A Perfumed Garden
Winter hung around longer than normal this year, but now the garden is making up for the dull days. The port wine magnolia is in flower, as are the stocks, and the lemon blossom is out. Heady days!
I was sitting in the sun the other day, enjoying the garden, when we had a visitor. This pink and grey galah was quietly talking to himself on our neighbour’s TV antenna.
With the weather warming up, I’m trying out some new salads. I’ve fallen in love with barley, which I’ve only previously used in soups. I cook it, then rinse the grains in cold water, drain and put in a bowl with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pop it in the fridge and I have the quick and easy base for a salad. I just add as many scoops of the cooked barley as I want to a bowl, and then, whatever I feel like. The barley is really neutral (bland), so it can carry some strong flavours. However, it’s equally as good if you keep things simple. For instance, an avocado, a ripe tomato and shredded ham is yum!
Plus, barley is good for you!
I was watching Grand Designs the other week and saw Flint House. I fell in love. The pictures aren’t quite as good as the TV show’s walk through the house (featured in this episode), but they show you some of the beautiful design. I wouldn’t want to live away from Australia for long, but a year in Flint House would be amazing. Dreaming!
Alchemy Shift released last week
I hope you’re enjoying my latest paranormal romance, Alchemy Shift. It’s 99c for a short time, so if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, don’t miss out!