Monday, December 21, 2009

Books I'm moving in with over Summer

Three weeks, too many books. Not sure which titles I'll actually get through but I'm not going to give up without a fight. I'm gonna push a big old arm-chair right into the middle of the garden and starting no particular order...

1. The Dome by Stephen King.
''The first thing readers might find scary about Stephen King's Under The Dome is its length. The second is the elaborate town map and list of characters at the front of the book (including "Dogs of Note"), which sometimes portends, you know, heavy lifting. Don't you believe it. Breathless pacing and effortless characterization are the hallmarks of King's best books, and here the writing is immersive, the suspense unrelenting. The pages turn so fast that your hand--or Kindle-clicking thumb--will barely be able to keep up.''

2. The Children Who Lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham
''This 1938 novel became a children's literature classic when it was reissued as a Puffin paperback in 1955; but Persephone Books has published it for both adults and children to read. It shows five children successfully looking after themselves when their parents go away and fail to return; and 'it is partly because of modern curtailment of childhood independence that Persephone Books (which has a cult following for its elegant resurrection of novels by women writers) has reissued the novel,' wrote Rachel Johnson on the Daily Telegraph.''

3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
''England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey′s clerk, and later his successor.''

4. Mother Land by Dmetri Kakmi
''Mother land is a memoir by Melbourne writer Dmetri Kakmi, about his childhood in the late 1960s on the island of Bozcaada (also known as Bozca Island) in the Aegean Sea, at the entrance to the Dardanelle Straits, at a time when political tensions between Greece and Turkey were at their peak, and the islands Greek population was subject to intimidation by its Turkish government.''

5. Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by Randy Taraborrelli
''Beautiful, damaged, the ultimate sex symbol, publicly celebrated, privately unhappy – Marilyn Monroe's tumultuous life and untimely death continue to fascinate us.''

What are you reading?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Tis the season...



INSPIRED by Posie Gets Cozy and her charming mantel.

Doodle Bugs

I get twitchy when I don't have time to make stuff but that's just how it is for now. Instead of firing up the sewing machine, I picked up a pencil instead. The slow pace of shading, little dashes of pencil, scratches and dots just fits my mood right now and for whatever reason, I'm especially keen on insects.

I've discovered this fantastic book, too; Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities by John M . Carrera. Inspiration galore.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

What's Hot/What's Not


Jane Campion's new film Bright Star about John Keats and the love of his life, Fanny Brawne. I was able to see an early viewing and I love, loved it. Basically I sat their for two hours (okay, there were some tears)and just let the film wash over me. Campion has a way of capturing certain feelings and senses on film: washing drying in the wind, lots of close-ups of busy hands sewing, sunlight drifting through curtains, rain falling. The love story itself unfolds beautifully.

I put Harry Potter on the CD player and got cracking. This year I spent a bit more time choosing pretty cards and got one of those dinky wax seals. It took a few cards before I got the swing of it, but in the end, they came up well...if you don't count the few that caught fire. We don't count those.


Finding Melissa's lovely creations on Flickr. Here is one seriously talented maker.


I missed out on the girl with the birds but scored a pretty locket with a classic Black Apple portrait instead. Very pleased.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis. Three teenage siblings that play a mash of swing, Hawaiian, rock n roll. Seriously. One listen is all it takes. They're coming to Melbourne but I missed out on tickets. Doh!


HAULING rocks. We rocked out our tiny front garden. Looks great - rocks heavy.

WOEFULLY underestimating the time involved in making Christmas ornaments as gifts. Yeah. Not gonna happen.

All in all. More Hot than Not. Nice.

Today marks her TEN YEAR BLOGVERSARY. Brilliant.

Some Books I've Really Enjoyed

  • Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder

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