It’s been dark and stormy the past few days, luscious rain falling, cool winds bringing wondrous relief from the searing heat and humidity of last week. It’s lovely.
Our responsibilities have taken us all over the place in recent weeks, back and forth to the city and town, running errands, keeping appointments, and, for me, taking on new work. It’s been fun, interesting, challenging, and, it must be admitted, utterly exhausting.
But we’ve learned that in order to avoid letting ourselves get run down, we have to plan as vigilantly for relaxation as we do for work. Sometimes we stop mid-journey for a walk in a park or along a mountain trail, others we stop under a shady tree for a picnic or nap. Last week we stopped at a bakery we’d never been to before, Banneton in Woolloongabba.
We settled in with cuppas – flat white for me, long black for Bear – and chose decadent desserts to spoil ourselves.
We both chose sour cherry desserts – who can resist sour cherries? Bear had the dark chocolate sour cherry tart and I had the sour cherry custard topped with toasted almonds. Both were lovely, delectable treats to lift our spirits and cheer us on through our to-do list.
It was good to linger, visiting about this and that, watching the resident pigeons toddle about underfoot feasting on fallen crumbs. If I was a pigeon, I’d move to a bakery too.
Before we left we got a loaf of bread that was so scrumptious we returned the very next errand day to pick up 6 more loaves for our freezer so we’d not run out in a hurry. It’s a wood-fired multi-grain sourdough that is chockers, and I do mean chockers, full of deliciousness. There are poppy, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and walnuts and who knows what other goodness. We are smitten, and I’m excited to start experimenting to see if I can replicate it.
What little moments keep you going through the busy times? xo