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food to share and enjoy

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Perhaps not many would be lining up for this exotic dish; but Dr B enjoyed every morsel of his cucumber soup 🙂

During 2019, we did a lot of rushing about for various reasons. Along the way, we investigated some new, and some new-to-us, eateries, recommended by friends, colleagues, and fellow foodies. I investigated a few myself during lunchtime walks, sometimes so that I could assess them with an eye to future meetings or catch-ups of the coffee variety.

There’s no shortage of food options on Victoria Square, which is a short walk from my office. Some offerings I’ve tried, some I’ve yet to try. Walking in a different direction, and a little farther afield, sees deluxe sandwich and slow service territory with little likelihood of managing lunch in my allocated 30 minutes. I shared a long business lunch somewhere closer and more expensive; but in that case I’d already organised extra time off, so I wouldn’t have to rush.

Over the end-of-year break, we were able to continue investigating culinary options. Not only was it too hot to cook, but nobody really had the energy to do it. More tellingly, when you’re on holiday, you have the luxury of sufficient time to sit about for hours over lunch. We certainly can’t do that during the working week. I say this as one who felt guilty about even the sanctioned morning tea, and couple of long lunches prior to Christmas. I returned to work after all of them, and put in genuine work back at the office. There are plenty who notice, and make note of, when contractors come and go. It’s a horrid way to work, and you have to justify every extra minute you claim; but I’m not here today to gripe about the system.

Maintaining the foodie theme, I note that we wound up 2019 with cocktails and snacks at YoungB’s old workplace, then plunged into 2020 by having a long, wondrous lunch underneath the shade of old trees and away from the noise of main roads. This is not a new or new-to-us eatery, but one we thoroughly enjoy.

Here’s hoping for more of the same in 2020 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2020 in Food

 

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sew, wine bottle carriers?

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Bourbon bauble. Image copyright the Grove.

In the past, I have generally not been too “Bah, humbug” about Christmas. Nowadays the comparison tends to be to the Grinch, but in my neck of the woods that’s an alcoholic cocktail. In the interests of full disclosure, I advise that it’s currently the cocktail jug of the week at my local pub. I know that because I was there with YoungB the other night, having an after-work cocktail. We drank bourbon baubles (see image), whose main note is ginger, but the green looked appealing and equally refreshing. I’ll stick to Ebenezer Scrooge as my comparator, lest I confuse myself.

In any case, cocktails aside, what I’m trying to say is that in the past I have made a lot of effort not to be Scrooge. This year? OMG. It’s all too much. We have had an insanely busy year at work and there’s no end in sight, although we’ll down tools at the end of next week and not have to pick them up again for a fortnight. Now, if I could simply sleep for that fortnight, I might face 2019 with more equanimity than seems presently possible.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a round of workplace Christmas lunches that have been pleasant breaks from the office. But if you’re out having a good time, you’re not doing the urgent paperwork, even though you’re actually working. it’s a conundrum.

So, sewing? I wanted to make some shopping totes for various family members – that would be those for whom I haven’t crocheted anything – but, you won’t be surprised to hear, I have decided that wine bottle carriers are half the size and – being unlined in the version we use – considerably less effort. Dig out the owl hessian (burlap if that’s more meaningful) and stoke up a jug of green cocktail liquid: there has to be some sewing time in there somewhere!

Oh, I’m sure you’re all much better organised. But just in case you’re not, let me wish you good luck with all your making 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2018 in Crochet, Sewing

 

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