Rainy day pleasures.

Well folks, it’s still raining. It hasn’t really stopped since I last wrote, although it slowed down enough for the river to come down, the roads to become passable, the kids to go back to school and the electricity, phone and internet to come back on. Steady on though – the rain’s come back in with renewed determination this weekend, and it’s flooding again. Sigh.

If there is one thing that I have learned though, it is that it is completely and utterly pointless to resist and complain about what is happening. It’s raining, and there is nothing I can do about it! The only thing I can control is how I feel about it :).

So, what to do when it does nothing but rain?

  • Bake. Today I made apple crumble – do you want a recipe? Oh alright then 🙂

4-5 large apples, peeled and sliced and put straight into an oven-proof dish. Squeeze half a lemon over the top and sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of sugar; mix well. To make the crumble mix mix 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of rolled oats, 3/4 cup of desiccated coconut and 75g of softened butter. Combine with fingertips until crumbly and scatter over the apple. Pop your delicious crumble into the oven and bake at 180°C for 30-40 minutes, or until the crumble is golden and apple is soft. We like our crumble with plain yogurt, but vanilla ice cream is also exceptionally yummy. I even told the kids they could have it for breakfast and they were thrilled at the idea of having dessert in the morning!

paleo apple crumble
Apple Crumble (Photo credit: Amber Karnes)
  • Do yoga. I haven’t done yoga for nearly a week because I had some mystery illness that made all my joints stiff and swollen. I felt almost back to normal today and I wanted to try out this great yoga sequence that a friend had sent me for neck, shoulders and upper back. Bliss, I tell you, bliss! Bliss to be doing yoga again, and bliss the amount of space and movement I had in my upper body after this sequence. Thanks Michelle!
  •  Summer came early, sauteed, baked and fried us and has disappeared early in a trail of puddles. It is technically Autumn – we are in March – but summer usually takes its sweet time in leaving. Not this year. I took the opportunity to wear lots of clothes – black tights, maroon long sleeved shirt and a purple short sleeved knitted cowl neck top over it all that another friend had bought for me a couple of days ago. Thanks Jules! Don’t I have good friends?
  • Listen to music. Oh, I know this is an any day, everyday pleasure, but today was extra special, don’t ask me why. Yesterday I poked my head into my children’s classroom to find them singing John Lennon’s  ‘Imagine’. That was a moment, I can tell you. Not only is it one of my all time favourite songs, it was radical 40 years ago and it’s still enough to cause a revolution today. And the children at our school are learning it. Lucky? Are we lucky? You bet we are.  Today, this song by Jose Gonzalez took me places too: 
  • A little space: physically and metaphorically. Both the children were scooped up unexpectedly on separate play dates this morning – the Fairy Queen was invited over to do a little painting and have some morning tea with the twins up the road, and the Soccer star went up to his Godfather’s house to have a play on the farm. Space on a rainy day?  Yep :). Add to this my little cottage where I spent a good part of the day today and you have a recipe to kill off cabin fever.
  • Watch a movie. Yesterday I had a few hours to myself so I decided to spend some of them doing something I hardly ever do: watch a movie only I would like. So I downloaded The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and spent an intensely pleasurable 2 hours in India with seven old people who have taken a risk with their lives to find some joy. The Bear snorted in derision when he saw what I was watching – yeah, that’s just about your age group – but I don’t care, I’m not ageist, and  I felt good after that movie. I will tell you a secret – I only like feel good movies. For me, movies are a purely escapist pleasure, and I don’t count suffering (mine or anybody else’s) as a pleasure. Also, I love Judi Dench and she has inspired me to cut my hair short in a pixie cut again. I love changing my hair style :).
  • Be inspired by beautiful art and words:

Learn to forgive people and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time. ♥

This is so beautiful - i wish i knew whose work this was so I could credit them. Do you know?

Dancing The Lifes Web Star Gifter Does by Stephen Lucas

 What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?


  1. Gorgeous picture; love apple crisp (throw some frozen blueberries in there for extra yumminess); and so glad to hear that the rain is abating a bit. You need an ark! I can see it all, when I read your posts Sara. Thanks for sharing it all.


    • ooohh berries would be delicious! I had to throw out a big frozen packet of mixed berries when my fridge died after the big power outage last weekend 😦 or they would have been in there for sure. Too right we need a damn ark 🙂


    • So does my daughter :). There’s a beautiful saying that goes something like : In the rain, there are two kinds of people – the ones that feel the rain, and the ones who just get wet. Sadly, I am the latter, although I would like to be the former 🙂


  2. Sara, your rainy day sounded heavenly and that apple crumble sounds delicious! Do you do your own yoga routine or do you have a favorite yoga DVD or instructor? Imagine is one of my all time favorite songs and I LOVE the movie you watched so much I bought it so we could watch again. My favorite rainy day thing is lighting a fire, popping popcorn and watching movies all day with hubby and the pups.


    • Hullo Brigitte :). I have a little plastic folder where I store all the yoga sequences that I do – If i find one that I like, I ‘write’ it down using stick figures to illustrate the poses. Sometimes i don’t need a structure, I just flow with whatever, but other times I need a recipe. Like my cooking, I need lots of variety, so i have about 20 different sequences for all different things – hot weather, sore neck and shoulders, sore lower back, when i’m feeling tired etc. i’m so glad you like that movie too – I just loved it, and could easily watch it again 🙂 Your rainy day pleasure sounds wonderful.


  3. looks like u have some followers on your blog…informative & a sneaky peak into your world…i enjoyed reading it…kinda voyeuristic of me i thought….kind thoughts to you & your family x nelli


  4. I’m so glad you mentioned The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel because I also really enjoyed that movie, which I think is quite underrated as far as good movies go. 🙂 My favorite thing to do on a rainy day is to just stay in, listen to some good music, indulge in something sweet, and watch the rain from my window.


    • And I am so glad you liked it too 🙂 In a nutshell, those are my favourite things to do as well – but as you know, us bloggers – well we crap on a bit 😉


  5. I listened to your music clip as I read the post; I love when you do that! Makes me feel like I’m visiting at “your place”. 😉 Apple crumble looks yummy, very auturmn, very comforting on a rainy day. I’m going to look up the movie next! 🙂


    • Hi Rufina – I’m glad you listen to my music :). I miss chatting to you every day now that I only blog weekly (or fortnightly). So lovely to hear from you as always – and you won’t be sorry when you watch the movie, it is lovely 🙂


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