A Cloudy Day Out with Bear
Yesterday we woke to vibrant, brooding skies that made me smile:
“Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.”
I was excited all day knowing that any minute we might get some rain. And we did!!!
I love rainy days, cloudy days, stormy days, mostly because they’re so rare and precious in our part of Australia. So Bear and I made the most of it with a day out, just the two of us.
Foodies snobs that we are (not), we had lunch at McDonald’s. Somehow hot, salty fries are just the ticket for a stormy day. We went to the library and stocked up on movies and audio books and a whole stack of books on gardening, preserving food, and smoking meats. Can’t wait to hunker down for an evening of reading and planning. Then we were off to the junk shop to look for treasures. We didn’t find much so we moseyed along down the road, stopping to pick up groceries and a few odds and ends.
Next up was a nursery, Gardens Galore, run by lovely folks who are kind, jolly, and amazingly helpful. We picked up three more mulberry trees and spotted some gorgeous crabapple, apricot, and hazelnut trees that we will get soon. It is way too inspiring to visit a nursery. You pop in for one thing and all of a sudden you have visions of blueberry bushes, blackberry patches, herb gardens, and a vineyard.
All that foraging through the nursery orchard made Bear ravenous so he decided we needed more French fries.
Always a sensible decision.
We found seats at a cheery orange and blue tiled table and shared a big bowl of piping hot chips dipped in gravy. One of the best things about being married? You get to double dip and no one gets mad.
All those chips makes a body thirsty too, so of course we had to go all out and get lusciously refreshing Watermelon Strawberry Frappes to wash them down with. Running errands builds up an amazing appetite, I tell ya!
It was a truly great day and helped to soften the blow of arriving home to find the goats had broken into one of my gardens and eaten every single citrus tree and my basil, celery, and salvia. Sigh. Thankfully we just got the wire we needed to re-fence the gardens, so pretty soon they’ll be as solid as Fort Knox. Little buggers. After bemoaning the loss of this garden, I spent the rest of my grocery money buying new seeds for my goat-proof garden. Thinking about purple-pod peas, ruby Brussels Sprouts, and rainbow chard made the disappointment much easier to bear. 🙂
What is your favorite treat whilst out shopping? xo