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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




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Tandy | Lavender and Lime - Think of how nourished your goats are! Sounds like a lovely day out 🙂

thefisherlady - Your goats are already seasoned for the pot… sorry though… I do know that disappointment. A house sitter once, opened the garden gate to let the goats in thinking they would only eat the weeds… just before harvest time… they indeed feasted as if they had died and gone to heaven.
I love the Laugh photo… and your chips and amazing drinks… So glad you found Bear and he found you. Glad for your rain. Here in South Africa the rains have made everything this Autumn so very green, and still all the roses and every flower are in full bloom. That and babies and my daughter’s presence are such a wonderful gifts from our Father’s dear heart.

Krista - Oh yes, their bellies were very round and fat after that feast, Tandy. 🙂

Krista - Oh no!! If there’s one thing I’ve learned these last two years it is Always Close The Gate. 🙂 Even if I’m just going away for a minute. Learned that one the hard way. 🙂 I’m so thrilled that you are having such an amazing time in South Africa with your luvs and gorgeous weather and so much beauty, @thefisherlady:disqus XO Your heart must be fairly bursting with happiness. 🙂

Tonya Renee - What, what…I knew you were engaged, but didn’t realize you had gotten married. Congratulations!!

Coffee and Crumpets - Oh those chips….yum. Sounds like a great day out!

Cathy - What a brilliant day out Krista. Coffee is probably my favourite treat on a shopping trip 🙂

thefisherlady - yup 🙂 indeed

Liz Posmyk - Such a lovely day out… love the autumn colours in this post.

Hotly Spiced - I have a weakness for fries as well, especially on cold, wet days. It looks like that despite the weather, you had a lovely day out. The watermelon drink looks stunning xx

Maureen Shaw - I couldn’t agree more about double dipping but honestly, John doesn’t dip even once. What a fun day.

Joanne (eats well with others) - Such a fun day out! And yes, hopefully it made up for the goats!

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Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - I love those kind of days out together! Coffee is always high on our list at some point and we have a favourite burger place that we love, especially for their fries/chips. =)

Nancy - Chips and gravy is a perfect combination:)

Tracy A. - I am not much of a sweets eater, but for whatever reason, I tend to crave them when I am out shopping. Perhaps it’s because I always stumble across such a selection that I just can’t resist!

Anna Johnston - You and Bear are seriously cool, I love that you went to Maccas for salty fries. Massive foodie snob you are. LOL. Love your pictures, your blog is like taking a vacation, you just know how to capture the moment perfectly. 🙂 Hmmm… Fav shopping food, sushi. Yarm!

Karlynn Johnston - I agree with the McDonald’s fries. That and a freshly made Filet O Fish, of course. And oh, I might have cried if something got into my garden like that! Bad goats!

TuulaR - Ahh, a big plate of french fries makes any day fantastic 🙂 I also love the salty ones from McDonalds, no food snobs here either 🙂 Sound like a perfect day Krista, glad you got to enjoy it with your special guy!

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