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Something Good for the Weekend: Episode Eight

It’s that time of the week/fortnight/month … Yup. It’s time for some good things! Let’s get amongst them, my friends.

Something GOOD For the Weekend

Something GOOD to do

Go and look at Kim Baise’s amazing Instagram account. You will not regret it.

Kim B

Also? If you are in Melbourne you could come to one of the events I am doing? You can find out more here.

Something GOOD to ponder

Perhaps you could ponder seeing this excellent-looking documentary about booksellers? It seems exactly like the sort of thing we love, doesn’t it?!

Something GOOD to watch

I’ve watched a few GOOD things over the past week because I finished my Creative Writing unit (and am about to start my next unit – Poetry!)

1/ Total Control with Deb Mailman and Rachel Griffiths on ABC iView. This is such a brilliant series with an excellent cast. A must watch.
2/ The Australian Dream – the Adam Goodes documentary – also on ABC iView. What a truly good man Adam is. Everyone needs to see this film.

And if you’re in Australia, don’t forget that the new series Stateless starts on Sunday night. Part of the trailer makes me think of Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things.

If you’re seeking something calm and positive and bolstering, Big Dreams, Small Spaces is exactly that. I have mentioned it before and I will mention it again!

Something GOOD to buy?

How ace are these personalised clutches by Fontem? So clever and thoughtful. They come in lots of colours and you can have one made with a typed message or a message in your own handwriting. Found via Etsy.

personalised clutch

Pink dish rack

Or how about a pink dish rack? I’m very much into it and I very much fancy one. Found via Door Sixteen.

Or Ms Natalie Paull’s book Beatrix Bakes, even? I think that could be a great idea.

Something GOOD to read

Shall I toot my own horn? I think I might. I wrote a piece for The Age and it was published yesterday. You can read it here.

I’m currently reading The Dry by Jane Harper. (I’m a bit slow to the party with this one, aren’t I? So far I am loving it!) Also? It’s set to be made into a film starring our own Eric Bana. Maybe you knew that, though?

In my continuing quest to encourage the avid collection of way too many books, here’s an article about a brilliant home library.

Amazing home library

Something GOOD to cook

Hetty McKinnon’s grilled zucchini, zaatar and pearl couscous salad with cherry tomato confit. Yum.

Stuffed shells! Yes!

Mini okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) – as recommended by Catie M on Facebook. Yay.

And plum streusel cake? Yup!

Hetty's salad

Stuffed shell pasta

Japanese pancakesPlum streusel cake

Something/s GOOD to listen to

How about a little bit of Justin Bieber? This video made me cry (in a good way) and granted it’s fairly ‘white saviour’ but starting somewhere has got to be a not-bad thing. I really like Justin Bieber. He’s such a messy young gent and there’s something very real about him (even though yes … yes … much privilege etc.)

And while we’re at it, how about Taylor Swift’s new feminist anthem, The Man? I love it that she’s found her strength. (If you hate that word ‘feminist’, just remember it means equity between men and women. That’s not really something to hate now is it? Especially in light of so much current global injustice targeted fairly and squarely at women. Nice work, TS!!)

Maybe a little Bill Callahan, even? I think so.

Something/s GOOD to make

How about cardboard creatures a la the amazing Anna Walker??! Do you know Anna? She’s an amazing illustrator and one day I want to write a book with her. I truly do.

Anna Walker Cardboard Creatures

And here are a few stolen lines to take into your day.

“Beauty, the world seemed to say. And as if to prove it (scientifically) wherever he looked at the houses, at the railings, at the antelopes stretching over the palings, beauty sprang instantly. To watch a leaf quivering in the rush of air was an exquisite joy. Up in the sky swallows swooping, swerving, flinging themselves in and out, round and round, yet always with perfect control as if elastics held them; and the flies rising and falling; and the sun spotting now this leaf, now that, in mockery, dazzling it with soft gold in pure good temper; and now again some chime (it might be a motor horn) tinkling divinely on the grass stalks—all of this, calm and reasonable as it was, made out of ordinary things as it was, was the truth now; beauty, that was the truth now. Beauty was everywhere.” – from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Have a brilliant weekend, peaches! See you back here real soon!

x pip


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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate
    February 29, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    I wondered about the photo too, and I also went through a stage a few years ago where I thought I should be more minimalist, and then last year after dealing with all my dad’s stuff. But you know what? That’s not me, I don’t like junky clutter but I love my books, and things that make me happy. I’m going to keep buying and collecting the books that I can afford and want to own. They make me happy.
    The piece in the Age has just made me even more excited to read your new book.
    Cheers Kate

  • Reply
    Reannon
    February 29, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    Pip, your piece in The Age is great & makes me even more excited to read the rest of your book. And is that photo of you recent? Have you chopped all your hair off? It made me realise I haven’t seen your face for a while.
    And thanks for the encouragement to collect books. A few years back I went a bit spare & gave away sooooooo many books. Part of me regrets it, part of me says “oh well, lucky op-shop book shoppers” but I’m in a book collecting phase right now & it makes me very happy.
    I was listening to the latest Spilled Milk pod yesterday which is about stuffed foods & I realised I don’t think I’ve ever eaten stuffed shells let alone made them! They feel like cool weather food to me so I’ll book mark them for later XX

    • Reply
      Pip
      February 29, 2020 at 1:09 PM

      Aw you are always popping up with the kind words, Reannon. That photo is just one they had on file for me. It is from YEARS ago!!! Viva the book stacks and hooray for stuffed things!!! xxx

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