belinda jeffery's news and events
This is the first time I have sat at my desk since before Christmas, and I must say that I’m still rather amazed that a new year has already started. We slipped very quietly and peacefully into 2016. The evening was spent with dear friends by their beautiful, waterlily-rimmed dam. The big old fig tree we sat beneath was hung with Japanese lanterns which glowed softly as the light faded; a fire burnt brightly to warm us as the night cooled, and two kookaburras kept us company with their chuckles and swooping flights. We ate delicious food, made gentle conversation and laughed a lot. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
And now it’s time for me to come back to earth – well, at least a little bit! I must admit that having had rather a lot of comings and goings these past few weeks, I’m not really geared up for this year quite yet, although I’m aware that in the background of my thoughts, plans are slowly but surely starting to take shape. It will be a year of teaching for me, and I’m really looking forward to that. I already have a number of classes and workshops in the pipeline, which I shall update here as they are confirmed over the coming weeks and months. One of the most exciting prospects for me is that I’m in the throes of arranging some local classes on a friend’s beautiful property in the hinterland of Byron Bay. We have talked about the possibility of doing this for quite some time, and 2016 is the year we are going to give it a go. They will be small group (maximum of 10) classes with lunch to follow – but more of that soon.
It’s also the year that I have a new book coming out – I can’t believe it will be my seventh book! At this stage it is cited for an early October release, which feels forever away, but I know it will come around far more quickly that I can imagine. And on that note, I shall finish up and get this rather tardy newsletter off and away. I hope that 2016 proves to be a really lovely year for you – healthy, kind and creative, with many moments of joy and peace. I greatly look forward to hearing from you as the year unfolds.
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Upcoming events and news
I’m really chuffed to be returning to the wonderful Agrarian Kitchen cooking school in Tasmania in April to teach two baking classes on Friday 1st and Saturday the 2nd of April. April 2016 (at this stage, I believe the classes are full, however there is a cancellation list). This brilliant cooking school has a holistic paddock-to-plate philosophy that informs everything they do. Their website is really lovely and I highly recommend a visit...I rather suspect that, like me, you will be hooked once you read it! www.theagrariankitchen.com
Tasting Australia will be held from the 1st – 8th of May in Adelaide, and I’m thrilled to bits to be taking part in some of the events. I’m not sure of the events and dates yet, but will keep you posted.
If you would like to watch me making Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tarts on The Morning Show, follow this link...http://au.tv.yahoo.com/video/watch/25322696/springtime-asparagus-tarts/
My favourite charity
Just A Drop - www.justadrop.org
My lovely sister-in-law, Fiona Jeffery, started this international water aid charity in 1998 when she learnt that less than $2 can deliver clean water to a child for up to 10 years. From this knowledge, and her passion and commitment, Just a Drop was born, based on the premise that if people can be encouraged to give a little then collectively we can make a huge difference. I’m so proud of all she has achieved over the years and encourage you to visit the site and see the fantastic work they do.
Favourite websites & blogs