Taking Stock: June 2016

Apologies for being MIA. I honestly just haven’t been in the mood for blogging lately. Not sure if it’s too much work and not enough rest, or if it’s the cold and dark Winter nights where I’d rather be snuggled up on the couch or in bed instead of in front of a computer. Either way, I’m trying to ease myself back into blogging and what better way than taking stock?

So, June. I felt like it was a quiet month, but when I look back on it, I actually went out more than I thought and managed to be relatively productive at home. The highlight this month was definitely Vivid Sydney, which never ceases to amaze me with it’s beautiful and brilliant light projections all around the city. Apart from VIvid Sydney, I have managed to keep myself fairly busy. Here’s what I got up to this month…

Making: pretty good progress on my knitted blanket.

Cooking: the letter ‘P’ pasta — pappardelle, pumpkin, portobello mushrooms, pine nuts and parsley. It was surprisingly yummy.

Reading: about building raised garden beds and edible forest gardens.

Playing:Can’t Stop The Feeling‘ by Justin Timberlake, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore‘ by Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez (I’m obsessed!), and still playing ‘Cake By The Ocean‘ by DNCE.

Enjoying: random night-time walks around Sydney where you discover new streets.

Sorting: through my wardrobe to donate some more clothes.

Wondering: if I should grow my fruit trees from seed, or buy ones already grafted and growing.

Waiting: to get some time off work. I realised I hadn’t taken a day off in a while…

Deciding: to finally bring out the electric blanket. Even with my blanket and a feather down quilt I was still waking up at night shivering. It was a hassle to put on the electic blanket, but seriously, best decision ever.

Wishing: for pet chickens!

Liking: the lecture I attended at Sydney University on neuroplasticity. Some really good food for thought.

Disliking: cold Winter nights.

Considering: what kind of edibles to grow in the front yard and where.

Watching: Masterchef Australia and Better Homes and Gardens with Mum. It’s become our after dinner ritual.

Marvelling: at the strength of my beautiful social work colleague. She is so amazing.

Wanting: to read more books, but not sure which book to start with.

Needing: to do a proper clean of this house.

Following: light trails all around The City during Vivid Sydney.

Noticing: how few steps I take during a regular day, and how much effort is needed to reach my daily target.

Knowing: that I could be more proactive with my gardening pursuits.

Thinking: about how lovely it would be if I had a fireplace at home.

Buying: scallops, rye bread, goat’s cheese, blueberry jam and a succulent (which I’ve named Henry) from the Glenorie Growers Market. It’s a small, monthly produce market and yet I managed to buy so much!

Getting: slightly overwhelmed with all the garden-related tasks that I want to do.

Admiring: other people’s vegetable gardens. I have a major dose of garden envy.

Hoping: Mum and Dad won’t mind when I start digging into the backyard…

Loving: Vivid Sydney, especially at Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Giggling: with work colleagues at random things.

Planning: where to build raised garden beds for a permaculture fruit and vegetable garden.

Feeling: super excited and motivated to get started with the gardens!

I decided to ‘take stock’ after seeing it over on Meet Me At Mike’s and you can join in too. You can check out the original ‘taking stock’ and find a list or simply see what others are up to. Let me know if you decide to join in. I’d love to see what you got up to.

6 thoughts on “Taking Stock: June 2016

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    A very gardening oriented post. It’s good to be ready for the Spring. What about a herb garden? They grow throughout the year, don’t they?

    Glad you made the effort to see Vivid. Hope you didn’t have too much damage from Stormageddon.


    • Sandy says:

      I guess I’m just excited to be out in the sun with dirt under my fingernails. Seeing everyone’s vegetable gardens has really motivated me this month.
      And I couldn’t miss Vivid, even if Stormageddon was coming. Haha. Although, I know I could rely on a trusty Dragon to capture Vivid for me if I did miss it. 🙂


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