Welcome to Day One of my holiday home alone. I'm so full of plans and anticipation!
The skiers managed to get away at 10.00 this morning. Right on time. (You can tell which of us is the more OCD.) The smaller person was beside herself with excitement. The bigger one was pretending to be controlled and sensible and grown-up, but you didn't have to be very clever at body language to realise that he was pretty happy as well.
After they left I had to make the first big decision of my holiday alone: Should I stay or should I go (in the immortal words of The Clash)? I decided to go.
So now I'm in Melbourne in front of the telly. I'm watching Poh cooking whole fried snapper with preserved lemon salsa with Neil Perry whilst munching on the absolutely delicious dinner you see in the pic (taken with my phone, sorry) above. To me, a meal like that is as good as it gets - deliciously ripe French Brie, a pear paste, olives and crackers with a glass of champagne. Sublime! My Beloved would need a steak. Personally, I think that would mean that I couldn't fit in enough cheese. Hachez Cocoa d'Arriba chocolate and a short black for afters. Surely that covers all essential food groups?!
Day one included, of course, a visit to my first second hand book store for the holiday, Woodend Bookshop, where my haul included nice copies of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin and its sequel, More about Rebecca, along with an absolutely delightful book, Spare Time by Herbert McKay. I'll tell you about the latter, later, but let me tell you, it is a wonderful book. Woodend is also home to the lovely indie bookstore, New Leaves, where I grabbed a copy of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief to read this week. This book seems to be found on the Young Adult shelves, but it doesn't look very young to me. I'll let you know my thoughts later in the week.
Also on the bedside table this week is a book I've been planning on reading for quite some time - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. It's a crime novel set in Tokyo, and I was basically sucked into purchasing it when the publisher released the first chapter online. Since the death happens right in the last line of that chapter and you know 'who done it', I couldn't leave the mystery of how they get away with it (or not) unknown now, could I? I wonder if you're stronger than I am?
My very vaguely nebulous plans for this delicious week include lots of sleep, lots of reading, lots of yummy food, some wonderful videos including Departures, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Van Diemen's Land and the controversial Walkabout. I plan to visit as many second hand bookshops as I can fit in, and a few new book stores as well...that is shops of new books, not new shops.
Finally, I plan to blog. I'm feeling really out of touch with you all. Did you know that it is a year since my dear Dad died? I don't seem to have had much time to talk to you in all that time. Add to that the flood and its aftermath and then the last 14 weeks of full time admin work, and my poor peaceful blog has been really neglected. So has my blog visiting. Sorry.
I am so appreciative of those of you who continue to drop by. I even have some lovely new followers, which is very gratifying, and I thank you for your support. What I am sad about though is that I no longer have the wonderful chat in the comments that used to characterise A Peaceful Day as something special. I so miss my community of gorgeous girlfriends - where are you all?
Anyhow, this week I plan to go some way towards rectifying this. I hope to chat to you about my schedule for this coming term, as well discuss the things that went well and those that went not so well in the last one. I want to talk to you about parlour games and vicarious sin. Only not in the same post. I would like to update you on the floods as well, only I don't quite know what to say there - nothing is happening really. I want to show you my new knitting project. Mostly I want to reconnect with you all.
Perhaps you could help me with this. If you are new here or if you just lurk, I'd love to know who you are and a little about you and your family. If you blog, send me your link so that I can come visit, will you? If you're one of my dear old pals, do write and say 'hi'. I miss your chatter so much!! Finally, perhaps you can let me know what you would like me to write about this week. Do you have any burning questions about flood recovery or Ambleside Online or MEP or Australia that you think I could answer? Is there anything you'd like to correct me on, or something you think I should know by now?
Sadly, I don't look like being able to stop work for a while yet. I am training a new girl though, so we'll wait patiently and see what transpires.
In the mean time I'm going to enjoy every single minute of this holiday. Day one home alone has gone swimmingly. I'll let you know how tomorrow turns out when it's done.
Are you jealous? What would you be doing if you were me? Do tell.