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Slowpokes, Beepers and Life Right Now

Today, as I walked out of the post office, turning a hard left as I peeled the stamps from their backing and smoothed them onto their envelopes, I narrowly avoided bumping into a man. It turned out okay because the man looked at the green envelopes, dotted with stickers from Daiso and smiled – diverting from my path just before we collided. How nice. Nice to not bump into him and nice to win a smile, too. (Also nice that mailing a letter seems to make everyone feel pretty ace.) As I pushed the letters into the mailbox slot, a zooming car

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One + Four = Life : The Women Of Letters Edition

Disclosure: The floral paisley quilt and moon cushion included in this post were gifted to me by Freedom Australia (but I love them and they do indeed live on my couch!)   Hello! How are you today? I am really good. I spent the afternoon with Rin (my daughter) at Women Of Letters. This is a pretty-much-monthly (I think!) event where a bunch of interesting people (usually women!) read a letter to a common, themed topic. This time it was A Letter To The Me That Never Was – featuring Australian of the Year and mother Rosie Batty, author and historian

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… And You Don’t Have To Win Everyone Over

  Do you remember when I wrote that post called ‘It Doesn’t Mean They Hate You!’? Lots of people read that post and talked to me about it, which was ace. It’s always good, as a blogger, when people want to talk to you about the things you write. (And thanks if you did!) Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about when people don’t like you much. Or aren’t into your work. And how that feels. And how easy/difficult that can be to reconcile. As an adult, I’ve always been the kind of person who’s thought ‘If they just gave

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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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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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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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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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Taking Stock : May

  Hello peaches! I thought it was high time I stopped talking about my book for a while and started talking about all the other stuff that’s been going on around here… Let’s do that! Making : brownies Cooking : soup Drinking : copious amounts of tea Reading: A Table In The Orchard Wanting: a holiday Looking: forward to seeing some friends Playing: the Six Feet Under Soundtrack Deciding: how to cook the brisket we bought at the market Wishing: the weekends were three days long, every single week Enjoying: cosy times Waiting: to see how Ari felt about his maths test

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A Crafty Life

This piece was first published in The Age Sunday Life Magazine on Sunday 3rd May 2015 When I was 16, I pretended not to like Neil Diamond, Kate Bush, homemade things and pretty clothes. I was earnestly trying to grow up and the things my mum liked or my dad liked or my siblings liked or my Nans liked were certain to keep me trapped in childhood, as far as I was concerned. I needed to carve my own path, make my own rules, be my own person. That meant no ‘uncool’ stuff. No Little House On The Prairie. No

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