herb section at my local nursery, clearly. Not trying to show off, honest.
Something GOOD to ponder
I am pondering how GA’s Costa has not been awarded an Australia Day honour? It seems a bit bonkers. He works so hard to teach the whole country about greening up their lives, being caring citizens, kindness and pottering about in the garden. Perhaps he has and I don’t know about it? I did look and it seems not, though.
Ponder that there is a thing called the Faber Writing Academy and how good does it look?!
Something GOOD to watch
In case you missed Gardening Australia, last night’s episode was a must-watch because Costa visited Melbourne’s CERES and spoke to one little Merri Merri Kids’ Club chap who summed up time spent in the garden so incredibly eloquently. It brought tears to my eyes.
Be sure to check it out on ABC iView if you can. (Not sure what non-AU folk can do to see it … maybe someone has shared it on a shifty streaming site?)
Also? Doc Martin started again on the ABC. I only have to hear the theme song and I feel MUCH better about the world.
Something GOOD to buy?
A sticker book? I mean, look how lovely it is. It’s on pre-order at the moment but it’s out next month.
Or perhaps some Kate Middle-Toe socks? Wear the future royal consort on your tootsies? They’re at the British Library.
Something GOOD to read
I just read Crudo by Olivia Laing and I really enjoyed it. Some people don’t like it at all, but I loved it. It’s good to note that it was written over a very short period of time and deliberately published quickly and with minimal edits to capture the moment.
Olivia previously wrote a book focusing on Virginia Woolf and this book is clearly influenced by VW’s* writing style. LOVED IT.
I wrote down these lines from Crudo (below) because they are SO ME.
“The hair needed fixing. Fixing it required going to a place with mirrors and Kathy was incapable of looking at herself in a mirror while being looked at by another person …”
The Cover Story: Why You Rarely See British Cookbook Covers on American Shelves – British cookbooks covers are innovative and distinctive. So why do U.S. publishers change them?
Taylor Swift’s documentary shows why we should stop trying to be ‘interesting’. (I loved the Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix. Totally worth watching!)
How to grow giant vegetables – “I’m often asked, why giant vegetables? The truth is, they’re fun. Weight is the objective rather than beauty. When you’re showing flowers they have to be perfect in every way; giants are the opposite. The bigger they get, the more knobbly, wonky and curious looking they become.” – Charlie McCormick
Something GOOD to cook
I bookmarked a couple of things this week. Lemme show you them …
Something/s GOOD to listen to
La Roux has a new album out, so you might like to give that a whirl?
Something/s GOOD to make
How about a bit of crochet? You could start my Snuggle Stitch blanket, even?
And here is a poem.
Fancy by John Keats
Have an ace weekend, peaches!
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