30 July 2021 | Taking stock

Taking stock

Time to take stock! I don’t know about you, but my head is spinning with COVID news, eased restrictions, Olympic medals and everything else from the mundane to the marvellous! This list comes from Pip Lincolne’s blog, Meet me at Mike’s.

Making: a weaving with pink and cream wools, fibres and fabrics. Making up the pattern as I go along. So close to finishing…

Cooking: a big leg of lamb, slow-cooked in tomato passata, shredded and served with sourdough bread, red capsicums, spinach and feta cheese.

Sipping: tea – English breakfast, rooibos and peppermint

Reading: so many young adult books, too many to name!

Looking: at the streetscape from my study window – sunny with a gentle breeze that moves the bare branches of the birches

Listening: classic violin songs – I’m working out what my violinist character would play!

Wishing: Sydney’s COVID situation improves…

Enjoying: a quiet house after the kids have returned to school. I know I’m not the only one!

Waiting: for the weekend so I can see my kids play sport – it seems like a long time

Liking: today’s sun

Loving: all the ideas swirling in my head for my books

Buying: a new book – The art of is by Stephen Nachmanovitch

Watching: bits of the Olympics – go Aussies!

Hoping: I’ll still be able to go on a writing retreat in regional NSW in September

Needing: to spend an hour of power sorting out admin ‘stuff’

Wearing: a blue jumper with a subtle cream trim – soft, cosy and I definitely feel more creative when I wear it

Following: the ABC’S coronavirus blog

Noticing: how quickly my kids are growing

Sorting: washing, there’s always washing

Getting: a warm fuzzy feeling when I observe how kind my community is, particularly during the recent lockdown

Saving: my plastic bags to return to Coles

Bokmarking: so much! Lots of sites on violin music and writing

Coveting: a pair of black boots

Opening: up my middle-grade manuscript to new possibilities

Giggling: at Mr 12’s tracksuit pants which are way too short for him (not in front of him, though!)

Feeling: a little bit of pressure to finish my two books quickly

Hearing: the birds outside the study window

Obsessing: over the ABC blog

Let me know how you are taking stock this week. Have a lovely weekend!

Taking stock – June



Enjoying having my Mum with us for the last 3 weeks.
Walking on the beaches in Mooloolaba.
Reading lots of books.

July 30, 2021 at 7:14 am


Hi Karen,
We have had a busy week seeing the grandchildren again, getting a big welcome when I picked up from school, and caring for Max while Emily and Jeremy gave us new little boy Kit to cherish, he is so beautiful. You have fingers crossed for September, we have fingers crossed for our trip on the Ghan, keep well, keep safe.

July 30, 2021 at 12:38 pm


I am slow cooking lamb shanks to have with a glass of red.

Wishing more people would be vaccinated to make lockdowns a thing of the past.

Hoping the NSW situation improves.

Watching (and becoming an instant expert) on all manner of Olympic sports.

Reading books into the sci-fi genre and enjoying, Klara and the Sun (an AI Android) The Echo Wife (a clone) and Project Hail Mary ( an alien) I loved all these non human characters.

July 31, 2021 at 1:33 pm

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