by Bronwyn Jameson
Inspired by the recent posts of Helen and Rachel, and also by my fabulously talented niece's star turn as Maria in her school's production of "The Sound of Music", today's blog is a few of my favourite things. I'm tempted to start with raindrops on kittens, because Lovecats. But...no. Although I am sensing a theme...
1. Musicals. Not only because of my inspiration, but because I don't believe I've met a musical I don't adore. A long time ago I started buying the souvenir coffee mug from each show but the number was getting ridiculous. Being a country gal, one of the added benefits is the trip-to-the-city, usually a girls weekend because my menfolk couldn't be dragged, bribed or cajoled into a musical. Last year we did Grease; next weekend it's off to The Lion King.
2. Rain(drops). Okay, so I might not always include the wet stuff on a list of my favourite things, but after a long, extremely dry and brutishly hot summer, the droughtbuster rain this past week was spectacular. The soothing beat on the roof at night. Waking to soft grey light. The sight of green shooting all over our barren paddocks. Sheep and horses gobbling up the sweet new growth. The smile on my farmer husband's face. What is not to love about a good autumn rain?
3. My Herb Garden. This is a gift from my youngest after I mused about the scarcity of decent herbs at our local supermarket. He resurrected the old barrow from our junk-depository and despite my poor record with plants, four months later it's still going strong. Barely a meal goes by without the addition of a little something from the barrow.
4. Summer Fruit. I tried to narrow this down, but how can a person choose between mango and peaches and cherries? They're *all* my favourites, whether fresh and stand-alone or poached/stewed as part of a dessert dish, or for breakfast with Greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of toasted muesli. Yum.
5. My Kindle. An obvious choice but how could I not include the source of so much enjoyment? I've been wanting the Paperwhite since it was first released but told myself I had to wait for my Nook to expire. It's still going but there are books/deals only available on Amazon. I *needed* a Kindle. So.
6. The Real Book Experience. Despite my intense love of the Kindle, I have not given up on paper books. I still love the new-book smell, the weight of a hefty hardback in my hands, the beauty of a skilfully produced picture book. Cooking/food books are a particular favourite as well as travelogues and memoirs. At the moment this is on my bedside table:
What is your favourite type of book that you must have in paper? Whether to read or to flick through the glossy pictures?