Archive for January, 2011

23 January, 2011

The Cool and the Pulped

I love January in Australia. Christmas and the New Year might be over, but it’s still summer. The days are long, and hot and spending it in a pool or in a cinema are the only real options to escape the heat. The muted sounds of cricket and/or the tennis on the television provide a comforting drone in the background. And when the evening creeps up, accompanied by the cool change you’ve been waiting for all day, you joyfully throw open the windows to let in the breeze.  The warm temperature, that summery, holiday vibe has even permeated my office.  There are still plenty of things to do but they’re getting done in a slightly more relaxed manner.

A few random photos from the weekend.  Literally, a basketful of apricots from our tree which caused an intense six hour jam-making session on the part of a housemate.  The resulting apricot jam.  The film Gainsbourg.  Apricots, nectarines, muesli and Greek yoghurt for breakfast.

Oh, and I’m a little obsessed with Serge Gainsbourg now.  Beirut’s rendition of La Javanaise is particularly fab.

9 January, 2011


Back in Canberra after almost two blissful, relaxing weeks in Melbourne staying with family, getting to know my little nieces better and catching up with close friends and their families.

It’s unexpectedly lovely to be back in one’s own space, sufficiently refreshed and invigorated and ready to take on 2011.

Just as unexpectedly, the tree in our backyard which provided such gorgeous spring blossoms, has yielded a veritable bounty.  Not a sakura tree, as I initially expected, but an apricot tree.  Its branches are heaving with the fruit which, I suspect, are just a few days away from perfect ripeness.   The birds have, surprisingly, left the apricots intact.  Given the wet, wild yet sunny weather over the last few months, I suspect our apricot tree is not the only one bearing beautiful fruit this season and the birds are having an absolute field day with what is on offer.

I’m looking forward to fresh apricots with my muesli in the next week!

9 January, 2011

Weekend Fare

Taking advantage of summer’s bounty. Fresh strawberries for breakfast…

1 January, 2011

In the New Year

I know that it’s true
It’s gonna be a good year
Out of the darkness
And into the fire

I’ll see you in the New Year

~ The Walkmen, In The New Year

A song to which one should reminisce about the Old Year and look forward to the New Year. By a band with the lead singer with perhaps the biggest lungs and the coolest name in indie rock (Hamilton Leithauser). And a beautiful, anthemic, wistful, gorgeous song in its own right.

Happy New Year, all!