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:: One + Four = Life : The Easter Edition

April 5, 2015

patchwork bitscushions and the floorworking and eggs reading things
one: patchwork pieces
two: floor/cushions/blanket
three: scheduling & Easter-y fun bits
four: reading materials

How quickly the week flies by. Luckily it’s Easter – my very favourite holiday of the year. No pressure to buy all the things or cook amazingly huge feasts or take big blocks of time off work (hello tight budget!) Instead it’s chocolate and buns and crafty times and comfort food and lunches out and walks and reading and hot baths and cosy days. ALL my favourite kinds of things.

Yesterday we wandered into the city for lunch at Grand BBQ, some book shopping (see above) and a coffee at Pellegrini’s. The weather is so gorgeous, sunny and crisp and so very Melbourne. Just the way I like it!

It’s open season on comfort food now, isn’t it? I am staring a shepherd’s pie in the face as we speak, waiting for it to cool down. It’s this recipe, in case you want to make some too (although Cam made the one that is looking at me and he put beans in it to fancy things up!)

one: patchwork pieces
I’m making a quilt. It’s slow going, but it’s kind of a long term project, so I’m okay with the slow. (I collected these fabrics from the Quilt Fair in Hobart last year – I went with my mum, remember?)

two: floor/cushions/blanket
These things always end up on the floor. Maybe there ARE too many things on the couch, but I don’t see the point of evicting them just because someone wants to lie down. SO selfish. Sheesh. Poor cosy things.

three: scheduling & Easter-y fun bits
My diary = my bestie. I write it all in there – appointments, birthdays, to-dos and task lists (broken up by the hour!) It’s messy-yet-organised and I like it like that. Also some things from 52hellos and some cute/sweet eggs, of course.

four: reading materials
Today’s Age, the new Marion Halligan and the Hannie Rayson book too. I am pretty much obsessed with Australian stories. At the moment I want to catch little glimpses of my geographical surrounds (nostalgic or otherwise) when I’m reading. I guess it’s something about wanting to feel that I belong? It’s also about the comfort that familiarity brings.

I haven’t started the Hannie book, but I have started the Marion one and I am really liking it. Marion Halligan writes beautifully and I have always loved reading her work. I especially love the way she sneaks foodie elements into her work. Did you read The Age piece yet? It’s online here, if not.

Hope you are having an ace Easter! Hope you are cosy and happy and bun-ned up with your favourite people.

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more readings


Slow down rewards – a bit more about doing things that take a while – here
I’m giving away a copy of Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh!
Here’s my photos from last week’s One + Four = Life
How to make a zig zag crochet blanket


  • Reply Sam April 6, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Such a perfect weekend Pip! I agree I love the Easter break, it signals being cosy and slowing down (hopefully) for me. I love your One + Four = Life too, such a nice and simple way to slow down and reflect! 🙂

  • Reply Helen April 6, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Love that you read Australian fiction so frequently…..know what you mean about needing to belong…..we’re stuck somewhere I don’t want to be (and don’t want to be raising children) and my sense of belonging at the moment is non-existent….British ‘things’ cause terrible heart ache and I’m not from the culture where we live, making a feeling of belonging almost impossible… 🙁
    Happy Easter!!!!!!!!! LOVING your 1+4 idea!!!!

  • Reply Lucy April 5, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Hi Pip,
    I’ve just read Hannie Rayson’s book and my only complaint is that it was over too soon! I whipped through it courtesy of the Easter Break and am now mourning its end! I hope you enjoy it too.

  • Reply Isabel April 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Hey Pip, thanks for the link to The Age article. I’ve been thinking a lot about the so-called ‘Motherhood Penalty’. Actually I wrote you a letter last week for #52hellos where I gabbed on a bit about this. As a 30 year old woman, with lots of friends having first babies, this is top of mind at the moment…to procreate or not to procreate, that is the question! And how can it be done in a way that both partners get to experience caring for children, and both partners get to continue with their careers. Have you read Lean In? If not you should…it’s excellent. A lot of it was about non-judgement, and how society will be better off when both men and women can make their own choices about work and family without being penalised or thought less of by others x
    PS There are no hot cross buns here in China…please eat one on my behalf 🙂

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