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Good Things After the Storm

The rains have stopped, the winds have stilled and at last we have a moment of calm here in Queensland. A moment when you finally have time to sit down, catch your breath and let your body collect itself.

There have been rather fierce personal storms to go with the floods and gale-force winds we’ve experienced this week. I’m feeling a bit battered and very, very thankful to have some quiet time this weekend to rest and restore.

The cafe where I often go to work has a special on fresh-squeezed juices today, so I’m treating myself to Strawberry Mint. It tastes like summer and makes me smile.

Last night after the chores were done, I had a happy wander around our muddy but not so floody farm. After so many dark days of pelting rains and wild winds it was pure bliss to sit on a log and look out over sun-drenched fields and sun-dappled waters.

I loved this perky little feather glowing in the setting sun, looking so light and free.

This weekend is a happy one:

  • visits and chips & gravy with good friends who finally navigated their way home through the floods from Northern Queensland.
  • time to curl up on the couch and read incredible books (Once, Then and After by Morris Gleitzman)
  • movies and my favorite pork roast crackling at night.

This afternoon I experimented with a Dark Chocolate-Studded Brioche baked in a cast iron pot and it turned out beautifully!! I hope to share it with you in the next day or two.

In the meantime, I’m wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with things and people who make your heart happy. Is there anything your particularly looking forward to?


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Krista - That is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard, dear @google-02232a5b5f18909086c3561a7da4b876:disqus XO I love it more than I can say. 🙂 Thank you. XO

Krista - Thanks so much, @UlyssesSRant:disqus 🙂 It was SO good for body and soul. 🙂

Krista - The devastation is gutting, isn’t it, @twitter-278132737:disqus ? I had no idea you were in the path of Sandy. XO I’m so glad you are safe and sound. You CAN see the brioche now!! I posted it this week. 🙂

Lisa - After Hurricane, well super storm, Sandy, there was that usual ‘eerie ,but comforting, calm’, except this time…there was devastation to deal with…the first time ever in my neck of the woods. I love how you symbolized the end of your storm with the single, dry, fluffy feather – such a poignant photo, and as the Northeast rebuilds..that feather gets fluffier. OK, soliloquy over. I wan to see photos of your dark chocolate studded brioche! I can’t get it out of my head now! xoxo

Ulysses S. Rant - It sounds like you’re off to a great weekend, K. I hope it’s a fun one! Have fun with the cooking and movies…

Bethany Miller - A friend recently told me that before her mom died, she told her that every time she saw a feather it would be her mom looking out from her from heaven. They would communicate by feathers. So sweet! So thanks for the feather- I’ll tell my friend I saw her mom from your far away but always touching blog 🙂

Krista - Those are lovely things to look forward to, @facebook-100001665607063:disqus 🙂 They make me smile too. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, dear @37854c7777b9b21d0ae36d3aa8184779:disqus 🙂 We have lots of work to do still, but I love it all the same. XO

marie - It’s such a lovely place you live. the Brioche sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to get a look at the recipe.

Breanne Mosher - I am so glad that you have calm again both on the farm and in your spirit. The white feather is beautiful, that brioche sounds amazing (can’t wait for the recipe now that we’re eating wheat again!), and that juice sounds so refreshing. I’m looking forward to a shopping trip in the city, yummy food and a quieter schedule of being at home. XO

Krista - Both of them were delicious, @wanderingsheila:disqus 🙂 I just had my first slice of the brioche, slathered butter (so naughty, but so good!!) and this recipe is definitely a keeper. 🙂

Krista - It is a great comfort, @132fe8be674f43d4508b19c8db8df791:disqus 🙂 xo

Krista - Yes! That is exactly it, dear @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus 🙂 You always sum things up just right. 🙂

Cathy - That does sound like a great weekend Krista. I really love the sound of the strawberry mint juice and also the dark chocolate-studded brioche 🙂

Kitchen Butterfly - Have a great weekend darling – its good to know that calm will come, after a storm, no matter how it ravages us.

Take care sweetie.

bellini - Calm has set in and all the comforts of home have wrapped you in a warm blanket.

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