Episode Four: Something good for the weekend

I got up early this morning and had a cup of tea outside in a very light mist of rain. I can’t tell you how brilliantly refreshing it was. There were quite a lot of birds doing the same thing, minus the tea.

Next I did a bit of study. And now I’m cosied up on the couch with cup of tea number two ready to mull over the weekend!

So let’s do that …

Something GOOD For the Weekend

Something GOOD to do

Gosh. Many people are doing their Christmas shopping this weekend, aren’t they? I am not doing that, thank gawd. If you are not doing shopping stuff and are looking for an alternative my advice is to get out of town and go pick some cherries! Or berries! Or other things.

You can find some info on places to get picking here. And honestly, what could be nicer than eating a bowl of cherries you plucked off the tree … with your own two hands?!

ALSO? A meteor shower is peaking above Australian skies tonight. The ABC have all the info on when you should be gazing upwards. Fingers crossed for clear skies. I’m totally getting up in the middle of the night to take a peek.

Something GOOD to watch

Ten great performances of 2019 (according to The New Yorker).

The Downton Abbey movie is available to rent on YouTube now! Hooray!

The best Australian films of this decade (according to The Guardian).

Godfather of Harlem is now on Stan and looks great. Ramy (also on Stan) is on my watch list too. Also? The Loudest Voice. Stan again.

Godfather of Harlem

The new season of Mrs Maisel is on Amazon now, so you could give that a whirl. I haven’t watched it yet but I loved the first two seasons.

In between a giant reading load (which I love!) I’ve been re-watching a bit of Grey’s Anatomy on Stan, to tell you the absolute truth. Very much in the mood for a re-watch at the moment and Rin is watching it again too, so I wanted to copy her.

Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Something GOOD to buy?

Hmmm. At this time of year there is a LOT of buying going on, isn’t there? It can be a bit MUCH. If you are still in the mood to buy, I’d grab a cute frock for Christmas Day or NYE. This one from Obus is lovely and you can wear it with tights and a long-sleeved tee in winter too, so it’s got all the seasons sussed.

Obus Golden Hour dress

(Don’t forget my friend Yvonne Adele has her own little black dress label too. Her garments are made locally (and ethically) and are designed to suit all kinds of bodies and people.)

Something GOOD to read

This piece about the filming of Jaws and its impact on cinema is so interesting.

I love reading about people who have an intense interest. Julie Radford is one of those.

You might already know about Five Books, but I only found it this week. It’s a website that asks experts to recommend five books and it’s so great.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s free writing course.

As a child, Joan Aiken was my favourite writer and I’ve been tucking back into her work these last few weeks. I read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase this week (Argh! So goooood!) and loved reading about her life living in a bus with her husband and kids, too.

Something GOOD to cook

So many things! Here’s a few recipes that I have bookmarked and FULLY intend to make over the coming weeks …

The perfect potato dish at Food52.

A simple salad with an interesting twist on a vinaigrette – via NYT Cooking

Apple Crumble Sundaes from BBC Good Food – because YUM!!!

This delicious-looking pasta dish from the ever-excellent Dinner: A Love Story

Something/s GOOD to listen to

Songs From The South: Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits (1985 – 2019). Includes How To Make Gravy.

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks.

Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten.

All on rotation at my house, along with this She and Him Christmas album (trying to feel more Christmassy!! It’s hard, somehow …)

Something/s GOOD to make

I bought a bunch of second-hand men’s shirts at Vinnies. They were half-price and I have cut them up into squares to make a quilt. I’m going to combine them with florals squares to mix things up.

I also want to make one of these bags. Or five, even.

And here is a poem. Because poems are GOOD too.

Infant Joy by William Blake 

“I have no name:
I am but two days old.”
What shall I call thee?
“I happy am,
Joy is my name.”
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty joy!
Sweet joy, but two days old.
Sweet Joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while;
Sweet joy befall thee!

Have a grand weekend!

x Pip

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