I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know where to start with a post on the future of travel. It’s so hard to know what to do, or even what to say. (Even though I’m one of the travel linkup hosts who pick/suggest the linkup topics every month.)
2020 would have been an amazing year for adventures – we managed to slip a long weekend in Bilbao before lockdown came into effect – and in the first half of the year I had trips booked to Panama, New York, Isle of Wight, New Zealand and Las Vegas – who knows what else could have happened!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m more than slightly obsessed about brunch. It’s my favourite meal of the day, up there with afternoon tea. So, I thought I’d share one of me favourite dishes – my no fail, really quick corn fritter recipe that’s perfect for last minute plans (and/or curing over indulgence from the night before.)
There’s just something about the gathering of family and friends around a well set table that makes my heart happy. It’s the best place in the world. Especially one laid with bacon, avocado, sweetcorn fritters, coffee, and a sparkling beverage or two.
Asking an antipodean to describe a lamington is like asking a pre-coffee person to describe a dream. It’s childhood weekends in the sunshine, filled with laughter and your mum snatching a second one out of your hand. It’s spending time with your aunts & grandma on sleepy winter mornings all cosied up with tea. It’s popping to the local bakery with your Dad, on the hunt for a pie and something sweet to get you through a busy day. It’s sending your little brother into the neighbourhood cafe with $5, and him coming out with a fistful of cakes and $10 because the owner adores his dimples. [Disclosure: I was gifted lamingtons by the newly launched Radio Lamington crew.]
At its heart, it’s an individual sponge square, cut through with jam, rolled in chocolate icing and dappled with coconut. But, actually, lamingtons are so much more than that.
Words are incredibly powerful; the flourish of a pen has the power to topple ancient towers, uplift melancholic spirits and transport us to distant galaxies. I’ve been sharing a few phrases on social that have lifted my spirits lately, so I thought I’d also share 9 travel quotes inspiring me, which you can download as a phone wallpaper or slip into your Pinterest boards. They always make me smile.
Every adventure starts somehow with a dream, so I had to start there of course. (Image from the roadtrip we did around the glorious Scottish Highlands.)
I’m not entirely sure how to say this, so I think I’ll just ramble as usual. Very sadly our little Tabby cat Biscuit had to be put to sleep last week – her health declined very sharply, very suddenly and sadly it was clear after a couple of days with our vet, we had to make the heartbreaking decision that we never wanted to.
When we adopted her many years ago, we knew she would be a key member of the clan, but we couldn’t have hoped for all the joy she brought us. From teaching herself to tap on the front door to be let in (ignoring her cat door) and learning how to knock over select cushions, to her lip licking excitement at the fridge opening and the emphatic telling off we would get returning from holiday, there’s a striped hole in our hearts.