Taking Stock – March 2019

taking stock march 2019

I had big plans to go slow in March but it seemed to fly by faster than ever… Literally! I travelled by train, plane and automobiles, crossed states and continents, enjoyed opposite seasons, and slept in at least 6 different beds (and 2 different plane seats!) As if all that wasn’t enough, I went back to work and tried to make up for lost time in the kitchen. But before I launch myself into a new month, I’m going to grab a cuppa and take stock of the month that was. I’d love it if you joined me!

Befriending: Chino the Goat (see above!)

Considering: A career in dog grooming after my success with Dolly and Calvin. Just call me a Dog Whisperer!

Dog grooming with Dolly

Spending: Time with friends and family – priceless!

Flying: Home with Qantas.

Watching: Green Book and some brilliant documentaries.

Loving: The welcome home at Sydney airport. No beard and also a filming of Border Security! Happy Days!

Sydney airport

Gaining: Gold frequent flyer status. It’s definitely the silver (or should I say gold,) lining to all this flying!

Eating: All the London Cheesecakes. Have you ever had one?

London cheesecake

Needing: To recreate the London Cheesecake in Sydney!

Seeing: Everyone’s Talking About Jamie in London’s Theatreland – what a treat!

Bringing: Home as many sweeties and crisps as I could carry.

English sweets and crisps

Trying: Not to eat all aforementioned sweeties and crisps. The struggle is real!

Checking: Out the Museum of the Moon in Lincoln. It’s coming down under soon!

Dining: At the RAF Club with my “surrogate” parents. So fancy and so fun!

RAF club

Escaping: To the English countryside and staying at my friend’s barn, next door to Chino the goat!

Borrowing: Books from the village Phone Box Library. Yes, a library in an old red phone box! Can reading get any cuter?

Beenham phone box library

Making: Chicken soup with homemade matzo balls for my favourites who are not feeling well.

Believing: In the power of chicken soup. It’s not called Jewish Penicillin for nothing.

Baking: This month’s reader recipe – Ali’s Best Ever Anzac Biscuits. Can’t stop, won’t stop!


Buying: A pie maker from KMart.

Marvelling: At all the  non-pie things I can make in my pie maker – it’s so versatile!

Cooking: Up this budget friendly Mexican bake for Meatless Monday.


Experimenting: In the kitchen. So many delicious recipes, so little time to blog them in!

Listening: To Imagine Dragons. Actually, I’m a bit obsessed with them.

Binging: On season 3 of Queer Eye. Oh fab five, how I love thee!

Sharing: What’s on my bookshelf in the final part of my 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge.

Reading: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It’s a compelling, unforgettable and ultimately, inspiring memoir.

Crying: At Just Mercy. It broke my heart and filled me with hope all at the same time.

Balling: My eyes out watching Five Feet Apart at the cinema, lucky I took tissues!

Admiring: Bryan Stevenson. The world needs more people like him.

Ticking: Off reading 101 Books in 1001 Days in my 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge.

Weekending: In Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

Staying: In this amazing Airbnb.

Blackheath holiday house

Tasting: Wine at the stunning Dryridge Estate.

Coveting: All the cakes at the Megalong Tea Rooms

Riding: All the scenic things at Scenic World. It’s always such fun!


Feeling: On top of the world by the Three Sisters – it’s my sprit place!

Picking: Apples at Shields Orchard in Bilpin.

Pondering: What to do with all dem apples! Any ideas?

Apple picking shields Bilpin

Laughing: And crying out loud at Ricky Gervais’ After Life on Netflix. It’s genius!

Voting: For Sammy and Constance on Dancing With The Stars.

Wondering: Which muppets voted in One Nation in the NSW state election.

Disliking: The state of Australian Politics.

Liking: Jacinda Ardern. She totally needs to be cloned.

Fangirling: Over Jacinda Ardern – #wishshewasmypresident

Knowing: It’s really Prime Minister not President but there’s no denying president sounds better in a hashtag.

Giggling: At funny English place names. Tutts Clump gets me in stitches every time!

English place name

Going: Back to work and really quite enjoying it.

Visiting: My hairdresser. She really is a hair magician!

Wanting: To plan a new adventure. My feet are all kinds of itchy!

Walking: Not nearly as much as I should.

Wishing: I had a dog to walk.

Meeting: Penny the Puppy – my new furry friend! Isn’t she adorable?!


Running: The streets of Sydney. Praise be for cooler weather!

Feeling: A bit underbaked for our 10k in Canberra next month!

Choosing: To surround myself with friends who are like family and taking a step back from the family who are like foes.

Realising: I have a book inside of me. I just need the time to write it out.

Volunteering: At the Asylum Seekers Centre – I had missed being a lunch lady.

Missing: My mum and Calvin. This pic is so us – perfectly imperfect and a bit blurry round the edges!


Looking: Forward to some egg-stra special Easter baking!

How was your march through March? Have you ever considered a career change? Have you got a book in you too?

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