As many of you probably know (if you follow me on Twitter) I am currently house sitting for my friend who is in America for the school holidays. She lives in the ‘dress circle’ of town, and I have been enjoying being ‘lady of the manor’.
One of the upsides of staying here is the location, the dairy is a mere 2 minute walk, town is an easy 1.5km stroll, Hartleigh’s school is less than ten minutes walk away, as is the park. On the downside, the neighbours are close! Close enough that you do feel like they can hear your conversations when you’re camped out on the deck, soaking up the incredible sun, and enjoying a beverage or three from the local beer producer! Seriously if you have not tried Mike’s Strawberry Blonde you are missing out. It’s so delicious, and perfect for the weather!
The weather has created this whole blog to be honest. This morning it was a nice day, not rainy, not overcast, just nice – so I thought I would use the last of my Green Meadows Beef mince to make some meatballs. Subsequently the weather has gotten better and better, to the point where it’s ‘almost’ too hot to sit on the deck (actually it is too hot right now but bloody hell I’m not giving up one minute of this sun because I know winter is going to be biting way too soon) so there in lies the dilemma, meatballs for dinner OR be totally Kiwi and have a BBQ!
I actually don’t have a BBQ at my house, the one I did used to own was disposed of when the house was sold. I do covet the Webers, and when I have the $$ I will buy one, so the opportunity to use the BBQ here raised it’s head and I thought I should check it out to make sure I can get it going etc before making a full commitment to a BBQ that might not happen. As it turns out it’s a breeze to get started and I’m sure that even ‘I’ can produce something remotely edible from this ‘gadget’. Which leads me to my Tweet:
There are few smells that evoke so many memories of great times than that of the BBQ #needtoblogthat
— Sonya Cole (@sonyacole) April 28, 2013
The mere whiff of food cooking on the BBQ just conjures up memories of all those things I hold dear. Summer sun, sandy feet, holiday’s at the beach, celebrations, and so many good times spent with friends and family.
I can’t wait to fire up the BBQ again, and cook my dinner – steak marinated in smoked paprika (of course)! Long may this beautiful weather last.
I hope you have all enjoyed your last Sunday in April!