01. We had our annual international night with friends last week. This year’s country was Argentina – empanadas, Quilmes, Provoleta, Malbec, big steaks, chimichurri, sweet potato jelly (!) and Argentina’s answer to chocolate ripple cake (before you go rushing to make this cake, know that is was almost unbearably sweet – I’ll stick with the empanadas and grilled cheese). Continue reading
Last year, Jo at the Book Skeptic visited a new-to-her bookshop each month. I very much enjoyed these posts (and the vicarious book-buying!). While I doubt that I will have twelve new-to-me bookshops to profile this year, I’m following Jo’s lead and will share the treasures I come across.
The first is The Bookshop at Queenscliff. Continue reading
01. Mrs Roth, with her dextrous but controversial Continental knitting style scares the hell out of me.
“…prepare their needles for combat…”
“…something on her needles all the time, from ladies dresses to men’s cardigans…”
“You can tell the temperament of the woman by just how she’s knitting.”
What I want to know – WHO WON?! Continue reading
01. So it really has been ages since I did a Bookish post… Over the last two months I’ve had a terrific holiday in Hong Kong; had a tense wait for results after having three more moles removed (all clear. Get your skin checked everyone); wrote eleventy-billion words for uni; and moved house. Our new house has a superb Crepe Myrtle in the backyard. I can’t wait to see it flower. Continue reading
I saw this on Twitter. Isn’t it brilliant?
I love the idea of using book shelves as the colour focal point for a room.
Obviously the one above is fairly…dramatic. I really like it but perhaps not realistic for the average urban home. Never fear, there are lots of other ways to use colour and book shelves. Continue reading
There’s a micro-library in Melbourne Central shopping centre! That’s the best reason I’ve heard to visit a mall in a very long time.
The micro-library got underway with a thousand books that were donated or picked up in op shops. Since it opened for business two months ago, there has been a turnover of five hundred books. Geez, when I was a student at Melbourne Uni, I would have been stopping past to browse the collection every other day.
I was somewhat surprised that the executive director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, had never heard of the concept before. Read the full story here.
When I was young, my family sometimes visited a friend’s house that had book shelves lining the entire length of their hallway. My mum hated it, saying it was “…cluttered and claustrophobic.” I loved it. Someday I’ll have a hallway filled with books (that’s also the day I get my home library and book nook). Continue reading