Monday, April 7, 2014


April you absolute winner with your rain and your holidays and chocolate everything.....

I've just read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I consumed it in a record two sittings/ reclinings (a couple of nights I couldn't sleep so I thought what the heck let's go for broke). It contains most of the elements of what I consider a perfect read; 
  • Intelligent, well researched and lyrical prose.
  • Glorious descriptions of nature.
  • Self-sufficient, rural life, wherein things are made with reverence and skill (and lots of mention of knitting..)
  • Wonderful characters preferably belonging to days of yore...(unless they are featuring in a Tim Winton novel)
  • Unpredictable dialogue.
  • Enough tension and unraveling of narrative but not so as to be a full-blown mystery novel.
  • Spiritual/philosophical contemplation.
  • Horses.
  • Journeys - physical and/or internal.
  • And yeah, a bit of lovin'/romance/sexual-emotional tension but not the Rip, Tear, Fondle, Fondle/Barbara Cartland type...
  I'd add dry wit too, if this were a general list.  I've been trawling Literary Award websites for reading inspiration. I always feel a sense of woe at the end of a really good book, in case I won't find another as riveting. I've borrowed so many books from the library that haven't caught me by the first chapter. Word of mouth always works best.

Tell me your top 10 (or more!?) favourite books in the comment section below (so other people can see too). Mine are listed in the page tabs above, and more recent ones to the right here. 

Apart from reading and building a music teaching business, and gazingly longingly at yarn colourways online, April has unfolded something like this -

Bit of tidying up, preparing and planting for winter.
Bit of dyeing for Class 3 - chair bags in fiery (or fruity) hues.

Bit of knitting - not as much as I would like! but fun winter garment making. Camp Out Fingerless Mittens raveled here, and throwing the Dovetail Cowl in the cotton dye bath to see what would happen. Kinda nice, but i think I'll go again with wool dye for a stronger shade.

Oh and you know, a bit of baking because it's raining, and tea, cake and rain go so nicely together. Pear cake. 220g butter. Yep. As my brother maintains (and probably every single French person on the planet) - nothing delicious was ever made without butter.....   What are you planting, knitting, cooking, reading, listening too?                


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dear Cedar

The ladies and I were joined by Steph O'Hara (the Blue Grassy Knoll) at CERES last week. Visit Jo for a post of the morning, and check out our Dear Cedar website and blog.



March goodness;

  • Knitting project almost done - another Griffin vest, this time for Bella, ravelled here.
  • The last of the summer garden goodies and preparation for winter planting.
  • A visit to our friends in the Barmah Forest - fireside cooking, riverside sleeping, bee whispering,  music and yarning (of both kinds...)
  • A fabulous kitchen find at a peninsula garage sale.
  • The musical undertakings of our chilluns. That family band I dreamed about is just around the corner....

Monday, March 3, 2014

Autumn how I love thee!!!!

I look forward to the change of the season when I get to wipe the blackboard and start afresh; to collect ideas for images and find verses.The kids still refer to my last spring chalkboard as "not your best work...". 


Monday, February 10, 2014

Captain Ghostbeard turns nine

Happy Birthday beautiful boy!

How to feed a large family.

Send the men of the village out to choose a lamb.

Choose the most experienced man in the village to dispatch and skin the lamb. 

Enlist the most skillful of men to make fire and prepare the beast.
Assign the bravest to carve and fend of predators.

Entrust the womenfolk to add a touch of glamour...

Eat, drink and be happy all together.