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Happy New Year to you!

No time for lazing around lately, but I've been doing the things I love.  Working on a big summer project, styling delicious food for a cookbook with some of my favourite people.  In the evenings, we've been scoffing peaches, spitting cherry pips and roasting plums in the oven.  There's been picnics in paddocks and trips to the farm in rattly old Percy.  Tents are pitched in the back yard and the house is full of props.





I can't help but hope that there is more of this to come in the year.  Working with good friends, arranging pretty things with tasty things to eat.

I finished my own book just before Christmas - it's gone to the printers.  Hooray!  It will be out around May.  It's called A Table in the Orchard.  I still can't believe it.  But here is the proof.

Next week we set sail for Bruny Island for a camping trip with friends. I can't wait. Then the proper summer holidays can start.  Family, dogs and good friends, eating delicious food by the beach with quite a bit of lazing around.  More of the things I love.

How has your summer been so far?





 





26 comments:

  1. There is a lot to love there Michelle, thats for sure! Our summer...well its been a bit traumatic all round, but things are looking up now. Less hospitals and more beaching, thats what we have planned. With a fair bit of summer fruit thrown in. x

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  2. Camping, the greay outdoors, a book release to come. Sounds like heaven. Enjoy.

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  3. I'm really excited about your book Michelle! Are you excited or nervous?

    This has been the best start to Summer since I've moved to Perth nearly 8 years ago. The days have been hot but not sweltering ( except today, it's 45 today), the nights cool. The husband has been home for nearly a month so we have been pottering around doing things that need doing, getting to know our chooks, swimming, going for walks. Nothing fancy or special but just nice times being together.

    Enjoy Bruny xx

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    1. Family time is the best isn't it? I'm glad to hear you're having a great summer. But I hope you're not melting over there!

      I feel very nervous about my book, but excited at the same time! xx

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  4. We are in full blown winter mode here just outside of NYC (hoping for snow this week) but for just an instant as I read through this post I was transported back to summer and reminded how it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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    1. I hope you get some snow! Yes summertime is totally magic. xx

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  5. May I come stay with you for awhile....that all sounds heavenly! Definitely sounds like the perfect summer. We're a big soggy here, it's rained for weeks ... it's put a little damper on my new years plans.

    A book? Oh, I can't wait to hear more about it! I just know it will be beautiful...congratulations! xo

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    1. Thank you Sarah! And yes come stay any time. I hope the rain stops soon.
      xx

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  6. Biggest congrats on getting your book finished! What a huge achievement. Enjoy your break. x

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Rachael! xx

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  7. Wow Michelle... I cant wait to get a copy of your book. Such an exciting time for you. I hope 2015 is amazing. x

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    1. Thank you so much Zara - I hope 2015 is amazing for you too!

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  8. I cannot wait to see you book Michelle. Happy summer days to you! x

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    1. Thank you Jane - Happy summer to you too! xx

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  9. The book looks fabulous... Cannot wait to read it!
    Enjoy your summer xx

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  10. AW man. I can't wait to read your book, all tucked up under a blanket with a big pot of tea (and some of your crumpets FOR SURE!) I miss Tassie so much when I see your photos, but in a good way, so THANKS FOR THAT! xxx

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    1. OH PIP! you say the nicest things xx

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  11. That's so exciting, I can't wait to read your book! Happy New Year to you and yours, I'm dreaming of summer with the help of your beautiful images, unfortunately Wales is living up to its reputation of rain, rain and more rain at the moment

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    1. Thank you Tors! That's so lovely of you to say. We're joining you in the rain stakes with the wettest summer on record!

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  12. Michelle I can't wait to read your beautiful book as well. So very exciting!!
    Hope you can squeeze in as much summer joy as possible into these last few weeks of school holidays.

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    1. Thanks so much Brydie! Hope your summer is going well too. xx

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  13. Your photos from around Tasmania are always beautiful. For a first time visitor (7-9 days) with a love of nature, photography, easy hiking, kayaking and of course good food - do you have any recommendations on whether to base in one area or move around and stay in several? Also any not to miss places?

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