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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What would you do if money was no object?

I asked my husband this the other evening as we drank tea in the kitchen and he made bread (I've been teasing him a lot lately about how he should become a baker).
"The same thing I do." he said without hesitation.
"Really?" I asked.
"Yeah, definitely."
A little altruistic perhaps, but he genuinely does love his job.

What about me? Well, I would spend my days writing and drawing and making books. I can't imagine anything I'd rather do.

Then, this evening I read this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2013/apr/26/james-rhodes-blog-find-what-you-love

His music is beautiful and I love what he has to say.

So, what would you do if money was no object?


Sunday, April 28, 2013

This weekend...

  • Some of us went to see an excellent puppet show called Splat!
  • Some of us (okay just me) went to a grown-up birthday party and ate the most delicious salted caramel icy pole. It was soooo good! The party was pretty cool too ; )
  • All of us made and ate pizza with friends, and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and balmy breeze. Such a perfect day.





Thursday, April 25, 2013

Today we met up with a friend who we studied with at university. She has a PhD in Genetics, but she gave it all up to travel the world and teach hula hooping because it's what makes her happy. How awesome is that? Oh, and she has blue hair!




Tuesday, April 23, 2013

One of the reasons (actually quite a big reason) that I haven't been posting very much on this blog, of late, is that I've started studying again. As I have only about an hour every evening before my brain goes, "enough, already - it's bedtime", this leaves little time for blogging. While I'm really enjoying studying,  it has most definitely made me aware that I'm not ready for anything more taxing than an online diploma in a subject I know a fair bit about from my previous life experience. The PhD will have to wait!

Anyway, I managed to grab one of those sneaky moments of peace on Sunday morning, when the husband and kids abandoned the breakfast table to visit the chickens, leaving me alone with my coffee and my thoughts. I wrote a couple of lists on a scrap of paper with a crayola:

Great Things I've Read Lately

The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy
The Shark Net by Robert Drewe
Runaway by Alice Munro
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
The Consolation of Joe Cinque by Helen Garner
Blueback by Tim Winton
Frankie Magazine (thanks to a lovely birthday pressie subscription)

Style Icons

Charlotte Gainsbourg
Frida Kahlo
Jean Seberg
Kate Moss
Joan Baez
Jane Birkin

It lasted all of 5 minutes.








Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sometimes I feel like school gets in the way of life. I'll probably have changed my mind by week two of the holidays, but right now, I'm counting the days until the end of term.


Can you believe they print this on eggs?!

Monday, April 8, 2013









My baby is 1! Happy Birthday little fella. You are delightful.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Here are some photos from our very necessary mid-term escape:





Sigh. Wish we were still there.
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