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Friday Night Lights: What to watch, make, read, eat, buy + do this weekend

May 14, 2021

It’s been soooooo long since I wrote a Friday Night Lights, hasn’t it? Today seemed like a brilliant day to bring it back.

Things have been such a lovely muddle since I moved but I am finally starting to feel a bit more settled and (hopefully) things are slowing down.

You KNOW how much I like the slow life, perhaps? That’s the place I thrive in, write in, make in, potter in and generally feel the best in. Please send your slow life vibes in my direction and perhaps we can make it happen together?!


My mum bought me a lovely green Montaigne dress yesterday at Three Twigs in Cygnet. And my friend sent me a couple to try too. I’m sold on their contemporary Little House on the Prairie vibes and the way you can layer them. I am very much obsessed with green at the moment and there are two excellent greens to try! This style is next on my list.

I saw some gorgeous wallets at Three Twigs too and a pink one has also gone right to the top of my when-someone-buys-me-a-prezzie wishlist. They are by Dusky Robin and are made in Tasmania. I also have my eye on a Henk Berg Catie tote. The natural colour is my absolute cup of tea! To the list it goes!


Amazing Air Force 1 High Granny Crochet by LC23 and Francesca Romana Ruggieri. Genius!

Guess who it is? It’s PIP FROM LITTLE OAK FARM! I love her Instagram and I finally got to meet her in real life at the Sophie & Pip Book Launch on Wednesday. She was every bit as excellent as I thought she would be. Also? She loves flowers. Do you follow her too? You should if you don’t!

(That’s Pip on the right of the shot below, Sophie in the middle and Emily on the left!)

Another person I love following on Instagram is Jo. Perhaps you follow her too? Her photos are beautiful and she really captures the adventurous, generous, cheeky spirit of Tassie and its people. I was so glad to meet her at Michelle’s The Bowmont on Wednesday (where Sophie and I launched our books together.) She is such a brilliant person! Follow her here if you don’t already.

This photo (by Jo!) was taken before our event. It’s Michelle and I making savoury pastries. They are the ‘little herb pies’ from Sophie’s book In Good Company and were fun to make and even more fun to eat! 

I made you a playlist! Perhaps you’d like to have a wee listen? It’s on Spotify here.

Not gonna lie, I’m still hooked on The Cookbook Circle. Last week they did Julia Child and inspired me to make a Child-ish Mother’s Day dinner of Boeuf Bourguignon. Sidled up to it I served Nigella’s Creamy Potato Gratin. For dessert? The Apple Pie from Sophie’s book, In Good Company. It’s brilliant and so easy to make. I made a big one and doubled the recipe. While I was cooking, I watched Julie and Julia. It was a lovely way to spend the day and the food was super-delicious!

Which podcasts are you enjoying right now?

How about … this one?!

I’m waiting for this one to arrive in the post. And I’m reading this one. And also this one.

What are you reading? I’d love to know!

I love this twosome! More details over on Instagram. SWOON! Why not MAKE ’em?!


My favourite thing I’ve read this month.
The magic of owls.
The sanctuary that school can be.
I loved Katherine May’s book Wintering. And this related piece by Austin Kleon about dormancy.
The time to live a more YOU life is now – The Atlantic
Help those enduring the giant COVID wave in India.
Paint your nails forest green? I did and it made me feel better instantly. #NatureNails

Things on my to-cook list are (from top to bottom)

Sneh’s Bean-free Vegetarian Minestrone. It looks so hearty and flavour-filled!
Leek, Potato and Taleggio galette. Super-delish! Via House and Garden.
Homemade Spinach and Feta Gozleme via My Cooking Journey.
Pasta with Sausage Ragu via BBC Good Food
Apple Streusel Cake from Food52

I wish I had realised this was happening the night I was down in the Huon Valley. Look how amazing. And more green! #Lovely I have a lot to catch up on and learn about my home state, clearly.

Also this jacket is interesting!

Anything by Riess! Look at those pretty colours! Particularly besotted with the baking dishes …

I also love these bubble glasses by Anna + Nina. They are so curvy and colourful, as many of the best things are. More on them here (plus other gorgeous stuff!)

I’m busting to watch The Pursuit of Love! It’s going to be lots of fun. Coming to (AU) Amazon Prime some time/who knows when?

I’m looking forward to getting stuck into The Underground Railroad (on Prime as well.)

Domina (on Stan here) looks pretty brilliant. My mum will love that one!

Halston on Netflix has gone straight to the watchlist. Ewan McGregor (love rat) plays Halston.

Phew! That’s it! I hope you find something in there to pique your interest. Have an a-okay weekend, petals!

x Pip

PS: I have a handful of copies of Days Like These and When Life Is Not Peachy on hand at the moment. If you’d like to buy one (I can personalise – sign! – it for you) get in touch. (You can pay via PayPal or direct deposit!)


  • Reply Sarah May 16, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    The Pursuit of Love looks great – the Mitford sisters are so interesting!

    Seeing Lily James in that picture reminded me that I’m halfway through the latest version of Rebecca that’s on Netflix, with her in it. And she’s also really good in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

  • Reply kate May 15, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    This is great Pip, thank you so much for all the great things you have shared here. New posts from you make me so happy, it’s such a safe, caring and inclusive space.
    I’m off to see if I can track down Wintering to read.
    cheers Kate

  • Reply Jeanette May 15, 2021 at 5:28 AM

    Great post. The owl story was just beautiful. And i’m going to make the minestrone. Thanks Pip.

    • Reply Pip May 15, 2021 at 9:26 AM

      I’m going to make it today too – and tweak it a bit! Because I love a soup tweak! Happy soup-ing, J! x

  • Reply Reannon May 14, 2021 at 10:42 PM

    I have missed Friday night lights! I sometimes worry that I come across too gushy but honestly Pip, your blog really does make me very happy indeed. Happy weekend xx

    • Reply Pip May 15, 2021 at 9:27 AM

      You are extremely lovely!!! Have a great WE! x

  • Reply Kaylene May 14, 2021 at 9:52 PM

    What has happened to the reading of Cider with Rosie?

  • Reply Sara Jones May 14, 2021 at 8:45 PM

    I would like to buy a copy of Days Like These from YOU. Please send me deets x

  • Reply Chloe May 14, 2021 at 7:43 PM

    I’ve just finished Katherine May’s book too – it was wonderful! I have underlined and sticky noted loads of it to go back to during future ‘winterings’.

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