Jun 12, 2017

Life This Week 12/6/2017: Public Holidays.

Public Holiday Mondays are my favourite kind of Mondays.  I revel in their energy or lack of it.  It's probably a very different story to that of the holiday destinations of our state but in the city and surrounding suburbs, quietness and stillness are the order of the day.  The streets are strangely empty of cars and trucks, there's less hustle on the footpaths.  

Everyone's out in their long weekend Monday best (active wear, whatever your preschooler pulls together and insists on wearing out of the house.....) and your 7am coffee is under no pressure to be gulped down stat from a takeaway cup.  I think it should be law that all coffee purchased over the long weekend should only be dispensed in proper cups and saucers.

It's been a soggy here in Sydney but that has failed to dampen my Public Holiday Monday enthusiasm.  If anything, the relentless rain and grey lit days have made easing into the third day of the weekend even easier. 

Preschooler SSG and I have been stepping out in our wellies in search of puddles.

And we've slowed down to a public holiday pace as we walk.  All the better for appreciating the little things around us that get lost in our usual rush.  This is one of my favourite street corners in Waverley.  I love how the jewel like colours and tones of both the terrace and its garden change with the seasons.

My new soup mug does not lie.  Happiness really is a big mug of soup.  With lots of buttered toast for emphasis.  It's the perfect public holiday lunch.

My annual soup making frenzy has begun with a batch of pea and ham soup.  There was a run on bacon hocks at the supermarket and I was about to make do with pork bones and a bit of smoked ham but thanks to the legendary efforts of the deli counter staff, a hidden stash of hocks was discovered out the back and I was personally given one.  Love your work, Woolworths.

I have noble intentions of losing myself in a book or two today.  My days of nonchalantly reading my Kindle over a solo meal are long gone so I think I might aim to do my reading under my doona later.

Possibly while living on the edge and sipping a mug of instant coffee at the outrageous hour of mid afternoon!!  The havoc that will play on my sleep wake cycle.

Unfortunately, like all good things, public holidays must come to an end.  I like to ease the pain with a homemade potato wedge based dinner.

What do your public holidays Mondays look like?


  1. I'm planning a day trip with the family, possibly to the Dandenongs. I am halfway through Her Every Fear, and hoping to finish it in a day or two as I have a lot of books waiting to be read! :)

  2. I'm hoping to get to VIVID tonight as my Friday night plans were thwarted with the weather...not sure what we are up to, maybe WanderWoman (as it's been too rough for the whales - even though there are 20-30 in Sydney at the moment, all breaching all over the place!!) My family don't like to do anything, I've decided...

  3. I slept in until 7.30 today. 7.30!!!! That's a 2.5 hour sleep in. Unheard of. Gotta love a long weekend Monday. xo

  4. Happy long weekend Monday! We had ours a couple of weeks ago so we went to LA. I'm wearing active wear for grocery and laundry purposes today (for the first time ever) it's amazing! I'm going to do it more often.

  5. Yes, it is a different story on the South Coast. We have a big wine festival on this weekend and the wineries are packed with people, parking for miles and miles around them.. :)

    Wine is not a thing I am into but they do have a lot of lovely food to go with it, so maybe next year which will be the 15th year of the festival, maybe I will brave the crowds and check out the food. :)

  6. Oh yum those potato wedges look delish. We aren't having our Queen's Birthday long weekend until October in Queensland. We used to have all the public holidays in the first half of the year and then nothing so they changed it from May until October. Hope you had a great long weekend.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  7. Your pics were just lovely. It was nice to see the sun today and I sat outside to meditate. I didn't mind the quiet of a wet weekend though as it gave me some respite from 'thinking' about what's ahead. I have done two lots of soup cooking in bulk for my return home after hospital where I have to have soft foods/liquids for quite some time. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 24/52. Next week: First Concert.

  8. Most of my public holiday was spent in at work catching up. But, I did get to spend some time with my Mum. Now I'm back home getting ready to do some more work. I did get to go to a winery for a superb lunch yesterday though, which was delightful!!

  9. For so many years I worked on casual contracts so public holidays were just a loss of income to me. Now I have a regular job and get paid for them I'm still a bit lost as to what to do with them haha


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