Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Books I read in 2020 - Part 1 (January - March)

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris -Sincerely Loree

Earlier this year, I wrote about my year in books (2019) which came about because I joined Goodreads last year and found the perfect platform to indulge my passion for books and reading. At the start of 2020 I pledged to read 25 books and I have to say that I am progressing very nicely with my challenge. During the first 3 months of 2020 I read 9 books. These were:

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Happy birthday Roma

According to legend, today is Rome's birthday. Purportedly, the city was founded on this day in 753 BC by twin brothers Romulus and Remus, sons of Mars, the god of war, and a Vestal Virgin that he seduced. But some say that Rome is even older than that. That it was to the banks of the Tiber that Aeneas and some other Trojans fled and founded a city after the Greeks destroyed destroyed Troy. Who knows what the truth is? It's not important when and by whom Rome was founded. What is important, is that someone did and that it exists to this day.

I had not planted on doing another post related to 'virtual travel' but I could not pass up this opportunity to dig through my archives for some of  my favourite photos of Rome. Because any excuse is a good excuse to share some images of the Eternal City.

Oh Rome!
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love your history, your empire, your fountains, your churches, your works of art, your architecture, your food, your colours, your markets, your piazzas, your monuments, your gelato, your quirkiness, your colossal ego, your saints, your Caesars, your vibe, your heartbeat, your deaths, your rebirths, your everything.

Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy - Sincerely Loree

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Armchair travel - Part 2

Since we're all still stuck at home, I am doing another virtual travel post with 10 photos of beautiful places to feast your eyes on. And while you're reading, you can start to dream about and plan your next trip. We won't be locked down forever, I am sure of that.

August 2013
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

It is hard to capture the essence of Yellowstone in just one photo because the landscape is so diverse. It changes continuously and no scene is like the next. I loved its wild beauty and all the amazing natural wonders like geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, canyons and forests. The roaming wildlife was an added bonus. Unfortunately, we did not get to see any bears.
Yellowstone National Park, USA - Sincerely  Loree

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Life lately: social distancing, boredom and hope

So, here we still are. This is my third week of social distancing. I think. For my sanity and that of those around me, I'm not counting. Some things are best left unknown. My daily routine hasn't changed that much. Before social distancing started I would get up, get dressed, have breakfast and drive to work. In the evening, I would drive back home, cook, clean the  kitchen and do whatever I felt like doing. Now I do exactly the same -  minus the driving. And I can work in my 'home clothes'. So the routine hasn't changed but other, little things, have. 
Chadwick Lakes, Malta - Sincerely Loree

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Kitchen Tales: Mediterranean-style roasted chicken

I suppose the question on everyone's lips during this worldwide pandemic is, how are you holding up? In reality, not much is being asked of us. We have to stay home to stay safe. But I can understand how difficult that might me for some people. Even for me - and I notoriously love to stay at home. It is usually not much of a sacrifice for me. But these days it seems as if all that has changed. I miss running my errands, peeking into shops, visiting my parents and, I can't believe I'm saying this, going to work. In the end, it all boils down to the fact that we all miss the liberties we took for granted. The worst thing is that none of us are certain when we will regain them. Uncertainty can cause anxiety and I am sure, that at one point or other, it will visit all of us.

As I've said in my previous post, I am able to work from home, so my kitchen routine has not changed all that much. I am not cooking more meals like some of you are, just the daily evening meal. During the day we eat leftovers or a quick sandwich. But, I try to make the evening meal special - even if it's just an easy recipe. And it doesn't get more easy than this Mediterraean-style Roasted Chicken recipe that I am sharing with you today. This is one of the first meals I ever cooked when my husband and I were married. The recipe came from a magazine, a Woman's Own or Woman's Weekly, back in the mid-90s (which seems like two lifetimes ago). I had thrown out the magazine but kept the recipe because I realised how easy it is to make - and I love easy recipes that don't take too much time to prepare after a day at the office (or the home office now).

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