Taking Stock – April

Taking Stock April 2017

Now, I know it’s not quite the last Tuesday in April but it is the last Tuesday I’ll be down under in April so I thought it was an appropriate time to take stock  like Pip did. April has shaped up really rather nicely!

Baking: All things Anzac! I totally outdid myself this year with the Ultimate Australian Anzac Blondies.

Ultimate Australian Anzac Blondies

Snacking:  On olives. The spicy ones.

Cooking: Pulled pork for Easter.

Drinking: A never ending supply of coffee from our Nespresso machine. The novelty hasn’t worn off yet.

Eating: Our way through the archives. This super healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie was a huge hit.

sweet potato shepherds pie

Bookmarking: All the yummy food I’m going to make for my mum when I’m in situ. I’ve always wanted to be a personal chef.

Filling: The freezer with all our favourites  because otherwise David will try to  live on cheese on toast alone while I’m away.

Making: Lunch boxes and loving it!

Sharing: Ideas on how to pack a yummy and healthy grown up lunch box and  a 10% discount code on Yumboxes – you can find all the delicious details here. 

Easy and healthy lunch box ideas for grown ups

Feeling: Anxious about the 24 hour flight ahead. The older I get the less I enjoy flying.

Wishing: England wasn’t quite so far away.

Buying: A case load of Tim Tams to take to the mother country. I hope they survive the journey!

Wondering: What else to pack. Apart from a snack box… Because airline food dislikes me as much as I dislike it!

Booking: The last bits and bobs for my trip. All the fine tuning!

Taking:  Selfies at the Big Merino. I didn’t feel a bit sheepish about it either!

10 on 10 April 16 The Big Merino

Discovering: New places to eat and drink in Canberra.

Staying: At the QT Canberra. It’s quirky plus!

Enjoying: A wonderful weekend in Canberra.

Running:  Rings around Canberra in the Australian Running Festival 10k.

Taking Stock April - Australian Running Festival 10k

Realising: That the older I get, the slower I go. But going slow is better than not going at all. Amirite or amirite?

Loving: Our capital city, and not just because of the donuts.

Coveting:  More Bombolini Donuts. I will run for donuts. True story!

10 on 10 April 17 Bombolini doughnuts

Losing:    My nose ring. My nose is naked for the first time in 21 years.

Wearing: Winter clothes! We seem to have fast forwarded through autumn to instant winter.

Hoping: That the weather will be warmer in the mother country. (I believe in miracles.)

Finding: Photos from my modelling days. Did you know I was a  baby model back in South Africa back in the day?!

Taking Stock April - baby model

Marvelling: That I’ve wanted a dog since I was knee high to a grasshopper. This photo is proof of that.

Wanting: A dog. But looking forward to sharing my mum’s for a while.

Missing: My nana. Even though we said goodbye on an April day 23 years ago, I miss her as much now as I did then. I light a  memorial candle that burns for 24 hours on this day every year.

Taking stock April 2017

Needing: To make Nana’s Best Ever Bread PuddingIt’s not called “best ever” for nothing.

Thinking: That if Tom Kirkman from Designated Survivor was the real president of the US, what a wonderful world it would be.

Following: Along on Instagram stories. I’m totally addicted.

Remembering: Our favourite things to see and do in Vancouver. The bears, the bears!

Taking Stock Vancouver bears

Enjoying: The Easter long weekend. I think every weekend should have four days, don’t you?!

Trying: Lots of new bars and restaurants near and far.

Opening: Up my books. I am all aboard the study train.

Seeing: Beauty and the Beast in Gold Class. It was absolute magic.

Taking Stock April - Beauty and the Beast

Listening: To The MinimalistsThey just make perfect sense.

Liking: Saying hello, goodbye, not so much.

Disliking: The news. In fact, I dislike it so much, I refuse to read or listen to it.

Getting: My hair did. Nothing feels like fresh hair does.

April TS 5

Admiring: My hairdresser. She’s genius!

Reading: Just finished  Notes From a Small Island  by Bill Bryson. It was pure gold. Next up Lion, but not before I gather a lorry load of tissues!

Watching: Grace and Frankie. Best!

Celebrating: My friend’s 60th birthday… the perfect excuse for gold plated dumplings at Mr Wong.

Looking forward to: A month in the UK, canine cuddles and some quality mum time.

How’s your April shaping up? Tell me all about it!

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

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  • So loved Beauty and the Beast. I hate flying now that I am older too. Love love a an easy meal like a shepherds pie. And those ideas for adults lunch boxes are awesome.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe you need a tshirt that says “Will run for donuts” 😛 Yes if only Tom Kirkman was the pres!

    • I do need a singlet like that, don’t (or should I say donut) I?! Forget carrot on a stick, I need a donut at the finish line! I think Donald should totally take a leaf out of Tom’s book 🙂

  • I’m so glad I read your post this morning. You’ve inspired me to make Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie for dinner. The kids will love it!


    • That pie is totally awesome. There’s almost no added fat, just loads of added veggies so it’s really healthy too! Bon appetit!

  • Enjoy spending time with your mum Sammie. Such a special relationship you have. Safe trip. 😘

  • Your hair looks gorgeous! Hope the flight to the UK isn’t too painful.

    • If only hairdressing day hair could last forever. It’s back to the daily birds nest now! I’m getting some special “relaxing” pills from the doctors this week, so I’m hoping they’re going to make it more painless than painful 🙂

  • TeganMC

    I hope you have a great time catching up with your mum!

  • Save travels, love the new do and a big yes to President Kirkman, I would totally vote for him. All the bad guys need to LEAVE HIM ALONE.

    • Yes. He needs his own private set of dementors or something. I’ve told David he can’t watch it until I’m back on Aussie terra firma, and the sofa 🙂

  • merilyn

    you were such a gorgeous little tot sammie!
    you are so delightful it shines from within!
    I love your new hair do too hun!
    I hope you have a great trip and it will be lovely to spend some quality time with your mum!
    much love m:)X

    • Oh you, you’re too lovely! I am really looking forward to some one on one time with mum. It’s been a long time coming! Hope you had an egg-cellent Easter. Mwah mwah xx

  • Hooray for four day weekends! And boo for the news. I’m torn between wanting to be informed and being terrified by sensationalist head lines.

  • I just love that picture of you and the big merino. I never noticed you with a nose ring before!! Your new hair looks fab xx

    • My now not so new hair doesn’t look quite as fab as that! I contemplated replacing the nose ring but now I’m closer to 50 than 40, I kind of figured, I’d outgrown my nose jewellery 🙂

  • I totally agree with you on the flight. I feel like every long haul flight I take, the less I look forward to it because I know what to expect. When I was a kid it was always so exciting but now as an adult I’m like LET ME OUT OF HEREEEEEEEEE!

  • Ugh that flight back to the UK 🙁 I’m with you on plane food – I always pack my own food and just ask for alcohol. I usually get “I don’t blame you” from the flight attendants. What happened to the nose ring btw?!
    Enjoy your time with your Mum and cooking up a storm for her – hope she’s feeling better soon xx

    • I’m definitely packing my own food – even considering taking my lunch box 🙂 My nose ring just fell out. I didn’t even notice at first. It’s probably time to lay it to rest, I got my nose pierced when I was on a kibbutz in Israel and I only did it to piss my mum off and she wasn’t a bit bothered! Mum is still in hospital, who knows when she’s going to break out?! xx

  • Geez I’m the opposite re flights: I’m getting more and more like an overstimulated puppy at the boarding gate the older I get. Maybe I’m just not flying enough ?! Is it the sitting still or the tiredness which gets you??

    • It’s the fear! I have to say this time I had noise cancelling headphones which were a game changer. Plus I can’t sit still and hate being holed up in such a confined space. I’m sure I’d get more excited about flying if I was flying business! A taxi driver yesterday was telling me how he once got upgraded to business, now there’s something I could really get used to!

  • Loving your pics Sam! Your hair looks fab – perfect for seeing all your loved ones in UK. Lucky you!! that donut looks bloody good but ive given up sugar again 😳😂😂 I’ll enjoy the pic instead. Enjoy your holiday xx #teamIBOT

    • If only I had my hairdresser’s magic powers and could make my hair look that good every day! Good on you for quitting sugar, I can’t go all out but we have cut back. Saw an awesome Aussie doco on the plane over, called Overfed and Undernourished. Have you seen it? I think it would be right up your street.

      • Oh it does Sam! I must look for that one! Yes a hairdresser by your side would be brilliant – my hair is sooo overdue. No time for salons at the mo, too busy catching up with loved ones 😂😂