Today I'm grateful for

* Red jelly. The only thing Henry seems to be able to get down. A few spoonfuls of this doesn't constitute nutrition but supplemented with one mouthful of strawberry smoothie, one of soft tinned spaghetti, one of yoghurt and one of avocado across the day, I think we're OK.

* Panadol. And not kids panadol. I collapsed in a little bit of a heap today and this good old analgesic got me through.

* Old houses. Although our house costs a fortune to heat in winter, it was very very hot in Sydney today but lovely and cool inside.

* Neighbours. An impromptu evening visit from our gorgeous neighbour Clare and her three offspring, the eldest being Paloma, our babysitter and the object of Henry and Tilly's adoration, amped everyone up. We love them.

* Gardenias. My favourite flower. And in full bloom in my front garden. About 30 small plants, so fragrant, so delicious. 

* Flower deliveries. Speaking of flowers. A delivery of gerbras and roses from my beautiful workmates made my day.

* And this. A new cookbook!!

Sophie dahl cover 

Sent by my beloved Naomi to distract me from the hospital, it is such a lovely book! It's very English, but in a fabulous Jamie Oliver way. It's earthy and passionate and genuine and the recipes look fantastic. 


It's organised by season and by meal (so Autumn: Breakfasts, Lunches, Suppers.) I love that.


The photography is luscious. Just my kind of cookbook.


Anyway, you're bound to see some of these pop up in the next couple of months! (Maybe not the winter salad! I might start at the back, Summer, and work forwards!)

Please. Distract me. Tell me what you're grateful for.


5 Comments on “grateful

Alex Nolan
November 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm

The silence that is currenty in my house.

James: school…. check
Edward: Nursery… check
William: Bed… check
Rick: Italy… cheeky bugger…check

And cafe direct decaf coffee. Just what the doctor ordered

Just love that book – she is lovely, and engaged to Jamie Cullum.


November 13, 2009 at 10:18 am

1) Cool weather today.
2) For a wonderful soulmate.
3) For my nine year old daughter.
4) For my three year old son.
5) For my one year old daughter.
6) Because it’s Friday!

I didn’t know Sophie Dahl had a cookbook out! My nine year old would love that, she’s obsessed with Roald Dahl (she’s rereading the BFG at the moment).

November 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

– the biggest hugs from my 3 year old little man.
– a good cup of fine roasted coffee, latte style
– reading a book that is so compelling that you want to press pause on the rest of the world so you can finish uninterrupted.
– lifelong friends who love you just the way you are.
– my man who loves me, all of me, wobbly bits and all.

November 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Thanks for your comments! I love those!

Mel: what’s your unputdownable book?!

November 17, 2009 at 12:02 am

-homemade cinnamon rolls
-comments that remind me to go to the library and take out unputdownable books
-autumns that have the colors but not the chill…it’s been close to 70 lately!
-the fact that I read your blog backwards this week, and I read that Henry was able to be a little kid (if only for a few minutes) before I read that he was sicky, sicky. That meant that you have been able to enjoy more than just your gardenias this weekend
-being 12 weeks pregnant, so food now tastes like heaven in my mouth instead of hell in my gut
-the fact that my 14-month-old says yes please and wipes her mouth with a napkin while she eats her meals
-hugs from my girl
-maternity clothes…I love them!
-book stores, especially the old ones that smell like mildew and dampness


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