New Kitchen Bliss!

Apart from a few finishing touches, like the glass splashback behind the gas hobs, the shelves in the corner above the sink, and the toe kicks under the cabinetry needing to be installed, my kitchen is finished and I cooked in it for the first time last night.

We have laid a new bleached ash floor through the dining and kitchen area, and painted the walls in Resene Thor. I also now have space for my cookbook collection, and will be able to display my nice platters on the shelves above.

I chose to have a corner sink installed because it then doesn’t break up my workspace. My dishwasher is still on a ship somewhere on the high seas. It was originally meant to be delivered mid-July, then mid-August, now it’s early September. I still have my old dishwasher installed in my old laundry, I installed a new laundry downstairs, which I set up as a temporary kitchen while the new one was being installed. That will now be gutted and made into my office.

Once the splashback and the shelves are installed in 3 – 4 weeks time, I will post more photos.

This photo is of my old kitchen, the original from when the house was built in 1970. The microwave sits on top of the dishwasher, there’s very little workspace, the fridge was right next to the oven, and there was a breakfast bar in the corner facing a blank wall 🤷‍♀️ In this photo we had already ripped the wall out between the kitchen and dining room to open it up. Previously there was a full wall there with a door into the kitchen. Cooking was a very isolated experience.

A Day in the Life of my Garden

No, unfortunately I didn’t get to spend the day in my garden, but when I get home at night, I like to wander around the garden and pick whatever produce is ripe. I did the picking before I took the photos tonight, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea, but we’re having an autumn vegetable pasta for dinner….

We don’t use pesticides or insecticides….purely organic.

Just 2 of our 16 pumpkins.

Lettuce in amongst pumpkin vines.

I had already picked the ripe tomatoes

We have so many lemons for the gin….and limes but I forgot to take photos of them and it’s too dark now.

I got 9 avocado from my tree last year. This year, there must be 90!

I know you can’t eat them, but these roses are beautiful and beautifully scented.

And while the dahlia isn’t scented, it is spectacular.

And this is the delicious result…fresh basil and parsley from the garden, capsicum and cherry tomatoes. The spinach was frozen down from last winter. I bought the mushrooms, and red onion. And added feta and parmesan, and fresh ground pepper. The pasta is gluten free.

And that’s Tuesday!

Watching what I’m reading . . .

I am sitting in the shelter of the windbreak on our deck enjoying the heat of the sun on my back. It’s been a real mixed bag weatherwise today. We have had heavy downpours, strong winds and it was really cold overnight. I can always tell how cold it is by where Tighe, our cat, chooses to sleep. Last night it was on my raspberry mohair throw on the end of our bed. And she was in no hurry to move this morning. Neither was I, but I had to go to work so I had no choice.

After work Pete took me out for a late lunch in Otorohanga, the next town north of here, where he works. The Thirsty Weta has recently changed hands and has been beautifully renovated. We had a delicious lunch; fish and chips for him, and I had chili prawns and a glass of pinot gris as I wasn’t driving.

I think we will just be having something light for dinner tonight, eggs on toast, or toasted sandwiches.

I finished A Home Like Ours by Fiona Lowe in the early hours of this morning and will be posting my review tomorrow.

I am currently listening to Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray.

And reading Raven Black by Ann Cleeves for my Mystery, Crime and Thriller group read.

This is the first in her Shetland series featuring Detective Jimmy Perez. I love her writing and am finding it hard to put this down. I will probably have finished it before the group read officially starts on the Street 15th (the ides of March?)

This week I am planning on reading Call Me Elizabeth Lark by Melissa Colisanti, an author I haven’t previously read.

Twenty years ago, Myra Barkley’s daughter disappeared from the rocky beach across from the family inn, off the Oregon coast. Ever since, Myra has waited at the front desk for her child to come home. One rainy afternoon, the miracle happens–her missing daughter, now twenty-eight years old with a child of her own, walks in the door.

Elizabeth Lark is on the run with her son. She’s just killed her abusive husband and needs a place to hide. Against her better judgment, she heads to her hometown and stops at the Barkley Inn. When the innkeeper insists that Elizabeth is her long lost daughter, the opportunity for a new life, and more importantly, the safety of her child, is too much for Elizabeth to pass up. But she knows that she isn’t the Barkleys’s daughter, and the more deeply intertwined she becomes with the family, the harder it becomes to confess the truth.

Except the Barkley girl didn’t just disappear on her own. As the news spreads across the small town that the Barkley girl has returned, Elizabeth suddenly comes into the limelight in a dangerous way, and the culprit behind the disappearance those twenty years ago is back to finish the job.

And The Incredible Winston Browne by Sean Dietrich

In the small, sleepy town of Moab, Florida, folks live for ice cream socials, Jackie Robinson, and the local paper’s weekly gossip column. For decades, Sheriff Winston Browne has watched over Moab with a generous eye, and by now he’s used to handling the daily dramas that keep life interesting for Moab’s quirky residents. But just after Winston receives some terrible, life-altering news, a feisty little girl with mysterious origins shows up in his best friend’s henhouse. Suddenly Winston has a child in desperate need of protection—as well as a secret of his own to keep.

With the help of Moab’s goodhearted townsfolk, the humble and well-meaning Winston Browne still has some heroic things to do. He finds romance, family, and love in unexpected places. He stumbles upon adventure, searches his soul, and grapples with the past. In doing so, he just might discover what a life well-lived truly looks like.

This week I have two new ebook ARCs, and one audiobook from Netgalley.

The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd

And audiobook The Good Neighbour by R.J. Parker

So that’s my lot for today. Let me know what you’re reading and what new books have found their way into your TBR piles.

We are back to the new normal as from 6am today, so just recording where we’ve been with whom, social distancing from people we don’t know and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize! I hope restrictions are also easing wherever you are. ❤📚