Taking Stock – August 2022

an apricot coloured cavoodle lying on a wooden deck in a sunny spot

While everyone is getting stuck into a new month, I’m still looking back at the old one!

August 2022 – my last full month in Australia and what a ride it’s been! I spent most of the month with my head down and my leg up, this healing process is definitely less sprint and more marathon.

However, in true marathon style I’m finishing strong and it’s been an action packed month. Here’s what went down.

Dining: Out on dumplings while I can. I fear the dumpling situation in the UK is going be very disappointing.

a pair of chopsticks hovering over a bamboo steamer of siu mai dumplings

Cooking: Not very much at all.

Eating: Treats from Not Quite Nigella. These Mascarpone Cream Profiteroles were just what the doctor ordered!

Enjoying: Fine dining at home with a Providoor meal from Matt Moran’s Chiswick. Such a treat!

Making: This Snake cake for our godson’s 8th birthday.

a purple snake covered in scales made of jubes cut in half

Creating: A chef’s hat cake for my friend Dionne. It was a busy month in the birthday cake department.

Marvelling: At the genius of Jesseline who made this amazing Teddy cake topper.

a cake topper with a cavoodle wearing a blue party hat sitting on a green cushion

Thanking: Jesseline for coming out of modelling retirement to make this treasured topper.

Branching: Out into making dog cakes now. This healthy homemade meat cake was a huge hit with the pups!

a bone shaped cake with piped blue icing, covered in sprinkles, with a number 3 candle and a clay cavoodle cake topper

Using: Up all the ingredients in the pantry.

Baking: This Flourless Coconut and Almond Cake with said ingredients.

a plate with a flourless coconut and almond cake against a background of blue skies and city views

Realising: That this will be my last bake in Australia. Wah!

Lying: On my back for most of the month.

Elevating: My leg and dreaming of the day I can stand upright!

Visiting: The GP more times in the last month than I have in the last few years! Luckily, she’s really lovely!

woman wearing a black leopard print dress, white sneakers and a black face mask standing outside a doctor's surgery

Popping: Antibiotics and probiotics like they are going out of fashion.

Healing: Slowly but surely.

Saying: Goodbye to my wonderful endocrinologist. She’s an absolute treasure.

Shedding: A little tear watching Teddy say goodbye to our amazing vet, Adrienne. We love her so much!

vet cuddling a cavoodle

Packing: All the things.

Managing: My marketplace empire from the sofa.

Deciding: What to sell, pack and donate. It’s a full time job I tell you.

Pawtying: With Teddy and his pals for a belated birthday/goodbye pawty with a Hawaiian theme.

cavoodle wearing blue frangipani hawaiian shirt and blue birthday crown sitting next to a bone shaped birthday cake

Treasuring: Some wonderful get togethers with our favourite friends.

Celebrating: David’s 50th with a private chef and some cracking company.

a group of 10 people smiling and standing next to a large pineapple balloon and balloons saying the number 50

Lamenting: All the ‘lasts.’

Sharing: The recipes for these Spaghetti Bolognese Muffins and these Refried Bean Burgers.

plate of spaghetti bolognese muffins

Selling: My thermomix but I know it’s going to a really good home.

Knowing: I won’t be posting another recipe for quite some time.

Hosting: Teddy Elliott for one last sleepover!

Enjoying: All the facilites in our complex while we can – my personal favourite is the outdoor terrace with a barbecue and city views!

looking at the sydney skyline at dusk

Watching: So much TV – Alba, Love on the Spectrum US, Only Murders in the Building and Virgin River to name but a few.

Opening: Some surprise happy mail and these beautiful bookmarks from Denyse.

4 colourful bookmarks laid out on a table in front of a greeting card with a picture of flowers on it

Reading: A few pages of Rachel Again. My reading mojo has really gone AWOL.

Loving: Getting my hair done!

Liking: The warmer weather.

Disliking: Having my dressing changed.

Raging: At Blue Mountains Council who have refused my request to reimburse the out of pocket costs from my accident.

Adding: Up how much I’ve spent on doctor’s visits, dressings and meds – falling over is a very expensive exercise!

Appreciating: The joys of being able to be vertical.

Wearing: Pants again. It’s such a treat.

Preparing: To move out of our place. Boy, am I going to miss these views… Especially the rainbows!

Counting: Down the days to our departure. The time is flying by so fast.

Stressing: Out about finding somewhere to live in the UK. Finding a rental is like a test of endurance.

Feeling: All the feels.

Wondering: What my mum would have made of our move.

Missing: Our Aussie friends already and we haven’t even left yet!

September is going to be a massive month for us – we’ll be road tripping, leaving our flat and leaving Australia! With so many moving parts (literally) there might be a serious lack of blog posts but as usual I’ll be over sharing on the socials!

Now that’s enough about me, tell me all about you!