Head & Heart, "a monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw" was created by the wonderful Helen of Helarious. Helen asks fellow bloggers to join her in sharing a snapshot of life over the last month.
What I've been grateful for //
The internet. I really don't know how I would have gotten through last month without it. The people who I have come to know online are truly the loveliest souls and many have been so kind enough to reach out, send supportive messages or even offer to just sit quietly and sip tea with me. This month has been a living hell but it has shown me just how important the connections we make can be, regardless of how we make them. You gave me a helping hand when I was sinking and I will always be grateful. Thank you.
What I've been thinking of //
There have been hours here and there where my mind has been racing in a good way. I have an idea, a lightbulb just bobbing around above my head. A new adventure, something that will be such hard work but so wonderful if it comes to fruition. Watch this space...
What I'm excited for //
Despite how my month ended, it actually started really well - I made a new friend. I met Zoe, a passionate teacher, blogger and talented Instagrammer, some time ago online and she just seemed like a really nice person. We got to talking about a book which she kindly offered to lend me so we decided to meet up. I had a lovely morning chatting with her over tea in the sunshine, like old friends, and I'm looking forward to doing it again.
My echeveria started sprouting at the end of last month. I can't wait to see what colour the flowers will be!
What I've been doing //
Eating toast and tea. Repeat.
Learning breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness. This has been helpful. This too.
Listening A Fine Frenzy, The Cinematic Orchestra and 90's pop mixes (think Will Smith, Backstreet Boys and Mariah...).
Watching mindless Marvel films (Captain America, Thor, The Avengers) and Chef, a sweet little film that made me very hungry.
What I've been reading //
Gone Girl (thanks Zoe!). It's been weeks since I finished this book but I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It captured my attention and oh, THAT twist, but I became overly distracted by my frustration at the choices made by the main characters. Unlike others, I had no problem with the ending.
Stepping Out. I truly adore David Sedaris.
The Glue. Just one word (for those of us too young to remember Phil Hartman on SNL): monorail.
What I've been spending money on //
The basics: food, electricity and firewood. That was about as much as I could handle. Come to think of it, we actually made money (on top of salaries) last month. I sold my old phone and iPad, he sold his Playstation and we cancelled our satellite TV subscription. Go team!
Click over to read what Helen wrote this month and see who else is participating. Thanks for reading and do feel free to join in!
While sifting through some old files I stumbled across these photos from our lunch at Crackenback Farm Restaurant during our trip to the mountains back in June. Seeing as though it was my favourite dining experience of the weekend I couldn't believe that I had forgot to tell you about it!
Ah lunch. These days it seems to be the unsung meal. Everyone loves to head out to a new breakfast spot or get dressed up for dinner but what about lunch? There is something so wonderfully satisfying about an afternoon spent lingering over a long lunch with good friends and a drink or two. It always makes me feel like the cat that got the cream, though that may have something to do with the second glass of wine...
The menu at Crackenback Farm restaurant is full of fresh local produce and based on French farm style cooking. Every single dish we ordered was beautiful in its simplicity and I still have dreams about their rainbow trout... Next time you're visiting the Snowy Mountains be sure to book a table at the restaurant. There is a deck for alfresco dining in the alpine summer but try to visit during the winter if you can because everything tastes better when it's snowing. Fact.
Crakcenback Farm also operates as a guesthouse - why not go all out and book a room for a truly indulgent weekend in the mountains?