January- The Catch Up Edition

It always feels like December is the time to tie ends together and frantically bring the full year to a close. Why I always feel hurried at the end of the year I’m not so sure, it’s not like I haven’t had 11 months to prepare for it.

December however, has come and gone, and now we sit firmly in January. January to me is all about the catch up bits, the pause, the catch your breath before the year inevitably tumbles forward at a cracking speed.

So that’s what this post is about, a few catch ups.

artist as family || cityhippyfarmgirl

First up, you may have heard of Artist As Family. If you have you might also know they’ve been on a three month bicycle peddled book tour for their last year released book, The Art of Free Travel. I was lucky enough to get to their talk at Florilegium in Glebe, Sydney where I had my book signed, my thoughts expanded (and also some most excellent coffee at Brewristas.)

Two pages into the book this is what I had written…

“I feel soft, I feel middle class comfortable, and ridiculously indulged. I’m questioning everything I have. Everything I want, and every thing I thought I needed.”

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?

urban goats || cityhippyfarmgirl

Now what else?…Goats. Yep goats.

If you ever thought your school would benefit from a couple of goats, well than I think you are onto a cracking idea. For this post I’m over at the honourable Milkwood talking about how you can convince your school to get a goat (or two!) like we did.

And while you are over at Milkwood, I’ve got a holiday bread recipe that you might like to tear a chunk out of, take for a picnic or freeze for later when the inevitable school lunch boxes return…and yes, they will come around again.

And that’s all for the moment people, catch ups are now caught up,Β and attention is now turned towards my very soggy backyard. 200mls in two days or something like that, rather wet on the toes any way.


How about you? Has it been raining? Do you have a post I should have read and anything you really should be catching up on?




9 thoughts on “January- The Catch Up Edition

  1. So many good things happening in your world Brydie. I love that friendly goat and that bread looks amazing. The school lunch boxes wont really return…will they? Very little rain here unfortunately. Happy days to you x


  2. It always amazes me how quickly the time can fly by. As usual yours is one of the first blogs I always come back to after a break. It always inspires me. Great words, yummy food and sensational photos.
    The bread making has been pretty non-existent here but after reading this post, I now have a sponge on the bench ready for tomorrow’s lunch.
    Take care. X


    • I love when people drop in out of the blue Ms BruiseMouse and you are certainly no exception, good to have you here πŸ™‚ Hope the baking goes well tomorrow…I hear teamed up with slappings of butter and jam are this seasons must haves. x


  3. I love Artist as Family! I haven’t yet read the book, but I have just recently devoured the whole blog during a few afternoon breastfeeding sessions.

    I’ve been car-free most of my adult life, but we’ve been borrowing a car since bub came along. It is almost time to give the car back and we HAD been contemplating purchasing the dear car I down in 15 years. But having read the AoF blog ‘cover to cover’ we were inspired to have another crack at car-free, this time with bub. An we’ve just bought a cargo bike!

    I’ll have to read the book, it would’ve been great to we them.


  4. I missed your first post, hit the summer berry tart first #yarm
    First day back at work for me today, feeling a little nostalgic for my holidays already, but SO excited for 2016, I have a hunch it is going to be really ace, rad and oh so awesome. πŸ™‚
    I’m going to read more this year, so will pick up a copy of the book for sure.
    Not a whole lot happening in my world yet, the usual…. eating. Haha!
    Anyways, great to ‘see’ you, I hope your 2016 is filled with all the wonderful.
    Hugs from a boiling hot Canberra. x


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