Friday List And Taking Time

Friday List And Taking Time - Cook Republic

It feels like I haven’t shared a list of my favourites in years. In reality, it has only been six months. There are so many amazing things that inspire and stir me every single day and so I have decided to try and share a list every Friday instead of monthly or 6-monthly. A lot of important milestones have passed since I last did a catch-up here on the blog. We are nearing a year of being in our renovated home. It has been two years since I wrote Tasty Express and one year since it was released. Cook Republic quietly ambled past the ten year mark. We lost chickens, we brought more home. I became a certified graphic designer. I completed a basic Ceramics course and learned to hand-form and wheel-throw pots. I finally conducted the workshops I had always talked about. I loved doing them and have many more in the planning stages.

I am taking time this year on. Time to absorb more and do things at a slower pace. I am learning to not say “I am busy!” on most days. It is a long trek, but with discipline I know I will get to a place that will feel right. Every time I don’t take on a new project that would otherwise throw off the delicate balance of my work and personal life, it feels like a victory. When asked to write another book (twice) in the past 6 months, gently turning down the offer because the time is not right; feels like a victory. Not committing to yet another social media gathering, feels like a victory. Hanging around the family till everyone is sick of each other, feels like a victory. Going on a walkabout with just my camera and no one and nothing else to really obscure everyday places like parks and playgrounds and quiet streets, feels like a victory. The subtle sadness of abandoning a blog after it assists you in your success is something I am not willing to partake in. And so you must have noticed the steady increase in my appearance here, my constant soul-feeding playground. This seeking and squirrelling away time has resulted in daily breakfasts (often slow simmered in a pot in the morning light), weekends away from work, shared breakfast tables on Sunday, dates with couches, blankets and silly movies, walks, bike rides, cooking three new recipes every week, listening, sitting, staring, healing a mind that burned out over the past couple of years. I have read six books this year and am about to head for my inaugural book club night with my girlfriends tonight. Taking time. Feels right.

And so in the spirit of taking time ..

Pip, a thought provoking magazine I discovered on permaculture.

Speaking of Pip, a slowly unraveling writeup about why slowing down is the new speeding up.

Do you live with less? I am trying to undo a lot that has been done ..

All you wanted to know about sprouting or drying your herbs or cooking artichokes or making those darned good crispy sweet potato fries.

An old post, but I keep going back to it.

This Foraging for mushrooms looks absolutely amazing and is top of my bucket list.

A blog that draws me in, every single time.

Autumn trysts and tunes for a moody gathering. Enjoying this blog and the visuals immensely. And this one.

Have you tried your hand at grown up colouring books yet?

Making these tarts this weekend, baking this porridge, cooking this chestnut flour ravioli and still reading this book.

A mother’s year long photo documentation of her daughter and son.

How to be more creative?

Happy baking, reading, sitting, staring … xx


lead image – the new chicken pen we have built for our 6 ladies with room to move and chairs to perch on.

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