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One Velvet Evening & Ten Things Justine Clarke Told Me

Justine Clarke is not only a beloved children’s television super-star, she’s also a talented stage and screen actress (what is NOT to love about the stellar Tangle, Love My Way, The Time Of Our Lives – and did you know she played Anna Goanna in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome? It’s totally true. Gasp. Cool.) Justine can also sing stuff that’s not about watermelons or puppies in the park (not that there’s anything wrong with watermelons/puppies. Heavens no!) She’s actually got a long history of performing non-kid music – from country and western to vintage rock ‘n’ roll, to her very favourite – jazz. She’s

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Some Things To Listen To

Hello! How is your day going? Mine is going great (except for that fact that my cardigan mysteriously bore the fragrance of sour milk. Ugh.) It’s a beautiful day in Melbourne and I’m just about to have a rather late breakfast. I thought I would pop in and catch you up on a podcast and a couple of radio interviews I’ve been part of lately. The good thing is that you can listen to them online ANYWHERE in the world. No need to schedule in a particular time or day. How convenient! Here they are: 1. The Australian Writers Centre

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The Good Stuff

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things we love and keep. Do you know the rattle of the good stuff? It’s the kind of rattle you get when the floorboards are a bit creaky and tired. When the floral carpet won’t cushion your steps any longer. So the special objects in the doiley-ed cupboards begin to rattle and shake each time you cross the room. Or maybe you know the rustle of the good stuff? The pop of the box lid unsealing, the crumple of the paper, pulled from around and within those good shoes, letting them out into

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The Social Club

  When I was a kid we moved from one end of Australia (Hobart) to (almost) the other end. Port Hedland.  We walked across the tarmac in the biting cold, stepping onto the plane, bound for somewhere we’d never even seen.  We stepped off (I think I remember a pit stop of a few days in Perth) into the searing, rippling heat. It seemed impossible that somewhere could be so different. Tasmania was all bushy back blocks, gullies and water views. Hedland was mile after mile of red dirt, spinifex, shapes in the distance and big sky. Still, it was

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52 Hellos : Week 19

  Sorry. I am posting this a little bit late! I have had a lot on and I got a tiny bit behind. Luckily you are not the sort to mind. PHEW. This week, no letter, but a list of all the letters shared so far and A HUGE thanks to everyone who has written so far. (If you wrote, do leave us a comment below, so we can thank you again!) We’re running out of letters! Maybe you could send one? To share here? I have a FEW left to share, but it would be so totally awkward if I

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One + Four = Life : The Op Shop Edition

Sometimes, when it gets to Sunday, I think to myself, ‘How can a week have zoomed by so quickly?’ Luckily, I have this little One + Four = Life game to play. It not only reminds me that it’s a good idea to stop and think about the week that was, it also reminds me that the time does indeed fly by, so it’s good to do the things you most want to do, if that makes sense. This week I’ve been working, crocheting, writing, making toast, walking in the cold, going to friend’s book events, thinking about moving a

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Unfinished Business

  I am such a dork. I like to make things A LOT, in fact I like the making part SO much that I hate finishing things and slow down to a tortoise pace when the end of the project is nigh. This is why I don’t always zoom through projects, rather I like to get to know the thing I’m making, get attached and take my time. The idea of parting with it because it’s done can sometimes be a little off-putting, not because I will miss the thing, but because I will miss making it. I won’t make

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Why Slowing Down (Or Stopping) Is The New Speeding Up

Goodness. We’re all so busy aren’t we? We’ve got a lot going on. We’re checking this and scheduling that and updating the other. It’s a jungle out there! Just look at my Google Calendar! All the boxes and the words! Gah! But IS IT a jungle out there? I mean, really? Or have we just sourced ourselves some tropical plants and put an orangutan on it? We’ve definitely got a lot at our fingertips, as self-service for everything from supermarket shopping, to banking to travel bookings has become the norm. But are we busying up our moments with low-priority stuff,

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Have Your Pie And Eat It Too

image by Sarah of The Sugar Hit – recipe here   I read this piece over on Femsplain this morning and it really made a lot of sense to me. (I found it via Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls on Twitter. The piece was written by the excellent Anna Phillips.) The first reason it made sense is because I too have dropped a cherry pie in the cafeteria. And by dropped I mean that someone came up behind me and punched me in the back, sending the pie flying from my hands into a crusty, sweet pile on the floor. And by

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I’m Making A Cute Thing!

Hello peaches! Hope your Monday is coming along swimmingly. Mine is disappearing much faster than I would prefer… I have not finished the things I am trying to finish. I have not done all the things I am trying to do. Still. I am cosy inside, drinking a lot of tea, chipping away at things. I know that they’ll get done. It might be a little later than planned, but late is still done, right?! I wanted to quickly show you this cute project I started on Mother’s Day. A poncho. Of course. It’s super easy and fun to make.

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52 Hellos : Week 18

  click each image to enlarge (for easier reading!) Argh. I love this letter that Isabel sent me, all the way from China. Hi Isabel! It made it! It seemed perfectly apt that I should read this the day after Mother’s Day. Having children was something that always made sense to me and I probably would have had at least one more, if it was up to me. Of course, everyone’s experience is so different, and it’s only lately, as I am getting older, that I am starting to truly understand the complexities of choosing to parent or not, or

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Things I’ve Been Watching

Just a speedy post to talk TV/streaming, in case you are stuck for things to watch. Here’s some things I’ve been liking… Olive Kitteridge I loved watching this mini-series. How can you possibly beat a cast featuring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray? So good. Beautiful scenery, fabulous set design and great performances. A little sad, for sure, but I really loved it. (The Denise and Jerry characters are golden too!) Temple Grandin I really, really loved this. I love Clare Danes in Homeland and she’s so great in this too. It’s a true story based on the life

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One + Four = Life : Book Launches, Flowers, School Reports & Presents

  Hello! I write this from the lounge room floor, heater blaring, tea piping hot, old episodes of Project Runway on the telly. It’s Mother’s Day  (as you probably know) and I feel very lucky to have had a totally free weekend to rest up and recover from the busy preceding weeks. Phew. Let me tell you about this week’s four snaps (the ONE and FOUR in One + Four = Life!) School report This is weird, but I took my Grade One school report to an event on Wednesday night. I love this report because I feel like, although

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