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Taking Stock … in June

June 28, 2021

What better thing is there to do for one’s wellbeing than to pause and notice who you are and what you do and why you do it?

Taking Stock

Making a puffy scarf with a generous popcorn stitch and colourful yarn. It’s very snuggly and works up quick too! I’m also working on my mini granny blanket. I’m really trying to get stuck into my giant pile of crafty work-in-progresses and finish them off!
Getting impatient to throw a bunch of seeds into the lawn area and see what happens. I chose cosmos to begin with because they are so hardy. It’s still too cold though.
Cooking things from The Cook’s Companion after a reminder from The Cookbook Circle. On the weekend I made lemon tart (DELICIOUS!) and an egg and bacon pie. You can’t beat homemade shortcrust pastry and this book has an excellent recipe. We also had a giant chat about our favourites from this classic tome. You can read that here.
Sipping hot tea times 10 every day. Sometimes more. Sorry ’bout that but not really.
Reading a bunch of books. AND I just started Lolly Willowes in the hope that I can do this Literature Cambridge session in July.

Thinking about making a coffee in a sec.
Remembering recipes that I used to cook so long ago and want to cook again. It’s so easy to forget old favourites but well worth plumbing those memory depths and revisiting them.
Looking at the beautiful view. All the time. Every day!
Listening to the news and waiting to see Dan Andrews pop up on telly again. So glad he has recovered well.
Wishing my sister a happy birthday! Thank goodness she was born!
Enjoying learning how to keep warm. Layers and movement seem to be key. Sometimes an early morning bath sets the temp for the day!
Appreciating the relative covid safety of Tasmania at the moment. So sorry to see what the mainland folk are enduring.
Wanting: scones with jam and cream! And a pot of tea!
Eating: Rhea’s delicious toast with avocado, kimchi and leftover salmon croquette! Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
Finishing an assessment for my Genre Fiction unit. It’s due late tonight!

Liking that it’s potato bake weather.
Loving the cool air on my face, the community of birds that nest in my front garden and eaves, the moody Derwent Valley fog, my cosy flannelette sheets.
Buying what I need. Trying to be frugal. Allowing the odd op shop book. Wish me luck!
Watching lots of videos by Country Life Vlog. Rhonda tipped me off about this and I am so glad she did. Their rustic and no nonsense approach to food is so brilliant.
Hoping my sourdough starter works this time! I am determined to get there!
Wearing a woolly jumper and woolly socks and a woolly vest!
Walking up and down the hill to the clothesline. Around the park. Along the river.
Following: Stooping New York. Do you follow them? You MUST!!
Noticing that the possums ate every single vegetable I planted! Back to the drawing board!
Saving for a new oven.
Waiting to get a covid vaccination appointment. Did you get yours yet?
Bookmarking: Beauty Redefined and their amazing-looking book More Than a Body: Your Body is an Instrument, Not an Ornament.
Coveting two small bundt pans!
Feeling that electricity is almost unaffordable now.
Hearing the announcements from the local primary school drifting on the breeze.

Phew! I did it! Perhaps you’d like to do it too?

x Pip

Here is a blank list, in case you fancy Taking Stock …

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  • Reply angela July 1, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    Re-read my Taking Stock from May….so much has changed.
    Provided clarity.
    Thanks Pip.

  • Reply Clare June 29, 2021 at 4:50 PM

    Good luck with the assessment, Pip! You could try ordering some bird netting for your vegetables and keeping it place – if you have any spares – with bricks or tent pegs. We live in Brissy and the possums even eat new foliage on some roses and citrus. Either that or the brush turkeys digs everything up. Let us know how you get on with your new veggie patch.

  • Reply Reannon June 29, 2021 at 12:34 AM

    Such a nice life Pip x

  • Reply Stephanie June 28, 2021 at 7:59 PM

    ‘Taking stock’ is such a valuable exercise, especially for busy minds. Thank you for the prompt!

  • Reply Nat June 28, 2021 at 7:53 PM

    It’s funny you should mention Lolly Willowes, because I just finished it and I am dying to talk about it with someone! It’s so good!! I’d like to join that Literature Cambridge session but it looks like it will be in the wee smalls for me 🙁

  • Reply Emma June 28, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Love this post so much. Thank you! x

  • Reply kate June 28, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    These posts always make me feel so nurtured and content.
    You also remind me to look at all the ordinary living moments through a lense of gratitude.
    Thank you Pip, for being you
    Cheers Kate

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