Many bloggers start off the new year with a word to guide them for that year and I'm impressed with their reasons for choosing. So many wonderful and meaningful words out there, but I think for me 'compassion' is probably the most important word, not just at the beginning of the year, but to live by, day in and out, always. (Oh dear, maybe I didn't sound too compassionate about the people who get bored! Fallen at the first hurdle!) However, I do try, and I despair at the apparent lack of compassion shown by my political leaders. And I should leave it at that, before I get out the soapbox.
Better late than never, I want to show you a couple of photos of the fabulous vegan Christmas dinner I had with Suzy, Tracy and Basil Beagle in Bundeena. Suzy invented a vegan Festive Roast to be sold in her shop 'Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher' - and was rushed off her feet with orders. We cooked one a couple of days before Christmas with my family at home and we all really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to another a few days later. Baked in the oven with lashings of roasted vegetables - beetroot, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin - and covered in gravy - this was a brilliant roast dinner and I must say I'm very, very proud of Suzy's creations.
This week at home has been pretty hot, though not as scorching as some parts of Australia. The garden has been in need of watering and as we have a lot of garden I've been kept busy shifting hoses. The preschool next door very generously (I think?) gave us two huge bunnies in a fancy bunny condominium, apparently for us to keep forever and ever. The children are thrilled, though Peggy, the Jack Russell, couldn't believe her eyes, and either quivers with excitement or hides and watches from afar. No decent photos so far because their pen has tacky mesh everywhere, but I'm going to inflict a couple of dodgy photos on you.
While I'm on the subject of guests, we had a visitation the other day. Two Emperor Gum Moths, huge, stunning, totally different colours. Just gorgeous.
The garden is full of flowers but the heat has faded many of them, especially the Hydrangeas.