Stuff I’ve been doing – November 2016

Every month I put together a quick blog post of things I’ve been enjoying in the hope that others might enjoy them to, or throw some suggestions my way. Here’s what I’ve been up to throughout November.

Stuff I’ve been listening to

Pete Brown’s recent book on the humble apple, The Apple Orchard, was book of the week on Radio 4. In an abridged four part series, Pete Brown reads from the book.

It’s interesting, particularly if you have a love of good produce, agriculture or an interest in where our food and drink comes from. Each episode is about 15 minutes long so it’s really worth listening.

I’ve got into MDWAP. Although I have to be careful where I listen to it as a splarf and snort in a very undignified way. It’s hilarious.

I picked up the early recordings and alternative versions release of James Vincent McMorrow’s We Move. It was a Record Store Day Black Friday release.

Stuff I’ve been doing

I’ve been trying to run more after Sydney Craft Beer Week but my legs are exhausted. I need to rest but also feel the pressure to keep up with my regime.

I’ve been planning my holiday more, looking at breweries I want to visit in the US, NBA games, and onsen around Tokyo. I bought a few things including a travel charger and battery for my camera and notebooks from Muji. I’ve also ordered an additional lens for my camera.

I checked out the Tramsheds in Sydney which has some excellent food. It’s a beautiful little place and worth visiting. Other places I’ve visited include the Handpicked Wines cellar door which opened up very close to me. They’re a wine label sourcing grapes from around the world to produce their own stuff. I did a tasting of six wines, had a look around their space and bought a couple of bottles.

Similarly Bucket Boys is a new bottle shop and Creek & Cella is an awesome café/deli/bar from the owners of my favourite beer bar. I had some beautiful beer, wine and awesome food.

I had a stroll around Glebe Street Fair and took some photos. I also took in some cask ales at Flat Rock Brew Cafe.

I’ve been taking quite a lot of photos but need to process them. I’ve been getting more familiar with Lightroom.

The Jacaranda trees are incredible at this time of year so I went out a took some photos of them.

I cooked up a quick and dirty quiche which I was quite pleased with. Frozen filo pastry because I’m lazy, smoked salmon, spring onion and asparagus. It was delicious.

Quick afternoon quiche. Filo pastry, salmon, spring onion and asparagus.

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Stuff I’ve been watching

Finally caught up with Black Mirror and of course I’ve been watching Planet Earth 2.

Stuff I’ve been reading

I started reading Bull Fighting by Roddy Doyle. It’s not his best to be honest.

I also bought Pete Brown’s A Man Walks Into The Pub, and Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I haven’t read all of these yet but I’m excited to start them. I also got Murakami’s After Dark which I then realised I’d read quite recently.

That’s pretty much it. I just can’t wait until Christmas and my holiday now. I’m not sure what December’s post will look like or whether I’ll just post some holiday photos and highlights in January.

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Photos: Sony a6000 trial run

I recently bough a Sony a6000 mirrorless camera. It’s a nice little thing. At the moment I’m just using the 16-55mm kit lens but I’m on the look out for new lenses.

I’ve been taking it for a spin out and about around Sydney and during Sydney Craft Beer Week. Most of these photos have been posted on my beer site, sydneybeer.com.au, or on my Instagram account but I thought I’d publish them here too.

So here  are some recent snaps.

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