Taking Stock – July 2020

brightly coloured Australian wall mural

With Christmas and birthdays in July, this is a month that is always my favourite.

July, the 2020 edition was very different with restrictions lifting – yay –  but with a nagging feeling that they can be re-introduced any minute – nay! As unsettling as it is, I’ve taken it as a sign to seize the joy where I find it and I’m happy to report that it’s a strategy that’s worked well so far.

Before I throw myself into August – metaphorically not literally – I’m going to take stock of the month that was. I’d love it if you joined me!

Making: This Monster Malteser Cake for David’s birthday.

easy chocolate malteser birthday cake

Baking: This Citrus Delicious Pudding – it’s the ultimate winter warmer. 

Learning: How to make my neighbour’s family recipes – think pickles! 

Drinking: A take away coffee every morning on my walk with Teddy and David. 

dog licking his lips

Eating: Out. I have definitely made up for lost time!

Continuing: Our isotradition of Cheese Plate Fridays. It’s a hard habit to break! 

Cheese plate

Recharging: My batteries with a little bit of local adventure.

Weekending: In the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.

man and woman with three sisters in the background

Knowing: That a change really is as good as a rest.

Enjoying: The company of good friends, good wine and good times celebrating our friend’s 40th in the Hunter.

Tasting: Wine in the Hunter Valley.

woman wine tasting holding dog greenway wines broke

Discovering: All the pet friendly places in Broke, NSW. What a hidden gem!

Waking: Up to this view in Broke. Talk about an escape to the country.

view from Ponderosa Cottage Broke

Staying: At this wonderful Airbnb in Katoomba.

Wondering: If this is what heaven looks like.

blue mountains under cloud cover

Looking: In awe at The Three Sisters. I think Echo Point is my spirit place!

Sharing: My recent reads.

Reading: Mike Gayle’s All the Lonely People.

Watching: Lenox Hill – it’s five stars from me!

Fangirling: Over Lisa Dickenson – she’s so lovely! Did you see her interview in Author Corner?

Reflecting: On the year that was 48.

Turning: 49. My last birthday with a 4 – squee!

Appreciating: All the birthday love and the privilege of getting older.

woman holding cavoodle

Feeling: My age with a dodgy shoulder and a sore back.

Needing: To get back to the gym again. 

Walking: Everywhere with Teddy Roosevelt.

Clocking: Up 10,000 steps (almost) every day. 

Loving: The Birthday Festival – me, David and Teddy Roosevelt have birthdays within 11 days of each other!

Celebrating: All the birthdays.

Marvelling: That Teddy Roosevelt is one already! Can you believe?!

Dog sitting with number 1 balloon and presents

Opening: Birthday gifts.

Smiling: At Teddy’s furmily reunion with his brother and sisters.

four puppies

Shopping: Online – masks, books and canine couture. I’ve been doing my bit for the economy!

Wearing: My mask. I got it from Jax and Co I’m still getting the hang of how to not steam up my glasses!

woman wearing a face mask holding a dog in front of a christmas tree

Waiting: For online shopping to arrive.

Organising: Teddy’s furdrobe (that’s a thing!) I think I have unlocked the next level of dog mum.

dog wardrobe

Liking: Looking at the Christmas tree. The decoration is perfectly imperfect but full of memories.

Disliking: That I have to take it down at the end of the month.

Christmas in July tree

Practising: Social distancing.

Worrying: About all the angst and uncertainty in the world.

Thinking: Of the people of Melbourne and how tough they’re doing it.

Wishing: That the pandemic was over. I’m certainly over it.

Missing: My mum.

Trying: To take one day at a time. 

Noticing: That the world is still a beautiful place.

red rose

So global pandemic aside, July brought a lot of joy… To my little bubble at least. Now I’ve told you about my month, I’d love to hear about yours! 

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