makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We didn't venture any further than the garden today, due to another round of snuffles and coughs, but what beautiful sights there were to be found there! Winter isn't all bad...










Thursday, June 24, 2010


We spent a good part of the morning (the other part was spent soaking up the winter sun in the park) in the children's section of our local bookshop, reading and flicking through picture books. It might be a little while before my two are ready for Aesop's fables, but I couldn't resist the exquisite illustrations in Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Animal Fables by Helen Ward. Maybe, I'll just enjoy it myself for the time being...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010






Sitting in front of an open fire, eating these delicious (and vaguely healthy) banana and oatmeal cookies, which we based on a recipe I found in The Book of Wholegrains by Marlene Anne Bumgarner. My dad's had this book since 1981, so it's almost as old as me!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm still reading all the books I was before (it took me three months to finish Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall!), but I've also added the following to my bedside table:

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

(because I always enjoy her writing and I'm always changing my mind...)

The Writer's Voice by Al Alvarez

(because I'd quite like to find my own)

The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
(because this woman is incredible, and she has 4 kids, and I'm in awe!)




LinkWe've been keeping ourselves busy making clay letters and adorning them with paint and glitter. The recipe for the clay came from the brilliant (lifesaver) book Small Fry.
By the time we'd finished, the sun had come out again. Yay!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


It's raining, it's pouring, what shall we make today?

Sunday, June 13, 2010




A flower-shaped mirror from Bunnings, a splash of yellow paint, and some old Christmas cards cut up into tiny squares = a touch of Gaudi in my little girl's bedroom!

Monday, June 7, 2010



Park, picnic, pasties, playground! Now everyone's happy!

Butternut squash, spinach and stilton wrapped up in buttery shortcrust pastry and topped with sesame seeds. Too good...

Thursday, June 3, 2010





Inspired by one of our favourite books, Tiddler by Julia Donaldson, we've been busy making an aquarium. Oh, and painting our hair blue too!
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