It's always fun to discover a moribund building and fantasise about rescuing it... Rodney and Severine from @agrariankitchen are turning their dream into reality at Willow Court in New Norfolk, Tasmania. This beautiful room will before long be The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery. The huge wood fired brick oven, smoker and grill have been completed and staff are being hired. So exciting and can't wait to return.
Lucky I laundered the new blanket last weekend ready for a weekend of cosying. Finished watching The Night Manager and stress levels can now get back to normal! Bill Hayes's beautiful memoir Insomniac City reminds us all of that rich magic a beautifully written book can provide. It's a story of love and loss in New York and his time spent in a relationship with the late, great Oliver Sacks. The Obesity Code is compelling reading. Takeaway points: 1. Weight gain is due to excess insulin. 2. Fasting is the time-honoured best way to shed kilos and reset base weight. Diana Athill's A Florence Diary charmingly describes a 2 week sojourn of 2 young ladies in Florence in 1947. @pottspointbookshop#book_chat
Monday morning gift. Sunrise over Darling Point.
A perfect early autumn Blue Mountains morning. My darling friend @belindajefferyfood sent me this classic vintage granny blanket this week. It's over 60 years old and must have been stitched with much pleasure as the crafter selected each colour. What a gift. It's hard to describe the simple delight as I washed it in Softly and laid it in the sunshine to dry, ready for snuggling under whilst reading on the front porch.
Jasmine Mansbridge and I became friends though her kindly giving me a headache tablet at a memorable class by @rachelcastleandthings at @theschoolinstagram. And our friendship developed using Insta of course! It was a joy to catch up over lunch and see her latest work hanging at Koskela today with red spots on works ahead of the opening tomorrow afternoon. @jasmine_mansbridge@koskela_
Recent loved tomes: Annie's Farmhouse Kitchen is one of Annie Smithers' hugs in a book. Gorgeous illustrations by Robin Cowcher that capture Annie's world of cooking and generosity perfectly. Georgia Blain's Between a Wolf and a Dog is perfectly pitched and was beyond poignant to have read after her death. The Mothers is one of those books about the universal issues of women's lives that you want to share with all your friends. Barkskins is amazing. I felt deserted when it ended as those several generations of characters got right under my skin. Dr Christine Northrup is one of the great communicators about the nexus between women's health and their souls. And I am still spellbound by the whole Shackleton story having been in Antarctica so am deep into his own account of the Endurance's fate in crushed ice and how his team somehow managed to keep going in order to survive. Photographed in front of my treasured birthday story panel by @meredithgaston. @kittensmithers@drchristianenorthrup