Monday, April 01, 2024

This week...

I'm reading

Last week I mentioned that I had started reading The Chocolate Factory by Mary-Lou Stephens. I didn't make a huge amount of progress as I realised that I have some books that I have to read pretty quickly so I had to put it aside.

I therefore ended up starting Widows on the Wine Path by Julie Jarman which is a book that I need to review later this week.

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival was announced last week. I ended up getting tickets to see Toshikazu Kawaguchi talk about his series that starts with Before the Coffee Gets Cold. I have listened to the first three books on audio so once I bought tickets to see him it seemed like a good idea to make sure that I had at least listened to the fourth book, Before We Say Goodbye. I therefore started listening to this after I finished my last book.

I'm watching

We didn't watch too much in the last week, but we did sit and watch John Farnham: Finding the Voice. It was a really interesting story about a man who rode the ups and downs of fame. It's hard to believe there was a time when he wasn't a national treasure, but there was 


We went away for the Easter long weekend to visit some friends who live in a town called Yarrawonga which is about 3 hours away from our house. It is located right on the edge of the Murray River. 

I like to take my time and see what we can see when we are on our way somewhere. Along the way this time we stopped in a town called Shepparton which has a number of painted cows in a park. There are apparently around 90 in the region, but I contented myself with just looking at these ones. Here are just a couple.

On Friday night, the local yacht club was having a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital, so we sat on the banks of the river, had a few drinks, listened to music and watched the sun go down. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

On Saturday we went to a nearby town called Rutherglen for lunch at a nice winery, some wine tasting and more, and then Sunday we went to a couple of local markets and then spent time in the pool!

I did just have a blogging disaster over the weekend. I was about 45 minutes away from home when I realised that I hadn't even thought about taking my laptop with me. I had been so tired on Thursday night that I didn't just finish off my Saturday post so  I thought I would just use the Blogger app to just do the last bit. That was a mistake. That removed all the photos and added in about 50 paragraph lines for each time I wanted a break. Oh well, my plan is to repost the post in a couple of weeks time!

Posts from the last week

Top Ten Tuesday: Book to Screen
Weekend Cooking: Figolli

I've linked this post to It's Monday, what are you reading? as hosted by Book Date


  1. Sounds like a lovely weekend!
    We have a few painted cows around town, it’s part of an educational partnership between the dairy industry and primary schools called Picasso Cows.

    Wishing you a happy reading week

  2. Sounds like a nice trip. I love the photos. Your books sound good too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. OMG! I love the painted cows. That brown one is so cute. Sounds like you had a nice trip.