I’m sitting here typing this in a lather. It’s past 8pm and still very very hot. But although the mercury has been rising, this summer has really settled into holiday mode… which I love. No routines, no racing out of bed in the mornings. No rushing breakfast. No screaming at kids to eat, get dressed, brush hair, teeth, the cat… you get the idea. It has been blissfully relaxed and we have had no set agenda.
I’ve spent mornings in the garden, and with plenty of rain in the past couple of months its really looking beautiful and lush. The vege garden is plentiful, my tomatoes have grown to triffid like proportions… and although we have had a few ripe ones, with more than 20 plants in, there are plenty of monster tomatoes which wont be more than a few days away. I’ve made zucchini relish, pickled zucchini and frozen zucchini, I think Ill have to make a zucchini cake next!
If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember Ben our pet blackbird? He is raising his second clutch of babies for the season and is never far away when we are outdoors. He also follows me around the windows of the house when I’m inside just in case I might throw him a tidbit! No idea where he learned that…
There has been plenty of time for many many cuddles from my two favourite little people…Maia is right into cooking (Carter enjoys the role of official taste tester)… she got a new cookbook for Christmas and is working her way through the recipes.
Although they both manage to get their hands in the bowl before the mixture is even in the oven. Ive noticed Maia is quite generous in the amount that is left behind to sample!
We’ve visited every park in town. Twice…
And the zoo… The only thing worth doing in Hamilton in the afternoons, when the weather is like this, is swimming.
And every meal is alfresco. With this hot weather I wouldn’t dream of turning on the oven past lunchtime so even this delicious boysenberry sponge was cooked outside in our pizza oven, and aside from spilling all over the oven stone (oops), it turned out remarkably well.
This boy loves his desserts! And I love summer!