Today was a public holiday (as mentioned in previous post). The weather was perfect. Warm with blue sky above and the sun beating down on people happy for a long weekend.
Around mid-morning K and I went for a drive down to the beach and had coffee at a busy cafe. We took the Stag for a drive which was great on the way there but as we headed home K noted an issue with the brakes. Once we got home and he spend time with the car it turned out to be the master cylinder. Always something do to on an old car.
When I got home I kind of didn't want to waste the day doing "housey" things. So I decided to walk to Ripponlea Gardens which is an historic home not too far from our place.
So I walked and walked. It took me just over an hour to get there. On my GPS and my Fitbit tracker it said that the distance was 9km's but Google Maps said it was 4.7km's. When K picked me up from there his car noted the distance at around 5.9km's. Honestly, which one was true I have no idea. All that matters is that I had a great walk and a delightful and relaxed time in the gardens.
There are so many things to see at this place. Innocuous things. Benches randomly placed in the many corners of the garden. Doors with peeling paint. There were ducks in the pool. People lying on picnic blankets under the shade of trees. Just one of those lazy days.
When I got home I decided to make meat pies using my latest and greatest kitchen appliance.
Anyway, he was duly impressed and we now have one. I don't want to exaggerate but I swear it has made our cooking life so much more diverse and interesting. And easy. It's the perfect thing for people like me who hate cooking but love quality food. K uses it as well. He just opens the book, chooses a recipe and makes it. It's hard to explain the how and why's of it.
There are three others in the office who have one (two of them men) and we always talk about what's been cooked Today I made meat pies including two types of pastry. I would never have bothered to do that in the past. Tomorrow I will make buttermilk bread in the morning plus fresh lemon spread. I might even make hommus dip.
It also allows me to make all my food from scratch with minimal effort.
So, now I have this overpriced gadget I will get rid of every other one I own.
Apart from my cooking plans (which will not take long) I don't have much on my agenda. The weather is nice so I just intend to enjoy the weekend fully. I did play with the idea of getting some clothes for my soon to arrive holiday but I have time up my sleeve to get things so I'd rather stay out of a shopping centre when the weather is great.
Some studio time would be great. A visit to the gym is a must plus another walk or two.
Now when I read that it appears I may now have a bit of plan ahead for the weekend after all.