It's back to school this week for Hannah, I can't believe it's now the last term of the school year. I had some home baking recipes that I'd been wanting to try out for ages for our lunches so spent Sunday morning in the kitchen.
Glenn's request, spinach and feta scones, recipe found here
and yum yum, a simple no bake citrus slice, recipe from here
I added a new recipe book to my collection last week, Everyday Delicious by Chelsea Winter, so I'm looking forward to trying out some of the recipes soon and another from the website, this slice recipe.
Hannah is on school holidays at the moment and Glenn had a few days off work so we decided to head off south and spend a few days with my relatives in Palmerston North. We haven't been over to see them since late last year so it was long time over due for a visit.
Friday night we tried out an Indian restaurant for dinner - it was delicious and oh boy, was I so full afterwards!
The weather wasn't too great, wet and cold, like winter really but we were able to get out and about on Saturday to the Esplanade park and then to the pools later in the day.
Feeding the ducks and I think every duck in town turned up!
Inside the conservatory, always a lovely place to visit. Toasty warm in there on a chilly day!
Later in the day was a good time to head to the community pools - Hannah had the whole little kids pool to herself at one stage.
As usual we did quite a bit of shopping - this time though I think Glenn and Hannah actually spent more then me, ha ha. I chose a new charm for my Pandora bracelet, which is something I like to do when we're away. Hannah needed some new gumboots, ugg boots and sandals having outgrown all her other ones and this was her selection :) All on sale too.
Sunday morning was sunny and still quite windy but we still decided to get out and have a walk through the nature reserve near where Donna lives. There has been heaps of work done since we were last there in November last year, more planting and several new walkways put in.
Hannah and I have decided to have a picnic there next time we're over in Palmerston, maybe heading over again late November to some Christmas shopping.
Earlier in the year I stitched this pretty design by With Thy Needle and Thread, Forget Me Not Sampler, and I thought it would be perfect size to use on the front of a zippered project bag.
I haven't made one of these before, and I have never sewn a zip into anything, so with a friend's help recently I had a go. I didn't follow any particular pattern or instructions but I did browse around a few sites and Pinterest to get a general idea.
I'm really happy with the result - it's quite a large size, I think the zipper was at least 16 inches long but I didn't sew it to any exact measurements. The fabric is actually more teal, not as blue as these photos are showing. So sewing a zipper in is not as scary as I thought it would be!
As usual over the winter months, I managed to get through several books and these are some of the ones I've enjoyed lately.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, which I really liked. It was a great read and I'll be looking for some more books by this author to read over the summer months.
When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon. This novel is about Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, who is returning to the Greek island of Erikousa to be married. I enjoyed this book too, a sweet love story, with descriptions of Greek Island life and food.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert is set in the 18th and 19th centuries. Alma Whittaker is born into a family that have made their fortune in botany. It did take me awhile to get through this one but I ended up loving the story.
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling), a crime mystery - I took this book to Sydney with me knowing that I'd get plenty of reading time during the flights and it didn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next in this series now, the Silkworm.
So what am I reading this week - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn on my kindle.
From the library, a new to me author, Kate Atkinson's Case Histories featuring private investigator Jackson Brodie. So far so good.
My FIL gave me his copy of the Silkworm so that's been added to the reading pile.
I've been patiently waiting for this one at our local library, the latest from a series I loved reading last year.
What have you read lately or looking forward to starting soon?