January things

Locally grown avocados and stone fruits at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmer’s Market, my husband’s birthday (he just turned 50, young thing), Tour Down Under and the Big Day Out.  These are the January things that have me talking this year.

I dusted off my old Avanti bicycle today and rode over to the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmer’s Market.  It’s just a 12 minute cycle away and is a great way to start a Sunday morning.  Though I should have had breakfast first. I ended up buying almost too much to carry home on my bike. Andrew usually goes with me and we share the load of the veggies and heavier items like olive oil and potatoes. I get excited when I see all that fresh food.  Just as well no one had watermelons on sale.

You wouldn’t think that our dry climate was suitable for growing avocados, but sure enough some guy in the Adelaide Hills gets them to grow in a bit of a micro-climate. Other market winners today; nectarines and peaches.

On Friday I participated in the Tour Down Under’s Mutual Community Tour Challenge with a group from work.  This year’s ride options were 149.5k, 111k or 35k.  Our team had riders in each of these distance categories.  I was in the last group, riding 35k.  Friday was rather warm and the last 35k of the ride was characterised by extreme cross winds  for 23k then a blessed tail wind for the last 12. My goal was to complete the ride without needing to dismount on any of the hills.  I was successful.  It took 2.5 hours but I made it!

Friday was also my young husband’s 50th birthday. We went to our local pub for dinner with good friends Stu and Toni, then on Saturday night Andrew and I went to an Argentinian restaurant in Hutt Street. Very strange crowd in the restaurant.  Some tattooed guys who kept going outside for a smoke and what appeared to be ‘deals’ with people who drove up, parked illegally then disappeared.  The whole dining experience had some disappointments and some highlights. The steaks were excellent as was the Marta’s Vineyard 1999 Malbec. The crème brûlée was generous. The Empanada was deep fried though and the filling tasted like a Bolognese sauce. Not the highlight for sure.

Announcement: I am not going to the Big Day Out this year. I love the web site and poster with the ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired skeletons and paper cut-outs. But none of the bands really excite me. Maybe the Decembrists, but not enough to go for the day (they’re on at 3.45 or thereabouts) or even the evening of a really hot day with a bunch of drunken 23 year olds.

One more January thing – our anniversary – married 19 years and still best mates.  Well done us!

Life of a part-time blogger

The stats are in — I am officially a very part-time blogger.

Just what have I been up to since March 08 when last I tapped these tiny keys?

Changing jobs, twice; writing PR articles for the IPEd (Institute of Professional Editors) conference next October (2 of 4 articles here: http://www.editors-sa.org.au/?q=node/67); travelling to Perth for merger related work; discovering new winter recipes to warm the house (braised pork chops with grated apple, leeks and apple juice); going to the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market; reading books (The Book Thief, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, A New Earth, 13 ways of looking at the novel, The Inheritance of Loss, Dirt Music and more I can’t recall); loading photos on my Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lou_roo/); watching my cats grow; going to the gym; working at a day job 40+ hours a week; following the election in the USA.

So what does this mean for my blogging future?  Ah, that is to be seen.  But now I have a publicity article to write…

I have yet to meet a legume that I don’t like

Tonight we ate outside and had the first broad bean salad of the season. When Roo made it for me the first time, last summer, he used sweet cherry tomatoes from our very own garden! It was one of those mouth moments where you just want more.

Tonight the tomatoes were from the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmer’s Market. A a touch of Spanish onion and basil. Salt and pepper. Bloody fantastic. Roll on summer.

I like a really fresh vegetable

That’s why today I went to the Farmer’s Market. Apricot growers have reappeared. Woo Hoo — I love apricot season. On the way home I stopped to see my friend Bronny and shared some apricots with her.
And the capsicum and rocket look mighty yummy too.

The last of the cold weather is with us so I will make a pot of chili con carne tonight and use some of the lovely capsicums I bought today.

Thank you clouds for the rain in the last few weeks. Our little seedlings are smiling out there and the rainwater tanks are full.

We have many things to be happy about!