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Taking Stock: In October

October 20, 2020

How about a little bit of a check in? A bit of a catch up? A spot of thing-sharing?

I’m very much in the mood for it and perhaps you might be too?

Let me know if you join in! There’s a blank list at the bottom of this post for you to cut and paste, in case you DO fancy Taking Stock too.

Taking Stock : October 2020

Finding: The ability to now travel 25kms from home quite overwhelming! Will it be too busy out there? Is it worth the ‘risk’?
Wishing: It was tomato season. Tomatoes are my favourite.

Cooking: This delicious soup. And focaccia based on 5 ‘O’ Clock Apron’s recipe.
Sipping: Lots of water … tea … Prosecco!
Reading: Pachinko and Persuasion.
Looking: Out the window. It’s such a lovely sunny day, despite all the COVID chaos.
Listening: To Fearne Cotton on the telly. She’s on that Who Do You Think You Are show.
Wishing: The recycling depot was open because I have so much recycling to drop off.
Enjoying: The luxury of a hot bath after a couple of days without hot water. (Hot water service blew up!)
Liking: Writer’s fridges
Loving: Quiet days. And writing 1000 Ways. And getting kind emails from readers and pals. (Thank you so, so much!)

Buying: The occasional book, but really not much.
Watching: Junior Masterchef. Isn’t it inspiring and wholesome?!
Hoping: You are feeling okay.
Needing: To do lots of tidying up/clearing out.
Wearing: Birkenstocks. As usual.
Noticing: The neighbourhood’s roses.
Sorting: Myself out!
Getting: Ready to dive into writing a new book.
Craving: A wonky galette.
Bookmarking: Lots of recipe books. And even writing on them. What a monster I am.
Coveting: These Birkenstocks in a size 38 regular plz! JOKING.
Feeling: Tired, like every other person on earth.
Making: Lots of things! My latest, though, is this blanket.


Pip Blanket

Perhaps you’d like to copy and paste the list somewhere and do your own ‘Taking Stock’? Here is a blank list for you …

Taking Stock




  • Reply KWadsworth October 28, 2020 at 4:30 AM

    I missed out on this month’s Taking Stock but I have a very good excuse because I slipped and broke my kneecap on September 28th and that threw everything off-kilter. (I’ll be back for November, by gum.)

  • Reply Em October 23, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Thank you. Just thank you. You bolster and inspire with every post.

  • Reply Lynda October 23, 2020 at 8:24 AM

    Oh The Land Where Lemons Grow! I bought it in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, 2015. Cherrypicked some details rom it for travelling in southern Italy and Sicily last year. Will get my hands on Bewildered.

  • Reply Kay October 21, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    I too am reading Persuasion, it is my favourite Jane Austen novel and I needed some comfort reading. I am incredibly jealous of the hot water as our boiler stopped working a while ago and we are waiting to get it replaced on Thursday, the worst bit is that it is chilly over here in England and no heating!

  • Reply Shawna October 21, 2020 at 7:04 AM

    I love this!

    • Reply Pip October 21, 2020 at 7:24 AM

      I love YOUR blog, Shawna!!! So it seems there are plenty of mutual bolstering feelings floating about!! What a relief!! x

  • Reply kate October 20, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Always enjoy your taking stock posts.
    I just love how they invoke such homey, comfort feelings.
    Cheers Kate

    • Reply Pip October 21, 2020 at 7:22 AM

      Thank you so much for reading … and for ALWAYS being such a good pal, K! x

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