Books

Win with the KidsBookClub

Win with the KidsBookClub

It’s no secret how much I love books. I’ve talked at length on this blog about how important I think reading is and I make a point of nearly always giving books as gifts to the children I know. Ben is already spending his life surrounded by books, even if he’s just chewing on them at this stage. And I try to make time to read with Rachel most nights a week so she develops a love for them as well. So with all this in mind, I’m chuffed to be able to tell you… Read more

Sky, Moon, Stars, Home, Family.

Sky, Moon, Stars, Home, Family.

I love this picture Rachel and I made together. She coloured in the sky a midnight blue and then sprinkled it with silver stars. The moon we cut out together from yellow cardboard and she then coloured over it with orange. She is learning to draw circles so although I was itching to correct her and make it look more”circle like”, I managed to restrain myself.
The family isn’t necessarily us (unless we have an extra kid I don’t know about!). But I like the way they’re all gazing serenely into the distance together, enjoying… Read more

10 Things I Learnt While my Dad was Here

10 Things I Learnt While my Dad was Here

According to my Dad the farmer, goats are MUCH smarter than sheep. I’m not sure what you’re going to do with this pearl of wisdom, but you heard it from me first and now you know.
Ginger beer is crazily refreshing. I’ve never been a fizzy drink gal but there’s something about the burn at the back of your throat that makes ginger beer delicious. Plus it tastes even better with gin.
Crocs and socks can be worn pretty much all year round. And on any occasion.
That during World War 2, when many South… Read more

That Time I Was on the Cover of a Book

That Time I Was on the Cover of a Book

When I worked at Harlequin, Mills & Boon in London I had the best job. One of my responsibilities was to work with designers (and the authors of course) to design book covers. How fun? I’d have to read the book (or at least know the basic plot) and then write a really tight brief detailing target market, suggestions for art direction and even list tag lines, quotes and any other crucial information we wanted to include.
Some people say that book covers have become less important with the advent of e-books, but I still… Read more

“A Viable Die-able Age”

“A Viable Die-able Age”

When you’re young, you don’t think about death. Or, the luckier amongst us don’t have to. Sure, your cat may get run over. Or the silkworms in your shoe box may stop moving. But that is death that is on the very edges of your life – you always know it’s there but it doesn’t affect you too much.
And then you get a bit older and you may lose one of your grandparents. They were there before and you loved them and they showed you how to arrange flowers, or play cards and gave… Read more

Cry Baby by Lauren Liebenberg: A Review

Cry Baby by Lauren Liebenberg: A Review

You know how sometimes it’s great to watch movies or read books that are set in a place you’re familiar with? Because you recognise the landmarks, the stereotypes, the atmosphere of a place? Cry Baby made me feel a whole lot of those things, but not necessarily in a warm and fuzzy way.
It made me uncomfortable – and if you are a mother of a certain type, who lives in the suburbs in this weird and wonderful country we call home, it will make you feel uncomfortable too.
The back cover blurb describes it… Read more

A Book Club with a Difference

Don’t get me wrong, there is no such thing as a bad book club. But there are definitely book clubs that are less concerned with books and more concerned with…wine. And while I like these book clubs (and wine of course), I have always wanted to be part of a book club where we spent some time ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT BOOKS.
When I got back from living in London in 2009, I was bored of book club meetings where we just gossiped and spoke about men and sorted through a tired selection of mass market… Read more

The Signature of All Things: A Review

The Signature of All Things: A Review

Elizabeth Gilbert is very talented. Her memoir was obviously what she became famous for – millions of people around the world tore through Eat, Pray, Love and adored her tales of travel and her quest for meaning and her discovery of love.
It must be hard to follow up a book like that. And fans of Eat, Pray, Love may have been disappointed over the last few years if they were looking in her subsequent books for something similar. But REAL readers will find nothing in her latest book to disappoint. In fact, if they’re… Read more

And the Winner of the Penguin Books Hamper is…

And the Winner of the Penguin Books Hamper is…

And the winner of all these gorgeous books is….Megan Hartwig!
Your comment number 2 was randomly selected by Random.org – see screenshot below. I will be in touch via email to arrange the delivery of your book hamper. Enjoy them and congrats!
And thanks again to Penguin Books for sponsoring the prize. Watch this space for more giveaways next year.… Read more

These are a Few of My Favourite Things

These are a Few of My Favourite Things

I’ve seen these posts on other blogs I read and they’re always a nice way of learning about new things – whether they’re beautiful, useful or a mixture of both.
So here goes, a list of the things I’m loving at the moment:

My Consol Glass water bottle. I am a thirsty person and like to drink copious amounts of water but for a while now I’ve been struggling to find the perfect vessel. Enter my new lime green Consol bottle. There’s something about the design that makes you want to hold it in your… Read more