eat, complain, walk

July 25th, 2010 | Category: food

We had dinner with old friends. We had risotto with pumpkin and sage and prosciutto.
We talked about the kids and lamented the lack of idealism in this election campaign, while acknowledging that even an increasingly conservative labor government too influenced by what Robert Manne calls ‘the new school of focus group driven, ideas-free members of the New South Wales right-wing Labor machine’ is a vastly lesser evil than the prospect of a Tony Abbott conservative government.

We ate leftover rhubarb and raspberries and rosemary flowers in the morning.

I walked on the beach with the J-man and just missed seeing a pterodactyl walking its dog.

9 Responses to “eat, complain, walk”

  1. Julio says:

    Hola, Fiona!

    Long time reader, first time comment. . . I love your writing! It is very, como se dice – evocative! and I think has a wry, youthful and playful quality to its very measured, succinct and jaded undertones…Can’t wait for the book to be released over here!

    Well wishes from Mexico!

  2. Ian says:

    Hi Fiona,

    Did I mention Mark Latham’s (ghost of election losses past) excellent article in last Friday’s AFR, on Ben Chifley, the light on the hill and why good Labor policy is so important? Compulsory reading for fellow hand wringers. Wonderful risotto, pudding and company. I’m with Julio, can’t wait to read your new book.

    Thanks

    Ian

  3. Belinda Hawkins says:

    Hi Fiona,

    Your blog is a breath of fresh air and it’s becoming essential breakfast reading now!! Am eagerly awaiting the release of your book.

    • fiona says:

      Ian, thanks, I’ll read that article. Belinda, I think you would enjoy dropping in here – Slush Pile Hell, which James Bradley blogged about at City of Tongues.

  4. Cath Crowley says:

    Politics, old friends, good food and a near-pterodactyl sighting. Sounds like the perfect dinner.

  5. Nick says:

    Fi-Wood, good to see you in the blog-o-sphere and cannot wait ’til the book launch.

    Warm wishes

    George’s tall friend

  6. DoctorDi says:

    Fiona, I just can’t believe these Patrick White letters, and how SIMILAR everything sounds politically, as though we’re just going round and round, generation after generation, making the same mistakes, saying the same things, separating into the same camps… electing the same set of schmucks. Ugh!

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