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Pip’s Book Club: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

February 18, 2021

Maybe you might like to be part of a book club with me? And we could read Cider With Rosie which I’ve JUST started reading it for the first time! Cider With Rosie is a memoir by the late Laurie Lee and appears to be very, very beautifully written. It details Lee’s childhood in the very pretty English Cotswolds region. You can see the house he lived in with his mother and six siblings here. Apparently it was bought and then…

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Froggy skies

February 16, 2021

Where I live, people wake up and start burning things.  Plumes of smoke emerge from the trees and smudge the landscape making everything a bit ‘froggy’ according to my four-year-old housemate. We’re in a small country town and burning things is considered just fine with no thoughts of the neighbour’s washing nor the neighbours’ lungs (nor the ozone layer) crossing the no-nonsense fire-starters’ minds. A total fire ban is the only thing that stops the burn.  When I wake in…

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Green days

February 14, 2021

Gosh. There has been a lot going on here, so things have been a titch quiet on le blog. I THINK I am starting to settle in more, though. Hopefully this means that I can ease back into the groove of writing each day (here and elsewhere.) Gosh knows the discipline of that makes me feel so much better about the world.  If you follow me on social media, you will know that I have been doing a little series…

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Long Live Savoury Toast!

January 19, 2021

Does YOUR family make anything like the Tasmanian favourite, Savoury Toast? I’m not talking about Welsh rarebit (which is pre-cooked and contains beer) or Cheesy Toast (Stephanie Alexander’s famous and much-loved recipe from her Richmond Hill Café and Larder.) I’m talking about good old fashioned melty cheese mixed with sauces/relish and spices, piled on sliced bread and grilled/baked until bubbly and a bit golden/burnt. (Sometimes with egg or ham or bacon, often not.) I grew up with Savoury Toast and…

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Focaccia Days

January 5, 2021

Happy New Year, pals. Wishing you plentiful happy moments and lots of warm chatter with your favourite people. It’s been a bit nuts here in New Norfolk, to be honest. So much happening and so much to do on a very, very tight budget. The truck finally came with all our things. My study is piled high with boxes and the cats are loving this new adventure playground. They’ve started scratching at the corners of some cartons, clearly determined to…

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Everything and nothing and all of it and more

December 27, 2020

So we moved to Tasmania a few short weeks ago and it’s been … a lot. EVERYTHING has happened and nothing has happened too. Within a couple of days of us arriving, my brilliant Nan’s health went downhill fast and she died within the week of our arrival. This was completely unexpected, despite her age (99!) as she’d gone into hospital for observation while she switched medication. Naturally we are all heartbroken and have been very busy with funeral arrangements…

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Ta-dah! Here’s the new book I wrote this year!

December 25, 2020

Hello there pals, Just checking in to wish you a peaceful and safe holiday season (whether you celebrate or not) and … to let you know that my new book is on the way! Gasp! It’s called Days Like These and it’s a book for tired and terrific mums who might need reminding that they matter, that they are brilliant and that they deserve a giant dose of TLC and self-care as often as possible. As an absolute priority. I…

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