Checking In Week 11: The Queen Of Inconsistency

Bimbadeen Farm Retreat Phillip Island

I *knew* this would happen. I can’t commit to anything. (Save my husband, you’re safe Justin!) Even with the motivation of publicly promising to write a weekly diary I just can’t seem to stick to the schedule.

It’s left me with a little numerical dilemma actually. As these weekly diaries have started to get a little ‘1,2 miss a few’ I wondered if I should number them to reflect the chronological week or their position in the series. I confused my little brain over that for a while and then decided to just keep the numbers in order and hope no one notices that week 11 came 2 weeks after week 10. (Sssh.)

Travel Lyfe

retro caravan Rye Victora

Hey it’s me, the Queen of inconsistency, hanging out in this magnificent colour-clash of a caravan

In my defence I had a wee mini-break with the husband last weekend and blogging was not on the agenda. You may have seen on social that the weather finally picked up here in Melbourne so we picked up a hire car and set off to see Phillip Island and a bit of the Mornington Peninsula.

Now, I don’t know if it’s age and my tastes are changing or if was just better than I expected but it took me by total surprise just how much I enjoyed our rural road trip. We hung out with penguins and koalas on Phillip Island and stayed on a (chic) farm retreat next to a couple of llamas. Then we checked into a retro caravan (a caravan? me? I know!) on the Mornington Peninsula and enjoyed all the food, wine, beaches and hot springs in this beautiful part of Victoria.

It was a splendid couple of days out and I’ll tell you why in some upcoming blog posts shortly.

Koala conservation park Phillip Island

One of the laziest creatures on earth – god love the koalas

Blog Lyfe

After the craziness of the last few months I have a bit of a weird hiatus where I don’t have any work/blog trips on the horizon. This is probably a good thing for couple of reasons:

1 – I can catch up on all the half-written drafts I have on Maldives, Alberta, Bali etc

2 – I can do some some much-needed webmin behind the scenes here

3 – I can get my bum to the gym on a regular basis

4 – I’m spending time with my husband (turns out that is good for a marriage lolz)

It does, however, mean that I need to get a little bit creative and lots more proactive about generating future projects and the all important thing – cash, cash, money, money. I’ve been very lucky to have had a steady stream of work offers come in over the last few years and I also have a stable gamut of publications and PR I work with on a regular basis. But this has definitely made me a little lazy about pitching and looking for new work opportunities. So the next week or so I need to put my thinking cap on, especially as I think it would be good for the blog overall to have some more campaigns spear-headed by me.


Bimbadeen Farm Shop Phillip Island

Trying to be healthy she says, completely forgetting about this giant cake from the weekend

Hotcakes – well, figuratively speaking. I’m actually trying to be a little bit healthy so writing this post on Melbourne’s best pancakes was an interesting form of self-torture.


I’ve just finished The Muse by Jessie Burton and OMG could a book be written any more beautifully? I adored every chapter of this novel set in Spain and London pre and post the Second World War and am heading out today to buy The Miniaturist, which was Burton’s first best-selling novel that I totally wrote off because the title and cover didn’t appeal to me. (Goes to show you hey!)

Your Thoughts Please

If there is anyone reading this who subscribes to my newsletter and finds it useful to get a monthly update of the blog’s best bits please can you let me know!? I feel like my newsletters are very dry as, try as I might to inject something different in them, at the end of the day they are just a reminder of what you find on here.

BUT if that’s useful to you because you don’t subscribe on bloglovin and social media updates don’t always pop up the feed, I’ll continue to send them as is. If you’re bored AF though I may rethink.

So anyway, bit of a ramble but if you could let me know what is/would be useful to get via email I would be mucho grateful.

Until next week (or fortnight, who knows with me!)

J x


  • Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing! (Also, The Miniaturist was one of the books I read this year and I thought it was pretty good! I didn’t feel the need to rush out and get The Muse, but after your review I might just add that to my to-read book list for 2018!)

    • Jayne Gorman says:

      How interesting! I’ve heard people who’ve read both say they preferred The Muse so you might be in for a treat if you enjoyed the first. I’m still waiting for The Miniaturist to arrive.

  • I like your weekly posts – always nice to have a little behind the scenes / catch up kinda post so I know exactly what you’re up to. I also like that they’re a quick read. I enjoy my weekly quickie catch up with Jayne 🙂

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