Sunday, February 1, 2015

The return of Australia

Tomorrow marks the start of the new school year for Canberra kids. The holidays are well and truly over and even our TV and radio are returning to their regular scheduled programming.  

But apart from all that I just get the sense that after a few years of being in the collective wilderness we're just starting to get back to where we should be in Australia. It looks like the Abbot government is really on the nose with the punters, Queensland politics has had a massive about turn and installed a whole bunch of (mainly female) intelligent and well spoken centre left leaning party members in place of the bully boys who ran the LNP, AND Australians have finally discovered soccer, the most multicultural and cosmopolitan of all our football codes YAY!!

AND breaking news on Monday morning Peter Greste is on his way back to Australia too - how good is that!

And just to top it all off..figs are coming back in season! Most Sunday mornings Rob and I walk to our local farmer's market (the Southside Markets at the Woden CIT) and enjoy a freshly made coffee and our choice of the artisan baked goods on offer for breakfast. Then we pick up whatever looks good and make up some platters to share with Josh and Jody and the girls over Sunday night roast dinner. Platters always start with some Primo Sale handmade cheese with fresh crudites and end with the best fruit on offer with a side serve of Lindt chocolates (Joshy cooks the roast and all the trimmings).

Today's pickings were particularly wonderful I thought (yumm purple figs)

There are no mangoes at the Farmer's Market (they're strict about the within 100klm rule) but what an amazing time of the year to be able to eat the last mangoes of the season with the first figs of the season! (and luscious blood plums too).

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