Musings, and road trip #1


As our northern hemisphere friends forage for spring-related things, we antipodeans are (reluctantly? raucously? slumberingly?) settling into nesting mode. Time to ditch the strappy dresses and sandals, hello to soft, faded jeans, softer wool jumpers and snuggly boots. Although we still get days of sunshine, there is a hint of chill in the air to remind us that, Toto, we’re not in summer anymore.


With this season of change comes ideas, potentials and impossibilities. Work has been throwing up complicated, fascinating questions: we have long talks about could, should, would; bits of how-do-we and bobs of what-if. I distracted myself with thoughts about different jobs, new pastures, talking to people about what is ‘out there’. (The answer? Things, stuff, stories, bluff. Some luck, a dose of passion and a pinch of swagger.)

In between such seriousness, friends and I have laksa runs, ramen-in-a-cup, strange salads and trashy pies. We have wild talks about the meaning of life, gawk at literary meals, and joke about travelling with a llama (my second favourite quadruped) to some faraway corner where – Wallace and Gromit-esque – we eat cheese til the cows (or llamas) come home.

Then there’s baking and cooking. Quince, figs, persimmons. A strangely addictive bird seed bread, and Liz’s tofu marinara.

bird-seed-bread-2-05-tileAnd. And. There’s our Easter road trip. Hereย is the first batch of photos, all about the crisp mornings, brilliant sunshine, brooding sunsets, plus one rather gorgeous peacock. More coming soon.

Iโ€™m taking this rather random diary / memo / scribble to Angieโ€™s Fiesta Friday #15, because every party needs a guest who talks nonstop about their recent holiday, and insists on showing you 2000 photos of the same flock of penguins.


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33 thoughts on “Musings, and road trip #1

  1. […] Saucy […]

  2. simplyvegetarian777 10 May 2014 at 6:01 am Reply

    I am glad that you brought your beautiful pictures to the party.what a breath of fresh air :).
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. petra08 10 May 2014 at 6:02 am Reply

    Beautiful pictures and what a lovely post ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nancy 10 May 2014 at 6:06 am Reply

    Lovely photos, Saucy! They are a welcomed break from all of the food at the party. A girl can only eat so much after all! You’re such a fabulous writer…you always leave me wanting more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Liz 10 May 2014 at 6:28 am Reply

    Thanks for the link–you rocked that marinara! lol, you rocked the entire post just as you always do ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the virtual road trip and also your musings. We will pass each other in the season switch, then, as we finally head into our summer after a punishing winter. Hope yours is milder.

  6. Aditi 10 May 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

    Such beautiful pictures, Saucy!

  7. FireBonnet 10 May 2014 at 7:11 am Reply

    You a marvelous writer (talker) and the party wouldn’t be complete without the travelogue guest. How do you do, I’m new to the party and I wasn’t bored a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Ngan R. 10 May 2014 at 7:39 am Reply

    Love these pictures, Saucy, and your meandering musings. I hope you had a great holiday (it sure looks like you did),

  9. tinywhitecottage 10 May 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

    I’m crackin’ up! I love those folks at a party who keep talking about their travels and bring out their phone full of photographs. Your photographs really are gorgeous and what a beautiful country. Don’t you love Wallace and Gromit, especially their Grand Day Out. I like to think the moon is made of cheese…

  10. tableofcolors 10 May 2014 at 3:08 pm Reply

    Beautiful photos and post!

  11. Gather and Graze 10 May 2014 at 5:27 pm Reply

    Great post SG! I’d be more than happy to sit and look at your 2000 beautiful photos and hear about your travels. Hope that all your discussions and pondering of life, work, travels etc. has been productive and that you’re starting to get an idea of what (and where to) next. Such an amazing world out there to be explored!

  12. Experienced Tutors 10 May 2014 at 6:45 pm Reply

    As usual – lovely post with some nifty images. Here in England summer is being hinted out. The sun keeps bobbing in and out but the temperature remains low(ish). Our caravan gets its first outing on Tuesday as we meander to the Welsh coast. Wales can’t promise us balmy days and evenings (or even dry ones!) but it can give us peace and quiet. Our blue merle collie will experience the sea for the first time. As you noted, those on the top half of the world go into summer while you on the bottom half go into winter – isn’t that weird. . . ๐Ÿ™‚ Our geography teacher tried to explain that to me decades ago and still I struggle. . .

  13. Jhuls 10 May 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

    I love listening to stories regarding people’s musings/holidays/road trips. Or you know what? I love listening to any story! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can see that you had fun during these times. The foods look good, too!

    Thanks for sharing these happy moments of yours, Saucy! We would love to hear more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hope you’re having fun at FF15. โค

  14. Selma's Table 10 May 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Hi Saucy! Trying to fill these very large boots you have left from last weekโ€ฆthanks for the break from the food – beautiful photos and prose to feast our eyes and mind on! Thanks for coming – now I have to go over and get Jhuls to turn the music up!!

  15. lapetitepaniere 10 May 2014 at 10:32 pm Reply

    Thank you Saucy for sharing your beautiful photos ๐Ÿ™‚ My dream to be in the middle of this gorgeous landscape!

  16. deliciouslynell 11 May 2014 at 12:43 am Reply

    Stunning photos! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. milkandbun 11 May 2014 at 5:50 am Reply

    Beautiful photos of nature, Saucy!

  18. apuginthekitchen 11 May 2014 at 7:52 am Reply

    Great post, really enjoyed it and the photo’s are gorgeous!!

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 11 May 2014 at 11:03 am Reply

    Yes it’s a great time for a road trip! We just went to the South Coast and had a wonderful time. Your trip looks beautiful! There’s definitely something lovely about Autumn ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. sherry from sherryspickings 11 May 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

    lovely photos. i do love autumn- it is the best time of year. well- apart from spring!

  21. lemongrovecakediaries 11 May 2014 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Great post Saucy – I always like seeing peoples travel photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. lovinghomemade 12 May 2014 at 6:10 am Reply

    Lovely photos – not a penguin in sight!

  23. spiceinthecity 12 May 2014 at 6:35 am Reply

    Lovely pictures Saucy ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Amanda 12 May 2014 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Wow, what gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.

  25. lapetitecasserole 12 May 2014 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Saucy you are really talented even with the camera, not only with food!!!

  26. 13 May 2014 at 8:45 am Reply

    Great photos – what is the bird high in the tree?

  27. Johnny / Kitschnflavours 14 May 2014 at 9:59 am Reply

    Where are the penguins? In the next post? Can’t wait!

    Bought amchur powder earlier today. So will hopefully be trying out your chana masala over the weekend. if I don’t OD on dried split fava beans before then. Oh so seriously good stuff!

  28. Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen 16 May 2014 at 2:35 pm Reply

    What lovely pictures!

  29. polianthus 17 May 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply

    what beautiful pictures and those birds – cockatoo? and the red one? lucky you to live in such an amazing place

  30. Von 21 May 2014 at 11:54 pm Reply

    Where’d you go for your roadtrip? I’m trying to plan a roadtrip with my friends but haven’t got a clue to go (since I’m looking at somewhere other than the coast coz that’s where we always go!)- your photos look so lovely that I want to go there too haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    • saucygander 29 May 2014 at 11:14 pm Reply

      Hi Von, sorry for the late reply – enforced absence from blog-world… We were all around the Snowy Mountains, driving from Albury/Wodonga side, through the Upper Murray region, to Khancoban, Thredbo, then down to Bega and the South Coast around there. You can definitely do it from the other direction if you are coming from the Coast. It was a few days of leisurely driving, with beautiful, ever-changing scenery. I would love to go back for another trip!!

      I hope this helps a bit, and if you do have a road trip, hope you have lots of fun! Let me know if you have more questions (and I won’t take as long to answer this time).

  31. Jody and Ken 26 May 2014 at 1:43 am Reply

    Lovely photos–you’ve got a great eye. And I already looked up that healthy seed bread and now I’m going to track down that tofu marina–a dish whose name would ordinarily put me off, but your excellent photo and description have convinced me otherwise. Ken

  32. Karen 28 May 2014 at 12:53 am Reply

    I always enjoy seeing where others have beenโ€ฆit makes me want to start planning a trip of my own.

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