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!)
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 Clare Wright, Brodie Lancaster of The Good Copy & Rookie Mag, author and cheeky lady Abigail Ulman and musician Stella Angelico. It was great.
Rosie Batty wrote a letter to the little girl who never was – her story was about her own life, losing her mother at an early age and growing up with a dad who she loved dearly in spite of the emotional distance between them. She went on to talk about how not being sure how to love her Dad and missing her Mum might have established the foundations for difficult relationships in her adult life. She talked about choosing a man who could have been considered the WRONG choice, and how that ‘wrong’ choice gave her beautiful son Luke. It was honest and difficult and beautiful to listen to. I admire how Rosie’s handled the murder of her son, if you can even ‘handle’ such a thing. Rather than retreat, she’s found ways to speak up and transform other lives in positive ways. It’s something we can all learn from, I think.
You should go to a Women of Letters event if you can! (They are sometimes in the UK and US too!) Sorry I didn’t take any photos of the event, but more and more I just want to ‘be there’ rather than document the fun stuff I am doing… Hope that makes sense.
Here’s what my One + Four = Life photos are about this week…
I am collecting vintage children’s’ Puffins and Penguins. This one is a lovely shade of pink.
Afternoon light on our yellow couch. You’d never know it was yellow now because I’ve buried it under cosy cushions and blankets.
Finished! I will show you more soon, but this is the blanket I was making for my friend Defah. It’s all done! I want to give it to her before I show you the FULL VIEW though, keep a tiny bit of the surprise!
I loved this story as a child. Have you read it? I also loved The Railway Children by the same author. And the BBC tv adaptation of Five Children And It! (Well, I think it was BBC….)
How has your week been? Have you done/found any good stuff?!
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The Good Stuff
The Social Club
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Have Your Pie And Eat It Too!